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    Pesto

    How many pounds is considered an inflammation response? Yesterday was my first day of P3.
    This will be my third P3 round and I know that I am not allergic to eggs and dairy. I tend to
    have a hard time getting my calories up, and bought some pesto this weekend in anticipation
    of my P3 round since it's high in fat and because I love it. What I forgot about is that it's
    made with pine nuts. This morning I was up 1.2 pounds. Not a huge amount...but not
    something I'm used to seeing. Would this amount be considered an inflammation response?

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    i think I would cut it out for now, then try it again later to see if you respond differently. Did you add in anything else with that.

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    I would consider it a "more food in the system" response as the most likely reason. It can take a couple days for your body to shift gears and process more food after the small volume we eat in P2.

    A pound gain after the first day of P3 is fairly normal for me, especially if I dropped a couple pounds during the transition off HCG. That always comes back for me in the first couple days. If I had had pesto though, I would have gained 5 pounds, as I'm allergic to pine nuts. So it is possible that the pine nuts could be an issue for you. Pesto also has cheese, so on your first day of P3 you had eggs, cheese, and nuts and other dairy. Those are the most common foods to cause inflammation.

    Even if you are not allergic to a food, you might be sensitive to it. For instance, dairy can cause low-level inflammation without other side effects and over the long term, can be responsible for incremental weight gain.

    If you want to test those foods, eliminate all of them for the next 2-3 days and eat only meats, veggies, good fats, and a small amount of fruit. Then start with one at a time for 3 days each to see if any cause an inflammation response.
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    I had it over veggies and a chicken sausage with artichokes and garlic that I bought at Costco along
    with the basil pesto. I will cut it out and see how it goes.

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    Thanks Leez. I didn't lose any weight in my transition off of HCG and in my other P3 rounds have not gained more
    than .5 pounds and I've always eaten plenty of cheese and dairy. Probably the pesto. I'm going to cut the pesto
    and see how it goes.

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    Yes, with no transition loss, it can make week 1 of P3 rather stressful as you get close to the top of your window. But many times, I've gotten exactly to the 2 pound over mark and the next day will get a drop. So it's often worth waiting out the suspense and resisting the urge to correct.

    Quote Originally Posted by Pasonette View Post
    I had it over veggies and a chicken sausage with artichokes and garlic that I bought at Costco along
    with the basil pesto. I will cut it out and see how it goes.
    That sounds delicious! I love that you can get some real quality prepared foods at Costco. I got some grass-fed beef polish sausage dogs there recently that were pretty wonderful.

    Since you know you are fine with cheese, you might try a pesto that replaces pine nuts with something else, or leaves them out. Hemp hearts make a good replacement for the pinenuts.
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    I'm won't try to correct this soon...but I do suspect that I might have issues with nuts.

    And my dinner was delicious! I love Costco too!! They are getting so many organic
    options now is awesome. Good idea on the pesto...I know there are other varieties that
    don't have nuts. Maybe Trader Joe's.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pasonette View Post
    I had it over veggies and a chicken sausage with artichokes and garlic that I bought at Costco along
    with the basil pesto. I will cut it out and see how it goes.
    how much sodium is in that?
    I would think that in sausage there may be a fair amount, which could mean some water retention.

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    The sodium is 490mg for one sausage which is what I had.

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