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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 07:43 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 08:10 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 08:10 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 07:51 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 09:25 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 02:42 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 1032 · November 13, 2013 at 04:46 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 · September 01, 2013 at 10:47 AM

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 · August 29, 2013 at 12:22 PM

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 · August 17, 2013 at 05:34 AM

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 · August 15, 2013 at 11:25 AM

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 · August 01, 2013 at 09:44 PM

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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Happy_Now 0 · August 01, 2013 at 09:44 PM

If only it were as simple as energy in/energy out and macro ratios. The OGTT is a nasty thing, but kind of a necessary evil sometimes, my condolences for having to take it. It did give you several important pieces of information even if you... (more)

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by 333 · August 06, 2013 at 06:57 AM

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 03:33 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 1972 · July 09, 2013 at 02:23 AM

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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thhq 0 · July 08, 2013 at 10:52 PM

At normal weight for your height, and with normal fasting blood glucose, why would you be worried about T2? Do you have familial history of it? If not why raise your stress levels over a problem you don't have? I was diagnosed T2 at age 54, obese... (more)

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by 1032 · June 13, 2013 at 02:21 PM

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 03:26 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 · June 02, 2013 at 04:32 PM

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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Dragonfly 0 · June 02, 2013 at 03:40 PM

Read this: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/why-grains-are-unhealthy/#axzz2V4dFbhjf Why bother with all the work for a nutrient-poor food? I don't eat any grains or legumes and I do supplement Magnesium. Seafood is a good Magnesium food source,... (more)

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by 0 · June 03, 2013 at 11:22 PM

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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rebecca_22 0 · May 20, 2013 at 11:06 PM

Im going to try coconut milk ice and strawberries and blueberries. Sounds yum and doesnt need any added sugar.

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by 103 · April 19, 2013 at 11:01 PM

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 · April 16, 2013 at 01:46 AM

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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jessica_11 0 · April 16, 2013 at 01:46 AM

definitely try to get at least 1200 per day, you are doing well by sticking to proteins and fats and a mostly ketogenic(low carb) diet, keep it up! its the best way to improve your insulin sensitivity and I have read much anecdotal evidence that... (more)

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by 2000 · April 05, 2013 at 06:34 PM

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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Albert83BCN 0 · April 03, 2013 at 02:27 PM

Have him take a look at this food list section of the PaleoDietLifeStyle WebSite ...or show the currently available image link in this very site The Paleolithic Diet Explained Balanced bites charts may also help: Tear-Out Guides These are so... (more)

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by 100 · June 12, 2013 at 10:22 PM

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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Dragonfly 0 · May 29, 2013 at 09:48 PM

Physiological insulin resistance from going vlc will reverse itself in a matter of days, once you add carbs back in. This is assuming you were metabolically insulin-sensitive pre-vlc. While you are getting your thyroid tested, get your D3 level... (more)

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by 0 · April 02, 2013 at 12:36 AM

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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Mr_Snowman 0 · April 02, 2013 at 12:36 AM

I can relate to your story quite a bit. Here's what has worked for me: Read books on diet and nutrition. This will increase your motivation to eat better. Start with the Perfect Health Diet. Look at food as medicine (or poison!). Correct your... (more)

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by 125 · March 18, 2013 at 02:25 PM

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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Vegan4Life_1 0 · March 18, 2013 at 01:03 PM

Well all carbs don't make us all fat first of all. The guy who went on an all potato diet for 30-60 days actually lowered his blood glucose and insulin levels while losing weight. This isn't to say some carbs don't make some people fat but I'd... (more)

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by 10 · April 29, 2013 at 03:03 AM

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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ManderMoo 0 · April 29, 2013 at 03:03 AM

I started paleo originally as a treatment for candida overgrowth as I am allergic to yeast. I'm confused as to why you think this could CAUSE an overgrowth. As long as you are not eating too much fruit, cured meats, or molds like mushrooms, the... (more)

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by 2923 · January 24, 2013 at 10:37 AM

[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 06:58 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 · January 11, 2013 at 04:43 PM

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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Jonas_1 0 · January 11, 2013 at 04:42 PM

you need to work out