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.

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.


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.

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.

Milk

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 headaches 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.

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.

My Cheat Day On Keto

No body’s perfect and sometimes you just gotta cheat.. This post is about my cheat day on keto and how I felt the next day.

Yes, I cheated on Keto!

One of the biggest challenges people have when they change their lifestyle is figuring out how to deal with life events that happen where there simply aren’t good options as to what you can eat.

And my clients often ask me the question: Can I cheat on keto? My answer to them is always the same. You can do anything you want. It is totally up to you.

You see, Keto and low carb are lifestyles not diets. Low Carb High Fat is how I will eat for the rest of my life for many reasons. The number one reason is that I am able to control my weight. But the other benefits are amazing too. I have great energy, no inflammation and no health issues. I love waking up feeling amazing.

Because I feel so amazing eating this way, I very rarely have a cheat day on keto. However, when I do, I take carb blockers and I get right back on track the next day.

As an experiment, last night I had a bit of a cheat day, actually that is a lie. I totally went crazy but I’m okay with it. I went to an anniversary party and I was way off plan. I think it’s okay because sometimes you need to just splurge a bit.

Lets see, I ate pork, potatoes, chips, brownies and 2 beers and they were not light beers. So needless to say, I had a very high carb night packed with sugar and lots of crap. And of course drinking alcohol isn’t the best thing either.

So today, I wanted to document for you how I’m feeling. In a word….Shitty! LOL!

To be exact, I am totally bloated. And my hands are really swollen I feel puffy all over. I couldn’t get my rings off if I tried. Also, my vision is totally blurry this morning which is a bit scary. And I have a small headache.

So what this tells me, is that my body hates carbs and it really doesn’t pay off to splurge. It is fun in the moment but we all pay for it the next day. But I think there are some cheat day benefits. One is that I get it out of my system. The other, it reminds me that I am doing a great thing for my body by eating low carb.

This really makes me feel grateful that I started this keto lifestyle as I know I will be avoiding many issues that others who eat carbs end up dealing with down the road.

Total will be all about getting back on track after cheating on keto.

So far I have been drinking coffee with my Collagen Powder. And I took all of my vitamins. I will be doing intermittent fasting until dinner. All this means is that I will simply not eat breakfast or lunch. This is easy for me as often I only have one meal a day. This helps to keep my blood sugar nice and low.

I will drink lots of mineral water and maybe some green tea. It really is about cleansing my system. By tomorrow I will be back to feeling great!

One point that I want to make is that a cheat day is something that I only did after I hit my weight loss goal. I’ve been this healthy weight for over 4 years. This was a controlled cheat, meaning I knew I was going to do it and I was prepared to get right back to may healthy way of eating the next day.

So if you cheat on keto, please don’t beat yourself up. This isn’t a diet. And you are not perfect. Just get back on track the next day. But don’t continue to cheat because then you may spiral out of control and it will be much harder to get back to eating healthy.

Be kind to yourself today! I’d love to hear about how you deal with cheat day. Please leave me a comment below!

Grain Brain: The Surprising Truth about Wheat, Carbs, and Sugar–Your Brain’s Silent Killers

As someone who took my health back 5 years ago, I am always reading and learning as much as I can about health and nutrition so I can help others. Therefore, I read everything I can get my hands on so I can gain as much knowledge as I can.

This past week I have been reading David Perlmutter’s book, Grain Brain: The Surprising Truth about Wheat, Carbs, and Sugar–Your Brain’s Silent Killers.

The topic discussed didn’t surprise me as I learned the hard way that wheat and grain wreaks havoc on our bodies. I was almost 200 pounds. I suffered from joint pain, chronic headaches and depression. I was grumpy and moody. I often was sick with sinus problems and never really felt good.

Once I gave up the carbs it all cleared up. And now at 140 pounds I feel amazing. I don’t get headaches; I don’t get sick and my overall mental health is amazing.

I loved that a low carb diet helped me to lose the weight and gain control of my life. But this book made me realize that the lack of sugar and grains also helped me mentally. I am now realizing how cloudy my head was and how sad I felt most of the time. I thought at times, that I was crazy. Maybe I was working too many long hours and suffering from stress.

But now I know that the wheat and grain was literally stealing my emotions. I suffered from anxiety and depression for years. Wheat and grain really do affect our brains. And in many ways, it steals our life.

The elimination of all sugars and grains gave me back my life.

