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  1. Hi everyone.

    New to the boards and site, this is my first post.

    One of my best friends has Celiac's Disease and her reaction is extremely severe. She's mapped out acceptable places for her where she lives in CA, but is coming to visit here in Philadelphia near year's end.

    I was hoping that someone might be able to tell me some of their preferred gluten-free/celiac-safe eateries in the greater Philadelphia area so that when she's here she doesn't need to stress about possible contamination.

    Thanks in advance for any tips.


    Hi, and welcome to the board:)

    I live in South Jersey, just outside of Philadelphia. There is a nice little dedicated gluten free bakery on S 9th St, in the Italian Market called Taffets. They have excellent breads, rolls, biscotti and they do cakes to order.

    In the general area, check out Red Robbin, Outback Steakhouse, PF Changs, Elevation Burger, and Zinburger. Not sure of the locations that would be nearest to you, but I have had good luck with any that I've been to-- of course, and as always, let the server know of your needs before ordering.

  2. I love it too. My cravings have absolutely disappeared, and there are times I have to remind myself to eat.

    Tracking my carbs has led to my tracking calories for the first time in my life, and it was a real eye opener to realize I was putting away 2600 or more calories a day before, including around 200 grams of carbs.

    My present calorie goal daily is 1500, but most days I add in healthy fats to reach at least 1200. 25-35 grams of carbs seems to be what's right for me.

  3. Hi nvsmom, how are you doing?

    I did buy a bottle of Keto sticks because I was curious. I consistently show positive, but I realize that means that I'm burning fat for fuel--but it could be either stored or dietary-- or a mixture of both.

    I read "How I Gave Up My Low Fat Diet and Lost 40 Pounds" by Dana Carpender, and enjoyed the quick and easy to understand read. She also has a website called "Hold the Toast" which has resources but isn't the greatest.

    I use My Fitness Pal also but just to plug foods in to get a general idea of the fat/ protein/carbs I'm eating. I don't follow a specific plan, just try to stay in my parameters.

    Interesting thing-- we went out with friends Monday night and I planned to have a glass of wine. The 3 carbs were included in my total for the day, but sure enough, when I got home the stick showed negative. By the next morning, I was back in the positive range for ketosis.

    I had read that alcohol does not stop Ketosis, but postpones it-- and my test bore that out. Evidently, the body will burn alcohol for fuel first, before resuming with the fat or carbs, which ever is available.

    One tip, do drink plenty of water!

  4. nvsmom, I am doing Keto. My daily carbs top out right around 30 grams, give or take a very few. I personally find this level comfortable.

    I started this way of eating on a Friday, and had some lightheadedness that first weekend. I expected it, and just took it easy. My appetite adjusted quickly, thank goodness.

    I would say my adjustment period (switching from burning sugar to burning fat) took about a week. The lightheadedness and tiredness went away near the end of that first week, and I felt a lot better, in the ways I explained above.

    On a typical day, my fat intake is around 85 grams, protein--70 grams and carbs--28-32 grams. I stay at 1500 calories or a bit under.

    One of the most noticeable things I've discovered after the appetite saity, is that I never feel those hypoglycemic type symptoms you mentioned between meals. When I ate the starches, I most definitely had them.

    Best of luck with it, I'd be happy to trade notes with you anytime :)

  5. I'm on one now. I am doing this with the expectation that I can make it a lifestyle instead of a "diet".

    The number one reason is that I have severely high blood pressure that despite two meds is uncontrolled. Five days eating no more than thirty grams of non starchy carbs a day and it was 117/76. At my last doctor visit, it was 160/100. It has been known to go as high as 200/100.

    I welcome the weight loss, definitely, but I believe this way of eating is most compatible with my body. I have no hunger or cravings between meals, am calmer, clearer and have more energy.

  6. I stayed off of my "additional intolerances" for a period of 5 years. I got used to eating that way, but at about that 5 year mark (I've been gluten-free for 8 years), I was curious.

    I had been completely off tapioca, coconut, soy, dairy, legumes, corn, citrus and gluten including oats.

    After those 5 years, I am able to comfortably eat tapioca, dairy, corn, citrus and legumes.

    I'm thinking the soy and coconut are permanent for me, but I now have incredible variety in my diet.