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9/14/18 10:19 P

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JeanKnee it is good to hear that you have identified what is causing the flare-ups, even though it's a long list! I am glad you have found a program that has helped you. I hope you get better soon. emoticon

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9/13/18 9:50 A

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Sunny, Yes. The Plant Paradox Program has helped me. Certain proteins appear to be a challenge for my body and can lead to inflammation and autoimmune attacks, if I am not careful.

Unfortunately, food is not the only thing that challenges my body. Cosmetics, body care products, household products, lighting, sound, air, water, etc. can physically challenge my body.

I often refer to myself as a canary in the coal mine. I am very sensitive to environmental conditions.


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"I'd like to dispel once and for all the myth that any single diet approach works for every individual." ~ Peter J. D'Adamo, ND


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9/12/18 12:31 A

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Jeanknee thank you for sharing your own experience. I had not heard of the Plant Paradox before. Has it helped you? I had a look, there are quite a few similarities with the Auto Immune Protocol by Sarah Ballantyne, which I attempted previously, though perhaps the latter is even stricter (no seeds, no dairy, no alcohol). I have thyroid nodules and frontal fibrosing alopecia. I had put the AIP aside because it is very tough, and losing weight was my priority, but now that I have almost achieved that, I am considering reintroducing at least some of those principles. For example, once there is more variety in my diet in Consolidation, I may be able to cut out dairy and nightshades again. I have been gluten-free for about four years.
Thank you for your good wishes, and my best wishes to you in turn.

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9/12/18 12:18 A

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thank you Kriszta11, that is good to know. I just had to listen to my body, which was telling me 'enough'. I hope I do reach goal, but if not, I'm pretty good where I am now, compared to where I was before!

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9/12/18 12:16 A

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thank you SusieMT for your good wishes and advice. Yes, this is a new lifestyle. Good luck to you too

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9/12/18 12:14 A

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thank you Thoms1 for your encouragement and good wishes. Yes, it's time to add more variety.


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9/10/18 4:18 P

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Thanks for sharing your experience with the Dukan diet. Sounds like you have thought things through and made needed adjustments to support yourself during the Consolidation Phase.

What, when, and how much I eat continues to evolve based on what's happening in my life. It has been a continual process of adjustment for me, since I began nutrition tracking in December 2013

My current eating pattern has been sustained the longest and has continued since July 2017. I have been eating intuitively (although I continue to weigh, measure, and track what I consume) in accordance with phase 2 of the Plant Paradox Program.

Although what and when I eat has not changed since July of 2017, how much has been all over the board and has varied by more than 1000 kcal. Some of that variation can be explained by activity level and some of it appears to be related to ongoing health challenges.

According to the Plant Paradox Program, some individuals can begin reintroducing foods after 6 weeks in phase 2. My body has not met the guidelines to experiment with reintroductions. So, I've remained in phase 2, which was not entirely unexpected given that it was stated that those with hypothyroidism and other autoimmune issues often remain unable to reintroduce most foods removed in phase 2.

Do keep us posted. Best wishes and keep up the good work!


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9/10/18 4:13 P

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Sounds good!
Many maintainers continue losing slowly during increasing calorie intake, so starting the transition 2.7 kg above your goal is a good idea, may lead to perfect landing.
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-go on with the healthy lifestyle learned in weight loss phase
-just add healthy foods gradually to stop losing
-work out every day - 30-60 minutes is enough to maintain weight and good mood
-do not try to balance overeating by extreme workouts, it is not going to work
-avoid overeating, instead of satisfaction you get stronger cravings


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9/10/18 11:02 A

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Good luck with adding the other food. I know it will take time but it will be worth it. This has to be a food plan that is sustainable for a lifetime. Continue to enjoy your healthy lifestyle journey. Woo Hoo you!
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9/10/18 10:38 A

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Good Job, and we are all here to keep supporting you. I think it's a good idea to start introducing more foods to your nutrition. I wish you more success. emoticon

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9/10/18 6:07 A

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I have decided to start Consolidation (the Dukan term for the first Maintenance stage) even though I am still 2.7kg from True Weight (goal) today. After nearly five months of the Dukan diet, proteins and vegetables only, I am doing my own version of Consolidation, introducing other foods gradually, following the Dukan 2 version Nutritional Staircase pattern, but in weekly rather than daily increments. Hopefully I'll continue to lose a bit, but mainly I am doing it this way because I am afraid that if I re-introduce everything in one go I'll gain. So for my 1st week, Monday is Pure Protein (PP), then Tue - Sun is going to be 6 x Protein + Vegetables (PV). Next week I'll keep this and add 5 x one piece of fruit from Wed - Sun. The following week I'll keep 1 x PP, 6 x PV, 5 x fruit, and add 4 x bread from Thu - Sun. You get the picture.
For those interested in statistics, I lost c11kg in 3 1/2 months, from 14th April to 31st July. Initial loss was at an average rate of 0.8kg a week. In the whole of August I only lost an additional 1kg, which I regained on a nine-day trip that I have just returned from. To be honest I was getting tired of the diet and did cheat more often, especially fruit during a brief holiday last month. Despite this long stagnation my weight loss average is 0.5kg per week from the beginning, which is pretty impressive considering I was never hungry, and did not weigh/measure any food except the oat bran. In total I have lowered my BMI by just over four points and lost about 13% of my initial weight in less than five months, actually in 3 1/2 months if we ignore the last 40 days of stagnation.
I am living proof that the Dukan diet works!
Now comes the hard part, maintaining the loss. Dr Dukan says the Consolidation phase should last 5 days for every pound lost, or 11 days per kilo, so this will take me roughly to the end of January.
I look forward to your help on this next stage in my weight loss saga. Thank you and best wishes to you all




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