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.


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!

What is the Best Low Carb Chocolate?

best low carb chocolateOne the the hardest things for me to give up when I changed my way of eating was chocolate. I mean I was literally addicted to Hershey Kisses. I would totally go through a bag a week.

Fortunately after following a low carbohydrate lifestyle, my cravings for chocolate went away for the most part. You see, sugar is very addictive and it triggers cravings. But once you have eliminated most processed sugar from your diet, the cravings diminish. Which makes it easier to say NO to chocolate.

But once in a while, a piece of chocolate would be nice. I often enjoy a small piece of dark chocolate after dinner.

The good news, chocolate is full of antioxidants. So it is actually very good for you and a good addition to your diet. The best chocolate for people is 70% or higher cocoa content. This is better for those who follow a Keto or Paleo lifestyle as well, because those chocolates typically contain less sugar. I prefer 86% or higher. It is very rich and a bit bitter at first, but you get used to it.

I like the Lindt Excellence Bar, 90% Cocoa Supreme Dark Chocolate as to me, it tastes really smooth and satisfying. And to me it isn’t bitter at all. I find one block is enough to satisfy me. If you are used to sugary chocolate, than this low carb dark chocolate may take some getting used to. But I find it really rich and I don’t miss the sugar at all.

But if you are really missing chocolate and the dark chocolate isn’t doing it for you, Then I suggest you try LILY’S Chocolate.  This chocolate is perfect for those who miss the sweet taste of sugar. It is 100% sugar free and tastes amazing! They are sweetened with Stevia so there is no worries about artificial sweeteners either. Lily’s Bars are naturally non GMO which is important to me. These bars come in 4 different flavors: original chocolate, Almond, crispy rice, coconut, creamy milk and my favorite is salted almond milk.

If you like to use chocolate for your baking then Lily’s also has Dark Chocolate chips make especially for baking all of your low carb treats. I like that Amazon ships these products in cold packs so there isn’t an issue with melted chocolate. It arrives fresh and yummy!


Hopefully I gave you a few ideas for your chocolate cravings. Have you tried the Lily’s Chocolate? How did you like it? Do you have another sugar free candy that your prefer?

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.

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

Breaking a Low Carb Weight Loss Plateau

Sometimes when you are losing weight you might experience a plateau or stall in your weight loss. This is normal from time to time. When a weight loss plateau happens it can be frustrating especially if you haven’t hit your goal weight. What happens sometimes with following a low carb diet, the weight drops for a while, even months and then suddenly it is like you hit a brick wall and your weight doesn’t want to move.

The good news is that with a few simple tweaks to what you are doing, you can always break through a low carb plateau and get moving with the weight loss again.

Stress

Stress is probably the number one reason people over 50 see their weight loss stall. What happens is our body wants to protect us when we are stressed so our bodies tend to stop releasing the fat. The best thing to do in this case is to simply relax and not worry so much about the scale.

Eliminating the stress in your life can be helpful. But sometimes it isn’t easy especially if the stress is something created by others or a job. But you can do things that can help you deal with the stress in your life. I like to meditate or simply take a walk. I also find it relaxing to write on my blogs or to read a book. It really is up to you, just try to have some rest and relaxation time in your life.

Eating Too Much

Sometimes after we lose the initial weight we continue to eat the same amount of food as when we were losing weight. But the reality is you will not need to eat as much when you are smaller. By cutting back on your portions you may find that the weight will start to come off again.

Too Many Carbs

Often without being aware of it, you could be adding back more carbs than you realize. It starts with one little addition and the next thing you know, you are knocked out of fat burning. So try to keep your carb intake at 20% or below. For example, I have to really watch how many nuts I eat. They are so yummy and the carbs can add up quickly if I’m not careful. Remember to limit fruit and alcohol as well. They can easily knock you out of ketosis and therefore out of fat loss.

Not Enough Salt

This was a problem for me. I quickly realized that one thing processed food have an abundance of that “real food” doesn’t is sodium. And I was lacking it. So I found that by drinking bone broth every day will help me up my sodium intake. I also do a shot of pickle juice in the morning and at night. I know it probably sounds a little gross, but it does help.

I also like to add pink Himalayan salt to my veggies and meats as it helps to give me more trace minerals like that I may be missing like potassium and magnesium, iron and calcium.

Not Enough Water

This is another one that was hard for me. But you need to drink a lot of water in order to keep your body hydrated. I like to add Stevia Water enhancers to my filtered water. Just by having a bit a flavor I find it is much easier for me to drink more water.

I also make sure I have a cup of hot fresh lemon water daily as a detox.

