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    JessRN got a reaction from Brewer5 in Brewer5: A Fresh Start   
    I've been addicted for a while, kirkor!  You cannot beat the convenience.  I buy an organic variety when it's on sale, and just stock up the freezer.  It ensures I'll ALWAYS have a good choice veggie at my fingertips!
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    JessRN got a reaction from Brewer5 in Brewer5: A Fresh Start   
    I've been addicted for a while, kirkor!  You cannot beat the convenience.  I buy an organic variety when it's on sale, and just stock up the freezer.  It ensures I'll ALWAYS have a good choice veggie at my fingertips!
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    JessRN reacted to kirkor in Brewer5: A Fresh Start   
    Well, I'll just natter on then ---
    Got frozen spinach this weekend, and darn, that is super convenient!
    I've typically gotten the regular leaves in the plastic bins, and then there's the whole worry about finishing before they get too slimy (and also, sometimes the raw leaves taste a little woody) ...
    But the frozen is perfect for adding to eggs, stirring in to ground beef, etc.
    I might be a convert!
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    JessRN reacted to Brewer5 in Brewer5: A Fresh Start   
     
    Yeah, me too.  
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    JessRN got a reaction from Brewer5 in Brewer5: A Fresh Start   
    Yup, Amazon!  What on earth would we do without Amazon? lol
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    JessRN reacted to Brewer5 in Brewer5: A Fresh Start   
     
    1/3 done already!  Jess ~ congrats!  
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    JessRN got a reaction from Brewer5 in Brewer5: A Fresh Start   
    Hey everyone!  I've been lurking the last few days because I've been working.  I'm back!  
     
    Day 10 of my Keto W30. FBG this morning 79, blood ketone level 1.2!  Doing great!

    Battling a migraine and some pissed off sinuses due to the Santa Ana winds here in LA.  Other than that, all's well.  
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    JessRN got a reaction from mergthemagnificent in Brewer5: A Fresh Start   
    As a cardiac nurse, I can say I feel the advice they give post heart attack patient is WRONG.  But your SO won't be able to safely raise the amount of fat he's eating if he is also consuming "boatloads" of sugar daily.  Because that WILL absolutely be a horrible combination.  He would really have to come to the dark (keto) side lol for him to load up on fat without worry about negative effects.  Heart attacks are the children of inflammation and high sugar diets.  Period.  That is what leads to plaque building up in blood vessels, and eventually to blockages.  I would encourage you guys to look for a cardiologist who is open to this line of thinking, but I also know that can be hard.  I cannot stress enough that it's one or the other.  He can't have his fruit and eat it too if he is going to increase his fat.  I'm not a doctor either, I'm "just a nurse." But half the docs I know have their head up their ass when it comes to nutrition.
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    JessRN got a reaction from Brewer5 in Brewer5: A Fresh Start   
    So, how's this for a PITA?  My beloved local gym, which I have happily given $40 a month to for the past 5 years, apparently went belly-up over the holidays and did not notify its customers.  Driving down that street two days after New Years, I saw signage for the YMCA.  I received no mail or email contact from either my gym or the YMCA, but they continued to charge me dues.  We all know how January went, so I certainly wasn't going to the gym.

    Today, I finally feel good enough to work out, so I head down there.  I find out my dues were charged for January, not February, and that I'm not a member.  I cannot work out.  And I would have to pay dues that day to be reinstated.  Here's where it gets good:  This guy tells me that I'm ok to pay my normal dues until June, but after that my dues would increase to $60 A MONTH.  I was like      WHAT?!?!?!?!?

    Yes.  The lovely YMCA is charging folks $60 a damn month to use their facilities.  The SAME facilities and equipment I was using before for $20 a month less.  I couldn't even believe it.  What a ripoff!  And the guy tries to tell me it's great because I can use any of the 3 YMCA's in the area   

    SO.  I got in the car and drove to the 24-Hour Fitness that's about twice as far away, but still only a 10 minute drive.  Within 10 minutes, I find out the hospital I work for gives a corporate discount, and I qualify to have initiation fees waived.  I can visit ANY 24-Hour Fitness in the world, for $36 a month.  That's $4 less than I was even paying at my precious little local gym I loved.  So, my fitness activities have a new home, folks.  

