Why I Quit Drinking Diet Soda

Something just occurred to me as I was reading over the post I wrote a few days ago, Best Sugar-Free Drinks. I didn’t even talk about diet soda. And I should have because diet soda is often the first drink that people think about when they want to lose weight but still want to drink sweet tasting drinks. Diet sodas are designed to taste like regular sodas. But instead of having corn syrup or sugar as a sweetener, diet sodas use aspartame or sucralose as a way of sweetening the drink.

I also turned to diet sodas because I thought the sweetness and fizz would help me to not crave sweets. But I quickly discovered that actually, I ended up craving more sweets. Diet sodas seem to most people to be the perfect diet drink as it doesn’t have any calories. And people want to avoid calories.

But if you have been following a low carb diet, you know that calories mean nothing when it comes to losing weight and being healthy. However, I wanted to avoid sugar while I was losing weight. So it seemed that sugar-free sodas would be a good option because it wouldn’t raise my blood sugar. And so I would drink coke zero.

But the thing is, there is a lot of mixed information out there about artificial sweeteners which include saccharin, aspartame, sucralose. I did some research and found that there are many health risks from drinking diet sodas. Many people believe that diet sodas are even worse for your health than regular sodas. Some of the health risks I read were cancer and kidney disease. And yes, many of the information is mixed, but duh, why would I risk my health if there is even a chance that diet sodas could make me sick.

There are also a lot of beliefs that diet sodas don’t help you lose weight either. Actually, they can help you to gain weight, especially in the belly.

My thinking is pretty simple, If these artificial sweeteners are not real food then why would I want to eat or drink anything that has them in it. Why would I want to risk my health?

So this is why I really don’t even think about drinking diet sodas. Diet sodas to me are poison. Simple as that.

So what are the alternatives? One alternative is to simply drink the sugar-free drinks I wrote about earlier this week, or drink a diet soda with stevia. If you haven’t heard of Zevia Zero Calorie Soda, You gotta check it out. It is the best! I love it!

Grape Zevia

Zevia Zero Calorie Soda is a natural soda that is sweetened with Stevia which is a natural sweetener that is safe to use. Zevia is a diet soda with no aspartame. I like that there is a huge variety of flavors, 17 to be exact.

These sodas taste great. I have tried the cola flavor and the cream soda flavor. Actually, my go to when I’m drinking an alcoholic beverage is Rum (which is sugar-free) and Cola Zevia. It is my version of a rum and diet. I enjoy it and I don’t miss the sugar one bit.

But I have to tell you the cream soda is amazing. It has that nice creamy vanilla taste I remember from when I was a kid. My kids and grandkids tried it and they love it too.

So the bottom line is I prefer not to put my health at risk by drinking diet sodas. But luckily there are some really great alternatives out there.

Best Sugar-Free Drinks

Often when people are looking to lose weight it is easier to start with something small. One of the easiest small steps you can take is to eliminate sugary drinks like sodas, juice and sweet tea.  Several years ago before I even started my Keto lifestyle, I gave up sodas. As a bonus, I quickly dropped about 10 pounds. But more importantly, I felt much better overall. I had a lot more clarity. It seems that the added sugar in many drinks was giving me brain fog. So if you feel the same, you might want to eliminate sugary drinks.

But then there is always the question, What do I drink if I don’t want to eat sugar? If you think all you will be drinking is water, you are wrong. There are lots of refreshing drinks that don’t contain any sugar.

Here is my list of The Best Sugar-Free Drinks

First, of course, the healthiest drink of all:  Water

Water is very good for you because it keeps you hydrated. When your body is fully hydrated, you are much less likely to get headaches. Water helps to prevent constipation. But I love water because it plays a huge role in helping people maintain a healthy weight. When you drink water, it helps to get your metabolism going so with the help of a healthy low carb diet, you will turn into a fat burning machine! Water also you feel full so you are less lightly to overeat or binge. But, the most important thing water does is it helps to clean your body of toxins and it is great for a clear complexion. Water makes you beautiful!

