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Eating Fat To Lose Weight

This isn’t a low carb diet. This is a low carb, high-fat diet. And although it is very important to lower our intake of carbs, it is equally important to increase the amount of fat we eat.

Now, repeat after me….

“Fat is good!”

Eating more bacon, butter and cream was a difficult thing for me to do when I started this diet. I was programmed to believe that fat was not good for me. And, of course, that isn’t true. It is just one of those things that people keep repeating over and over again even though there aren’t any facts to back it up.

The reality is that a body can burn fat as fuel, just like it can burn glucose (sugar and carbs) as fuel. When you burn fat as fuel, you will not see a spike in your blood sugar. So you will feel much better.

If I deprive my body of fat then it will end up storing it. And that isn’t what I want.

Fat First, Protein second, Carbs Last

For some reason, people seem to think that when we talk about a low-carb, high-fat diet, that they need to eat more protein. But that is far from the truth. The reason why this diet works is because by eating more fat and minimal carbs you put your body into a fat burning mode called Nutritional Ketosis rather than the typical glucose burning mode.

Although protein is encouraged and much better than carbs, if you go overboard, the protein could actually be converted to glucose which means you will stop burning fat.

So it is important to remember to eat fat first, protein second and healthy carbs coming from green vegetables last.

If you want to get your body in fat burning mode, I suggest keeping your carb intake below 20 grams.

It is really easy to know what foods to avoid. Sugar, sweets, cakes and bread are obvious. But there can be a lot of sugar hidden in many places where it isn’t written on the label. For example, an average size potato has about 50 grams of carbs. So one potato has enough carbs for two entire days of eating.

It really can hurt your brain when it comes to trying to figure out what you can eat.

I don’t count numbers. I just eat a lot of food that I know is zero carbs (eggs, bacon, meat, fish, olives, cheese, fats) And those that are very low in carbs (green vegetables, cruciferous vegetables).

I eat until I’m full, then I stop eating.

Here is What I eat on a typical day…

7:00 Coffee with heavy cream and a bit of extra virgin coconut oil. I usually will have two cups.  Learn how to make bullet proof coffee.

10:00 I normally am not hungry, but if I feel a little hungry I may have a small amount of cheese or eat a few olives.

1:00 For lunch, I will eat a hard boiled egg and an avocado. Or if I’m doing intermittent fasting, I will simply drink a glass of bone broth.

Low Carb Steak Dinner
Low Carb Dinner

6:00 My dinner consists of a portion of meat and a huge portion of veggies smothered with some sort of fat. For example, yesterday my other half grilled us some steaks. I topped my steak with some grass fed butter. And we had a salad with some homemade blue cheese dressing. We also had some asparagus and mushrooms cooked in coconut oil.

8:00 pm. I am rarely hungry in the evening, but if I want a snack, I will usually have a bit of cheese or some nuts.

If you have never eaten a low-carb, high-fat diet, then you probably don’t think this is very much food to eat in a day. And you are probably wondering why I’m not hungry.

It really comes down to giving your body what it needs. When your body is satisfied, the cravings go away.

Yes they really will!

And you will not want do eat crap anymore.

It seemed like before this lifestyle I was hungry all the time. I was always wanting to snack on something. If I smelled sweets, I would really go crazy wanting to eat everything.

Now, I simply don’t think about food. I don’t crave it and I don’t feel like I’m missing a thing. When you eat to nourish your body, you feel so much better.

Want a list of what to eat on a low carb diet? Be sure to read Eating on a low carb diet.

 

Does Saturated Fat Clog Arteries?

When I talk to people about a low-carb, high-fat diet, I always hear concerns about cholesterol and clogged arteries. And I totally understand why people have concerns. I did too. I mean eating saturated fat goes against everything we were told over the years.

So I wanted to write a post on the topic in order to help alleviate some of the fears out there.

Before I decided to change the way I was eating, I did some research. I read a lot of books and read a lot online. I certainly didn’t want to jeopardize my health or the health of my boyfriend without doing the proper research.

But the truth was that eating a so-called “balanced diet” of counting calories was actually making me fat. It wasn’t until I cut the sugar (carbs) and increased the fat in my diet that I began to feel better. And then, I ultimately began to lose weight.

The fact is, I was lied to.Since the 80’s it was programmed in my head that fats, especially saturated fats, clog your arteries and will give you a heart attack. I was also told that fat was the cause of excess weight.

