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Fall Colors, And A Temporary Pause In The Action
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October 27, 2011
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Fernando:

Thank you.  Even when you're taking pictures of beauty, it still takes a lot of missed shots to get to the few good ones.

Ash:

I doubt I could go vegan at this point!  I'm too accustomed to the mental and physical health I've reclaimed from eating a functional paleo diet.  Remember: this is what being human is supposed to feel like.

Paul:

You have deciduous forests, which means you probably have much better fall color than we do up here.  Aside from aspens and some bushes, there isn't a lot of color up this high except for imports people plant in their yards.

JasonS:

I'll be back.

Sean:

Tahoe is a great place to take pictures: we get lots of snow in the winter, but also lots of sunny days.  And it never really gets all that cold, at least compared to the rest of the Mountain West.  Though you will either have to buy a snowblower or get very strong, as there's a lot of snow to shovel!

Don't worry, I'm not out of ideas -- and part of it is, as I mentioned, that I've got some projects which don't fit neatly into the format of weekly articles.  The first being Halloween...gotta spend some time getting the costume together 🙂

John:

Read a bit more closely.  I'm NOT taking a PR position, with ADM or anyone else.  But I appreciate your concern.

Edje Noh:

There's plenty to read in the index.  Plus, the site isn't going dark: I'll most likely write occasional articles on other subjects.

Juan:

If "Festivus" means "I get to do things on Tuesdays for a while", then yes!

 

 

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October 27, 2011
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Howard:

You understand.

Jen:

I'm enjoying it already!

Chris:

It's not really "time off": I've got plenty of other tasks that require my time and attention!  They just won't result in weekly articles...for a while.

Peggy:

I don't know...but there has been a major turnover in the past year or so.  Lots of bloggers have hung it up, and the new Paleosphere is very different from the old.  I have thoughts on that, which I'll probably share after the break.

Uncephalized:

Don't worry, I'm staying busy!

tess:

I miss the diversity of Midwest fall color.  Afternoon light through aspens is beautiful, but there's nothing like mixed hardwoods.

Franco:

Thank you!

eddie:

Much appreciated.

Andrea:

I'm enjoying the lack of pressure already.

 

Thank you all so much for your support and encouragement!

JS

October 28, 2011
3:35 pm
Laura
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Enjoy your break! The pictures are lovely - fall in New England this year is a bit of a dud. Take as much break as you need - you're fortunate to be able to do it when you need it. I'm going to hit the subscribe button so I don't need to stalk your site. Enjoy the foliage, and everything that comes after it!

October 29, 2011
3:33 pm
Diane
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I hope you have a nice break. I'm sure it takes a lot of effort to write all these essays. I would get tired of it after a while, especially when I could be spending my time surrounded by such wonderful nature. What else is there to say anyway?

I can't say I'm not a little disappointed. It seems a lot of the blogs have gone dormant, just when I found them. I was hoping to ask for some advice, but since all the blogs have gone dark, I guess that idea's toast.

October 31, 2011
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Laura:

Thank you!  We're enjoying Indian summer right now: it's chilly (especially at night) but sunny and beautiful during the day...time to get any last hikes, rides, or outdoor projects in before the snow starts and/or water on the trail stays frozen.

Diane:

I know you're frustrated, but once again: your metabolism didn't get screwed up in a week or two.  Also, we've given you quite a bit of advice, including several specific experiments and recommendations to try.  Please try those.

JS

October 31, 2011
8:31 am
Diane
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I have tried them. Thank you. On Saturday I nearly passed out hiking in the mountains. I could hardly walk and I could barely lift my trekking poles. I'm an experienced hiker and couldn't believe a hike I normally do having conversations with others was so hard I had to stop and rest several times and almost threw up a couple times. Fortunately I found some help elsewhere and got some potassium supplements. I'm hoping to feel better soon. I hurt in a lot of places and my arms still feel pretty weak but I don't feel quite so awful. You guys recommended high impact intervals but every day I was feeling like I was having trouble even walking in the grocery store. I am hoping to find a place where people understand the issues of being an older female who isn't cheating and isn't losing and isn't feeling better day by day. So far, all of my researching shows that our plight is basically poo-pooed with the whole gluttony/sloth/lying thing.

October 31, 2011
4:35 pm
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The idea of the intervals and such, at least as I see it, is pushing you close to your limits in a shorter time instead of being in a more intermediate zone for longer, the key word there being "your".

