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  • #61
    Three girlie girls? They're adorable!

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    • #62
      Originally posted by marthat View Post
      Three girlie girls? They're adorable!
      Thank you! One can never get enough compliments about grandchildren . I'm not the doting type, so please excuse my temporary lapse! On the whole, I'm thoroughly enjoying the distance between me and the kids, lol.
      Started Feb 18 2011

      Tried basic primal and almost everything else in pursuit of IBS control, mood stability, and weight loss.

      Journalling here

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      • #63
        Lots happening here - the renovation is about at its halfway mark. The walls are up and almost stopped - another coat to go, some sanding, and then the plumber and electrician can get back in. There's still a couple of doors to frame and hang, too.

        Work is pressured, to say the least. I instituted a 'computer free' zone at the weekend, to stop work from leeching into all other areas of my life. It worked . But it also meant I couldn't read or post here! However, stress management is high on my list of priorities right now.

        Food - not so good. I have been getting more belly aches, lots of bloating, and back ache. I'm wondering whether I have a gall bladder problem, and am considering whether I need to go to the doctor. In the meantime, while I consider it (their first line of treatment is still to take it out and see if that resolved the problem. I'm not thrilled with that approach at all! It often doesn't work, for a start) I'm back to elimination and challenge to see if there's a problem with my food. I'm hoping it'll resolve with the basic diet of meat and selected veges and herbal teas. I've had a bit more fruit than I'm used to, although it's tended towards the low fructose end. Also increased tomato products - stewed, paste etc, and more onions - those are natural changes with the winter season and more stews, casseroles etc. So, another tweak is in order. I decided to avoid the small changes, since I had trouble evaluating those. Wish me luck
        Started Feb 18 2011

        Tried basic primal and almost everything else in pursuit of IBS control, mood stability, and weight loss.

        Journalling here

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        • #64
          beautiful pictures and awesome successes so far. You look fabulous in the pictures BTW.

          i was wondering if you'd gone to see the new baby! so glad you've updated us. you look so much younger and healthier than in your avatar picture!

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          • #65
            Cripes, it's been weeks since I was here! The renovation is almost complete , and I can't wait til it's all over. The carpet goes down on the 13th August, so we still have a couple of weeks of living in chaos - all the non-essential furniture is out in the sun porch. There is still some touching up to do, hanging one set of curtains and making another set (what a mission! Our bedroom curtains involved 2 drapes, each 7.5 metres wide and almost 3 metres high, with lining. Making them took a 15 hour marathon, with Tony helping to measure and pin). I also desperately need to get into the garden and get the roses pruned/moved and generally taken care of. There's just been no time!! I've fitted in a few visits to the babies, too.

            The plan for this weekend is to hang some pictures and the spare room curtains, and get into the garden. There's also a greyhound gathering on Sunday, on a fully fenced farm. That'll be fun - I love seeing them run just for the sheer joy of it .

            Food has been better than OK, not up to perfect. Trips away have been the main trouble points, mostly when we have visited older relatives. That's fine, though - life is settling down again. I seem to be very prone to FODMAP symptoms - more than I was before, I think.

            In these last very physically and emotionally demanding weeks I have been 100% grateful for my new healthy state. A year ago I couldn't have climbed ladders (3.5 meter stud = bloody high!), concentrated, and stayed cheerful day-in, day-out. It's still new enough to be amazing. I do want to get to the next stage of weight loss and strength - in fact I'm looking forward to it. I'm thinking that everything will be stable by September, to maybe increase my focus and make more demands on myself. First, though, I need a calm home space.

            Yeehaa - it's Friday!
            Started Feb 18 2011

            Tried basic primal and almost everything else in pursuit of IBS control, mood stability, and weight loss.

            Journalling here

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            • #66
              Damn, this journal is looking like someone ripped pages out of it . I'm having a life though, so that's good.

              Renovation is still going on, but the lists are down to 2 now .

              I've been pretty terrible at planning my food for the last few weeks (or months) with the result that I've had some less-than-ideal meals. IBS isn't as well controlled as it was, and the sugar craving is back, too. Dammit. I'm back to logging my food, but am doing it in a journal rather than on the computer. I'm just not spending as much time procrastinating as I used to - and that was my journalling time, lol. Anyway, it's not a big deal; it just means I need to adapt what I'm doing to fit with my current life. The meal planning will fall into line with the journalling - it always has in the past, anyway. Once I'm thinking again, I get to planning. It's a whole positive reinforcement cycle . We've had some gorgeous steak lately - I think our supermarket might have changed suppliers. Just melt in your mouth deliciousness. My lack of planning has reinforced that potatoes make my feet hurt, so I'm back on the kumara. And rice, while it does make my belly bloat up, doesn't do any systemic damage or last more than a day. Also, no matter how much coconut milk/cream I add, a breakfast of banana and blueberries will not last more than about 2 hours before I start thinking of food again!!

