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Introduce Yourself to the Wheat Free Forum / Re: Hi all
« on: February 14, 2019, 10:54:03 AM »
Sorry you got an error message.  Looks like your post came through okay though.

General Discussion / Re: Sorry I've been missing in action
« on: February 14, 2019, 10:53:03 AM »
Hi Barbara,

Good to hear from you too.  ;)

I'll check out root cause protocol!

General Discussion / Re: Sorry I've been missing in action
« on: February 07, 2019, 08:13:18 PM »
What a nice surprise to see you Deanna!   How are you doing?

General Discussion / Sorry I've been missing in action
« on: January 29, 2019, 07:46:57 AM »
Hi everyone,

I don't know if anyone is still reading this forum. I took an 8 month break, because the low carb diet was not working for me, and I really had to figure things out. In that 8 months, I got rid of all my belief systems about food and did a ton of research.   What I found was quite surprising.

I wrote an article about it.   It's a long article, but I think it's worth the read:

Is Diabetes an Infection?   A New Perspective on the Cause of Weight Gain and Type 2 Diabetes

Dietary Fat, but Not Protein or Carbohydrate, Regulates Energy Intake and Causes Adiposity in Mice

•Energy intake was linked only to dietary fat levels and not protein or sucrose
•Adiposity increased with increasing fat content to 60% but thereafter declined
•Hypothalamic hunger pathways were unresponsive to dietary protein content
•Dopamine, opioid, and serotonin pathways were all stimulated by fat intake

Wheat Free Recipes / Re: What are some of your favorite appetizers
« on: July 05, 2018, 08:39:10 PM »
Sounds yummy rafflesia1 !

General Discussion / Should you be on a ketogenic diet long term?
« on: June 13, 2018, 08:44:52 PM »
Dr. William Davis says it shouldn't be long term, as it creates a stress response.
I wonder if he's had some new 'ah-has' along the way. 

General Discussion / Re: Meat and eggs also spike insulin
« on: June 13, 2018, 12:24:37 PM »
Here is an interesting video on insulin responses to various food combinations:

Researchers examined the blood of 713 subjects for trends and prevalence of antibodies and found some interesting things:

Tracy -  let us know how it works for you.

General Discussion / Re: Trouble losing weight?
« on: June 08, 2018, 10:38:56 AM »
Just had a second set of blood work come through on this diet.

I reduced fasting blood glucose by 8%  ( 99 to  91)
I reduced my triglycerides by 36%
I increased by HDL my 16%

General Discussion / Re: Trouble losing weight?
« on: June 07, 2018, 08:54:38 AM »
Thanks Barbara.

Here is something else interesting.  A CoQ deficiency seems to be a primary cause of insulin resistance.

And for your body to regenerate CoQ10 naturally, you need a combination of chlorophyll and light working together.

"Sunlight penetrates our bodies as anyone who has held their closed fingers up to the sun can see. The light that comes through our skin and reaches greens that we have recently eaten, activating the chlorophyll and allowing the cells of our body to regenerate Coenzyme Q10, a powerful anti inflammatory, antioxidant and is important chemical in staving off diseases like diabetes."

General Discussion / Re: Meat and eggs also spike insulin
« on: June 06, 2018, 08:08:34 PM »
This may surprise you.

Results from this meta-analysis of eighteen randomised controlled trials show no significant effect of 100 % fruit juice on fasting blood glucose, fasting blood insulin, insulin resistance as evaluated by HOMA-IR or HbA1c.

General Discussion / Re: Trouble losing weight?
« on: June 06, 2018, 05:23:08 PM »
Just to update this thread.

I am doing this high fiber diet I mentioned above (no wheat of course), and I'm having good results.

My fasting insulin test coming out of a keto diet was 25.9
It's now 20.6

(And just for good measure, I did some crazy things the night before my test, just for the sake of getting data.  I took 2 tablespoons of straight up raw honey, had a kidney bean dish with perhaps 2 ounces of meat, and ate a whopping 1/2 of a 3.2 oz 88% dark chocolate bar.)

I've included cooked/cooled and reheated rice and potatoes in this diet as well.

I still have a ways to go, but I'm making progress.   I've also lost 6 pounds.

Diet is very bio-individual, so this is not for everyone.  But for insulin-resistant me, it's working.

