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Old 01-15-2015, 10:46 PM   #111
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I've gotten somewhat... um... creative with fats lately. A couple of days ago I actually found myself spreading butter on a slice of cheese in order to hit my macros.

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Do you like macadamia nuts? Turns out they are about 85% fat. I've been skipping lunches and eating a quarter cup of nuts instead. The fat adds up quickly with those.

Cream cheese is a good source, too. I eat that whipped Philly stuff with raw broccoli spears or celery. Heck, I could eat that stuff right out of the tub.

My fat count for today was 82%
I love cream cheese and macadamia nuts! I have the cream cheese, but will pick up macadamia nuts up this weekend. Thanks! Spreading butter on cheese...I can do that. :) Congrats on your new low bg!!!!!!!

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Magic Bullet an individual serving blender. It whips my coconut oil into my coffee so it does not pool on the top. Makes less of a mess than my stick blender, especially when I am not quite awake.
I was going to ask how it differed from a stick blender!

I got two jars of hearts of palm at Costco. I'm going to play with a few recipes with them. While there, they had it on demo and I really liked the crunchy taste! YAY, weekend!
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Old 01-16-2015, 01:06 AM   #112
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Yay Steve!!!!

Kathleen, Let me know what you come up with on the hearts of palm. Never had them in anything but a salad.
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Old 01-16-2015, 11:24 AM   #113
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PF, I tried making bullet-proof coffee in my Magic Bullet and found that heated liquid leaks all over the place. I am going to try using a personal blender I got as a premium at a casino. It only cost me $400 in gambling money. LOL

For those of you concerned about lipid reading from the higher fat, I had my labs done after switching to a low carb diet. My doctor was amazed and asked what I did to improve them so much. I just said "Dietary changes" without going into detail. I didn't want to hear the "high fat is bad for a heart patient" speech. I love eggs and eat at least 2 and often more per day. It's my breakfast AND my go-to snack. My husband constantly hassled me about my egg consumption. The new lipid readings got him off my back.
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Old 01-16-2015, 11:33 AM   #114
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PF, I tried making bullet-proof coffee in my Magic Bullet and found that heated liquid leaks all over the place. I am going to try using a personal blender I got as a premium at a casino. It only cost me $400 in gambling money. LOL

For those of you concerned about lipid reading from the higher fat, I had my labs done after switching to a low carb diet. My doctor was amazed and asked what I did to improve them so much. I just said "Dietary changes" without going into detail. I didn't want to hear the "high fat is bad for a heart patient" speech. I love eggs and eat at least 2 and often more per day. It's my breakfast AND my go-to snack. My husband constantly hassled me about my egg consumption. The new lipid readings got him off my back.
Yes. I had that problem with the Magic Bullet, I only fill it halfway and make sure the blender base is tight. I made a mess when I tried to get more that 10 ounces of coffee in, now I make 10 oz with the coconut oil and then run another 4 ounce through into my go cup, add in the blended, the heavy cream and done!

LOL...I got the Magic Bullet for Shrek at his request, guess who's using it??? Maybe I should get a case for it, haul it back and forth to work so I can make my coffee.
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Old 01-16-2015, 11:55 AM   #115
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Okay, guys. I really don't want to give up my grains, but I am thinking keto might be the way to go. Can you guys post a daily menu?
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Old 01-16-2015, 01:47 PM   #116
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CWS, a menu plan may vary from person to person, since the calculated protein and carb amounts are calculated based on current weight, lean body mass, and your personal goals. For example, I try to stick to 1850 calories a day, with the following allowances:

Fat - 154 gms or 1386 calories or 75% of daily intake
Protein - 93 gms or 372 calories or 20% of daily intake
Carbs - 23 gms or 92 calories or 5% of daily intake

The goal is to kick your body into fat/ketone burning (vs glucose burning) mode. So it's very important to keep carbs to a minimum. There are a number of calculators online. I like this one myself:
Keto Calculator - Precise, Simple Way to Determine Your Macros

Here might be a typical 7-day meal plan.
Week One Keto/Low Carb 7 Day Meal Plan & Progress - I Breathe... I'm Hungry...

It's only one example. Personally, I rarely eat dessert, so it wouldn't be for me. Despite being touted as an "extreme diet" there's actually a lot of flexibility. For example, I often see people who make baked goods from non-wheat flours.

The biggest hurdle, by far, is switching over to using ketones for fuel. Some people call it keto flu or Atkins flu, but what it really amounts to is carbohydrate withdrawal. You may go through this phase for a few weeks. Once you switch over, though, you will suddenly find yourself feeling more energetic and inflammation free. Before starting on this, I had terrible pain and swelling in my knees, ankles, and one shoulder. I've been pain free for a couple of months now.

And although I never would've thought it previously, I don't miss the grains.
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By the way, I wanted to share a couple of books I've been reading that sort of go hand in hand with the keto way of eating.

The first is "Wheat Belly" by Dr. William Davis. In it, Dr. Davis makes a claim that the drastic rise in certain health problems over the last 50 years can be directly attributed to the breeding of dwarf wheat strains in the 1950s to increase crop yields. When I first heard about this book last year, I was quick to scoff, but after reading it, he does make a very solid case for the most part. He also has directed thousands of his own patients to try a wheat-free existence, with mostly positive results. Some things I find to be a bit of a stretch (wheat causes acne, for example) but it's an interesting read.

Wheat Belly: Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight, and Find Your Path Back To Health - Kindle edition by William Davis MD

The other book I'm not quite finished with yet. It's called "The Big Fat Surprise" by Nina Teicholz, and discusses how the low fat nutrition advice pushed by the USDA and medical community for the last 30 years is based on a handful of sketchy studies and has led to disastrous results for the population, including rampant obesity and metabolic syndrome. Unlike William Davis, Ms. Teicholz is not a medical doctor, but did spend 9 years researching the subject.

The Big Fat Surprise: Why Butter, Meat and Cheese Belong in a Healthy Diet - Kindle Edition
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do you have to join to use the Keto Calculator, Steve?
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do you have to join to use the Keto Calculator, Steve?
No, it's completely open to use. All I did was take the results from the calculator and plug them into MyFitnessPal to use for tracking.
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Heh, guess I don't need it...I already did it all by hand. Thanks
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