              I need to find a breakfast that is mainly protein, includes some carbs, can be pre-cooked, and doesn't have any dairy. I don't like eating within the first couple of hours of getting up - my digestion just hasn't woken up, and I feel out-of-sorts digestively for the rest of the day. If I do it for several days in a row, my digestion just shuts up shop and refuses to co-operate for the rest of the week. So, a breakfast that can be eaten at my desk or in the car if I'm driving is what's needed. Weekends I've been having bacon, eggs and banana - totally delish, and keeps me going til dinner time with no effort whatsoever. I want to replicate that in a fast-food kind of way!

              I'm heading up to Darwin for a conference in 2 weeks - can't wait! I'm really hoping it'll be sunny, because this end-of-winter season is just crap. Better write my presentation this week, though
              Started Feb 18 2011

              Tried basic primal and almost everything else in pursuit of IBS control, mood stability, and weight loss.

              Journalling here

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              • #67
                OK, the food journal has 'exposed' my way of thinking as pretty much a diet mentality. Shit, when did that happen . Not that it's showing up in low calories or anything, but it's more about what I can't eat than what I can eat. That could be why I'm struggling a bit - too many 'can't haves' holding my attention. Knowing that is fuel for a lovely big refocusing experiment!

                I'm having the next 3 days as 'meat and veges' days. Well, high quality protein (including eggs and fish) and non-starchy vegetables - but it doesn't roll off the tongue quite the same . I say 3 days because that's tolerable in terms of low carb-induced sleeplessness and mood drops, while also being long enough to see a difference in bloating. After the three days, I will probably reintroduce kumara, bananas and blueberries.

                I've had 3 scrambled eggs for breakfast, in coconut oil. I have a tomato based beef stew with lots of broth and some winter veges for lunch, and a whole box of peppermint tea-bags. Hospital water tastes truly terrible, but keeping hydrated will be the key to staying focused today.

                Last night I experimented with just having a very light blanket all night. I've been having night sweats for the last couple of months, with just the occasional restful night. I woke up cold sometime in the early hours, so pulled the duvet over me, but apart from that I felt great. It's still quite winter-ish, and the duvet isn't a heavy one by any means, but I seem to heat up when I sleep. I'm feeling very relaxed this morning . Nice!
                Started Feb 18 2011

                Tried basic primal and almost everything else in pursuit of IBS control, mood stability, and weight loss.

                Journalling here

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                • #68
                  I rounded off the day with chicken drumsticks and some greens. Felt good, energetic and cheerful. Not very focused, though - I seemed to race from one thing to the next, with nothing being finished or resolved.

                  Today I'm working from home, and just as scattered. I have a vague headache, and a fairly unfocused desire for something to eat alongside a faint feeling of nausea. I had more beef stew for breakfast - am totally over meat already. I couldn't finish the bowl, so the hounds will have a nice addition to their dinner tonight! Sleep was OK. Bloating and tummy ache are reduced already - I'm so focused, usually, on being comfortable that deliberately feeling uncomfortable is quite difficult to get my head around.

                  Later edit: it's 5pm, and I don't think I'm doing very well. I've had about 6 marinated mussels and a couple of glasses of water. I'm hungry, but can't face the thought of meat or eggs. Dammit. I'm very tempted to have a banana or some kumara with dinner, but then I won't have had the stones to even low carb for 2 days!! God, that's pathetic. I've emailed Julianne Taylor (paleo nutritionist) for a consultation to help me work through this and decide what is worth suffering for, and what's just stupid.
                  Last edited by Jac; 08-09-2012, 09:56 PM.
                  Started Feb 18 2011

                  Tried basic primal and almost everything else in pursuit of IBS control, mood stability, and weight loss.

                  Journalling here

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                  • #69
                    Today is the end of day 4 of low carb. My bloating, spasms and back pain have almost completely gone . I weighed this morning for the first time in ages - 89.5kg. Pretty good. I'm also quite relaxed about what to do when the low carb part of my 'diet' is done - I haven't regained at all on the usual primal/PHD fare, so that's brilliant.

