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.

Eating On A Low Carb Diet

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Eating On A Low Carb Diet

Eating on a low carb diet can be a bit of a challenge, especially in the beginning. But once you get acclimated to it, you will easily know what you can and can’t eat in order to lose weight easily.

When I first started my low-carb, high-fat diet, I found it easier to follow a list of what I could and couldn’t eat. Then after a while, it started to click in my brain how to eat.So today I wanted to share my list with you.

It really is simple. You want to avoid anything that has sugar in it. This would include foods that have natural sugars, like root vegetables and starchy vegetables as well as most fruits.

And you want to eat a lot of fatty foods. I’m not talking about fats that are associated with sweets, like donuts. No, I’m talking about foods that have natural fats.

But to make it easy for you, I created a list that you could use as a guide.

What NOT to eat on a low carb diet

  • Sugar and Sugary foods: Avoid any candy, cakes, cookies, pies, soda, juices, ice cream. (Most processed foods contain sugar and should be avoided.)
  • Grains and starchy foods: Avoid any kinds of bread, pasta, corn or rice. These are all very high in carbs and sugar.
  • Beans: Although these are high in protein they are very starchy and should be avoided on a lchf diet.
  • Root veggies: Most root veggies tend to be higher in carbs because they have more starch.
  • Sugar substitutes: These are highly processed and fake food. They should be avoided.
  • Beer and alcohol: Beer and mixed drinks are very high in carbs. There are some spirits that are low in carbs if you must partake. Drinking On A Low Carb Diet
  • Fruit: Most fruits are high in sugar with the exception of berries. However, berries are easy to go overboard on so I suggest avoiding completely in the beginning of a low carb diet.
  • Processed Food: I suggest avoiding all processed foods. Processed foods always have extra chemicals and sugar hidden in them. You should avoid all sauces and condiments like ketchup. Always read the label and avoid anything that is more than <1 sugar.
  • Milk and Yogurt: These tend to be high in sugar and carbs. The low fat are the worst because they remove the fat and add sugar.
  • Bad oils: Avoid canola, corn, vegetable, peanut, cottonseed and soybean oils. Also, avoid any fake oil like partially hydrogenated oil or margarine.

What TO eat on a low carb diet

It is really all about eating more fat. The more fat you eat, the more fat you will burn.

Learn more about eating fat to lose weight. 

  • Healthy oils: Butter, Ghee (clarified butter), extra virgin olive oil, extra virgin unrefined coconut oil, avocado oil and bacon grease.
  • Eggs: Eggs are the perfect food. Free range eggs are best if you can find them. You can eat eggs any way you like. They also make a wonderful snack, just keep some hard boiled eggs on hand.
  • Meats: Beef, pork, bacon, chicken, and turkey.
  • Fish and Seafood: Fatty fish is best. But you can also enjoy shellfish as well, just be sure to dip it in some yummy melted butter.
  • Cheese: Full fat cheese is best. Avoid anything that is low fat.
  • Olives: Black and green olives are very high in healthy fat and very low in carbs.
  • Avocado: This veggie is full of tons of healthy fat. Eat as much as you want.
  • Nuts and Seeds: Avoid the dry roasted nuts as they often include peanut oil. I suggest raw nuts and seeds. Just check the label. You only want nuts, nothing extra.
  • Spices: salt, pepper, fresh herbs and most spices have zero carbs.
  • Green vegetables: Most of the vegetables that grow above the ground are great with the exception of corn and “winter” squashes. Also, go light with the tomatoes.

I hope you find these lists helpful for your low-carb, high-fat diet helpful. I typed it off the top of my head, so if I’m missing anything or if you have a question, please type it below. 🙂

PS. Here are some Eating Out Tips for your Low Carb Diet.

Cheers!

Wendy

What is Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease? Causes and Symptoms

Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease is a condition wherein the liver has excess fat despite the person being a nondrinker or a very moderate occasional drinker of alcohol. Those who drink alcohol regularly or are alcoholic can have fatty liver which is caused primarily due to alcohol consumption. However, many doctors are of the opinion that fatty liver caused by alcohol would lead to cirrhosis and it is liver cirrhosis that gets diagnosed eventually and not fatty liver.

Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease Causes

The liver is a large organ on the right side of your body. The liver serves the function of storing fat and releasing it when the body requires it. The liver also helps in breaking down the fat when it is stored for easier absorption by the cells of the body. When the liver stores excess fat due to one or more reasons and when it is unable to break down the fat, the accumulation of the excess fat leads to scarring and inflammation of the tissues in the liver. This is the beginning of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease In rare cases, it can lead to liver failure. 🙁

What is Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease?
Poor lifestyle choices can not only make your fat, but it could be giving you a fatty liver.

There is no one or single cause of non alcoholic fatty liver. Several health conditions and factors can contribute to the fat buildup in the organ.

Poor lifestyle choices (smoking, drinking alcohol, a high sugar diet) along with several other health conditions can cause a fatty liver. Also if someone takes a lot of medications even over the counter ones like like tylenol they can be adding stress to the liver.

It must be noted that the liver would always store fat for the body and that is not dangerous. It is worrisome when the liver stores excess fat and that cannot be broken down or is not absorbed by the cells of the body later.

Once the scarring and inflammation begin, treatments should be recommended to prevent or manage nonalcoholic steatohepatitis. Untreated and uncured, this can lead to nonalcoholic fatty liver disease induced cirrhosis.

The scary thing about non alcoholic liver disease is that you could have over 90% of liver damage and not even know it, because your body is acting normally. You can’t go by how you feel when it comes to the liver.

There are many health conditions and even medical treatments that can facilitate the causation of non alcoholic fatty liver disease. Some of them are gastric bypass surgery, high cholesterol, high levels of triglycerides, metabolic syndrome, obesity, polycystic ovary syndrome, sleep apnea, Type 2 diabetes, underactive thyroid or hypothyroidism an underactive pituitary gland or hypopituitarism.


Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease Symptoms

There may or may not be any non alcoholic fatty liver disease symptoms at the outset. During the first few years, most people don’t even realize that they may have a fatty liver. When the condition worsens or begins to worsen, non alcoholic fatty liver disease symptoms include pain in and around the liver, usually at the upper right abdomen. Sometimes people have some pain in their right shoulder. Or they may experience bloating. Some people experience the whites of their eyes turning yellow. There may be itching on the bottom of your feet or the palms of your hands.

One of the biggest signs that you may have nonalcoholic liver disease is that there may be a large belly also known as a beer belly. Or you may be experiencing excess bloating. Some people also experience right shoulder pain.

The good news is that the liver can totally regenerate! However it does take time to get the liver healthy once again.

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Bone Broth Health Benefits

 

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Today I wanted to share with you something that I recently discovered as a health aide with my fat loss at fifty dieting and that is bone broth.

I have begun to add some intermittent fasting to my plan and it was suggested that during the fast I sip on bone broth.

You can read about Intermittent fasting here.

I know that broth is nothing new, I mean Mom’s have been giving it to sick children for years. Chicken soup is know for healing and shortening a cold. But I discovered that bone broth has many health benefits that I never even thought of. To me, being over 50, it is almost like drinking from the fountain of youth. It makes me feel great!

Here are some of the bone broth health benefits that I have discovered:

Bone broth or should I say the bone marrow with is extracted from the bones is great to improving the immune system and helps with allergies.

Bone broth can help you look younger because it contains collagen and gelatin.  It’s great for your skin and hair. And if you are older and have lost a lot of collagen in your skin, bone broth will help to reduce the appearance of wrinkles. Bone broth is way cheaper than collagen creams or plastic surgery.

You can help heal leaky gut syndrome with bone broth. The collagen in bone broth will heal your gut lining and reduce intestinal inflammation. So it should also help with digestion as well.

Bone broth helps is great for bones, joints and teeth. Bone broth can help to reduce joint pain. I also noticed that when bend down, I no longer hear that cracking noise in my joints.

Bone broth is very easy to make and can save you a lot of money.

You don’t need to just use the bone broth for fasting or sipping on, it is also great base for soups.

But I find that I really enjoy sipping on a cup of broth in the mornings before I go to work. It seems to give me some extra energy.

Here’s how I made beef bone broth.

(As of April 19th, Down 13 lbs.)