Miraculum's Journal, 02 June 2018

Not a surprise that I gained another pound after my Thursday blow-out last week. So, I'm sticking to my plan to fast for most of the day this weekend, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. I'm done screwing around!

Saturday, 3:00 p.m.: I feel "empty" and a little "hungry," but not too bad. Dinner is planned for around 5:30 p.m. I know I can hold off till then, having had another cup of coffee with heavy whipping cream and, by itself, a tablespoon of coconut oil.

I'll take an "unscheduled" teaspooon of butter while I'm cooking in addition to my one or two "planned snacks" of a tablespoon of straight coconut oil.

I got the idea for eating butter by itself from reading Keto Clarity: Your Definitive Guide to the Benefits of a Low-Carb, High-Fat Diet by Jimmy Moore and Eric Westman, M.D. Moore says that, when he's eating a meal, he takes a "bite" of butter between every mouthful of food. (I wouldn't recommend that, unless you don't have to worry how many calories you consume each day!)

But ... Does anyone else eat coconut oil "neat," all by itself?
213.0 lb Lost so far: 72.0 lb.    Still to go: 45.0 lb.    Diet followed 100%.

Diet Calendar Entries for 02 June 2018:
917 kcal Fat: 80.74g | Prot: 26.31g | Carb: 21.88g.   Breakfast: Coffee, Aldi Heavy Whipping Cream. Dinner: Hanover Premium Green & Red Peppers & Onion Strips, Happy Farms Shredded Mild Cheddar Cheese, Ground Beef (85% Lean / 15% Fat), Publix Peanut Butter Cookie, Coffee, Aldi Heavy Whipping Cream. Snacks/Other: Sprouts Farmers Market Organic Virgin Unrefined Coconut Oil, Carrots, Pecan Nuts. more...
3743 kcal Activities & Exercise: Driving - 1 hour, Resting - 3 hours, Watching TV/Computer - 6 hours, Sleeping - 7 hours, Reading - 6 hours, Cooking - 1 hour. more...
on diet LCHF: Low carb, High fat / Ketogenic Diet   gaining 7.0 lb a week

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I've tried but so far i can't get my head around a fast being anything other than a period of time when i take in no nourishment, only water. Well i guess maybe also black coffee or unsweetened tea. I understand intellectually, but it doesn't "feel" like i am fasting unless I'm not ingesting anything other than water. Plus if i am taking in dietary fat during my fasting window, that would be that much less of my own fat I'd be burning. I've never had coconut oil. I would have to order it and i don't know which kind to get plus there's the expense. I think i may look into that book. Thank you for mentioning it. Good luck with your fasting!  
02 Jun 18 by member: cjodyssey
I had to "ease into" the idea of intermittent fasting (aka "time-restricted eating," on LCHF/keto for the same reason: couldn't get my mind around long periods of "hunger." It became *much* easier once my cravings and feeling hungry stopped. Then, I stretched the time I didn't eat from after dinner in the evening and delayed my first meal to 11:30 a.m. Slowly, I was able to extend the "non-feeding" time to noon, then 2:00 p..m., then after 4:00 p.m. It's true that I'm not doing absolutely zero calories. In the morning, I *enjoy* a 10-oz mug of coffee with 2T heavy whipping cream (100% fat) and stevia (105 calories, all but five of those from fat). I experience no cravings and no hunger pangs while I'm not eating, and I think that little bit of fat has something to do with that. In the last few days, I've been able to delay my meal until 5:30 or 6:00 p.m. I think that's amazing, but it's working! I've got my mind "around" eating like this every day -- OMAD ("one meal a day") -- which I never believed I'd be able to do. I recommend going to DietDoctor.com and searching "time-restricted eating" for a detailed article on the concept and benefits and the various ways "fasting." Many people drink "Bulletproof Coffee" in the morning, even during an "intermittent fast," but I don't like it at all. I guess I *could* get used to black coffee, but I don't want to -- at least not at this point.  
02 Jun 18 by member: Miraculum
Coconut oil is now available in supermarkets as well as "health food stores" (like Whole Foods, Earth Fare, Sprouts, etc. -- depends on the region) and all over the place online. I'm careful to read the labels and buy only "pure" product. I'm not an "organic" food fanatic, but I've been buying "certified organic" coconut oil. Cost is a factor, of course. Coconut oil is more expensive than butter. And there are people who use butter (*not* margarine or manufactured "spreads") as their go-to fat "supplement." The important thing on LCHF is to get a high percentage of your calories from dietary fats. (I'm up to 78% fat, 12% protein, and 10% fat, and have been able to keep my calories under 1,000 today. MAJOR VICTORY!) 
02 Jun 18 by member: Miraculum
I don't eat coconut oil. But I buy the kind you can put on your hair and skin. Love it on my skin, makes it soft. Some people on this site recommended it when I asked about loose and saggy skin. I've seen a huge tub of coconut oil (that you can ingest) at Costco. Not sure how long it lasts. 
02 Jun 18 by member: Fritzy 22
I do intermittent fasting every day, either 18:6 or 19:5. I just meant that for me personally it wouldn't feel like fasting(at this point) to me if i had anything with calories BUT i know a lot of people do it just fine and several on YouTube who do IF and keto/lchf say it's fine to do. I wasn't criticizing. It's a failure on my part in a way not to be able to bring myself to have more than water in my fasting window. What i guess is that really we are fasting from insulin rather than fasting from calories, if that makes sense. I've found out that sometimes what i used to think was hunger was actually thirst. I usually don't start to feel actual hunger until 18 hours or so now. I drink quite a bit of water in the mornings though :-) 
02 Jun 18 by member: cjodyssey
Oh and as for the coconut oil, i don't do my own shopping and the person who goes for me wouldn't get the right thing I'm sure. That's why I mentioned ordering it.  
02 Jun 18 by member: cjodyssey
Cjodyssey - I have been doing IF for months and it worked great. But after reading about it online, I wasn't doing true IF because I was drinking lots of diet Pepsi during my "fasting" hours. But I lost weight, and for me that's what mattered. I'm struggling a bit with it now. Used to be easy to stop eating at 2pm, but not so much now. 
02 Jun 18 by member: Fritzy 22
Nice start. Let's go! #getserious #grindtime  
02 Jun 18 by member: jimmiepop
My eating window is from 1 or 2pm until 7. I think i would also have a hard time if i had to stop at 2pm. Having my resting/sleeping "window" in the middle of my fasting window helps make the time more manageable for me. 
02 Jun 18 by member: cjodyssey
I agree with CJ. Stopping eating at 2:00 p.m. would be tough for me, too. It helps that I'm sleeping for a good part of my fasting period. 
02 Jun 18 by member: Miraculum
Fritzy, I'm only eating 1 or two tablespoons of coconut oil a day, to increase my fat without increasing protein or carbs. I'm not cooking with it at this point. I love butter on my vegetables and in my scrambled eggs. (We'll see if it has any impact on my cholesterol when I get tested again. The folks at DietDoctor say it won't.) At 64T in a quart jar, that amount lasts between one and two months. CJ, when folks compare eating habits in their posts, I don't view it as "criticism." It's helpful for everyone to share what works for them. 
02 Jun 18 by member: Miraculum
I have eaten spoons of it before and have put it into coffee. Don't do it too much anymore as I am doing OMAD on most days and don't eat anything until dinner. 
02 Jun 18 by member: Draglist
Glad to know I'm not weird, Draglist! (Or at least as weird as my husband thinks I am!) 
03 Jun 18 by member: Miraculum


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