                    My metabolic flexibility is way better than I expected - I thought all the kumara, bananas and slow gluten/sugar creep would have wrecked me again, but the damage isn't too bad. I was getting to the point of not skipping meals without irritability and shakes, and getting hungrier more often - now I'm able to wait to eat, and to keep doing things like painting etc with no more than an awareness of being hungry. Excellent.

                    I'm ordering some ketostix, and will try different foods and timing etc to get into and stay in ketosis. In the meantime, I'm also monitoring my mood - if I end up with several days of no laughing and a bit of shittiness I'll eat some kumara at dinner.

                    I have a few other things racing around in my mind - but I want to have a long bath and relax before I go to work tomorrow - I'm teaching the next 2 days, so they're always a bit challenging to my stress levels .
                    Started Feb 18 2011

                    Tried basic primal and almost everything else in pursuit of IBS control, mood stability, and weight loss.

                    Journalling here

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                    • #70
                      Beginning of day 6 of low carb - actually, probably very low carb. Yesterday I had very little breakfast (I fried some leftover chicken in coconut oil, but it turned out to be still dry and yucky, so I didn't eat much), then didn't get lunch simply because I forgot to take it. I think it beggars belief that in a hospital cafe you can't get any kind of high quality protein at all, and no veges that haven't been drenched in commercial dressings. Blech. So when I got home around 4 I had some mussels and a coconut milk custard. Then about 7.30 I had steak and veges. All in all, the food yesterday was badly timed, and didn't taste wonderful at all. I've been multitasking too much and letting things cook for too long. Better luck today!

                      Another teaching day, and I'm sitting in the dark sipping on cocoa with coconut milk. I have another custard for lunch. Wish me luck!!

                      Edited to add that I feel very odd. I don't know whether it's to do with stress, just plain tiredness, or what I've been eating. Or a combination of them all. I'm a bit light headed, my tummy can't decide whether it's nauseated or hungry, and my mood is, to put it bluntly, grumpy . I've had a couple of nights of poor sleep, partly because of the renovations coming to an end, and partly because I've been wakeful and hot. The carpet went down yesterday, and although we're pacing ourselves with putting furniture back in now, until last night everything has been rush-rush-rush. The upside of this is that I don't feel adrenaline fuelled today. Maybe a focused work day and a night of pottering about making the house pretty will help.

                      I find it very strange that carbs and sugars aren't calling to me.
                      Last edited by Jac; 08-13-2012, 01:25 PM.
                      Started Feb 18 2011

                      Tried basic primal and almost everything else in pursuit of IBS control, mood stability, and weight loss.

                      Journalling here

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                      • #71
                        Day 7 - weight is 89.1kg. Still vlc, but I don't know about ketosis - I ordered a blood test kit yesterday. It feels different to be doing vlc with an actual plan for ketosis. I've tried it before, using urine sticks, but was rarely in ketosis according to them and didn't lose weight predictably. I also got constipated and miserable, so it never lasted long! Weight loss has never, ever been predictable for me, and nor has energy or symptom control.

                        Yesterday I ended up with a few episodes of diarrhoea, but managed to hold onto dinner and today I feel fine. Hungry again, and a bit light headed. Breakfast soon!

                        Mood - fine. Yesterday was stressful +++, and I still was happy and able to focus when I got home. Not crashing is a good measure of how things are. No signs of depression.

                        IBS - well, the diarrhoea complicates that a bit, but I didn't have any spasms or bloating. Maybe it was a detox thing. I'm wearing jeans today at work, which is a good indication about the lack of pain and bloating . My wedding rings were actually rotating on my finger last night - another good sign! Oh, one other positive sign - Tony rubbed my feet last night, and they didn't hurt!! When IBS is flaring, the tops of my feet feel like they're on fire, and one rub across the top of them feels like I've been attacked with sandpaper. Last night - nothing!!

                        Weight - down. Might have been the empty-out, though. I need a pattern before I can say that it's working that way.

                        House - lovely!! We're replacing the furniture very slowly; cleaning, organising and decluttering as we go. We did the lounge furniture last night, and cleaned all the building material out of the hallway. Still have the bedroom to do, and then will have to tackle the office . . . but one thing at a time!
                        Started Feb 18 2011

                        Tried basic primal and almost everything else in pursuit of IBS control, mood stability, and weight loss.

                        Journalling here

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                        • #72
                          OK, I have no idea of what this means, but my ketones measurement at about 9am today was 0.3mmol/L. I had bacon and eggs for breakfast, in coconut oil, at about 7.45am. I'll have to keep reading to figure out whether that's OK or not. It's certainly not 'in ketosis' though.