Anyway, as J. put it, this might take some time to adapt. So I don't know, maybe you shouldn't push it too hard to start. I'm not very familiar with that, but as an example maybe you shouldn't try to push yourself into ketosis for now. You know, maybe do something milder (of course always eating nutrient dense "real food") and give it some time to see if you can progressively go longer on a fast without feeling so poorly or anything like that, but don't try to be too extreme.

As I told you before I'm not really "qualified" to be giving much advice, but to me it seems reasonable to draw a parallel with exercise. You'd never start an exercise with the heaviest weight available, would you? Also remember you should be seeking something you'd be able to live, and live well on, not some diet to make some changes and then go back to "normal".

Oh, and sorry if we seem to assume things, but it's a bit hard not to in this "media". Anyway, good luck, I hope you find your answers somewhere.

November 1, 2011
10:22 am
Diane
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I guess I'm just feeling worried lately. I expected the low-carb flu for the first week or two so I wasn't concerned. Week 3 I was feeling great until the middle of last week. Suddenly I'm feeling worse and worse. It's worrying me.

I took photos of every single thing I consumed that had calories in it for an entire week hoping to ask you folks if you thought I am taking in enough protein or too much fat or otherwise screwing this up. But now I'm starting to worry that I'm becoming very ill. Here are the photos if you are interested.
http://farewelltospring.blogspot.com/search/label/low%20carb%20diet%20diary

I continue to eat similar things (this week I have chorizo to go with the eggs, as an example of what I mean by similar.) But I don't feel well. I am not sure how to describe how I feel. It's not the low carb flu. I may need to see a doctor but my own doctor is not amenable to this type of eating, having admonished me for decades to avoid red meat and saturated fat. So I have to find a new doctor who can help. In the mean time, maybe you guys can tell me if you see anywhere that I'm going hoplessly wrong.

November 3, 2011
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Diane:

From what I've read of your blog, you're dealing with keto-adaptation.  "I have been feeling weaker and less energetic at the same time I've been feeling calmer and more healthy" ... that's a classic symptom.

You might ask yourself if you really want to be in ketosis long-term.  If you push through this period you'll gain some of your performance back, but it'll take several weeks...and if you're not losing weight on VLC, then it might not be your best approach. 

To that end, you might consider eating a more Perfect Health Diet level of carbohydrate, i.e. 15-20% of daily calories.  Let us know if that lifts you out of your performance slump, and what other effects it has.

However, the fact that you're feeling "calmer and more healthy" is good...that means you're making progress!  I believe that weight loss is a consequence of good health, functional metabolism, and healthy diet -- not the cause of it.  As has been amply proven, you can't starve yourself into good health.  

For future diet questions, may I request that you post them in the Talk forum?  Right now they're scattered as comments to random articles, and it's hard for others to understand what's going on because they're always coming in at the middle.

JS

November 4, 2011
10:15 am
Diane
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Thank you JS.

November 4, 2011
1:14 pm
Greg
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Diane,

I've been doing a ketogenic diet for about two years now, and have read just about every piece of material available on the matter.

I think JS hit the nail on the head with his diagnosis: keto-adaptation. I don't think you necessarily need a PHD style approach if you're willing to spend more time adapting.

One issue with your little bout hiking is a well-known phenomena described by studies of fasted exercisers. Introduction of carbohydrate at certain points in the exercise actually caused hypoglycemia (light-headedness, fainting, etc). This comes from a lack of metabolic flexibility - and the kind of met-flex that JS writes about isn't the same as switching from fat to sugar metabolism when you have a sustained, high need for it.

If you opt for staying with the keto paradigm,

1.) Do not introduce large carb boluses (oranges and bananas on your hike).
2.) Ramp up your activity gradually. Studies seem to show that you will get your endurance back (and more - bonking is, theoretically, impossible on keto), but it must follow adaptation.
3.) Keep up with electrolytes and hydration. Keto has a natural diuretic effect; try to get ~5g of sodium every day.

November 28, 2011
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Thank you. I have finally broken through to the other side. I still have my moments of electrolyte-bonking, but I backpacked in the snow, postholing to my knees, no hunger, plenty of strength and energy, had to be reminded to eat during the day.

November 30, 2011
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Diane:

That's great to hear! 

Most likely you'll find that the longer you eat this way, the more independent of food and hunger you'll become.  I'm still experiencing slow changes after nearly a year.

JS

December 12, 2011
11:18 pm
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Is that Colorado?

December 13, 2011
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Raney:

It's near Lake Tahoe.

JS

December 27, 2011
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January 15, 2012
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Mich
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These are very nice pictures. I especially like the one with the tree in the middle of the lake.

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