But there is actually evidence proving that there really isn’t any connection between saturated fat and heart disease. And actually many experts feel that saturated fats are good for you. I can personally tell you that I have lost 50 lbs of weight by eating a very high diet of saturated fat which includes eating butter, bacon, and cheese.

As of this morning, I am down to 138. I’m officially down 51 pounds. And I feel amazing. I feel like I took my life back!

Keep in mind, our ancestors have been eating saturated fats for many years. They didn’t have people on television or people with hidden agendas telling them what to eat. They had a natural instinct given to them by God as to what to eat. It is normal for a human being to crave fat. Our bodies thrive on it. Fat is natural in meats.

Saturated fat is even found in mother’s breast milk. I think if saturated fat was a killer, it wouldn’t be in mothers milk.

In the book, “The Big Fat Surprise: Why Butter, Meat and Cheese Belong in a Healthy Diet“, Nina Teicholz explains that although Saturated fat increases levels of LDL cholesterol, it also raises hdl cholesterol. And this is a good thing.

If you struggle with your weight and have tried everything, then you may want to do like I did. Get Educated and learn how your biggest problem in your diet is carbs and the hidden sugar in processed food NOT fat. You may be able to lose weight like me, Or reverse diabetes and get your health back like Brian, and Steve did.

Here are a few articles I highly recommend:

Saturated Fat Completely Safe 

Why Saturated Fat is Actually Good For You 

Eggs, The best Low Carb Food

20161005_114734I love eggs. And eggs is my staple for my low carb diet. It is inexpensive, easy to prepare and if you hard boil them, easy to keep on hand for a quick snack.

And nutritionally, they are the perfect food. As a matter a fact, most high fat foods are very nutritious.

When you think about an egg, it is the perfect food. Eggs are where chickens come from once fertilized. There must be lots of vitamins and minerals in order to create a chicken. When we eat eggs we are getting lots of nutrition.

Eggs are a real food, created by God. I prefer real food like meat, fish, eggs and vegetables rather than the processed food that modern people eat. Real foods are just full of nutrition.

For example, white flour has so little nutrition, manufacturers are required to add vitamins to the flour.

Personally, I would prefer to get my vitamins naturally from the foods I eat.

When I choose foods, I try to get the most natural foods. So when I choose eggs, I go for the eggs that come from pastured chickens. I try to find meats from animals who were fed grass and not corn.

The thing that is great about an egg, is that you don’t have to question what is in it. There is not a label to read. It is simply an egg.

When choosing eggs at the store, the best option is to choose eggs that come from pastured chickens. This means that they are not confined to a cage 24 hours a day. The chickens sleep in a coop at night but otherwise are out in the fresh air during the day. They can eat grass or worms if they want in addition to the foods they are fed.

I would think that pastured chickens would be healthier so they would have better tasting and more nutritious eggs.

I used to go for the free range eggs, but then I realized free-range simply means that the chickens must be given access to the outside. It doesn’t necessarily mean the chickens are outside a good part of the day.

Another thing to look for when buying eggs is to look for eggs from chickens that haven’t been given antibiotics or hormones. Whatever the hen ate, is what we eat when we eat the eggs.

How the Low Carb, High Fat Lifestyle Rescued Me from My Genetic Curse—Diabetes

Earlier this month, Brian, my life partner shared his story with you. He was able to turn his health around. More importantly, he has added many years to his life. But I’m the lucky one because I get to spend those years with him.

You can read Brian’s story here…

One of the people who helped to keep Brian motivated was his good friend, Steve. I think it made things easier at work, having someone else who was living a low carb lifestyle.

These men are an absolute inspiration and I am very proud of them!

I asked Steve if he would share his testimony with my readers. Below is his story.

 

How the Low Carb, High Fat Lifestyle Rescued Me from My Genetic Curse—Diabetes

By

Steve Butz

If you’ve taken the time to read Brian’s testimonial prior to my own, I’ve already been introduced. Brian and I are coworkers and friends. Craft beer drinking buddies, although we’ve reduced that pastime considerably since we both discovered the Low Carb High Fat (LCHF) way of life. Even though we see each other every workday, we stumbled upon LCHF independently and, coincidentally, right around the same time. Having Brian and Wendy to bounce around ideas, experiences and discoveries has been a tremendous advantage for me and, I feel, to them, as well. So when Wendy asked if I’d be interested in sharing my testimonial, I was more than excited to oblige.