It is important to drink pure water. I never drink plain old tap water. Instead, I choose natural spring water or filtered water. You can install a good water filter like this Pur Water Filter. A good water filter can help eliminate the chance of getting any kind of stomach or gastrointestinal disease. You get to avoid some of the chemicals that may be added. Plus it makes your water taste better.

If you are like me and have a difficult time drinking plain water, you may want to try adding some Stevia Water Enhancers also known as water drops. I love them because they taste delicious and come in a variety of colors. It just seems to give water an extra little kick.

Lately, I have been drinking a lot of soda water because I enjoy the fizz. It reminds me of soda. I always get the lemon-lime flavor or simply add a slice of lime to my drink. Soda water is especially refreshing in the summer. It reminds me of drinking Sprite although this is a lot healthier since it is sugar-free.

Many people enjoy drinking infused water. I’ve never really done this as I don’t normally have fruit in my kitchen. But I wanted to mention it because it may be helpful to those of you who like a variety of sugar-free things to drink.

To make infused water, you can simply use an infuser water bottle or an infuser pitcher to get fruit flavored water. All you do is add your favorite fruit to the infuser and then fill the pitcher or bottle up with water. I recommend the OMORC 32 OZ Sport Fruit Infuser Water Bottle because it is a good size, is easy to grip and comes with some recipes to get you started with infusing.

Actually, I would say this is low sugar, not no sugar. Because since you use real fruit, you may get some of the natural sugars, however, this is way better than the processed white stuff!

Hot Lemon Water is an amazing drink which is good for your digestive system. It is a natural diuretic as well. Lemon water is very soothing to drink first thing in the morning. Plus it is good for your liver. It also gives your body a good dose of vitamin C. And of course, hot lemon water can help with weight loss.

My favorite Morning Drink – Coffee

I love coffee. There is nothing more enjoyable to me, first thing in the morning than a nice hot cup of coffee. I love it! I like to add a little bit of butter or heavy cream. A lot of people who live a Keto lifestyle like to drink bullet proof coffee. You can actually make your own bulletproof coffee. This is when you add fat like coconut oil or mct oil to give you some extra fat. This keeps you satiated all day long.

More importantly, coffee is full of antioxidents and vitamins. Yes, coffee is good for you. It is best to go for the organic because it will not have any pestisides or dangerous chemicals that may be in regular coffee.

Let’s not forget iced coffee. This is a favorite of mine in the summer when it is hot. I go for the decafenated coffee and enjoy every drop. Sometimes I like to ad a cinnimon stick for an extra kick.

image courtesy of amazon.com

Coffee also helps to keep me regular. Not to be gross, but I have found that I have a bowel movement shortly after I have a cup of coffee. It almost seems as if coffee makes me poop. I was curious about it and I discovered that this is the case with many people. I was curious about this and I found an interesting article called, Why Does Coffee Make Me Poop? You may find it interesting.

Tea

I saved my favorite for last. I love tea. I drink hot tea all day during the cool months and I enjoy iced tea during the hot months. The thing that is great about tea is that the flavors and kinds of tea are endless. And there are many different ways to make tea. I had such a huge collection of teas that my boyfriend got me a tea box organizer chest to organize all of my different kinds of teas.

My favorite teas are black tea blends, green tea and herbal teas. These all have powerful antioxidents which help you fight of sickness. But to me, they just taste amazing. I love all kinds of teas. Most black teas I like to add cream and a bit of stevia. My green teas I add lemone and the herbal teas, I just sip them the way they are. The flavores of tea are endless.

Hopefully, I gave you some ideas of the best sugar free drinks you can enjoy while living the low carb lifestyle. What about you. What is your favorite low carb drink?

Does coffee make you poop?

Solutions To Childhood Obesity In America

 

I think there are always times in our lives when we wish we could have a do-over. And that is how I feel right now in America. When I am out and about I can’t help but notice that there are much more obese children these days than there were when I was a child. I remember having 1 or 2 kids in middle school that was overweight. Now it seems like 50% of kids are heavier than they should be.

