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

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.

Best Diet For A Fatty Liver

If you eat a lot of carbs and sugar, are overweight and have a protruding stomach then you may have a fatty liver. I did and so do 20% of folks living in the United States.

I actually had many of the symptoms of a nonalcoholic fatty liver and became very concerned with my health.

In my personal experience, I believe a low carb diet which is high in fat is the best diet for a fatty liver. I found that by eating more fat and cutting out the sugar in my diet I have been able to flatten out my belly. Now I’m 25 pounds lighter and I feel great!

My digestive system is so much better than it was before. I don’t feel bloated and I now have a flat belly for the first time in 20 years! Okay, I don’t have a six pack yet, but at my age, I don’t need one. 🙂

Heal a Fatty Liver

One of the best things you can do to help heal a fatty liver is to eat more fat. I know it sounds crazy, but when you eat more fat, your body will become a fat burning machine. Fat helps to cleanse a damaged liver.

Many people think that eating high-fat foods is what gives you a fatty liver. But actually, it is carbs and sugar that give you a fatty liver, not fat. Think about the beer belly. Most people with a beer belly also have a fatty liver. And beer is very high in sugar, not fat. It is sugar that makes you get a fatty liver, not fat.

Sadly, many children are diagnosed with Fatty liver disease because of their diet. Children today eat a lot of processed foods and sweets. Because of this their litter liver’s are overworked and not healthy.

Fat Doesn’t Make You Fat, Sugar and Carbs Do!

Dr. Hyman who is the author of Eat Fat Get Thin says that “Eating fat turns off the fat production in your liver”. This means that when you eat fat, you are going to raise your metabolism and burn off more fat.

But it’s important that you are eating the right kinds of fats. Corn oils, trans fats, and hydrogenated oils are all very bad for you. The liver needs good fats like coconut oil, saturated fat or Ghee or butter, fish oil and olive oil.

Want to Make your Liver Happy? Here are some things you can do, to care for your liver.

  • Eat lots of green vegetables like collard greens, mustard greens, cabbage, kale, spinach, broccoli, Brussels sprouts and cauliflower.

Check out this yummy kale chip recipe!

  • Another important part of healing a sick liver is to stop drinking alcohol or significantly reduce the intake of alcohol. Beer especially is very high in carbs.
  • I also recommend eliminating as much sugar from your diet as possible and especially avoid high fructose corn syrup.
  • Reduce starchy root vegetables as well as pasta, rice, and bread in your diet.
  • Eat more nuts and seeds. Raw is always best if possible.
  • Eat more cheese and heavy whipping cream. But you will want to avoid milk (even skim milk has sugar).
  • Eat more animal protein like eggs, chicken, fish, pork, and beef (remember to eat the skin)
  • Try this apple cider vinegar drink to help cleanse your liver.
  • Avoid fake food as well as highly processed food. Just eat real food.

I hope these tips help you out if you are concerned about your liver.

If you are concerned about your nonalcoholic fatty liver and you want to begin to heal it, then I highly recommend Dr. Hyman’s book, Eat Fat Get Thin.

What about you? Are you concerned about your liver? Do you think you could have a fatty liver? What steps have you taken to heal it?

Lemon Water And Weight Loss

Drink more lemon waterWater is so important in keeping you properly hydrated and healthy. And it is especially important to drink enough water while you are dieting as water will help you feel full, and will help improve your metabolic rate. So it may help you to burn more fat. Plus water just makes you feel better and you look better.

One of my biggest struggles when I first started eating a high fat, low carb diet was drinking more water. Water just seemed so boring after so many years of drinking juices and soda.

I decided that I need to make my water taste better so I would want to drink more of it. And so I started using only filtered water because it tastes so much better than the tap water and I began to add sliced lemons to my water. And drinking water suddenly becomes easier. Now I crave my lemon water when I don’t have it.

I have learned that drinking lemon water has other benefits besides making your water taste better.

Benefits of drinking lemon water

  • Lemon water is great for your digestive system. It keeps you hydrated and regular.
  • Adding lemon to your water gives you an extra dose of vitamin c and other minerals. And this gives a great lift to the immune system.
  • Lemon water helps to alkalize your body. Actually once a day I make a lemon and apple cider vinegar cocktail.
  • It helps to reduce hunger because you feel full longer.
  • Drinking more water can help improve your metabolic rate. So you will burn fat faster.
  • Warm lemon water is soothing in the morning. I also like to sip on warm lemon water at night when it is chilly outside.
  • A tall glass of ice cold lemon water in the summer is very refreshing.
  • Drinking lemon water makes your skin look more radiant.

