Best Collagen Powders

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Many people like to boost their collagen in take when they are in their fifties because of the many benefits. Collagen can help aging skin look younger. It is really good for joints, hair and nails as well.

I’ve been making my own bone broth for the last few years and have found the benefits of the collagen amazing. My nails and hair are both strong. My hair has a nice shine to it and no longer breaks off like it did when I first started going through menopause. I have also noticed a bit of a difference in my skin especially around my eyes. Of course I will never get rid of wrinkles as I age, but collagen does seem to help my skin look healthier and clearer.

Natural collagen is probably the very best collagen that we can use. If you have a healthy diet and eat a good amount of eggs then you are probably getting many benefits of collagen. But there are other ways to up your intake of collagen and the benefits to go along with it.

Collagen Protein Powders are easy and convenient to use. I like to simply stir some in my morning coffee. Some are flavored and some have no taste at all. 

You can get lots of antioxidants from eating home made bone broth or by eating some jello. And you can take a collagen supplement. But today I want to share with you my favorite way of getting more collagen into my diet. And that is by using collagen powder.


Perfect Keto Chocolate Protein Powder

This collagen powder is the best tasting powder that I have used. I like all the flavors, however my favorite is the chocolate. It is also available in vanilla and salted caramel.

This collagen is a perfect addition to a low carb lifestyle. I add this to my first cup of coffee in the morning. I love the richness and creamy taste. The MCT oil that is in it helps to make my coffee bullet proof and I don’t need to worry about being knocked out of ketosis. 

Perfect Keto Collagen blends very well. My secret is to put a scoop of the collagen in the cup first, then add the coffee. It will mix almost instantly. I don't even need to stir it. Sometimes I add a bit of heavy whipping cream as well. This makes my coffee yummy! 

Some people feel that this is a bit pricey however to me it is worth the price because the product is from grass fed cows which is something that is important to me. I actually have this product autoshiped to me as I love the energy it gives me and how great my skin feels since using it.

Also, if you are missing chocolate milk with your keto lifestyle, then you really should try a scoop of this collagen powder in a cup of plain almond milk. I use a blender to mix it up and enjoy it over ice. I think it would also make a great low carb hot chocolate as well.

Not Losing Weight on Keto?

Not losing weight on keto?

Have you hit a weight loss plateau? Or perhaps you are not losing weight on keto. 

Keep in mind that the entire goal of this lifestyle is to get healthy first. We are all different. Many people see weight loss right away. Many loose as they go along. And yet others need to heal their body on the inside in order to lose the weight. The body is sort of cool as to how it protects us. You see when we under stress and unhealthy our body holds on to fat, especially in the mid section as a sort of protection. As we heal and begin to use that fat as fuel, the body will slowly begin to thin out.

The scale only gives you a number. Your lack of body weight doesn’t account for all of the good things you have changed on the inside. This is an important point that I learned from Dr. Berg. He says that there are better indicators to look for. And he is 100% correct. When I was in the process of losing my 60 pounds, there was many weeks that I was on a sort of plateau. I didn’t see any change to the scale yet there were many indicators that I was healing my body. 

Loss of inches is a better indicator of weight loss!

You see often the weight loss that you see on the scale is actually water weight. Especially if someone loses more than 2 pounds. Anything over 2 is most likely water weight. So when someone first starts a keto diet, they may lose a lot of water that they have been retaining. This is a good thing because it is a part of healing. As the body heals, this loss of water weight may slow down or even stop. This is NOT the time to quit this way of eating! No! You need to continue and let your body do what it needs to do to help you get healthy.

There are subtle changes that show this way of eating is working. I have listed some that I experienced below. But the biggest indicator was the tape measure around my belly button and the fact that my clothes kept getting loser. 

Here are some of the other indications that I experience…

  • I felt amazing! The energy is over the top and I no longer felt the urge to nap in the afternoon. My energy lasted all day.
  • My clothes continued to get loser.
  • I found that I became more emotionally stable. Meaning I didn’t cry as easily and I handled stress much better.
  • I began sleeping through the night and getting a deeper sleep. I woke up energetic and ready for the day.
  • My chronic sinus problems and many alergies went away.
  • One day I woke up and realized that my knees and joints no longer hurt.

