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  1. Yes, I probably should have recommended caution rather than just saying don't go there. I have heard of people with thyroid issues who do well on LC, but I've also heard so many stories of people with thyroid issues that don't do well on LC that I think caution is advised. Also, men, children, and post-menopausal women seem to generally have good results with keto, but for women in their childbearing years, it seems to have more mixed results. For me, for ten years, it really helped improve my hormone balance and reduce the awfulness of my periods. But then when I hit perimenopause it was a disaster. It really exacerbated the hormone problems, and it took me more than a year to figure that out, because it never occurred to me that the diet that had been so good for me for so long could be hurting me now. A friend pointed me to some online info written by women who did not do well on keto, and it sounded just like the problems I'd been having. It seems that there's some women who do much better in the 100-150g of carbs per day range than in a ketogenic range. I LOVE the ketogenic diet and would recommended it enthusiastically for those who do well on it. I really miss it! It controlled my appetite so well, and I am really struggling with that now. It controlled my weight so well, and I am really struggling with that now, too! :cursing: It also kept my immune system much stronger than it is without (on keto, a cold would be a real nuisance for three days. off keto, a cold knocks me on my butt for more than a week, and then I get a secondary sinus infection which requires antibiotics, and then I get digestive issues and I end up being sick for a month. . . it's a mess!) I am really hoping that I'll be able to go back on keto once I'm through menopause, but my doc said that will take 10-15 years! :crying:
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    No advice to offer, just wanted to say that I'm sorry you're going through this, and I hope he gets the help that he needs. :grouphug:
  3. Ketogenic is the best for that, in my experience, but I wouldn't recommend it if you have any thyroid or other hormone issues. If you don't want to go that route, you can still emphasize satiating calories from protein and fat over carbs, especially fast-burning carbs which increase appetite for a lot of people.
  4. Sadly I'm not coordinated enough to take Zumba, but I learned the word bailamos from that Enrique Iglesias song back in '99 or so. I still love that song! :D I've picked up a *few* Spanish words and phrases from living in New Mexico, and yes vámanos is a pretty common one if it penetrated even my stubborn brain.
  5. It's true the precision of the monitor is always an unknown. If you're going to have blood-work done with your doctor anytime soon, ask him to run a BG test too. Take your monitor with you, and right before or after they draw blood, test your BG with your own monitor. Then when the results come in, you'll have some idea of how close your BG monitor is to the more accurate test that the lab does. I did that, and my monitor showed only one point different than the lab's test, so that was pretty reassuring.
  6. 130 is better! White flour makes my BG go up just as much as sugar does, so it wouldn't surprise me if that were the culprit.
  7. I've read that fasting glucose is not a good indicator -- by the time it gets bad, you're already in really bad shape. Doctors use it because it's quicker, easier, and cheaper than a glucose tolerance test, which is really the gold standard. Testing post-prandial numbers is the next best thing. So now that you have a monitor, you'll be able to test post-prandial numbers often, and you can even do a home version of a glucose tolerance test if you really want to, but it isn't fun (I've done it!). You have to eat about 60-70g worth of carbs *without* any fat or protein. So a bagel sans cream cheese, a boiled potato sans butter, or plain white rice, something like that. Then you test your BG over the next few hours. It was harder than I thought it would be to choke down that much pure carbohydrate. They just don't taste right without some fat! :D Anyway, point being, you'll get a much clearer picture with your home BG monitor than you were getting from just the fasting tests performed by your doctor. There's tons of good information at Blood Sugar 101, so I hope you'll find it helpful.
  8. This might help: I'm no expert, but I think those numbers (if typical for you and not just a one-time thing) might indicate some degree of insulin-resistance.
  9. My hair is just like yours! What has worked well for me is to do a layered bob instead of a blunt bob. That way it looks intentionally "messy" and loose and natural rather than just looking like it's not cooperating with my attempts at styling. Something like this: Also, since my hair is super thick, my stylist thins it out a bit with thinning sheers. That seems to help too. ETA: my bangs are not as long as those in the picture, because that would drive me insane. But side-swept bangs are so pretty. That might be something new you could try. ETA again: I may have misunderstood what you were asking for. I always liked sleek styles and tried to get my hair to do that, but it never worked. I gave up and went with a more messy style, and since that's what my hair wants to do naturally, I actually ended up liking it more than I would have expected. So I would personally encourage you to take "messy" and run with it. But if that's not what you want, then I hope someone else is better able to help!
  10. I don't know much of anything about Tony Robbins, but Steve Hassan is an expert on cults (he has a fascinating book on cult mind-control techniques) so you might google a bit and see if he has anything to say about Tony Robbins. All I could find is that he does say NLP is a covert hypnosis technique, and the descriptor "covert" when applied to anything mind-altering sounds pretty darn creepy to me.