I feel I’ve found a tremendous “secret.” I say secret because the info every person struggling with weight, high blood sugars and diabetes should know is kept hidden by Big Pharma, our government and others around the world. The food pyramid, which the mainstream authorities have recently replaced with “the Plate”, are guidelines that fail to incorporate important scientific research that bears out the truth about nutrition that can cure diabetes and defeat obesity. Simply put, the Food Pyramid and Plate guidelines are misguided and all one has to do is look at the obesity and diabetic epidemics of the past 40 years to notice. Yet, physicians around the world continue to dispense poor nutritional advice, right along with oral diabetic meds, statins, and insulin. In essence, they’re keeping us all fat and sick and they’re not going to change anytime soon because there’s way too much money involved.

My brother is a progressive internal physician. He texted me one night and told me I had to check out dietdoctor.com. He said I’d find the information captivating. He was right.

After watching a video presentation on reversing diabetes by Doctor Jason Fung, a Canadian renal physician who works with diabetics, I was convinced LCHF was worth a shot. Fung promised that as soon as a person cuts all the nasty carbs from the diet and replaces those calories with healthy fats like olive oil, butter, eggs, bacon, cheese, nuts, and mayonnaise, blood sugar will come down and stabilize on its own and weight will begin dropping off. So I said farewell to bread, pasta, rice, potatoes, chips, pretzels, crackers, pizza, candy, cakes, ice cream and other desserts. And YES—Beer. That one was tougher than the rest, but I promised myself 15 weeks without beer to see how I could change myself. To me, this was a life and death decision, so it was going to get my best shot.

Fung explained that once we stop barraging our bodies with excessive carbohydrates, our fatty livers start to shed the fat and begin functioning normally. Fatty liver can be reversed in two weeks on the LCHF plan. The pancreas fat takes ten weeks to lose. That’s why I gave myself a 15 week promise on the strict induction phase of the LCHF plan—so that I could be sure my liver and my pancreas had time to lose the fat and start functioning properly again.

Perhaps the most important detail from Fung centered on insulin, a natural hormone found in our bodies. Fung said insulin is a fat-storing hormone secreted by our bodies, sometimes in enormous amounts, to deal with the onslaught of those nasty carbs and the resulting glucose that overwhelms our bloodstreams.

What does insulin do? It stores all that glucose as fat. It works quickly and tirelessly to rid our bloodstream of the glucose from carb breakdown and it stores the glucose as fat. So, Fung reasons, take away those unhealthy carbohydrates and you take away the need for insulin. Take away the need for insulin and you take away the fat storing. It’s as simple as that. Diabetes isn’t a sugar issue; it’s an insulin issue.

Amazingly simple logic. “That’s it” I thought? “I can do that. I can lose the carbs and restrict the insulin that’s keeping me fat and I’ll see where I end up.” And I began immediately.

I’ve been a diabetic for nearly 20 years and insulin dependent for 8 years. When I was diagnosed as a diabetic, I was told that diabetes is a progressive, incurable disease that requires oral meds and ultimately, insulin. More and more insulin as I age until I finally die from complications of diabetes. That’s the course I was on. It started with low doses of Metformin. Then higher doses more frequently. When that wasn’t controlling my blood sugars, I added Glipizide, a more powerful, glucose-reducing med. I watched my diet and stuck to the Pyramid, cut back on servings, took meds, exercised and still, my weight was up, my sugars high. When I went on insulin to treat my high blood sugars, I was treating a symptom but exacerbating the real problem—insulin resistance. I was pretty much devastated. I didn’t want to go to insulin because that was admitting defeat. It was giving in to the notion that my diabetes is out of control, incurable and that I’d follow the family genetic curse and die in my early 60’s, if I even made it to 60.

Now, with the discovery of LCHF, I feel like I’ve beaten the genetic curse. Low Carb High Fat is my Excalibur and I’ll use its magic to fight diabetes and obesity. In six months, I have become healthier than I have been in 30 years and all it took was some education, curiosity, and determination. Oh, and a lot of tinkering around with what was working and what wasn’t working. That’s where it was really cool to have Brian and Wendy around because we’d compare notes, dig for information and knowledge and share all that we were experiencing. The support was a tremendous help for me and I’m sure it saved me a lot of trial and error.

