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11/3/16 4:24 P

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James the protein cooking star of our Keto team. emoticon

Stopping by to say hi, before I head out the door again, such a busy day.

Have a great everyone!!


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MAUTIN (Earnie),

here is exactly what I happen to have in my pantry (Canadian, with the French/English label):


I can't find the nutrition label for it on the internet. When I get home I'll update this post with the details.

In my lunch bag I have a waffle ready for late morning, the little squares of the waffle are filled with a butter and peanut butter mixture. For lunch I have cooked sausages, and some mustard. No healthy greens yet, maybe at supper time.

Edited by: -JAMES- at: 11/3/2016 (12:06)
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11/3/16 10:50 A

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I use Isopure zero carb. I don't make the protein *breads* but do use the shakes occasionally


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11/3/16 9:46 A

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What protein powders do you use?

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Me, making things that look like they are full of carbs, but aren't ...

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11/2/16 4:01 P

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With that intro by Erin:



Waffles from vanilla protein powder, eggs, water (or milk) and oil and a hint of baking powder.

The highest carb thing in there are the strawberries.

And "bread"


Half a gram of carbs per slice.


Edited by: -JAMES- at: 11/2/2016 (16:06)
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11/2/16 12:34 P

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The protein powders can be such a wonderful thing. James makes pancakes and waffles using it. James you may just have to bring that all back again here for the new people, so they can enjoy it as well.

The breads, we have a tread here in the recipe area, they can be a life saver. Oopsies I find for me are the best and none reactive, some can be a load. But enjoy trying them and finding your favorite. The fat bombs too are here in the same area. They gave me my sweet treat and helped me achieve higher fat intakes, but as well can get out of hand...some are just too good. LOL
Enjoy this wonderful journey.

Thank you 1HKNRN, it has been a good time I had always had faith he would be OK and he is more than that LOL


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Good morning all!

I just have to share my epiphany of sorts. I am still learning my way around this Keto WOE. Prior to this I was a coffee with cream and sugar (of course) drinker. I also enjoyed the flavored creamers - lots of carbs (of course). So yesterday was not terribly hungry and this was about 18 hrs after my dinner the night before. Decided that instead of coffee with cream - which I was felling so, so about, I added half a scoop of my LC vanilla protein powder to the coffee. EUREKA!! I was in heaven. I have found my go to drink. Coffee and a little sweet.

Erin- that new picture is adorable. Glad you can relax a bit and that he is finally home.

James- congrats on the loss, every little bit helps.

Have a great day all.

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Good Morning Everyone, and a very special welcome to all our new members. You have decided to change you health and life and this is an amazing thing.

I have a terribly busy schedule the next many days, but will try and peak in when I can.

Congrats on the effortless weight loss James.

Many Keto gurus talk about not having to test or be in ketosis to reap the benefit of following a Keto diet with higher carbs in that area of 30-50 carbs as long as the carbs are from a whole food source. Many plant based people are doing Ketosis and testing as well and accomplishing ketosis. Google vegan or vegetarian ketosis, it can be done.

I can not help but share another picture of the new grandbaby, sorry but he is too adorable.
Forgive me.


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11/2/16 11:16 A

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Im new to the group and have just decided to give this a chance. Im coming from a fairly healthy diet and a bit vegetarian/veganish! I, too have an autoimmune issue (Hypothyroidism). I will give credit or blame to James for my being here as my interest stems from conversation on nutrition we had on another team. I will be reading previous posts and learning all I can. This is day two for me. I was advised by someone else to make the bread and fat bombs.


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11/1/16 11:22 P

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Yay, James! That is great!

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MOMTOMONKEYS2,
that is very interesting. I've got an autoimmune disease of my own, ulcerative colitis (as if type-2 diabetes wasn't enough). So I'm interested in your links on research showing a correlation between super low carbs and autoimmune issues.

