No Fail Fat Burning For Women

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  • Skye-


    Just finished reading your book and made lots of notes.  Excited to start the program.  I have about 10 lbs to loose.


     


    A few questions if you don't mind...


     


    1) In the morning Bulletproof coffee fast, is it acceptable to add coconut cream to my bulletproof coffee, or does that not allow you to get into ketosis?  What about using Collagen in the morning  BPC?  Does that not allow ketosis...or is it just better for you body to take it at night for repair purposes?


     


    2) you mention only good sweetner as stevia and that xylitol and erithritol are not good.  Of course, I have been using Swerve sweetner for a while now, never hearing the sugar alcohols were not ok.  I have a hard time with just stevia as a sweetner (aftertaste issue for me).   Can I continue to use Swerve in my BPC or is it out?


     


    3).  You mention you eat chicken wings.  I have a Philips air fryer and love making chicken wings in it.  There is no mention of being to use a hot sauce (like Franks buffalo wings sauce) on the plan.  Is that acceptable?  I would love to be able to continue to enjoy buffalo wings!


     


    4).  Can I use your protein shake recipe as one of my meals (probably meal I break the morning fast with at 1pm)?


     


     


    Thanks so much in advance.  Can't wait to hear your answers so that I don't start out doing something wrong!




    Hi Marie! Awesome. Thanks for supporting the book! Excited for you to be on this journey.


     


    1. If you only have ten lbs to lose, don't add the collagen. Protein will take you out of ketosis. BPA-free coconut cream fine.


    2. Xylitol and sugar alcohols, please see my post here.


    3. I am a hot sauce addict. Make sure it's clean. Not a bunch of dye, sugar, and preservatives.


    4. Yes, rock that protein shake as a meal, girl!


     


    Keep on!

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    Find out how I hacked my way to health, conquered PCOS, endometriosis, and lost 15% bodyfat in my forties.

     

     

     



  • Ellie Hales - 


     


    Hello! I fell in LOVE with BP coffee but ultimately I realized it was probably doing me more harm than good, so I have switched to green tea, alternating with various kinds of tea. Its not the same kind of mood boost, but it definitely keeps my hunger and cravings in check. I'm so glad you are feeling better with this protocol, thats awesome! I was wondering what kinds of foods you were using for your refeeds, in what quantity, at what time of day, and how often. 


     


    Skye - 


     


    sorry for the delay! I have also had a crazy period, I hope you were able to meet your writing deadline!! :)


     


    I totally get that ultimately its all about listening to the body when it comes to carb refeeds, but my body is so out of whack after antibiotics and accutane (side note: to anyone out there thinking of accutane... DONT DO IT!!!) that I have a hard time hearing what my body is saying. If i were to listen to my body i probably wouldnt eat carbs at all, because i almost always end up feeling whacky and hungrier than i was before i ate them. the obvious hypotheses here would be candida and parasites - i get those results this week. Is the carb refeed more about making your insulin reach a certain level OR more about getting a certain amount of carb? Would you be comfortable giving a ROUGH outline of the timing and ratio of carbs on a refeed day?


     


    i know i am also having blood sugar issues - does anyone else struggle with this? will hypoglycemia level out after a few months on your protocol, skye? any supplements you would recommend? i have just started taking inositol by True Hope (i am a HUGE fan of this brand - a rep calls every first time user to walk you through how to use things) which seems to level me out a little bit. 


     


    I was also wondering if there were any chocoholics out there. dark chocolate (the 90% lindt) seems to be the only thing that solves my food cravings when they strike. I like the stuff, but i dont eat it because i love it - i eat it because it seriously has a drug like effect on my cravings, much like BPC (which i am currently avoiding for my adrenal health - do i HAVE TO avoid coffee for them to heal??) also, i was wondering if there is any way to fit a full bar into the protocol or if that is always going to be way over the top (in terms of serving size) no matter when you choose to consume it. There are SO many psychoactive compounds in chocolate that its hard to figure out what my body is craving. i am confident that i get enough iron, and i dont think my body is craving the endorphins either because i still crave it after i work out. has anyone found a cure for this? (and this isnt just a "time of the month" craving for me, its on the daily.) any supplements?


     


    It didnt work for me personally - but for anyone else with this issue, DLPA or DPA (harder to find but less stimulating) is supposed to help - I got this from Julia Ross' "The Diet Cure" - she uses amino acids to treat food cravers, addicts, and eating disorders, with a pretty great success rate!


     


    skye - i was wondering if 15 - 30 g collagen protein in the morning is ok or will totally knock us out of ketosis.


     


    also, skye, i just bought some pu-erh tea, and will give it a shot tomorrow morning! i'll let you know how it tastes... but it smells delicious!


