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    I have been using ketosticks the past 2 days to monitor my level of ketones, mainly for interests sake. I had trace amounts by the end of the first day moderate amounts yesterday, trace this morning before sprints and none after sprints, two hours later and I have the level between trace and moderate....


    Can anyone explain why after sprinting I would have no ketones till a few hours later (no food intake before sprints, only cup of decaf and cup of water)? Also can ketones appear due to a high fat meal rather than your body using stored fat for fuel?


    Looking forward to your replies. Cheers Kaz


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    This may give you some info (some links at the bottom)?

    http://www.lowcarb.ca/tips/tips011.html

    The "Seven Deadly Sins"

    Grains (wheat/rice/oats etc) . . . . . Dairy (milk/yogurt/butter/cheese etc) . . . . . Nightshades (peppers/tomato/eggplant etc)
    Tubers (potato/arrowroot etc) . . . Modernly palatable (cashews/olives etc) . . . Refined foods (salt/sugars etc )
    Legumes (soy/beans/peas etc)

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    Thanks Tarlach. Have had a look and it answers the questions perfectly.


    Cheers


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    I hardly ever go into Ketosis.Do you do a regular fast?


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    Hi Graeme,'


    I am new to primal eating, have cut out grains and most diary over the past month and after reading Marks book I have decided to take the plunge, the theory really sits well with me. I have just completed my first 15 hour fast this morning, and aim to build it by an hour each week, easing in. I found myself very hungry after the fast this morning, went for 1.5 hr walk then waited another half hour before eating. I am still hungry after having breakfast. I am going to start a diary today so you all can give me some pointers as I go along. I dont consume much fruit (only berries) eat heaps of veges at lunch and dinner but am struggling getting the carbs above 50g a day. Some days they have been below 30g, hence the ketosis.


    I have just read the weight loss section of Marks book and see that it isnt necessary to go into ketosis, which is great. I was just playing around with it for interests sake more than anything.


    Tips on increasing the carb intake would be good.


    Cheers Kaz


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    kaz.au, more fruit would do it... do you just not like fruit other than berries? I mean, I think one banana has 28g of carbs (don't quote me on that) so that would help if you're trying to get your carbs up.


    Is there a problem with having the carbs so low though?

    Eating lots but still hungry? Eat more fat. Mid-day sluggishness? Eat more fat. Feeling depressed or irritable? Eat more fat. People think you've developed an eating disorder? Eat more fat... in front of them.

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    Thanks FNW,


    I do have some probs with fruit, I have had a terrible time with my hormones over the past few years and when my estrogen bottomed out, I developed these terrible rashes on my abdomen (doctors couldnt diagnose them). They are intensely itchy and get very inflamed, to the point that I could have gouged holes in myself. Overtime I noticed that different foods including fruits caused them to flare, like an allergy. So I dropped fruit because of that, and I had never been a huge fan anyway. I actually never ate any fruit before my hormonal disaster because it always made me quite hungry.


    Since getting my hormones back on track (having a cycle again only 33), the rash has remained somewhat waiting to flare. I have noticed nuts also aggravate it, so am going to cut them out as well. I will have to eat lots of avocado and organic butter I think to get the fats up to a good level. I am contemplating seeing a specialist dermatologist to get it diagnosed correctly as a form of skin lymphoma can present similar rashes (have been researching the rash on the net) and often goes undiagnosed by mainstream doctors and pathologists.


    Anyway raving a bit, but I do enjoy half a banana occasionally so might start having half a banana a day with some berries. I dont see that having low carbs would be too bad, but I have ramped up the exercise and will begin strengh training again when I get my kettlebells so might cause fatigue then. Would love to hear peoples opinions.


    Cheers Kaz


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    I don't think you'll be fatigued if you keep the intensity at the right level (moderate in general) but I'm not sure... I'm still not exercising yet (recovering from surgery) so I don't know how my body will react, but I feel very energetic and my carbs have been pretty low.


    I hope you get that rash issue under control! It does not sound like any fun at all!

    Eating lots but still hungry? Eat more fat. Mid-day sluggishness? Eat more fat. Feeling depressed or irritable? Eat more fat. People think you've developed an eating disorder? Eat more fat... in front of them.

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