Best Foods for Longevity

Best Foods For Longevity

I want longevity and vitality!

If you are a woman or man who is over 50 like me, you probably have been thinking more about your health. 50 is the half-way point to 100 but it isn’t a time to not pay attention to one’s health and nutrition. If we want to be a healthy senior we need to be healthy now while we are young. It is never too late to focus on your health.

Nutrition is really important at our age because it is often the factor that affects our weight and health the most. I don’t know about you, but I enjoy not being on medications. I love having incredible energy. And I want to do everything I can to protect my body so I can live a long healthy life.

I have learned a lot about nutrition while on this journey to losing weight and getting healthy. So today I wanted to share with you the top foods that I include in my diet. And I don’t just include them, I actually will not be without them.

5 Best Foods For Longevity

Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Extra virgin olive oil is really good for your skin and organs. EVOO helps to keep your skin looking young. It’s one of the best and healthiest oils out there. When you purchase extra virgin olive oil you want to make sure you purchase it in a dark glass container and you keep it stored in your cabinet so it doesn’t get around the sun because you don’t want it to go bad. You want to make sure your EVOO is fresh.

I suggest using a dark oil dispenser for olive oil. At home, I use Rachael Ray Collection Stoneware EVOO Dispensing Bottle. I leave it on the counter so it is accessible for me to drizzle on veggies and salads. My hubby is the chef in our house and he uses it almost daily when he cooks or grills.

Avocado

Avocados are great for a low carb, high fat diets because they are high in monounsaturated fats and very low in carbohydrates. Avocados are full of potassium which is good for your heart. They are also packed with lots of healthy vitamins.

This veggie also has a lot of fiber in it which helps to maintain a healthy intestine. Avocados are great for your bones which will help lessen the symptoms of arthritis.

I love to add avocados to salad or simply eat it all by itself.

Berries

Raspberries, strawberries, blackberries and blueberries are full of healthy antioxidants that help protect our cells and keep us healthy. And they are also very low in sugar. Some people choose to totally eliminate fruits for their diet when following a low carb lifestyle, but from time to time, I have found that berries are a nice treat. And they are great for the digestive system as they are packed with fiber. I like to whip up some heavy cream to mix with my berries.

Bone Broth or Collagen Powder

I’ve talked a lot about bone broth on this blog but really, as a woman of 55 years old, I have had amazing results with my skin and the reason is I drink bone broth very often. Bone broth has a lot of collagen in it. You can make your own bone broth or you can buy it in stores.

You can also use collagen powder as a daily supplement. I like to add a scoop of chocolate collagen powder to my morning coffee. It is delicious!

Eggs

Eggs are one of the healthiest foods that you can eat. I used to think they were bad for you but then I did my own research and learned that it is a myth that eggs are bad for your heart. Choose eggs that are hormone free and free-range. Eggs have a lot of health benefits. First of all they are low in carbs and high in fat. Eggs are good for your hair and skin.

I’ve been doing a look of research on nutrition over the last few year and one of the people I trust and follow is Dr. Ken D Berry. He is the author of Lies My Doctor Told Me and has an entire chapter on eggs. I hope you find the above video helpful.

So there you have the list of what I feel are Best Foods For Longevity: These are the 5 foods that I would never be without because they are great for my health and I feel good eating them knowing I am doing something good for my body.

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What Foods to Eat on a Keto Diet

If you are new to Keto and your not quite sure what foods are allowed on a keto diet, then this post is for you. The following is a list of what foods to eat on a keto diet. My hopes are to make it easier for people to shop and plan their daily keto meals.

Please note, this is simply a guide that you can follow.

This is how I eat today and have been eating on keto for the last 4 years. And just so you know, Keto is called a diet, but I highly suggest you treat this way of eating as a lifestyle. Our focus is in getting healthy not to lose the weight to just gain it back.

Meat – Fish – Eggs

It is fine to eat any kind of meat that isn’t processed. On keto you can feel free to eat chicken, to beef, pork, turkey and any other kind of meat or game. When choosing to beef, Grass fed is always the best choice and don’t be afraid of the fat.

What Foods to Eat on a Keto Diet
Meat – The fattier the better.

The fattier cuts of meat tend to be cheaper as well. I try to stay away from lunch meat such as canned or processed meats (spam canned ham).