It isn’t about a number on a scale! It’s about the quality of life! Its about how you feel! Its about health and self esteem!

If you are not seeing the scale move but you are seeing some of the other changes than keep pushing on! And don’t quit. 

Keep in mind, it took you years to get unhealthy. You may not see results overnight. But don’t quit on yourself or self sabotage by stressing over a simple number on the scale. If you need to, pack the scale away for a month or two and just let your body heal.

If you struggle with the need to jump on the scale daily and this action in its self stresses you out, then I highly recommend you read Dr. Bergs book, It’s Not Lose Weight to Get Healthy, It’s Get Healthy to Lose Weight.

Please share you experience below: 

Does the scale stress you out? How do you deal with it? 

on the other hand…

For those of you out there that have lost weight on keto, please share some to the indicaters of health that you experience. This may help others.

How a Health and Wellness Coach Can Help You Lose Weight

Many people over the age of fifty struggle with their weight and often many health issues.  And sadly, most health care providers only want to treat the problem by putting you on prescriptions. Or they may tell you to lose a few pounds, but they don’t tell you how. 

And it isn’t that they don’t want to. They just don’t have the time to ask you all the important questions about your diet, exercise routine or stress level. They often only have about 15 minutes with you every 6 month or so. All they really have time to do is to simply suggest that you may want to drop a few pounds.

And so, if you are like many people, you try to lose weight on your own, which doesn’t work because if you don’t understand why you are overweight in the first place, you will not be able to fix the problem. 

I did yo-yo dieting for years myself. I listened to all the advice out there. It sounded so easy to simply eat healthier and cut calories. But this didn’t work for me. I found that even if I lost some weight, it would often come back.

It is frustrating for people because they know that if they don’t get the weight under control, they will most likely be dealing with one or more health issues. I know because I see it everyday when I counsel people who are struggling with their weight.

It’s never just about the weight…It’s about so much more…

  • Self-image: Hates how they look naked, Feels embarrass by their weight
  • Being uncomfortable: Out of breath, knees and joints hurt
  • Being physically exhausted:  Need a nap in the afternoon, can’t sleep at night
  • Feeling out of control: not being able to stick to a diet, cravings for sugar or carbs or salty snacks
  • All the various health issues: high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, sleep apnea, chronic fatigue syndrome, high cholesterol, Joint problems

This is where health and wellness coaching is extremely helpful.

As a health and wellness coach, my approach is to be a sort of detective and figure out what is the cause of the weight gain. You see, weight issues are not the problem. Obesity is a symptom of something else that is going on. Once we figure out the cause of the weight gain, we can fix it.

So, I specialize in using nutrition to get the body healthy. When the first focus is health, the weight will naturally come off.

As a weight loss counselor, I help people to learn to make their health a priority and to do it guilt free. Many people, women especially have a difficult time putting themselves first. But often the result of putting themselves on the back burner has resulted in being in a very unhealthy place.

With the help of a health coach, people realize that they are not alone. The coaching and support is is often the one thing that can help people finally get the results they need. More importantly it is nice knowing that you have support and you are not alone in this lifestyle change.

And yes, it is a lifestyle change. Once someone gets healthy and loses weight through good nutrition, they will never want to go back to eating the way they used to. Its about staying healthy and living longer.

How to Get Into Ketosis for Weight Loss

I have been following a Ketosis lifestyle for over 4 years now and it has totally changed my life in many ways. I feel amazing at 55 years old and I am in excellent health. I have incredible energy and love life. But the best thing of all is I get to share my weight loss experience with others and help them to be able to learn how to lose weight take their lives back as well.

So today I want to talk about How to get into ketosis for weight loss.

First of all, let’s talk about what ketosis is. Simply, ketoses is a state where your body uses fat for fuel rather than glucose. A Ketosis Diet is very effective for people who are extremely overweight or someone who just wants to lose a few pounds. Following a ketosis diet has helped many people who suffer from type 2 diabetes turn things around and get healthy. I lost 60 pounds myself and my boyfriend, Brian actually reversed his diabetes

How to get into ketosis

When you eliminate carbs and sugars in your diet and instead increase your fats, eventually your body will run out of sugar to use for fuel.  When this happens an amazing switch happens. Rather than use glucoes for fuel, you body will use fat instead. This switch is called ketosis. 