Consider these numbers after 6 months of the Low Carb High Fat lifestyle:

  1.  230 lbs to 177 lbs – 53 pounds lost.
  2. Size 38 pants (busting out of them, but too vain to go to size 40) to size 34.
  3. 9.8 A1c (on meds) to 6.1 (without meds).
  4. No energy (except enough to fall into a chair after work) to high energy (enough to exercise each day with vigor).

Allow me to elaborate a bit. In October, 2015, my Hemoglobin A1c was 9.8. I was taking all my meds and insulin and the test results were still scarily high, considering a normal result is 6 or less. At 5’9”, my weight was up around 230, I had no energy and I was feeling defeated. I upped my insulin in the ensuing months, made sure to work some exercise in, watched my diet and gave my best the following five months. In February, 2016, my A1c registered 7.8. After all that effort and medication, the number was still way too high.

Can you feel my desperation? This is when my doctor-brother, Todd, directed me to dietdoctor.com. It’s also why the 2-week challenge on that site was pretty much life and death for me—if this didn’t work, I felt there was no escaping the claws of diabetes. My mother died at 62 from complications of diabetes.

Her father died at 58. At 53, I was way too close to that general age and way too unhealthy. I was facing my mortality and it was downright devastating to contemplate an early death and all the lost years with my daughter, my wife and my family and friends. In my mind, there was still a lot of living to do.

Along with throwing myself into some pretty fascinating educational videos on dietdoctor.com, I also tore through a number of books on the subject, among them: The New Atkins for a New You by Dr. Eric Westman of Duke University; Why We Get Fat and What to Do About It by Gary Taubes and The Obesity Code: Unlocking the Secrets of Weight Loss by Jason Fung, MD. What I found in all this personal research is that there’s a whole body of nutritional research available that just (for some ungodly reason) hasn’t hit the mainstream. This research holds such promise—reversing diabetes and obesity—that everyone should know about it, but the fact that this information isn’t being taught and pushed by the medical community made me really angry. I gobbled up as much information as I could and I waged war on my diabetes…and all those who should have educated me through the years instead of medicating me.

Let me tell you this—when I gave this a whirl, I really felt that this was too good to be true. The next great fad. Something that would work for others, but wouldn’t work for me. To say the least, I had my doubts. But those doubts didn’t last long.

Once I quit putting bad carbohydrates into my body, my blood sugars dropped from the 150s into the 90s. I hadn’t seen steady 90s in decades, even with medication. At times, my sugars started dropping pretty low because, remember, I was still on full doses of oral medication and insulin. My brother advised me to cut all my meds to keep my sugars from bottoming out and, within a week, I was drug free and my sugars were still testing in the 80s and 90s. The immediate results floored me. And they also gave me hope that this was the miracle for which I was searching.

I started LCHF March 3rd, 2016. I began losing weight immediately. I dropped my meds completely, felt more energetic and in the first month, I was 18 pounds lighter. Without all the carbohydrates in my diet, I had transformed my body from a glucose-storing machine to a fat-burning engine that was eating up my storehouses of fat. I was still eating unprocessed meats like chicken, fish, beef, bacon and pork and the carbohydrates I still kept in my diet were green veggies like spinach, lettuce, asparagus, celery, broccoli, avocados, etc., but what was different was that I added healthy fats to my diet—you know, the same fats that we’ve been told to stay away from for 40 years, like butter, mayonnaise, bacon, heavy cream, full fat cheese. My body was converting to fat-burning since it didn’t have the usual onslaught of unhealthy carbs, so the fat I included in my diet became the most efficient fuel I could feed myself. And my body was eating it up!

When I saw my nutritionist in May, she was startled with the amount of weight I had lost. It was a pleasure seeing her reaction. When she went to record my weight in the chart, she stopped and said, “Wait a second. Get back on that scale.” She thought she had made a mistake because, at this point, two months into the LCHF lifestyle, I was 27 pounds lighter. She wanted to know what I was doing to lose the weight and I was glad to discuss my lifestyle change and all the benefit I was feeling.