The only exception is bacon. When I purchase bacon I look for bacon without nitrates and sugar.

Eggs are the perfect food. So be sure to add them to your Keto menu. When I choose eggs I try to find free-range organic eggs but sometimes they are not available so I just get the regular.

All kinds of fish and seafood is great. A tip to keep in mind is the oilier the better. I love sardines and anchovies.

Veggies

When it comes to vegetables, keep in mind that the ones that grow above the ground are great since they have the least amount of carbs. Some of my favorites are broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, any kind of greens, any kind of lettuce, mushrooms, snap peas, asparagus, green beans, cucumber, peppers. Spaghetti squash, tomatoes.

I stay away from most of the root veggies except for carrots and radishes.

Fat

Don’t be afraid of fats. Fats are important on keto because they are your fuel and they will help prevent you from feeling hungry. Fats are important for getting in Ketosis. So don’t be afraid to eat animal fats and drippings, butter, coconut milk, heavy cream and mayonnaise (home made is best).

Stick with avocado oil, coconut oil, MCT oil, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, ghee, lard or macadamia nut oil.

Dairy

A rule of thumb is to always choose full fat dairy products as these typically have zero sugar. You should avoid low fat dairy as they remove the healthy fat and often add sugar. I eat all kinds of hard full fat cheeses like Cheddar. I also eat blue cheese, feta cheese, cream cheese, Parmesan cheese, and Full fat Greek yogurt.

Nuts

All nuts are great in moderation as they do have some carbs. But they also have a lot of natural fat which makes it a great snack. The best are Brazil, macadamias, pecans, walnuts and almonds and coconut.

I don’t recommend eating pistachios or cashew nuts as they have higher carbs.

Nut flour like coconut flour and almond flour is is a great option to use as breading or for baking. They both have very low glycemic where as wheat flour is very high in sugar.


Seeds

Seeds are a favorite snack of mine. I just love them. We like to add a bit of sesame seeds to our stir-fried veggies. I love that it gives an extra crunch.

Other seeds are great in salads. I suggest chia, flax, pumpkin, sesame and sunflower seeds.

Fruit

Most fruits are not recommended on a low carb diet as they are high in fructose (sugar). However, Berries should be fine in moderation. They have fructose but there is more fiber so it helps to sort of cancel out the net carbs.

Drinks

The best options for drinks are water, sparking water, coffee or tea. I use heavy cream or butter in my hot tea and coffee. Feel free to add a bit of lemon or only a stevia-based water enhancer.

Sweeteners and Sweet things

Some people like to add sweeteners to their tea or coffee. Here are the keto sweeteners that do not raise insulin: Stevia, Xylitol, monk fruit fruit, Erythritol.

So here you go. I hope you find this list of foods to eat on Keto.

If you eat the above foods you should find that you will lose weight pretty easily. However, If you find that the weight has stalled or is coming off slowly, you may be eating too many nuts, berries or dairy. These all have a small amount of sugar that can add up quickly and cause your weight loss to slow down. You can always add them back once you have hit your weight loss goal.

Ten Foods to Avoid When Trying to Lose Weight and Get Healthier

Please share your successes and struggles below.

Best, Wendy

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Six Weight Loss Tips for Women Over 50

weight loss tips for women over fifty
You got this!

Today I want to share some of my top weight loss tips for women over 50. As a weight loss counselor, I get to see and hear about all the frustrations that women of a certain age struggle with when losing weight.

Here are my Six Weight loss tips for Women over 50:

But more importantly I can share with you what really is effective. And since I am over fifty and have kicked my weight to the curb, I can share with you what works and what doesn’t.

1. Just so you know, women typically don’t lose weight as quickly as men do. And You may NOT lose weight as quickly as the young folks. You must accept this fact or you are just going to frustrate yourself and end up not being successful. So don’t try to compare yourself to others. There is no race. But you can and will lose the weight. And when you do, you will feel amazing. So be sure to focus on health and not the scale. I suggest you only weigh yourself once a week.

2. It all comes down to sugar! Eliminate sugar in your diet. I know I beat a dead horse about this, but there is no way around it. If you cut the carbs and lower your sugar intake you lower your insulin which makes your body use your own fat for energy.