    I got 30 minutes of cardio in, and that was quite an experience after a month of illness.  My glycogen solidly ran out at exactly 22 minutes, and I hit a wall.  But I pushed through and completed 30 minutes.  I don't feel like I'm as shaky or starving as I normally am after a workout, but I AM hungry.  Gonna eat lunch!  
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    JessRN got a reaction from mergthemagnificent in Brewer5: A Fresh Start   
    As a cardiac nurse, I can say I feel the advice they give post heart attack patient is WRONG.  But your SO won't be able to safely raise the amount of fat he's eating if he is also consuming "boatloads" of sugar daily.  Because that WILL absolutely be a horrible combination.  He would really have to come to the dark (keto) side lol for him to load up on fat without worry about negative effects.  Heart attacks are the children of inflammation and high sugar diets.  Period.  That is what leads to plaque building up in blood vessels, and eventually to blockages.  I would encourage you guys to look for a cardiologist who is open to this line of thinking, but I also know that can be hard.  I cannot stress enough that it's one or the other.  He can't have his fruit and eat it too if he is going to increase his fat.  I'm not a doctor either, I'm "just a nurse." But half the docs I know have their head up their ass when it comes to nutrition.
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    JessRN got a reaction from mergthemagnificent in Brewer5: A Fresh Start   
    Keto Whole30 starts TOMORROW.  I was temporarily disheartened by some mean-spirited comments someone I thought was a friend made to me on Facebook, but it's happening.  I've been eating like crap since Tuesday, and now I have a rash from head to toe, as well as headaches and a gnarly IBS flare.  
     
    I know I can count on you fine people to hold me accountable. 
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    JessRN got a reaction from SimpleNotEasy in Brewer5: A Fresh Start   
    GUYS, I'M SO EXCITED!!!

    So, I finally got my blood ketone meter yesterday, and just tested this morning....

    0.9 mmol/L !!!!!!

    I'm back in ketosis!!!  Hooray!!!!!  *happy dance*  FBG was 81!  It only took me 5 days (that I know of, maybe sooner) to pop back into Ketosis after a MAJOR derailment.  I love my body so much, great job, metabolism! <3 <3 <3
                 

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    JessRN got a reaction from kirkor in Brewer5: A Fresh Start   
    Holy crap, I feel so good!  Slept last night soundly (skipped the benadryl, it wasn't helping the rash anyway), and woke up easily and naturally at around the 8-hour mark.  ALL the bloat from my misadventure is gone, and my waist looks incredibly small to me right now! LOL  The rash is improving.  I ran to the store last night after work and bought a couple bottles of Caladryl and basically doused myself in it before bed hahahaha.  
     
    I had experiences this week with two different co-workers on two separate floors who noticed my weight loss and general improvement in energy/mood and asked about it.  And I had the pleasure of evangelizing about Keto for about an hour each! LOL!  Not because I wouldn't shut up, but because they kept having so many questions!  I pointed them in the direction of That Sugar Film, It Starts With Food, and Keto Clarity.  They are nurses too, and when I explained the pathophysiology of carb addiction and how we completely sabotage our metabolisms, they both had the lightbulb moment with it.  Now, if I could only do that with about a MILLION other clinicians!  But I swear, I will continue to promote this line of thinking for inflammatory and metabolic illnesses, one person at a time if I have to.  One of the co-workers was on the postpartum unit, so reminding her that ketosis is natural, and that all of our littles were born in it and still in it right now was a huge "ah-ha" for her.  It was fun myth-busting all their pre-conceived notions, and getting them thinking in a new way   

    I've never had a rat, but I had a beloved Pomeranian named Fox for 15 years, who many people called a rat LOL.  He was only 4.5 lbs full grown, but he was my baby!  He passed away three years ago, and I still miss him.  And yes, he was named after Fox Mulder.  I am an X-Files fan for life   

     

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    JessRN got a reaction from Brewer5 in Brewer5: A Fresh Start   
    My parents' kitten is glued to my side as we speak LOL.  It's cat day on the keto thread!  hahahaha <3
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    JessRN reacted to SugarcubeOD in Brewer5: A Fresh Start   
    Here's another one of his 'looks' from that shoot... Just because... I promise not to inundate you with cat pictures
     

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    JessRN reacted to SugarcubeOD in Brewer5: A Fresh Start   
    Totally off topic but I wanna post my pet too!
     
