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  • Has anyone tried using just regular olive oil?

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    • I have a question. I suspect I may have some minor gallbladder issues (I get mild pain in the area a few times a week). Would the oils cause more problems if it is my gallbladder acting up?

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      • Originally posted by lala70 View Post
        Has anyone tried using just regular olive oil?
        I noticed people earlier in the thread using regular olive oil. They said they just had to hold their noses since it has more flavor.
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        • Originally posted by sunnie123 View Post
          I noticed people earlier in the thread using regular olive oil. They said they just had to hold their noses since it has more flavor.
          Thanks! I used some this morning,I didn't mind it at all. I have organic coconut oil but it solid and that seems a little disgusting to me.

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          • I've had a rather amazing day - for me, anyways. I skipped lunch! This NEVER happens, but today it was no problem - go figure! I had 3 slices of good bacon and 2 eggs for breakfast, plus black coffee. Then I took my son to town for grocery shopping, took him home, did some running around and next thing I know it's almost 1 p.m. and I still really want to run at the Y before going home (15 mins outside of town). What to do - I haven't eaten? So I took the grapes from the grocery bags in the trunk, ate about 15, then went for a good 2 mile run on the indoor track, followed by a half mile of sprints. Total about 30 minutes. Then a leisurely shower and steam room, and a trip to my local running store for new shoes. Another hour, fueled only by a few more grapes. Then, as soon as I came home (after 3:30 p.m.) I took my ELOO oilshot. Now it's been an hour more, almost 5 and still haven't had anything to eat - amazing!! I need to start to thinking about making supper, but I'm not desperate for anything at the moment.

            Love this feeling!

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            • Originally posted by lala70 View Post
              Thanks! I used some this morning,I didn't mind it at all. I have organic coconut oil but it solid and that seems a little disgusting to me.
              I measure out a Tablespoon, put it into a shot glass or egg cup and nuke it for about 40s on high. I always test it before shooting it back and following with a glass of water. Be very careful not to overheat and burn yourself. /lu
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              F, 48, 5'10"
              Start Date: 25-06-12 @ 161lbs
              Goal Reached: 30-09-12 @ 143lb. Now bouncing between 145lb - 149lb. I'd like less bounce and more consistency :-)

              Started Cross Fit 20.12.12 ---- Can't wait to submit my success story on the 1st anniversary of starting primal.

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              • I'm signing off on the Shangra-La Diet. Big thanks to all!

                Big thanks to everyone on the Shangra-la discussion stream. I believe this to be an effective and wonderful tool for curbing appetite, usurping cravings, including alcoholic beverages. I will definitely use this tool again at some point in my life.

                Now that I've started crossfit, I 'm switching over to LeanGains to give the body recomp programme a try. This includes increasing my protein intake substantially on work out and non work out days. So, taking oil to suppress my appetite is counter productive.

                I've figured out my macros needed to gain muscle and I'll admit that the idea of eating all this food freaks me out, but I'm throwing caution to the wind in the pursuit of a stronger body. My coach last night commented on how I have a very strong physique but I really need to grow some muscle to hang on it :-) Should I panic and need to drop some pounds, I'll be coming back to the Shangra-la diet. BIG THANKS TO HEATSEEKER -- a fellow crossfitter -- may we someday meet at the World Games! Oooooo Raw! /Lu
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                F, 48, 5'10"
                Start Date: 25-06-12 @ 161lbs
                Goal Reached: 30-09-12 @ 143lb. Now bouncing between 145lb - 149lb. I'd like less bounce and more consistency :-)

                Started Cross Fit 20.12.12 ---- Can't wait to submit my success story on the 1st anniversary of starting primal.

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                • Good luck with Leangains! I had a lot of success with it as far as strength gains.

                  I will see you at the Games. (In oh, around 2017. Heh.)

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                  • Originally posted by Louisa655 View Post
                    I measure out a Tablespoon, put it into a shot glass or egg cup and nuke it for about 40s on high. I always test it before shooting it back and following with a glass of water. Be very careful not to overheat and burn yourself. /lu
                    Thanks! Good luck with LeanGains

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                    • Originally posted by heatseeker View Post
                      Good luck with Leangains! I had a lot of success with it as far as strength gains.

                      I will see you at the Games. (In oh, around 2017. Heh.)
                      The gauntlet is down!
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                      F, 48, 5'10"
                      Start Date: 25-06-12 @ 161lbs
                      Goal Reached: 30-09-12 @ 143lb. Now bouncing between 145lb - 149lb. I'd like less bounce and more consistency :-)

                      Started Cross Fit 20.12.12 ---- Can't wait to submit my success story on the 1st anniversary of starting primal.