     


     


    keep up the hard work ladies! and if you havent read skye's book yet - DO! :) such a great resource!




    Hi WhiteElephant!


    Hope this finds you rocking hard and staying strong.


     


    • Chocolate: look for an 85% or higher, under ten grams of sugar, free of vegetable fat, sun-dried. Lindt 90% and Endangered Species 88% are good bets
    • Adding protein or carbs will take you out of ketosis.
    • Carb refeeds are not an option, they are an obligation for this fat burning hack to work (and to get your fat burning hormones set straight once and for all). Please read pg 56 in the book about timing, etc. This is about sparking metabolism, spiking insulin and keeping fat burning hormones elevated for the days after your carb refeed. As I said before, there's no counting here. Your carb re-feed is a splurge to significantly spike insulin. Carb it throughout that re-feed window. The 30g carb count on non-refeed days is an average number... only you can test and see how much will impact ketosis. Those 30g of carbs though sneak up quickly (nuts, starchier vegetables). They are not meant as 30g of safe starch or a slice of bread.
    • If you are hungry, take an inventory: are fats at least 50% of your dietary intake? Has sugar or carbs snuck their way onto your plate?
    • I absolutely supplement with amino acids. I tried Total Amino Solution... good stuff but pretty expensive. Remember to keep your aminos at night as some may influence insulin levels.

    Keep on rocking!

    No Fail Fat Burning for Women available on Amazon now!

    Find out how I hacked my way to health, conquered PCOS, endometriosis, and lost 15% bodyfat in my forties.

     

     

     



  • I was wondering about the dark chocolate also. I usually eat green and blacks 70% but because it has sugar in it I thought maybe after the 21 days we can reintroduce sweets a little bit? 


     


    My most significant challenge is sweets and wine over the 21 days but its making me think differently about how I spend my weekends, often I am dying for friday night wine and maltesers! Now Im thinking what would get me out of the house to avoid that weekend crash into comfort eating. 


     


    Got my supplements coming tomorrow so Im almost ready to start.  I have just gotten over varicose vein surgery on my legs so Im not really ready to exercise just yet. I know its not in line with the protocol Skye has outlined to not exercise but Im just so eager to get started! Next week may be better for the HIT exercise so I will consider it more this evening about fully starting the carb depletion tomorrow.


     


    Also Im resisting the urge to tell my husband my plans, I get so excited about new ways of eating. Im hoping he sees the positive results and then asks what Im doing, he's a 'see it and I'll believe it' kind of man :)




    Hey CocoaCat-


    Hope your recovery from surgery is complete and a success. Take it easy with the exercise til your body's healed. Clean diet and carb re-feed is everything. I just posted to WhiteElephant re: chocolate but in case you don't see it: look for an 85% or higher, under ten grams of sugar, free of vegetable fat, sun-dried. Lindt 90% and Endangered Species 88% are good bets.


    Glad you're doing this for YOU!


    SSJ

    No Fail Fat Burning for Women available on Amazon now!

    Find out how I hacked my way to health, conquered PCOS, endometriosis, and lost 15% bodyfat in my forties.

     

     

     



  • sanssoucish.  I dropped tomatoes yesterday after noticing the same thing whilst at the same time, increasing my fat intake for the day.  I don't know if I'm sensitive to nightshade plants but I'm committed to just giving it 100%.   Hunger was less and more ketones (I'm using the urine strips at the moment).  I have ordered the Ketonix and it has just been shipped, so hope to get a more accurate read.  Hope helpful.




    Hey Karen!


    You are spot on. Night shade vegetables can be very inflammatory (among other things) for a lot of people... especially those with arthritis (hi, that's me... seven surgeries between knees and shoulders). Again, we need to put the power in our hands and see what works for our unique biological fingerprints. Leave them out, see how you feel. Add them in after a while and see how they make you feel. Keep rocking! SSJ

    No Fail Fat Burning for Women available on Amazon now!

    Find out how I hacked my way to health, conquered PCOS, endometriosis, and lost 15% bodyfat in my forties.

     

     

     



  • Quickly dropping in after a long day. Much to say but excited to respond to everyone and hear what Skye has to say about chocolate. Thought I was the only one struggling with missing it. And like you, Cocoacat, thinking more critically about my intake of alcohol (why/when/where/how) has been a powerful outcome of following Skye's plan.


     


    More tomorrow! ONWARD EVERYONE!




    Hey Ellie. Here you go, re: chocolate: look for an 85% or higher, under ten grams of sugar, free of vegetable fat, sun-dried. Lindt 90% and Endangered Species 88% are good bets.


     


    Team: this is not an excuse for drinking but when those situations arise check out page 69 for how to hack a hangover and at least mitigate some of the nasty effects.