Wheat and gluten is a real problem in America. It is the root cause of many health issues including obesity. It is also the cause of many inflammatory diseases including type 2 diabetes. And it is frustrating for me as a health coach when I work with people and they think that they can just eat less and work out more. And yes, people can lose a little bit of weight this way, but in order to get healthy you really need to eliminate the grains.

These types of foods are also very addictive which is why many of us who struggle with our weight, wait so long to get help. And sadly, many don’t.

If you are overweight or suffer from Fibromyalgia, chronic pain, diabetes, depression, anxiety, foggy head, moody, headaches please read this book!

Low Carb Christmas Gift Ideas

Last winter, my brother and sister in law came out for a visit and I couldn’t think of a good idea what to get them as a gift.

Normally we don’t exchange gifts at Christmas, but since he was here for the holidays I wanted to show him that I was thinking of him.

He and his wife have been following a low carb way of eating for a short time and they both have lost a lot of weight. I’m really proud of them both. So I decided to put together a care package of low carb snacks for their long 12 hour drive back home.

I filled up a gift bag with all sorts of low carb goodies. I included low carb beef jerky, pork rinds, cheese and some of the best low carb chocolate.

They really seemed to appreciate the package.

Today I want to share with you some of my favorite “keto” friendly snacks in the hopes that it will give you some ideas for your Christmas gift giving. And since my Keto gift bag was popular with my brother, I decided to share with you an easy way to create a Holiday gift package for your loved one.

The biggest problem with purchasing a keto gift is knowing what is low carb or not. Yes, you can read the labels, but that is a lot of work. And it can be confusing for those who don’t watch their carbs and sugars. I mean, You don’t want to mess up and get something that is not low carb.

So purchasing a Care package like this Deluxe KETO Snacks Gift Box takes all the guess work out. It would make a great gift for anyone who This gift package is awesome and would make a perfect Christmas gift for anyone who lives a low carb or keto lifestyle.

This keto gift box comes with a nice variety of keto snacks. There is olives, nuts, Whisps cheese chips (which are my personal favorite) ,beef sticks and pumpkin seeds. Plus much more. Each item is only 5 carbs or less making it perfect for a keto lifestyle.

Another idea as a low carb gift, would be a t shirt or keto mug that shows the world that they are low carb! People love to share their successful lifestyle with others. For example, I have a t shirt that says “Food ain’t the boss of me”.

I love it because it is a constant reminder to myself and others that I have control over food. I got this! My relationship with food is great! Amazon has all sorts of Keto and Low carb lifestyle shirts.

I love this Keto T-Shirt Ketogenic Ketosis Dictionary Definition. It helps clear up any confusion for those who still are glucose burners.

And if your loved one, likes to cook, why not get them something that they can really use?

My favorite investment in 2019 was my Ninja Foodi. I use it to make everything. I can literally take a frozen piece of meat and have a yummy tender meal in under 30 minutes. The Ninja does everything! It is a great value for the money.

Hopefully this gave you a few ideas of what gift your low carb friend. Please feel free to share more ideas below.

Why Is Bread So addictive?

This post talks about the addiction to bread and how to overcome it.

When I’m working with my clients, I often need to have one of two conversations with them. One is alcohol and the other is bread. These two things are triggers for many people and they never want to give them up. I hear things like, “Can’t I just have a little piece of bread with my eggs?” or “I can eat healthy, except I don’t think I can give up bread.”

I felt the same way when I was eating the SAD (standard American) diet. Every year, I looked forward to St. Patrick s Day because I could buy a loaf of Irish soda bread and eat it up with some soft butter. It felt comforting to me.

Bread is one of the hardest things for people to eliminate from their diet because they don’t want to give it up. It’s like an addiction.

Why is Bread So Addictive?

Bread is addictive because of the high starch content that makes it almost impossible to stop eating once you’ve started. You see many people go through a sort of chemical process that makes them want to eat more. The more you eat it, the more you want it.

The thing is most bread is made from “reminded white flour” which is highly processed. White bread is high in sugar so it can be very addictive. This is why most diet programs frown about eating bread. It raises insulin and makes it difficult to lose weight and get healthy.

Some signs of Bread Addiction is:

  • Cravings for bread or crackers. Also, cravings so cookies and cakes.
  • You would rather have these bread products than any other kind of food.
  • You can not stop eating even when you are full. Perhaps you keep going back for more.
  • Later on you feel guilty and frustrated. “Why can’t I stop eating bread?”
  • You must have bread products with every meal. No way will you have cheese without crackers or eggs without toast.

