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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
As someone who was overweight for many years, I found my biggest challenge was stress eating. You know what I mean, eating when you are not hungry. Whenever I was stressed to the max, I would literally eat my feelings.
Here is an example of what I’m talking about…
It is the hectic holiday season and life has been crazy busy. On top of the financial stress and holiday shopping, you are working long days at a hectic job. After a very manic day, you decide to stop by the store and pick up something quick for dinner. While out shopping for something to make for dinner you see some cookies or cakes. And without even thinking about it, you buy the cookies. You may even open them up and eat them in the car before you make it all the way home.
This sort of scenario would happen to me all the time. And then once I would get home, I wouldn’t be able to stop myself from eating more of the cookies.
I would have thoughts going through my head like…“I deserve this!”
I would try to limit myself to a little bit. But it would always seem that it would be gone by the end of the night.
The next day I think to myself, “What is wrong with me?”
I feel disgusted with myself.
Many people who struggle with their weight also struggle with stress eating. And often people eat just to eat. Have you ever wondered why this happens?
I think the reason why it happens to most of us is that we are looking to feel better. We are looking for a way to calm ourselves down. For some reason, eating is soothing and tends to make us feel better, until the next day when we feel like crap. I remember waking in the morning after a binge feeling awful. I would be all gassy and even have a headache. I would be full of lots of regret for what I ate the night before.
My weight and food obsession was a real problem for many years. When I turned 50 I was just under 200 pounds. I knew I needed to make a change.
And I did. But it took a lot of hard work. I had to totally change my relationship with food. And I had to admit to myself that I was a sugar addict.
Now I eat to nourish my body. And I feel so much better. I am no longer addicted to sugar and carbs like I was. I don’t feel the need to pig out when I’ve had a bad day. I find other ways to feel good.
But getting to this point wasn’t easy. It was really difficult. I had to eliminate all of the processed foods that I was obsessed with.
By eliminating the sugar and carbs I also ended up losing over 60 pounds. But more importantly, I am healthy and probably added years to my life.
I also read lots of books that dealt with the issue of stress eating. I wanted to figure out what was going on in my head. I felt so out of control around food which stressed me out because I was so in control of every other aspect of my life.
This book helped me to realize that I wasn’t crazy at all. I learned that food isn’t meant to make me feel calm or happy. It isn’t meant to help me emotionally. Food is simply to feed my body. I learned other ways of dealing with many of the negative emotions that I felt in my life.
I also learned that when I give my body really nutritious food I feel amazing. I have energy and for some reason, I feel happy and healthy. On the other hand, when I eat food that raises my glucose I feel depressed and even sad.
So I will never go back to eating sugar again. Sugar is an addictive drug to me that I don’t want a part of.
What about you? Do you stress eat? And if so, how do you deal with it?
Many of us who are over 50 struggle with belly fat as we are losing weight. I actually lost over 60 pounds by following a low carb lifestyle. However, it seemed like the hardest part to lose was the weight in my middle. I kept dropping pants sizes but it seemed to take a while for my arrow glass figure to begin to show.
Adding the Raspberry Ketones to my regimen really helped a lot with my belly fat. I noticed a difference in my stomach area within a couple of weeks. This supplement also helped with my energy level.
Recently it seems like there is a lot of talk on the internet about Raspberry Ketones and its effectiveness. So I decided to write a post about my personal experience using this supplement.
First of all, let’s talk about what this weight loss supplement is. Raspberry ketone is a chemical that comes from raspberries. There are many articles on the internet that claim it helps to improve metabolism and helps you to lose weight at a faster rate. In my experience, I did notice an increase in my energy and my tummy does feel much slimmer.
Does raspberry ketones work?
Although there are many diet and weight loss products on the market, the most effective way to lose weight first and foremost is to follow a healthy diet based on good nutrition. But adding extra vitamins and supplements like Raspberry Ketone can be a great addition to your regimen.
Raspberry Ketones does contain caffeine. So if you are sensitive to caffeine, then this may not be the product for you. Or simply take the product early in the day so it doesn’t keep you up at night. For me, I loved the extra energy that it gave me.
When I am choosing a supplement I choose products that are natural and or organic. I only want the best products for my body. And of course, it is also recommended to discuss it with your doctor.
Recently I’ve been seeing a lot more information out there about the No Carb Diet Plan which is also known as the Carnivore Diet and I wanted to share with you what I learned about it.
The no carb diet is when you eat a diet that is mainly just meat. And meat and fish have zero carbs. So if a person eats a diet consisting of only meat, then they will not getting any carbs. Most carnivores try to stick with the fattier cuts of meat or fattier fish like salmon and it helps their body use the fat for fuel. So they use ketones for fuel rather than glucose. Some carnivores also eat other meat products like cream, cheese, and eggs. And some use the bones to make bone broth which is full of healthy colegine
What’s The Difference Between The Carnivore Diet and The Ketogenic Diet?
The no carb diet is very similar to the low carb, high-fat way of eating except is is much more extreme. We both use ketones as fuel. However, with a low carb lifestyle, you also get to include a wide range of veggies and even some fruits. Most people keep their daily carbs below 30 grams.
I personally keep my daily carb intake below 20. I eat lots of meats (I prefer grass fed beef), and fish. I also eat cheese, eggs, and veggies. I don’t eat root veggies or fruits. Once in a blue moon, I may have some berries. I just find other fruits are too high in natural sugar for me and makes my joints hurt. I also get headaches when I eat too much sugar. My body simply prefers the lower carb foods.