It is important to understand which foods are high in sugar so you know which ones to avoid. A good place to start is to avoid all sweets. I know it isn’t simple to stop eating sugar, but if you want to get healthy and lose weight and avoid illness down the road this is something you need to do.

It is important to eliminate sugary drinks like soda and juice. Instead, reach for filtered water. If you have a hard time drinking plain water, try sparkling water or adding a drop or two of Stevia water enhancers. Don’t use drops that are made with artificial sweeteners like sweet and low or Splenda.

Instead, go with natural sweeteners like Stevia or erythritol or xylitol. I carry Liquid Stevia in my purse. Stevia is natural and comes from the leaf of the Stevia plant. Erythritol is a sugar alcohol. I tend to only use this for baking sugar free deserts. And another new favorite is xylitol. This sweetener is also a sugar alchohol and it is often used as a sweetener for some sugar free hard candies.

You also should avoid all bread and wheat. This was probably the hardest thing for me as I really enjoyed a nice slice of hard bread with butter. But I realized that the bread had too much sugar and was making me fat. So I completely cut it out. It wasn’t easy. You will also want to eliminate pasta, rice and oats.

If you want to learn more about grain and its effects on your body and mental health, I highly recommend you read the book Grain Brain.

I also suggest cutting out potatoes and root veggies as they tend to have more carbs. Stick with the veggies that grow above the ground. A bit of onion or garlic is fine though.

3. Don’t be afraid to eat more fat. When choosing ground beef, buy the cheaper ones that have more fat. And go for the higher fat cuts of meat. They tend to be more tender anyway. Also, keeps the skin on your chicken. Add butter to your fish. Fat is good. Just stay away from the bad fats like margarine, vegetable oil, canola oil, corn oil, soybean oil.

I highly recommend Fat: A Documentary

4. Avoid alcohol especially in the beginning because we are more likely to fall off the wagon when we are drinking on a low carb diet. It is true that it is better to drink low carbs drinks rather than sugary drinks and beer. But in the beginning especially just don’t do it.

5. Supplements make a difference. This way, you can be sure you are not missing any important vitamins or minerals. I suggest taking a quality multivitamin daily.

Most vitamins are full of synthetic chemicals made in the label. Make sure you choose a good non-synthetic vitamin made for women 50+ like NATURELO Whole Food Multivitamin for Women. These are non-genetically modified, soy free and gluten free.

6. Make sure you have a great support system at home. Surround yourself with people who are not going to sabotage your success. Sometimes this can be difficult especially if your enabler is your spouse or another close relative. If this is the case, you need to have a heart-to-heart with them. Let them know why it is important to you to be healthier.

Many people find it helpful to partner with a health and wellness coach or health Tudor. A health Tudor can help you with mindset. They will hold you to the carpet and give you the loving accountability that you need. It will help you realize how may have been letting weight loss excuses hold you back in the past. It is nice knowing someone is in your corner.


I am currently bringing on new clients. Now is the perfect time to put yourself first! Set up a Free Consultation today.

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Excuses and Weight Loss

Asking for help takes courage!

This morning I was responding to a comment on my about page and was inspired to write this post today. The comment was “I will try it soon”.

This struck a cord with me because for years I procrastinated on losing weight. Actually even though I was in a size 16 I was in denial of my weight.

But there were times when I got tired of my muffin top and would do a fad diet. I’d lose a pound here and there but I never kept it off. There was always an excuse on why I couldn’t do it. Or I would look for a reason to push my health off for another day. And I used all the excuses. Thank goodness, I pulled my head out of the sand and decided to make some changes.

Now as a health coach and weight loss counselor I get to hear other peoples excuses! And believe me there is a lot. You see, making a change is scary and uncomfortable. If you have been wanting to lose weight, but keep putting it off you are not alone.

When you use excuses, it simply means you haven’t been in enough pain yet to take action. Perhaps your don’t have inflammation or your not on medications. Perhaps you love what you see in the mirror. In other words, Your not ready to take action. And that is okay.

But take a minute to read through some of these weight loss excuses. Have you used these excuses? Or  heard a loved one use them?

10 Biggest Weight loss Excuses Ever

“I’m too busy to eat healthy meals”. Let me just say, it doesn’t take any longer to make a healthy meal than it does to eat unhealthy. For example, it only takes a few minutes cut up a hard boiled egg and put it on a salad.

