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Lisa Eirene

About Lisa Eirene Lisa lost 110 pounds through calorie counting and exercise. She swims, bikes, runs, hikes and is enjoying life in Portland, Oregon. Her weight loss story has been featured in First Magazine, Yahoo Health, Woman's Day and

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  1. bethh

    I hope the naturopath finds something that is helpful! I agree, the current state of medicine is not super great if there’s not something obviously wrong they can treat. It’s got to be tough to be a doctor these days.

    If you ever want to explore something other than keto, I’ve tried and enjoyed a thing called the Whole Life Challenge a couple of times this year. I like that it’s not about weighing and measuring, but instead you eat from a list of allowed foods (and there are 3 levels of intensity for the food lists). It is very hard to eat out, but that’s the case on many programs! But it also focuses on hydration, exercise, stretching, mindfulness, and sleep – so it really is a well-rounded 6-week exercise. You can do it solo or be on a team with others (you log comments in the app each day and if you’re on a team they can see & comment). They run the challenge a few times per year and then you get a break between sessions. Might be something else to add to your arsenal at some point!

    1. Lisa Eirene

      I haven’t heard of that diet. Is it similar to Whole30?

      1. bethh

        I haven’t done Whole30 so I’m not sure! I don’t think it’s quite as rigid. On WLC they compile a list of compliant/non-compliant foods. Players pick whatever list works best for them/feels like the right level of challenge. You can get a link to the food lists here:

        The two times this year I joined a challenge, I did the mid-level lifestyle omnivore one. I miiiiiight try performance when it starts up in October (I think it runs Oct 10-Nov 27 so it ends before Thanksgiving).

        Doing lifestyle means my carbs are oats, rice, or corn tortillas (I eat oats every day, rice and tortillas rarely); dairy is limited to butter and plain yogurt; I could have one glass of wine per week but come ON that’s just silly, so I skip completely (or take a ding in my scoring if I have some). Nuts are allowed, and meat – it feels pretty doable based on my typical diet. It definitely keeps me away from processed foods and sugar and alcohol and dairy and lots of carbs – the typical offenders!

        I found it had me cooking more than usual and eating a lot more meat than usual. I might try to do more vegetarian days to add to the challenge – or not, we’ll see!

        1. Lisa Eirene

          I will look into it.
          We don’t eat out much these days, so that’s not an issue. When I do eat out, it’s fairly easy to find something “keto” to get. Caesar salad with chicken or salmon or a steak salad with avocado is usually a safe bet. I do miss Mexican food. It’s hard to go to a Mexican restaurant and do keto (skipping the chips and salsa, skipping beans and rice etc).

  2. Marianne

    I think the best diet is everything in moderation. Drink water, prepare FOOD in ADVANCE, exercise at least 30 to 45 minutes a day, measure everything and be determined, Don’t got go out to eat. Believe me I have done every diet known to man and after 2weeks I give up. I found the Keto diet just wasn’t for me.

    1. Lisa Eirene

      I definitely think too restrictive of a diet is hard to maintain long term. My hope is that I can just lose these last damn 20 pounds on keto and then do some kind of modified plan. Sort of keto but not as restrictive. WE’ll see.

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