Well, after spending yesterday reading this whole thread (!) I have to say, wow. What an amazing group of people. I am so inspired by the honesty and results and dedication to finding a healthy way to eat and live. Thanks so much to Pebble, who got the ball rolling on this thread and especially for making the calculation for NK eating so simple that even I can make sense of it.
In a nutshell, I am battling (yet again) to get my weight and fitness under control. I'm coming off 15 years of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, a year of chronic sinus infection, prolapsed disc x2, ruptured disc and 2 prolapsed discs, sprung rib, rotated vertebrae - and most recently, a bout of norovirus followed by a tooth extraction that got infected. The norovirus thing, which is like having food poisoning for a week, after which I could only eat potatoes for a week, really acted as a circuit breaker. After getting really fit and lowering my weight almost to goal, a couple of years ago (that was after finally kicking the CFS, pretty much) it's been a nightmare of sickness and physical issues. But I'm confident that's behind me now and I can work my way back to optimum weight, health and fitness levels and never have to deal with this kind of nonsense ever again.
It's taken me a long time to really accept that I must eat primal/low carb if I'm to have any hope of sustaining my health, given that my immune system is permanently compromised. But now I think the NK angle is the final piece of the puzzle. It's only been a few days and I can already feel the difference. I'm really looking forward to the ongoing transformation.
Biggest tip as a newbie I can pass on is the absolute brilliance of bone broth/stock. I had some spatchcock at their use by date on Friday and for some reason I thought, hmm, I need to make some soup/broth out of this. The chicken, some celery, some sliced fresh ginger, fresh garlic cloves, mixed peppercorns and sea salt, simmered in a heavy pot on the stove for 4 hours. Meat, bones and stuff taken out - and I drank the whole lot in one day. I could feel my body weeping with joy at the kick of healthy salts, fats and minerals. I'm now making it a daily intake, but now I soak the meat/bones in the water with a splash of apple cider vinegar for an hour first to help leach the bones. The stock really really helps with the NK transition, and the electrolyte issues that can arise.
Because I have body image/binging/emotional eating issues I'm not going to weigh myself very much at all. I have clothes that should fit and don't. I'll let them be my guide on this journey, for the most part. Also looking in the mirror. I'm not counting calories because that messes with my head too. I want to focus my energy on living and moving and climbing out from under the weight of so much ill health that has kept me so limited and in a small space.
Thanks! I look forward to sharing this journey with you.