I can’t give up my comfort foods”. Just so you know, food is not love. And you can learn how to stop using food to make your feel better. Food is meant to nourish our bodies not support us emotionally.

If you use this excuse, you need to understand that this is a problem in your head, not your stomach. And yes, you can give up comfort foods that are unhealthy. Some comfort foods are good for you, but you can learn to eat them when you are actually hungry and not just when you want to feel better emotionally.

“My spouse doesn’t support me”. This is something that I hear a lot. And it is difficult when you have a partner who doesn’t think you need to lose weight or perhaps he/she is overweight as well. Or maybe they have their own fears. The thing to remember is that this is about you taking care of you. It’s about you loving yourself enough to make a change.

Sometimes the opposite is true for people. Sometimes a spouse may encourage or push you to lose weight because they are concerned about you. But unless you are ready to make a change, this nagging will not help. You need to be ready to make a change.  You can’t do it for anyone but yourself. I highly recommend spouses to read: Help My Husband Lose Weight.

“I’d have to cook differently for my family”. I’m sorry but this is the dumbest excuse ever. So you don’t want your kids and spouse to eat healthy foods? But believe it or not, there are people who think they would rather feed their spouse and children junk food because it is quick. Changing the way we shop and eat sets an example for our family. And it might prevent them from illnesses and health issues down the road.

“Healthy food is more expensive”. This is not true! I’ve been eating healthy for over 4 years and my food bill has gone down. Eating packaged junk food is expensive. When you eat food that isn’t processed it is actually less expensive in the long run. And eating healthy foods could save you money down the road in prescriptions because you wont need them.

“I have no time to plan my meals”. If your health is important, you will find a few extra minutes to pack a lunch or plan out dinner. You are worth it!

“My problem is hormonal”. I get this one as I gained a lot of weight when I was going through menopause. But I also lost 60 pounds when I was going through menopause. There are all sorts of hormonal issues that cause weight gain for people but you can still lose weight.

I’m on medications that make me fat. You can still lose weight even if you are on steroids, antibiotics or antidepressants that cause weight gain. I’ve seen people lose a lot of weight but it may just slow things down a bit. And I’ve also seen people find that often they are able to even eliminate some medications after they lose weight and under doctors care.

I’ll start next week. There is no time like the present. And you know, you will use the same excuse next week as well. Why not make yourself a priority and give yourself a gift of health right now.

You are worth it!

I don’t know where to start. This last excuse is very valid. This is where a health Tudor and coach can help!

As a health Tudor, I can put together a step by step program that is unique to you. We are all different in the foods that we like. You will be eating foods that you love and you will begin to feel better overall as your body gets the nutrition it needs to thrive.

When I work with clients I make sure I focus on the why. Meaning I help people understand how their body uses food for energy and why sometimes it stores it as fat. It helps people to understand why the foods they were eating helped to make them overweight in the first place.

I also educate people on how, by eating differently, their body can become a fat burning machine. Once we understand the mechanics of hour our bodies work everything begins to make sense. Once you learn this secret you will be able to keep the weight off for a lifetime.

Another important part of eliminating all of the excuses is changing your relationship with food. It is important to eat when your are actually hungry. Eating is about nourishing our bodies. Food tastes wonderful and gives great pleasure but eating isn’t about making us feel better emotionally.

Many over-eaters find that once they are able to reprogram their brain with the help of a weight loss counselor they can get control! You get to eat on your own terms without feeling deprived. Believe it or not, the cravings will go away. I have a t shirt that says “Food is not the boss of me”. But sadly for many years it was. Now, I am in control.

So if you think you are ready to put the excuses aside and finally gain control, I’m here for you.

You are worth it!

Contact Wendy for a free consultation today.

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Best Diets That Work

I was reading a comment on a blog that I follow where the person stated, “I haven’t found a diet that works for me.” And I realized that many people feel the same. People are looking for the best diets that work. Guest what? Even though there are many diets out there, you will not find one that works in the long term.

Let’s face it. As a nation, we are obese! And we are all looking for that easy way out. We are looking for a diet pill or shake. Really we are looking for a magic potion to make us thin again.

Stop looking for a diet! Diets don't work!
Stop looking for a diet! Diets don’t work!

In the article below I will explain to you why you have been struggling to lose weight and why being healthy goes hand in hand with weight loss.

