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Re: Ani's 2017 Log

Postby Ani » Sat Nov 04, 2017 11:10 pm

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Well, I tend to stick to a lower than 4% carbohydrate content with all foods, so many vegetables are out, which is fine by me, since starchy vegetables don't make me feel fantastic. I guess you can't have your cake and eat it- what I miss is things like toast (not shitty sugar loaded processed bread - but decent quality paleo bread) and chocolate (no, not standard choc, but pana, without refined sugar). I just miss some carbohydrates at the end of the day, but in order to get one's body to produce ketones, you have to limit carbs or the ketones just won't appear in the presence of insulin/glucose floating around your bloodstream. Why would it. So, perhaps down the path some way I may introduce occasional carbs so that I can at least go the distance (ie remain healthy and not just revert completely away from a keto diet due to feeling to restricted). I guess we work it out as we go.

Yeah, I can understand you have a lot of restrictions. I noticed you mentioned you were on GAPS at one point. My family did this over winter. On the topic of antihistamines/allergies, I notice that when I don't eat bread that my hayfever is significantly less active. When I cut all carbs, the hayfever almost doesn't affect me at all even when flowers/grasses are in full bloom. There's the immune system link for me - sugars (not necessarily 'sugar' but carbs broken down into glucose) in my system = more inflammation = rise in histamines = hayfever.

Atkins I'm not huge on, as I think it's a little too protein heavy for my liking.


Anyway I'm not really providing you with any riveting information here, I just wanted to share. You're not alone out there, but of course you are battling stronger/ more immune system and allergy issues than I. I just want to be healthy and I don't believe mankind for the most part eats optimally for health, but instead for enjoyment predominantly. Eat to live, not live to eat ;) Peace, out.


Well. . If you don't want to do keto with the restrictions you've added, might I suggest you don't? :) Technically a ketogenic diet is any diet with under 50g net carbs per day. Most people do under 20 but there is a process for figuring out how many grams you can eat per day and stay in ketosis. I don't really know much about paleo bread but I just looked some up and they are like 2 net carbs per slice? You could totally fit that in your macros. I like to use mine on strawberries or cantelope. And I'm not sure I'd be on board without chocolate :)
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Re: Ani's 2017 Log

Postby PeterMollenburg » Sun Nov 05, 2017 10:23 am

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Well, I tend to stick to a lower than 4% carbohydrate content with all foods, so many vegetables are out, which is fine by me, since starchy vegetables don't make me feel fantastic. I guess you can't have your cake and eat it- what I miss is things like toast (not shitty sugar loaded processed bread - but decent quality paleo bread) and chocolate (no, not standard choc, but pana, without refined sugar). I just miss some carbohydrates at the end of the day, but in order to get one's body to produce ketones, you have to limit carbs or the ketones just won't appear in the presence of insulin/glucose floating around your bloodstream. Why would it. So, perhaps down the path some way I may introduce occasional carbs so that I can at least go the distance (ie remain healthy and not just revert completely away from a keto diet due to feeling to restricted). I guess we work it out as we go.

Yeah, I can understand you have a lot of restrictions. I noticed you mentioned you were on GAPS at one point. My family did this over winter. On the topic of antihistamines/allergies, I notice that when I don't eat bread that my hayfever is significantly less active. When I cut all carbs, the hayfever almost doesn't affect me at all even when flowers/grasses are in full bloom. There's the immune system link for me - sugars (not necessarily 'sugar' but carbs broken down into glucose) in my system = more inflammation = rise in histamines = hayfever.

Atkins I'm not huge on, as I think it's a little too protein heavy for my liking.


Anyway I'm not really providing you with any riveting information here, I just wanted to share. You're not alone out there, but of course you are battling stronger/ more immune system and allergy issues than I. I just want to be healthy and I don't believe mankind for the most part eats optimally for health, but instead for enjoyment predominantly. Eat to live, not live to eat ;) Peace, out.