On the plus side, my ulcerative colitis has been in remission for as long as I've cut carbs, so 5 and a half years, and I've not needed any oral diabetes medications during that time either.

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I'm fairly good at being low carb but not often in ketosis although I don't test to know for sure. But I believe in the benefits of Keto and its use as a invaluable tool for health problems. I like to study it, learn about it and keep it in my back pocket. I have suspicions that I may be having an auto immune issue called Sjögren's syndrome which hallmark symptoms are extremely dry eyes and dry mouth. Often found with adrenal system fatigue issues (as in adrenal fatigue precedes autoimmune diseases). Most research shows that too low in carbs creates stress on the already stressed adrenals. But I've seen the health benefits of Keto so I'm on the fence of how to approach the whole mess. First step is testing for the Sjögren's I imagine.

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NACHOCOSMO,
welcome to this fairly active, very supportive team. I myself belong to a number of teams, but this one gives me the greatest support and ideas, and the team leaders are not critical, just supportive.

My personal opinion is that if one eats off plan, then it is an event, but not a reason to continue down that path, or a reason for criticism. No, just get back on the right horse and ride some more.

By the way, if you were eating the standard American diet up until two days ago, this is about the hardest day. You might feel dizzy, maybe weak, maybe a headache. Don't think that Keto is unhealthy and making you feel bad, it is just that it takes a body more like a week to easily burn fat rather than carbs.

If you do get a headache it is most likely a water balance issue early in the transition. Trust me, a glass of warm water with a teaspoon or two of salt dissolved in it may be slightly unpleasant to drink, but in 20 minutes a headache go away.

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11/1/16 8:54 P

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Yeah, I rarely get munchies hungry and when I AM hungry, I eat. I just eat very differently than before. Its working. I just keep at it.

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11/1/16 8:44 P

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Subject: my weight and Keto

Vicki (CALGAL98),
thanks.

My weight has been a life long battle, since about grade 9 anyways. I did get to about 158 about two years ago and it crept up after that. As high as about 178 a while ago, while eating Keto the whole time.

It was 173 a few weeks ago, now 172. From my ticker my goal is 155, but frankly anything in the 150-s will be great.

One thing that is hugely different me compared to before eating Keto is that my hunger is under control. This is in no way a major struggle, in fact the last 4 pounds lost were without even trying, just living.

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11/1/16 8:09 P

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Congrats James. Nice to keep losing, isn't it? You should just about be where you want to now?

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I've been busy. Just long enough to say I am down another pound in the last 2 weeks, the day after Halloween too.


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I take a script for 4,000 units of fish oil a day .. helps with neuropathy pain as does B12 .. can not take narcotics

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11/1/16 5:46 P

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M2M, I really load up on my fish oils and even to the point of eating cod livers and using that oil in dishes like miso soups. I as well supplement and lather coconut oil all over, it absorbs and makes a true difference in my entire body and hair. Winter is so harsh. Healthy fats are key for so much and including digestion and gut health. As well stay hydrated with water. Hydration is a big component in all health.


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Welcome Nachocosmo. I love your enthusiasm. Please continue to enjoy and as well ask question and share please, a lot of experience here to help out if you need anything.

Vicki, that is a good sign with BS in the 60's and staying consistent. Way to go!!

Peg, you are on the homestretch and that is such a great feeling isn't it?! Good job, you got this!!