It worries me very much. I often think about what the future holds for these children. If they are struggling to be healthy now under their parent’s guidance, what kind of a future are we offering them? Perhaps the problem is with the parents?

I was curious if my eyes are deceiving me. Perhaps the obesity rate in American children isn’t nearly as bad as I think it is. So, to test myself, I did a Google Search for “statistics childhood obesity America”. Here’s what I learned from the CDC: “In the United States, the percentage of children and adolescents affected by obesity has more than tripled since the 1970s.”

That is freaking Crazy!

I am really scared for our children. I worry about the number of children who develop liver-disease because their livers can’t function. Or they have diabetes or will develop type two diabetes. Children should be able to move around and not be short of breath. They should be able to run and have fun.

My kids are grown, but I wish I could go back and give them better education on nutrition. But I also wish I had the knowledge that I have now. I think if I gave them a better start nutritionally, I could have set them up to be healthier adults.  I am angry that we are constantly being lied to by the media, doctors and the food industry. The commercials on tv feed our kids lies.

Now that I have the knowledge it is my obligation to pay it forward and help those who will listen. And believe me, there are many who don’t want to hear it. I also try to be an example for others. I share my knowledge as much as possible. I discuss nutrition with my kids in hopes of making them realize that some foods out there are so processed that they are not even real food. My hope is that they will carry this knowledge with them and raise healthy children of their own one day.

I am not an Expert but I think we need to find ways stop childhood obesity and we need to do it now. We can’t go back and change time. But we can still help to make a change in a child’s life and the lives of future children. Here are some of the things that I would do, If I could have a do-over.

  • Be the Example of Good Nutrition:  Perhaps I can’t change things in the past, but I get to be the example to others about what is the healthy kinds of foods to eat. And I can show people them what not to eat. Even if they learn one thing from me and pass it on, it will be making a slight change. If you are overweight or have health issues caused by bad nutrition, you need to take action and get healthy. Be the example that your kids need. Show them what you are capable of.
  • As a parent/grandparent, limit the number of processed foods you have in your child’s diet. Understand that sugar is what makes you fat, not fat. Kids should not be eating low-fat food!!! They should actually be eating less sugar, bread, pasta, potatoes and rice and more healthy fat. And they should be eating lots of veggies and fruits. Just eat real food. Real food doesn’t have a label and it doesn’t come in a box.
  • Limit eating at fast food restaurants. I see this all the time when kids eat fast food 3 or 4 times a week for dinner. As parents, I think it is important to stop this habit. I know life is busy and it is hard to find time to cook every night. But you can make a serious effort to try to eat more real food.  Your child’s future health depends on it.
  • Encourage children to eat a colorful diet of real foods which include vegetables, fruit, dairy, and meats.
  • Limit the amount of sugar in your child’s diet. Perhaps instead of having sweets like cake and cookies in the house, instead have lots of fruit and nuts. Kids will start to want the healthier choices.
  • Pack your child’s school lunch because school lunches are ridiculous and often full of very processed foods. Don’t believe me? Ask your kids what was offered in the cafeteria today. There is a good possibility that it is processed food. I personally would rather pack my kids lunches than to trust the state or county to feed my kids.
  • Discourage snacking after dinner. Often we and our kids eat just to eat.
  • Encourage kids to play outside and be active. Kids these days don’t get as much physical exercise as we did when we were little. Playing outside in the sunshine is really important for childhood health.
  • Get Educated: If you are reading this, then you are either on your phone or computer. Use those tools to learn everything you can about health and nutrition. Here are my top 3 recommended books:

Can we solve childhood obesity? I’m not sure. But I’m sure not going to stand by and watch our kids get sicker and sicker. If I can make a tiny change I will try my best.

What about you? Are you worried about childhood obesity?

Obesity Code Unlocking Secrets of Weight Loss

Are you pre-diabetic, diabetic or obese? Do you love someone who is? If so, you need to read this book! 

As someone who loves someone who was a type 2 diabetic, this epidemic is very personal to me. It is frustrating when your loved one is sick, their blood sugar is out of control and the doctor just wants to give them a pill (metformin in our case) and send them on your way.