Three months later, I had my routine blood work drawn and I saw my doctor. He’d already heard about my switch to LCHF because he’s married to my nutritionist. When I saw the doc in August, I was 45 pounds lighter than I was in February. My A1c was lower than he’d seen it in years and all this was accomplished without the medication that I’d depended on for so long.

Thing is, I sense that he’s not quite convinced yet that this is something that I can maintain. I’m positive he’s been privy to all kinds of weight loss fads through the years and I’m guessing he’s thinking this is one more. So that’s part of my incentive to keep going with this. When I go back, I want to show that this is still working; that it’s a permanent fix.

It’s been over 6 months since I’ve had bad carbs. No breads, no sugars, no desserts, no pastas, no junk food. The amazing thing is, I don’t miss any of those foods. I get such pleasure from the healthy foods I’m eating now and I’ve converted my kitchen into my very own LCHF pantry. I enjoy the taste of foods so much more—olives stuffed with blue cheese, rich buttery creamy crab soup, bacon, nuts and cheeses, guacamole. I never thought I’d be eating this way without feeling deprived because, after all, I’ve always been a junk food junkie who couldn’t do without a fast food burger, fries, soda, Extra Crispy KFC, Olive Garden pasta and breadsticks. But I swear to you, I feel so good now that all those bad, processed foods are out of my system that sticking to the LCHF way of life is not only a pleasure, it’s my preference.

Less than a year ago, I had no means to improve my health and I was scared that I was quickly heading toward all the bad things that diabetes holds, but now, I feel more vibrant, more energetic and healthier than I ever thought possible and it’s all a result of LCHF. It’s literally a crime that this nutritional and health information isn’t in the mainstream and that it’s circulating in underground channels. But a truth this bold and transformative—a truth that can reverse diabetes and help resolve obesity and solve many other health-related issues—will not be kept silent for long.

That’s why this testimonial is important for me to share—because if anyone out there is feeling the same desperation as I was, it’s important to know that there’s a way out. A proven, scientific way out. All you have to do is follow the research, read as much as you can, observe how your body reacts and personalize the LCHF way of life with the foods you really prefer and love. Nature will take care of the results.

Finally, I need to thank Dr. Eric Westman for stepping outside of the box at Duke University and promoting the LCHF lifestyle. Thanks to Dr. Jason Fung, whose video on Reversing Diabetes was the most common-sense, informative and powerful videos I’ve seen. Thanks to Dr. Andreas Eenfeldt, who started dietdoctor.com with the ambition of helping a world of obese, diabetic, unhealthy and underinformed people. Thanks to my brother-doctor Todd, who opened up a whole new world of possibilities for me. And thanks to Brian and Wendy, who have been powerful supporters and partners in my search for a better way of living. All of these people are instrumental parts of my success team.

Steve,

Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for sharing your story. It was way more than I expected and so much appreciated. I know you will be helping many people who have struggled with weight loss and type 2 diabetes. You are an absolute inspiration!

Hugs, Wendy

Brian’s Low Carb Weight Loss Success

Throughout this website, you have heard me talk about, Brian who is my amazing boyfriend. He and I decided to get healthy together back in March of 2016. He is such an inspiration and I’m so very proud of him.

I have asked him to please share his story with my readers as I think it may be helpful to many of you. Brian has basically reversed his type two diabetes and has improved his overall health. 🙂

Here is his story… (images coming soon)

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Hi, my name is Brian I’m 58 and I want to let you know that the Low Carb High Fat way of life really works. In March of 2016, I was 237lbs Type 2 diabetic, high blood pressure hi cholesterol. I was following my doctor’s advice on what to eat and how much. I was exercising every other day on the bike and weights. The only thing I didn’t stop is drinking beer. Not that I drank all the time but I did indulge on the weekends. I wasn’t losing any weight actually I was gaining.

I kinda gave up, I figured I would be on medicine for the rest of my life and my dosages would just keep increasing. Then in March I saw an infomercial by Mark Hyman M.D. We bought his book and started to read it. So Wendy and I decided to give it a try. We used the book Eat Fat Get Thin and Diet Doctors website to help us.