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  • So I'm on a week long business trip (I'm in sales) and am finding this extremely hard when I travel. Aside from the alcohol (agree w others that I'm at least more cognizant of, thanks Skye!) - what the he.. do you choose in a restaurant?

    In Philly right now & Last night for example I had a (beef, not organic/grassfed) burger w/out the bun, with a salad ...that showed up with a 'creamy balsamic' smothered ...and given the client I felt I couldn't ask for a change (I did precocioask for dressing on the side!) I have the Epic bars and even the grassfed butter (yes!) with me.

    Foods:

    - are regular salads (including tomato, carrots but not dressing) ok? Hard to imagine not eating another tomato from my garden.

    My carb refeeds have previously included only foods on the ok list - sweet potatoes

    - while traveling are sweet potato fries ok?

    - is eggplant ok?

    - what do you choose off a standard 'fancy restaurant' menu?

    - How do you avoid the sneaky carbs / bad canola oils / etc?

    I've definitely noticed my skin clearing overall but fat loss isn't continuing while I'm traveling.

    Help wanted :smile:




    Hi Kate. Hope your travels are going well! Posted about traveling here. Keep at it and the results will come. The further you go, the more you'll learn about how your body responds to different things. We didn't gain our excess fat in a couple weeks and we're not going to lose it all and then some in a couple weeks. But it will happen.


     


    Eggplant is a nightshade. It's not on the list for that reason. They contribute to inflammation, leaky gut, insomnia, arthritis and a host of other things. Test on yourself and see how you feel with and without. Keep on! SSJ

    No Fail Fat Burning for Women available on Amazon now!

    Find out how I hacked my way to health, conquered PCOS, endometriosis, and lost 15% bodyfat in my forties.

     

     

     



  • krsherwood - 


     


    i struggle with sticking to the eating plan while eating out a lot too - but if you can't cook (while on a business trip, for example) or just dont have time, you can use dave's collagen protein as a clean protein source. I can't handle any protein powder - grass fed, vegan, hemp - except the collagen. I usually mix it with flax milk (By goodkarma - NO CARAGEENAN!! :) ) or tea, and MCT oil, and get some veggies in if i can. The idea when eating out, as i understand it, is to avoid fat from unhealthy animals at all costs. Dave also talks about fat loss coming and going in waves, many bodies wont keep burning it off at a steady rate.  There are SO many variables to fat loss - sleep is a huge one, and traveling can destroy sleep quality, stalling weight loss and overall well being. Also, are you using a scale as your sole feedback mechanism? You might be losing circumference without weight due to the addition of lean body mass. If your skin is looking clearer, you are detoxing, so keep with it! Most of us are pretty toxic and our fat burning mechanisms need a good cleaning :)




    Amen, sister! We get that water weight off and then fat loss happens in increments as we increase our health and detox. Activated charcoal is also a great hack for jet lag (as well as adsorbing all the potential funky nasty stuff you can get on a plane and in that crappy recycled air). When you're detoxing, the NAC + ALA (or glutathione if you can afford it) plus charcoal will help your body detox and usher that crap out of your system.

    No Fail Fat Burning for Women available on Amazon now!

    Find out how I hacked my way to health, conquered PCOS, endometriosis, and lost 15% bodyfat in my forties.

     

     

     



  • As I mentioned earlier, I recently had my blood work done by WellnessFX. It's nice to have a baseline to gauge how this new lifestyle is affecting me. The last blood test I had was a little over two years ago. I pulled out those results as well for comparison.


     


    All of my numbers were in the healthy range (phew) except for in relation to my "blood health." I had low numbers for:


     


    platelet count


    white blood cell count


    neutrophil count


    and % Eosinophils


     


    In each case, my counts are low but now super low.  I've had numbers like this in the past and my doctor was never concerned, especially since I don't show signs of infection or the diseases that can be attributed to low wbc's.


     


    Curious if anyone on the forum has thoughts about that? Or hacks for me to improve the counts?




    Hey Ellie-


    I was reading a study on caonla oil and vegetable oils (check out page 11 in the book for why I think they're the devil). Anyway, the study did talk about how largely canola (and other vegetable oils) can really wreak havoc on blood platelets -- among other things. That sh*t sneaks into EVERYTHING. Things we don't even think sometimes. I'll be interested to see what your next test looks like after a while of having eliminated it from your diet. Keep on rocking. Sounds like you're really kicking ass! Thanks for starting this community. So important for all of us to have, share and support!

    No Fail Fat Burning for Women available on Amazon now!

    Find out how I hacked my way to health, conquered PCOS, endometriosis, and lost 15% bodyfat in my forties.

     

     

     



  • Can I just say…  THANK YOU SKYE for your incredible generosity, and thank you everyone for this thread!  What a fantastic resource!