This is where the problem is.

Pills don’t cure the disease. They are simply a band-aid. Unless you fix the cause of the disease, it will continue to get worse. We couldn’t let that happen. We had to turn this disease around.

And we did it by changing our diet. He reversed his diabetes and dropped 50 pounds. I was lucky, my obesity hadn’t turned into diabetes yet, but I was heavier than I should have been and very unhealthy.

As part of my weight loss journey, I found myself hungry for more and more knowledge. I mean, I learned by watching my body shrink down from a size 16 down to a size 8 how to be healthy but I wanted to know more. Why does is my body healthier by eating more fat and fewer carbs? Why is it many diabetics are able to reverse their diabetes simply by eliminating sugar from their diet? I got all of my questions answered in this book.

The Obesity Code: Unlocking The Secrets of Weight Loss by Jason Fung, MD

In this book, Dr. Fung answers many of the questions that I needed answers to. And he explains them in an easy way to understand.

First, he talks about the epidemic. And yes, obesity is an epidemic. Just look around. Here in America, it seems as though there are more overweight people than people of normal weight. And the number of obese people is ridiculous.

There are more obese children than ever before in history. This is scary for me. Whats even scarier is learning that there are more type 2 diabetic children and teens with liver disease than ever before! This is frightening to me and really sad.

In the first section of the book, Dr. Fung talks about some of the myths about weight loss. For example, the idea of “eating less and moving more”. I can tell you from my personal experience as someone who ate less and worked out daily that it doesn’t work! No matter how hard I tried, I just couldn’t lose the fat.  I consistently was overweight regardless of how much I worked out.

It wasn’t until I eliminated sugar and added more fat that I was able to get my weight under control. You see, we are wrong when we had this idea that eating less will help us lose weight. In this book, Dr. Fung explains some of the lies that we were taught. And you will realize that you were not crazy. And if you are overweight, it isn’t your fault. You just need to learn what actually works.

This books helped me to understand how my body works and about how insulin is what controls my weight not necessarily calorie intake. And actually, in part 3 Dr. Fung says he can make anyone fat simply by giving them insulin. He believes that insulin is the cause of obesity. So this explains why counting calories don’t work. Actually as crazy as it seems, insulin

This book really helped to clear up the confusion I have over the obesity problem we have here in the US. It is actually pretty simple. Obesity isn’t about calories in and calories out.

Obesity is about having a hormonal imbalance. The two hormones that play a role in weight loss and weight gain are insulin as discussed above and cortisol.

So what about the hormone cortisol aka stress hormone? After reading this book, I have learned that yes, in fact, stress can cause weight gain and obesity. Also, the lack of sleep can add stress to the body and trigger cortisol. So I think we can all benefit with a little rest and relaxation. Sleep is very important.

He also goes into great detail about how a low carb diet actually does help you lose weight and get healthy. Yes, Atkins had it right all along. It seems us Americans are hardheaded at times. A great example is a low-fat diet that I knew most of my life. From the time I was a teenager until my late 40’s, I believed the hype that fat was bad and you should eat low-fat food. Yet, as a country, eating this way made us fat. Duh. So it is only logical that fat isn’t the problem.

If you were like me and think that fat is the problem (not sugar), then you really need to read this book. I promise you will not be disappointed and it may save your life or the life of a loved one.

 

 

Obesity Isn’t Your Fault!

If you are one of the 30% of Americans who is obese or overweight, it isn’t your fault. And you are not alone.

The frustrating thing is that most of us watch our diet, eat “healthy food”, watch calories or eat low fat. But nothing works. And for me, I realized it was because of the “healthy foods” I was eating was making me fat.

Many of the grains, fruits, and vegetables that I was eating for extra fiber and good health were full of sugar and carbohydrates. And what I didn’t know is that those very things made me crave more sugar and carbs. And not only that my body would store those things as fat.

Now I know that if I want to burn fat, I need to eat more fat and eat less or no carbs. This for me was mind-blowing because I had been doing it all wrong.