    Charlie Fluffypants.  20pounds of love... well... not quite.  He was a stray and he was also abused by my ex boyfriend so he's got some attitude problems but he loves me and he's finally figured out that I'm soft and warm so now we snuggle!  Took 8 years to get this cat to cuddle.
    My friend Kat is a professional photographer and we got realllly drunk the night before this and woke up super hungover with no interest in going out of the house so we had an impromptu photoshoot instead!
     

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    JessRN reacted to Brewer5 in Brewer5: A Fresh Start   
     
    Well, hello, CC!
     
    Nope... I have no idea who all is out there reading.  I know I've got some friends ~ and I know I've got some weirdos ~ but hey, that's life, right?
     

     
    Happy to hear from you... and always happy to help.
     
    I have seen no evidence that eating a keto diet would make your numbers worse ~ in fact, one of the main attractions of this way of eating is the huge improvement it can make to your overall health.  It just makes sense.
     
    Listening to pretty much any of Jimmy Moore's podcasts you can get your hands on, would be a great learning experience.  Listen... see if it appeals to you... if not, move on to the next one.  He literally has over a thousand of them out there, I believe.  All available for free, through iTunes or his site.
     
    Okay, so... I am going to throw some things at you ~ so you can take whatever you may find helpful.
     
    First, from page 29 of this thread:
     
     
     
    Second, I would love for you to watch this 18-minute TED talk, if you haven't already.  It's my favorite link, ever.  Worth every minute:
     

     
    Okay, third...  I see you are not looking for books.  I am going to mention them to you anyway.  Jimmy Moore's books, Cholesterol Clarity (if you are really concerned and want to understand ALL the details of the great big cholesterol picture)  and Keto Clarity (if you really want to have ALL your questions answered and be fully in-the-know about ketogenic diets) ~ these are great resources.
     
    If you just want a quick-start guide ~  Well.  There may be websites out there with this sort of info, or short kindle books you can find on Amazon, etc...  
     
    This was a quick read, and I found it very informative ~ but I was also well-versed in the world of keto before I read it, so -- your mileage may vary.
     
    http://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/151500581X?keywords=ketogenic%20diet&qid=1454620346&ref_=sr_1_7&sr=8-7
     
    I think it's important to point out here, that what I've found works best for me is sticking to the Whole 30 foods for the most part ~ protein+veggie+fat ... protein+veggie+fat ... with SOME nuts and seeds in the mix, but not really any fruit or starchy vegetables.  So -- you don't necessarily need a "starter guide" of any sort, if what you want is to stick to a mostly Whole 30 lifestyle ~ but maybe tweak the template to better fit your own, individual needs and desires.
     
    Here is a good list of carb content of vegetables, if you'd find this helpful.  I'm sure you can find info out there for fruit, as well.  Lemons, lime, and all sorts of berries are generally the lower-carb options.
     
    http://www.ruled.me/best-low-carb-vegetables-ketogenic-diet/
     
    Any other questions you have -- we're here.    Welcome!
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    JessRN reacted to Carlaccini in Brewer5: A Fresh Start   
    Lately I have not been saying much to him.  Because I've noticed he snack hiding - I used to do it too - you know hide and eat things.  
     
    If I comment on  the fruit thing - I usually get - what do I have against fruit?  Technically I have nothing against fruit - but one should not be eating 5 - 6 fruits a day.  I have explained to him all this fructose is damaging his liver.  He already has an inflamed liver. As do I - hence why fruit is kept at a minimum.  And alcohol has not made it back to my worth it list.
     
