Miraculum's Journal, 04 June 2018

I Could Never Eat That Much Fat!
I'm learning as I go, doing "independent study" as far as LCHF/keto goes. The quantity and quality of reliable information available is remarkable.

When I was in my 20s, I did the "Stillman Water Diet" (60g carbs max, high protein, 8 glasses of water a day) and managed to slim down while enjoying the sensations of an "empty" stomach that even growled a little between meals. I don't think I'd been truly "hungry" for years.

However, as life got more stressful, I sought refuge in carbs -- candy, milk shakes, cheeseburgers, fettuccine Alfredo, and more candy. Fifteen, 20, 35 pounds at a time, by age 40, I was 140 pounds heavier than my high school weight of about 145. I developed all the signs of metabolic syndrome, and then diabetes. The prospect of exceeding 300 pounds frightened me, because I knew I'd give up completely, but sugar didn't scare me at all!

I first joined FS a year ago, having settled in at 235 pounds. When I saw posts about ketogenic diets and pictures of oily vegetables, greasy stews, and slabs of marbled beef, I thought, "All that GREASE?! That is just gross! And what about my cholesterol?!"

Ten months later, back on FS, something caught my attention about this WOE and I decided to investigate, especially because my T2 diabetes was out of control ... again. The more I learned about insulin resistance and hyperinsulinemia, the more convinced I became that I had to try LCHF, even if I couldn't achieve full ketosis. I gained a healthy fear of sugar and began a love affair with dietary fats.

I have great confidence in the newer medical and nutrition information I have now. My goal is to achieve "normal" BMI (24.9 or less, at 172 pounds), blood sugar, and blood pressure with minimal (if any) medications, and reverse early signs of heart failure with diet and exercise.

My internist, endocrinologist, and cardiologist have only encouraged a conventional approach to lifestyle changes. I doubt they would approve of this WOE, let alone believe that I would stick to it. However, knowing that they respect me as a particularly educated patient, my ambition is to re-educate my doctors by saving my own life.

And then? I'm going to write a book!
212.5 lb Lost so far: 72.5 lb.    Still to go: 44.5 lb.    Diet followed 100%.

Diet Calendar Entries for 04 June 2018:
1115 kcal Fat: 91.52g | Prot: 41.15g | Carb: 33.87g.   Breakfast: Coffee, Aldi Heavy Whipping Cream. Lunch: Driscoll's Raspberries, Green Cabbage, Butter (Salted). Dinner: Pork Loin (Tenderloin), Butter (Salted), Jell-O Sugar Free Cherry, Publix Original Whipped Topping. Snacks/Other: Sprouts Farmers Market Organic Virgin Unrefined Coconut Oil, Pacific Natural Foods Organic Chicken Bone Broth, Beef Stock, Butter (Salted), Savoritz Wheat Round Crackers. more...
3735 kcal Activities & Exercise: Resting - 3 hours, Watching TV/Computer - 6 hours, Sleeping - 7 hours, Reading - 6 hours, Driving - 1 hour, Cooking - 1 hour. more...
on diet LCHF: Low carb, High fat / Ketogenic Diet   losing 3.5 lb a week