The fact is, we have been lied to over the years. It is more than calories in and out.  It is about eating real food, more fats, and more protein. It’s about eating fewer carbs and sugar. Really, it’s about eating real food.

I found this video very inspiring and had to share it with you….

Sarah’s rules for eating:

 “If it says light, low fat or fat-free it stays in the grocery store.”

“eat food. Real food doesn’t come in a box”

“Don’t eat anything you don’t like”

“Eat when you’re hungry. Don’t eat when your not”

“No grains, potatoes or sugar”

I love that these rules are easy to follow because it is pretty simple. Anything that says low fat, turn it over and read the label. I guarantee you it has added sugar and carbs. Better yet, just eat real food!

The biggest reason there is an obesity problem with our country is that people follow the bad advice that is out there. I suggest that people who are obese and struggling with weight issues do their homework and get educated on obesity and the problems associated with it.

Here is a must-read list if you want to combat obesity.

When you do this, you will realize that obesity isn’t your fault. But once you learn what to do differently, then it is your fault if you don’t do anything to take back your health.

Here are 3 successful stories for you.

Here is my weight loss success story.  I lost 60 lbs and took back my life!

Here is my boyfriend Brians Story. He lost over 50lbs and reversed his diabetes.

Here is Steve’s Story: How the Low Carb, High Fat Lifestyle Rescued Me from My Genetic Curse—Diabetes

If you have struggled with your weight, please share your story below. You could be helping someone else who struggles with obesity.

Should We Drink Cows Milk?

Stop Drinking Cows MilkGot Milk? Nope

Last week I wrote a book review on a book Called Lies My Doctor Told Me: Medical Myths That Can Harm Your Health. In this book, Dr. Ken Berry writes about some of the false beliefs we have about our health. It is worth reading if you haven’t read it yet.

One of the myths that Dr. Berry talks about is the fact that “Milk doesn’t do the body good”? Yet this is something that many of us still believe. And actually, even in the comments of that post, I have many people disputing this belief. I get it. We are fed so much commercialized crap it is easy to believe what we hear as truth. So I decided to try to dig up some facts about the topic.

But first, lets answer the question to: Why do humans drink cows milk in the first place?

Wikipedia says that we humans started drinking the milk of other mammals (cows, goats, and sheep) about 9000 bc. It was a way to get nourishment without having to kill the mammal. But many people would get upset stomachs from drinking milk. It seems as though children can tolerate milk better than adults. Adults can’t tolerate lactose in milk because we don’t have the necessary enzyme needed to process it.  This is why our ancestors made cheese to eat. Cheese doesn’t have the lactose that milk has. But now they make lactose free milk so anyone can drink milk without getting a sick stomach.

Why do humans continue to drink milk in the 21st century?

I think firstly, we drink milk because it tastes good. But the other reason is that we are taught that milk “does the body good”.  Is this true? Well, that’s what the dairy industry wants us to believe.

Read on to learn some interesting facts about milk.

Why I don’t drink Milk

I drank cows milk as a child and continued to drink milk through most of my adult life. This makes me think that if you continue to drink milk into adulthood, you could build up a tolerance to the lactose in milk. This is just my theory. But I did stop drinking milk 3 years ago when I started eating a low carb lifestyle. Milk is very high in sugar especially milk lower in fat, like skim milk. I do however continue to use heavy cream as it is high in saturated fat an low in sugar content. And of course, I love my cheese.

Since I eliminated milk from my diet, I rarely have the stomach problems and gas that I had when I drank milk.

So, Should We drink Cows Milk?

Here are some interesting things I learned about the consumption of cows milk.

Why stop drinking milk

  • Milk makes you fat:  Milk has lactose which is sugar. Sugar raises your blood sugar and insulin which can cause you to gain weight. If you don’t want to gain weight, stop drinking milk especially skim milk which is the highest in sugar. (they take out the fat and add sugar)
  • Milk can upset your stomach: The protein in milk is inflammatory and causes stomach aches and problems including gas and diarrhea in many adults.
  • Milk can give you acne: Because milk is inflammatory, it can also cause skin problems like acne.
  • Milk is not good for your bones: I know…I know. You have heard the lie that milk is good for your bones. Here is a great article explaining why Milk Consumption is actually associated with more bone fractures.
  • Cows milk is full of antibiotics and hormones.

