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    Satiety, Intuition, and Sustainable Body Composition

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    A bit of a headache this afternoon, probably what others have called the "low-carb flu" as the body adjusts.
    Having 100g potatoes (20g carb) at dinner to try and curb the insomnia.

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    Sleep was not too bad.

    MFP puts yesterday at 80g carb, 1600 cal.

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    Hey M Claire, welcome It's great that you realised the dissonance between the promised results sand the actual results arising from what we have all been taught to follow. For some reason, I believed the food pyramid etc for 20 years even though it clearly DID NOT WORK in practice. I wish you all the best of health as you continue your journey.

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    Thank you Annie!
    I am sure it will be an enlightening, and in any case much happier, journey than the paths that I've been on previously.
    I am above all trying not to get too tangled up in the details at this stage (ratio of beef to pork to seafood to poultry - ratio of SFA to PUFA to MUFA) and just get used to giving my body what it has been asking for.
    I am also relieved to see how many vegetables I can eat and still stay well under 100g of carbs. It really is not as extreme as the naysayers make it out to be.
    I am using MFP at this point. It is not my favorite and I hope that after a few months I won't need it, but I don't think I would know where I am at other wise at this time.

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    I woke up feeling good today. I will probably do a compressed eating window because I am not especially hungry.

    I could not find coconut butter, but the local co-op did carry creamed coconut. It is very tasty.

    Feeling so-so this evening. I think lunch was a bit too hefty. Then again, so-so is still way better than usual. My energy levels are good and my mental clarity is exceptionally good for this time of day. Woot to that!
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    Additional thoughts about Xylitol

    Okay, after poking around, here is what I have come up with:

    There is anectodotal evidence in low carb eating humans and concrete laboratory evidence in rats that high xylitol consumption arrests ketosis.

    It is reported that the human body produces 5-15g of xylitol per day. That being said, endogenous xylitol is produced during carbohydrate metabolism. So, we Primal folk, who are eating anywhere from 10-30% the amount of carbs that a traditionally starch based culture would eat (roughly 450g per day in both Europe and Japan), are presumably making much less.

    In summary, I think the amount that I am using for oral health (6-10g daily) is most likely not enough to interfere with ketosis. But it would be wise for me to be particularly attentive to how my body feels if I were to attempt conventional dessert making with it.

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    Day 7

    My complexion is completely clear. It looks really good.

    However, I am still having big problems with night wakefulness and trouble falling back to sleep. I hope that it passes soon because it is starting to take a toll on my energy levels and I don't like not feeling rested when it is time to get up.

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    Day 7 has been quite hard. I have had really low energy and low awareness. I feel like the night wakefulness is catching up with me. I hope it passes soon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by M Claire View Post
    I really, really love satiety! Day after day I have been amazed because I feel so full and satisfied, but calorically, I am actually eating significantly less than I did when much of my diet came from starches. My appetite feels naturally reduced. As a simple reflection on the excellent "Self Identity" article that Mark put up a few days ago, maybe I can finally come to identify myself as one of those "naturally slim/fit people". It feels like I have had a naturally svelte person inside me all along who has just been waiting for me to feed her the right things. I don't actually feel like the unbalanced food obsessed person that I thought I was. That is priceless.
    Brilliant stuff, M Claire.

    Sorry about the short sleep, I hope it sorts itself out soon. My sleep improved no end when I started primal, but just lately I've had a few nights where I wake for some reason and can't go back to sleep so I have no bright ideas that might help right now.

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