You can get into ketosis by lowering your carb intake and upping your fat intake. This means cutting out all the white and beige starchy foods in your life like potatoes, rice, bread and pasta. You also need to cut out anything that turns to sugar quickly once it is eaten. For example, fruits. So starchie veggies and most fruits would be out. On the rare occasions I have fruits, I choose the ones that have the lowest carbs like berries.  I personally keep my carbs below 30 grams a day. The lower you keep your intake of carbs, the more likely you are to get into fatburning.

On the other hand, you want to up your fat intake by eating more fatty foods like meat, fish, butter, eggs, olives, and avocadoes. And you can eat any vegetables that grow above the ground as these tend to contain less carbs than the root veggies. And don’t be afraid to smother your veggies in olive oil, avocado oil, butter, lard or bacon grease. 

As you make the switch over to eating low carb foods and upping your fat intake you will start to see some changes happen. Sometimes people feel a little sick in the beginning as you are totally changing your lifestyle and way of eating. Many people even expperience a keto flu. Just know, this “sick feeling” is only temperary. And will quickly pass. Once you get into ketosis you are going to feel amazing! You will have incredible energy and focus. And you will start to lose weight as well. It really is fun watching your body change as you become fat addapted.

It can take several weeks to get into ketosis. But once you are there, you will begin to see the magic. First of all you will start to notice that you’re clothes are getting loser and you will discover that you are losing weight. You will feel incredible and your apppitite will calm down. You will be able to get cravings under control. And this is huge for those who stuggle with their relationship with food. When cravings are gone, it is easier to stick with this way of eating. You may not even want any of the other unhealthy crap any more. And your energy will improve. 

How to get into ketosis fast

If you want to get into ketosis fast, you can add intermittent fasting into your low carb lifestyle. This is when you skip a meal or two. When you dont take in food, your body will begin to use your fat stores as fuel. This will put you into ketosis quicker. 

What I have found though is that many people who follow a keto way of eating end up doing intermittent fasting automatically because they simply don’t feel hungry. You see, when you eat more fat and less sugar, your cravings and hunger will go away. So it is easy to skip meals. Often my first meal of the day is dinner. I simply am not hungry. And I don’t think about food all the time like I did when I was a glucose burner.

Some people say that if you up your activity as well while following a low carb diet, you get can into ketosis quicker. And that would make sense to me because when you work out hard, you will use more energy and if there is no glucose to use for fuel, your body will start using your fat reserves for energy.

Hopefully this article has helped people who unerstand how to get into ketosis. Do you follow a ketosis diet? Do you have any keto tips or experiences you would like to share? Please leave your comment below.

Best Ninja Pressure Cooker Air Fryer for Low Carb Lifestyle

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“I Love my Ninja Foodi Tendercrisp!”

I’m so excited! We just picked up our new Ninja pressure cooker air fryer. We have been wanting one for a long time but couldn’t decide on which one to get. But after a lot of research, we picked the Ninja Foodi TenderCrisp Multi-Cooker and Fryer All-in-One (OP305)

The thing that attracted me to the idea of an air fryer is that I wanted an easy way to make some of my favorite low carb foods like bacon and steak. And believe me, this air fryer does an amazing job. Bacon is very crispy and steak cooks perfectly.

But I also make a lot of bone broth as I like to sip on it when I’m doing my extended autophagy fasts. However, when I make homemade bone broth in my crock pot it can take 36 hours or more. So I wanted a pressure cooker so I could make in only a few hours. This would save me a lot of time and electricity!

So this brought me to the idea of getting an air fryer and pressure cooker combo.

Brian and I researched and looked at several different ones and we decided that the Ninja Foodi was the best value. This Ninja is a pressure cooker, air fryer, roaster, baker and broiler. I love that I can roast or pressure cook then finish off with crisping. Also, I saw that it has 4.9 out of 5-star reviews at Amazon.com.

