Miraculum's Journal, 24 January 2019


Over the past week, I've noticed that I am able to delay eating my first meal of the day (but with heavy cream in my morning coffee) without any adverse symptoms -- one of the positive signs of the LCHF/keto way of life.

Yesterday afternoon, I left home at about 1:45 for an MD appointment without having eaten anything. I took my medication and brought along a couple of bottles of water. I stopped at a supermarket to study the protein bar Nutrition Facts but walked out without buying anything, which is a brand new experience!

I didn't get home again till 4:30, and didn't eat for another hour, so my "sorta-fast" lasted for more than 18 hours. I had no symptoms of hunger but a "hollow" feeling in my belly, and my blood sugar remained normal throughout the day.

I'm proud of my progress in four weeks: 24 pounds lost, average blood sugar dropped from 270 to 129 mg/dL, and diabetes, arthritis, and hypertension under control with less medication. Not bad!
220.5 lb Lost so far: 64.5 lb.    Still to go: 52.5 lb.    Diet followed 100%.

Diet Calendar Entries for 24 January 2019:
1175 kcal Fat: 99.28g | Prot: 54.90g | Carb: 32.67g.   Breakfast: Harris Teeter Whipping cream, Coffee (Brewed From Grounds), Water, Trader Joe's Raw Almonds. Lunch: Boar's Head London Broil Cap-off Top Round Oven Roasted Beef, Water. Dinner: Pork Chops (Top Loin, Boneless), Cooked Broccoli (Fat Not Added in Cooking), Butter (Salted), Blueberries, Publix Original Whipped Topping. Snacks/Other: Butter (Salted). more...
3770 kcal Activities & Exercise: Resting - 4 hours, Watching TV/Computer - 6 hours, Sleeping - 7 hours, Reading - 6 hours, Driving - 1 hour. more...
on diet LCHF: Low carb, High fat / Ketogenic Diet   steady weight

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I always like the feeling when my ketones are feeding my body energy for a long period. It works good for my mindset as well because I know my body is using my stored fat reserves as its energy. Yeah I like my IF. I don't do it every day. I watch that the calories do not dip too low so my body does not slow down using its stores. Great that you had a wonderful day.  
24 Jan 19 by member: liv001
It is amazing how our body's improve with TLC. Totally Low Carb. 
24 Jan 19 by member: ginger dog
Congrats on the results. 
24 Jan 19 by member: srossca
Good for you and anyone able to fast.  
24 Jan 19 by member: Erquiaga
@liv001, the idea that comsuming calories keeps our metabolism going is no longer considered "good science." THIS IS HOW IT REALLY WORKS: When we eat or snack, the pancreas responds by secreting insulin in anticipation of a new glucose "load." If there are no immediately-consumed carbohydrates to process, *and* the liver's glycogen "bank" is empty (as happens with athletes at peak performance and in longterm fasting), the insulin will convert immediately-consumed *protein* into glucose to send to the cells. In the absence of *both* food intake and stored glycogen in the liver, the liver processes stored fat into ketones. (That's "being in ketosis.") Secreted insulin then shifts to its secondary purpose: storing energy for the poor, starving body ... as body fat! In the LCHF/ketogenic WOE, we want to keep that secreted insulin level as low as possible, so as not to trigger the "fat storing" mechanism. This is the rationale behind consuming low-carb/moderate protein foods. Insulin cannot process immediately-consumed FAT, so that dietary fat does not get stored in the body. BOTTOM LINE: The old advice of "eating every few hours to keep metabolism up" is WRONG but it's still promoted by doctors, dieticians, out-of-step nutrition scientists and counselors, and the American Diabetes Association, etc., etc.  
24 Jan 19 by member: Miraculum
I believe in eating as few times as possible. I just do not believe in eating as little as possible 
24 Jan 19 by member: liv001
@liv001, for others not familiar with this WOE, "as little as possible" is not a LCHF/keto principle. The keto calculators usually include a calorie recommendation, generally based on the rate that one wants to lose weight. I eat between 1200 and 1400 calories a day and aim for 70% fat, 17% protein, and 13% carbohydrates (although some calculators recommend up to 1600 calories a day). Very often, because I'm not hungry, my calorie count might be lower, but I usually make up for that on other days when it's a bit higher. I find that eating butter and bacon really helps me avoid the chocolate and sugar. 
24 Jan 19 by member: Miraculum
Good job! As far as 'eating', if a person did a 5 day fast, with plenty of 'electrolytes' ('low electrolytes' is the thing that causes problems when fasting), they will discover for themselves that the body needs 'fuel' not 'food'. But, I understand why most people don't believe that... Anyway, you now know you can go 18 hours without food and not die :)  
24 Jan 19 by member: adefwebserver
Liv, thx for the laugh 😂 , it is always hard on the amount vs. the times!! It goes back to when we were growing up & had to clean the plate before we left the table!! 
24 Jan 19 by member: srossca
Not sure why you are laughing but I'll laugh with you. Yeah on the cleaning the plate. That was something I made sure about never to tell my kid to do. Just eat till you are full and that is fine. Ketosis can be great as it suppresses my appetite but I do not want to fall into a trap where I do not eat properly for my body. I believe extended fasting is fine and a whole different category.  
24 Jan 19 by member: liv001
Great job. 
24 Jan 19 by member: Draglist
Great news to learn you can do that! 
24 Jan 19 by member: TomLong
Wow so great!! The weight loss is great too. Maybe it’s the new Accidental Fasting. 
24 Jan 19 by member: Tash23
Great Job! I restarted again on the 1st and down 23 pounds! Keep on! :)  
24 Jan 19 by member: MzMarieBaker
"Accidental fasting"?! That's actually a thing! (I googled it!)  
24 Jan 19 by member: Miraculum
You’re so knowledgeable and doing all the right things and now the results are showing 
24 Jan 19 by member: moopie321
For me, fat completely satisfies hunger. Coffee and heavy cream has made me skip meals because I just wasn't hungry and felt great! 
24 Jan 19 by member: davet58
You did Intermittent Fasting 18:6 
24 Jan 19 by member: HCB
Whoa Nellie!!! Awesome! 
25 Jan 19 by member: katies71
Congratulations. Great job at staying focused. I know it’s hard. I can do great during the week it’s the weekends that worry me. I’m going to try and stay strong. I’ll try heavy cream. 😊 
25 Jan 19 by member: css1226


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