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Food Elements / Re: Cheat Days?
« on: May 02, 2015, 12:20:48 PM »
I think a lot of it depends on your own body, to a certain degree, exactly how much harm vs. good you might be doing with higher-carb days. My personal experience, as a woman of child-bearing age (one of the only ones on the forum) is that my body needs to have higher carb cycles (50-100 g/day) and that constant keto was more destructive for me. Apparently the liver needs glycogen to process estrogen, or something like that (I think maybe Rita knows a better explanation?). When I was trying to stay in NK all the time, ultimately I threw my hormones all out of whack, leading to uncontrollable carb cravings - the kind that lead to junk binges, which only leads to more junk binges. If I had been more diligent about increasing carbs more frequently, and for longer periods, using sweet potatoes and maybe rice, I might have avoided a situation that ultimately led to an irregular cycle (sorry, tmi) and a weight rebound of almost thirty pounds. But I think men and older women don't have the same needs that I do, so many of our forum members have been highly successful with constant keto. That said, having occasional, controlled, "cheat" days (while still avoiding gluten and probably corn and processed sugars or whatever your personal "trigger" foods may be) might be good for just about anyone who struggles with hormone-driven cravings, no matter your age or sex. 

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Personal Diaries / Re: A new strategy: the milk cure
« on: April 11, 2015, 04:15:39 PM »
Not really constipated. Not quite "regular," either. What I'm thinking is that I'll just drop the carbs back down to zero by doing eggs and broth for a couple of days before the conference just to minimize bloat and help me fit into my clothes comfortably and confidently. I'm taking magnesium and vitamin C which some bloggers suggest to help with the constipating effects of the milk cleanse, plus some dandelion root tea a couple of times a day and milk thistle once a day to boost liver function. So it may just be that it's more glycogen buildup than I'm accustomed to from all of the lactose?  I've also reduced the amount of milk, which feels a little counterintuitive to me right now in terms of metabolic healing.


Overall I feel great with the milk, just like before. I've been focused and had great energy. I checked my weight a little while ago and it looks like it's down 3-4 pounds from when I started. The waist expansion is just frustrating because it could be the difference between being able to wear my nice, professional clothes or looking like a frump for this big, national conference I have to go to.  ::)

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Personal Diaries / Re: A new strategy: the milk cure
« on: April 11, 2015, 12:31:29 PM »
I haven't posted in a while - been on a bit of an internet-presence hiatus in general for personal reasons - but I've been doing the Milk Cure again as a spring cleanse and I wanted to revisit this thread. It's interesting to see where I was versus where I am now, and the connection between the two. During the fall my life was such a mess. I experienced great success doing the milk cure but I was not in a position to sustain it at first, and then my milk supply dried up until last week. I'm still not really trying to lose weight right now, as I am focusing on healing a damaged metabolism, but I am certainly trying not to gain. My whole life I have been either gaining or losing. I don't think I have ever stayed within three pounds for more than a week.
After my initial success on the milk cure, I gained ten pounds back over the course of about a month, during which time I was either out of town or entertaining company every weekend. Over the holidays, I continued to bulk up (as seen in my defunct "Fresh Start for 2015" diary). Since then I've taken several more trips out of town, started having panic attacks again (which I thought I had shaken when I went grain free), and gained a few more pounds. Because of menstrual irregularities, I decided to increase my carb intake by adding a sweet potato at dinner. My usual day consisted of 3-4 eggs in the morning, sometimes with a couple of slices of uncured, dry-rubbed bacon, and a spoonful of sauerkraut; lunch might be a grass-fed ground beef patty with zucchini noodles in butter and a salad of spring greens; for dinner a piece of chicken or fish with cauliflower and a sweet potato (always plenty of healthy fats with my veggies).  I was aiming for an intake of 2000-2500 calories for weight maintenance. Exercise consisted of body weight exercises a couple of times a week and occasional walks, but mostly taking it easy to avoid undue stress to my metabolic system. My weight had more-or-less stabilized around 188 for about a month but then a couple of weeks ago my grandmother passed away and I spent a week in the food desert that is my father's hometown. As usual, I managed to stay grain-free and sugar-free, but that's about all I could say about it. I doubt anyone in that town has even heard of coconut oil.

So I started back on the milk cure two days ago at 192.4. I haven't weighed today, but I have measured, and my waist is UP two inches. And it doesn't feel like bloating. It feels like fat. It's like my body is having the total opposite response to the milk than it did in September. 

I'm going to keep up the milk for now anyway because I'm almost broke and I have to go out of town for a week in a few days, which will be expensive. Thankfully my parents are coming to see me for my birthday a few days after I get back, so I will only have to go hungry for a couple of days if I run out of money, milk, and canned salmon (which I always keep in the pantry in case of budget crisis).  I only hope that I can still fit into my work clothes by the time I get to the conference. 

I just want to wear a bra size that's sold in stores one of these days. 

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General Discussion / Re: time line for liver to burn fat
« on: February 28, 2015, 01:26:30 PM »
I've been reading Wheat Belly Total Health.  Dr. Davis clearly states that it takes about 4-6 weeks for improved energy to happen because this is the time it takes for your liver to start burning fats instead of sugars (carbohydrates).  Weight loss is also delayed after your initial water weight loss while the conversion takes place.  When you binge on carbs or drink alcohol, you set back the fat burning while your liver works to clear the carbs/alcohol (sugar) from your system.  Your energy is less, your performance diminished and weight loss delayed until the conversion

That is a presentation of hazards and outcomes.

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General Discussion / Re: time line for liver to burn fat
« on: February 28, 2015, 07:18:38 AM »
Just to clarify, I wasn't referring to the actual information presented or anything from Dr. Davis. Everything was fine and interesting except for the last sentence of the original post. This may just be a cultural difference, but "Perhaps now people will begin to understand why it just isn't a good idea to indulge in a bowl of chips," in my opinion, takes it beyond presenting information and into the realm of making a value judgment about the individual choices people make. We can call it insensitive, rather than judgmental, perhaps, but it strikes me as not having come from a place of compassion or empathy, or even experience with obesity. I've held my tongue on many occasions, but perhaps my current state of depression and confusion has sent my inner filter on vacation. One way or another I felt the need to defend those of us who are struggling to "put down the fork and step away from the table" despite all of the knowledge and motivation in the world. There are more complex factors at work and it is important to me that this community remain sensitive to that if I am going to remain part of it. If I am still not making sense, then it is time for me to take my leave.

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