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Old 06-20-2013, 07:25 AM   #181
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Thank you to all for your thoughts and kind words!

Well, I went back today to see doc and yes, I do have pneumonia.
Thankfully, we caught it in the nick of time. I am already feeling much better. I still have no appetite and haven't eaten solids since Fri. Lindy, you will be happy to know I am drinking lots of Kombucha and bubbies' kraut juice. Lots of water. More water than I can ever remember.

Evidently, she suspected this, but did not want to scare me because my x-rays showed that I have a collasped lung on the left side as well. Thus, her reason for wanting to hospitalize me if I wasn't improving w/ the anti-biotics.

I asked Paul what he recommended because my Dr. would like to give me a pneumonia vaccination next week when I come in and she has chance to look at new x-ray of my lungs. He said that he hasn't had time to research pneumonia/flu vaccines yet, so couldn't say one way or another. But he said, to up my D3, A and Vit K. Which I had already been doing from my PHD knowledge. One silver lining, is that I have lost 8 lbs in 4 days. I think I will have a rebound, but I welcome the PHD solid foods.
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Well, I went back today to see doc and yes, I do have pneumonia.
Thankfully, we caught it in the nick of time. I am already feeling much better.
Hardly surprising, given the circumstances, but how very debilitating for you.

I wish I lived closer so that I could feed you. But yes, at a time when you could not feel less like going into the kitchen, you're doing really well to remember your fermented drinks etc.

Wishing you a timely recovery.
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I just wanted to say that I'm persevering with the MCT-oil boosted drinks and have some interesting observations.

I couldn't have the MCT over the weekend and on Monday, I had a savage headache because of the barometric shifts (it's that sort of week in the UK). I drank MCT since Monday and although yesterday was the hottest, most changeable day of the year so far in the UK (and therefore, prime time for migraines), although my face swelled/discoloured, and my nose ran profusely, and I had a few warning throbs - no migraine set in. Nor has it today.

I don't want to get over-excited about this but I'm very pleased.
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Oh my goodness! I'm so sorry Sunday!!!

Hang in there - It is good to hear that you have turned the corner and didn't need to be hospitalized.

Get well soon!!!
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Sunday, I wish you a speedy recovery! I got the pneumonia shot a couple of years ago after having pneumonia two times in two years. I have asthma too and I'm glad I was vaccinated against it. It can only protect against one type of pneumonia but it's good for 5 years or more, and it ups the odds. Please rest as much as you can. Ditto Slow Sure, wish I could come over and help you get better.
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I am kicking this and really appreciate everyone's kindness!

I had my first real food. I feel pretty weak still, but very thankful to have my health coming back. I have discovered in just this short time (6 days) that I am not a TV or bedbound type. It really makes me feel out of sorts and at the same time curious to how I will keep myself busy when I do retire?

I have never in my life been able to take any narcotics or painkillers. It doesn't do anything helpful and actually make me feel the opposite. The cough syrup that was rx'd has hydrocodone and it has me so on edge that I truly would rather cough up my lung than take it again. I feel like I have creepy crawlies all over my body and instead of helping sleep, I am completely unable to rest. Bonkers. Would love to know what causes this? My son is the same way.

SlowSure, I am so glad to hear this. I am keeping my fingers crossed that this is going to heal the suffering you have endured. I have saved a few of Paul's tips over on the PHD site and will try and bring back a few nuggets later.

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Just want to drop in and let SlowSure know that another PHDer has conquered her migraines with PHD Keto and she has had migraines regularly for 25 years on a weekly basis.

If you follow the other PHD group she posted today and I responded to her, 36 years old in Switzerland. She is able to have some fruit as well. Which she didn't start out with, but gradually added back. I was pretty excited and Paul even congratulated her and asked if she felt so inclined to write a bit of testimony to help other migraine sufferers understand how she reached her success. She does not use MCT, but instead uses loads of coconut oil every morning in her coffee.
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Okay, friends, yesterday I ate very well. I tried the best I could to get my cals as high as possible. I logged and I hit very close to 1500.
Food is beginning to taste good and I that!