                          Yesterday was a bit tough - I had mince and veges for breakfast at about 10am - all good. I didn't eat a lot of it, but it was satisfying. Then I went out for lunch and ordered the steak and egg with salad greens. I was hungry, but lost my appetite when I found a slug crawling across my plate. I stopped eating, and was still a bit hungry but not enough to ask for another meal (that one was free, after that little discovery). From that moment on, I was really hungry. I could have eaten anything by the time I got home, and (unwisely) had about 6 squares of 80% chocolate. Then I had a pork steak, a sausage, and some stewed tomatoes. Then I had a sweet hot cocoa - I put stevia in it, but it also had some sugar in the mixture. By that time I just didn't care. Then I had the last 2 sausages from dinner.

                          One explanation is that I didn't get enough fat - I'm not so sure about that, as the mince was fatty, and so were the steak and egg (I had probably 2/3 of it before I found the livestock). The other explanation, which I find more likely now I think of it, is that the lunchtime salad dressing was sweetened. If so, that's a pretty dramatic illustration of what an insulin surge can do when you're trying to eat for ketosis. I don't think there were any other variables yesterday.

                          On the bright side, I had a great sleep, woke before the alarm this morning, and started with a good breakfast. Now it's lunchtime and I find I've forgotten the leftover bacon I had packed to bring to work. Sigh. Fasting again today I guess! I think I'll stop on the way home, though, and get something spectacular for dinner. I'll need it, lol.

                          Edit: I found this explanation about ketone levels
                          Fed state: 0.1 mmol/L
                          Overnight fast: 0.3 mmol/L
                          Ketogenic diet: 1-3 mmol/L
                          21 day fast: 10 mmol/L
                          Uncontrolled diabetes: more than 25 mmol/L


                          There's the sweet spot I'm aiming for.

                          Edited again: I understand that consuming sugar can knock me out of deep ketosis for up to 3 days. If that's the case, then that reading wasn't too bad. I probably need to change to testing at a less variable time, though, like first thing in the morning before I eat anything. I imagine that the blood reading is much faster than the urine one.
                          Last edited by Jac; 08-15-2012, 07:36 PM.
                          Started Feb 18 2011

                          Tried basic primal and almost everything else in pursuit of IBS control, mood stability, and weight loss.

                          Journalling here

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                          • #73
                            03.mmol/L again this morning. I thought it would have moved!! That was taken immediately on waking. I'm really getting into this - it's a much more direct measurement of how my body works than anything I've tried before. I think it should get more intense over a few days.

                            Weight: 88.9kg I haven't been that weight since about 2005, when I did a brief and horrible diet that was 100g of completely lean protein, with lettuce, as often as I wanted. I lost about 8kg on that, and also lost the will to live. That was my last ever diet - I gained 15kg or so after that and went up to a size 22. Tony did it, too - he got down to about 85kg, but was too tired and miserable to keep it going. His memory of that time is of being so exhausted he didn't want to move. At the end of this little trip down memory lane, I'm delighted to report that my primal weight loss since Feb last year is now in excess of 17kgs. Hmmm, for the last few months I've thought it was about 11kg, but I started at 106kg. So, I now get clothes from the 'normal' racks .

                            Mood: pretty darned good .

                            IBS is OK, too. I'm getting a FODMAP pain after I've eaten veges, but that's lower abdomen and doesn't have the huge bloating, so I tend to not worry about it too much. However, I need to check the list of low fodmap veges and rearrange what I'm eating a bit.

                            Edited to add that I read one of Mark's posts on ketosis. He suggests that the range I'm in now is just fine for losing weight. However, it's a completely normal reading at that time of the morning. I think I'd be best to test after dinner to see if I maintain light ketosis through the day. Maybe. More reading to do!

                            Edit 2: This site says, among other things
                            One of the speakers at the Nutrition and Metabolism Society meeting in 2011 was Dr. Adam Hartman, who is an expert in the use of ketogenic for the control of epilepsy in children. He made an interesting comment on the timing of testing for ketones. When eating the typical mixture of foods that people normally consume in our society (a mix of proteins, carbohydrates and fats), ketones are highest in the morning. This makes sense because the least flow of carbohydrates in from the digestive tract is overnight, so the body burns some fat in the night. When eating a ketogenic diet, on the other hand, the most exposure to carbohydrates is overnight especially towards morning as the liver produces glucose to keep your brain fueled and to prepare you for getting up. Therefore, if you are eating a very ketogenic diet, the blood ketones go up during the day as you burn more fat for fuel.