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Your body, your life, your rules! 
04 Jun 18 by member: chesgreen
How did you do it? I have been on a diet for 6 weeks counting all calories that enter my mouth and eating no more than 1200 calories and sometimes less. I have had my thyroid checked and I am normal my cholesterol and blood sugars all at normal levels I’m really discouraged 
04 Jun 18 by member: Cmon1
Go for that book! Keto works. All my markers are normal, or have been moving in that direction since I started keto last fall. 
04 Jun 18 by member: moogiemynes
Hope you get to see a great result Miraculum...take care!! 
04 Jun 18 by member: Steven Lloyd
On keto you don't count calories, mainly carbs..Its working for me.. I do stay less hungry for sure.. 
04 Jun 18 by member: Jo Kyle
Ches, I like that slogan! "MY body, MY life, MY rules!" _______ I can't agree that "on keto you don't cut calories." Those of us who need to lose weight still need to mind the total daily calories. 
04 Jun 18 by member: Miraculum
Hi, C'mon! Like you, just counting calories has never worked for me. You don't say how old you are. When I was young and just 10-15 pounds overweight, all my labs were normal, too. It's unfortunate that I didn't choose to manage my health at a younger age. Our bodies cannot defend themselves! We have to do it for them. ____________________________________________ The evidence from medical professionals, and case histories, convince me that the LCHF/ketogenic is a healthful way of life for anyone who chooses to commit to it. I strongly recommend going to DietDoctor.com. There, you'll find introductory and how-to articles and videos, meal plans, recipes, and Q&As that will give you all the tools you need to do what I'm doing. Good luck and best wishes on your journey! 
04 Jun 18 by member: Miraculum
I know from earlier Keto attempts that it brings down the A1c as well as the daily sugar checks. I managed to lose 6 lbs by eating Keto on a cruise in January. A1c went down to 7.5 from 8.9 and kept me from having to go to insulin. Now I want to put it all together properly and bring down the weight that has crept up since then. I'm going to weigh every day but just record once a week. I think a week's loss will encourage me more than tiny losses each morning. But I just can't stay off the scales for a week! I think I'll look at DietDoctor.com too! 
04 Jun 18 by member: Texasgranny6
Experience is the best teacher, to quote one of my college English professors quoting Zora Neale Hurston, "You got to go there to know there."  
04 Jun 18 by member: Phil.tx
Texasgranny6, yes, I know what you mean! I lowered my A1c to 5.6% last summer, and then "relapsed" over the winter. I zoomed back up to 8.6% (average blood sugar 200 mg/dL) as of two months ago. One month in to my renewed program now, my average blood sugars are already back into the 130s (equivalent to 6.3% or so). It's amazing that LCHF can effect such a great change. It takes commitment. 
04 Jun 18 by member: Miraculum
Miraculous , I am 55 and today I finally lost 3 pounds. Yes I am counting calories because every other way has not worked. My labs all come back fine but my BMI is 34 I am about 100lbs overweight . I would be content to lose just 40lbs. Right now I am on a heart monitor as my heart only beats 30-40 beats per minute. The doc says I might have had a virus to cause this. I don’t eat white sugar . I will have 1/4 tsp honey or a tbs maple syrup if I feel I need something sweet on toast . Which I usually just eat one piece and that potato bread as it fills the void.  
05 Jun 18 by member: Cmon1
C'mon, take care of yourself! Heart issues can be intimidating, but also motivating. I'm finding that true for myself. Good luck and best wishes on your journey! 
05 Jun 18 by member: Miraculum
Since beginning my Keto Journey 4 weeks ago. I haven't had any sugar I do around 16 to 20 carbs a day 75% fat and around 15% Protein. I am a type two diabetic and a heart patient. Since I have begun Keto I have managed to drop to diabetes meds1 the insulin 2 the Metformin and Metformin is a nasty drug! I take a magnesium supplement, a B complex supplement, Vitamin D and Krill Oil. I feel great and my brain fog is gone. It took 3 days to get into ketosis. My Blood pressure and blood sugar levels are fantastic. Keto is a lifestyle change and since beginning strict keto I don't plan to look back! Good luck to everyone!  
05 Jun 18 by member: debragordon
Debragordon, I also dropped metformin (Glucophage) about 10 months ago when I started eating low-carb. I got my A1c down to 5.6%. I asked my nephrologist why doctors were beginning to frown on that drug. He said that the liver loses its ability to clear the metabolites of metformin from the body, and that taxes the kidneys' capacity for filtering them out. I also cut my doses of Levemir and Humalog a year ago, too. Unfortunately, when my diet went ker-flooey again (post-op, January to May), I was again taking 90 units of Levemir twice a day, 18 units of Victoza daily, and as much as 26 units of Humalog three or four times a day. Still, my blood sugar was out of control and my A1c was back up to 8.6%. I'm also taking Mg, VitD, and a "super-B" vitamin complex, and CoQ10. 
06 Jun 18 by member: Miraculum
I was disappointed this morning that my sugar was back up to 210, after being really careful eating yesterday. Actually, I had forgotten to take some of my diabetic meds, so I guess I'm not ready to give any up yet. I'm looking forward to dropping some. My doctor said whenever my glucose reading is 100, I can stop taking one of my meds. I take metformin, Januvia, and glipiside.  
06 Jun 18 by member: Texasgranny6

     
 

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