Grandbaby finally got to go home. I can breathe again and rest my shoulders. I have had way to much stress these last many months. We will still have a lot of work ahead, but I can see a clearing at the end of what has been a dark tunnel. I got into a place where I was always feeling the other shoe was going to drop and the tension has been terrible. The stress at times almost unbearable.
Not news for anyone here or any where, in living life through times of trouble and challenges. Especially tough when it is your loved ones and you feel helpless and in many cases you are.
I feel it has aged me, and at times seasoned me too. I got through.
This year has flown by for me and I am at awe on all this year has given me. This team and my journey with Keto, new friends and new beginnings too. A lot of people have come here and it for the most part has been so rewarding and wonderful. I smile at a few of the bumps we have road along and got over.
I appreciate all of you who have stayed, even though you may have moved on away from Keto, you still stay and help others with their journey as well. To me this is such a blessing.
I am not sure that Keto is or should be a lifelong WOE, but know it is a wonderful tool. I do know low carb is and can be a wonderful way of living with health challenges and as well a lifestyle for many even without these challenges. But to come back and use this tool to get back in the game is a great things as well. We all need breaks.
I see Keto so differently than I did a year ago, I see it for what it gives and yes takes away...like weight.
I hope we can gather more people that come here to share in a positive light with sharing what they have learned along the way. Not all of it is the same and if we can help just one person achieve what so many of us have is so worth our time and efforts.
So please everyone feel free to share and as well enjoy this wonderful team, it has helped me so very much in my health journey.

It is achievable.




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A few pitfalls last evening but November is a new month.

I'm percolating on what goals I should set for the month. I'm thinking of just focusing on exercise and taking my vitamins/supplements. Today I am at 45 active minutes on my fitbit. I'd like to aim for at least 30 minutes a day.

I started a fish oil sup 3 days ago and I honestly can feel a difference in the dryness issues I've been having with my eyes and mouth. I've only been taking 1 - 1200 mg capsule but will up it to 2 starting tomorrow. I plan to set up my pill "keeper" and see if that will help keep me on schedule with the various things I want to take.

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11/1/16 4:42 P

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Blood sugar is coming down this last week. May be time to try without the med again. Not really wanting to eat to bring it up. Hitting mid 60's.

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11/1/16 2:33 P

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Exited to be here. Hope that I will gather information to make this awesome transition to a new me. I have just started day 2 but am totally committed. Done with the junk and go for the "fat". Made fat bombs, they taste pretty good.

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Happy November!

It's cool and crisp, the mountain tops are covered in snow and the sun is out. Just beautiful.
I love this time of year.

Erin - my goal is to stick with my plan and inch closer to my goal. I don't have that far to go, and I'm feeling very focused, (today - lol). I am starting to plan out my thanksgiving meal so I have the bases covered for me.

Have a healthy day all!

Peg - Montana


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Oh I love new beginnings, no matter what they are.

I hope everyone is looking forward to a new month. As well does anyone have any changes, goals or just ideas they would like to share? Perhaps a pre-holiday plan?

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A pretty evil evening is coming. I am taking some grandchildren trick or treating.

A scary evening, with some evil high sugar "treats", but I'll make it through.

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Happy Halloween Everyone! emoticon

James you are such the science guy. Nutrient dense foods and knowing the best bang for your buck is a good method, to find out if you are eating healthy or even healthier.

Being on a budget is hard for so many of us. Thank goodness fat is cheaper than many foods. It is pairing the fat up with healthy sidekicks. I do believe there are a few Low Carb people who actually blog about this here on Sparks and as well on line.
Since a lot of the toxins are stored in the fat, some teach to buy learner cuts and add fat to them. As well your fat source can defeat you if it is one of the high heated processed fats like vegetable oil, sunflower, safflower, cottonseed, soybean, grapeseed, corn oil, and even canola oil. Science is showing these fats act like free-radicals and can actually harm us if heated. So use animal fat or coconut oil to cook with.
There are many places you can learn about this, in " Keto Books" and as well just googling Low Carb and Keto.