Not Getting Enough Sleep

I’ve always been a good sleeper, but many folks struggle with getting a good night sleep. Most of the fat burning happens at night when we are sleeping. So it is important to get your full 7 to 9 hours daily.

Eating Too Much Protein

The great thing about a low carb diet is you get to eat lots of proteins but sometimes you can go overboard. so if you notice that you have hit a plateau take a look at how much protein you are eating daily. Just scaling back a bit may get you back into fat loss.

Eat When You’re Hungry

It is important to listen to your body. Those who use glucose for energy need to eat often as they will lose fuel and need more sugar and carbs for energy. But that isn’t the case for those of us who use fat for fuel. It is important to only eat when you feel hungry and stop eating when you are full.

You may notice that you might only need one or two meals a day. Sometimes it is easy to get back into old habits of using food as a crutch. The great thing about low carb, high fat is that it is easier to overcome the habit of snacking throughout the day.

Incorporate Intermittent Fasting

Intermittent fasting is something that people have been doing for years. While you are fasting you are giving your body a chance to rest the digestive system. It can be very healing to your body and mind. If it sounds hard then keep in mind your already fast every day. If you eat breakfast then you are actually breaking the fast from the last time you ate the night before. This is why it is called breakfast. You can learn more about intermittent fasting here.

Track Your Ketone Levels

Most people can tell when they are in Ketosis, however, sometimes it is difficult to tell. I like to use ketone strips as a way to check and make sure I am still in ketosis.

Go No Carb (Carnivore Diet) for a few Days

Sometimes making an extreme change can help to kick-start your weight loss and help you to get past your plateau. If you like eating meat and fish, then this may be a good option for you.

What is the No Carb Diet Plan?

A Final comment:

Sometimes our bodies know what is a good weight for us to be at. I started at just under 200 lbs and wanted to get down to 135. I felt like for my height that would be a good weight. My body decided that 144 is my comfortable weight. I have been sitting at this size for the last year and a half. I feel good at this weight. I feel healthy here. So I decided to just listen to my body and be happy with my current weight. That may be your situation as well.

So now it is your turn. What are some of the tricks that you use to push through a weight loss plateau? I would love to hear from you. Just leave a comment below.

The Development of Self Esteem​ While Losing Weight

Developing one’s self-esteem is the most difficult part of losing weight and getting healthy. I know because I am still working on changing the way I see myself even though I lost my 60 pounds over 2 years ago.

It takes time to change your thinking. But the development of one’s self-image is probably the most important thing when it comes to keeping the weight off in the long run. I learned that my mind had to change as I was losing weight. I had to change the image of myself in my mind. And most importantly I had to learn to love myself and accept myself for who I am.

I quickly learned through the process of losing weight and getting healthy that as my body shrunk, my self-image grew. And sometimes when it grew, it was challenging. Because your “old” thinking wants to stop you in your tracks.

I had to learn to control my thoughts and slowly change how I saw myself. Here are some of the strategies I used to overcome some of the challenges.

Negative Thoughts Will Sabotage Your Efforts

If you are unhappy with your weight or if you have struggled with weight loss in the past then I’m sure you can relate to the fact that negative thoughts will stop any efforts of success. As I was losing weight in the beginning, I quickly realized that old negative thinking didn’t work for me anymore. Because when I had negative thinking I would sabotage my efforts.

Here’s what I mean. It is almost as if I would have this other person in my head trying to persuade me to eat something that I knew I didn’t need or wasn’t even hungry for. I would have thoughts urging me to just go ahead and do it. On the outside, I seemed to have so much control, yet in my head all I thought about was food.

It wasn’t until I changed my thinking that my weight loss efforts became easier. Here are some of the things I did to combat the negative thinking I had.

Ask, Is That True?

This simple question helped me so much. For example, I would try to convince myself that I couldn’t say no to cake if it was offered. But the truth is, yes I could. I realized that I am the person who makes decisions about what goes in my mouth. It was about me being in control. I’m in control of what I eat, rather than the food controlling me. When I started asking myself if a thought is true, I started to gain power. And in gaining power, my self-image began to change.

I also started using affirmations. An affirmation is simply a true statement. I would repeat these statements to myself daily. I would do it even if I didn’t totally believe them in the beginning. Over time, I began to realize these affirmations were true. I changed my thinking and my self-image began to change. My favorite affirmation was “Every day, In every way, I am getting better and better”. This was written by a man named Emile Coue. He believed that many mental illnesses could be healed by changing your thoughts.

When you repeat an affirmation several times a day, after a while, you begin to believe it yourself.