It was tough the first 2 weeks but once we got past the initial cravings it got easier. Being diabetic I needed to stay the course on the strict part of low carb for at least 8-10 weeks to clear my pancreas of all the toxins. I quit taking my cholesterol medicine right away. I didn’t stop taking my other medicines although I did experiment doing stopping for periods of time. I was monitoring myself so I would know how my body was reacting. 1 month into doing this change of life way of eating I had blood work done. My cholesterol was up slightly but not out of line and that’s with no medicine. My blood pressure and blood sugar were good as well. This was a great sign yes I was still on my meds for blood pressure but my readings were lower. My blood sugar was also lower than it had been. I had my doctors appt. the 3rd week of August with all the blood work this was my physical. I was really looking forward to this.

The results are in. I’m down to 189 lbs. My A1c was at 5.5, my blood pressure was normal and cholesterol was better than when I was on the meds. After consulting with my doctor I’m off all my medication. I do take a daily vitamin for diabetics, Fish oil, Flax seed oil and psyllium husk. I’m still monitoring myself. My BP is normal and my blood sugar is staying between 100 and 120 which is boarder line diabetic.

I still have a few pounds to lose but my body has leveled out for the moment which means that ‘s the weight my body likes. I wasn’t doing any exercising while losing weight. I feel good and look a lot better. To lose almost 50lbs in 5 months is tough and when you get older it gets even tougher. But with this way of life it wasn’t hard at all. While I have lost close to 50lbs, Wendy has done well losing around 37lbs.

My doctor was amazed as well and told me to keep the course. We are doing the full blood work up in February to make sure that everything is still OK. You must monitor yourself if you have any medical problems. The great thing that happened through this is that a good friend of mine at work was also doing the low carb no fat way of life. He started it about a week before me. He had the same health issues as me but was worse on the diabetic problems.

The funny thing about us doing it is we had no idea that we were each doing it until one day we started talking about our issues and what we were doing to change things. His brother which is a doctor is the one that told him about it. His brother was there to bounce questions off of. That helped the 3 of us if we had questions about what we were doing.

 

How To Maintain A Low Carb-High Fat Lifestyle

One of my concerns about living low carb, after hitting my goal, is maintenance. I feel wonderful and healthy by eating low carb, high fat. But I don’t want to continue to keep getting thinner. However, I don’t ever want to go back to eating the way I did in the past. And of course, there is always the fear of going back to being fat again. You hear about people gaining it all back and that will NOT be me.

I tried to research it online and found that most people who were successful with losing weight on LCHF stayed on the diet for the rest of their life.

LCHF is a lifestyle, not a diet!

But wouldn’t you keep on losing weight? And does this mean I would never be able to have carbs again?

I learned from others that your weight loss tends to naturally slow down the closer you get to your goal. This was true for me. It is almost as if your body knows where you need to be in order to be healthy.

I have found that I can maintain my weight while eating a bit more carbs. For example, last weekend I wanted to drink beer. And I don’t like the light beer. I’m an IPA girl! And beer is very high in sugar especially the IPA’s. But I didn’t gain weight because everything I ate that day was pretty much zero carbs. (But don’t worry, I am still getting lots of nutrition).

In order to keep from gaining, I keep my carbs below 40 for the day. Most days I keep my carbs around 30. I find that if I keep my carbs below 30 I stay in Ketosis (fat-burning).

Eating low carb high fat is a lifestyle for me, because for the first time in 52 years I feel amazing. My joint pain is gone. I don’t get headaches. And I feel a healthier than ever. So I will never go back to eating sugar again.

Fried Cabbage Bacon Recipe

20160831_111008One of the pluses on eating a high-fat diet, is that I have discovered many new foods. I don’t know if my taste buds are changing or what, but I am really craving cabbage lately.

So I wanted to share with you one of my favorite cabbage meals that I love. And that is cabbage with Bacon. When you prepare this meal the cabbage is so tender and sweet. You just can’t stop eating it.

What you need:

1. Good Size head of Cabbage cut into small pieces or use 2 bags of cole slaw mix. (Green or purple cabbage will work).
2. 5 pieces of bacon.
3. 1 medium onion.
4. Salt and Pepper to taste.

It is really easy to make. All you need is a good size head of cabbage, 4 or 5 slices of bacon, one large sweet onion.

Cut up the bacon into smaller pieces and place into a pan. Heat over medium/high flame until it is crispy.

Remove the cooked bacon and leave the oil in the pan.

Now add the cut up onions and cook in the bacon fat until they start to become translucent.

Next, Add the cut up cabbage and turn the temperature down to medium. I like to put a lid on it and let cabbage cook for about 3-5 minutes. Then I turn cabbage over for a few more minutes.