Oh, and I have the 305 model with also includes a dehydrator. We just tested it out and made some yummy beef jerky! It came out perfectly. I can’t wait to make some kale or zucchini chips with it.

We have only had this all in one fryer for a couple of days but we keep using it for everything that we would normally use our oven for.

For example, yesterday, Brian made salmon with asparagus. The salmon was perfect as was the asparagus. The salmon was juicy and delicous. And the aspparagus was crispy on the outside yet tender.

And I ate every bite!

The Ninja Foodi is about 30 pounds and as you can see in the image it does take up a good amount of space on my counter. But think about all the things that I no longer need. I no longer need my crock pot, my toaster oven or my George Forman grill. Oh yeah, I also don’t need my rotisserie as I can even make a roasted chicken in my Foodi. So all in all, I am gaining lots of space in my kitchen.

Just a suggestion: We purchased the warranty to go with it and we kept all of the packagings just in case we run into any problems down the road. You may want to do the same thing.

So in conclusion, If you are looking for the perfect air fryer for your low carb diet, then you need to get a Ninja Foodi. It is worth every penny. I love it!

Best Sugar Free Hard Candy For Diabetics

sugar free candy for diabetics

One of the nice side effects of following a low carb diet is that your cravings for sweets go away. And this is really a good thing if you need to avoid sugar for health reasons.

I made a decision to give up sugar for my health and overall happiness. Once I gave up sugar, I lost weight and I feel like I have gotten my life back.

I love this keto lifestyle, but with it being a lifestyle, the thought of never having candy or sweets sounds awfully restrictive. I mean would you want to go through the rest of your life and never have something sweet? I certainly wouldn’t. So I think having a treat once in a while is perfectly okay.

But if you are a diabetic or are severely overweight, you may want to totally eliminate sweets until you are off of your medications and healthier.

Safe for Diabetics

The good thing is there are some sugar-free hard candies out there that don’t include sugar in its ingredients and therefore it shouldn’t raise your blood sugar. But actually, you have to be careful about what you are eating because most artificial sugars are full of fake food and even chemicals. And they can do more harm than good. Personally, I stay far away from candies that use, Aspartame, Saccharin, and Sucralose.

Instead, I suggest candy that only uses natural sweeteners like monk fruit, stevia, erythritol as they don’t raise blood sugar at all. And xylitol hard candy is a good option as well because the blood sugar effects are minimal. Actually, when it comes to candy, I would go for hard candy with xylitol as you wouldn’t have the same aftertaste you get with the others.

Xylitol is a natural sugar alcohol which comes from birch bark or corn. It tastes sweet and is actually good for you.

Ice Chips Candy

I love Ice Chips Candy because they only use Xylitol that comes from birch bark. So I don’t have to worry about Xylitol that has come from genetically modified corn. This is important to me as part of my healthy lifestyle is to avoid GMO whenever possible.

I first heard about Ice Chips on Shark Tank. And I’m so glad I did. Ice Chips were actually created by two grand-moms in a garage!

As Seen on Shark Tank

I love living a low carb lifestyle, but sometimes I just have a sweet tooth and want a hard candy to suck on. Most mints have sugar or are made of other artificial sweeteners which are not good at all.

If you haven’t heard about Ice Chips Candy then I am excited to share it with you now. Ice Chips candy is a keto diet friendly candy that is made with Xylitol. So it will not knock you out of ketosis if you follow a low carb diet and it is the perfect sugar-free candy for diabetics. Ice Chips is good for most diet plans as it is gluten free, carb free and sugar-free candy.

They come in 13 different flavors. I love them all but if I had to chews a favorite it would be the Chocolate Brownie Ice Chips.

I poured some out on my counter so you could get an idea of what they look like. The brownie ones are brown like chocolate but most of the other flavors are clear. They sort of feel like rock candy in your mouth. I love them. They taste amazing, yet don’t contain any sugar.

Benefits of Xylitol and Sugar Candy For Diabetes

These candies contain zero net carbs which are perfect for a low carb, high-fat diet. It doesn’t raise blood sugar which makes it perfect for diabetics because it doesn’t raise insulin levels.