I Learned to Love Myself

This was really hard but it was very empowering. I learned to look deep inside. I looked at who I was and I found a very loving, kind and generous person. I realized that my body and skin is simply my shell. It isn’t who I am. I am a beautiful spirit inside.

With that said, I also knew that if I wanted to be around and on this earth longer, I had to change my body and be good to it so it would be around longer. It is as if I separated myself from my body. And through loving myself (soul) I learned to love my body and be good to it. This was key in helping me to want to eat healthily and not let negative thoughts get me off track. And so this brings me to the next part which is to be comfortable in my own skin regardless of where I was in my weight loss.

I Learned to Get Comfortable in My New Skin

In the past, I would avoid looking at myself in the mirror. I would not wear the most attractive clothes. I would often put myself in the background. I would avoid being the center of attention. I learned that I needed to learn to love my body. This body regardless of how imperfect it is, it is the only one I have. And really that sort of makes it perfect. God gave this body only to me and no one else.

So I decided to love it and treat it the way it deserved to be treated. I started to treat myself to bubble baths and wonderful smelly lotions that made me feel good. I also started to change how I dressed. I will never forget the first time I put on a pair of skinny jeans and was amazed at how great I looked and how I felt inside. I felt sexy.

I Focused On My Health

Losing weight was not just about how I looked. Actually, it was mainly about my health. Focusing on my health was an important part of me changing my self-image too. I want to live and more importantly, have a good quality of life. I want to feel good every day. So rather than thinking about the scale and the weight loss, I focused on my health and I was proud of myself for taking my life back. I realized that my quality of life was in my hands.

Stop Making Excuses

And this brings me to my last point which is to throw away all of the excuses. I had to be completely honest with myself. My being fat was ultimately and completely my fault. I am the boss of my body. I am the one who ate the food and created my own reality. It is sad but true. But once I had this incredible honesty, I learned to throw away all of the excused.

My weight gain had nothing to do with my jeans or the fact that I was poor and couldn’t afford healthy foods. I am the one who decides my health and wellness. I decided to take my life back and be healthy. I didn’t have all the knowledge and tools, but I made the effort to find what I needed.

I found that when I stopped making excuses and focused on the development of self-esteem I got the most amazing power and losing weight was much less challenging. If I can change my thinking, you can too.

 

Stevia Water Enhancers

Do you drink enough water? Most of us don’t. I know I never did. I might sound a bit weird, but I genuinely don’t like the taste of water and for that reason, I have a difficult time getting in enough. And water is important for keeping your body healthy and hydrated. Drinking water helps to cleans your system and it helps keep your breath fresh as well.

So recently I have started a few strategies to help me drink more water. For one thing, I drink hot lemon water as a way of cleansing my system.

Drinking water can also help to support your weight loss and dietary efforts.

Recently, I have started adding water enhancers to my water.   All I need to do is add a few squirts and I get a wonderful fruity flavor. Now I drink more water than ever before.

I also would like to mention, if you want the best quality drink it is best to use fresh spring water or filtered water and you will be less likely to be drinking any unwanted chemicals.

Stevia Water Enhancers

When choosing a water enhancer, I choose the ones that don’t contain sugar or artificial sweeteners. I try to be as natural as possible and that is why I endorse products that contain stevia which is a natural product. I like that I get to control the flavor. The more drops I add to water, the more intense the flavor is. Just add so ice and you have the perfect way to hydrate on a hot summer day.

A stevia-based water enhancer, like Sweet Leaf, is also beneficial to a diabetic who is trying to avoid sugar and not raise his or her insulin levels.

Sweet Leaf Water Drops

Sweet Leaf Water Drops comes in a large variety of flavors. My favorite is Peach Mango but they also have raspberry Lemonade, Lemon Lime, and Strawberry Kiwi. These water enhancers are a great way to refresh any glass of water without adding unwanted sugar or dies and food colorings. It is keto friendly so it helps satisfy a sweet tooth without giving you the added calories and sugar.

When using these drops, a little goes a long way. You will only need a few drops. And if you really want a special treat, try adding a few drops to sparkling water. It almost tastes like sprite except you don’t get all of the chemicals. This is a great option if your kids like sodas. They will be happy and you will appreciate the fact that you are helping them to be healthy.

I also like to add Sweet Drops to my hot beverages as well. The caramels drops taste great in a cup of hot vanilla tea or sometimes I’ll add the coconut or chocolate flavored drops to my morning bulletproof coffee. Sometimes the extra little kick is nice.