I find it a bit frustrating that the information we are fed over time is often just lies. And we just believe it. As a critical thinker, I have learned to do my own research when I have questions. It’s sad that we have the obesity problem in America that we have. And the number one reason is that people are fed a bunch of bs and lies. Folks are so confused they don’t know what is healthy.

If I would have believed the lies that fat makes you fat, I would still be obese and probably on many medications. Are you are scratching your head, confused about diet and nutrition. I challenge you to go do some research. Read up on obesity and type 2 diabetes. You will quickly realize the big pharma companies want us sick so they can make money. And the food industry are simply trying to sell products.

So no, my personal belief is, milk doesn’t do the body good.

 

 

 

Lies My Doctor Told Me: Medical Myths That Can Harm Your Health

I just finished reading, Lies My Doctor Told Me: Medical Myths That Can Harm Your Health by K. D. Berry, MD and I loved it! Dr. Berry doesn’t write like a doctor at all, meaning his book is really down to earth. It is an easy read. Not like some of the books that are hard to read with a bunch of medical mumbo-jumbo.

I found myself laughing through the book and I kept wanting to say out loud “I told you so”. Because sometimes I get so frustrated with the backward thinking that people have when they are dieting. But they are following the advice of their well-meaning dietitians and doctors who tell them to count calories or eat a balanced diet.  Rather, than use common sense and realize that if you have done all of that and keep getting fatter than perhaps it isn’t working. It really isn’t rocket science.

The biggest thing that I took from this book is that we all have perfect DNA from our ancestors from over 30 thousand years. If we eat the way we are meant to eat, for the most part, our bodies will take care of themselves and we may even possibly avoid many illnesses.

In this book, Doctor Berry covers several lies that have been told to us in a very honest way. It is mind-boggling to me that many of these lies have absolutely no research or medical facts behind them. It is just simply lies that keep getting past on.

For example, one of the biggest lies that we have been taught is that Milk is good for you. You’ve heard the commercials. “Milk, it does the body good”. No. It doesn’t milk is horrible for adults. And also we think we are doing a good thing for our bones by drinking milk. Again not true. Vitamin D comes from the sun. The sun is good for you. It is healing.

These lies really opened up my mind to the fact that many of our beliefs and the beliefs of doctors offer no real proof or evidence. And many of the lies were created by the food industry. We hear commercials so many times over the years that we actually start to believe them.

The entire point of this book is to empower readers to be in charge of their own health. It is sad that many people simply listen to their doctors and pop pills. Taking medications may not always be the best solution. Sometimes turning an illness around is a simple as changing your diet.

In this book, Dr. Berry empowers readers to take charge of their own health and do the research. Everyone is encouraged to Google each topic. Also, he shares a link where you can dig deep and get some real facts about any topic. And at the end of each chapter, you are given some books that go deeper into each topic.

If you have any sort of health issue, you really owe it to yourself to be a critical thinker and do some of your own research on your health issue and the cause. A great place to start is with this book.


 

 

How to Eat Low Carb for Life, and why you would want to…

Have you ever had a conversation with someone and it just sticks with you for a long time? Last year, I remember running into an old friend who was accompanied by a lady who was obviously struggling with her weight as well as her overall health. She walked with a cane but was having much difficulty. Our mutual friend introduced us and told her a little bit of my story and how I had lost my 60 pounds.

She told me she had been struggling with her weight her entire life and tried everything under the sun to lose the weight. She asked me how I did it and I told her, about how I eat real foods like veggies, meat, cheese, and fats. She had told me that years ago, she also lost something like 40 lbs by eating low carbohydrate diet. (I think she was doing Atkins) Anyhow, she ended up gaining all the weight back. She warned me that I would gain it back too. But what she didn’t realize is that I intended to eat low carb for life. I mean, why in the heck would I ever want to go back to the way I was.