     


    I have a question:  For some time now, I have been meaning to measure my body fat %.  But the 'home methods' seem really complicated.  Can a doctor's office do it?  Or a gym?  Can you pay someone to check with those pincher things?


     


    Re: the road.  I travel a LOT.  I practically live on the road.  Sardines in BPA free cans are a staple, as are coconut chips and macadamia nuts, raw.  I also carry protein powders with me, (Upgraded whey+collagen, mixed with a bit of cacao, vanilla, and bee pollen) and a shaker.  If there is no better option for dinner, I shake one out.  Another thing that helps is going to a whole foods (or whatever is available) and picking up some avocados and some organic, raw kim chi or sourkraut.  If you have no convenient way to cook veggies, this is a great alternative and also very good for the gut.  MCT oil always travels with me too, as well as butter or ghee.  Hard boiled eggs are great too.


     


    Cheers and thanks again for this thread!




    Thanks, MrsFloyd! You rock, too. And thanks for the input about traveling. I think this is especially important with the holidays coming up. It's much easier to do in the comfort our own homes and kitchens but being on the road or staying with others can prove quite a challenge when not prepared.


     


    I have a little thing that allows me to take powders and put them into capsules (a little time consuming but saves a lot of money on more expensive supplements). Anyway, I made a bunch of capsules containing pink salt that I take with me on the road instead of a pink salt shaker. That way I can pop one open to put on an egg or in my water bottle.


     


    Ghee is great for traveling, too, since it doesn't have to be refirgerated! Keep on rocking!

    No Fail Fat Burning for Women available on Amazon now!

    Find out how I hacked my way to health, conquered PCOS, endometriosis, and lost 15% bodyfat in my forties.

     

     

     



  • Hey mrsfloyd.  My gym has a scale that measures bodyfat as does my medical centre.  I have a Withings scale at home which also measures fat.  Between the three devices there is a 3% range, so I'm working off the higher number (the one at home) as the starting point.  If you have the cash you can also go and get a DEXA scan if you want details, ie where the fat is sitting.  Not sure where you live but you will probably find somewhere close by to you if you look on google.




    Right on, Karen! I forgot to address MrsFloyd's question about bodyfat. Water displacement is also pretty accurate and runs about $65 to do the dunk. I'm getting a DEXA scan in the near future for the reasons you mentioned above. That's about $200. I use the Omron body fat analyzer for my at home measuring. It's somewhat accurate. The water and DEXA are going to be the most accurate. Whatever tool you use, use the same one so you don't get skewed readings and use them at the same time. I like to do it BEFORE a carb refeed when I'm super leaned out.

    No Fail Fat Burning for Women available on Amazon now!

    Find out how I hacked my way to health, conquered PCOS, endometriosis, and lost 15% bodyfat in my forties.

     

     

     



  • i second that, Mrsfloyd - thank you skye! 


     


    I tried the pu-ehr tea... it made me feel a little peppier than usual. I used it in addition to the BP tea I am already doing in the morning, one hour post consumption. (This is how it is marketed for use.) So perhaps the boost was purely the extra bit of caffeine, but not worth it for me personally. 1) its pricey 2) it made me feel a little wonky, more spacey than usual. so, for anyone with a history of gut issues who doesnt do well on fermented foods, I would NOT recommend this tea. (this is confirmed elsewhere in other threads in the forum.) 




    Thank you, White Elephant! Good to know about the pu-ehr. I'm going to give it a shot soon.

    No Fail Fat Burning for Women available on Amazon now!

    Find out how I hacked my way to health, conquered PCOS, endometriosis, and lost 15% bodyfat in my forties.

     

     

     

  • edited October 2014


    Day #4 for me today.  I feel ok.  I find I am very hungry leading up to 1pm...and I am drinking about 16-21 ounces of BPC (with at least a total of 4 TBSP Kerrygold butter and 1 TBSP Brain Octane).   Hoping my body adjusts to not being so hungry.


     


    I have no choice but to work out in the morning, so today was a workout day for me and I put a TBSP of Upgraded Collagen protein in my BPC.  Is that what I am supposed to do if I am working out in the AM?




    Hey Marie-


    Good for you! You're a badass for even trying. Adding the collagen is going to make you hungrier faster because you have pulled yourself out of ketosis. You don't have to do the collagen in the coffee before a workout. I don't anymore. I train fasted (only having BP coffee) and I get way more results that way. Lately I've had to train in the morning also but I still stay fasted until about 2 pm if not later.


    For hunger:


     


    • stop using the collagen in the coffee for now
    • add a little more butter to the coffee. If you're still not fat adapted take a digestive enzyme like Betaine HCL if it makes your tummy hurt.
    • For the rest of your meals (except for carb refeeds), really hike the fat up. At least 50 to 80% fat in your meals. High, healthy fat intake is one of the major players in burning fat.
    • Be super diligent about making sure sugars are not sneaking onto your plate. Even artificial sweeteners can signal hunger to your brain.