  11. I homeschooled my daughter full-time for K through 10th grade. This year (11th) we are homeschooling three classes, and she'll be taking three dual enrollment classes at the local community college. Next year we'll only homeschool two classes, and the rest will be at the CC.
  12. My personal triggers: If I fail to eat something fairly carby within one hour of waking up, there is precisely a 100% chance that I will get a bad migraine within the next hour. This kind of stinks because I have absolutely no appetite that early, but I've learned from experience that I have to force myself to eat whether I want food or not. Low carb dieting seemed to make it worse, which also really stinks because I loved that diet in every other way. Mine are definitely hormone related, because they appeared with puberty, disappeared during pregnancy and nursing, and became chronic and debilitating with perimenopause. Loud, high-frequency and repetitive, percussive noises are a major trigger for me. Bright flashing lights, watching disorienting rapid motion on a large screen, or experiencing disorienting rapid motion (amusement park rides) are also triggers. Drinking any kind of alcohol has also become a trigger in recent years, though it wasn't in the past. Getting dehydrated, hypoglycemic, or overheated will also trigger. Treatments that work for me: Tri-cyclic antidepressant, taken daily for prevention. I wasn't optimistic, but this stuff has saved my life! Aspirin with caffeine, or sumatriptan taken immediately at the first sign of a migraine works wonders. Minimum of four hours of aerobic exercise per week reduces frequency considerably. Treatment that did NOT work for me: blood pressure lowering meds. My blood pressure has always been on the low end of normal, but my GP tried two diffent blood pressure lowering meds for me anyway. They both made me feel AWFUL. I then saw a neurologist who said that my GP never should have tried that for me, because given what my blood pressure was before the meds, it would only make me feel worse. But if your blood pressure is high, or even high end of normal range, might be worth a shot. I hope you feel better soon!
  13. Wow, that's really interesting! I'm going to look into that more. Fun stuff.
  14. My city is very fortunate to have a homeschooling library. There is a small fee for a lifelong membership (I forget - $10 or $20?) and then you can check out textbooks and other non-consumable homeschooling resources and curriculums for an entire year at a time. I haven't used it in years, so I hope I'm giving information that's still accurate! It's a neat thing. I wish every community could have one.
  15. Connie, thanks, I really appreciate you mentioning your concern. College admission requirements are a huge concern for me too! I should have explained my situation in more detail. I'm actually looking to use this with my 8th grader next year, to get her ready for high school level science. We've always done science in a pretty informal, interest-led, topical kind of way. Her Dad and I both have science backgrounds, so it was the one subject where I felt comfortable doing that rather than using something more structured. She loves science and does really well in it. BUT now that we're getting closer to high school, I'm concerned that I may have unintentionally left some gaps. So I thought it would be good to spend 8th grade using a textbook that covers all the bases, so to speak, to make sure she's got the foundational knowledge she needs to do each field of science more in-depth in high school. But when I tried googling for 9th grade level general science texts, all I was finding were things like biology or earth science, rather than one book that would cover all fields, but that we could still manage to get through in one year. I found the text that klmama mentioned at such a fantastic price that I couldn't resist ($8 including shipping from Better World Books). But it might be silly to attempt a college level text with an 8th grader! Once I get it, if it looks like it's too much, then I will order one of the McGraw-Hill texts that you mentioned instead, probably the 9th grade one. That probably would have made more sense, but I had already ordered the other one when I read your reply. I'm not usually a spontaneous shopper when it comes to curriculum. But when I find a used textbook at a fantastic price, I usually jump on it. Many times I've gone back just a day or two later to find that the price has increased by 50 or even 100% -- drives me batty! I appreciate your (and everyone's) help so much!
  16. Thank you, Connie! This has been such a huge help. I was starting to think that what I wanted didn't exist. But you have given me several options. I really appreciate everyone's help!
  17. In other words, not a biology textbook, or a chemistry textbook, but one textbook that covers the basics of all the major branches of science?
  18. Two that I just learned: MbtP: Moving Beyond the Page LBC: Living Books Curriculum
  19. Hi Dawn, I was thinking that you used to have a different user name. If I've got that right, I was wondering if you could tell me how you changed it. I was thinking I would just have to shut down my whole account and start over, but I can't even figure out how to shut down my account. I haven't decided for sure whether I'll do it or not, buy I'm leaning towards it. Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks!


  20. I can't imagine how I've earned the compliment, but thank you!

  21. Thank you so much for asking Beansprouts! I am very well, just busy. Trying to spend more time actually homeschooling and less time online talking about homeschooling. :D But I'm still dropping in from time to time.


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