PHD Muffin Recipe

Melt. 1/4 cup coconut oil or ghee
Mix: 3/4 cup almond meal
1/2 cup pumpkin/ sunflower meal
2 T white rice flour
2 T tapioca flour
2 T potato starch
2 T sweet rice flour
1T coconut flour
3/4 cup shredded coconut
1/2 t salt
1/2 t baking soda
1/2 t cinnamon
Mix: Melted coconut oil or ghee
3 or 4 eggs depending on size
3 T coconut kefir or yogurt
1/4 cup maple syrup
Blend both mixes and add:
two handfuls of frozen cranberries Or blueberries
Fill silicone muffin cups
Place on tray and bake at. 375 for about 17 minutes depending on your oven. Test with toothpick.
You could probably have just as good results eliminating one or two of the Flours and doubling up on the others . I just had them all on hand when I made this up and have never tried another way…also I soak and dry my pumpkin seed and grind them so there are a variety of sizes. This give a nice texture. And I think the coconut kefir or yogurt makes them tender. I store them in the fridge or freezer and reheat befor serving.

Excellent Gluten free Coffee cup muffin
Place ingredients in a coffee cup, stir with a fork and bake for one minute in the microwave.

1 egg
1 tablespoon finely ground almonds
1tablespoon unsweetened dessicated coconut
1 tablespoon of rice flour or flour of choice
1 packet of stevia or sugar or honey
1 teaspoon of coconut oil or olive oil or oil of choice
1 teaspoon of gluten free baking powder
Optional additions
1 tablespoon chia seeds
1 teaspoon of chocolate nibs
1 teaspoon raisins or craisins
1 teaspoon of chopped nuts
half a teaspoon of cinnamon
The tablespoon of rice flour could also be replaced with either extra coconut or almond flour.
or you could replace the tablespoon of almond flour, coconut and rice flour with any other flour/meal of choice
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Flour
in 220 degree convection oven roast raw almonds for 20 minutes
Grind to flour in a blender – I make a batch and just keep it in
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Yum yum on the recipes Sunday! So happy that you're on the mend. Go easy, my friend.
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Excited to try those recipes...especially the first one you had listed. I have been eating really good lately, but still feel no energy. I was reading someone's post about protein intake, and I think I eat waaaayyy too much protein! I think if I cut down to say 45-50 g per day I will be better off. I always thought protein gave energy, but you don't want to be burning protein all the time for fuel...Haven't lost any weight, but certainly consious of what goes in my mouth. I tried to do the 8 hour deal, but it just didn't jive with my lifestyle...so gave that up pretty quick I may try some IF here and there, cuz I know the benefits are amazing. I made some homemade kimchi, ginger carrots, and beets & carrots all fermented this week...I followed Nourishing Traditions using fresh goat cheese whey I'm really excited...I love kimchi, I like to buy it tho !
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I am also excited to try the recipes. So sory to see you have been ill, Sunday.
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Ok, now we're cooking. I got my kombucha in and set up and brewing. Also, started my Milk kefir batch. I don't know how they will taste but at least they are in and up and running. ha.
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oh, Lindy, you give me hope for myself.

Everyone tells me that Kombucha is so yummy homemade. I believe that when I am able to make my own flavors, I will probably drink it non-stop.

I am at the stage of this illness where I cough myself silly non-stop. You know what I am talking about. My ribcage is so sore from coughing that I feel like I have been in car wreck.
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Mama, Protein is what I was overdoing before PHD. I was eating at least 60 gr per day. All you need to do is up your veggies and the protein will naturally go back down. Add more taters. It will help you lose.

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Any PHDers have difficulty getting in egg yolks??? What about creme brulee?




Creme Brulee
Serves 8

Ingredients

1 quart heavy, fresh or slightly soured raw cream
8 medium egg yolks
1/2 cup coconut sugar (where to source) or sucanat
1 Tbl vanilla extract
8 tsp coconut sugar (where to source) or sucanat

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Heat cream gently with vanilla but do not let it boil. Beat egg yolks with coconut sugar (sucanat may be substituted if desired) until smooth and well blended. Beat vanilla and hot cream into yolk mixture.

Pour into 8 4-inch ramekins (about 3/4 cup per ramekin). Set dishes in very shallow pans of warm water. Bake 45-60 minutes in a 300-degree oven until custard sets and forms a a crust on top.