She said that she found when she stopped eating sugar, she lost weight pretty easily. And once she lost the weight and went back to eating normally, she started to gain back the weight.

So I asked her, “What do you mean by eating normally?” She said, “oh you know, I just eat without thinking.” I think what she was trying to say, was that she was eating boxed and processed food like most Americans. Perhaps she even meant fast food.

You see, without even realizing it, she had the secret of long-term weight loss right there. When you eat real food, avoid sugar and enjoy normal fats that come from food, you will be healthier and lose weight. And when you eat processed food which is made by man, you get fat.

There is clearly a difference. And you would think that even though there is a clear difference people would want to eat real food. But the sad thing is that many don’t. People eat fake food every day for many reasons. But the biggest reason is that they don’t take the time to think about what the consequences are for their future. They are too busy rushing around and thinking about other things. The future looks so far away.

And, let’s face it, quitting the consumption of processed foods is difficult for a variety of reasons. Processed foods are often cheaper and taste good. And it is sugar that brings the great taste. And because sugar is so addictive, most folks can’t simply quit. So they just keep enjoying the fake food. And they get fat.

I feel so sad when I see people like that lady above who was morbidly obese. Obesity affects your everyday life and long-term health. It shortens your life. And the frustrating thing is that most people want to be healthy. And many people will start a diet and lose weight, but they almost always gain the weight back.

This is why dieting doesn’t work.  Diets are something temporary. If you want to lose weight and keep it off you need to continue to feed your body real food. I think it’s important to stop looking at eating healthy food as a deprivation. It’s not. Its a gift of nourishment that will keep you healthy and live longer. Real food is like medicine. It can heal your body and improve your health. So it really isn’t just about living longer, It’s about the quality of life!

So how to eat low carb for life?

Start by doing low carb one day at a time. Notice all the amazing changes in your body. This will keep you motivated to keep going. And remember it’s a mindset. Realize you are living a lifestyle not a diet. There is no end date. This is how you eat now.

Amazing things can happen when you give your body what it needs. Many people lose weight, improve their health and live longer. I am one of them. I took my life back. And I feel amazing because of it. I will be eating low carb for life.

 

 

 

Should I Stop Eating Sugar?

This is a question that most everyone has struggled with if they want to lose weight. The question itself is very simple. It’s just a simple question. And it really only requires a yes or no answer. But behind the sentence, there are so many emotions. The person asking the question of themselves will respond in many different ways. And if they are like me, they will come up with many reasons as to why not to give up sugar.

You see, quitting sugar isn’t so simple. Sugar is not just something that adds sweetness to foods that we eat. It is an entire addiction that has affected many people for years.

My personal experience as a sugar addict is that it is nearly impossible to stop eating it unless you are emotionally ready to make the changes needed to stop. Sugar addiction doesn’t always affect our body (at least not right away) but it also affects our mind. We have to make the physical switch (stop eating sugar) and mentally switch to changing our mindset. Changing the mindset takes work, time and effort. But the first step is really in accepting that you are addicted.

I Am Addicted To Sugar

How do you know if you might have a problem with sugar? It is pretty simple really. If you think it would be difficult to give up sugar for any reason, then you probably have a problem with sugar. And by sugar, I mean carbs and foods that have sugar as the first ingredient.

For example pasta, bread, and fruit. Could you give those up? Many people can’t. But they are all very addictive.

How To Not Eat Bread and Stop Bread Cravings

And by the way, if you are overweight, you probably have a problem with sugar.

The answer to “Should I Stop Eating Sugar?” is extremely personal. But to help you decide if you are ready, let’s talk about some of the benefits of kissing sugar goodbye…

  • You will begin feeling better. You will have more energy and will no longer have afternoon crashes.
  • You will lose weight. It is a no-brainer that sugar makes you fat. Eliminate it from the diet and you will get thin.
  • Once cravings diminish, you will have control over what you eat. You will be able to stop binge eating.
  • You will be more satisfied and less hungry. (Sugar is empty calories)
  • You will have better dental checkups and fewer cavities.
  • You will be healthier.
  • You will have better skin.
  • You may be adding years to your life.
  • You could prevent diabetes down the road. Or possibly reverse it as in the case of my boyfriend Brian and our friend Steve. Yes! It can be done!
How the Low Carb, High Fat Lifestyle Rescued Me from My Genetic Curse—Diabetes
Brian’s Low Carb Weight Loss Success

On the other hand, let’s talk about why you may not be ready to quit sugar.