Does this sound familiar? If so, you may be addicted to bread. It did to me because I was addicted not only to bread, but any starch that was high in sugar. I also had terrible side effects… It made me fat. In fact, it was probably one of the main reasons I was so unhealthy.

The bottom line is, you are not alone with your struggles to give up bread. In fact 75% of obese people are addicted to carbs.

Bread Gives a Sugar High

Although bread isn’t sugar, it raises insulin which stimulates appetite which makes it really easy to over-eat and makes it difficult to stop eating. Bread sort of gives you a sugar high. It feels good emotionally to eat bread. And when you do stop, later on, you feel sluggish. Some people even refer to the need for a nap as a crash.

Eating too much bread can cause insulin resistance

Over time, the more you eat bread products, your body can develop insulin resistance which is not good. This means your body isn’t using insulin correctly and it causes too much in your blood. This is when doctors often warn people that they are “borderline” diabetes. Or pre-diabetic. Down the road this way of eating can cause Type 2 diabetes.

Bread is comfort food?

The other issue is the emotional side of eating bread. Many of us look at bread or cookies as comfort food. It is what many people reach for when they are feeling sad, stressed, bored etc. But of course even though at the time, it is enjoyable to eat. Emotional eating is often followed by regret.

I remember the frustration of feeling out of control.

If you want to take back control and eliminate bread from your diet, I highly suggest following a Low carb diet. There are many benefits. You will lose weight and feel better.

Here’s my Tips for Starting a low carb diet.

Are you addicted to bread? How do you deal with the struggles of carb addiction?

Help My Husband Lose Weight

This morning I had someone contact me through Facebook wanting to set up a free consultation and hire me as a health coach. She said, “I need to help my husband lose weight.” She was very worried about him because he is a type 2 diabetic and clinically obese. He is only 38 years old. She is worried that he will be cutting his life short.

She explained that they discussed him losing weight and she put him on a low carb diet. By doing all the shopping and controlling the meals, she is trying to limit his carbs. He agreed to follow her “diet” but, she found out that he has been “cheating” and snacking at work and late at night. This frustrates her because she works so hard and takes time to plan out their meals. He doesn’t seem to care as much as she does. His constant binge eating is cause arguments between the two of them. She has had enough!

I explained to her that the consultation is all about determining if the person is ready to make a lifestyle change. If they are not, then I will not work with them as it would be a waste of time for both them and me. I suggested that she stop trying to control him, but for her to focus on herself. She can talk to him about her concerns, but unless he is ready to put his health first, she can’t help him.

Helping a spouse lose weight doesn’t work unless they are asking for the help. It is just like living with someone who has any other addiction. Unless they want help, you have to respect the fact that they are a grown adult and in charge of their own bodies.

It is frustrating when we love someone who is struggling with an addiction to food. It is especially worrisome when we see them suffering with numerous health issues and on lots of medications. We want to force them to do a “diet” or join a gym because we love them and want them to live a long life. But this will only cause arguments and stress in the household.

And you would think that if they really loved you they would stop eating the crap foods. But you got to understand that the SAD (standard American diet) is very addictive. It is very difficult to break the addiction to sugar which is in pretty much everything. But also, it is a total lifestyle change. This is why once someone decides to get healthy a health coach can be helpful. A coach can help people with their relationship with food and help them gain control so it is easier to make the switch to a healthy lifestyle.

The thing is, weight loss isn’t simple. And it isn’t just about eating differently. It is about fixing or reprogramming what is going on in the persons head. There is so much to change that it takes time. And often it takes a person years to own up to the fact that they have a problem. But they have to be ready.


In the mean time, you (the spouse) can control yourself and set a good example for your kids. For example, you can continue to buy healthy low carb foods only and cook low carb meals. You can focus on loving yourself. Let him do his own thing. But let him know you love him unconditionally.

What you don’t want to do is be an enabler. If he wants unhealthy food, then he will have to go buy it for himself. Be an supporter, not a nag. Let him know you love him and you will support him when he is ready.

You will get through this!

Can you relate to this? Do you struggle with food addiction? Where you in denial? Or perhaps you were on the other side wanting to help your spouse lose weight. Please share your story. Someone needs to hear your story.

I hope you found this post helpful. I wish you all the best!