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So what does a daily day of eating look like for you now?  I can't imagine cutting carbs and dairy... 

 

Well, you could look back at my Keto Whole 30 log from January to see how I did it then:

 

http://forum.whole30.com/topic/23800-brewer5-keto-whole-30/?hl=brewer5

 

But it does look different now -- because I am not on a Whole 30, and of course our eating habits change over time as we learn new things.  I relied a lot on coconut manna and sunflower seeds, which I haven't been eating lately at all.  I also ate a lot of ghee, which I am now removing.

 

I will share today with you later.  :)

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You never really mentioned portions except for the eggs.  Unless you were eating giant bowls of meat... it seems like you didn't eat much :/ ?

 

I'm doing 531 now.  Just started cycle 2!  Are you still doing that?  Did you see much improvement?

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You never really mentioned portions except for the eggs.  Unless you were eating giant bowls of meat... it seems like you didn't eat much :/ ?

 

I'm doing 531 now.  Just started cycle 2!  Are you still doing that?  Did you see much improvement?

 

I'm not sure that the volume of food is actually all that important...  I followed the template suggestions and ate to satiety.  This is different for each of us.   I don't know about "giant bowls of meat" -- but I didn't restrict myself, and I always go back for seconds if I want them.  You gotta picture LOTS of fat, too.  The #1 mistake people make when trying to go low-carb is not eating enough fat.  

 

I did reach a point around that time of the month where I realized I needed more food -- not carbs, necessarily, although of course the brain will try to take you there.  I just. need. more. food. around that time.  Greater quantities in general, of everything.

 

5/3/1 worked for last winter -- but I got bored with that pretty quickly.  I started Strong Curves advanced program (Bret Contreras) and have been in love with that ever since.  I've done multiple rounds.  But right now I am on a puppy hiatus.   :)  Just walking, and getting big projects done around the house.  I love lifting -- but this is the first big break I've had, and it's actually been really nice.

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Ok, littleg, since I know you love pictures and you are wondering about my quantities -- here you go.   :)

 

Generally while I am chatting on here in the morning, I am standing in the kitchen working on my breakfast and the kids'.  

 

And sipping on 16 oz of coffee with a tablespoon of collagen.  I have learned over my many years of mistakes, that having too much coffee BEFORE breakfast is not the way to do things.

 

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This skillet started out with the scientific measurement -- a "crap-ton" -- of coconut oil.  But it melted before I could get a picture.  There was at least a tablespoon, and maybe closer to two.  It's hiding under my big handful of kale, which is hiding under my big handful of spinach.

 

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Now you can see how much those greens cook down -- as we all know.  And you can see their glistening coconut oil -- which, yes, I do scrape every drop of out of the pan... and I've even been known to lick a plate or bowl.   :ph34r:   That fat is not escaping me!

 

This is 2.5 ounces of tuna, one whole egg, and two egg yolks -- because I am upping the fat, and -- I just freakin love egg yolks!  Sometimes I will include 2 brazil nuts for selenium -- but my middle child has eaten all of them.  Plus I think they give me major BLOAT, but I am still testing that theory.

 

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Final product -- along with the big spoonful of Trader Joe's sauerkraut I am trying to eat with every meal, after reading Brain Maker.

 

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It's noon and I have just finished M1 while typing this.  I will report back later.  :)

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..."Cancer cells could wildly undulate from a state of dedifferentiation and back, which explained why some tumors contained multiple tissue types.  Teeth and hair follicles had even been found inside tumors."

 

Say what?!   :blink:

 

 

Whaaaaa?  That's kind of scary - how do these things get there?

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You are the best!  Thanks :)  Is the Brain Maker/sauerkraut connection probiotics?  I almost bought that tub of 'kraut the last time I was at TJ's but it was $4.  I could make a pot of my own for that price... I forgot that was on my to-do list "make sauerkraut".  Maybe I'll go do that now!  

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"Sister??  Is that YOU?!"    :lol: 

 

Go away!   :angry: 

 

And yes, that's my fitbit, attached to my head.

 

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Also:  Hey -- I've still got my muscles... and I've still got my hair!   ;)

 

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Whaaaaa?  That's kind of scary - how do these things get there?

 

I'm gonna leave that one up to littleg -- who apparently paid attention in high school Biology!  I don't completely understand it, myself.

 

I am still trying to get through just the beginning of this book.  I have to go back and read things over sometimes, plus it's one of those books that is super interesting, but also really good at putting me to sleep.   :ph34r:

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You are the best!  Thanks :)  Is the Brain Maker/sauerkraut connection probiotics?  I almost bought that tub of 'kraut the last time I was at TJ's but it was $4.  I could make a pot of my own for that price... I forgot that was on my to-do list "make sauerkraut".  Maybe I'll go do that now!  

 

Yes, he is big on probiotics, prebiotics...  So much good stuff and a lot more detail in that book.  I have not ventured into fermenting anything myself yet.  But buying this sauerkraut at TJ's was easy!  And it's GOOD.  I bought another kind at our local grocery, and it is just not the same.

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Is a cyst similar to a zit?

 

Well, this one is.  But there is NO popping it.  It's like, you wanna pop it, but -- it's just not happening!  

