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  • How do you feel when you're in ketosis?

    It's hard for me to describe the way I feel... I can feel the fat draining from my face, I become really aware of my thyroid's existence, I sort of feel like my body is attempting to figure out what bare minimum things it needs to survive, and then it starts burning everything else for fuel. This seems like a very good thing in the prevention of disease to me--when I think of cancer cells, I think of things that shouldn't exist. Cells in our bodies that shouldn't be there. Hopefully with a ketogenic diet, malicious extra cells will be the first to be burned? I can definitely tell that the primal way of life is better for me than any other eating/lifestyle plan I have ever followed. I haven't eaten since breakfast, and yeah, food sounds nice right now, but at the same time I'm mentally stable. I feel very aware of the realities being ignored by those around me, who eat SAD foods unquestioningly and never have the thought, "I am my body." Each time I fast I believe I become a more efficient beast, reduced to my essential self, my "essence," and free of unnecessary things. It's very meditative for me.

    What does it feel like to you?

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    To me it feels exceptionally awake and aware. I can feel my heart beating and hear my breath. I feel like I could chase down a woolly mammoth for dinner or run like hell to avoid being dinner for a saber toothed tiger.

    Keto-land has been my permanent home for a while now so this feeling has become the new normal. I wouldn't want to go back to life without it. This is why I wonder at all the people saying how the cookies at the office are such a "temptation", etc. I am not in the least tempted. Why would I want to leave this awesome place even temporarily? For a cookie? Why?

    Also being in ketosis for me means perfect seizure control on 25% less medication than before and I plan to cut that back further gradually. The medication I'm cutting back is a barbiturate so getting some of that out of my system is an added bonus.

    And I hope what you said about cancer cells is true as well. Five and a half years cancer free and planning to stay that way.
    Last edited by Paleobird; 11-15-2012, 06:17 PM.

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    • #3
      While I was in ketosis I felt like I was going to die. I was in more pain in ketosis than I was when I was stabbed in the stomach. Not even exaggerating.
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      • #4
        I feel ... smooth. I have this very steady energy flow, like a throttle that's got the exactly perfect mix. Other foods "tempt" me only in the context of remembered pleasure - in the last 3 years I've learned they don't please like that any more.

        The feeling of being lean, and smooth, and coordinated is very subtle - and addictive in its own way.

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        • #5
          I notice it the most when I would get in a good hard workout (it's been a while. It's difficult to work out hard when you're 8 months pregnant), and at that point I felt like a veil had been lifted from my head/eyes. Everything reached a new level of clarity and almost hyper-sensitive/aware. Looking forward to getting that feeling back again next spring/summer
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          • #6
            I feel removed from hunger; it no longer controls me. I still love food and cooking but I'm not desperate to eat.

            On Thanksgiving we are having some vegetarian guests and it just occurred to me that I probably should have appetizers, the idea of eating something before we eat a full, rich meal seems unnecessary but then I remembered being at their house and they are always noshing on something. I guess that's the difference between eating the way we do, feasting and fasting and the way vegetarians eat, constant grazing.
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            • #7
              Originally posted by Derpamix View Post
              While I was in ketosis I felt like I was going to die. I was in more pain in ketosis than I was when I was stabbed in the stomach. Not even exaggerating.
              I think that might perhaps have more to do with the 30 cups of coffee you said on another thread that you drink per day than with the ketosis. Your poor adrenals must be begging for mercy.

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              • #8
                I feel great now, so I don't think so.
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Paleobird View Post
                  I think that might perhaps have more to do with the 30 cups of coffee you said on another thread that you drink per day than with the ketosis. Your poor adrenals must be begging for mercy.
                  I was thinking the same thing. That sounds like a perfect sign of acute caffeine toxicity to me!
                  "The cling and a clang is the metal in my head when I walk. I hear a sort of, this tinging noise - cling clang. The cling clang. So many things happen while walking. The metal in my head clangs and clings as I walk - freaks my balance out. So the natural thought is just clogged up. Totally clogged up. So we need to unplug these dams, and make the the natural flow... It sort of freaks me out. We need to unplug the dams. You cannot stop the natural flow of thought with a cling and a clang..."

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                  • #10
                    How bored must you have to be to troll a niche nutrition forum? I gotta wonder.

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                    • #11
                      Adrenal fatigue is bogus

                      lol at thinking I'm trolling. Glucose is the ONLY energy source that the brain can use, so I guess that explains a lot
                      Last edited by Derpamix; 11-15-2012, 09:11 PM.
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                      • #12
                        When I am in ketosis I usually feel very satisfied after a meal. Protein and fat make my stomach feel good. When I haven't eaten anything in a few hours I don't feel hungry but I feel the desire to eat, like I want the taste but I don't need it. It is very strange compared to how I felt before which would be just hunger. I guess that is me being in fat burning mode.
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                        • #13
                          The only real difference I notice in ketosis is lack of hunger. If more than a couple of days, it gets to where I have to force myself to eat. And in small spaces, I can pick up the scent of my breath.

                          Since the weather changed, I haven't really been in the mood for fruit, so I notice "signs" of ketosis more frequently. I tend to lower carb eating naturally, so I guess taking fruit out of the equation is why I'm noticing it more often. It's not necessarily something I try to do, just something of which I'm aware.
                          Last edited by JoanieL; 11-16-2012, 12:12 AM.
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Derpamix View Post
                            Adrenal fatigue is bogus

                            lol at thinking I'm trolling. Glucose is the ONLY energy source that the brain can use, so I guess that explains a lot
                            30 cups of coffee and you think Adrenal fatigue is overrated ?
                            Wow.

                            I say good luck for the major crash you'll experience in some months.
                            Last edited by Daydreamer; 11-16-2012, 01:28 AM.
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                            • #15
                              For me, it kept hunger in check as well. IF, including most daily 24s and some weekly 48s was a big part of it. But nothing much else seemed to be working for me anymore. Maybe it was at first, but then it stopped. Weight loss stopped, sleeping well stopped. Energy to exercise stopped.

                              I have switched some things around and things are progressing once again. If/when it stops working, I will try keto again as a way to shake it up. It might be a good maintenance for me, I will see when I get there but this time pay attention to the sleep and energy aspects. That may or may not have been from keto, so I just know now the things to pay attention to.
                              65lbs gone and counting!!

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