If you want a bit of fizz, then you may want to try some lemon is some plain soda water. I love it because I feel like I am drinking a fancy sparkling soda, but I don’t have to worry about sugar or artificial sweeteners.

So if you want to drink more water every day try adding a bit of lemon to the water and see how much better it will taste.

 

Biggest Benefit Of Drinking Apple Cider Vinegar

I have added bragg apple cider vinegar to my daily routine because it is really effective in helping to make my body digest proteins better while on my high fat low carb diet. But I also found that it helps my body absorb some of the minerals that I have been taking to help with my Charlie Horse leg cramps.

There are lots of claims that drinking apple cider vinegar will help with reducing blood sugar, slow digestion, help with weight loss, Help with sinus problems and help reduce acid reflux. Many people swear by it although there isn’t really any proof that it helps with these issues.

But I started using acv as a way of making my body more alkaline so it could better absorb minerals better and this would reduce my leg cramps and pain that were waking me up in the early mornings.  I love the stuff!

So the biggest benefit of drinking apple cider vinegar for me, was NO More Leg pain!

Not only have my leg cramps gone away but the apple cider vinegar has a difference in how I feel and my skin even looks healthier.

But there can be some apple cider vinegar side effects however most of them are temporary.

Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar Side effects

  • Because of the acid in apple cider vinegar, it could cause your teeth to become discolored or sensitive. However, you should not have this problem if you never drink it straight. I have heard of people downing a teaspoon of this stuff and it gives me goose bumps just thinking of it. Yuch! No. What you want to do is simply add 1 to 2 teaspoons to a full 8 ounce glass of water. I also recommend drinking your vinegar water with a straw. This will also help to protect your teeth.
  • Some people state that they have stomach problems the first few days of trying apple cider vinegar. This typically is only temporary because your body is going through a sort of cleans. Fortunately I didn’t experience this.
  • Others also experience a headache in the beginning as their body is adjusting. Again, this should only be temporary.

I only use Bragg Organic Apple Cider Vinegar because it is pure and unpasteurized. There are other brands that are similar just make sure it says “with the ‘mother'” on the jar.

raw unfiltered apple cider vinegarHere is my apple cider vinegar water recipe

Simply mix 1 to 2 tsps of Bragg Organic Vinegar to a 8 oz glass of purified or filtered water. I like to add lots of ice and a bit of cranberry juice as well. Most times I add a slice or two of lemon and sometimes I add a little bit of cinnamon.

What about you? Do you drink Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar? If so, have you had any positive results or (hopefully not) any side effects? I’d love to hear from you.

Lose Weight During Menopause

Today I wanted to take a moment to talk to those women in their late 40’s early fifties who are going through menopause.

I have actually been going through menopause for the past 5 years. I actually lost my period for about 9 months and thought I was finally done, but then this year I started getting it again every 2 months. Menopause is not predictable, nor is it fun.

Today I wanted to address one of the biggest issues with women who are going through menopause. The issue I’m talking about is weight gain or the inability to lose weight during and after menopause. It’s almost as if our own bodies are fighting us. The pounds don’t want to drop. I know. I’ve been there.

The good news is YOU can lose weight during menopause. I know, because I’m doing it and I can show you how to do the same.

My story…

I was a bit scared to age because I had heard all of the terrible things that you hear about like night sweats, low sex drive, vaginal pain during sex, and hormones being out of wack. Plus the weight gain. Basically, we get gross and ugly. Right?

I was pretty fortunate in that I really didn’t have any night sweats or hormonal problems and I didn’t lose my sex drive. But I did have problems with my hair turning stringy and boring looking. My gray was coming in all even and my skin was always dry and flaky.

But my biggest problem is the weight gain. Menopause sucks!

Over the last 5 years or so it didn’t matter how much I worked out and how low my calories intake was, I seemed to keep holding onto my weight. It was frustrating because I was eating lots of fruits, veggies. Little or no fat. And I was still gaining.

It wasn’t until I discovered that I was doing it all wrong. I learned that I actually needed to give my body more fat in order to turn it into a fat burning machine.

You can read more about my high fat story here.

It wasn’t until I discovered eating a low carb high fat diet back in March. Now 20 pounds later I feel amazing. And this is no exaggeration!

Yes, seeing the pounds drop is fun, but it isn’t really just about the weight loss. I have had some pretty unexpected results happen to me.

