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Posted: 16 Feb 2008, 14:23
Is it possible that feeling really well on Atkins indicates that one was sensitive to one of the foods one has dropped? Lactose? Gluten? Yeast? I am finding that each day I have more energy and despite increasing exercise greatly I am aching less not more than when I was eating the supposedly healthy government promoted diet which is high in carbs.

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Posted: 16 Feb 2008, 14:59
The only way to know for sure is to add one back..say the lactose..and see how you are for the few days to the week after. If you still feel great, (just to be on the safe side) stop the lactose and next see if adding back the yeast causes you trouble..and so on. The other variable you mentioned was exercising more. You could also be aching less since you are working your body harder. Try only one variable at a time to see! How cool is it to be full of energy! Keep up the good work!

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Posted: 17 Feb 2008, 12:42
I had best leave out trying your suggestion until I have another 50lbs offSmile

What interested me was that my arthritis is less painful and so I am able to exercise more. After yesterday's marathon walk (19km - I got lost in the forest)I should be screaming as I step out of bed. Instead I put in another 5km today before an ankle joint started shouting. I shall have to take a dose of anti-inflamatory to get back on the road tomorrow but the pain levels are much lower than they have been for months. Since osteo-arthritis is basically your immune system misbehaving I wondered if food groups to which one was sensitive could set it off? If so that could explain the improvement?

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Posted: 17 Feb 2008, 13:09
It is highly possible and likely that you did give up a food that you were sensitive to. 1 in 4 people are sensitive to wheat so that is a big one. I would just stick to what works for now. As your body detoxes more and more, you will feel better and better and your sensitivity might go down, so a little bit of that food won't hurt you. I know because I am allergic to wheat and this diet helps me to avoid wheat.

Common allergens are wheat, milk, soy, corn, nuts and eggs. Sometimes sugar itself can be the cause of inflammation because it keeps your body in a chronic inflammatory state. It could be a couple different aforementioned things all at once, but since you are feeling better, why go back? right? Smile

I am so glad you are feeling stronger. I am too on this eating plan.

Love the food that loves you back.

Take it one day at a time!
Paige E

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Posted: 17 Feb 2008, 15:34
I am on Atkins, as well. And I am having the same experience. I've been on it about five weeks now and I feel great!!!

Until last night! I tried an Atkins bar and felt bloated all night. I think I'll try to stay away from the processed food substitutes and stay with the all natural meats, cheeses, eggs and veggies.

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Posted: 17 Feb 2008, 17:26
I have fibromyalgia and since being on Atkins I have felt the best I've felt in YEARS! I have more energy and less pain.

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Posted: 17 Feb 2008, 17:36
Look at your journal and you must be very happy with yourself - well done. Are you still eating to live instead of the other way around?

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Posted: 17 Feb 2008, 19:24
My weight has plateaued for now as I think I'm eating too many carbs - But they're healthy fat ones. You seem to be doing well. In a matter of months you may have to change your picture and your name!!! Smile I think I'm sensitive to wheat - I seem to be doing better without it. Remember to take a Multivitamin daily if you can, I know I for one am not getting enough nutrients from the diet as I'm eating some light meals some days!!!
My name is GlennM- Hi!

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Posted: 18 Feb 2008, 04:12
Thanks for your responses and encouragement.

Interesting to see that wds and paige e have also noted pain reduction. I must do some research on food allergies and pain.

I wonder if wds has had her thyroid levels checked? Fybromyalgia and thyroid deficiency appear sometimes to be linked.

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Posted: 18 Feb 2008, 06:28
Yes - I've had my thyroid checked. I have Hashimoto's Thyroid disease since my early 20's. My body sees my thryoid gland as foreign and is attacking it. Its an autoimmune thyroid condition. My thyroid antibody test was over 800. I also have a positive ANA - anti-nuclear antibodies. I'm on thyroid medication and will be for the rest of my life. I get my levels checked every three months and my dose changes accordingly. I know my thyroid contributed to some of my weight gain - but I'm trying to be honest with myself and take full responsibility for the predicament that I am in. I am overweight because I overate and didn't do any kind of exercise.

Yes - I am still eating to live and not living to eat. I look at myself as battling an addiction. My addiction is carbohydrates(sugar, potatoes, rice, white flour). Since cutting these from my diet - my life has changed drastically. I know this will be a lifelong change for me because of how good I feel. I don't crave carbs like I did a few months ago.

I would be interested to see the relationship between a low carb diet and reduction of pain in fibromyalgia and arthritis patients. I saw where Sarray wrote about sugar causing a constant inflammatory response. It certainly makes sense.

Thanks for bringing up this important topic!

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