How To Eat Coconut Oil?

How to eat coconut oil
100% Organic Extra Virgin Unrefined Coconut oil. Yummy!

There is a lot of mixed messages out there about fat and weight loss. I’m sure you have heard people say to eat low fat if you want to lose weight.

I’m here to tell you that in my experience, that advice is wrong. Thank God I decided to try the radical thing of eating fat to lose weight.

I know what you are thinking. Because I thought the same thing!

“Eating Fat! Yuck! LOL!”

I mean when I thought about eating fat it sounted disgusting. But the reality is, when you get more fat in your body, your body will burn more fat.

When you eat more good fat you will lose weight. Fat is good for you.

Coconut Oil Helps With Weight Loss

Coconut oil is a saturated fat that is good for you!

Now at first, this was hard for me to wrap my head around because I had been programed to believe the opposite.

“Isn’t saturated fat bad for you?”

The truth is coconut oil can actually help you lose weight. The more coconut oil you eat can actually help you lose weight. Coconut oil helps you to feel so satisfied. Your body will be so happy.

I’m proof of that. Since eating a high fat diet which includes lots of coconut oil I have lost over 25 pounds. That is approximately 2 and a half pounds a week. And I feel better than ever.

This is huge for me as a woman over 50. Losing weight has always been a real struggle yet I have found that eating more fat and less carbs has really been the easiest thing I’ve done. And I don’t even have to work out.

Coconut oil is a great replacement for corn oil or vegetable oil as it is a much healthier option. I use organic extra virgin coconut oil. I even add it to my morning coffee.

I find that by using coconut oil in my cooking and coffee I feel fuller so I don’t want to eat in between meals. This is huge for me because in the past my biggest challenge was hunger and snacking. I can now go for several hours without feeling hungry.

Since eating a high fat diet which included large amounts of coconut oil for a month so far, I have lost an average of between 2 and 3 pounds a week!

But here is the most important thing,

I feel great!

I have so much clarity, I feel great and I get compliments on my skin and hair.

5  Ways To Eat Coconut Oil

  • You can eat coconut oil straight out of the jar if you want. I love that the unrefined coconut oil has a bit of coconut taste. I let it sit on my tongue for a few moments until it melts and then I swallow it.
  • Add coconut oil to your morning coffee or tea. (don’t knock it until you try it). Learn more about bulletproof coffee here.
  • Saute Vegetables with Extra Virgin Coconut oil rather than corn oil or vegetable oil.
  • You can roast vegetables with it. Simple put some heated coconut oil over your choice of veggies and cook on a cookie sheet for about 20 minutes in a 350 degree oven. My personal favorite is roasted brussels sprouts.
  • I like to mix coconut oil with hot water, cocoa powder, stevia and a bit of heavy whipping cream. This is my own version of hot cocoa.

Hopefully I gave you a few ideas on how to eat coconut oil. Also if you google coconut oil bark you will see lots of recipes for making coconut candy. I haven’t tried these yet as I really haven’t had any cravings for sweets on this diet.

What about you? Do you eat coconut oil? If so, what is your favorite way. to eat 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.

Charlie Horse Leg Cramps. Ouch!

One of the possible side effects of being on a low carb diet is that you can develop charlie horse leg cramps. And I am one of those people who get them.

Charlie Horses are NOT fun!

woman-legs-relaxation-beautyI have been woken up from a deep sleep with this severe pain in my calf. I have to jump out of bed and walk it off, just to have it come back a couple hours later. It seems like as soon as I start to fall back to sleep, I get another one.

I tried walking it off, and massaging with lotion but nothing seemed to work. So I started doing some research as to the cause of charlie horses and a low carb diet.

I have been able to figure out what my body is missing and how to nurture it so I no longer get these extremely painful muscle cramps in my legs.

What I learned was that often when people are on a low carb diet they end up missing some important electrolytes and minerals. So in a way, a charlie horse was a wake up call to me letting me know that something was wrong.

I take a good multivitamin daily but it just doesn’t give me enough of the minerals that need so I needed to add a few.

Magnesium and Calcium are both important. But to get them with your food you would need to eat a lot of green vegetables. Even though I eat a lot of greens, I find I still need to add a magnesium tablet as well as calcium. I take these with water at bedtime.

I was researching online and learned from Dr. Eric Berg that it is important to take these together because calcium by itself can actually make the cramps worse. Fortunately I’ve been taking mine together but I’m glad I know that I don’t ever want to stop doing that. I certainly don’t want to get any more charlie horses.

I also added a potassium supplement because it helps my body absorb the calcium. But also I learned that potassium plays a huge role in helping muscles to relax. And since I have a job where I’m on my feet all day long, I thought it would be good to add it to my other vitamins.

I also drink a glass of warm lemon water mixed with a bit of Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar and cranberry juice. This helps make my body a bit more acidic. And this helps me to absorb the minerals easier.

As a result of taking these minerals I am sleeping through the night just like a baby. And sleep is very important when it comes to weight loss and health. I am now charlie horse free and hope to stay that way.


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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Best Weight Scales For Home Use

People start eating high fat, low weight for different reasons. For me it was to get healthy and get down to a more normal weight. For my boy friend, it was to reverse is type 2 diabetes. And of course we are both concerned about non alcoholic fatty liver disease.

Regardless of the reason, it is really important to know where you are starting from. This way you can track your progress and see how you are doing.

Using an accurate scale can help you know where you stand so you can track your results.

These days, body scales are pretty reasonably priced and they have lots of bells and whistles. Plus many of them include a phone application so you can track your results as often as you would like.

