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[Question] My moms in the hospital and I’m stress eating everything in sight.

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It’s been a week long situation, VERY stressful and possibly life threatening. I feel silly posting this as it’s not a priority, my mom is, but she is sedated and I’m just sitting here wanting to eat even more so figured I’d vent-post. I’ve been doing Paleo pretty good for almost a month now, but this week it changed and I’m not responding correctly. I’ve had a few slip ups this week eating little pieces of cake or something once a day, but overall calories were moderately low, I avoided eating bread or pasta, so not the end of the world. Once moms back at home and ok, I’d sigh the ship, no problem. Well, that may not happen or at least not anytime soon and today the floodgates opened. I’ve eaten everything I can find and it’s ALL been junk food. Donuts, chips, candy bars, yogurt, pudding, fried chicken, Chinese food, egg rolls, chow mien noodles, chic-fil-a sandwich (hey it was free) cookies, pastries, lemon bars, coconut bars, custard pie, popcorn, 6 cups of coffee with heavy cream, steak, all in all I’d bet I’ve eaten about 10 thousand calories of pure junk and that may be a low estimate. I kid you not, It was non stop eating of crap all day long, from 5AM on. Whats scary is that I didn’t even realize it until now, after dinner. It’s like all I was doing was trying to pacify the mind to not scream while I’m stuck in this building, and my mind tricked me into not realizing what I was doing. (thats not an excuse, just trying to explain I didn’t even see what I was doing, I was blind to my own actions like it was involuntary, which of course it isn’t.) I’ve had a minor issue with food in the past where I would, sometimes, emotionally eat SOME ice-cream ( a coffee mug amount) , or SOME chips (a cereal bowl worth) , once in a great while when life got REALLY out of hand. But I never ate ALL the food, at once, as much as I can stuff in my face for 12 hours non stop like I did today. I kept it all together for my family but lost it diet wise. I tried to go walk 2 miles and just felt gross so quit after 1. This is concerning, embarrassing, adds to the stress level and quite unlike me to this severity. The odd thing is, I never got full. I’m still not full and could eat more. I know this won’t fix the reality of the situation before me but it’s not helping and my actions aren’t my normal self.

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Brussel Sprouts, red pepper and cilantro

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I always get questions about brussel sprouts recipes. I guess because there are only so many ways to make brussels, right? Here one way I make them, Brussel Sprouts, red pepper, cilantro, and a few other ingredients. It’s super easy!

Brussel Sprouts with Red pepper and cilantro

On a quick side note. For people who live in Covington or Mandeville, bacobar has the BEST brussel sprouts. Like I’m obsessed. If someone can tell me what’s in their recipe, I promise I will buy you dinner. 

This week I’ve had a lot on my mind.. Nothing new there. But one thing I want to share is this quote/mantra I’ve sat with. “Inspiration will find you working.” I don’t know where I saw this. It’s so simple but it means a lot to me. Sometimes without a clear goal in mind, I have trouble finding motivation. I think we all deal with this sometimes. But what I have to remember is if I just continue to work the inspiration will find me. All we have to do is show up. Work without question. And let the answers come to us, in time. 

Medical school is a long journey. 4 years undergrad, 4 years medical school, +4-8 years of residency. We’re looking at 12-16 years of training “before you can do what you want.” I’m learning to love the journey. I get to help deliver  babies, scrub into interesting surgeries, and take it all in. Maybe I don’t have the freedom I want yet, and I’m still paying them not the other way around haha. But trusting the journey is all I can do. Even when it get’s hard. 

Brussel Sprouts with Red pepper and cilantro

In third year, finally I have time to do some things I love! Like see my friends and family, workout more, cook some new things, and explore my city. I can’t complain. What kind of posts do you want more of? Comment below. 

