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Diet and nutrition / is carb type as important as total carbs?
« on: June 05, 2017, 02:02:24 AM »
For example I have 100% almond butter (almond is the only ingredient) which has 7 carbs but 3 grams of fiber.. so it is 4 net carbs with 1 gram of sugar

Then I have cauliflower mashed ''potatoes'' which are 7 carbs per serving with 2 fiber. 5 net carbs, but it has 3 grams of sugar and is made with milk and rice.

They are almost the same amount of carbs and well under my 25 limit, but one has very small amounts of rice and whole milk and the other is just a nut.

Would this be acceptable on a keto diet? I'm unsure because it is low carbohydrate, but it does have foods not typically considered keto.

Also, what about something like a stick of gum, which has a gram of sugar?

Basically I want to know if I can stay in ketosis and become fat adapted if I eat non-keto foods but stay within my carbohydrate limit.

And I'm not trying to fit a candy bar or a bunch of junk.. I just want to know if I can have things like the cauliflower mix, or a stick of gum occasionally, or to be able to eat a bowl of chili my grandma made-without having to turn it down because it has a bit of sugar, beans, and a lot of tomatoes in it-while maintaining ketosis and becoming fat adapted.

Maybe I should note I am about 5'9'' 165 lbs with 14% bodyfat. I'm not severely overweight and am mostly doing keto for the health aspects beyond slimming down


Diet and nutrition / very discouraged. please help.
« on: June 02, 2017, 06:05:05 PM »
I am about 15 days keto. For the first 3-4 days I had bad brain fog. Day 5-6 it started clearing up. For about the last week I've had almost no brain fog. The, today, I got it really, really bad. My keto pee strips have been testing moderate for the last several days (to almost large- regarding amount of ketones), but I just tested it and it was very light- trace ketones. The last time I ate before today was last night- about 16 hours ago- and today all I have had was 2 tablespoon coconut oil in coffee, 2 tablespoons of almond butter and a chicken jerky stick (3 fat, 1 carb, 15 protein).

Can someone explain this please :(((( it feels like I ate a bunch of carbs and my head is all foggy. Is this normal?

So should I assume ketostix are a horrible indicator of ketosis?

I did some more reading about what fog mentioned- that active people should have a bit of carbs, and found out that there seem to be some people who do better on lower carb diets, but not no carb diets (no carb meaning basically only getting carbs from vegetable sources, so around 25 grams a day). They generally recommend eating a small amount of carbs before bed once a week or so.

This was probably a bit much, but I had a cup of white rice and 3/4 of a large granny smith apple before bed. I slept so much better. Slept better than I have all week- wasn't constantly waking up or tossing and turning. The thing is I tested my urine for ketones and it actually appear a bit darker. I am right at the color for 15 (small amount of ketones), which is the darkest I've been all week.
The only thing I can think is that I am usually extremely hydrated, and having done this one immediately after waking- and thus being a bit dehydrated- the more concentrated urine contained more ketones? I'm confused, but I think I'm going  to try upping my carbs a bit for a while and see if I can stay in ketosis. Thinking like half a sweet potato or 3/4 cup of beets or something a few times a week before bed (in conjunction with the 25ish grams I already eat)

hey thanks F0G. lots of good information there.

Diet and nutrition / ketosis is so slow! how long do cravings last?
« on: May 27, 2017, 12:49:37 PM »
I haven't had over 25 grams of carbs in 5 days and I'm now just barely producing ketones. Prior to these 5 days I had several days of highly restricted carbs in relation to my normal diet(about 50 grams a day). I know ketone strips are not the most reliable but I've been testing a few times a day for the last several days and I'm gradually getting darker and darker readings- I'm just now testing at a level ever so slightly above "small" and into "moderate" ketone production.

I also take frequent bike rides. Several of these over the last week have been 1.5 hours long, with intermittent periods of coasting and fairly intense riding. I feel absolutely horrible. I have trouble sleeping, extremely fatigued, eyes dry and burning, etc.
Are some people not biologically wired to a ketogenic diet? I actually feel like my cravings are getting worse and worse as the days go on- dying for some cookies, ice cream, and pizza.
This is miserable. The thought of any more meat, spinach, kale, asparagus, eggs, almonds, walnuts, olive oil, coconut oil, or shredded coconut disgusts me.

I guess my main question is- can I add some stevia to my foods? I know this doesn't really have sugar, but I've heard conflicting things regarding whether or not it will take one out of ketosis. I don't think I can go much longer like this. The whole thing is confusing to me because when I'd been only a few days with lowered carbs and then a couple of days with basically no carbs I was feeling pretty good. Now my cravings are worse than ever. Yesterday I only had 20 grams of net carbs. Shouldn't it be getting easier as the days go on?

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