    So basically I think I do need to shut up.  He's tired of hearing me lecture.  As Brewer said above - I think he needs to struggle through the things himself.  Except I am really and truly worried for him.  
     
    I am thinking of asking that we possibly buy less fruit this week as I am finding it "triggering" to see him munching all the time.  Maybe if I make it about me - he will listen.
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    JessRN got a reaction from kirkor in Brewer5: A Fresh Start   
    Holy crap, I feel so good!  Slept last night soundly (skipped the benadryl, it wasn't helping the rash anyway), and woke up easily and naturally at around the 8-hour mark.  ALL the bloat from my misadventure is gone, and my waist looks incredibly small to me right now! LOL  The rash is improving.  I ran to the store last night after work and bought a couple bottles of Caladryl and basically doused myself in it before bed hahahaha.  
     
    I had experiences this week with two different co-workers on two separate floors who noticed my weight loss and general improvement in energy/mood and asked about it.  And I had the pleasure of evangelizing about Keto for about an hour each! LOL!  Not because I wouldn't shut up, but because they kept having so many questions!  I pointed them in the direction of That Sugar Film, It Starts With Food, and Keto Clarity.  They are nurses too, and when I explained the pathophysiology of carb addiction and how we completely sabotage our metabolisms, they both had the lightbulb moment with it.  Now, if I could only do that with about a MILLION other clinicians!  But I swear, I will continue to promote this line of thinking for inflammatory and metabolic illnesses, one person at a time if I have to.  One of the co-workers was on the postpartum unit, so reminding her that ketosis is natural, and that all of our littles were born in it and still in it right now was a huge "ah-ha" for her.  It was fun myth-busting all their pre-conceived notions, and getting them thinking in a new way   

    I've never had a rat, but I had a beloved Pomeranian named Fox for 15 years, who many people called a rat LOL.  He was only 4.5 lbs full grown, but he was my baby!  He passed away three years ago, and I still miss him.  And yes, he was named after Fox Mulder.  I am an X-Files fan for life   

     

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    JessRN reacted to Brewer5 in Brewer5: A Fresh Start   
    Carla, it is easier for me to sit back and say this, I know ~ because my husband has not had a heart attack.  Yet.
     
    But I have found that I really do lead best by example.  
     
    Maybe make a conscious effort ...for a little while anyway, as an experiment... to just really focus on YOU.   I know you do, anyway ~ I'm just saying ~ if he sees you happy, and vibrant, and energetic, and not struggling and constantly craving...  If he sees you clear-headed, and upbeat, and you keep a real can-do attitude about things...  Over time, there will be a glaring disparity between how you are feeling on a daily basis vs. how he is.
     
    My husband ate a lot of crap throughout the Holidays ~ I mean, for him, it was A LOT.
     
    I chitter chattered here and there about the folks I was helping online...  I talked with him about the addiction discussions...  I shared with him my triumphs as well as my frustrations with the forum...  But through all of this ~ none of it was ever directed AT him.  I knew he was struggling, I could see it.  I could clearly recognize the pattern he was in ~ and I hated it for him ~ but I also knew that he got there on his own, and he had to come out of it on his own.   And he did.  
     
    He has now gone back to low-carb all week with a carb night on the weekend.  And that works for him.  It did not work for me, and I do not partake.  The kids do have some of his stuff, though ~ and guess what he gets to see there?  How the junk affects their moods and behavior.  He's already decided, based on that ~ that for Super Bowl, we'll be making things at home instead of ordering take-out.  Mmmm-hmmm... that's what I thought.     But I let him make the choices, and I let him see the consequences of those choices.  
     
    And every day, he also sees me on a really good path.  I am finally... (mostly)...  at peace.
     