Brussel Sprouts, Red Pepper and Cilantro

Serves 3
an easy side dish packed with flavor

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Ingredients
  1. 1 lb of brussel sprouts, halved
  2. 2 tablespoons olive oil
  3. ½ lemon, juiced
  4. 2 pinches red pepper flakes
  5. 2 garlic cloves, minced
  6. Salt and pepper, to taste
  7. ½ cup cilantro, chopped
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 450F.
  2. Place halved brussels in large bowl.
  3. In a small bowl, mix olive oil, lemon, red pepper flakes, garlic, salt, and pepper. Drizzle on to brussel sprouts and toss with a spoon.
  4. Pour brussels onto baking pan. Place in oven for 15-18 minutes, or until tender.
  5. Remove and top with cilantro. Serve hot!
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Spaghetti Amatraciana

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Confession. This is my first real pasta post. Another confession. This will NOT be my last. I present, an amazing dish, Spaghetti Amatraciana. 

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In June I went to Italy with a group of friends to celebrate finishing our second year of medical school and taking our first round of boards. We flew into Rome. We spent half the trip in Rome, and half on the Amalfi coast in a little town called Atrani. My heart was SO full and my belly too. With pasta, wine, seafood, and gelato of course! OH oh and cannolis.

Healthy right? Well the Italians say they do eat pasta every day, but not like in America. Smaller portions, less sauce. They also start every morning with a croissant and a cappacino. A hearty breakfast. And one I could get used too.

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I went to a cooking class in Rome, specifically to learn how to make pasta. Let me start by saying they make it look easy. It was easy when we had chefs guiding us and helping us get the dough to the right consistency. Since then I have made pasta 3 times at home. It has not been easy and when I master it I will let you know. This recipe I used a gluten free brown rice pasta that came out delicious. I suggest you do the same unless you’re a pasta genius/chef already!
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I know it’s all “eat pray love” of me to fall in love with Italy… But I have no shame. I hope to visit Italy so many more times in my life. Rome had a romantic vibe that I couldn’t get enough of. Every street a new adventure and a new site to see. One afternoon we even heard a woman practicing opera outside of her window. That was a moment to remember.

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The coast was so beautiful. And you know it’s one of the most beautiful places in the world when the next week the Kardashians and other celebrities are visiting the very spot we boated to. We stayed in Atrani, but made our way to Amalfi, Positano, Ravello, and Capri. Each spot had a different charm. I was glad we stayed in Atrani, it felt like we were locals for a few days. Their world revolves around good food. I don’t think Italians go a day without an excellent meal. I’d like to live my life the same.

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Now a little bit about this recipe. This dish is called Spaghetti Amatraciana. The Italians said this is a splurge meal for them, because they don’t traditionally eat fatty meats every night. But I think it’s worth a try to impress yourself, or maybe cook for a friend or significant other. It may look like regular spaghetti, but it’s got a kick to it and the red sauce has the flavors of the fatty pork. So good. I made it once with pork belly and once with pork cheeks or jowl, aka guanciale. Traditionally Amatriciano is made with Guanciale. I found it at Rouse’s for you locals. I couldn’t find it at Whole Foods, but they do have pork belly.

With all out on the table, no I don’t eat Paleo anymore. I should write a post on it… maybe called “breaking up with paleo.” I just was sick of following food rules. And I looked at people like my grandparents who are in their mid to late 80s, thriving for their age, eating a very healthy diet without strict food rules, and I just didn’t think I needed it. I learned how to eat healthy, love vegetables, listen to body and find the balance of eating well. More on this to come if you’re interested.

Enjoy this Spaghetti Amatraciana!! Comment below with your thoughts. 

Spaghetti Amatraciano

Serves 4
a spicy twist on traditional spaghetti

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Ingredients
  1. 1 lb pork jowl
  2. 1 cup dry white wine (I use Sauvignon Blanc)
  3. 28 oz tomato puree
  4. 1-2 TB red pepper flakes, to taste
  5. Salt and pepper, to taste
  6. 14 oz brown rice pasta
  7. Parmesan, optional for topping
Instructions
  1. Cut the pork jowl into ½ inch pieces.
  2. Place in a large pot over medium-high heat. Cooking until almost crispy.
  3. Add dry white wine. Allow liquid to evaporate for about 10 minutes. Stirring frequently.
  4. Add tomato puree, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper. Continue stirring and allow flavors to incorporate.
  5. In the meantime, boil a separate pot of water. Add salt. Place your pasta in the water once it is at a boil. It may only take 3-5 minutes, if you want your pasta al dente.
  6. Serve hot!!
Notes
  1. For the brown rice pasta I used a brand called Tinkyada. It was delicious!
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[Discussion] Paleo diet-er, now questioning it.

