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Old 06-06-2013, 08:21 AM   #151
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Addendum : I once bought Meyer lemons in Costco which looked big but yellow orange tinged only . I would now say they were unripe having seen what the mandarin look alike tastes like which is probably why I never would have made the connection with Meyer without Google

A few other loose tips I came across today re magnesium

- low doses of magnesium spread over the day increase bioavailabilty to 75%. One pill only amounts to 50 %

- without sufficient intake of pure water magnesium absorption is impaired.

- drinking carbonated drinks, even gassy mineral water impairs or even impedes magnesium absorption

- taking cacium and magnesium together is inadvisable as they are antagonistic in absorption. A spacing of three hoursis recommended. However it is being currently being researched whether just taking calcium without magnesium is advisable .Some doctors recommens that the two should go hand in hand as magnesium is responsible for depositing calcium where it belongs instead of depositing willy nilly. As our modern diet is deficient in magnesium the imbalance might create more problems than it solves.

Of course it might be nonsense but anecdotal evidence has something going for the theories. "Diet drinks stall me just like normal ones,give me the munchies" Magnesium is key for sugar transport to cells . No transport high BG levels more insulin production ( magnesium plays a role in that too.) more magnesium depletion
NOTE : COMPLETELY unscientific just my musings as I am modifying my diet around these things . After all they don't cost anything except for a tiny bit of planning and rearranging.
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Old 06-06-2013, 09:28 AM   #152
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You have got more willpower than I, You inspire me just to stick with it. I have to see my results on the scale because it helps me to continue! I weigh on Monday's and Thursday's. I have been dropping about 2 lbs a week since the day after Mother's Day. I eat anywhere from 1000-1200 calories a day and I low carb. I love reading your progress so KEEP IT UP! I am 63 yrs old and I have been a yo-yo'er with my diet all my life. I keep praying that "this time I will keep it off". Sorry to say I have said that EVERYTIME. I can lose but I cant keep it off. Love reading your progress because I know it is Up & Down!
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Old 06-06-2013, 01:53 PM   #153
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Gail ,thanks for stopping by and saying hi. I wonder sometimes what people think when they read my introspective musings. I am really glad to hear that it helps others. I think it is not willpower though but intrigue about the puzzle that my body has given me to solve. I think seeing it that way takes out the expectation of getting on the scale ,a bit like opening your mailbox wondering but no control as to whether you get spam or a mail from a long lost friend.
Your losses are great by the way. I am currently not even managing half of that. However you are doing it it is working for you . Kudos !
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Old 06-07-2013, 04:39 AM   #154
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Good morning 87.3 today or 192.2 lbs. So far nothing to report but then I wrote novels recently so this is a break ,for you reader,not me .
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Old 06-07-2013, 05:40 AM   #155
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Have any fun plans for the weekend??? What yummy stuff have you made lately. I am in a FOOD RUT!
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Old 06-07-2013, 06:10 AM   #156
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Good morning . No definite plans for the weekend. If the weather is up for it we will go sailing . If not we might do a barbecue ,really not sure yet. That is alos a cultural thing here.Things just happen or not,longterm planning is only for big events like weddings. And yes Fri to the weekend is longterm !
Hmm, I don't know what your cooking style is but maybe something spicy could be just the thing. I made a Hungarian goulash soup which has some bite recently. I posted the recipe in this diary. Now if you can find it and it does not break the bank I made freerange almost organic chicken fillets recently.The difference is like night and day. I put an artabiata tomato sauce on top with a dollop of mascarpone cheese . Heavy cream will do if no mascarpone .
Other than that I am in a happy rut myself . What did you cook recently ?
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Well, I actually reached the point where I am sick of preparing and even sick of eating . Too much trouble for a five minute wonder on plate . I might change my mind tomorrow but today just blah. One good thing though I "invented" today. Take a wine glass, pour in coconut milk ,add a tsp of hwc ,sweetener and scotch or rum . Excellent Malibu lookalike. Now THAT was satisfying !
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Old 06-08-2013, 04:25 AM   #158
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[SIZE="2"]87.4 kilos or 192.5 lbs. Nothing to worry about. It may have been the scotch or it may be just one of those things .
Still digusted with cooking. Going shopping today for inspiration for a low carb banquet . Tee hee I should ask the butcher for a pound of inspiration. He always has a sassy answer for everyone . I don't know if the joke translates, but he confused a foreign student who wanted to know the procedence of the meat. She asked grammatically correct, but unusually phrased "Esta del campo ?" which in English would mean Is that from the country ? He turned it on her as the way of asking someone formally where they are from , additionally changing the word campo ( country) back to its original meaning "field" and with quiet indignation told the young lady that NO,that he lives in a HOUSE. To her credit the lady worked it out and laughed with us. /SIZE]

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Old 06-09-2013, 06:21 AM   #159
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Good Sunday morning! Good news 86.9 kilos or 191.4 kilos. That makes 1.3 kilos this week (from 88.2 to 86.9), my best average so far.

I did cook yesterday in spite my misgivings about the effort versus enjoyment. I reheated meatballs and made turnip fries. The hamburgers were on their way to being off, the fries burned . So I deftly took the mascarpone cheese,added juce of a lemon,scotch sweetener and almond flavour and that was dinner and it did hit the spot as far as amount and satisfaction level was concerned. I would not do it everyday but as a legal indulgence it was nice. A good treat as I had been tempted to buy wine .

You might remember that I imposed a 60 day ban on wine for detox of all things that make the intestinal tract acid. So far I am 3 weeks into this new regime and it seems to be doing something for me. I don't miss wine as such but I do miss a food complementing flavour drink versus a glass of water with meals.

