How to Get Into Ketosis for Weight Loss

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

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

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

How to get into ketosis

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

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

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

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

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

How to get into ketosis fast

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

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

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

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

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Best Sugar Free Hard Candy For Diabetics

sugar free candy for diabetics

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

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

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

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

Safe for Diabetics

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

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

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

Ice Chips Candy

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

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

As Seen on Shark Tank

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

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

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

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

Benefits of Xylitol and Sugar Candy For Diabetes

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

The “GOOD for YOU” Candy

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

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

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

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

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

Moms Love em

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Help for the Stress Eater?

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…

Imagine this….

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.

image courtesy of amazon.comOne of the books I recommend reading is: Busy, Stressed, and Food Obsessed!: Calm Down, Ditch Your Inner-Critic Bitch, and Finally Figure Out What Your Body Needs to Thrive

 

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?


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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.

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