    Keep on rocking! SSJ


    No Fail Fat Burning for Women available on Amazon now!

    Find out how I hacked my way to health, conquered PCOS, endometriosis, and lost 15% bodyfat in my forties.

     

     

     



  • Hi Marie.  Wondered if you are taking the salt - it helps to take the edge off.  I have also been hungry before 1pm even though I'm eating plenty of fats too.  So what I did yesterday was to increase my fat intake to 90% of calories just for one day only.  I didn't need to eat at all after lunch yesterday and all the way through to this lunchtime.   I have not worked out this morning though, but I have been up and working since 5.30am.




    Boom! That's how you do it. And good call about the salt. Ladies, when doing this make sure you're adding pink salt, magnesium and potassium. I wrote this a while ago to someone else about the "why" and importance of pink salt, mag and potass. Figure it's worth a cut and paste because it is so very crucial and critical, especially when teaching your body to become fat adapted:


     


    FROM ANOTHER POST:


    When you previously attempted "low carb" for two weeks, did you supplement with pink salt, magnesium and potassium? I realize salt is demonized in the modern diet but that's because our standard diet is based on refined carbohydrates and excess intake of other carbohydrates. When our bodies take in all this unnecessary crap it forces your kidneys to retain salt. A low carbohydrate diet makes your kidneys excrete sodium. Salt is absolutely essential for life and health. Use pink salt. Look at page 67 in the book for why. When your body becomes/and is keto-adapted it functions very differently. It prefers fat for fuel as it naturally should. We've metabolically deranged our brains and bodies into becoming sugar dependent. Your kidneys are no longer storing salt and water (bye bye bloat), hello constipation.  You need to replace everything your kidneys are purging with pink salt, magnesium and potassium. Take your magnesium and potassium at night.

    No Fail Fat Burning for Women available on Amazon now!

    Find out how I hacked my way to health, conquered PCOS, endometriosis, and lost 15% bodyfat in my forties.

     

     

     



  • Hello all :D


    Ok, I call a do-over then...aarrgghh! This time I am writing down the complete list of allowed foods and putting it on my refrigerator door...as well as sitting it next to me as I make up my grocery list! I noticed that the approved list doesn't include bell peppers or tomatoes (both of which I have eaten in the past two days) I want to do this correctly so that it works, it's a more restrictive list than I initially thought. I was incorporating paleo recipies - I think at least for the carb depletion phase it's even more restrictive than that. On the positive side, I have already incorporated many of the changes you mention Skye, just not restrictive enough with the veggies yet. After carb depletion are there still veggies you recommend we stay away from? I'll check around and see if I can get a body fat measure done locally (I live in a rural area so not sure if there is any place close by) and will see if the local health food or grocery store carries l-glutamine. I did make myself some warm coconut milk with a little unsweetened chocolate and stevia last night, that was really satisfying but I'm not sure whether it fits with the carb depletion guidelines...




    Hey Sans-


    No worries, lady! You got this. We're all here for ya, too. When it comes to veggies, the ones listed are the most optimal. If you're incorporating others (there's too many veggies to list) just be sure that they're not starchy, sugary or nightshades. Unsweetened chocolate is pure liquor. Try cacao powder and save chocolate for your carb re-feeds bc that day is a lot more lenient and won't take you down a bad road back to Nasty Habits-ville.

    No Fail Fat Burning for Women available on Amazon now!

    Find out how I hacked my way to health, conquered PCOS, endometriosis, and lost 15% bodyfat in my forties.

     

     

     

  • edited October 2014

    Wow Skye, at this rate you'll be writing another book just answering our questions! Good to know which dark chocolates to choose, I'm so happy that dark chocolate is a treat I will still be able to allow myself (in moderation and on my carb re-feed days of course). Marie, I have also made the mistake of putting collagen in my morning BP coffee, I'm going to start incorporating it later in the day instead. 


  • Skye, thank you for taking the time to respond to us all.  It's great that we are all at similar stages and I'm really excited to read about how we all get on with this over the next few weeks.  Case Studies for your second book!


  • Hi all!


     


    I agree - the 10 day carb depletion is SO hard. You don't realize how many foods have carbs in them. I did print out a list of foods for my fridge and kept a copy on my cellphone for when I was grocery shopping.


     


    Speaking of which - I think that's one of the biggest wake up calls I've had with the BP/Skye way of life. I am cooking a lot more. I am forcing myself to eat vegetables a lot more. It does take work but it's worth it.