Let custards cool, cover lightly with waxed paper and chill 4 hours in the refrigerator. To serve, sprinkle 1 rounded teaspoon Rapadura or Sucanat over the top of each. Place under the broiler until the sugar melts, being careful not to burn (it melts very quickly!). Let the casseroles cool and then return to refrigerator until melted sugar forms a crust. Serve very cold.

What to do with all the leftover egg whites from making this fabulous dish? Click here for an easy high protein cookie recipe complete with video how-to!
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Morning all, early for me today. Weighed in at 226.2. Down 1.4. It seems that I stay the same for 2-3 days and then drop a lb. Whatever!!!

Sunday, hope you're are doing much better. For some reason I thought you were brewing kombucha. It's not hard at all. And I'm so intimidated at starting new things. We'll see. Hope I do well.
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Lindy, you have been losing consistently! I have not attempted to make it, but have been getting prepared. Kombucha has always been a treat for me.

I have not gained anything back which is very unusual. I feel like it is going to show up this week, because that would be logical. I am not worried though because PHD & 16/8 seem to be a great fit for me.
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Sunday, I'm pleased that you're staying out of hospital. And thank you for the creme brûlée recipe.

Looking good for you, Lindy. Long may it continue.
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SlowSure, I go back to doc tomo. Keeping fingers crossed that my xrays show new lungs. I have been feeling fantastic yesterday and today. I am still a bit weak, but I was able to take a short walk and clean a bit. That is huge!

One more awesome PHD recipe...
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Meat, Tomato, and Mozzarella Stuffed Zucchini Cups
(Makes 6-8 servings, recipe created by Kalyn)

Ingredients:
2 large zucchini or yellow squash, about 12 inches long
2 tsp. + 2 tsp. olive oil (may need more, depending on your pan)
1/2 cup finely chopped onion
1 green pepper, finely chopped
2 T finely minced fresh garlic
1 lb. ground beef (10% fat or less)
12 oz. ground turkey (10% fat or less)
1-2 tsp. Slap Ya Mama seasoning (optional but recommended)
2 C flavorful tomato-basil pasta sauce
2 cups mozzarella or other mild white cheese

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Preheat oven to 350F/175C. Chop onion and green pepper. Heat 2 tsp. olive oil in a non-stick pan, then saute onion and pepper for 3-4 minutes, until just starting to soften. Add minced garlic and saute about 1 minute more, being careful not to brown the garlic. Remove the onion, pepper, and garlic mixture to a bowl.

Add 2 tsp. more olive oil to the pan. Crumble in the ground beef and ground turkey, season with Spike seasoning, and cook over medium heat until the meat is well browned. Tilt pan to see if there is any extra fat, and remove with a spoon if there is, then stir cooked vegetables and garlic back into the meat. Add tomato sauce and simmer until the mixture has thickened and liquid has cooked off, about 10 minutes, then turn off heat.

While meat cools, cut zucchini into 2 inch thick slices, discarding ends. Use a sharp spoon or melon baller to hollow out a cup in each zucchini slice, leaving just over 1/4 inch of zucchini flesh. Be careful not to get too close to the skin or the cups will leak liquid when they cook.

Spray baking sheet with nonstick spray and stand up zucchini cups, open end up. Stir 1 1/2 cups grated cheese into the cooled meat mixture (it doesn't need to be completely cool), then spoon the meat-cheese mixture into zucchini cups, pressing down with the spoon and mounding it up a little over the top of the zucchini.

Bake zucchini cups for 20 minutes, then remove from oven and use remaining cheese to top each one with a generous pinch of cheese. Put back in oven and bake 10-15 minutes more, until zucchini is slightly soft when pierced with a fork and cheese is melted and lightly browned. Serve hot.
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Cici, I thought so, I think they are cute enough to use for appetizers.


Okay, I have been reading so much while down that I sometimes forget to come by and share info. So, I thought I would add this that I stumbled on re: RS and post-meno women. Seems like this is one area that it helps to be post meno.

http://etd.lsu.edu/docs/available/et...bertthesis.pdf

Also, Jaminet believes that 1-2 tbsp of potato starch is more than adequate daily supplement and that any more than this is not going to be used. I had backed down a while back and notice that this keeps me sated.
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One more freebie on RS and fat burning.

