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    So I found out I have a serious issue with dairy, wheat, and inflammatory bowel disease. Oh I also have early Arthritis and Fibromyalgia along with other things. I looked and looked and looked around, and it seems like the best way for me to avoid "trigger" foods was to eat according to the Atkins 40 plan with some minor modifications. Absolutely NO dairy except for Kefir, (switching to goatmilk version as soon as I can get to trader joes) Allowing for fruits, unsweetened tart juices, and minimal grain of any kind. I did find in a weeks time, a drastic loss of bloating, and some minimal changes in my knee pain. I plan to continue and have seen a clearing of a skin infection, due to a prompt change in the way I was eating.
    My question is, has anyone else eaten in an "Atkins" fashion? does it offer changes for them? And does it work in the long run?
    A happy family is but an earlier heaven.
    George Bernard Shaw

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    That's a bummer--but it's hard to argue with results. If it works, then it works.

    Me, no, thankfully I don't have those issues. Mostly replying so as to subscribe.

    Question: on the dairy products, is it all dairy or is stuff like aged cheese ok? I'm not sure if it's the lactose that is the problem or the cow itself.
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    • #3
      Cath, I find the Paleo diet a better and more healthful alternative for some of those issues. No sugar, no grain, lots of protein veg and fruit, some nuts.

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      • #4
        You need an optimal level of fats of the right kinds, an optimal level of carbs, and an optimal level of protein. I have no idea what those levels are for you; you will have to experiment somehow.
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        • #5
          I have used the Atkins plan several times and I usually lose 15 - 20 lbs on it. And I usually feel better, but in the early stages, as your body changes from burning glucose/carbs for energy to stored fat, you will find your self feeling times where you are tired and have lower energy levels until you adjust to it. If you are a carboholic, then it's really hard to do...esp in the first couple of weeks.
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          • #6
            Originally posted by supton View Post
            That's a bummer--but it's hard to argue with results. If it works, then it works.

            Me, no, thankfully I don't have those issues. Mostly replying so as to subscribe.

            Question: on the dairy products, is it all dairy or is stuff like aged cheese ok? I'm not sure if it's the lactose that is the problem or the cow itself.
            Cheese is as hard on my gut as milk. So are bread products baked with cows whey protein. Recently I have had problems with foods that were themselves "non dairy" but contained sodium caseinate. I switched immediately from creamers to rice and coconut milk which eliminated the issue. Some of the problems came back later and I noticed I was still eatig bread with whey derivatives. So I stopped that....
            A happy family is but an earlier heaven.
            George Bernard Shaw

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            • #7
              I have done the Atkins a couple of times.
              Though, I usually have ended it around the holiday season in Nov-Dec.

              I did finally find that the lemon juice (at Smart and Final) could be used with Stevia to get a low carb drink. I always was having trouble finding things to drink.

              Usually I could replace a desire for carbs by just having hamburger patties to get past the hunger. But I also did like the opportunity to have cheese too.

              Eggs are not a problem for you?
              Last edited by mikewhitney; 02-21-2015, 11:20 PM.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by mikewhitney View Post

                Eggs are not a problem for you?
                Nope, and I'm glad, I eat them daily for the Amino Acids the fat and the Protein.
                A happy family is but an earlier heaven.
                George Bernard Shaw

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                • #9
                  Catholicity, have you looked into paleo? It is similar to Atkins but has better success as it is stricter a few great places to look into it is http://robbwolf.com/ and http://www.marksdailyapple.com/#axzz3SiYRLYBg I have had a lot of success with it

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                  • #10
                    I've done low carb and it went well for about three years then i couldn't maintain it any longer.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Teallaura View Post
                      I've done low carb and it went well for about three years then i couldn't maintain it any longer.
                      You then increased the carb part of your diet? How did that work out for you? Some sugar (not too much fructose anyway), some people need. (Of course, to avoid sugar spikes, should combine with the right kinds of fat.)
                      The greater number of laws . . . , the more thieves . . . there will be. ---- Lao-Tzu

                      [T]he truth Iím after and the truth never harmed anyone. What harms us is to persist in self-deceit and ignorance -ó Marcus Aurelius, Meditations

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Truthseeker View Post
                        You then increased the carb part of your diet? How did that work out for you? Some sugar (not too much fructose anyway), some people need. (Of course, to avoid sugar spikes, should combine with the right kinds of fat.)
                        You know TS I think you are getting Fructose and highly processed filtered sugar confused. Fructose in its Whole form is the sugar found in fruits. You need Fructose when it is in its fruit bound form, the body can easily convert it into glucose. However it should not be consumed when it has been modified. (fructose is also found in cucumbers tomatoes avocados and squash, what is also biologically a "fruit.") Fruits are remarkably high in fiber and have certain nutrients and antioxidents that are simply not found in other places. You wouldn't consume too much of them as it would tax the pancreas much in the same way refined sugar does and you certainly wouldn't want to consume HCFS. Its also the bulk sweetener in raw honey.
                        If Fructose is so bad then eating all fruits is bad. same thing with other unrefined sugars. We might as well eat nothing but.......nothing. I think the food I consume someone will find something wrong with tomorrow.
                        A happy family is but an earlier heaven.
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Catholicity View Post
                          You know TS I think you are getting Fructose and highly processed filtered sugar confused. Fructose in its Whole form is the sugar found in fruits. You need Fructose when it is in its fruit bound form, the body can easily convert it into glucose. However it should not be consumed when it has been modified. (fructose is also found in cucumbers tomatoes avocados and squash, what is also biologically a "fruit.") Fruits are remarkably high in fiber and have certain nutrients and antioxidents that are simply not found in other places. You wouldn't consume too much of them as it would tax the pancreas much in the same way refined sugar does and you certainly wouldn't want to consume HCFS. Its also the bulk sweetener in raw honey.
                          If Fructose is so bad then eating all fruits is bad. same thing with other unrefined sugars. We might as well eat nothing but.......nothing. I think the food I consume someone will find something wrong with tomorrow.
                          I have no quarrel with you.

                          As for the need to have a diet that is special to you, I read today that some eczema victims have to limit their intake of saturated fats, even though I believe they benefit most people. BACON!!
                          The greater number of laws . . . , the more thieves . . . there will be. ---- Lao-Tzu

                          [T]he truth Iím after and the truth never harmed anyone. What harms us is to persist in self-deceit and ignorance -ó Marcus Aurelius, Meditations

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Catholicity View Post
                            So I found out I have a serious issue with dairy, wheat, and inflammatory bowel disease. Oh I also have early Arthritis and Fibromyalgia along with other things. I looked and looked and looked around, and it seems like the best way for me to avoid "trigger" foods was to eat according to the Atkins 40 plan with some minor modifications. Absolutely NO dairy except for Kefir, (switching to goatmilk version as soon as I can get to trader joes) Allowing for fruits, unsweetened tart juices, and minimal grain of any kind. I did find in a weeks time, a drastic loss of bloating, and some minimal changes in my knee pain. I plan to continue and have seen a clearing of a skin infection, due to a prompt change in the way I was eating.
                            My question is, has anyone else eaten in an "Atkins" fashion? does it offer changes for them? And does it work in the long run?
                            You should definitely check out Krill Oil as well. It is great for reducing inflammation, and is VERY good for you. If you are dealing with arthritis, I'd up the dosage a little.

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