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Old Mon, May-28-18, 20:57
BeachDonna BeachDonna is online now
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Hi All,

I've been lurking here for a few weeks and reading like crazy! What a wonderful smart and supportive group!

I lost 75+ lbs in 2000-2001, started as low calorie and eventually I gave up the white stuff as a way to cut more calories. I forced myself to walk an hour a day (no matter what other exercise I might have had in the day). I maintained pretty well for a couple of years, but managed to trash my adrenals and thyroid. i remember being so tired that I would be crying as I put on my walking shoes. The doctor who helped me regain my health told me that low carb would help out with all my issues (I whined that I had gained back 15 lbs). He told me that every time I've seen him in the last 14 years. I would nod and say "yes, I know", but I didn't really know, since I had never really "done" low carb.

Fast forward to 2011...lots of appointments for lots of dental work so lots of pudding,sugary yogurt and soft food like noodles, rice and potatoes. Then multiple attacks of diverticulitis...more pudding, noodles, mashed potatoes. Diet stays junky and weight creeps up. Then in 2017 after two years of good health and weight being pretty good (still higher than I wanted to be), more attacks of diverticulitis, so many months of carbs and very little veg. Suddenly I was knocking on door of 180 with both of my kids getting married this fall. My early Feb physical had the doctor calling me with high cholesterol numbers (trigs were good). She said "eat low fat." I answered that I needed got get away from sugar and she said "no, I'm talking about fat here." I answered that "for me" it was sugar. I knew that all the times I'd done low fat, my numbers wouldn't budge, but when I got rid of sugar in 2001, my numbers were good. She said "we'll check again in 6 months" and her voice sounded like she fully expected nothing would change and I'd get a Rx for a statin.

I ate some of my favorites at the office Fat Tuesday food day and starting on 2/14 (!Valentine's Day!) I had no sugar, no bread, no pasta, no potatoes, no rice. I was so used to having a snack or two in the day that I bagged up 10 almonds and ate 3 or 4 at a time for a snack. I also jumped off the fear cliff and ate salads (I had not eaten fresh veg in 8+ months because of diverticulitis fear). Within a couple of weeks (after I got thru the low carb flu), I suddenly noticed that my joints no longer hurt. I went looking online to see if that wonderful development was because of the change in eating. I found this forum and the huge wealth of information here.

I found out that low carb eating is not just cutting calories by skipping the bread, sweets, rice and potatoes...rather, it is about how food is processed within the body!!! What an epiphany!

So nice not to starve myself, but rather prepare wonderful enjoyable food and eat to satiety (but not be stuffed, because the food is rich and it is easy to not overeat) and not be hungry again for hours!! AND lose weight! AND have energy! Yeah, butter, coconut oil and bacon fat!!! I was already eating those things, but thought I had to cut them out to loose weight; now I use more!

The only thing I've "given up" that I didn't give up in 2000-2001 is beans; I learned here that they are pretty carby. But I've gained so much more...in learning that consuming fat is key and starving is neither desired or necessary.

I was hopeful that this WOE would keep me from having any further bouts of diverticulitis (since inflammation seems to be such a big part of it), but today I've been feeling the symptoms of the beginning of another infection. Last time my gastro doc said, "next time you get this you should probably have the surgery." Normally a bout would cause me to drink apple juice, eat mac and cheese, noodle soup, pudding, crackers, mashed potatoes for weeks. I won't do that this time! I'm drinking broth and if it really develops, I will stick with full fat yogurt, broth, eggs, cheese, tuna, chicken for a time then add mashed cauliflower, and well-cooked veggie soups, etc. I won't let this dreadful disease derail my overall health! As far as I am concerned sugar and wheat are poison and I won't consume poison!

Thanks to all who share their stories, struggles and wisdom here. Know that you've made a difference for at least one person!

Donna
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Old Mon, May-28-18, 21:16
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Hi Donna and welcome!
I have the same condition as you and thought you might find this article interesting.
http://forum.lowcarber.org/showthread.php?t=480371
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Old Tue, May-29-18, 03:28
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Welcome Donna
Thank you for that helpful introduction and kind words about this forum.

Hey Meme, did you mean to link this recent thread?
http://forum.lowcarber.org/showthread.php?t=479342

DietDoctor has quite a few stories on general digestive issues, and these two specifically on diverticulitis. Bone broth is a key to healing in one.
https://www.dietdoctor.com/?s=Diverticulitis+

All the best,
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Old Tue, May-29-18, 03:53
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Hi, Donna. Welcome! It's nice to have you here.
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Old Mon, Jul-02-18, 21:18
BeachDonna BeachDonna is online now
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Update:
Returned late yesterday from 4 weeks of vacation (I retired on 5/31 and headed to the beach on 6/2). I lost 5 lbs on vacation; I likely would have lost a bit more had I not snacked on shelled sunflower seeds so often (mistakenly thought they were lowish carb, but not the way I consumed them!).

I now have a BMI in the normal range!!!!

I also discovered two wonderful recipes from this forum Deep Dish Quiche Pizza and Mock Danish. Both are wonderful and DH even loves both.

I checked in and read new posts on the forum everyday and, again, I must thank all who contribute here. Your advice, knowledge, struggles, and successes are so very helpful and appreciated.

Have fun!
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Old Mon, Jul-02-18, 21:32
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When I was in high school, my friend and I would go on sunflower seed diets and drive our mothers crazy filling the ashtrays with shells...
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Old Tue, Jul-17-18, 09:13
BeachDonna BeachDonna is online now
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Update: As of this morning, I'm down 30 lbs at 147, which is the goal I put in my profile. I am going to keep up with the same WOE and see where that takes me. I can see at least 5 lbs that I'd like to be rid of, so this will either be maintenance or I'll keep losing; either way I'm not changing what has been working so well.

In my weight log (kept in Notes on my phone), I wrote of these changes after the first 100 days (in late May):
1. Joints stopped hurting within the first two weeks!
2. Rings fit.
3. The two pairs of pants that I could wear (with a rubber band at the button for extra room) have become really loose.
4. Shirts look better.
5. I don't need snacks.
6. No more "hangry" attacks (this has always been a biggie!).

As of today, 153 days of low carb eating here are more reasons to be happy:
1. Shopping for dresses for upcoming weddings (my daughter and my son are both getting married this fall) has been FUN!
2. I've donated the two pairs of pants I could wear, because they were way too big. In fact I donated a LOT of stuff because it was too big.
3. It is so nice to be able to go about life without worrying about when I get to eat again. I can get hungry (i.e. feel empty tummy) and not get that sick I've-gotta-eat-now feeling. And even when I do eat after quite a number of hours (either late breakfast or late lunch, etc.) I don't gobble down too much food, because I don't feel like I'm starving. Really quite amazing.

Have a great low carb day!
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Old Wed, Jul-18-18, 03:41
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Plan: IF Fung/LC Westman/Primal
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What a terrific update! It would make a good success story here.
Wonderful that you noted all those non scale victories.
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