     


    With all of this, I think it's so important to go easy on ourselves. I had a slip up yesterday (damn you Trader Joe's and all your seasonal pumpkin treats) and I was getting really down about it - "I suck, I'll never stick to one thing and get it right." You know the drill. 


     


    After reading what everyone posted here I don't feel so alone! We can do it!


     


    And thank you whiteelephant921, I've been considering seeing an acupuncturist. Now is the time. I'm a big believer in it. Just need to save up some $$ : )

  • Great questions, I admit I skimmed over the veg list in Skye's book and was prob going to eat beets carrots and red bell peppers on the carb depletion phase so I'm glad I know now! Would be good to know if they can beaten afterwards in a general paleo way.


    Hello all :D

    Ok, I call a do-over then...aarrgghh! This time I am writing down the complete list of allowed foods and putting it on my refrigerator door...as well as sitting it next to me as I make up my grocery list! I noticed that the approved list doesn't include bell peppers or tomatoes (both of which I have eaten in the past two days) I want to do this correctly so that it works, it's a more restrictive list than I initially thought. I was incorporating paleo recipies - I think at least for the carb depletion phase it's even more restrictive than that. On the positive side, I have already incorporated many of the changes you mention Skye, just not restrictive enough with the veggies yet. After carb depletion are there still veggies you recommend we stay away from? I'll check around and see if I can get a body fat measure done locally (I live in a rural area so not sure if there is any place close by) and will see if the local health food or grocery store carries l-glutamine. I did make myself some warm coconut milk with a little unsweetened chocolate and stevia last night, that was really satisfying but I'm not sure whether it fits with the carb depletion guidelines...

  • HI Everyone.  I just wanted to say that I'm on day 7 and it is getting easier.  Woke up with a bit of a headache this morning but it went away after I had some salt water.  I'm resisting the scales as I'm feeling incredibly bloated and my waist measurement has not yet changed. However my face is looking less puffy so I know something is happening.  Thought I'd share my nutrition stats for the week:


     


    Sat - Fat 100%


    Sun - Fat 65% Carbs 9% Protein 23%


    Mon - Fat 65% Carbs 8% Protein 18%


    Tues - Fat 65% Carbs 10% Protein 24%


    Weds - Fat 83% Carbs 9% Protein 8%


    Thurs - Fat 79% Carbs 5% Protein 16%


    Fri - Fat 78% Carbs 3% Protein 19%


     


    Average carb intake was below 30g but highest carb intake of the week was 36g and ave daily calories for the week is in the order of 1400, but with a deficit as Saturday was a 500 cal fast day (sorry and old habit from 5:2 days).  I dropped tomatoes after Wednesday although I'm missing hot pico de gallo but I have had a couple of squares of 85% green and blacks dark chocolate on a couple of those days.  Hope this helps others who are giving it a go.


  • Hey Karen

    I am doing the salt in the morning...and all of the other recommended supplements. Today was day #5 for me and i was still hungry in the morning....and i think i put like 6 tbsp butter in my bpc!

    Glad to hear u r on day 7 and it is getting easier. I have a party to go to on sunday and am sweating it. I know i will want to have a glass or two of wine. I have to try and stay strong.

    I have been doing low carb for about a year now and i think i may have screwed up my adrenals from being so hard core about it. Never had read about women needed refeed days before finding this forum/skyes book. I am anxious to see if it makes a difference for me. I am not tracking my micros like you are. I guess i may have to if i dont get results. I am trying to stop being obsessive about my diet.

    Of course i got my period yesterday, so that is probably contributing to my hunger. What did skye say about not starting this program when you got your period???? guess i was too anxious to get started....oh well.
  • Skye...thanks so much for answering my questions....and for basically telling me i can eat chicken wings!


  • Hi all!


     


    I agree - the 10 day carb depletion is SO hard. You don't realize how many foods have carbs in them. I did print out a list of foods for my fridge and kept a copy on my cellphone for when I was grocery shopping.


     


    Speaking of which - I think that's one of the biggest wake up calls I've had with the BP/Skye way of life. I am cooking a lot more. I am forcing myself to eat vegetables a lot more. It does take work but it's worth it.


     


    With all of this, I think it's so important to go easy on ourselves. I had a slip up yesterday (damn you Trader Joe's and all your seasonal pumpkin treats) and I was getting really down about it - "I suck, I'll never stick to one thing and get it right." You know the drill. 


     


    After reading what everyone posted here I don't feel so alone! We can do it!


     


    And thank you whiteelephant921, I've been considering seeing an acupuncturist. Now is the time. I'm a big believer in it. Just need to save up some $$ : )




    Agreed Ellie, this is a big adjustment and besides cooking I find that I am paying closer attention to how I feel emotionally and physically...and what I choose to eat. There have been a few times when I felt deprived and almost said out loud "I can't eat anything now!" but instead am reminding myself that it's a shift in the way I look at my food and my health, I really do see that without being in the best health we can be so many other things in life suffer, our energy for our family & good friends, our ability to accomplish our goals in life and at work. It's so much more than losing that last 10 or 15 pounds...and I know I will be loving that day when I see my midsection looking toned again...because it will be the outward sign of the inner transformation.