Here are a few…

  • No more joint pain:  I don’t have any joint pain at all. This is huge because my knees and hands used to have really bad joint pain. And they would crack when I would bend down to pick something up. It is almost as if my joints have been greased or lubricated. I just feel loose and relaxed.
  • No more stomach problems: It seemed like it was always something. I never really felt good. Sometimes I would have heartburn. Other times upset stomach with diarrhea and then I would be constipated. I never know what my stomach would do from one day to the next. Now I am regular and don’t have any problems at all.
  • No more mood swings:  I am not nearly as emotional as I used to be. I used to be almost manic. My doctor actually wanted to put me on Prozac in order to help me with my stress and anxiety. But since eating low carb and eliminating sugar from my diet, I no longer have mood swings. I mean none at all. Not even if I have my period. This makes my partner really happy. He didn’t enjoy living with a “crazy” woman.
  • Sinus problems are gone: I can sleep soundly and never wake up feeling like I need to breathe through my mouth. I rarely even need to use my allergy medication.

Weight loss has been easier than ever. I always heard it was hard to lose weight when you are over fifty, but I have found that eating a low carb high fat diet has changed my life.

What about you? Have you found it difficult to lose weight during menopouse?


Eat Fat Get Thin Review

I just had to write a review about this book because it was the information inside that got me started with a high fat, low carb diet.

The lessons in this book have been able to help me take my life back. The things I learned in this book has helped me lose 22 pounds so far and I’m not done yet. But that’s just part of it.

My allergies are totally gone and I don’t have any more joint pain. My knees used to kill me. But now the pain is gone. I sleep soundly and feel great when I wake up in the morning.

My boyfriend has had even better results!

Read Brian’s Low Carb Success Story.

Brian’s sugar is lower and he has been able to reduce his meds for his diabetes. He has zero acid reflux. This to me is really amazing because he used to wake up in the middle of the  night not able to sleep. Or he would have to have his head elevated. He also sleeps on his stomach now, which I have never seen him do the entire time I have known him. And best of all, he no longer snores.

Our lives have changed so much simply by changing the way we eat.

So let me tell you about Eat Fat, Get Thin. This book was written by Dr. Mark Hyman.

In his book Dr. Hyman teaches people about how most of the information that we have been taught about nutrition is wrong.

I thought fat made people fat.I thought that fat raised cholesterol and gave people heart attacks.I thought to be healthy, I needed a low-fat diet.

If you believe the same, then you need to read this book. I think you will be surprised.

We were taught that fat makes you fat. And that does seem like it would make sense, in reality, the “low fat” revolution has created a lot of overweight and obese people. Now many people have or will eventually develop type 2 diabetes simply because they are doing what has been recommended by government nutritional experts.

In this book, Dr.Hyman explains how fat is not a bad thing and how what we really need to avoid is sugar.

The diet in this book is very easy to follow. You will have a list of how to shop and what to eat. There is also a bunch of really awesome recipes in
the back of the book.

If you are struggling with your weight then I highly recommend you read Eat Fat Get Thin.

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Make Your Own Bulletproof Coffee

My favorite part of my day is my first cup of home made bulletproof coffee. Yummy!

Bulletproof coffee is simply coffee with added fat. There are many different kinds of fat that you can add to your coffee. Some people simply add heavy whipping cream to their coffee while others use extra virgin coconut oil or clarified butter (ghee) or butter from grass fed cows.

I love bulletproof coffee because it helps my body to burn more of its own fat.

First of all, it tastes so yummy. I like coffee with both cream and butter. But sometimes I do cream and coconut oil. And if I’m eating out at a restaurant I will just use butter. The reason is most restaurants only offer half and half which has sugar (from the milk). So, I just ask the waitress to please give me a few pats of butter and although I get weird faces they always bring it to me. But I gotta check. Believe it or not, some places only carry margarine and of course I don’t want that crap. So in that case, I just drink my coffee black.

You can make your own bulletproof coffee easily at home.

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I love bulletproof coffee

Make your own coffee bulletproof coffee. I suggest spending the extra money and buy a good quality premium coffee like Black&Gold. I prefer to buy coffee in the bean form and I grind them myself. You will love it if you do this. The coffee smells so good and it tastes better than anything you can get out at a restaurant.

If you have never used a coffee grinder, you should try it. Your coffee smells so fresh and tasted delicious. You will never buy already ground coffee again. And they are not very expensive.

The coffee grinder we use at home is the Mr. Coffee IDS77 Electric Coffee Blade Grinder. I love that this grinder makes it easy to measure the perfect amount. Plus I can choose how I want it ground. I prefer a very fine grind. The Best thing about this grinder is that you can twist the bowl off the top and easily pour it into your coffee filter.

If I’m just making one cup then I just use my Keurig along with the brew filter so I can add my own freshly ground coffee. But it is up to you. Many of the k-cups taste pretty good.

Choose any of the options below as your fat. By adding fat, you will help encourage your body to burn more fat and you will also not feel hungry. I often am able to skip breakfast simply because I’m not hungry. My bulletproof coffee is enough.