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(human study—full text). "These data indicate that replacement of 5.4% of total dietary carbohydrate with RS significantly [by 23%!!! -Ed] increased post-prandial lipid oxidation and therefore could decrease fat accumulation in the long-term."
Nutrition & Metabolism | Full text | Resistant starch consumption promotes lipid oxidation


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Thank you for the additional information about RS, Sunday. It's so timely because I'm at the stage where I'm resenting the notional number of calories it takes to supplement it when I'm not conscious of the benefit. (If I hadn't already had appetite suppression from March's potato hack, maybe I'd have noticed it with the PS - who knows.) So, if I can keep the benefit but reduce the amount to 2Tbsp, then that is all to the good. (I'm fairly sure that the calorie count cannot be as it is on my bag but I can see that until it's recategorised in some way, then it's safest to assume that it's the same calories as standard carbs rather than a special category of non-fibre but fibre-like carbs.)

All sorts of superstitious knots in my fingers and toes for your doctor's appt. today, Sunday.

Cici & Sunday: courgette baskets (as they're known over here) are always very popular and they are as good as they look.
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Perfect timing on the recipe I have lots of zuchinni this year. You can make them as boats too, but I bet the kids would like these little guys
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Yes, Tim (tatertot) mentioned once that he felt like that it were not necessary to count PS as regular cals. Although, I am like you about every single cal. I dare even count the MCT oil although we are told it is used faster than stored. If consumed with carb that will certainly negate the fat burning in the oil.

Great article about the MCT's and benefits...
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Beneficial Effects on Energy, Atherosclerosis and Aging


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More importantly, reduced chain length also means that MCTs are more rapidly absorbed by the body and more quickly metabolized (burned) as fuel. The result of this accelerated metabolic conversion is that instead of being stored as fat, the calories contained in MCTs are very efficiently converted into fuel for immediate use by organs and muscles.

The energy-enhancing properties of MCTs are attributed to the fact that they cross the double mitochondrial membrane very rapidly, and do not require the presence of carnitine, as do LCTs (Fig. 2). The result is an excess of acetyl-coA, which then follows various metabolic pathways, both in the mitochondria (Krebs Cycle) and in the cytosol, resulting in the production of ketones. Scientists attribute the increased energy from consumption of MCTs to the rapid formation of ketone bodies. MCTs are thus a good choice for anyone who has increased energy needs, as following major surgery, during normal or stunted growth, to enhance athletic performance, and to counteract the decreased energy production that results from aging.

In recent years MCTs have gained in popularity with athletes seeking to increase energy levels and enhance endurance during high-intensity exercise, as well as serving as an alternative energy source for athletes on high-protein, low-carbohydrate diets. Researchers have previously shown that MCTs can increase physical endurance in animal studies. In swimming capacity tests, mice fed a diet containing MCTs outperformed mice fed a diet containing LCTs. (3) The researchers noted that the muscles of mice fed the MCTs produced higher levels of key metabolic enzymes (3-oxo acid CoA-transferase, citrate synthase and malate dehydrogenase) involved in the Krebs cycle (tricarboxylic acid cycle), the body’s primary energy production mechanism. MCT-fed mice also burned fat at a higher rate to enhance cellular energy production.
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In addition to their lower caloric content than LCTs, MCTs are not stored in fat deposits in the body as much as LCTs. (2) Furthermore, MCTs have been shown to enhance thermogenesis (i.e., fat burning). (4) So MCTs seem to offer a triple approach to weight loss – they (1) have a lower calorie content than other fats, (2) are minimally stored as fat, and (3) contribute to enhanced metabolism to burn even more calories. This third property may be due to the fact that MCTs behave metabolically in some fashion similar to carbohydrates, as well as their promoting the development of ketones, as mentioned above. (5) Ketone production is a cornerstone of the Atkins Diet, and MCTs may enable those following the Atkins' program to more rapidly obtain benefits and more easily adhere to the program. Ketones are also one of the two substances which the brain can utilize for energy (glucose, being the other). Dr. Hans Kaunitz speculated that for this reason, MCTs might be advantageous for the aging brain. (6)