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Hey everyone,

I have been following the Paleo diet for about three years now, but had a lapse last week while I was cottaging that has made me question the diet. My mother in law made these home made granola bars, and I tried one, and I was hooked. She made two bags of them, so I was eating a couple of them a day. And to my surprise, my digestive system was running the best and most consistent it has in three years.

Backstory: I have always had digestive issues, as does most of my family. My mom has IBS, my aunt as Chrones, the list goes on. So I was destined to have a wonky digestive system. There’s a list of foods I can’t eat (broccoli, cauliflower, nuts, etc.), and I am lactose intolerant.

Now I never really noticed many issues with my body being affected by grains, so don’t go thinking I jumped on Paleo because I was suffering from grains. I jumped on Paleo because it just seemed to glow with health benefits, but not because I was suffering from grains. And to the credit of Paleo dieting, in the three years I’ve been following the Paleo diet, my over all health has improved in almost every aspect except for one: my digestion. After three years on Paleo, my digestive system is still irregular; I go through episode after episode of constipation, bloating, never gaining consistency.

Now in these three years I have put in WORK trying to find what could be causing this. I have eliminated tons of different foods, added others, all while sticking to the rules of Paleo, and I have had ZERO success with it. And I’m not eating like crap either. I cook all my meals fresh at home, and they all include vegetables and I have some fruit during the day, fermented foods, other sources of fibre, and nothing has ever worked.

Now in that week that we were cottaging, my diet again was exactly the same as it is at home; Paleo. The only difference in my diet was I was eating these damn granola bars, and to my surprise, and sorry for the details, I was taking HUGE poops every single day that we were there. And healthy poops at that. It was the first time in three years I was going to the bathroom regular and not feeling bloated.

SO, my question to my fellow Paleo diet followers, what am I to do about this? I know that most of you won’t reccommend adding some whole grains to my diet as that would be conflicting with the Paleo restrictions, BUT, how do I ignore the fact that after three years of constipation and bloating following a Paleo diet, the only resolution I’ve had are whole grain granola bars?

Sorry for the long text.

Cheers!

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[Discussion] Paleo diet-er, now questioning it.

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Hey everyone,

I have been following the Paleo diet for about three years now, but had a lapse last week while I was cottaging that has made me question the diet. My mother in law made these home made granola bars, and I tried one, and I was hooked. She made two bags of them, so I was eating a couple of them a day. And to my surprise, my digestive system was running the best and most consistent it has in three years.

Backstory: I have always had digestive issues, as does most of my family. My mom has IBS, my aunt as Chrones, the list goes on. So I was destined to have a wonky digestive system. There’s a list of foods I can’t eat (broccoli, cauliflower, nuts, etc.), and I am lactose intolerant.

Now I never really noticed many issues with my body being affected by grains, so don’t go thinking I jumped on Paleo because I was suffering from grains. I jumped on Paleo because it just seemed to glow with health benefits, but not because I was suffering from grains. And to the credit of Paleo dieting, in the three years I’ve been following the Paleo diet, my over all health has improved in almost every aspect except for one: my digestion. After three years on Paleo, my digestive system is still irregular; I go through episode after episode of constipation, bloating, never gaining consistency.

Now in these three years I have put in WORK trying to find what could be causing this. I have eliminated tons of different foods, added others, all while sticking to the rules of Paleo, and I have had ZERO success with it. And I’m not eating like crap either. I cook all my meals fresh at home, and they all include vegetables and I have some fruit during the day, fermented foods, other sources of fibre, and nothing has ever worked.

Now in that week that we were cottaging, my diet again was exactly the same as it is at home; Paleo. The only difference in my diet was I was eating these damn granola bars, and to my surprise, and sorry for the details, I was taking HUGE poops every single day that we were there. And healthy poops at that. It was the first time in three years I was going to the bathroom regular and not feeling bloated.