 

This is why I started talking to Carla about her condition (I've seen her talk about on the forums).  She has a long name for it.   Cysts, in the hairline, aggravated by pork and dairy.  

 

Edited to say:  This dude was really flared up and angry a few days ago.  It has actually gone down quite a bit -- and I hope to be able to post an "after" picture once it finally goes away again!

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Ouch!!!  I feel for you - stupid, uncomfortable, bleepin' cyst / boils.

 

Easier name for it is Acne Inversa - I've heard the condition being called both - the long-unpronounceable-name

 

I wish I could tell you that you could put something on it - but unfortunately it's just time that heals this one.  You just don't want them to be any bigger.

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Out the door for classes tonight, so I packed this:

2 soft-boiled eggs with homemade mayo (MCT/olive/avocado)

Almond- stuffed olives

Sauerkraut

16 oz coffee

I guess you would call this a mini-meal.

My youngest son wanted me to save him one of the egg halves for after his class. I ate the rest of this on our break between 5:00-5:30. littleg, I was thinking of you because you told me it didn't look like I ate much -- and I was thinking about that as I was eating this food. Because, I just gotta say, one of the great benefits of eating this way is that food really does become fuel for me. I am not thinking about it all the time, dreaming of things, looking at restaurants wistfully.... That really does just disappear. Like flipping a switch.

I ate because I had this with me, I had a break, and I knew it was about time. But the reality is that I also could have waited until classes were over, we had gone to the store, and I had fixed supper at home. Yes... I could have eaten today at noon & at 9pm -- without freaking out or getting funky in any way. It is such a noticeable difference -- and I never feel out of control like I have in the past. I am completely in the driver's seat, and I love it.

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Wow... I wish I could be like that.  I do feel like big breakfasts are helping get me *closer* to that kind of food vs fuel mentality but I've got a ways to go :)

 

I did make ginger sauerkraut because of you today though!  And hubs did buy me the one from TJ since mine will take... oh 5 weeks to be ready ;) 

 

Thanks again for the pics!  Its like walking around downtown when its dark - peering into everyone's windows... or should I not say that out loud :/  Honest I'm looking at decorating ideas!

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Yes, he is big on probiotics, prebiotics...  So much good stuff and a lot more detail in that book.  I have not ventured into fermenting anything myself yet.  But buying this sauerkraut at TJ's was easy!  And it's GOOD.  I bought another kind at our local grocery, and it is just not the same.

 

So I googled this earlier today and he is very against potatoes.  Mark Sisson has had numerous posts about the benefits of resistant starch in cooked/then cooled potatoes.  Just wondering if he talked about that at all - from what I remember from Mark's posts the prebiotic amount is quite high in cooked/cooled potatoes.  

 

http://www.marksdailyapple.com/the-definitive-guide-to-resistant-starch/#axzz3ts8ru69R

 

http://freetheanimal.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/Resistant-Starch-in-Foods.pdf

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So I googled this earlier today and he is very against potatoes.  Mark Sisson has had numerous posts about the benefits of resistant starch in cooked/then cooled potatoes.  Just wondering if he talked about that at all - from what I remember from Mark's posts the prebiotic amount is quite high in cooked/cooled potatoes.  

 

http://www.marksdailyapple.com/the-definitive-guide-to-resistant-starch/#axzz3ts8ru69R

 

http://freetheanimal.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/Resistant-Starch-in-Foods.pdf

 

No, Dr. Perlmutter would not be a fan of potatoes for any reason -- because he is in favor of a ketogenic diet.  He gave a big list of other prebiotic sources -- but cooked/then cooled potatoes was not one of them.

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I did read through Mark's article, and it's interesting.  I used to spend some time on his site years ago, and even got in on one of the Potato threads (where they eat nothing but potatoes!)   :lol:   So I've heard all about the resistant starch... cooking, cooling, etc.

 

I'm not saying there is no benefit there, or whether anyone should be consuming it -- I am just saying that it was not in either of Dr. Perlmutter's books.

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It cracks-me-up/makes-me-sad how much greens wilt under cooking.  For fun one of these days I want to take like a garbage bag of spinach and see how small of a compressed package I can make out of it.

 

I mean, seriously.

 

This was an entire 5-oz. container of organic Asian mix:

 

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Cooked down:

 

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And final product:

 

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ALL of those greens

2 chicken thighs

a crap-ton of coconut oil

coconut aminos & garlic salt

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And last but not least --

 

When I finally get the kids to bed, and the puppy to bed, and I get to actually sit down:

 

2 squares of 90% Lindt dark chocolate

1 oz. of roasted salted macadamia nuts

 

...ground up together in my nut chopper.  Ahhhhh.

 

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So, littleg, there you have it.   :)

 

We don't actually have a "typical" day here -- life is pretty crazy and all over the place.  But I would say that what you saw today is pretty much my regular eating pattern.

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Speaking of dark chocolate -- does anyone have a favorite super dark brand?  I've been at 90% for awhile ~ and I'd love to move up to 95-99% range, and cut it down to one square.  

 

I've looked on Vitacost and I don't see anything over 80% range?   :huh:

 

They do have Lindt 99% on Amazon, but it is so much more expensive!

 

...I am not having much luck on Thrive, either.  Maybe I should just give it up.   :unsure:

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