Welcome to MF. Good luck and am glad you are having a great first week...
Its ketosis, it comes and goes. drink lots of water!! congrats on joining MF!!!..
The strange taste in your mouth means your burning FAT! It's annoying, but it's a good sign. You can help curb it a bit by drinking a lot of water, brush your teeth and tongue several times a day, like after each meal - I know, thats 6 times! or chew sf gum - but I think we're limited to 2 sticks per day - refer to condiments list for more info on that..
Sounds like you're doing great! The pancakes are absolutely wonderful! go just a bit shy on the water, SHAKE don't stir (I use an old instant cake frosting container). The brownies are good, a bit light on the chocolate flavoring. The soups and stuff all need to be hydrated for an hour or more before nuking them - it helps to add hot sauce or some garlic and onion powder, and/or cumin. Spices help a lot! You can add flavor extracts to the shakes - make the pudding into shakes - bake the oatmeal into cookies or muffins..... Oh my the options are endless!!! You won't get bored if you keep changing things up..
Good luck! Stay on the boards and let us all know how you're doing. There is a thread for making your ticker also - do a search for it. Welcome aboard!..
Great job on staying on plan for 4 days! You're on your way. I agree about the chili. If I must eat it, I let it soak for awhile and add red pepper flakes (as condiment). The oatmeal is tolerable to me if I add one packet of Splenda (again, condiment). My favorites are some of the bars, strawberry shake, and hot drinks. Good luck!..
Thank you all for your feed back! Good to know the bad taste in my mouth is normal And splenda in the oatmeal is a good idea! I'll look into the ticker, it's a good visual of sucess!..