 



 

 

 

Brian’s Low Carb Weight Loss Success

Throughout this website, you have heard me talk about, Brian who is my amazing boyfriend. He and I decided to get healthy together back in March of 2016. He is such an inspiration and I’m so very proud of him.

I have asked him to please share his story with my readers as I think it may be helpful to many of you. Brian has basically reversed his type two diabetes and has improved his overall health. 🙂

Here is his story… (images coming soon)

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Hi, my name is Brian I’m 58 and I want to let you know that the Low Carb High Fat way of life really works. In March of 2016, I was 237lbs Type 2 diabetic, high blood pressure hi cholesterol. I was following my doctor’s advice on what to eat and how much. I was exercising every other day on the bike and weights. The only thing I didn’t stop is drinking beer. Not that I drank all the time but I did indulge on the weekends. I wasn’t losing any weight actually I was gaining.

I kinda gave up, I figured I would be on medicine for the rest of my life and my dosages would just keep increasing. Then in March I saw an infomercial by Mark Hyman M.D. We bought his book and started to read it. So Wendy and I decided to give it a try. We used the book Eat Fat Get Thin and Diet Doctors website to help us.

It was tough the first 2 weeks but once we got past the initial cravings it got easier. Being diabetic I needed to stay the course on the strict part of low carb for at least 8-10 weeks to clear my pancreas of all the toxins. I quit taking my cholesterol medicine right away. I didn’t stop taking my other medicines although I did experiment doing stopping for periods of time. I was monitoring myself so I would know how my body was reacting. 1 month into doing this change of life way of eating I had blood work done. My cholesterol was up slightly but not out of line and that’s with no medicine. My blood pressure and blood sugar were good as well. This was a great sign yes I was still on my meds for blood pressure but my readings were lower. My blood sugar was also lower than it had been. I had my doctors appt. the 3rd week of August with all the blood work this was my physical. I was really looking forward to this.

The results are in. I’m down to 189 lbs. My A1c was at 5.5, my blood pressure was normal and cholesterol was better than when I was on the meds. After consulting with my doctor I’m off all my medication. I do take a daily vitamin for diabetics, Fish oil, Flax seed oil and psyllium husk. I’m still monitoring myself. My BP is normal and my blood sugar is staying between 100 and 120 which is boarder line diabetic.

I still have a few pounds to lose but my body has leveled out for the moment which means that ‘s the weight my body likes. I wasn’t doing any exercising while losing weight. I feel good and look a lot better. To lose almost 50lbs in 5 months is tough and when you get older it gets even tougher. But with this way of life it wasn’t hard at all. While I have lost close to 50lbs, Wendy has done well losing around 37lbs.

My doctor was amazed as well and told me to keep the course. We are doing the full blood work up in February to make sure that everything is still OK. You must monitor yourself if you have any medical problems. The great thing that happened through this is that a good friend of mine at work was also doing the low carb no fat way of life. He started it about a week before me. He had the same health issues as me but was worse on the diabetic problems.

The funny thing about us doing it is we had no idea that we were each doing it until one day we started talking about our issues and what we were doing to change things. His brother which is a doctor is the one that told him about it. His brother was there to bounce questions off of. That helped the 3 of us if we had questions about what we were doing.



 

How To Maintain A Low Carb-High Fat Lifestyle

One of my concerns about living low carb, after hitting my goal, is maintenance. I feel wonderful and healthy by eating low carb, high fat. But I don’t want to continue to keep getting thinner. However, I don’t ever want to go back to eating the way I did in the past. And of course, there is always the fear of going back to being fat again. You hear about people gaining it all back and that will NOT be me.

I tried to research it online and found that most people who were successful with losing weight on LCHF stayed on the diet for the rest of their life.

LCHF is a lifestyle, not a diet!

But wouldn’t you keep on losing weight? And does this mean I would never be able to have carbs again?

I learned from others that your weight loss tends to naturally slow down the closer you get to your goal. This was true for me. It is almost as if your body knows where you need to be in order to be healthy.

I have found that I can maintain my weight while eating a bit more carbs. For example, last weekend I wanted to drink beer. And I don’t like the light beer. I’m an IPA girl! And beer is very high in sugar especially the IPA’s. But I didn’t gain weight because everything I ate that day was pretty much zero carbs. (But don’t worry, I am still getting lots of nutrition).

In order to keep from gaining, I keep my carbs below 40 for the day. Most days I keep my carbs around 30. I find that if I keep my carbs below 30 I stay in Ketosis (fat-burning).

Eating low carb high fat is a lifestyle for me, because for the first time in 52 years I feel amazing. My joint pain is gone. I don’t get headaches. And I feel a healthier than ever. So I will never go back to eating sugar again.