The “GOOD for YOU” Candy

This product is very kid friendly not just because it is good for you but also because kids love the taste! And parents love the fact that they are great for your teeth as they don’t promote tooth decay as other hard candies do. This is why I love these candies.

I also love that they are good for dry mouth. Sometimes I just need something to moisten my mouth and throat. These candies a perfect for any craving. You can satisfy any taste you are looking for. There are sour, sweet, tart, minty. My favorite is the spicy cinnamon flavor.

There is also menthol flavored Ice Chips which are also perfect for colds as it soothes a sore throat and calms a cough. These candies even help with sinus congestion.

Menthol, Eucalyptus and Grapefruit Essential Oils to sooth the throat and sinus

Anyway, I could go on and on about these sugar-free candies. I just love them. If you are curious, I suggest you just check them out for yourself. You will not be disappointed.

Moms Love em

Autophagy and Fasting

If you have a lot of weight to lose while doing your low carb diet, then you may want to add in some intermittent and extended fasts. For example,  if you hit a weight loss plateau, adding intermittent fasting can help you get your weight loss moving again. But the benefit I want to talk about today is autophagy.

Fasting helps to promote autophagy which is a sort of “self-eating” and it is backed by a lot of science. Yoshinori Ohsumi won the Nobel prize in 2016 for his studies on autophagy. So when someone does an extended fast and there is no food for the body, the body will live off of our own toxins and cells.

So fasting is really about healing the body. This is why humans have been fasting for many years. Many for spiritual reasons but also for the amazing healing effects. Our bodies are amazing and will regenerate itself! It really is miraculous!

Fasting is perfect for those whose weight loss has stalled or for those who have a lot of loose skin from losing weight quickly. Autophagy is the healing of loose skin.

Intermittent fasting or extended fasting seems to cause our cells to go into autophagy. This is very helpful to tighten and tone the loose skin. It takes time and patience. But autophagy helps in many other ways as well. It is a natural way to heal the body, mind, and soul.

Dr. Jason Fung

I first learned about intermittent fasting when reading up and learning about how to take my low carb diet to a higher level. If you want to learn more about intermittent fasting, I highly recommend you read his latest book The Complete Guide to Fasting: Heal Your Body Through Intermittent, Alternate-Day, and Extended Fasting

Autophagy Fasting Hours

It seems that autophagy happens at 16 to 18 hours of intermittent fasting. So for example. If you finish eating your last meal at 6 pm and then don’t eat again until 11 or 12 the next day you will most likely be in the autophagy zone. Actually, it seems hard but really it isn’t. The longer you push your fast out the better the results you will get.

Intermittent Fasting Break Fast

You can break your fast however you want, but I prefer to break my fast with fat. This way it keeps my blood sugar level. So I will often have an avocado or some bacon then I wait another 2 hours before I have my meal. This helps me to sort of drag out the autophagy effects. I figure the longer the effects the better the benefits for my body.

Benefits of Fasting

Speaking about autophagy and intermittent fasting, let’s talk about how it helps the body in the long run.

I belong to several ketos and fasting groups on Facebook, Youtube, and other social sites. I just love hearing about all of the amazing results people talk about. Fasting has been done by many people for centuries. It isn’t anything new. I am just glad that I learned about it so I  can continue to heal my body and live a healthy lifestyle.  Here are some of the benefits of fasting that I have read about. Many I have experienced myself.

  • Weightloss
  • Blood sugar goes down, type 2 diabetes normalizes:
  • Gout goes away for some people
  • Eyesight gets better
  • Heartburn goes away for some people
  • Help with inflammation.
  • Helps with joint pain
  • Many people sleep better
  • Many people say fasting helps with improving anxiety and depression.
  • Fasting may help you be more focused.
  • Stomach issues like IBS go away.
  • Many people think that it pushes off aging and it helps you to look younger.
  • Fight cancer
  • More brain power

In Conclusion, I believe our bodies are made to heal themselves. We can lose weight and get healthy by changing what we eat. I believe eating real food that is very low in carbs and higher in fat heals. I also think intermittent fasting is healing. Fasting is something that humans have done for years. If fasting helps to heal through autophagy then it is worth trying.

I would love to hear your thoughts. Have you tried intermittent fasting? What were your results?