SO, my question to my fellow Paleo diet followers, what am I to do about this? I know that most of you won’t reccommend adding some whole grains to my diet as that would be conflicting with the Paleo restrictions, BUT, how do I ignore the fact that after three years of constipation and bloating following a Paleo diet, the only resolution I’ve had are whole grain granola bars?

Sorry for the long text.

Cheers!

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[Question] Anyone have similar symptoms? Ideas on what it is? Treatment advice? Functional medicine?

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Hi everyone, I’m new to the group, but from reading and listening to Paleo “media”, it seems to be the closest thing I’ve found to a solution.

So I’ve been struggling with a group of symptoms that seem to be some kind of chronic/auto immune thing since about 19 years old. Many have gone on and off, but many have worsened over the years.

I was hoping to write a comprehensive report on this, and perhaps you fine people in different subreddits could help me figure out what the condition could be or at least share some information that would help me research it better and optimize treatment.

Here is an as FULL of a picture as I was able to put together about myself:

About me (sorry if this sounds like dating-profile info haha, just want to paint a full picture):

I am a 33/M, 5’9, 155lbs, athletic(looking) build, live in Northeastern USA, emigrated from Eastern Europe as a kid.

General Physical/Psych symptoms:

General anxiety, OCD (nervous ticks, little rituals, trying to control all variables), Low Stress Tolerance/easy overwhelm, chronic pain/stiffness/trigger points (upperback/neck/rear shoulder +lowerback/hips), IBS-C, sleep issues (waking up at night/problems falling back asleep, vivid bad dreams on with themes of insecurities), Low Sex Drive + Low semen volume on ejaculation, some Depression (sometimes), some difficulty concentrating.

  • Chronic pain/stiffness better with phys activity, hard trigger point massage, heating/cooling sauna, but only temporarily (although I’ve never done these things very regularly).

  • Back and joints also crack/pop and always feel like I need to do it to get relief.

  • My PT says I have lax ligaments making it harder to stretch muscles, but not hypermobile like “double-jointed” people

  • Physical activity: trying to get into functional training and swimming, but have really barely done either due to the bad sleep and aches/pains (probably should be doing it despite that). Go on a hike ~1/week.

  • IBS-C seems to be physical and mental: having quiet/private/calm time in the morning helps be go to the bathroom, as does eating well. If I don’t go in the morning, I feel more tired/stiff/not as sharp all day.

  • Sleep has been better last couple of weeks (not waking up at night is a big win for me), but not being very refreshed in the morning is a baseline for me.

Mental health:

Apart from described symptoms above, I have some complexes and insecurities that definitely seem to have a link to the past. More specifically problems fitting in in school as a kid and publicly shamed by classmates, strict/difficult parents, parent leaving the family in a bad way, 2 of my relationships being horribly toxic.

  • It seems that many symptoms I described in General, are psychosomatic, and get better with better mood and conditions, worse with more stress.

  • I am currently researching a good therapist for my situation.

  • I took Clonazepam in small doses (~.25mg) before sleep for ~4yrs, but stopped fully a few weeks ago.

  • Have struggled with getting into a career and being lost for the last 12 years, contributing to my distress. Finally taking some solid steps towards something in coaching/counseling/therapy though.

Dietary:

  • I have been eating a Paleo diet for the last couple of months, which seems to let me tolerate hunger easier, as well as improve my IBS-C – making it easier to go to the bathroom with better quality BMs (could also be the probiotic I take 2x a day).

  • I haven’t drank alcohol for a couple of months.

  • I am sensitive to sugar and dairy – feel more problems digestions and stiffness/pain-wise when I consume either.

  • Have been taking 5000IU Vit D 2x a day and 30 mins sun exposure (see below – deficiency)

Labs:

I have 3 tests from the last 2 years – blood and urine. Some are a little more comprehensive, but from just a normal PCP. Testosterone, TSH, B 12 levels seem to be pretty normal, but a deficiency in Vitamin D. I can post if needed.

Please let me know if I should include any other info, and I will do so. Thank you for your attention and help

P.S. might make a separate post later, but how do I find a good functional medicine practitioner near me? Will they have someone on staff for my psychological component as well?

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[Question] Suggestions for workout: Mark Sisson Primal Blueprint Fitness-inspired alternative to P90X?