The scale that I recommend is the Weight Gurus Bluetooth Smart Connected Body Fat Scale with Large Backlit LCD, by Greater Goods (Black) because it is very accurate. Some scales seem to give fluctuating results. I’ve had other scales where I can get off than back on and get a different reading each time. This one is always the same.

It is really easy to read as the numbers are very large. I don’t even need to wear my glasses.

But the best part is that your results upload to the application on your smartphone through Bluetooth. So you can clearly see your results and any sorts of changes in your weight loss or weight gain real time. I’m a bit of a geek and I like to check  my weight often.

This scale will also help to keep track of your BMI as well although for me, that isn’t as important.

The Weight Gurus Digital Body Fat Scale with Large Backlit LCD and Smartphone Tracking (black) is also a good option for someone with a smaller budget. It does everything as the the other scale but rather than having a Bluetooth option, this one syncs with your smartphone through an app. You still get quick results, and you get to save a bit of money.

Along with the weight loss I really get motivated by checking my body measurements as well. I find that even when I don’t lose any weight, I will see my measurements go down. And this is very exciting.

Using a good tape measure, you should measure your right arm, right thigh and your waist.

Placement of the measure is easy, for your arm simply measure the point between your elbow and shoulder. Your thigh you should measure between your hip and knee. And your waist should be measured along your belly button.

 

Drinking On A Low Carb Diet

drinking alcohol on a low carb diet
drinking beer on a low carb diet

I am not a big drinker but I do enjoy beer or wine occasionally. So one of the first things I wanted to know was could I drink beer on a low carb diet? And the answer was NO!

It isn’t recommended because beer is very high in sugar and carbs.

Well, that stinks!  🙁

Drinking Beer really isn’t an option if you want to lose weight on a high fat, low carb diet. Also, sadly many wines and mixed drinks are high in carbs as well.

But, here’s some good news:

You can drink on a low carb diet.

Most spirits are very low in carbs. So you can have an alcoholic beverage from time to time. There is no need to go without when you are at a party or family get together.

Drinking on a low carb diet is something that you can do occasionally and still lose weight.

My go to mixed drink is a Rum and diet coke. Now normally I would never drink a diet coke as I prefer to not using artificial sweeteners, but I can’t drink straight rum, so this is an alternative.

I find that I can deal with it and I actually find it very satisfying.

My boyfriend prefers gin and soda water with a twist of lime. Tonic is high in carbs so he does the soda water (club soda). He says it isn’t beer, but it does give him a bit of a buzz.

But sometimes you just gotta have a craft beer. (At least I do)

I really enjoy a nice IPA beer especially at social gatherings so I knew this would be a challenge. But losing weight and getting healthy was the most important thing to me.

A couple of weeks ago my boyfriend and I went to the beach for a week and we decided that we would drink beer on one or two days. And we limited it to only two drinks each.

What I did that day was to totally limit my carbs to very strict. Normally I stay at around 30% but since I knew I would be drinking beer in the afternoon, I ate very clean the entire day prior. I had bullet-proof coffee in the morning, and 2 eggs for lunch. Then for dinner along with the beer, I had a green salad with a steak. I added a pad of butter to the steak.

At the end of the week, I still ended up losing 1 pound even with drinking the beer. But it isn’t something that I will do often as I really enjoy seeing a 2-pound loss on a normal week.

So my recommendation is this. If you want to drink, I recommend spirits or very dry wine.

And if you do choose an alcoholic beverage that is high in sugar, adjust the rest of your carbs and plan on what you will eat that day.

Important Tip: I learned a hard lesson the night after drinking alcohol and that was leg cramps. It wasn’t fun waking up with severe Charley horses in my legs. I learned that when you drink alcohol you need to really increase your water intake as you can easily become dehydrated. I learned this the hard way.

So stay hydrated by drinking lots of clean filtered water.

Down Another 3.5 Pounds! Yeah!

cropped-127228-20160329-e1459257295890-1.jpgI’m feeling pretty ecstatic today. I just weighed myself and I have dropped another 3.5 pounds. And it feels great.

I have a few other things that I want to mention for anyone who is thinking about doing a high fat, low carb diet.

One is a bit of a vent. And that is when people ask me what I’m doing to loose weight and then they want to criticize me when I tell them that I’m doing. I know that I should have a thicker skin and not take it personally.

The world has drilled into peoples heads that calorie counting and low fat is the way to lose weight. They believe what they are told, even though most people are over weight or obese because of eating this way.

I get it.

I was the same way for many years. I mean eating more fat to lose weight went totally against what I did for years.

But now I know that eating more fat, makes me skinny! Yes, it does!

Yesterday I was talking to a friend who commented on how thin I was getting. She said that she could hardly believe how good I looked. She asked me what I was doing.

I told her I was doing a low carb high fat diet. And she said that her doctor told her that the low carb isn’t healthy. So she eats low fat because that is the healthy way to do it.

I wanted to say to her, “and how is that working for you?”. But I didn’t because I know it isn’t her fought. I mean we all want to do what our doctors say.

But what if the doctors have is all wrong?

I simply told her that I would never eat low fat again because I don’t want to eat products that have had sugar and often times other chemicals added to their products.

I feel like in many cases doctors prefer to just write out a prescription rather than help people fix the problem.

I would rather just give my body what it needs and let it heal from all the crap I fed it over the years.

I prefer to eat real food, no processed or packaged food. I eat meat, cheese, vegetables that grow above the ground (avoiding root vegetables and starchy veggies), nuts, olives and berries. In other words.

I eat real food.

I love seeing the scale numbers go down. I feel so inspired to help others do the same.

If you are thinking about trying a high fat low carb diet, then understand that this is very healthy. You will feel great and the pounds will come off.

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?