It is more of a mindset than anything else. If you can fix your relationship with food, you can lose the weight.

Changing your relationship with food is simply when we eat food to nourish our body, rather than making us feel better. Often without even realizing it, we eat simply because we can.

For example, one day when I was first trying to lose weight, I noticed that I was eating some potato chips. I wasn’t even aware what I was doing. I had just about eaten half a bag. But the scary part was that I wasn’t even hungry. I was eating these chips simply because they were there.

This mindless eating is what got me fat. It made me realize that I was out of control and needed to make a change. But change didn’t come easily because I couldn’t simply quit. And this lack of control with food made feel feel like a total loser.

You see certain foods like highly processed foods and carbs are extremely addictive. It is difficult to simply quit eating them.

When many people feel out of control with their weight and diet, they want to do a “diet” and diets are restrictive. They make you feel like you have to be perfect. And the truth is that no one is perfect. Yet, when we do diets and they don’t work, we feel like big fat failures.

This is why diets don’t work.

But the good news is you can get healthy and feel in control as you lose weight by changing your relationship with food.

How do I change my relationship with food?

Educate yourself by learning the science of how your body uses nutrition to thrive. When you do this, you will quickly realize that most of the foods in stores are not even “real food”. And this crap that we eat is what is making us fat.

It is important to realize that carbs and sugar which comes from processed foods are what is making us fat and not well.

Once you realize that the food you eat is making you sick, you can start to eat healthier foods.

If you are struggling with your weight, please know it isn’t your fought and you are not alone. There is lots of support out there for those who are looking to finally find a solution.

In order to lose weight, you need to be ready to make a lifestyle change. A health coach can help you know where to start.

As a health coach, I am currently taking on new clients. My rates are very reasonable and I offer one on one counseling over the phone or Skype.

If you want to learn more about working with me, you can contact me a wendy@fatlossatfifty.com to set up a free consultation.

I will share with you how I lost 60 pounds and have help many others do the same. It is not about finding diets that work. It is about finding a healthy lifestyle and loving yourself!

You got this!

~Wendy

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Am I In Ketosis?

Do you follow a low carb lifestyle? If so, you have probably at some point asked yourself this question or wondered if you were actually in ketosis. But first, What is Ketosis. Simply put, ketotos is a state where our bodies use fat as fuel rather than glucose.

So how do I know when I’m in Ketosis? With this post today I want to share with you all the signs I use to see if I’m in ketosis or not. Now keep in mind you may have other symptoms as we are all different. Some of us lots of symptoms while others have few. So it may be hard to tell. Hopefully the list below will help you out.

But first, If you are new to a low carb or Ketosis Diet then you may want to start with this post:  What is a Ketosis Diet? Where you can learn more about the state of ketosis.

Am I In Ketosis? 4 Signs You Are In Ketosis

Keto Breath: I can always tell when I’m in Ketosis by my breath. I am very self conscious of it at times. Keto breath happens because of the elevated ketones leaving the body. Keto breath is a sort of sweet yet strong smell. If you have keto breath you will know it. The thing that sucks about keto breath is it is difficult to get rid of the odor by simply brushing your teeth. But I have found that peppermint essential oils seem to help or Wow Drops breath freshener work as well. Also, Keto breath gets better the longer you are in ketosis. In most cases, it is temporary.


Intermittent Fasting Is Super Easy: I can always tell when I am in Ketosis because I constantly forget to eat. My cravings for carbs goes away and my hunger is greatly reduced. I can often completely skip several meals and not be hungry. I can incorporate intermittent fasting without really even trying. Most days, I only have one meal a day.

More Energy: I can always tell when I’m in Ketosis because of the incredible energy I have. I don’t feel sleepy in the afternoon like I did when I was using glucose for fuel. It really is an amazing feeling to just want to keep moving. I never feel the need to take a nap.

Ketone Test Strips: If I’m not 100% sure I’m in Ketosis, I use Ketone test strips. They will tell without a doubt if I am in ketosis or not. Its easy, I just pee on a strip and compare it to the chart on the bottle. Everyone asks me which ones I recommend and I always tell them that really to me they are all about the same. You can just go to Amazon and choose one that has a good rating. They have a huge selection. I just read through the reviews and make sure there aren’t any negative comments.