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Hey there Paleo reddit,

This is my first post here. A little about me/my background, which inform my question:

  • Started eating primal in my early 20s, stuck with it for about 5 years. Was the healthiest I’d ever been (was overweight as a kid). Discovered P90X and did it on and off during this time. Kind of switched out P90X and Mark Sisson’s Primal Blueprint Fitness stuff back and forth. At one point was around 8 or 9% bodyfat even though I wasn’t really working out like crazy.
  • Had a bunch of life stuff happen, went off of primal for various reasons, and gained a bunch of weight.
  • A year ago, decided to fix my health and go back to eating primal and working out. Have been doing something like ~100-150g carbs per day (no grains or added sugar apart from dark chocolate and some fruit) since then.

I lost some weight, but still had a ways to go. I wasn’t really exercising regularly. I started doing some of the Primal Blueprint Fitness stuff again, but wasn’t really getting amazing results. I think the repetitiveness of it and lack of a definitive schedule was problematic for me.

About 6 months ago, I decided to give P90X another go for the first time in many years. After 2 rounds of it, I’ve lost more weight and am at a pretty good place.

The biggest positive for me with P90X is the variety combined with the definitive schedule that you stick to. It’s a program that I’ve gotten from somewhere else, and I can just follow it without wondering if what I’m doing is full-body/comprehensive enough.

After 2 rounds of P90X, though, I’m a little burned out. I don’t want to keep spending 9 hours per week working out. I like to do the Mark Sisson-style slow cardio stuff (long walks, hikes, etc), and I like sprinting per Sisson’s recommendations. I kind of feel like a good weekly sprint session is way more effective, less damaging to your joints, and more enjoyable than having to crank out P90X Plyometrics one per week for the rest of your life.

At the same time, though, I feel like the Primal Blueprint Fitness stuff is lacking a little when it comes to the resistance training aspect. I enjoy the act of lifting weights. I don’t necessarily want to put a bar on my shoulders and do squats or anything, but I like using freeweights and mixing in pullups, pushups, etc. Hence why the P90X weight stuff appeals to me.

The thing is, I still have a little more weight to lose. So I grabbed Sisson’s new (ish) Keto Reset Diet and decided to give it a go. A couple weeks in, I’m finding P90X even less practical to do. It’s just too much exertion, I think. Plus with Tony Horton suffering from a rare variety of shingles and Mark Sisson looking super healthy (they’re about the same age), it’s hard for me to believe that 9+ hours per week of P90X is “good” for you in the long run.

So for the past few weeks, I’ve been trying to do a significantly shortened version of P90X’s resistance workouts. Basically taking the 60 mins of weights and 15 mins of abs, and combining it into about 40 mins by cutting out the breaks and getting rid of an exercise here or there. I’ve also replaced Plyo with a sprint session, and shortened yoga to about 40-45 mins instead of 90. Doing lots of walking and hiking, too.

The issue is I kind of feel a bit wayward with the resistance stuff (seeing as how I’m kind of improvising), and also pretty bored. After doing the same exercises week after week for 6+ months, I’m starting to lose interest a little.

Has anyone else had a similar experience? Does anyone have a recommendation for a Sisson-inspired workout that’s a little heavier on the weights and lifting, rather than just being pushups/pullups/squats/plank?

Thanks everyone!

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[Question] Suggestions for workout: Mark Sisson Primal Blueprint Fitness-inspired alternative to P90X?

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Hey there Paleo reddit,

This is my first post here. A little about me/my background, which inform my question:

  • Started eating primal in my early 20s, stuck with it for about 5 years. Was the healthiest I’d ever been (was overweight as a kid). Discovered P90X and did it on and off during this time. Kind of switched out P90X and Mark Sisson’s Primal Blueprint Fitness stuff back and forth. At one point was around 8 or 9% bodyfat even though I wasn’t really working out like crazy.
  • Had a bunch of life stuff happen, went off of primal for various reasons, and gained a bunch of weight.
  • A year ago, decided to fix my health and go back to eating primal and working out. Have been doing something like ~100-150g carbs per day (no grains or added sugar apart from dark chocolate and some fruit) since then.