You may be wondering why in the world a person would want to eat a no carb carnivorous diet. I mean it does sound very extreme and not very appealing. But people do it for a number of reasons. The biggest reason is the many benefits that come with eating an extremely low carb. There are lots of benefits to doing a carnivorous diet.
Benefitsof Carnivore Diet
Eat the Foods You Love! Many people hate veggies and love eating meat. Most men would prefer a nice t bone steak over veggies any day. Eating a zero carb diet is perfect for them. They get to eat all the foods they love while they lose weight.
Lose Weight or Kick-Start a Weight Loss Plateau. Sometimes when someone is losing weight they hit a plateau where it feels like their weight simply isn’t budging on the scale. Eating zero carbs for a few days is a great way to kick start your weight loss. You can lose weight quickly while maintaining your lean muscle. You can read more about pushing through a weight loss plateau here.
Feel Better! Many people find that by eliminating processed foods, starches and fruits from their diet they are able to think clearer and have more energy. People just feel better in general.
It’s Simple: There is nothing easier than eating meat all day long. It is the simplest plan out there.
No Hunger: When you eat meat you feel very satiated. So you are less likely to crave other foods.
Will I be trying out the carnivore diet myself? Probably not as I love my veggies too much. I’m not ready to give them up at all. I also enjoy a variety of tastes and textures. I think I would get totally bored eating only meat products.
But from time to time when I have had a cheat day, I will do an egg fast for the next few days. On egg fast days, I just eat eggs when I’m hungry and I can really drop a few pounds quickly. Then I go back to eating my normal low carb. I suppose in a way this is similar to the carnivore diet.
What about you? Have you tried the no carb diet? If so, what were your results? I would love to hear from you.
Do you have well-meaning family members or friends who say they are there for you, yet they seem to continue to sabotage your weight loss efforts? You know what I mean. They buy things that you don’t want to eat and they leave it right out in the open where you are tempted even though they are fully aware you are dieting.
Or they may encourage you to eat things that you are clearly trying to avoid. And whether you are able to resist the temptation or not, you wonder, “Why would my loved one sabotage my weight loss efforts?”. It can be very frustrating.
Why do family and friends sabotage?
I think there are a couple reasons why our loved ones and friends sabotage our weight loss efforts.
First, I think that perhaps they don’t fully understand how serious you are about changing your lifestyle. Perhaps they have seen you not stick with diets in the past. Or maybe they have seen you lose weight only to gain it back. So it is understandable it may be difficult for them to take you seriously. This can be very frustrated, especially if you are 100% committed to losing weight this time. All you can do is just keep your commitment to yourself and be patient with your family.
Trust that they will see your commitment and turn into an encourager rather than a saboteur. You may want to consider sitting down and having a serious conversation with your loved one. Let them know how important it is to you that they support you with your weight loss efforts. But if you can’t win their support, you need to keep pushing yourself. Don’t let their lack of encouragement give you an excuse to quit.
Show them you mean business by not only losing the weight but by keeping it off. People often expect weight loss to be temporary as many people yo-yo. I know even now, 4 years later, people make comments like, “Wow! I can’t believe you are still thin”.
Another reason why people might sabotage your weight loss efforts is simply that they don’t think. For example, last Christmas my son got me a huge box of imported milk chocolates. He knows I am not eating sugar and he loves seeing me healthy. He really just wanted to surprise me. But, obviously I didn’t want chocolates in my house as a temptation and I didn’t want to hurt his feelings either. So what I did was quietly gave the chocolates to my sister in law who was having a New Years Eve Party. She put them on a platter and they were a huge hit.
My point is that my son would never intentionally try to sabotage my efforts. He simply wanted to give me something that he thought I would love. And the old me would have loved the chocolates.
Another reason to sabotage weight loss is that misery loves company. Unhealthy people enjoy having company when they eat out and make unhealthy choices. When you decide to change, they feel threatened and may even worry they will lose you. They may worry that the one thing that was important between you was food. Now that you are eating differently than them, they may worry that the relationship will be different.
If you have a saboteur in your life, please try to be patient and understand they are responding out of their own fear. All you can do is reassure them that you are still you. You are just turning into a smaller physical person.
Why do we self-sabotage our own weight loss?
I think the biggest reason we self-sabotage is that it takes a while to get used to eating a different way. Actually, I just read that a group of students at the University College London did some research and now believe that it takes the average person 66 days to create a habit rather than the 21 one days that many think. You can read the article below.
The point is, if you are 50 years old and switching to a healthy low carb lifestyle, it will take a while to get used to the changes. And those changes are not only related to the food you eat but also the relationship with food. If you have been thinking one way, it will take a while to change your thoughts.
Another reason we self-sabotage weight loss is that we are fearful of success. Change is always scary even if it is a positive change. When we are overweight it is easy to hide our feelings and emotions within. Being in a new body can be very scary. If you lose weight and get healthy, your entire outlook on life may change. It is scary but worth it.
The other thing to keep in mind is that you may be self-sabotaging your diet and not even be aware of it. I know, it sounds crazy but it’s true. For example, let’s say you are trying to change how you eat, yet you end up binging on ice cream at bedtime. Then you ask yourself, “Why did I do that?”. It is frustrating.
But realizing that your crazy mind will play tricks on you will help you can take steps to change your thinking.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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?
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 a better education on nutrition. Actually, I wish I could go back even further and get myself educated. I wish I had the knowledge then 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 as well as the food industry. The commercials on tv feed our kids lies. Doctors even lie to us as does big pharma.
I have learned to not just trust what I have heard. I research and educate myself as much as possible. I want to know the truth.
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 highly 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 to 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 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.
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