So what about you? Have you even gotten into ketosis? How can you tell if you are in Ketosis? I’d love to here from you.

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Best Keto Salad Dressings

One of the biggest frustrations for someone who follows a low carb lifestyle is finding keto friendly salad dressings that meet all the criteria that is important to me.

For the most part, we make our own keto salad dressings and keto mayonnaise. I’m really picky about what goes in my body. And when Brian makes his keto friendly mayonnaise, he only uses light olive oil or avocado oil. And then we use this low carb mayo as the base for our salad dressing. Or sometimes we simply dribble some olive oil and vinegar on our salads. However once in a while it is just easier to use store bought salad dressing or mayonnaise.

But finding salad dressing that is keto friendly and tastes good can be difficult. I have spent lots of time reading labels in grocery stores. I would find a sugar free salad dressing and then read the nutrition facts and find out that it is made with soy or canola oil which I stay away from. These oils are horrible for people as they are genetically modified and actually as bad as trans fats. Personally, when it comes to oil I only use olive oil, coconut oil, avocado oil and mct oil to cook with. I also use ghee, butter and bacon fat to cook with. So when I choose a salad dressing. I want it to contain these fats and nothing that is GMO or a trans fat. I want real food only.

So as you can see, finding a keto friendly salad dressing can be a challenge, but not impossible.

When shopping for low carb salad dressings, I would look for products made with olive oil or canola oil. I came close many times but after reading the labels closely I found that most of the salad dressings that claimed to be made of these good oils actually had canola oil or soybean oil as the first ingredient. How can they get away with this? I wondered how many people thought they were getting olive oil salad dressing and it actually was made out of something else! Yes, it had olive oil in it, but it also had soybean and/or canola oil.

One day, in the health food isle of Giant, I found a variety of Primal Kitchen salad dressings. Primal Kitchen is a company that makes all sorts of keto friendly condiments that are sugar free, contain no diary and no “bad” oils. They also use only free range eggs in their products. After reading the label, I felt good about the product. And after using it I gotta tell you, I really love the taste of Primal Kitchen products. Or at least the two I have tried.

If you don’t have a Giant near you, you can also buy primal kitchen salad dressings at Amazon.com. There is a variety of flavors which include: Balsamic, Ranch, Greek, Honey Mustard, Caesar, Thousand Island, Vegan Ranch, Lemon Turmeric, Sesame Ginger, Italian, and Cilantro Lime.

Keto Friendly! Sugar Free, Soy and Canola Free, Dairy Free, Gluten and Grain Free!

I have checked out all of the Primal Kitchen condiments and you can rest assured that they are legit and made with quality ingredients. Here is a picture I took of the Keto Ranch dressing just to show you that it isn’t full of a bunch of crap.

The primal kitchen avocado oil mayonnaise is made with real avocado oil. And it uses organic cage free eggs as well as little to no added sugar.

All of the Primal Kitchen products are the same. You will not find soybean or canola oil in any of the Primal Kitchen salad dressings. Nor will you find dies or artificial crap.

Primal Kitchen products are all created by Mark Sisson. He is a health and nutrition expert and has helped many people over the years with his knowledge. He is also an author and the author of The Keto Reset Diet: Reboot Your Metabolism in 21 Days and Burn Fat Forever. It is a must read and one of the best Keto books out there.

Knowing that Mark Sisson is the man behind the products reassures me to try out more of the Primal Kitchen condiments. I love that he even has a primal kitchen starter kit so people can try out a variety of products.


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Does Keto Work For Women Over Fifty?

Yesterday, on one of my women’s groups there was a discussion about Keto and how all the young kids are doing it. And someone asked, “Does keto work for women over 50?”

So of course, I shared my story with her and hopefully reassured her that she can absolutely lose weight and get healthy. We are never too old or too young to turn or weight around.

It feels good knowing that I am helping others.

You see, over the years, I tried everything to lose weight. And I lost a lot of temporary weight. Meaning, I yo-yo’ed. I would lose the weight, only to gain it right back. Some times it took longer than others, but ultimately I would gain it back.

And now, as a weight loss counselor, I know that not only did I have it all wrong, I also was doing damage to my body. Yo Yo dieting is not good for your heart. It isn’t good at all.

