Bad Breath And A Low Carb Diet

Being on a Low Carb, High Fat diet has many health benefits and is very effective when it comes to losing weight. And when you limit your intake of carbs you can put your body into what is called nutritional ketosis. This is a good thing as it means your body is in a fat burning mode. By staying in ketosis you will see the pounds begin to drop and you will lose weight.

Read more about nutritional ketosis here.

However when your body is in ketosis, it can cause severe halitosis in some people. The reason is when you are in ketosis the ketones show up in your urine which is why many people who are trying to get into ketosis use urine strips to see if they reached it.

But ketones also show up in your saliva which gives the breath a very bad odor. Yuck!

I notice it in myself and my boyfriend. It is a sort of sulfur like smell. And it really makes me feel self-conscious. I worry that I am offending people when I am having a conversation with them.

The good news is that there are a few things you can do to help deal with halitosis caused from a low carb diet.

  • Slightly raise your carb intake so you are still in ketosis but not so much that it is noticed in your breath. I up my carbs by adding a few berries to my diet. It is just enough carbs where I am in ketosis, yet my breath isn’t as bad.
  • Drinking a lot of water can help as well as it will help to dilute the ketones and make your breath smell fresher. Try drinking water with lemon or lime.
  • I find that chewing sugar-free gum like trident seems to help. I prefer cinnamon or original.
  • A strong mouthwash may help as well.

I want to note here that keto breath has nothing to do with how you care for your teeth or dental hygiene. It is about the odor caused by the ketones in your body.

Where you one of the unlucky ones who experienced bad breath while going through ketosis? How did you deal with it?

Why Are So Many People Fat?

I’m a critical thinker. So when something doesn’t feel right, I ask questions and come to my own decisions based on facts.

When it comes to health and diet there is a plethora of information out there. And lots of opposite information. It is very confusing.

I started thinking about the obesity problem that is going on here in the US and in other parts of the world.

why are so many people obese?
Why are so many people fat?

Why are so many people fat? Why do we have more type 2 diabetes than ever before?

When I was a kid, my Mom and Dad referred to type 2 diabetes as “sugar diabetes” because it was rare that a child would get it. It was an “older” person disease.

I remember being a young woman in the 1990’s. I learned that fats were bad for you. It seemed during this time that everything became low fat or no fat. I remember eating Snackwells and thinking that I was doing a good thing for my body. I wasn’t.

If you read the label of these Snackwells cookies, you will see that they have no nutritional value. I remember the marketing used to talk about how it didn’t include any fat. Fat makes you fat, eat Snackwells.

If you look back in history since the early 1990’s the obesity rate has gone up dramatically and so has type 2 diabetes.

Guess what!? We had it all wrong.

Fat Doesn’t Make You Fat.

sugarThe culprit to obesity is sugar!

Sugar is way more addictive than cocaine. So people keep eating more of it. I was one of them.

Read about my sugar addiction here.

I didn’t realize how addicted to sugar I was. I thought I was eating a healthy diet by eating low fat and counting calories. I was doing it all wrong and making myself sicker.

Today, I noticed that same Snackwell’s has new packaging. It still says fat-free. But now on the front of the box it says, “without high fructose corn syrup, hydrogenated oil or artificial flavors or preservatives”. So you would think that this would be a healthy snack.

But if you take a close look at the label, there is virtually no nutritional value in the cookies. If you look at the label, it looks like there is 14g of carbs and 9g of sugar. And this is just for 1 cookie.

1985 there was 10% obesity in the United States. Now it is up to 35%! Obesity is very common. And it is getting worse every day.

It makes me really sad every time I see a child who is obese. Or when I hear that someone died from complications of obesity.

But my biggest frustrations comes from the fact that many doctors don’t even give their patients the correct information. I’m not sure why. Some say it is because of the pharmaceutical companies give them a kick-back. Others say it is because they were taught the wrong information in the first place.

All I know is it is pretty simple. We (folks in the US) started getting fat after we started eating more processed food which was high in sugar.

What do you think is the cause of the obesity problem? Does obesity affect your life? Do you know someone who is obese or has diabetes?

 

 

I Am Addicted To Sugar

“Sugar addiction is 8 times more addictive than cocaine”. ~Dr. Mark Hyman

The above statement is very scary.

I Am Addicted To SugarI’ve been sugar-free for over 4 months now. It’s funny how when I’m out and about with people, they often offer me sugary drinks or food.

And I joke with them and tell them that

“I get terrible side effects from eating sugar.  It makes me fat”.

And we all laugh.

But it really isn’t a laughing matter. Sugar DID make me fat. It makes you fat and it is making our children fat. And I’m Not talking about the sugar that we add to food. My concern is with all the sugar that is hidden in most foods.

It wasn’t until I started my low carb high fat diet, that I realized how addicted to sugar I was. I knew it by the awful withdrawal my body went through by eliminating sugar from my diet. But it was worth it because I feel amazing!

Sugar Addiction Withdrawal Symptoms

  • Many people experience headaches. (I did)
  • Many people experience body aches similar to the flu.
  • Many people experience intense cravings for more sugar. (I did)
  • Many people experience mood swings or can’t control their emotions. (I did)
  • Many people get the shakes. (I did)

When I was going through my withdrawal symptoms I was really shocked. I wondered, “Could you be a sugar addict”? Many people are. And the sugar addiction could be the root cause of some of the health problems you are having. If you have bipolar, depression, type 2 diabetes, are overweight it may benefit you to kick the sugar habit.

5 Sugar Addiction Symptoms I Experienced

You may be addicted to sugar if…

  • You can’t go without something sweet. Do you crave sweets, processed foods or fruit?
  • You often think about food. You think about when you will be eating next.
  • You get angry or grumpy when you are hungry.
  • Your mood is unsteady, meaning at times you feel great, other times you feel depressed.
  • You have a lot of fat around your belly.

(there are more, but this is just what I experienced.

How To Break A Sugar Addiction

I broke my sugar addiction by eating a low carb high fat diet. You can read more about how I did a low carb high fat diet here.

I had to break the sugar addiction by eliminating the sugar. And I realized that I would be making a lifestyle change. It helped me to compare my addiction to alcohol addiction because it feels the same in many ways. The only difference is my drug is sugar.

Well meaning people, offer me food or drink with my drug all the time. It can be very tempting.

It helps to remind myself of what my life was like before I quit sugar.

I was very heavy and unhealthy. I had joint pain. I got migraines. I was moody. I had bowel problems. I often just felt like crap.

Now I have incredible energy. I have regular bathroom habits. I don’t get headaches and my joint pain is gone. As a side effect, I am dropping the weight. I also want to mention that as a woman of 52 I now have zero problems associated with menopause.

So that is my story. I am addicted to sugar but I don’t let it control me. I control it.

Books I recommend for dealing with sugar addiction.

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?

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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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?