    Btw - I have also found acupuncture very helpful (and oddly relaxing...not what I expected for something that involved needles). I hope that when you go it works for you also. The only advice I would add is that (in my experience anyway) it's generally not a one session treatment, I found about 7 or 8 sessions spread out over about 6 mos was what it took for me, mine was a different issue though. I thought it was well worth it.



  • Great questions, I admit I skimmed over the veg list in Skye's book and was prob going to eat beets carrots and red bell peppers on the carb depletion phase so I'm glad I know now! Would be good to know if they can beaten afterwards in a general paleo way.




    Hey CocoaCat-


    The goal here, simply put, is to get as much crap flushed out of our systems that we can in order to allow our bodies to begin burning fat efficiently. The nightshades are out because they cause inflammation and leaky gut in most people, which in turn leads to a whole host of other problems including holding on to weight and whacking out our fat burning hormones.


     


    When you get to your goal body fat percentage and want to reintroduce them, experiment and see how you feel. Don't add back in a bunch of things at once but if you're going to start adding something like dairy back in, don't do it the same time you reintroduce legumes or else you won't really know what's causing what or what made you put on extra weight. I tried adding raw dairy back in and my skin immediately looked like someone baked a pizza on my face.

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    Agreed Ellie, this is a big adjustment and besides cooking I find that I am paying closer attention to how I feel emotionally and physically...and what I choose to eat. There have been a few times when I felt deprived and almost said out loud "I can't eat anything now!" but instead am reminding myself that it's a shift in the way I look at my food and my health, I really do see that without being in the best health we can be so many other things in life suffer, our energy for our family & good friends, our ability to accomplish our goals in life and at work. It's so much more than losing that last 10 or 15 pounds...and I know I will be loving that day when I see my midsection looking toned again...because it will be the outward sign of the inner transformation.


    Btw - I have also found acupuncture very helpful (and oddly relaxing...not what I expected for something that involved needles). I hope that when you go it works for you also. The only advice I would add is that (in my experience anyway) it's generally not a one session treatment, I found about 7 or 8 sessions spread out over about 6 mos was what it took for me, mine was a different issue though. I thought it was well worth it.




     


    Good for you, Sans!


    Ladies let's talk about something. This isn't hard. War is hard. Living paycheck to paycheck is hard. Disease is hard. Raising children is hard. This is about accountability to ourselves and conscious choice-making. Can we make healthy decisions for ourselves, in defense of ourselves, or not?


     


    I get emails sometimes from women who are upset that they're not seeing immediate results. Yet, they'll say, "well, I did have a drink here." Or, "I threw in some cookies there." Listen, when those things happen, you don't sit there and abuse yourself, you accept it happens and YOU MAKE A DECISION right then and there that it's not an option anymore. Just like sticking your hand in a boiling pot of water is not an option. Anything that goes in our bodies or on our skin will create a systemic reaction within us. Even the slightest bit of inflammatory food ingested -- one cookie, one glass of wine, one slice of pizza-- is going to stop the process in its tracks and you need to go back to Day One.


     


    We've all done harder things than this. Most of the time it's because we didn't have an option. The proverbial rock and a hard place that forces us to do what's hard. Here, you're always going to have the option of choosing things that cause sickness and things that cause health. Temptations are everywhere and so is social pressure. It comes down to standing up for yourself and making good choices.


     


    I'm being bluntly honest. We're all here because we care and we know a change needs to happen. So many of us are doing it and it is so awesome we have each other. Every single one of us can do this but we gotta be ruthlessly honest with ourselves. Honest, not harsh. Not beating ourselves up. Unless someone holds a gun to your head and forces a piece of cake into your face, there is no other excuse for "cheats" except that you made a choice to cheat. And if it happens, accept it and go back to day one. You can do it and your ability to make better choices will become a stronger and healthier habit. Not making the commitment 100% and then wondering why you're not getting results is like a crack addict who doesn't understand why he can't get clean when he keeps smoking crack.


     


    There are times I've sh*t the bed nutrition-wise. And I go back to day one. Just like anyone else. It's easier than it was in the beginning because my body is much healthier and I've already proven to myself I can do it. So can you.


     


    Make the healthiest choices available to you in the moment you find yourself and everything will fall into place. You only have this one body so treat this commitment like there is no other option.


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    Find out how I hacked my way to health, conquered PCOS, endometriosis, and lost 15% bodyfat in my forties.