                            Last edited by Jac; 08-16-2012, 02:19 PM.
                            Started Feb 18 2011

                            Tried basic primal and almost everything else in pursuit of IBS control, mood stability, and weight loss.

                            Journalling here

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                            • #74
                              Still reading and figuring things out. That level of ketosis could mean that my liver is still insulin resistant and isn't working as it should. That's a possibility. The other is that I need to test later in the day to see if I stay in ketosis when a 'normal' diet would have taken me out. Yet another thing to think about is that as long as I'm not fuzzy headed and tired, and as long as I'm losing weight, then I'm doing fine.

                              I downloaded Phinney's book on low carb eating - it's got a lot of detail, and is really useful for understanding what's happening. I've been wondering about having a high fat diet, though, if my plan is to use body fat as fuel. I'll get to that soon I guess. It's heartening to read that it can take the body weeks to get fully fat-adapted, especially if you've been a high carb queen! (That's my own phrase, not theirs ).

                              I've had pork chops and 2 custards of egg and coconut milk with vanilla and some stevia. Now I have a stomach ache, with gas and bloating. Too much coconut? Too much food? Hopefully it'll pass soon . . .
                              Last edited by Jac; 08-16-2012, 10:16 PM.
                              Started Feb 18 2011

                              Tried basic primal and almost everything else in pursuit of IBS control, mood stability, and weight loss.

                              Journalling here

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                              • #75
                                Saturday afternoon. There's good news and some not so good. The latter first - I have a freaking stomach ache, still!! I forgot to add to yesterday's food that I also had 1/2 avocado - which is something I haven't had for years. It's a fodmap food - wonder if that's the culprit? It's the only new food I've had. The other possibility is that the dressing I had on Wednesday had milk solids in it but that seems very unlikely. For a start, it was completely clear so I didn't notice it on the salad. There is still the possibility that it's some kind of tolerance thing with the coconut, but I've tended towards simple diarrhoea and a bit of nausea in the past when I've overdone it. This is now 24hours old, waking me in the night, and I'm over it!! I haven't taken any pain relief - I just don't want to give in to it. I'm back with the very plain food, so it'll pass soon enough.

                                Better news - I measured ketones at 9pm last night, and they were 0.5mmol/L. This is great, because I'd eaten all day and they were higher than my morning fasting levels. Excellent! I had a few squares of dark chocolate last night, and a glass of diet lemonade (this was comfort food, I think) so will be interesting to see what they are tonight.

                                In other good news - I weighed 88kg exactly this morning. I'm not getting too wound up about it - I often weigh less in the weekend because I stay in bed longer and tend to have peed twice before I bother with the scales. I have to admit a quiet woot, though .

                                I'm a little . . . concerned isn't the right word . . . aware?? that I'm going to a conference in Darwin this week. I leave home on Tuesday morning to work in town all day, stay overnight in Auckland on Tuesday night, and check in to the airport at 4.15am Wednesday. I fly home Sunday, arriving at 12.05am Monday morning. In that time I'm staying with a friend who is very dairy intolerant, so from that angle I'll be perfect. However, she's a low fat eater and doesn't eat much protein either. She'll be happy for me to have eggs for breakfast, but lunch is going to be difficult as it's conference food. My plan to be completely dairy free, and get my fats and protein where I can. I'll be grain and sugar averse and see how I go. I'm trusting that my body is flexible enough that I'll be back in ketosis within a couple of days of getting home. I won't measure while I'm away.

                                Again with the cheerful - it's about 32degC during the day over there. Mary (the friend I'm staying with) tells me that they last had rain in March and are confidently expecting another shower by November! I can't wait. It's been a rainy winter here, so I'll be sooo happy in the heat! I plan to soak in it every day. I also had to go shopping to get a couple of light tops, since all mine are floppy and tent-like . I realised that if I lose another dress size, I won't be able to shop at my favourite 'big girl' store any more!! I'm now a small in their sizing, and they don't have many choices in the XS range. Talk about a problem.

                                Food last night was chicken drumsticks. That's all I had for dinner. Then the aforementioned chocolate and lemonade - which I don't feel bad about at all. It was lovely. This morning we went out for breakfast and I made a spectacle of myself by ordering 1/4 of a chicken (the leg part), and having a small tomato with it. Lol. Yummy!! Dinner will be pork shops and veges - a few too many O-6's, but that'll even out in the next couple of days when I have a huuuuge beef rolled roast to cook and enjoy.

                                Mood and energy are both bloody marvellous!!
                                Started Feb 18 2011

                                Tried basic primal and almost everything else in pursuit of IBS control, mood stability, and weight loss.

                                Journalling here

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