Once cabbage is cooked, add the bacon back in and add salt and pepper to taste.

If you don’t have bacon on hand, you can make up fried cabbage as a side dish. I cook it in extra virgin coconut oil and it is delicious. I also like to add in a bit of onion powder or garlic powder.

Be sure to check out these 200 low-carb, high-fat recipes.

My Low Carb High Fat Lifestyle Choice

Throughout this website and on most of my posts you will see that I refer to “low-carb, high-fat” as a diet. Today I want to clarify that for me it’s a lifestyle.

Low Carb High Fat Lifestyle

Yes, back in March 2016 it started out as a diet. I was going to support my boyfriend and do this with him. I was hoping to shed a bit of weight.

But then I experienced so many miracles that I have realized that LCHF is a lifestyle choice. And it is a lifestyle that I recommend for anyone who isn’t happy with their overall health.

Here is a short list of some of the changes (some huge, some small) that I have experienced on low carb, high fat.

Low Carb Lifestyle Benefits

  • Losing weight is easy peasy because you are naturally in a fat burning state!
  • Mood Swings! For the first time in my life, I feel stable. I don’t have the mood swings that sugar gave me.
  • no headaches. I used to get headaches all the time. Now I simply don’t get them.
  • Poop-okay I don’t want to get gross, but let me just say poop is normal. I don’t ever have all the issues I had before.
  • No more joint pain! As a retail manager, I am on my feet all day long. Since doing LCHF, I no longer experience pain in my knees and joints.
  • I sleep well. Now I am able to sleep on my stomach and I wake up feeling energetic.

My partner, Brian also had some amazing things happen.

  • Reversed his diabetes and is off all of his meds.
  • He is off his BP meds as his bp is no longer high.
  • He no longer snores and he can now sleep on his stomach.
  • His acid reflux is gone.

For me, watching him get healthy has been an amazing experience. I often cry because I am so happy and proud of him. I thank God daily that my man will be with me for many years. I feel very blessed.

So yes, LCHF is a lifestyle, not a diet.

5 Major Health Effects Of Being Overweight

I think we all know about the health effects of being overweight. For example, I knew that when you are obese you are at a much higher risk of heart disease, diabetes, and even cancer. I mean you hear about this all the time.

But the truth is, when I thought about obesity, I always had a picture in my head of someone, other than me, who was obese. Because, even though I was “overweight”, I never really saw myself as obese.

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BMI (Body Mass Index) Chart

One day I went online to calculate my BMI. I typed in my height and weight and it said I was Obese! Really? I expected overweight, but not obese. This was a bit of a wake-up call.

My point is, sometimes we don’t realize just how out of control our weight is. The weight gain just happens over time if you don’t watch it. This is why I now weigh myself every day. I feel like it is critical to be honest with myself. When I weigh myself daily, it helps to keep me focused.

Being aware of my numbers helps to keep me on track with my low carb, high-fat lifestyle. And yes, for me it is a lifestyle. At 52 I feel so much healthier than I have ever felt. I don’t ever want to go back to having chronic aches, pains and sinus problems.

It really wasn’t until I first lost about 20 pounds when I noticed that my body was changing. And not just on the outside. I noticed that I hadn’t had a headache in a while, my skin looked and felt better, my allergies were gone and my knees didn’t hurt anymore. I actually felt wonderful.

Now, when I go to that same BMI site, it says I am just slightly overweight. And that’s fine with me. I will soon be at a normal weight again.

There are many health issues directly linked to being overweight or obese.

Health Effects of Being Overweight

Here are 5 of the big ones:

High Blood Pressure
Type 2 Diabetes
Stroke
Heart Disease
Cancer

What I want to get across in this post is that sometimes we are blind to what is going on with our bodies. But there are many other health issues related to obesity.

We may have sicknesses and go on medications. Some people have chronic pain all the time caused by obesity. The reality is, perhaps losing a bit of weight may actually help solve the problem.

The good news is, by being aware of our weight, we can prevent many ill effects of a poor diet.

At 52, I finally feel like I am in control of my weight and my health.

I would love to hear from you. What are your thoughts? Do you think losing weight can help folks get well?