On another note I am in ketosis. and and I have no need for ketostrips to tell me so...
I spent last night reading what to do about the err accompanying problem. I will try the coconut oil in strategic parts and change my deo. The one I have is a springtime scent and the two combined is awful. I have another of the same brand with more musky scent and that seems to work better, but it is not exactly working near 100%. I believe using bicarb is also an option but I have not researched that yet.
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Bite resistance found...

I have been bellyaching about textures recently and today I had a notion.
I had a bag of chia seeds gathering dust and so I experimented a little.
I took 3 ozs of chiaseed,one egg, 1 oz amaranth seed and 3 pecan nuts ,basically what I had at home, ground it in the blender and mixed it all up with salt and pepper. I put it in the oven at cake temperature 175 C and baked it for 20/25 mins. It comes out bonedry- or should- and also smelling slightly fishy due to the Omega 3. When it cools the smell goes a little. I tried it with butter and salami. It has a crunch factor and a bite resistance which is what I craved.

It is good, but can only be used in extreme moderation as it is insanely high calorie, one muffin size loaf comes out at around 750 cals so it has to be a rare treat. I will see if I can stretch it with something else to make it bigger and less calorie dense. I ate a fifth and will save the rest for tomorrow.
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Good morning Nancy ! Thanks, I will experiment during the week with something less caloric.

Today 87.2 kilos again. I was thinking yesterday that I could not hold the 86 number just yet.
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The conditions for the bread :

It needs to be low caloric and lowcarb so that means zucchini.
It needs to have a firm consistency that does not come from eggs or anything exotic like glucomannan which is not available here.

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Good morning 87.7 kilos today .
I allowed myself a large glass of wine last night and things this morning make me think that I am out of ketosis. According to what I read last night before I allowed myself teh wine this is to be expected and with all other things being equal ketosis returns when the wine is burned off. My carbs were low but higher than I usually allow myself. We shall see. Interesting observation though is that the wine was not nearly as nice as I had imagined it would be. It might be that my taste buds are more accute but I sensed oak in a wine I used to drink before and which definitely did not have that.

I made cauliflower bread yesterday. It was not bad, but does not really fill the bread void either. I have still got the seed concoction of 2 days ago and that with my eggs this morning was the closest to a crunch factor I have come. I will try some savoury zucchini bread but that will be the end of the bread quest if it does not work out.
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Have you tried making a OMM to replace your bread? Just a thought.

Cauliflower bread, no offense, that doesn't even sound good.....
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No, I have not tried it. I am still looking for the almost impossible combo of local and low carb. The more I talk about it the more I think it cannot be done. I will save that tip for when I get desperate .
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Well, I can hardly believe it but the news about the wine is in 89.7 today that is up 2 kilos from yesterday. Incredible . So it is with dsad regret I inform you that wine or alcohol for that matter havebitten the dust.
Food was normal yesterday,on plan,nothing to report on that score.
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One more thing about the wine .I t gave me headaches all day yesterday,made me feel out of breath for a silly climb up a not very steep hill.
I don´t know if it had to do with the suspension of ketosis or what, but it did feel like the carb flu when most of your body does not know yet how to use fat. In other words my body could not find enough carbs to go into full on carb burning mode and yet could not access the ketones due to the presence of alcohol , not a desirable state of affairs in the middle of my journey. Sigh ,it was nice but for now no more.
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Interesting. I am so thankful WINE doesn't do that to me, I it so
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Yes, I think this is the one thing where my WOE does not fit me . I had thought at this point in deep ketosis it was a good point to experiment, but apparently not. So I raise my teacup to more lbs being lost...
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Good morning . Thanks for asking Nancy. It goes much better than yesterday. I am back down to 87.7 kilos and it feels as if I am in ketosis again, albeit not as deeply. I will write more later .
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Well,so far a good day. I am trying to eat more fat and I need to drink water. In spite of magnesium and potassium not forgetting sodium my leg cramps in bed were back, not full on but noticeable.
I got my coconut oil today and it now has a more specific label. It says first cold pressing, refined and desodorised. Oh well , better you do not get here.
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Good morning. 87.3 kilkos or 192,2 lbs . Nothing new to report except that since yesterday I have been trying to include more coconut oil in the diet. Let´s see.
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You do so well at adding in stuff. Me, I get in a total rut and eat XX over and over again! I never experiment!
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Oh yeah, forgot. Sleeping patterns. Yesterday I took magnesium straight before bedtime with water and I slept uninterrupted for 7.5 hours. The 7.5 hours is not new but the uninterrupted part is . I usually fall asleep in the middle of a film and then go to bed and wake up at 5 or 6 . I hope the pattern continues.
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Nancy , I wish it was a virtue but it is actually impatience that is driving this. When the scale does not budge as much as I would hope it keeps the interest factor up.

Or in other words when this happens it feels good to have something more in my arsenal than ....
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Zucchini cauliflower pizza

a definite yesss.
I experimented a little with the recipe I had found online and it went soemthing like this .
Cook leftover cauliflower and one large zucchini to a mush. Squeeze out as much water as you can. Mix with one egg,1/4 tspoon yeats, 1 tbsp wheat bran and 2 ozs reggianito cheese ( Kraft type parmesan) Mix, spread out in pizza pan lined with parchment papaer and cook in the middle of the oven for 20 minutes.
Move the pan to upper shelf for 5 minutes so that the top of the base dries gets crusty. Top with tomato sauce and any other toppings and put back on top shelf for 5 minutes or until cheese has melted to desired level.

I ate the lot. Small dinner tonight ..
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87.6 today . Nothing really to report . I am looking at making a cheesecake but everyway I look at it it would be too much calorically speaking and I would need to eat it for one of my meals. I am not convinced that this is a good idea.
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