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by 0 · August 18, 2014 at 10:03 PM

I have been on a low-carb (<75g) gluten and grain-free Paleo-style diet (55% fat-35% protein-10% carbs) for some time now, but don't understand why my fasting BG levels are still elevated: https://app.box.com/s/oy9o9ryuu18ugtk3f5ua In... (more)

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Yuki 0 · August 15, 2014 at 7:43 AM

I am the same - I started paleo to combat my high blood sugars, and it did bring it down, just not far enough. I took metformin for a while, and it messed me up so bad! I was so nauseous I couldn't make it through a workday, and I wanted to crawl... (more)

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by 0 · April 26, 2014 at 8:10 PM

Hi all, I've been paleo off and on for about a year, but strictly gluten free since I began. Within the last few weeks I've really gotten much stricter about macros, whole foods, soaking any nuts/seeds I eat, etc, and I have some questions... (more)

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Beth_15 0 · April 26, 2014 at 8:10 PM

I would say it's the move away from all non-paleo food. If a person comes to paleo from a meat-avoidant lifestyle, she feels better for a while...say, 6 months? At some point, however, the body tells us very clearly what it wants. I think we... (more)

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by 0 · April 18, 2014 at 7:51 PM

So I went to the organic store and saw this little box contaning about 100 tiny licorice pellets. It's sugar-free, gluten-free and made with only one ingredient : 100% licorice extract. So it's not exactly a candy : they taste really strong and... (more)

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Stephen_4 0 · April 17, 2014 at 9:25 PM

Well if they aren't sweetened them I'm to assume they are low carb, unless you know otherwise. That being said, No, eating a low carb snack will not delay any progress you've made on a low carb diet, since the snack is, well, low carb. Eating... (more)

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by 0 · April 03, 2014 at 12:02 AM

I'm really struggling with headaches, feeling low energy and not being able to think clearly and would really appreciate some thoughtful perspective on what you all think I should try next. Very quick history: I used to eat mostly carbs in my... (more)

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Janknitz 0 · April 03, 2014 at 12:02 AM

I'm a big believer in VLC for treating insulin resistance (it has helped me immensely!), but I agree you may need to back off a little to give your body time to adjust. I'd take the carbs up between 50 and 100 total using starchy veggies and... (more)

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by 15 · January 30, 2014 at 2:42 AM

is it normal for my blood glucose to rise to 150 after a meal only of protein, fat and veggies? I???m not eating VLC, I eat veggies, one/two servings of fruit and one sweet potato. Should I be concerned? Why does this happen? I though this... (more)

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Matt_11 0 · January 29, 2014 at 10:17 PM

Blood glucose spikes are normal after eating.

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by 1097 · November 13, 2013 at 4:46 AM

So, hello everyone! I've been busting around the boards suggesting people not be afraid of carbs, and that's kind of funny. Because just last thursday I started confining my carb count to 75 per day in a final stretch-style attempt to literally... (more)

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by 45 · about 21 hours ago

Most of the time I eat lower-carb. 2 meals per day, <40g per meal from veggies and the occasional nuts/legumes. I do periodic carb-ups sometimes timed around workouts, sometimes the night before, and sometimes just because. I have no... (more)

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Hepoberman 0 · September 01, 2013 at 10:47 AM

Just keep an eye on your blood sugar. A cheap glucose meter from walmart is under $20. Depending on the individual, a glucose bolus can be terribly harmful. Once serum glucose goes over 140, serious and most likely permanent damage is being... (more)

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by 0 · about 21 hours ago

My Dr. (a naturalist/endocrinologist) ran my labs, discovered I do not make the chemicals needed for my thyroid to function due to lack of iodine. Placed me on iodine supplements, then said my cholesterol is high, and my cortisol levels are too... (more)

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Ciara 0 · August 29, 2013 at 12:22 PM

Can I just say be careful with Iodine supplements unless your Dr did a 24 hour iodine urine output test/challenge you could be taking the wrong thing especially if you are TPO antibody positive...( you really need to find this out). Just because... (more)