    I am painfully aware that the choices I make affect everyone in this household.  If mama's eating junk -- guess what?  Everyone is eating junk.  I have said over and over again that having that sort of influence is both a blessing and a curse.  But I'll tell you what ~ it keeps me on my toes.  It keeps me very motivated to make the best choices I can for myself and for all of them, every day.  I am leading by example.  What example do I want that to be?
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    JessRN reacted to Carlaccini in Brewer5: A Fresh Start   
     
    Yes I do know this.  And every time he grabs a fruit I ask him if he couldn't be snacking on something better.  I'm not sure how to get through to him on this.  It's kind of like looking in a mirror oddly enough.  I mean I got lectured for years on my weight, and how I should exercise, and I should eat better etc, etc. I HATED this.  (I'm sure there are many people who were in the same boat and hated it as well) And now part of me is feeling like I am doing the exact same to Rob.  And I hate it.  But I'm trying to help him.  And those people who lectured me were trying to help me as well.  
     
    I have to try to find a different way.....
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    JessRN got a reaction from Brewer5 in Brewer5: A Fresh Start   
    Carla, I'm sure you realize, this is more dangerous to him from a cardiovascular perspective than anything else.  If you feel comfortable tough-loving him on this issue, now would be the time.  All that sugar circulating in his blood stream is doing more damage to his blood vessels by the minute.  He needs to cut that crap out.  NOW.  Fruit is a SOMETIMES FOOD.  For EVERYONE.  And for me, it's pretty much a never food.  If he's afraid of fat, make the point- all that sugar in the fruit is more artery clogging than any fat he could ever eat.  I'm dead serious.  Cutting bread and pasta are great accomplishments and good baby steps, but the truth is, piles of fruit are metabolically NO DIFFERENT.  Same effect.  
    It must be really hard for you to know this and still watch him make those choices, I'm sorry  
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    JessRN reacted to Brewer5 in Brewer5: A Fresh Start   
     
    I am glad you said this, Jess.
     
    I see a lot of folks here who are trying to eat a lot of starchy carbs & fruit, AND trying to raise their fat, according to the template suggestions... and then wondering why their pants are getting tight, why they aren't seeing the results they want, etc.
     
    A high fat + high sugar diet is SAD.  I've come to realize that the same physiological effects can be replicated within a Whole 30, if people don't understand what they are doing.  They feel better ...  Yes, of course they do, because they have cut out a lot of harmful ingredients, and they are including a lot more nutrients.  But there is absolutely no guarantee of weight loss, or even improved health markers -- if they have replaced their SAD foods with Whole 30 compliant foods and are still eating a high-fat, high-sugar diet.
     
    You cannot do both.  It has to be one or the other.  We all know that high-sugar gets us nowhere good... so what does that leave?
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    JessRN got a reaction from Brewer5 in Brewer5: A Fresh Start   
    I have someone in my life that's similar.  He's had a couple of heart attacks and a cardiac arrest in the last few years, and has followed his doctor's dietary advice to the LETTER.  His wife lovingly cooks all his meals low low low fat with no salt, and every time I eat dinner there, I cringe.  I've tried to have the conversation very gently, but it goes nowhere.  I watch him take his pile of evening pills, and eat his boneless, skinless chicken breast and plain veggies, and it just kills me.  But I have to not internalize it and remind myself that you can lead a horse to water, but you can't make them drink.  It's so much easier with my patients, who are strangers.  But when it's someone you care about, it's SO much harder.  I'll keep trying though.  Because I care.    
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    JessRN got a reaction from Brewer5 in Brewer5: A Fresh Start   
    I have someone in my life that's similar.  He's had a couple of heart attacks and a cardiac arrest in the last few years, and has followed his doctor's dietary advice to the LETTER.  His wife lovingly cooks all his meals low low low fat with no salt, and every time I eat dinner there, I cringe.  I've tried to have the conversation very gently, but it goes nowhere.  I watch him take his pile of evening pills, and eat his boneless, skinless chicken breast and plain veggies, and it just kills me.  But I have to not internalize it and remind myself that you can lead a horse to water, but you can't make them drink.  It's so much easier with my patients, who are strangers.  But when it's someone you care about, it's SO much harder.  I'll keep trying though.  Because I care.