Well. . If you don't want to do keto with the restrictions you've added, might I suggest you don't? :) Technically a ketogenic diet is any diet with under 50g net carbs per day. Most people do under 20 but there is a process for figuring out how many grams you can eat per day and stay in ketosis. I don't really know much about paleo bread but I just looked some up and they are like 2 net carbs per slice? You could totally fit that in your macros. I like to use mine on strawberries or cantelope. And I'm not sure I'd be on board without chocolate :)


Nah, I already have done it without the restrictions as you suggest and I don't get the benefits (rarely in ketosis)... still I do okay I guess like that compared to eating carbs regularly. I would say that a ketogenic diet is any diet that allows one to produce ketones. Therefore it might be 50g on average of net carbs/day, but for some people it's likely to be more, some less. Not to mention different amounts of protein tolerance before you start gluconeogensis. I understand what you're saying, and i'm not strictly debating your point (I agree in theory), but obviously (and you probably know this too) that that number (of carbs) can vary per person. I don't know if i'm below it or not, but I do know that I do feel physically better with the restrictions. I'm probably in all honesty eating over 50g carbs, that's prob what it is when I think about it (when I do eat the pana choc for example, which isn't currently). Good point on the paleo bread.... lemme check the brand we use here... 15.5 grams of carbohydrate per slice, 22 grams of carbohydrate per 100 grams (no not eating that currently either, but when I do, I feel sub-par). I tend to go by percentages more (but of course total carb volume does matter). My target is below 4%, at a stretch 6%. Looking at the numbers just cited, the paleo bread we buy (my wife buys) is 22% carbohydrate. Too high, even if I eat one eighth of a slice. Obviously it's marketed as paleo bread, but in actuality it is not that paleo, when you take a look at the numbers. For that matter, since when did paleolithic man eat bread, of any kind? I mean I should know, I was there :) The paleo bread you have access to is clearly much more like the real deal though (lower in carbs). It appears though, bread aside, that i'm stricter regardless. I won't eat any fruit (I do know that I can, but while being super strict I just won't). Clearly there are variations of paleo/keto and all that jazz. Each to their own. I may very well reintroduce some carbs (like pana choc) down the track, but for now, I need to go strict for a good while until I feel ready. Mmmmm chocolate... ;)
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Re: Ani's 2017 Log

Postby IronMike » Mon Nov 06, 2017 7:29 am

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Ani wrote:...and started a ketogenic diet and life feels good again :)

Seriously, though, since going on a lower-carb diet, my LDL has dropped almost 50 pts and my HDL has gone up close to 20. All those other numbers got better, as well. I also completely lost my heartburn, which is lovely. Most docs don't believe me when I say my diet consists mostly of meat, bacon, and fat. ;)


Oh my gosh that's awesome. It's been 6 weeks for me now and I have been having a lot less trouble with my immune system, having less swelling and needing fewer antihistamines. I think I'm surviving the disrupted sleep of new parents better. My mom just started three days ago. She's had high cholesterol for like 30 years. We're so interested to see if it positively affects her lipid panel.

It is probably too late for you, but I advise anyone who is about to start a LCHF or keto diet to get a blood panel first. Then, a year or so later, get it again and compare the results. I'm lucky that the military pretty much mandates annual physicals, so I have multiple years of blood tests to look at and compare. I'm not the most religious about following LCHF (weekdays my most common carb is my evening beer, but weekends when my girls order pizza...daddy needs his slice of pepperoni!) and still my numbers have improved since 2013 when we started. It is amazing the results. I've known people who have gotten off statins doing this diet, which is wonderful.

Ольга wrote:Has anybody tried veganism? We should obviously create a topic "Polyglotism and Diets". It is my favourite topic. Probably, we can do that in the multilanguage room. :)


Ольга, years ago the wife and I were vegetarians. Actually, pescovegetarians (but when we told folks that, they didn't understand) for almost twenty years. (Had to quit and go back to a meat diet due to health problems from the veggie diet.) For about six weeks I tried vegan. I quit when I actually had nightmares of me gorging myself on pizza and Doritos. ;)
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Re: Ani's 2017 Log

Postby Ani » Tue Nov 07, 2017 5:51 pm

IronMike wrote:It is probably too late for you, but I advise anyone who is about to start a LCHF or keto diet to get a blood panel first.


That's a really good idea. I should at least go back and look. I get blood work done pretty often but cholesterol is not what they are looking for so I'll have to see if it was thrown in at any time.

As an aside and related to the code switching thread, it made me ridiculously happy when you tossed in a чесно говоря into your post a few days ago. I consider it a milestone -- first time anyone has talked to mass in Russian and assumed I'd understand :)
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I did go back to studying more Russian, instead of just reviewing, and it's going faster now. I think watching 5+ seasons of Russian tv, even with the subtitles in English, has given me a bump up. I also feel like I've finally got some mental hooks to hang my words from.
I don't think I've mentioned that I've gotten my parents completely hooked on мажор. I watched the beginning with my mom, and then she decided we needed to get my dad in so we watched the beginning again. We made it part way through season 2 and now my brother is down here so.. We are starting from the beginning again for him lol. The first episode is so painful to watch. I'm doing a mix of listening to the Russian and reading stupid vampire books on my kindle in French.
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Re: Ani's 2017 Log

Postby Ani » Sun Nov 12, 2017 11:10 pm

I gave in :( Two things I said I wouldn't do (yet). I started duolingo Russian, which is only from English. I said I wouldn't study Russian from English base. I also started Earworms Russian which I like.
The other thing I said I wouldn't do.. I started duolingo italian and I bought harry potter in italian for my kindle so I can read with pop up dictionary.