 

How To Make Cheese Chips In 8 Minutes Flat

Crunchy cheese chips
Crunchy cheese chips

One of the biggest things that I missed when I started my low-carb, high-fat diet was crunchy crackers or potato chips. And, of course, I can’t have them, because they are full carbs and sugar. And worse yet, they make me fat.

But cheese has zero carbs and are full of fat. Which is what we want to eat on a low carb diet. So cheese is a really good alternative to crackers or chips.

Cheese chips are simply cheese that has melted until it is well done and crunchy. The following recipe is how I make the perfect chips for dipping. And it is super easy to make.

How to Make Cheese Chips

Use any kind of cheese you want...This is peperjack
Use any kind of cheese you want…This is pepper jack cheese

What you will need

  • cookie sheet
  • parchment paper
  • cheese (only use full-fat cheese. Don’t use anything low fat and especially don’t use processed cheese)
  • egg timer
  • spices
  1. Set oven to 400 degrees
  2. place a sheet of parchment paper on the cookie sheet.
  3. place 6 slices of cheese on the paper.
  4. sprinkle spices on the cheese. I like to use paprika, pepper, red pepper flakes or Italian seasoning.

    I used Italian seasoning on these provolone cheese chips
    I used Italian seasoning on these provolone cheese chips
  5. place cooking sheet in the oven.
  6. Set timer for 8 minutes
  7. Make sure chips are brown around the edges and bubbly before you remove from the oven.
  8. Let the chips cool for a few minutes.

Enjoy your chips alone or use then to dip into guacamole or salsa.

Hint: If you take the cheese fresh out of the oven and gently lay it over a spoon to crisp up, you will have a taco shape. Now you have a low carb shell to use for tacos!

Enjoy! 🙂

PS. You can also use shredded cheese. Just make little mounds of the cheese on your parchment paper. It will all melt together and taste exactly the same.

 

Don’t Be Bored With Your Ketosis Diet

Don't be bored with ketosis diet
Bored With Keto?

It doesn’t matter what kind of diet you are doing, if you are bored with the food, you will NOT succeed.

A boring diet sucks!

And a Ketosis or Low carb diet can get boring if you don’t know how to spice it up.

Learn more about Ketosis here. 

Processed food is designed to be tasty!

If you think about it, the normal American diet of highly processed food is very tasty because it is often lots of additives. Processed food is designed to be full of salt, sugar, and bad fats. They want you to not only love it the taste of the food, but they want you addicted to it. This way you will buy it again and again.

This is true with soda and chips. I know many people who drink sodas all day long. And I don’t think I know anyone who can just eat one potato chip.

Processed food is the root cause of many health issues, including type 2 diabetes and fatty liver disease.  And it’s making America fat. 3 in 4 people are overweight or obese. And that is really sad to me.

Real Food Is Boring – NOT!

When you are eating “real food”, without all of the added crap, initially it may seem a bit boring. But keep in mind, you have to give yourself a chance to adjust. And the first couple of weeks you may have to deal with some cravings. But you will work through it. Just know that you are doing a good thing for yourself by cleaning the crap out of your body and giving it the nutrition it deserves.

How to deal with cravings on a low carb diet

But let me assure you, Keto Food is not only very healthy for you, but your taste buds will be happy as well.

No Need To Be Bored With Your Ketosis Diet

keto recipesTips To Keep Ketosis Diet Exciting:

  • Pour on the Fat! Don’t be afraid of fat. Olive oil and coconut oil taste wonderful and can make boring veggies amazing. Butter and bacon can add incredible flavor to your foods as well.
  • Shake that Salt. It is okay to add some salt to your foods. Keep in mind, you are not getting nearly as much salt as you did when you ate salty processed foods. So go ahead and shake it on.
  • Spice it up! I love to add all sorts of different spices and herbs. I have discovered all sorts of different tastes. Just be careful of premixed spices. Often they add extra sugar.
  • Try New Things: Don’t be afraid to experience new foods. I never had eggplant before but I saw a recipe that looked interesting so I tried it out. It was actually pretty good and easy to make.
  • Recipes! I have several recipe books on hand and I’m constantly trying out new things. Now it seems my LCHF diet never gets boring.

My favorite recipe book is The Ketosis Cookbook. This cookbook has 370 yummy Keto recipes. I like that it is full of colorful images along with step by step directions. You will never be bored with this cookbook on hand.

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So what about you? What are some of the ways you spice up your Keto Food?