I lost some weight, but still had a ways to go. I wasn’t really exercising regularly. I started doing some of the Primal Blueprint Fitness stuff again, but wasn’t really getting amazing results. I think the repetitiveness of it and lack of a definitive schedule was problematic for me.

About 6 months ago, I decided to give P90X another go for the first time in many years. After 2 rounds of it, I’ve lost more weight and am at a pretty good place.

The biggest positive for me with P90X is the variety combined with the definitive schedule that you stick to. It’s a program that I’ve gotten from somewhere else, and I can just follow it without wondering if what I’m doing is full-body/comprehensive enough.

After 2 rounds of P90X, though, I’m a little burned out. I don’t want to keep spending 9 hours per week working out. I like to do the Mark Sisson-style slow cardio stuff (long walks, hikes, etc), and I like sprinting per Sisson’s recommendations. I kind of feel like a good weekly sprint session is way more effective, less damaging to your joints, and more enjoyable than having to crank out P90X Plyometrics one per week for the rest of your life.

At the same time, though, I feel like the Primal Blueprint Fitness stuff is lacking a little when it comes to the resistance training aspect. I enjoy the act of lifting weights. I don’t necessarily want to put a bar on my shoulders and do squats or anything, but I like using freeweights and mixing in pullups, pushups, etc. Hence why the P90X weight stuff appeals to me.

The thing is, I still have a little more weight to lose. So I grabbed Sisson’s new (ish) Keto Reset Diet and decided to give it a go. A couple weeks in, I’m finding P90X even less practical to do. It’s just too much exertion, I think. Plus with Tony Horton suffering from a rare variety of shingles and Mark Sisson looking super healthy (they’re about the same age), it’s hard for me to believe that 9+ hours per week of P90X is “good” for you in the long run.

So for the past few weeks, I’ve been trying to do a significantly shortened version of P90X’s resistance workouts. Basically taking the 60 mins of weights and 15 mins of abs, and combining it into about 40 mins by cutting out the breaks and getting rid of an exercise here or there. I’ve also replaced Plyo with a sprint session, and shortened yoga to about 40-45 mins instead of 90. Doing lots of walking and hiking, too.

The issue is I kind of feel a bit wayward with the resistance stuff (seeing as how I’m kind of improvising), and also pretty bored. After doing the same exercises week after week for 6+ months, I’m starting to lose interest a little.

Has anyone else had a similar experience? Does anyone have a recommendation for a Sisson-inspired workout that’s a little heavier on the weights and lifting, rather than just being pushups/pullups/squats/plank?

Thanks everyone!

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Ketogenic Paleo diet 2 week progress update down 9.5 lbs in two weeks, feel great, updated daily [Discussion] [Other] [Update]

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So I started this diet about 2 weeks ago, but only started weighing one week ago to throw out any weight loss due to water weight (inflammation weight) I’ve played around with this kind of diet with being very low carb for a long time but found myself cheating on it with fast food & eating too many carbs even with what I was allowing myself to eat with the diet.

Having inflammation and mood issues I decided to focus it further to be very low carb (essentially very high fat with high relatively protein).

So I’m avoiding all carbs I can. (this is not intended to be a permanent diet change but likely something I’ll do most of the time with healthy carbs being added back in only occassionally.

I’ve been eating a lot of steak and hamburger (organic grass fed pasture raised) with butter, salt, pepper, and reduced balsamic vinegar sauce. Ive had some stew that my wife made with onions hamburger beef liver mushrooms and a little bit of starch from a tuber (cant remember the name, usually I would avoid but it was t a lot and I wanted to eat the liver)

eggs, cheese, coffee with heavy cream & raw organic grassfed milk (again a compromise) when out of heavy cream.

I am a 37 yo male 203.5lbs starting 5’11 with a many year history of hypothyroid (cured with gluten free diet), depression, anxiety, emotional control issue (psuedobublar affect) food related acne, history of sever epigasteic pain episodes (cured with paleo diet, cutting out cooked tomato) & episodes of gout (gone since giving up beer), fatigue, ect, insomnia, currently on no medications.