Best Fats For Bullet Proof Coffee:

Heavy Whipping Cream: I love cream. It is so creamy and yummy. Now that I use it in my coffee, I wonder why I didn’t try it before.

Ghee (clarified oil) or butter: I love the different flavor I get in my coffee. I prefer salted butter. It just gives the coffee a unique taste. For me, this is my preference.

Extra virgin coconut oil: I like this because it gives the coffee a slightly coconut taste while making it taste creamy. This is my boyfriends preference. Tip-make sure it says “extra virgin” or you will not be getting the same quality.

How you make it is up to you.

Skeptical? Don’t knock it til you try it.

I know, I was hesitant to try it. Now, I will only drink my coffee with fat added to it. It tastes good and it makes me a fat burning machine.

How about you? Do you drink bullet proof coffee? If not, will you try it?

Rachael Ray Cucina Stoneware Evoo Dispensing Bottle

Rachael Ray Cucina Stoneware Dispensing Mushroom Brown

I use extra virgin olive oil all day long as a way of adding flavor and good oil to my food. And I hated having to drag my huge bottle out of the cabinet. Plus the oil would always drip down the sides of the bottle making a huge mess.

So I decided to find a canister that I could use which would be more convenient, making my life much easier.

I wanted something that I could leave on the counter so I wanted something pretty, yet solid. Olive oil should be stored in a dark bottle rather than a clear glass container as it keeps it fresher.

So after much research, I found the Rachael Ray Cucina Stoneware Evoo Dispensing Bottle and I love it. It is exactly what I was looking for and very classy looking.

I like this dispenser because it has an easy pouring spout with a handle that I can comfortably wrap my hands around. It is easy to grip it and control my pouring.

First of all it comes in a variety of colors. I like the brown because it matches my kitchen. But there is also blue, orange and red. If you keep your eyes out, you can also sometimes find other colors depending on the season.

This dispenser is very pretty and solid. Actually it does take a little getting used to. I was used to pouring from a bottle, but after using it a few times you will love it.

The spout is perfect for pouring. Enough air gets into it that the oil pours smoothly, yet it would be difficult for dust or dirt to get into it. You can easily control how much you want to use.

It is a bit difficult to fill the dispenser with oil, but I simply use a funnel and it is not a big deal. Fill it and then you’re good for a few days.

It is dishwasher safe, although I think I will wash it by hand. I’m not much of a dishwasher kind of person.

Anyway so far I’m happy with my new kitchen toy. 🙂 and it is nice to know that Rachael also offers a money back guarantee just in case I’m not happy..

This Rachael Ray Cucina Stoneware Dispenser is great for anyone who is an evoo lover.

Do you have one? If so how do you like it?


Eating Out Tips For LCHF

For the first time in several months we went to the beach for our vacation and arrived after an 8 hour drive to the beautiful east coast. After checking in and unpacking, I looked at the clock and realized it was after 6:00.

I was doing a 24 hour fast and last ate at 7:00 last night. So we decided to go out and get a bite to eat. We found a higher restaurant that looked relaxing and went in.

But when we looked at the menu, we found ourselves frustrated as everything seemed to have carbs and sugar. I had no idea that eating out would be so challenging when eating high fat low carb.

Brian ended up getting Parmesan wings which is our old fall back and I couldn’t seem to find anything that didn’t have some sort of sauce or pasta. And I just wasn’t in the mood for Chicken Wings.

Finally I found a grilled chicken breast over kale and spinach. It had some sort of oriental sweet sauce over it. So I asked if the chef could simply grill my chicken and lightly cook my kale and spinach in butter. I felt like I was being difficult, but the waitress told me that people make special request all the time. The chef was very happy to accommodate and the meal was delicious.

So here are a few tricks that I learned from my experience over the past week with eating out and a few tips that I learned from talking with others who eat lchf.

Eating Out Tips for LCHF

 

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Greek Salad For HFLC Diet
  • Ask the waitress how the food is prepared. Is it grilled, fried, poached, baked. And What kind of oil is used?
  • The simpler the meal is, the less likely to have hidden sugar. A steak or burger (without the bun) with a green vegetable is a good choice.
  • Ask for a replacement or substitution. For example rather than a steak and fries, ask for a salad to replace the fries or. Then use olive oil and vinegar as your dressing.
  • If possible, read the menu online (if it is available) before you leave your home. This way you already know what you will order. It is always easier if you are prepared ahead of time.
  • When in doubt order a large tossed salad with olive oil and vinegar. And you can always ask them to add some grilled chicken or beef. I also enjoy Greek salad as it has lots of olives and feta cheese!

I hope you found some of these tips helpful. What are some of the suggestions you have for someone who wants to eat out on a lchf diet?