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I'm on day 18 of my first Whole30. I have a few questions I hope you guys can help me with. I really am trying to learn, so go easy on my if my questions sound stupid!

  1. What do you think of these microwave pork rinds? http://www.microwaveporkrinds.com/nutrition.asp the only ingredients are "pork rinds, salt" They provide 23g of protein per serving. Is that protein in a form that my body can use, or are these just junk food?

  2. I'm drinking a large dose of sugarfree Metamucil twice daily. I have always needed this and seem to need it more since starting this diet. Does my body use those 20 +/- carbs? Or do they just pass through? In other words, do I need to include these carbs in my daily carb count?

  3. I have a scale that measures weight/bodyfat/water amount. I (female) drink nothing but water, and a lot of it. My friend (male) drinks nothing but Mt. Dew. I consistently measure at 48%-50% water, he consistently measures at 61%-62% water. What's up with that? I have been trying for over a year to raise my hydration level and just can't get it done.

thanks in advance for your insight!!

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at 07:18 PM

Thanks Korion! the post is a few months old, but I still appreciate any advice I can get!

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Oops didn't notice this was an old post.

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1. Pork rinds are on my "okay" list. The aminos in skin nicely balance the muscle meat ones. (Similar to gelatin, bone broth, marrow or cartilage.) 2. Fiber from veggies and fruits would be preferable IMHO. If you are counting carbs, do not count fiber. 3. The kidneys regulate hydration pretty well as long as you are taking in some fluid. Drinking more water simply leads to more peeing.

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Okay, I tried them in the toaster oven. The microwaved ones a little more fluffy, but otherwise no different.

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I'll try the toaster oven and let you know. thanks

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thanks for your help!

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Great, thoughtful response.

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on April 18, 2012
at 02:06 PM

Well ...

  1. Personally, I wouldn't make a meal out of a bag of pork rinds, but these seem pretty good. Remember that in general pork is a somewhat neutral meat to consume (and leans towards not-so-great if not raised naturally). Choosing between pork rinds or chips? Definitely choose pork rinds.

  2. If you really find that you need extra fiber (I did for many years), consider just using pure psyllium husks (the main ingredient of the more "natural" Metamucil varieties). Then there's no need to worry about sugar or not. If you are really counting every little thing in your diet, then yes, the carbs do count. Some people don't count fiber, so subtract that. That would be another arugment to just use psyllium -- there's no added crap at all -- just the fibrous psyllium husks. If you have IBS, you might want to find a completely different source of supplemental fiber, rather than psyllium or Metamucil.

  3. Hydration certainly is vital to life. However, 1) those scales are not very accurate although they are inherently fairly precise -- if you are consistently measuring at 50%, then consider that your baseline, and try to note when it changes from that base value; 2) I've heard an incredible range for what "normal" is for body water -- from 46% to 65%; a "fun fact" type book will generalize this to "humans are 70% water" -- even higher! Don't put too much weight in that measurement -- stick with how you feel.

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on April 18, 2012
at 04:12 PM

thanks for your help!

65bf1ca7071028018c6d8305d0ddcd76

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on April 18, 2012
at 02:13 PM

Great, thoughtful response.

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on August 02, 2012
at 06:59 PM

  1. Pork rinds would be good to eat, I think the salt and the gelatin will help you a lot. The only problem is the omega-6 intake, but it's not that much unless you're eating huge bags of it daily.
  2. I wouldn't worry too much about carb intake and more about eating a good diet rich in whole foods, low in grains and poly-unsaturated fatty acids. You could cause yourself some thyroid issues by really cutting carbs to an absolute minimum, so I'd watch out with that. It's not necessary for weight loss to cut it all away. It took me 8 months to realize cutting out all sugar made me look old very fast, and that the same happened to friends around me and one of the politicians in the newspaper who now doesn't even smile anymore. Probably be down-voted for this but it's important that you take this into consideration.
  3. I'd drink to thirst, not worry about hydration. Forcing yourself to drink more water would probably be a very bad idea, too.

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on August 02, 2012
at 06:59 PM

Oops didn't notice this was an old post.

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on August 02, 2012
at 07:18 PM

Thanks Korion! the post is a few months old, but I still appreciate any advice I can get!

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on April 18, 2012
at 02:12 PM

As far as the pork rinds go, those seem legit. Flavored varieties contain MSG and all sorts of nasty colorings and such. Pork fat (especially if conventionally raised) is high in Omega 6, so I certainly wouldn't make it a staple of the diet. If you are pretty strict paleo, your Omega 3/6 ratio should be okay and this won't kill you. Pork rinds are orders of magnitude better than potato chips, crackers, or other gluten-laden neolithic pseudo-foods, though. I like the texture and the taste, but that's me.

I would wonder, though, if these would taste better and be healthier in a toaster oven versus the microwave. Hmmm

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on April 18, 2012
at 05:01 PM

Okay, I tried them in the toaster oven. The microwaved ones a little more fluffy, but otherwise no different.

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on April 18, 2012
at 04:12 PM

I'll try the toaster oven and let you know. thanks

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on August 02, 2012
at 02:31 PM

Mocrowave pork rinds are my only go to snack. It give me the crunch I miss from giving up chips and such. These are not fried so they are low in fat and high in protein at 23 grams per serving. Pork skin is basically collagen much like beef tendons. They have their own health benefits especially to your aging skin. Japanese women grind collagen and drink them daily as a skin tonic.

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