Since trying everything. I noticed when I turned 50, that I started to see a lot online about keto. So I decided to try it out. I stopped eating all processed foods. And I cut out all of my grains and other starches like root veggies. I even eliminated all fruits from my diet. I learned about 10 foods to avoid when trying to lose weight and get healthy. I eliminated sugar, bad oils and fats, processed foods and starches.

I also started adding lots of healthy foods to my diet that included meats, fish, eggs, natural fats like lard and butter, cheese and veggies that grow above the ground.

Over a 9-month period I lost over 60 pounds. My husband, Brian (boyfriend at the time) did the same and he also improved his health. He was on lots of medications for various health issues. Now he is medication free which saves lots of money. He feels like he got his life back. But I’m the lucky one because I get to have him in my life longer.

So the weight loss was very life changing for us.

Following an extremely low carb diet worked for me to finally lose the weight and keep it off long term.

The reason Keto was different for me, was because I felt like I was control. All the cravings for sweets went away and I don’t crave sweets anymore. This made it really different than some of the fad diets I tried in the past where I felt deprived. I felt like I got my life back.

If you are over 50 and wondering Does keto work for women over 50, let me assure you that it does. But you have to take the first step to get started. You have to get to that place where you are ready to make a change and you just got to make the commitment to do it. You can do it!


If you need some help getting started or some accountability, don’t be afraid to seek help.  I am taking on new clients and would love to answer any questions you may have about health and nutrition. You can set up a free consultation here to learn more about what I do and how I can help you lose the weight and keep it off long term.

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Ten Foods to Avoid When Trying to Lose Weight and Get Healthier

These are the ten foods to avoid to be healthy and lose weight.

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Many people have a good idea what to eat and what not to eat when they are following a healthy lifestyle, however there is a lot of mixed information out there. Often without realizing it, we are sabotaging our healthy way of eating.

This is why I created this post. I wanted to list for you the 10 Foods to avoid when trying to lose weight and get healthy.

Milk

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Milk doesn’t do the body good….Not at all.

If you have wondered why do people stop drinking milk when trying to lose fat then you will want to pay close attention here.

The truth is milk is not very good for you. It is not good at all because it contains lactose which adults don’t digest very well. Milk contains lactose which is simply milk sugar.

This is the thing that makes many adults sick and fat. Milk does not do the body good. Milk is great for little kids because we want them to grow and get bigger, but milk really isn’t so good for grown-ups. Skim milk is the worst of all because all the healthy fat has been removed.

I eliminated milk from my diet when I went low carb and I have never missed it. I no longer ever have stomach issues.

Note though, not all dairy (milk) is bad. For example, I love heavy whipping cream in my coffee. It has almost zero protein or sugar. If you love milk and switching to cream is too drastic for you, maybe try some half-and-half. It has much less sugar than milk it isn’t as heavy as cream. But really you should try cream in your coffee! I love it.

If you are a milk fan and want to learn more about why milk isn’t good for you, I highly recommend you do some research. I would start with visiting Dr. Ken Berry the author of Lies My Doctor Told Me. This book was eye opening for me.

Wheat

I highly recommend removing all grains from your diet. Only in modern history have we eaten grains. Grains are genetically modified and inflammatory and yet, grains make you fat. Grains are wheat, corn, oats and rice. These are all starches and carbs. They are not healthy and turn to sugar (glucose) once they are digested. Whole grain is just as bad as cereal and donuts. It is just as bad because it raises your sugar. If you want to stop gaining weight and get healthy.

Many people have a bad reaction to the glucose in wheat and have become gluten free. Perhaps are bodies are trying to tell us something about wheat.

Read Grain Brain to learn more about the effects of grain.

Other Starches like potatoes, corn or rice

It really is all about keeping your blood sugar low. And starchy foods like potatoes, corn and rice all turn to sugar in your blood stream. Bottom line is, if you want to lose weight you need to eliminate the starches from your diet.

Juices and Sugary Drinks

Years ago before I started a low carb lifestyle I gave up soda and almost immediately lost 10 pounds. Sodas including diet sodas are not good for you. And fruit juices are just as bad. Orange juice for example has as much sugar as a soda. If you really want the juice, you are better off eating an orange. It will still raise your sugar but it is better than the juice. I think if I drank orange juice today after being low carb for so long, it would put me in a coma.