General Discussion / Re: Dr. Hyman on Resistant Starch
« on: May 24, 2018, 05:30:47 PM »
Remember that test I did last month where those cooked/cooled potatoes and rice still kept me in ketosis?   Turns out it actually improves insulin sensitivity, independent of the gut microbiota and could "involve alterations in the bile acid cycle and adipose tissue immune modulation."

General Discussion / Re: Trouble losing weight?
« on: May 23, 2018, 09:06:56 PM »
Barbara -

Nice that dark chocolate is a good source of both magnesium and copper.  :)

(For others, here is the link )

General Discussion / Re: Trouble losing weight?
« on: May 23, 2018, 02:00:05 PM »
Barbara -  It's an eye opener for sure.   I've been going low carb for a long time (since starting this forum), and have not been successful in losing any weight at all.  It's had me stumped for a long time.  I exercise every day as well. I just did a fasting insulin test (which I ordered on my own from Direct Labs) and found out that I'm insulin resistant.  Talk about an eye-opener.  My A1C is 5.5, so it never occurred to me that I could be insulin resistant.   And with insulin resistance, your body keeps producing more insulin, and making you more insulin resistant, which makes it impossible to lose weight.  My insulin is so high that I'm on my way to diabetes ... and that's on a low carb diet with normal blood sugar!  Who would have thunk!

My plan going forward:
- Increase my soluble fiber intake - especially chia  (In fact, I'll probably do organic steel cut oats with chia, cinnamon and almonds for breakfast - heresy! ) lol
- Eat more dark chocolate
- Increase my cinnamon intake
- Increase my green tea intake
- Increase my intermittent fasting times (I usually do a 12-14 hour fast everyday ... but I think I need to increase that.)
- Increase the apple cider vinegar intake
- Remove cheese, as casein and whey spike insulin.
- Increase veggies and eat 2 servings of fruit per day
- Decrease meat consumption
- Reduce egg consumption
- Reduce saturated fat

General Discussion / Re: Meat and eggs also spike insulin
« on: May 23, 2018, 01:28:51 PM »

Barbara- I think the 3/4 veggie strategy is a great way to look at it.   I've got a lot of cabbage growing in my garden this year.  :) 

Here's something else interesting. In my ketogenic diets, I've always done a lot of cheese, because it's low carb and high fat. Not so good if you are insulin resistant.

Apparently "high dairy intake is a significant predictor of insulin resistance in middle-aged, nondiabetic women." This is because of the whey and casein in cheese.

Mark Sisson says "Dairy intake, you see, stimulates insulin secretion. Lots and lots of it – more than can be explained by the lactose (a sugar) content. In fact, the lactose content of dairy doesn’t even have a big insulin effect when compared to other carbs."

General Discussion / Trouble losing weight?
« on: May 22, 2018, 08:51:05 AM »
Trouble with weight loss?  Perhaps you are targeting the wrong pathways.  This article is worth reading:

General Discussion / Re: Fiber Menace
« on: May 20, 2018, 10:14:14 PM »

I fixed the formatting.

Why do you continue to do this?

I thought we were having a discussion on fiber.   I'm just posting information on the topic for discussion.  I personally disagree with your perspective on fiber.  I think fiber is extremely important.  However, I think we can agree to disagree and I think it's good to hear all sides of the debate.   I believe it's important for visitors reading this thread to have the information to make their own decisions.

General Discussion / Re: Meat and eggs also spike insulin
« on: May 20, 2018, 10:08:55 PM »
Barb-  I think that great that you do IF.

Here's an article that I thought did a great job of explaining cortisol's impact on insulin.

I think I'm up there on the cortisol too.

General Discussion / Meat and eggs also spike insulin
« on: May 20, 2018, 08:16:08 AM »
Here's something surprising: "High protein, virtually no-carb foods like meat and eggs, while low on the glycemic index, measured high on the insulin index. In other words, while the meat and eggs didn’t cause a spike in blood sugar the way most carbohydrates do, they did result in an unexpectedly significant rise in insulin. "

Personal Diaries / Re: Starting a New Journey
« on: May 18, 2018, 09:50:42 PM »
Welcome!   You are doing great!