Kaunitz and colleagues performed a study on rats, to compare the effects of diets in which the fat was provided by MCTs or lard. The MCT-fed rats lost significant weight, although their calorie consumption was the same as the lard-fed rats. In addition, Kaunitz described the MCT-fed rats as having “an excellent survival rate.” In another study, researchers observed decreased weight gains, reduced fat content, and unchanged whole-body protein content in MCT-fed animals compared to control animals fed LCTs. In a third study, fat deposits in rats fed diets high in MCTs were 23 percent less than in LCT-fed rats.

Animal results have been supported by human trials. In one study researchers fed six lean and six obese young males meals containing either long-chain triglycerides (LCTs) or MCTs plus LCTs. In both the lean and obese individuals, post-meal thermogenesis (fat burning) was enhanced after consuming meals containing MCTs. 7In another study involving a group of obese women on a restricted diet researchers noted that insulin profiles improved when MCTs comprised 24 percent of total consumed calories. (8)

Calorie-restricted diets are often associated with marked declines in energy. A number of studies support the benefits of using MCTs in weight loss programs to boost energy levels and increase fatty acid metabolism to aid in reducing fat deposits. In one study when researchers in Czechoslovakia treated 60 obese patients with MCT oil they concluded that MCTs offered a number of benefits, stating, “Administration of… medium-chain fatty acids can…improve the long-term success of diet therapy of obese patients.” (9)

Appetite Control
MCTs have been shown to suppress appetite, an ability of obvious benefit for those attempting to lower their intake of total calories. In one 14-day study, six healthy male volunteers were allowed unlimited access to one of three diets: a low MCT diet, a medium MCT diet, and a high MCT diet. Caloric consumption was significantly lower on the high MCT diet. The researchers noted that substituting MCTs for other fats in a high-fat diet “can limit the excess energy intakes and weight gain produced by high-fat, energy-dense diets.” (10)
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Well, on DD, MCT oil is >50% of my estimated kcals and on UD, it's approx 15-22% so perhaps I might try re-jigging that a little.

I should mention that I'm now into my 8th day without a headache.

I'm near the end of my current bottle of MCT and waiting for delivery - I hope that I don't run out before it arrives or I might have an inadvertent expt. into whether cessation -> headache...
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Old 06-26-2013, 06:48 AM   #209
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Well, on DD, MCT oil is >50% of my estimated kcals and on UD, it's approx 15-22% so perhaps I might try re-jigging that a little.

I should mention that I'm now into my 8th day without a headache.

I'm near the end of my current bottle of MCT and waiting for delivery - I hope that I don't run out before it arrives or I might have an inadvertent expt. into whether cessation -> headache...
I didn't realize that it was so difficult to acquire? I am sorry it is so hard to find.

So glad to hear that it is helping.
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oh, Lindy, you give me hope for myself.

Everyone tells me that Kombucha is so yummy homemade. I believe that when I am able to make my own flavors, I will probably drink it non-stop.

I am at the stage of this illness where I cough myself silly non-stop. You know what I am talking about. My ribcage is so sore from coughing that I feel like I have been in car wreck.
Oh honey, been there done that! If you can stand it, hot steamy showers help!

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Morning all, early for me today. Weighed in at 226.2. Down 1.4. It seems that I stay the same for 2-3 days and then drop a lb. Whatever!!!

Sunday, hope you're are doing much better. For some reason I thought you were brewing kombucha. It's not hard at all. And I'm so intimidated at starting new things. We'll see. Hope I do well.
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Sunday, I'm pleased that you're staying out of hospital. And thank you for the creme brûlée recipe.

Looking good for you, Lindy. Long may it continue.
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Perfect timing on the recipe I have lots of zuchinni this year. You can make them as boats too, but I bet the kids would like these little guys
Hi Mama!!

Been a busy bee lately sorry for the neglect. I wnated to say I got an eamil from my library this morning, my copy of The Perfect Health Diet is IN!!

Hope everyone has a great day. Sunday, thanks for the creme brulee recipe! One of my favorite desserts! And GF.
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