For veggies, I find frozen is cheaper and much of the time has a better taste and can last a lot longer than gambling on fresh. But spinach and other greens and green veggies can be purchased fairly reasonable priced, especially in bulk.
My grocery list is almost always the same and we as well eat the same 5-10 meals. It's the extras that trip us up, but if you can't afford them then there shouldn't be an issue right ? LOL
Home cooked is the only way I can stay within my budget. I can't always afford the healthier choices, but I just do what I can with what I have.
No avocadoes this week, they are $1.70 each. Crazy and many places in the USA they are in season.
I do shop from many local farmers and get great deals. I as well grow my herbs and simple lettuces all year round, outside and now inside. That saves a lot and they as well are pleasant to have around and taste so good.
We recently cut out almost all dairy, it is just to costly to buy the good stuff.
Raw milk is illegal here in Minnesota and my farmer got spooked. Said he feared he would get shut down and could not risk it any more. I may need to buy a couple of goats, lol.
I can not have any of the antibiotics and hormones that are in so much of the meat, and dairy. Really messes with my health. But we do with what we have to.

I remember back many years ago we never even thought about these things and we just ate real food from local farmers. Bought our annual cow and pig and ate off of that all year long. Knew the neighbors and bought gallons of milk, skimmed off the cream, bought eggs and grew so much of our own foods. Not a one of us were ever sick. Harvested a couple deer every year and shot ducks and geese. Fished and fed the family nicely. My gosh most of the kids today have never stepped foot on a farm or even tasted wild game.

Well I hope all the little ones have a great time this evening.
Our newest baby is not home yet, but we are hoping today. His bilirubin will not stabilize. Gosh he is such a sweet little guy.

Have an excellent day and Keto-On!!




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BOO!

James- yes indeed I have lost 44 lbs to date. And no I did not cut calories and if anything, my portion sizes are larger. I started a LC/HF diet 4/1/16, more of a Zone plan as suggested by the trainer at the gym. Did well and lost about 35 lbs, then stalled. Was reading about Keto and decided to give it a try. In the last 4-6 weeks lost the additional 9 lbs. I most definitely eat more now than I was prior to Keto, but the percentages of carb, proteins & fats are different.
Felling great, working out and enjoying getting back to a healthy weight.

Thanks so much for your tips and advice. The struggle is real, nice to know I'm not alone.

Have a healthy Halloween!

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Happy Halloween! Love this day as its always been fun for me with my birthday 2 days before! emoticon emoticon

SWEET TREATS:
I made the mistake of letting treats creep in. I saved myself by using 90% dark chocolate and a smear of peanut butter in the afternoons at work when I craved the most. My system has now settled back down after about a week thankfully.

I also like cheesecake fluff but cut way back on the SF syrup or sweetener. A little almond extract or maple is a nice touch too. Illusion of sweetness when really its just flavor I'm seeking.



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Still going down with weight, albeit slowly. Soon needing new pants. I figure by next month it will be new clothes. I have tops from three years ago that will work well, but the pants are history.I just have to figure out where to shop. A new size in pants will last for a few months since the loss is slow. I am shooting for another 35-40 lbs and then will reassess if I want to lose more


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I am on disability and live by my self - so I shop for the month - and thats what I have ...

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A quick shout out to everyone. A busy week end here.
Not much time, but will tale time tomorrow to chat maybe a bit more.
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1HKNRN (Peg),

You've lost 44 pounds! Did you do that by cutting calories across the board, i.e. portion sizes?

With Keto, as you've noted it is with less hunger. I have to agree with you, it really helps to be prepared. In my first year of Keto I always travelled with a lunch box or bag with Keto snacks. Sausage, cheese (they sell those individually packed snacks), cake or bread made from protein powder rather than flour...

The crazy thing is, it can either be real hunger, or simply eating for entertainment that can catch you when you aren't prepared.

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James,
Thanks for the info. So far the berries and cream seem to be helping. I am using the chocolate & PB as a rescue treat. Rather than spiral out of control looking for a treat, I will use it as my rescue treat. I am a "grazer" and I'd rather not walk that slippery slope. Appetite is definitely more controlled on Keto. I just always like to have a plan B, for when I need it.

Enjoy your day.

Peg - Montana


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10/30/16 10:52 A

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SPIRITSEEKEER2,

How do you eat Keto? How do you keep your carbs low?