  • It is too hard. This is the number one reason people don’t quit. Because sugar is addictive, it can make you feel crappy when you eliminate it from your diet. You may have a sugar crash where cravings are out of control. It is hard to work through the feeling of sickness often referred to as keto flu.
  • Some people feel like they will be depriving themselves of the taste of sweetness and they may miss out on some of the social things.
  • It will be challenging when your spouse or family still eat carbs and you don’t.
  • Some people think that it is more expensive and more difficult to shop and prepare healthier foods.
  • It takes too much time to get healthy, or learn how to get healthy.
  • “My family won’t eat this way.”
  • I eat out too much to do low carb.

There are many more….but really all of them are excuses, not real reasons. See what I mean. Quitting sugar isn’t about the sugar, it is about the mindset and all the excuses that come with it. If you want to lose weight, I suggest reading everything you can about low carb, high fat. Learn how your body works and why your weight got so physically out of control.

Also, I suggest focusing on your mindset. I highly recommend reading Food Crazy Mind as this book really helps you to zero in on your relationship with food.

So to answer your question, “Should I give up sugar”?

You are the person who walks around in your body. Either you are ready to get healthy or your not.

My top recommended books to help with sugar addiction…

Eat Fat Get Thin Review


Best Electric Egg Cooker 2018

If you are living a low carb, high-fat lifestyle then you probably go through a lot of eggs. Eggs are the perfect food for a keto lifestyle. They are especially healthy if you use fresh free range eggs.

I always have hard boiled eggs on hand for a quick meal or snack. Eggs are also very portable which is great when you are often on the run.

But when I’m home and not in a rush, I like to make soft boiled eggs. They are yummy with just a bit of garlic powder and pink Himalayan salt. I like my yoke just a bit runny. But, unfortunately, my timing isn’t always right and I often overcook them which makes the inside more dry and crumbly.

This is why I like using an electric egg cooker. With an egg cooker, timing is always perfect. So I can enjoy every bite of my soft boiled egg. I can make it as runny as I want.

An electric egg cooker is a great investment and will be used often if you do keto. It can save you a lot of time in the kitchen. And your eggs will turn out perfect every time.

So if you are looking for one, I wanted to suggest for you the one that I think has the best features for the Keto Lifestyle.

Dash Rapid Egg Cooker

    • The dash electric egg cooker cooks up to 6 eggs at a time. You can make soft boiled eggs, hard boiled eggs, omelets, poached eggs or even simple scrambled eggs. The cooker comes with different trays depending on the kind of egg you want. You can easily switch out the trays.
    • The Dash egg cooker makes perfect hard-boiled eggs. They are ready in about 14 minutes and are super easy to peal which make me happy. This is especially important if you want to make deviled eggs and appearance is important to you.  There is nothing worse than having your egg fall apart as you peel it.
    • This egg cooker has an automatic shutoff. It will make a buzzing noise when the eggs are ready and it is a good idea to remove them then if you don’t want them to overcook, for example, a soft boiled egg might get a smidge more cooked than you prefer.
    • Doesn’t take up much space on the counter. And since it is compact it is easy to store away if you want it out of sight.
    • You can cook as few or as many eggs as you want at a time.
    • The plastic parts of this egg cooker are BPA free which is important to a healthy lifestyle. We don’t want to be adding extra chemicals to our diet.
    • This egg cooker has a 1-year warranty.
    • There is a recipe book included.


Dash Deluxe Rapid Egg Cooker

If you want more eggs or you have a bigger family, I suggest the Dash Deluxe Rapid Egg Cooker. This cooker can make up to 12 eggs at a time. This would be perfect for picnics or family get-togethers. You could bring a nice tray of keto deviled eggs with you!