Best Almond Flour Pizza Crust

I really don’t have many cravings or miss the carbs much since I’ve been living a low carb lifestyle, but one thing that I do miss once in a while is a nice slice of pizza.

The good news is there are lots of ways to make pizza with fewer carbs. I’ve had cauliflower crust pizza and I’ve even made personalized pizzas using portabella mushrooms. And although I love the taste, I really just miss the crunch.

But no worries because if you use Simple Mills pizza crust you will never worry about not having a good tasting pizza crust. Seriously, Simple Mills makes the best almond flour pizza crust.

This low carb pizza crust is made of natural ingredients like almond flour, coconut flour, and ground flax. It is gluten free meaning it doesn’t contain any grain or corn. It is also not genetically modified. You can rest assured that you will be eating real food that isn’t full of artificial crap.

The most important thing for me is that it is delicious. Honestly, if you make a pizza using simple mills pizza mix you will not ever want to go back to starchy pizza crust again!

I have to tell you when I first saw the box sitting on the shelf at Leg Up, my local health food store, I thought it was a bit costly. But I decided to go ahead and try it out. I reminded myself that before I lost my weight and got healthy, I would have easily spent twenty or more dollars on a pizza delivery service. So I purchased it. Since then, have purchased many more! Now, I just buy my Simple Mills products in bulk at Amazon and it is totally worth the price.

The Simple Mills pizza dough is really easy to make. All you need to do is add a bit of olive oil, water, and vinegar. Mix it until it becomes like dough and press it into a well-greased cookie sheet. I like to press my dough out so it is really thin. This way it gets nice and crispy.

I love Simple Mills products!

I have also tried Simple Mills artisan bread and it was wonderful. I made it into a flatbread. I topped it with some Himalayan sea salt, fresh rosemary, and some melted butter. It was out of this world!

All of the Simple Mills gluten-free products are very low in sugar and carbs so they are perfect for Type 2 diabetics or those who are trying to limit sugar in their diet.

Keep in mind, these products are all wonderful but to me, they are NOT for every day. Just like anything else, if you go overboard you can easily knock yourself out of ketosis and slow down your progress. But for a once in a while splurge, it is worth it!


 

Benefits Himalayan Salt on a Low Carb Diet

If you have been doing a low carb diet then you probably already know that you need to increase your sodium intake. Today I wanted to talk about why sodium is so important when you are limiting carbohydrates in your diet.

When we limit our carbs, our body has lower insulin levels which is a good thing because we are less likely to develop type 2 diabetes or other health issues down the road. However, lower insulin levels can cause our kidneys to spill out more sodium in the urine. This causes us to have less sodium in our body. So even though most people who eat a normal American diet want to reduce salt in their diet, those of us who do keto need to increase our sodium intake.

Salt is a very vital micronutrient that our body needs to be healthy. When reducing carb in the diet it is important to increase our salt and electrolyte intake since we keep losing it in our urine.  The most important electrolyte is sodium.

When we don’t have enough sodium we have some side effects. You may have heard about the keto flu. When someone starts a low carb diet they may suffer flu-like symptoms where they feel sick to their stomach, feel achy and may have a headache. This can be easily remedied by simply adding back the salt in the diet that is lost in the urine.

Some other side effects that happen when we don’t get enough salt are constipation, heart palpitations, headache, fatigue, weakness or leg cramps.

Many people worry about sodium and how it can raise blood pressure and can cause health issues.

If you are concerned about getting too much salt, I highly recommend reading The Salt Fix by Dr. James DiNicolantonio. In this book, the author covers a lot of the myths out there like the blood pressure myth. He explains in the book about how we need much more salt in our bodies than we think. Actually, I learned from reading this book that it can actually be more harmful to limit salt. Our bodies are meant to use a certain amount of salt.

This book totally reassured me that increasing my sodium is actually a good thing.

Salt is a part of our make up. It frustrates me that lots of the things we’ve been taught about salt being bad for people aren’t based on science. It’s just another myth that we have been fed.

In this book, the author compares sugar and salt. We actually could have it wrong. We have been told to limit our salt intake but perhaps we should have eliminated sugar.