General Discussion / Re: Fiber Menace
« on: May 13, 2018, 03:28:56 AM »
Bile is reabsorbed if it's not bound to fiber.  If it's bound to fiber, it comes out in the feces and the liver makes fresh bile.   When bound, it takes cholesterol and waste with it.  Bile salts are made of cholesterol.  Cholesterol as you know is a precursor to many sex hormones such as estrogen and testosterone.  (Which is why statin use leads to viagra use.)

Here's the role of bile:

This is how bile binds to fiber:

On fiber lowering cholesterol:

On fiber lowering estrogen:

Binding capacity of fiber on certain toxins:

General Discussion / Re: Fiber Menace
« on: May 11, 2018, 09:00:41 AM »
How about the role fiber plays in absorbing bile that is carrying toxins, estrogen, and other waste products.  Without fiber, bile and everything it's carrying, just get reabsorbed into the body again.

General Discussion / The Inuit don't experience ketosis - genetics
« on: May 08, 2018, 11:41:26 AM »
Just learned something new today.   The Inuit, who live on a high fat diet, have a gene that stops them from going into ketosis.

General Discussion / Re: Ketosis with potatoes
« on: May 08, 2018, 11:38:47 AM »
Thanks Bill.   I'm going to try to tune in if I have time this week.

General Discussion / Re: Ketosis with potatoes
« on: May 02, 2018, 09:35:00 AM »
The ketone test strips... as mentioned earlier.  This shows excess ketone bodies (acetoacetate) excreted via urine.  It's pretty accurate if it has a ketone reading.   As you become more keto-adapted however, you excrete less in the urine, and a blood test might be better, as it shows different ketone bodies.  But for now, it's showing I'm in ketosis.   

Also, with regards to your earlier comment about exogenous ketones, I'm in agreement that supplementing with ketones doesn't necessarily improve health.

General Discussion / Re: Ketosis with potatoes
« on: May 01, 2018, 01:56:18 PM »
Still in ketosis, with potatoes everyday.

Just came across an article by Dr. Davis on the Keto Trap:

"But the one pitfall, that most people do not understand, when they follow these keto type diets, is that you must cultivate bowel flora. See, when you go ketogenic, you’ve eliminated carbohydrates; essentially complete elimination, but prebiotic fibers that nourish bowel flora, only come in carbohydrate foods. So it doesn’t mean you need a lot of bunch of carbs — does not mean that — it means that you need to get food such as green unripe bananas, or raw white potatoes, or inulin powder, or fructooligosaccharides, or modest servings of legumes that contain galacto-oligosaccharide prebiotic fibers. Because this is how you cultivate bowel flora."

General Discussion / Re: Ketosis with potatoes
« on: April 28, 2018, 04:03:45 PM »
Betahydroxybuterate in the blood does not indicate ketosis.

I did a urine test, which I believe measures acetoacetate.

General Discussion / Re: Ketosis with potatoes
« on: April 28, 2018, 01:22:06 PM »
I'll keep measuring to see how long I stay in ketosis while eating resistant starch.

I did a ketogenic diet for 12 weeks several years ago, and that diet does not work for me.  Diet is very bio-individual.  And, if you have thyroid or
adrenal issues, the ketogenic diet isn't ideal.

The last time I did the ketogenic diet, I had serious constipation, to where I wound up in the emergency room.  It took me about a year to get my body back on track again.   This is why I'm experimenting doing the ketogenic diet with resistant starch.

Bob-  I have not checked my BG.  I've misplaced my meter. 

General Discussion / Ketosis with potatoes
« on: April 27, 2018, 04:07:57 PM »
I decided to try cooked, cooled, and reheated potatoes, as well as cooked, cooled and frozen rice with an otherwise ketogenic diet.

The potato serving each day was around 4 ounces.  I loaded them up with butter, sour cream and cheese.  Yum!

Potatoes were cooled overnight.  The rice was cooked, frozen and reheated.  (So they both had plenty of time to turn to resistant starch.)

After 5 days of doing this, my ketone test strips say I'm in ketosis.


"We found that zinc oxide (ZnO) nanoparticles at doses that are relevant to what you might normally eat in a meal or a day can change the way that your intestine absorbs nutrients or your intestinal cell gene and protein expression," said Gretchen Mahler, associate professor of bioengineering.

