Great suggestions Edith. Regarding ketosis: I have been using ketostix, and I was in ketosis for a while there. I haven’t been in ketosis for weeks – and yes, it does coincide with my increased intake of cheese, nuts, etc. Having said that, I was losing weight a year ago while definitely not being in ketosis – I was on a LCHF diet, but was eating reasonable amounts of very sugary fruits like mangoes. My body – then – simply needed me to cut the processed foods and starches out and sucrose. It seemed not to mind the fructose. And I was eating things like almond butter. I’m not saying I should expect to continue losing at the same rate and on the same diet now, but I guess I’m trying to say I’m still figuring out what I can tolerate and how I should be eating to lose these last 7 kilos.
Re dairy: you’re right, I was actually told I was lactose intolerant back in 2009. But I don’t have any real symptoms, and all my inflammatory markers are amazing right now. Having said that, you may be right – I may need to cut out dairy completely and see what happens.
Interesting thought about stress – though my concern doesn’t rise to the level of actual stress, imho. I had my cortisol tested in the AM last week, and it’s fine.
Thanks again for your thoughts!