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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.
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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Quote 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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    I feel great now, so I don't think so.

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    Quote 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!

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