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by 60 · about 21 hours ago

I was reading a post on this website by Stephen Ross called "the ultimate hack" that included a number of studies linking poor insulin sensitivity to various health conditions. Now I'm wondering how related insulin sensitivity is to conditions... (more)

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by 10 · about 21 hours ago

Hi. I have recently seen my leptin resistance go away as my appetite has normalised (first time in my life). I'm really enjoying being free from the constant hunger and worry about food. What I wanted to know is if anyone knows how closely... (more)

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Albert83BCN 0 · August 15, 2013 at 11:25 AM

As far as I know (no doc here, just an educated layperson, based on Dr Kruse ideas and some others), it seems that leptin resistance precedes insulin resistance. Leptin receptors at the hypothalamuns account for the body status of energy. If this... (more)

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by 0 · about 21 hours ago

I've been eating Paleo for about a year (but haven't adopted an exercise routine). I am still overweight and haven't been able to lose weight over the past year. I've been eating a regular diet but haven't counted carbs, even though I would guess... (more)

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Janknitz 0 · August 01, 2013 at 6:19 PM

You may think you are eating low carb, but it doesn't sound like you really are. If you track for a few days you can find out for sure. If you don't want to track, you might consider buying a blood glucose meter and checking your own blood... (more)

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by 333 · about 21 hours ago

I have been eating lots of protein, avoiding carbs and sugars fairly well, and adding magnesium to help with insulin resistance and (ergo) weight loss. Now I remember why I quit taking it the last time I tried this miracle macro mineral. The scale... (more)

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SUSTAINEDfitness 0 · July 20, 2013 at 3:33 AM

It is definitely not bone density, as the difference would be minuscule. It's probably excess water. Any increase in the alkaline minerals such as potassium, sodium or magnesium will cause the body to hold a little more water in the cells to... (more)

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by 1974 · about 21 hours ago

I have been Paleo for about a year but recently fell into a couple months of cheating. For about a week now I have been back to a healthy diet. 90% of my cheats were sugar related - candy and icecream. I get extreme sugar cravings. I have been... (more)

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NewPaleon 0 · July 09, 2013 at 2:23 AM

Like you, I've always been in the healthy weight range for my height. Paleo helped me get rid of dermatitis and digestive issues but I had terrible cravings for sweets and cookies every afternoon. Then I read in Perfect Health Diet that you can... (more)

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by 1097 · about 21 hours ago

Or is it not really possible to 'fix' it once you've got it? I started at 255 lbs on a 5'7" female frame, with undiagnosed (but really obvious) insulin resistance. (PCOS, fat, skin tags, dark skin around my neck, etc.) I'm very (as in, 1 lb) close... (more)

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MathGirl72 0 · June 13, 2013 at 3:26 AM

Do you test your blood sugar levels? I reversed my IR by losing 85 lbs and check my levels every few days. I still have another 70 or 80 to go. I cannot eat more than 50 grams of carbs a day without my numbers creeping up over a few days.... (more)

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by 50 · about 21 hours ago

I am pretty convinced the the American diet of too many grains and fully of antinutrients has made so many people defficient leading to so many health problems with obesity and skin. What I don't understand is if these anti-nutrients leach... (more)

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harnessedinslums 0 · June 02, 2013 at 4:32 PM

Soaking, sprouting, and cooking removes the lectins but apparently not all of the phytic acid, which inhibits the absorption of the minerals in the grains and other food that the grains come into contact with in the digestive tract. Fermentation... (more)

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by 0 · about 21 hours ago

Hello, this is my first question here :) Anyway, can you guys recomend some good paleo friendly shake options - nothing to sugary since I have insulin resistance and I'm looking to lose some weight. Thanks Everyone! Julia

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Janknitz 0 · May 20, 2013 at 9:12 PM

I make it up as I go along. The base is usually coconut milk or almond milk and crushed ice, then I add some instant (decaf!) coffee crystals, cinnamon, almond butter, sometimes protein powder or an egg (yes, pastured and RAW). Sometimes I'll... (more)

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by 103 · about 21 hours ago

Hi I was told recently that grapefruit juice helps with insulin resistance? Has anyone else been told this before?

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Crowbar_1 0 · April 19, 2013 at 11:01 PM

I just found out it can really mess with medications, which, well, who knew??