I did also remember I said I was going to finish a double super challenge in French this year. I have my page count at home so I can't say where I am right now. I know I finished one pretty early in the year. I'm trying to log a book a week at least right now to be sure I can complete it.

Non language related.. We are having so much fun on this vacation. I really don't want to leave. I went up in the plane with my dad. My first time because I've been too scared - just emotionally, not intellectually. I've let all my kids go up but I couldn't do it myself. Super proud of myself :) (not sure I'll do it again lol). We tried to see some manatees today but they haven't shown up yet :( was really hoping the kids could see them. Maybe next year. We leave Florida in just a few days for NJ where I hear it is cold and yucky. My mom and I are going to try drive straight through the night because staying in a hotel with 5 kids and three dogs is a little crazy lol.
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Re: Ani's 2017 Log

Postby Willow » Mon Nov 13, 2017 2:10 pm

Ani wrote:Two things I said I wouldn't do (yet). I started duolingo Russian, which is only from English. I said I wouldn't study Russian from English base.

I keep wondering: why not? :)
Especially, if your native language is English, and Russian, although very peculiar and somewhat archaic, still belongs to Indo-European language family.
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Re: Ani's 2017 Log

Postby Ani » Mon Nov 13, 2017 2:56 pm

Willow wrote:
Ani wrote:Two things I said I wouldn't do (yet). I started duolingo Russian, which is only from English. I said I wouldn't study Russian from English base.

I keep wondering: why not? :)
Especially, if your native language is English, and Russian, although very peculiar and somewhat archaic, still belongs to Indo-European language family.

Because I want to keep up that extra bit of practice in French. I promised myself that French would stay my first priority until I pass a C2 exam.. And then I went and added Russian.. And now italian maybe, and I study Greek and Latin with my kids. Language math is a tricky thing :)
My French is definitely comfortable enough to study Russian from. It is just a matter of which resources I then have access to. I actually really love reading the explanations for avoiding common mistakes French people make in Russian and I do think I got more out of the phonetics study I've done by doing it from French. I think French/Russian comparative grammar will be very interesting as I progress in the language.
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Postby IronMike » Mon Nov 13, 2017 5:23 pm

I played around with Duolingo Russian a while back. Something about it I didn't like. Can't remember why.
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Re: Ani's 2017 Log

Postby Ani » Mon Nov 13, 2017 10:54 pm

IronMike wrote:I played around with Duolingo Russian a while back. Something about it I didn't like. Can't remember why.


Hmm.. Well it is possible they've improved whatever was bugging you as I think they've done to most duolingo courses. There are a lot of flaws to the duolingo method though so I'm not really surprised. My biggest problem right now is that they don't let you work with two base languages from the app, so I need to juggle devices. Not a sustainable solution. Fortunately I'm like 20% fluent in Italian already (hahaha) so I should be finished with the course in a few weeks and will switch the app permanently to English.
Hey with all the swimming you do, any tips for preventing swimmers ear? Seems like one of my kids is particularly prone to it.:(

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So I have had a translation of a book by David Haskell, Écoute l'arbre et la feuille, in my amazon wish list for a while. It was $20 which seems like way too much for a digital copy but I got an unexpected gift certificate from a company the other day and decided to splurge. I am so so happy. I adore this book. Taking a break from Sookie Stackhouse to learn about the world of 12 different trees.
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Postby IronMike » Tue Nov 14, 2017 3:53 am

Ani wrote:Hey with all the swimming you do, any tips for preventing swimmers ear? Seems like one of my kids is particularly prone to it.:(

A swimmer I used to know used a combo of distilled water, rubbing alcohol and vinegar in a dropper. (At least that's the recipe I remember; there's some online home remedies.) She'd put 3 drops in each ear after swimming. Something about the vinegar cleaning the canal and the rubbing alcohol helping the clogged water evaporate out. (I'm no scientist, obviously.) I've only ever gotten it once, and since then, I always rinse my ears thoroughly in the shower after swimming.

There's commercial OTC remedies too. We've used one of those on our youngest (the big swimmer in the house) before to remove water from her ear and it worked. Удачи!
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