I have a range of low carb things that I typically eat, and over time I just know what they are. When a new one comes along I do the math, calculate its carb percentage and might then eat it, or eat it in small amounts, or never eat it (perhaps just a taste out of curiosity now and then).



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10/30/16 10:13 A

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hahahaha I am not doing all that.. you seem to really like doing it , is why I asked - on those numbers

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10/29/16 9:36 P

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SPIRITSEEKER2,

The percentage of a food that is carbs does not depend on its weight. That is why I did not list how much.

If you want to know your grams of carbs, weigh the item, say 200 grams of strawberries, then use the percentage, 5.7% for strawberries, to calculate the carbs. In this case that is then 200*5.7/100 = 11.4 grams of carbs.

I have a binder of various foods, with nutritional information for 100 grams of that food, when I weigh my portion size it is easy to do the math on carbs, protein,...whatever.


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10/29/16 8:19 P

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you did not list how much of each ?

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10/29/16 6:35 P

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1HKNRN,
I might be repeating myself (I often do, out of certifiable memory problems) but after analyzing which vegetables were "approved" on a particular low carb diet plan, I found the pattern was pretty much that things with 6% of their weight as carbs (or less) were allowed on the plan.

So I use that principle to guide me through a minefield of foods. To look at the things we are talking about, with the percentage of carb weight in parenthesis:
- strawberries (5.7%)
- heavy whipping cream (2.8%)
- unsweetened peanut butter (12%)
- dark chocolate 85% cocoa (23%)
- dark chocolate 90% cocoa (16%)

So I eat strawberries, in small quantities as they are right on my 6% line. No problem with the cream. As for peanut butter and dark chocolate, well I'm breaking my own guideline of eating things over 6%, but I know I'm doing it, so just in small quantities.

In comparison:
- bread (50%)
- sugar (100%)
- cooked pasta (30%)
- Alphabits cereal (70%)
- Store bought chocolate chip cookies (65%)

So peanut butter looks like a saint compared to anything on the second list. Even the dark chocolate ... But it is eater beware.


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10/29/16 12:58 P

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Good morning!

Thank you, thank you all, for the great sweet treat ideas. I love heavy cream, just bought some strawberries and have never tried the SF syrups, but will. James, oh how I love your PB & chocolate idea. Reese's were my downfall, so this might just do the trick.

Had to laugh at the Kitchen Safe. But , you'd go broke if you had to buy one for all things that could be a risk. I think I'll just buy a safe and give someone else the combination. LOL, just kidding.

Have a great, Keto day.

Peg - Montana


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Goodness goodness,

Carbs are so addictive that you can buy a time-locked safe to put your carb high things in, and you can set it to be only during banking business hours (not evenings, or at night).

www.thekitchensafe.com/



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Subject: peanut butter

My peanut butter nutrition is exactly the same as Julia's. Just peanuts:

Indeed I put way less than a tablespoon on a square of dark chocolate. So my guess of 2 grams of carbs in the peanut butter on top (or less) was correct.

I do mix in some salt with my peanut butter. It has separation of the oil when I buy it. It is hard to mix, so I empty the jar into a firm mixing bowl, stir, add salt, and stir some more until well blended, then back in the original jar.

I used to think the pure peanut butter was missing sweetness compared to those that added some sugar. But it turned out to be salt that I wanted (thank goodness).

P.S. I'm always proud to show that I'm Canadian, ... note the label, English and French.

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thanks for the link - will check it out ..
go to gym 3 xs a week to ST love those stretches with a little weight - nothing major - just helps body health issues to strengthen muscles around them.. and feels soooo good ..
have a great day all

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Good Morning,
Great suggestions for those sweet cravings.
I have a big day planned so wanting to stop in and wish everyone a great week end.
A new month is soon upon us and I have some personal goals I am working toward. Mostly more activity and exercise, building and toning.

Well I need to get this day going, gorgeous weather we are having.

Have an amazing day all. Keto On!