I currently vape as a transition away from tobacco, hoping to give that up eventually as well.

my pretty ugly acne that had broken out a few weeks before completely gone, inflammation in my gums (due to going too long without a cleaning) gone, fatigue gone, insomnia gone. (so far) anxiety, depression & mood swings gone (so far)

Food craving arent strong, mostly Im eating once or twice a day until full & having my 4 or so cups of coffeee thoughout the day.

Again I’ll keep updating this as a way to record the progress of the diet good or bad as documentation for others, & motivation for myself.

Day 0: 203.5 lbs (taken a week after starting the diet, likely several pounds in inflammation weight already lost) Day 1: 202 lbs (Taken midday) Day 2: 201 lbs (Taken first thing in the morning) Day 3: 201 lbs (Taken after morning coffee) Day 4: 202 lbs (taken first thing, noticed some pistachios I was eating had a bunch of junk added, got a couple small pimples, likely some systemic inflammation) Day 5: 200 lbs (taken first thing, acne gone again) Day 6: 199 lbs (taken first thing) Day 7: 196 lbs (taken first thing, had some loose stool yesterday, maybe an intestinal bug, daughter sick today, but I still feel fine, big swing in one day though) Day 8: 196 lbs Day 9: 196.75 lbs Day 10: 195 lbs Day 11: 195 lbs Day 12: 195 lbs (still plenty of pudge to drop, scale stuck at 195 for 3 days) Day 13: 195 lbs (this is getting old) Day 14: 194 lbs (yay, progress)

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Ketogenic Paleo diet 1 week progress update down 7.5 lbs in one week, feel great, updated daily [Discussion] [Other] [Update]

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So I started this diet about 2 weeks ago, but only started weighing one week ago to throw out any weight loss due to water weight (inflammation weight) I’ve played around with this kind of diet with being very low carb for a long time but found myself cheating on it with fast food & eating too many carbs even with what I was allowing myself to eat with the diet.

Having inflammation and mood issues I decided to focus it further to be very low carb (essentially very high fat with high relatively protein).

So I’m avoiding all carbs I can. (this is not intended to be a permanent diet change but likely something I’ll do most of the time with healthy carbs being added back in only occassionally.

I’ve been eating a lot of steak and hamburger (organic grass fed pasture raised) with butter, salt, pepper, and reduced balsamic vinegar sauce. Ive had some stew that my wife made with onions hamburger beef liver mushrooms and a little bit of starch from a tuber (cant remember the name, usually I would avoid but it was t a lot and I wanted to eat the liver)

eggs, cheese, coffee with heavy cream & raw organic grassfed milk (again a compromise) when out of heavy cream.

I am a 37 yo male 203.5lbs starting 5’11 with a many year history of hypothyroid (cured with gluten free diet), depression, anxiety, emotional control issue (psuedobublar affect) food related acne, history of sever epigasteic pain episodes (cured with paleo diet, cutting out cooked tomato) & episodes of gout (gone since giving up beer), fatigue, ect, insomnia, currently on no medications.

I currently vape as a transition away from tobacco, hoping to give that up eventually as well.

So for 1 week (again the second week since I didnt weigh on the first week) I lost 1.5 lbs,

my pretty ugly acne that had broken out a few weeks before completely gone, inflammation in my gums (due to going too long without a cleaning) gone, fatigue gone, insomnia gone. (so far) anxiety, depression & mood swings gone (so far)

Food craving arent strong, mostly Im eating once or twice a day until full & having my 4 or so cups of coffeee thoughout the day.

Again I’ll keep updating this as a way to record the progress of the diet good or bad as documentation for others, & motivation for myself.

Day 0: 203.5 lbs (taken a week after starting the diet, likely several pounds in inflammation weight already lost) Day 1: 202 lbs (Taken midday) Day 2: 201 lbs (Taken first thing in the morning) Day 3: 201 lbs (Taken after morning coffee) Day 4: 202 lbs (taken first thing, noticed some pistachios I was eating had a bunch of junk added, got a couple small pimples, likely some systemic inflammation) Day 5: 200 lbs (taken first thing, acne gone again) Day 6: 199 lbs (taken first thing) Day 7: 196 lbs (taken first thing, had some loose stool yesterday, maybe an intestinal bug, daughter sick today, but I still feel fine, big swing in one day though)

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