According to Mahler, these ZnO nanoparticles are present in the lining of certain canned goods for their antimicrobial properties and to prevent staining of sulfur-producing foods. In the study, canned corn, tuna, asparagus and chicken were studied using mass spectrometry to estimate how many particles might be transferred to the food. It was found that the food contained 100 times the daily dietary allowance of zinc. "


Goldman Sachs asks in biotech research report: 'Is curing patients a sustainable business model?'

"The potential to deliver 'one shot cures' is one of the most attractive aspects of gene therapy, genetically-engineered cell therapy and gene editing. However, such treatments offer a very different outlook with regard to recurring revenue versus chronic therapies," analyst Salveen Richter wrote in the note to clients Tuesday. "While this proposition carries tremendous value for patients and society, it could represent a challenge for genome medicine developers looking for sustained cash flow."

Just proves sick people are profitable.   

Wheat Free Recipes / Re: New source of good recipes!
« on: April 09, 2018, 12:56:29 PM »
I fixed the link back in Barb's post of   ( Since the original link didn't work, I made the assumption that it was a different site.... sorry about that. )

Wheat Free Recipes / Re: Avocado Truffles with a kick
« on: April 09, 2018, 12:52:37 PM »
Yum!  Those do look good!

Introduce Yourself to the Wheat Free Forum / Re: Hi all
« on: March 07, 2018, 07:02:37 AM »
You can reduce the net carbs by first cooking rice, and then cooling it over night in the refrigerator.  This changes the starch to resistant starch, which is not digestible by humans, and instead becomes food for gut bacteria.

General Discussion / Re: Food boxes instead of food stamps
« on: February 21, 2018, 09:42:31 AM »
Good points Bob and Barbara. 

Think about enforcing and managing something like this.  And what department would make those decisions?   

My gut says nothing will change.

Just came across this, and wanted to share:
"we hypothesise that imbalances of the microbiota-gut-brain axis induced by consuming a MgD [magnesium deficient] diet, contributes to the development of depressive-like behaviour."

Wheat Free Recipes / Re: New source of good recipes!
« on: February 21, 2018, 09:29:11 AM »
I corrected the nom nom link in your post Barbara.   

And great to hear from you BarbinNC.  It's been a long time.  Hope all is well in your world.

Wheat Free Recipes / Re: Best Keto Pecan Cookies
« on: February 21, 2018, 09:25:30 AM »
Did you get the cookbook on kindle then? 

Wheat Free Recipes / Re: Best Keto Poundcake
« on: February 21, 2018, 09:23:35 AM »
Thanks for sharing Barb!

General Discussion / Food boxes instead of food stamps
« on: February 13, 2018, 12:18:59 PM »

Wonder what kind of government-picked items would be in this box!  Kind of scary.   You just need to look at school lunches, where ketchup is a vegetable.   The special interest component would be huge if they went through with this!   I'm sure it would have lots of GMO corn and soy in there.  Canned vegetables that have lost all their nutrition.  A high carb diet I'm sure.   And think about the different food sensitivities people have.  Yikes.

General Discussion / Re: Fiber Menace
« on: February 12, 2018, 08:39:06 AM »
Well... you can always eat a lot of butter.  ;D

General Discussion / Re: Fiber Menace
« on: January 20, 2018, 05:57:05 PM »

General Discussion / Re: International LCHF Day is Today!
« on: January 20, 2018, 05:53:43 PM »
lol.  They actually have that?

General Discussion / Re: Fiber Menace
« on: January 11, 2018, 08:31:29 PM »
Did you know that eating only cooked cooled potatoes can put you in ketosis?

General Discussion / Collagen may impact your mood by reducing tryptophan
« on: January 07, 2018, 01:31:13 PM »
Interesting article:

"Tryptophan-depletion studies have been done for years, as a way to study the relationship between low serotonin and depression.  Often a tryptophan-deficient amino acid mixture is used for this purpose. More recently, collagen and gelatin are being used."

General Discussion / Re: Fiber Menace
« on: January 06, 2018, 10:17:27 AM »
Bill -  what is your thought on resistant starch?

I was reading more about the Potato Hack.   Interestingly, eating only cooked cooled potatoes for a 3 day period will put you in ketosis.

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