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                      • Originally posted by Leida View Post
                        I am not plateauing, I am gaining ever since I stopped counting and starving in what, November?

                        As for foods I am eating, I eat food, most of it paleo and a bit of junk and empty. I am done with trying to find a miraculous way of eating that will keep me both happy and "not fat". It doesn't exist, my body simply wants more fat, and always did. Even at 120 lbs I am still plump, and not being plump (I can only guess it would be ~ 100-110 lbs range) involves the completely unsustainable lifestyle. I kept my weight artificially down through limiting intakes and variety. Now I try to eat when I am hungry, really hungry, not trying to fill a void of some other emotion, and learning to stop when I am full - and I finally actually get full. I also try hard to pick the healthiest food from the type that my body asks for, because I know it will lash out if I try to substitute what I think is better for what it needs and I will just go on eating the 'right' choices but feeling unsatisfied because my body needs a banana, not meat.

                        Despite the fat belly in the mirror, that's the first time in years that I feel better about myself. Not yet to the point of sincerely believing that I am beautiful, but at least not equating being fat as being bad and stopping the mentality of the criminal eating. And I want freedom from numbers and oversight. I have counted and tracked calories, minutes of exercise, hours between meals, servings of fruit, laps swam, pieces of gum per day, total and net carbs, fats, proteins, fibre, weights lifted, body fat%, inches at 5 different places on my body, sizes, and gods only know what else. I have had tried many WOE that required complex eliminations and thinking about eating all the time. No more. Done.

                        Oil shots are great for me, and I will keep doing it along with working on stopping eating when I am full. I enjoy not thinking about food once I am full. I will do what I find fun in the gym and out doors, and my body will respond however it wishes. It is hard to get there, and a lot of my mind resist the effort, but if I don't do it, if I don't learn to be content with what my body can do, I will just continue to be miserable and for no good reason. There are better things than working 24/7 on being 'not fat'.
                        Leida, this post and the couple before this have totally made my day. You and I are a lot alike and lately, I've been thinking about the fact that this hamster wheel that so many of us have been on (for years, decades....) has been taking our focus off of the bigger picture and making us miserable - not to mention what it's been doing to our bodies!

                        I have more to say, but have to be heading off to work before too long here - I just wanted to tell you how happy I am to read that you've had these "a-ha!" moments lately. I really hope that you (we) are able to stay focused on this and enjoy the bodies and health that we have been blessed with. We'll probably always strive to feel better and be healthier and at our best, but I think we've been guilty of letting perfect be the enemy of good! You are a good person, you are smart, you are strong. You've got a body that any woman would absolutely love to walk around in even for a day. Be kind to it.

                        Keep enjoying life! Your body, mind and family will thank you!

                        Btw, I have this little prediction in the back of my head that by giving your body a break and nourishing it while letting it heal from all of the years of chronic dieting, you may just be pleasantly surprised by what happens after it no longer feels like it needs to protect you from an ensuing famine. Keep on doin' what you're doin'!!
                        Life is not a matter of having good cards, but of playing a poor hand well.

                        - Robert Louis Stevenson

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                        • Great posts! Well 2.5 weeks in on 1 meal a day. And a week in on CO shots. The oil is def making it easy to not think about food. Almost too easy. Yesterday I ate 6 short ribs for the whole day. Was shaking my head on that one. Even eating only 1 meal a day, I def eat a nice bowl full of food, so this was quite enlightening. And thrilling really. Am noticing that I am shrinking. So are other people. It feels good to hear that finally. I have been stuck in this dreadful heavier body so long. Am excited for spring, want to look good, feel good, and wear whatever I want for a change. I really enjoy following everyones progress. Thank you for sharing.

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                          • I've decided not to do the SLD but have substited coconut oil as the only oil I use except for evoo for raw salads. I also use Lets Do Raw creamed coconut and coconut milk for a bullet coffee in the morning. This is something I can handle and the health benifits are great. Already feel lots better. Slight loss of weight but any downward trend that I can keep up is worthwhile. Coconut oil instead of butter on popcorn is GREAT and used to be used in theatres before the industries banned it. Same with co on chips. (experimentation obvious reason for small weight loss) I'm in love with this stuff, haven't felt so nourished (therefore not that hungry) in ages

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                            • Down another pound today. Crazy. 11 days ago I was 139.6, today 135.0. I still don't really know if I believe that this is happening

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                              • Originally posted by lorichka6 View Post
                                Down another pound today. Crazy. 11 days ago I was 139.6, today 135.0. I still don't really know if I believe that this is happening
                                Believe it! It worked like that for me when I started years ago, and I'm hoping it will again. I maintained my 18 lb weight loss for well over a year before letting things slide again (Why, oh why, do we do this to ourselves???). Great work!

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