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by 0 · about 21 hours ago

I'm a 24 year old female, 5'8'', 242 pounds. I was recently diagnosed with insulin resistance and probable PCOS (I'm waiting on a follow-up appointment to confirm the latter). I'm now taking metformin, and it really is a wonder drug. The pounds... (more)

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CD 0 · April 16, 2013 at 1:33 AM

Probably not, but don't be overly concerned about going over that amount. It might have worked today, but you are going to get hungry. And if you push too far you will have to binge which makes staying on the plan hard. Eat for health, not... (more)

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by 2022 · about 21 hours ago

I just found out my dad has insulin resistance/pre diabetes, something I suspected for a long time. He has been a yo-yo dieter for as long as I can remember, but only once or twice has he lost a significant amount of weight (at least to the point... (more)

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greymouser 0 · April 03, 2013 at 1:00 PM

I would give him a copy of "The Perfect Health Diet" by Jaminet / Jaminet for some hardbound, sciencey stuff from the paleo-sphere, and send him to http://www.marksdailyapple.com/ for moral support, cooking ideas, etc. The PHD isn't really paleo,... (more)

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by 100 · about 21 hours ago

Made the mistake of going too low carb and stubbornly sticking with it for a year despite rapid weight gain. Just realized that my symptoms (lack of energy, cold extremities and puffy face) was from a sluggish thyroid. Even have slight darkening... (more)

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Lumifer_1 0 · April 30, 2013 at 2:35 PM

Um, go to a doctor and ask for a thyroid panel blood test. Make sure it includes free T3 beside TSH and the other usual stuff. If you think you have serious problems with your thyroid, get the hard data, don't rely on "it seems my symptoms could... (more)

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by 0 · about 21 hours ago

Hello! First I would like to start with a bit of history to give you all my current situation: I was physically active and seemingly in good shape until I was 13. From 13-15 I started having very small issues with eczema (inside of forearms),... (more)

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VB 0 · April 01, 2013 at 7:13 PM

I have a question for you, do you have any food cravings? If you do, can you list them? Like what kind of foods do you crave?

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by 125 · about 22 hours ago

Hi, can someone provide a complete noob desription in laymans terms as to why carbs make us fat and how paleo can help? In particular how do we become insulin resistant? I've read a few descriptions but it's made me confused (maybe i'm a bit... (more)

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Mash 0 · March 18, 2013 at 1:47 PM

I had the morning off so thought I would answer this. Carbohydrates don't directly make you fat any more then consuming any macronutrient (carbohydrate, protein, fat) can directly make you fat. What you need to understand though is that the... (more)

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by 10 · about 22 hours ago

Hello there Paleo Hackers - I went VLC on the Paleo Diet 1 year ago and I loved it, save for one symptom: very dry skin. My hands looked like scales, I got dandruff, and I developed painful cracks at the corner of my mouth (Angular cheilitis). I... (more)

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Michael_17 0 · February 16, 2013 at 2:59 PM

Dry skin can be a sign of not eating enough PUFAs.

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by 2944 · about 22 hours ago

[edit] this turned out and looks quite the lenghty post, I hope you aren't deterred :) I obtained a meter a couple of months ago and have been testing a lot since. Fasting levels seem to average about 5 (90), randomly throughout the day is often... (more)

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Mike_T_1 0 · January 22, 2013 at 6:58 PM

I read your entire post. :) It seems you are just asking if eating only in a 4 hour evening window each day might be harmful. From listening to Robb Wolf's podcast, I think it can be stressful on your body to fast 20 hours every day. Whether... (more)

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by 25 · about 22 hours ago

I am on the Paleo to get health and to lose weight. I know that certain foods should be avoided to help, such as high fructose fruits. I was wondering if is okay to eat tomatoes when on the paleo, having a few a day, some for lunch and some for... (more)

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Eric_13 0 · January 11, 2013 at 12:23 PM

I don't think that tomatoes are a problem as far as weight loss - no one gets/stays overweight due to too many tomatoes. Even being insulin resistant and having struggled with weight loss for more than 9 years, I don't think it's necessary to... (more)