     

     

     

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    Hey Karen

    I am doing the salt in the morning...and all of the other recommended supplements. Today was day #5 for me and i was still hungry in the morning....and i think i put like 6 tbsp butter in my bpc!

    Glad to hear u r on day 7 and it is getting easier. I have a party to go to on sunday and am sweating it. I know i will want to have a glass or two of wine. I have to try and stay strong.

    I have been doing low carb for about a year now and i think i may have screwed up my adrenals from being so hard core about it. Never had read about women needed refeed days before finding this forum/skyes book. I am anxious to see if it makes a difference for me. I am not tracking my micros like you are. I guess i may have to if i dont get results. I am trying to stop being obsessive about my diet.

    Of course i got my period yesterday, so that is probably contributing to my hunger. What did skye say about not starting this program when you got your period???? guess i was too anxious to get started....oh well.




    It's definitely a challenge when you get your period. Up your D-3, Omega 3 and fats during this time. Remember, it's all about choices and that comes squarely onto you. Conscious choice making. Take pause and consider what your goal truly is. Is it short-term satisfaction with wine and going back to day one? Or doing things that will result in you achieving your ultimate potential and highest self? Trust in those things that operate at a higher frequency for your highest good. How awesome it can really be is beyond our imagination when we cut the ropes to the things keeping us down.


    No Fail Fat Burning for Women available on Amazon now!

    Find out how I hacked my way to health, conquered PCOS, endometriosis, and lost 15% bodyfat in my forties.

     

     

     

  • Thanks for the words of encouragement Skye.  I needed to hear that.  No question in my mind that I will stay on track tomorrow.  As you say....I got this!


  • Powerful post there Skye, thanks! You are right, we have all done harder things in life than not eat chocolate or not drink wine. I had my first alcohol free weekend since who knows when this weekend in preparation for the 21 days ahead, and I survived it! Soda water and lime, and having a few laughs did the trick.
  • Sick!

    So; I've been doing well (4 weeks in, clearer skin, some minimal fat loss but 2 cheats on a business trip mean...sigh).

    Anyway - I've caught a cold from my son - scratchy throat, post nasal drip - any thoughts of things to do or not?

    I did pull out my cocktail of echinacea- astragalus- mushrooms, zinc spray, vitamin C, elderberry syrup... I took all but the elderberry (high sugar) - but anything else to know / try / avoid?

    Thanks!


  • Sick!

    So; I've been doing well (4 weeks in, clearer skin, some minimal fat loss but 2 cheats on a business trip mean...sigh).

    Anyway - I've caught a cold from my son - scratchy throat, post nasal drip - any thoughts of things to do or not?

    I did pull out my cocktail of echinacea- astragalus- mushrooms, zinc spray, vitamin C, elderberry syrup... I took all but the elderberry (high sugar) - but anything else to know / try / avoid?

    Thanks!




    krsherwood - sorry to hear you are under the weather, I'm sure most of us will have a cold or two at some point this year. You've already done many of the things I would do, I'll have to check the lablel of my elderberry syrup, it's probably high in sugars also (I guess that's part of being a syrup even without any added sugar). I often take something called Wellness Formula by BioAlign which I get from my local health food store, it has the echinacea, goldenseal, elderberry, astragalus etcetera in tablet form. I typically keep some in my kitchen cabinet so I can start taking it first thing when I notice something coming on. There is also a small company close to us here called Equinox Botanicals that sells a number of tinctures that I would recommend, I'm not sure if they are on Amazon but you could Google Equinox Botanicals. Other than that I'm a firm believer in chicken soup (or broth), staying well hydrated, and plenty of rest! My Great Grandmother was a Christian Scientist and while I don't follow Christian science she was one of the healthiest people I have ever known, she taught me that the simple home remedies are often the best, especially for those things we're going to recover from on our own in time. Hope you are feeling better soon! Take good care :)

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    My update...as of today I've lost 3 lbs :D probably all water weight but I'm super-stoked because this is working for me just as you've described Skye! Nothing else has worked for weight loss since my late 40's so I am SO happy that my body is responding. I have also discovered my inner carnivore! We made some carne asada this weekend (I say we because I seasoned the meat and fixed all the BP side-dishes and my hubby grilled the meat) the steak came from a local farm. It was soooo good I think I ate a pound of steak all by myself, good thing I bought a lot of it :) needless to say, there were no leftovers! I have also rediscovered full-fat (canned) coconut milk which is great warmed with half regular coconut milk (from the carton) spices, a little BP collagen and a little cacao and stevia right before 9 pm. I have had moments of hunger but really not too much, if I get hungry before dinner I snack on olives...I stocked up at the olive bar during my last grocery shopping trip since that was a Skye-approved snack. Well, back to my next cup of BP coffee, Cheers all  :)


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