Here are best sugar free drinks and good alternatives to juice.

Fruit (except berries)

Fruits contain fructose which is another word for sugar. Although they are natural and made by God, if you are trying to lose weight, I would avoid them. You could add them back eventually. I eat fruit, I stick with berries as they have less sugar than the rest and they are high in fiber.

Diet or Low Fat Products

Just know this. If it is processed (in a box) it is probably not good for you. Product marked fat free or low fat are most likely packed with sugar. And foods that say no sugar or low sugar are probably made with an inflammatory processed oil. Just stay away from processed diet products.

Bad Fats

When it comes to oils keep in mind that any fat that comes from a genetically modified grain is no good. So this would mean soy, corn, canola, and cottonseed isn’t very good. And trans fats or foods that are hydrogenated like margarine are literally fake foods. Don’t eat them. They are very inflammatory. They are hidden in many processed foods. It is important to read the labels. And I would stay away from vegetable oil as well. I assure you there are not veggies in the highly processed oil.

Learn more about good fats here

Starchy vegetables

The best veggies to eat are the leafy green veggies that grow above the ground. The root veggies like potatoes tend to be more starchy and turn to sugar once digested. Yes, even sweet potatoes turn to sugar. I would be careful with the amount of starchy vegetables while losing weight.

Bottom line, it really is about keeping your sugar low so you can lose weight. But the real win here is you will reduce inflammation and feel better! I eliminated these foods and my head aches went away. I never got another sinus infection. My joints stopped aching. I had more energy. In a lot of ways obesity is really a side effect of inflammation.

Learn What Foods to Eat on a Keto Diet


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Fat: A Documentary Review

I just finished watching Fat: A Documentary presented by Vinnie Tortorich  and I’m not surprised about what was covered. The film explains in detail many of the falsehood told in America. Many people who have done Keto or a low carb diet know firsthand that fat doesn’t make your fat, actually, sugar is the culprit.

But this movie really explains it in detail to help the non-believers see the facts.

However, I don’t think I will ever stop being angry about the lack of honesty now that the truth is out.

They had it wrong when they told us that fat was bad for us. The film, Fat: A Documentary explains that It seemed to make perfect sense. For example, if someone was to pour fat down a drain it would eventually clog your sink. So it would seem to make sense that it would do the same thing with our body. The idea that fat clogs your arteries would seem to make sense.

But my frustration comes when the facts prove that “they” had it wrong but won’t admit it now. Doctors, the government, and the media continue to preach that fat makes you fat and people cut out the healthy fat and continue to get sick, become overweight and even die. How many more people must die before people realize it is sugar and grains that make them sick? Not fat!

The Fat Movie does an excellent job an explaining how all of the fad diets, pills and workout programs that have been popular over the years don’t work. And sadly we as a country we continue to get fatter and fatter.

The movie also discusses many of the myths about dieting and weight loss.

Diet Myths:

  • Calories in, calories out.
  • You need 8 glasses of water a day.
  • Saturated fat is the cause of heart disease.
  • Low fat diet is a healthy diet.
  • Coffee raises blood pressure.
  • Grains are heart healthy and fat will clog your arteries.

Bottom line is that almost everything that we have learned about nutrition is totally wrong.

I think we have been fed these lies so much that today we still believe them.

The movie talks about an experiment done by Dr. Stefanson in 1928. This doctor had lived with Eskimo’s and ate what they ate which was lots of fatty fish and meat. He literally ate no veggies as there wasn’t any available. He thought he would die from malnutrition, but instead after 4 months of eating this way, he felt he was healthier than ever before.

When he came back to America and explained what happened, no one believed him.

The Stefansson diet was when he ate only meat. As an experiment he ate only lean meat and became ill. However, He felt better when he ate the meat with fat. So, he continued to eat fatty meat only and became healthy again.

The movie also talks about dextrose. Dextrose is the remaining sugary substance that is left after grains are cooked down. Dextrose is as bad as high fructose corn syrup. Dextrose is a cheap additive used in deli meat to increase the shelf life. Most lunch meat has dextrose in it.

These are just a few points that really hit home for me. All I know is it just reinforces to me that eliminating sugar and carbs from the diet and eating healthy fats is a good thing. My healthy body is proof of that.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn more about diet and nutrition.


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