This book is a great read for anyone who wants to learn about the importance of salt for good health and nutrition.

another good read…

Dr. Ken D Berry, author of Lies My Doctor Told Me also talks about the health benefits of salt in chapter 13 of his book. If you haven’t read this book, I highly recommend you add this to your low carb library. Dr. Berry has a lot of knowledge and he follows a low carb diet himself. I use this book as a constant resource.

By the way, when I am talking about salt, I’m not talking about table salt or iodized salt. Table salt is highly processed. The best kind of salt is sea salt, better yet Pink Himalayan salt is the best because it has 84 minerals and trace elements. Calcium, magnesium, and potassium are 3 important minerals that we need.

The darker the salt is the more trace nutrients it will have which is a good thing. So when purchasing salt, I try to go for the really dark pink salt. The thing I love most about sea salt is that it doesn’t raise your blood pressure as table salt does.

I love salt and am no longer fearful about adding it to my food. I simply add it to taste. And it tastes good. So if you’re going to choose between table salt and sea salt, go for the sea salt. It is just so much better for you.

Here are some of the benefits you may have by adding Pink Himalayan salt to your low carb diet.

  • eliminate dizziness
  • helps with heart palpitations
  • helps with chronic pain and fatigue
  • may improve menstrual cycle
  • may eliminate headaches
  • improve bowel movements
  • help with muscle cramping


In conclusion, I no longer fear salt now that I am educated and know the many benefits of Himalayan salt on a low carb diet.

Hair Loss and Keto

 hair loss and keto

Today I wanted to share with you one of the not so positive side effects that I had when I first started my keto way of living 4 years ago.   One morning when I was blow drying my hair I noticed that my hair was really thinning out. I noticed it about 3 or 4 months after I started eating healthier. It was a bit scary when I saw more hair in my brush and on the sink almost daily. I also noticed the hair I had was breaking off and very frizzy. I was quite worried.

Has this happened to you as well

FEAR NOT! Hair loss during keto is only temparary. 

So why the hair loss while on keto?

It turns out that in a time of great stress we can lose our hair. personally, I don’t feel like I was under any stress when I first started my low carb way of living. Actually, the opposite was true. I was excited and happy to take control of my health. I loved the way I felt and I enjoyed seeing my healthy new body change for the better.

So I was a bit stunned and worried when I saw that my hair was falling out more than normal. So I did some research and learned that even though keto is a much healthier lifestyle, it can be a bit of a shock to someone (like me who didn’t eat exactly healthy in the past. I mean it must have been a total shock to my system when I quit sugar and switched over to fat. I literally was going from one extreme to the other.

The bad news for some of us is that hair loss is a part of low carb high fat. However, the good news is that it is only temporary. Thank Goodness! I started to see my new hair growth within a few months and now 4 years later my hair is shiny healthy and strong.

For those of you who are just starting keto, you can make hair loss less likely by doing a few things.

Start using a good multivitamin if you aren’t already. A good multivitamin like Ketolabs Keto Core Daily Multivitamin with Minerals & Probiotics can help give you the extra minerals and vitamins that you need on a low carb diet. This also includes probiotics.

I also find that taking a hair, nail and skin supplement that contains biotin also known as vitamin b7 is very helpful. A favorite of mine is powerful Hair plus.

Biotin helps to make your hair thicker and stronger and less likely to break off. I have noticed a huge difference in my hair and as a bonus, my nails are much healthier too. I love this product.

I also only use really good hair products that are free of chemicals that may damage my hair. I stay far away from products that contain sulfates as they really dry out my hair and make it frizzy.

I like to also use shampoos and conditioners that contain collagen like ILuseta Biotin & Collagen Shampoo & Conditioner. Collagen helps to make your hair strong. And it is good for your skin as well.

It helps to make your skin tighter and healthier. It also helps with the elasticity we lose in our skin as we age. Other benefits include joint support. Collagen help with joint pain.

Another way of adding collagen to your low carb diet is to make your own bone broth.

Read more about the benefits of bone broth.

Anyway, I hope I was able to reassure you a bit. If you are seeing a little bit of hair loss on keto it will soon get back to normal. But by taking vitamins you can help to prevent it from happening in the first place.