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10/29/16 12:12 A

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We're all different for sure. I have been enjoying berries with cream, with SweetLeaf Stevia if needed. Many grocery stores sell "stevia" brands like Truvia which are mostly fructose or dextrose or other "tampered sugars", with just barely enough stevia to legally call it stevia...that's all "IMHO", of course.

The other thing I have noticed, especially last two weeks when I traveled for the Fall Holy Days, is when I was out with friends to eat out, and we all ordered desserts, I didn't need or want a full dessert. So very often my husband and I or even our son and us would split something two or three ways and I had my enjoyment out of the few bites I ate. I wasn't even trying to measure it all exactly evenly, like exactly 50% or 33.33% of dessert. For one thing, I was enjoying filling up with delicious veggie salads and nuts and cheeses so the dessert was more for entertainment than for a "craving." For another, we were generally at nicer places with more of a "local farm to table" outlook, better quality and so a little bit was much more filling and satisfying.

Got home and I had "only" gained about 5 pounds. In years past it's been more like 10-12 pounds gained. So it's still a learning curve.

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Sounds yummy, James! Out of curiousity, I looked at my brand new jar of Laura Scudder's (natural/unsweetened) Peanut Butter that I brought home with me from Colorado (not distributed in our part of Kansas). One serving is 2 Tablespoons (200 cal), 6 grams of carbs - 2 grams of it is fiber and 1 gram is sugar (which may or may not be of concern since not everyone does the net carb thing). So if you are putting only a tiny schmear of peanut butter on your chocolate, rather than entire 2 tblsp "serving", then your guess is probably accurate enough... and a little bit of PB does go a long way in the flavor and texture departments!


And on a different topic, here's a link that may need to be copied and moved to a better thread... pretty tired though and can't think which one right now. It's Dr Mercola's recent blog/interview with Dr Jason Fung on IF so you know it will be interesting:

(Apologies if this is a duplicate listing of the link)
articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/
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1HKNRN,

I take inspiration from Reese's Peanut-butter cups. So I have a square of dark chocolate, 85% cocoa. I know from reading the nutrition label that each square has 2 grams of carbs. On top of that I put a little bit of unsweetened peanut butter. I don't know how many grams of carbs in that, perhaps another 2.

So each one of those has 4 grams of carbs. It has been years (more than 5 for sure) since I ate a Reese's Peanut-butter cup, and I'm sure I'd practically get sick on how sweet it is. So in comparison this has a much stronger cocoa taste, but frankly I enjoy it more than the Reese's product these days.

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1HKNRN, I, too, have a sweet tooth and know exactly how you feel about all those substitutes. The ideas I'm giving do use some but in my opinion, the tastes are the best I've found that I can enjoy. Other sweeteners just leave a bad taste in my mouth and no enjoyment for me.

When I crave something sweet , these are the things I will go to:
1. A little cream with a little Splenda and vanilla.
2. A little cream with Sugar free Torani syrup.
3. A little cream with a squirt of orange-flavored Mio.
4. Hot milk/cream/half & half mixture with SF salted caramel Torani syrup and stir in a pat of butter.
5. Smoothie made with kefir, milk, cream, Splenda &/or Xylitol with frozen berries--usually blueberry or raspberry. If I add frozen mango to either I don't seem to need as much sweetener.
6. There are some decent tasting keto cheesecake recipes.
7. SF chocolates.--be careful with sugar alcohols.


You just have to be careful about serving sizes and really watch the carb count, especially with the berries. When I first started keto just a small taste of anything sweet just turned on the cravings something fierce. Now I just occasionally want something sweet.


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no on disability - no money for a blood meter - asked dr to check- they do urine .. it was 4.2 - which did not say anything else ????? she said she would do all this help - new - and this was third visit and now wont do anything I need- so she is fired ... hashimoto thyroid is good at messing with all ..
have a lot of health issues COPD/asthma - they are under control for now ..

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