Bone Broth Health Benefits

 

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Today I wanted to share with you something that I recently discovered as a health aide with my fat loss at fifty dieting and that is bone broth.

I have begun to add some intermittent fasting to my plan and it was suggested that during the fast I sip on bone broth.

You can read about Intermittent fasting here.

I know that broth is nothing new, I mean Mom’s have been giving it to sick children for years. Chicken soup is known for healing and shortening a cold. But I discovered that bone broth has many health benefits that I never even thought of. To me, being over 50, it is almost like drinking from the fountain of youth. It makes me feel great!

Here are some of the bone broth health benefits that I have discovered:

Bone broth or should I say the bone marrow with is extracted from the bones is great to improve the immune system and helps with allergies.

Bone broth can help you look younger because it contains collagen and gelatin.  It’s great for your skin and hair. And if you are older and have lost a lot of collagen in your skin, the bone broth will help to reduce the appearance of wrinkles. Bone broth is way cheaper than collagen creams or plastic surgery.

You can help heal leaky gut syndrome with bone broth. The collagen in bone broth will heal your gut lining and reduce intestinal inflammation. So it should also help with digestion as well.

Bone broth helps is great for bones, joints, and teeth. Bone broth can help to reduce joint pain. I also noticed that when bending down, I no longer hear that cracking noise in my joints.

Bone broth is very easy to make and can save you a lot of money.

You don’t need to just use the bone broth for fasting or sipping on, it is also a great base for soups.

But I find that I really enjoy sipping on a cup of broth in the mornings before I go to work. It seems to give me some extra energy.

Here’s how I made beef bone broth.

(As of April 19th, Down 13 lbs.)


Cravings on A low Carb High Fat Diet

One of the biggest concerns that I had was dealing with the cravings on a low carb high-fat diet. You see on past diets I always had cravings for the things I couldn’t have and I would end up quitting the diet or sabotaging my results.

The thing I really love about eating a high-fat diet is that I am so incredibly satisfied. I virtually don’t have any cravings for sweets, which is very surprising. And I find that after my meals I am full longer. Often I am able to totally skip lunch entirely. I’m simply not hungry.

And I’m so satisfied with the flavor of the food I eat. It is almost as if the food tastes different to me. For example, I never realized how sweet a mushroom was. When you eliminate the sugar and carbs in what you eat, you actually get to taste what real food tastes like and it is wonderful!

I will tell you, however, the first two days were really difficult as I actually went through a bit of a withdrawal. Sort of like an alcoholic going off alcohol. It really took commitment to stick with this.

I felt very irritable and had a headache. I also sort of felt like I had the flu or was coming down with something. I was just really out of sorts and not feeling well. I didn’t feel hungry, but I really wanted sugar. I wanted it real bad.

I found that if I ate something that had fat in it (like celery with creme cheese), those cravings would go away. So I would add extra cream or butter to my coffee. Or I would make myself some bacon or eat a small piece of cheese. These all helped my cravings.

But once I got past those first few days It was really easy to stick with this way of eating. I really don’t miss the sugar at all. This was something that really surprised me.

Now that I’ve been doing this for a few weeks, the cravings are gone. 🙂

(April 12th, down 11 lbs)

PS.

I wanted to share with you something that I learned about cravings. The reason the cravings go away is that when you are eating sugar, your body will crave more sugar. It is actually almost like an addiction. This is why people who eat carbs want to snack all the time.

But when you are off sugar with a low carb, high-fat diet the cravings will eventually go away.

If you are having cravings (after the first 2 weeks) then it is probably a good idea to think about what you ate and check labels. For example, I was going to have a slice of Lebanon bologna until I saw that it had 5 grams of sugar. Thank goodness I didn’t eat any.

Anyway, hopefully, this will give you a bit more insight on cravings where a low carb high-fat diet is concerned.

(4/27 down 16 lbs)

 

Want To Start Low Carb High Fat Diet? Here’s My Tips.

Tip 1:  Get Educated On Low Carb High Fat Diet

Before you do anything, you really should learn everything you can about a low carb high fat diet. In the beginning, I was reading everything I could get my hands on.

My two favorite resources are the Eat Fat Get Thin Book written by Dr. Mark Hyman. I love this book because it teaches everything you need to know about eating fat in order to lose weight.


And a book I couldn’t put down was The Low Carb, High Fat Food Revolution by Dr. Andreas Eenfeldt. I love Dr. Andreas! He is so down to earth and really makes a low-carb high-fat diet easy to understand.


I also visit many websites and blogs on the topic of low carb high-fat diets as well as YouTube.com. I find that reading other people’s stories help to keep me motivated.

Tip 2: Commit to doing it completely. 

The thing that I learned is that you can’t just do this some of the time. You have to completely do the diet. Really it isn’t a diet, it is more a way of life. If you want to lose the weight, or reverse diabetes then you need to commit 100%.

Tip 3: Remove all high carb food from your home

This was very motivating for me, yet also very sad. We removed all cookies, crackers, bread, milk and fruit. We literally got rid of anything that was sugar or carb based.

Then we went to the grocery store with a list of all the high-fat foods that we can eat. This list included Bacon, olive oil, grass-fed butter, heavy whipping cream, many kinds of cheeses, meats, nuts, avocado, veggies (except root veggies) and many other things.


Tip 4: Learn to Read Labels

We learned the hard way, that many foods that you would think include zero sugar, actually include sugar. I personally will not eat anything with more than 1 gram of sugar per serving. And I was surprised to find the hidden sugar in things like yogurt, almond butter and even pork rinds. If you are doing a high-fat diet, you should make sure the product is very high in fat and very low in sugar/carbs. Better yet, make sure it has no sugar.

Tip 5: Don’t Be Afraid Of Fat

One of the weirdest things for me was learning to not be afraid of fat. I mean it goes against everything that I was taught.

But now that my diet has been mainly fat for the last 3 weeks and I have lost over 10 pounds, it is second nature. But the bottom line is, eating fat makes you lose weight. Simple as that.

Tip 6:  Have a Buddy or Hire a Health Coach

I don’t think I would have made it so far without the support of my boyfriend. He and I are doing this together. We each are having different struggles and successes, but it helps to have each other.

I highly suggest everyone who is making a lifestyle change have a good support system. Keep in mind, you are changing the entire way you eat, and the average person won’t understand why you can’t eat the way they do. So get a buddy or partner to do this with you.

I highly suggest working with a health coach as well. It will prevent you from making mistakes that may slow down your process. A health coach will help you focus on healing your body first and weight loss second.  Your coach can also help you with the struggles and remind you of how amazing you are!

 

Also, check out. 8 Pitfalls to Avoid When Eating A Low Carb High Fat Diet

 

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High Fat Low Carb Diet Daily Inspiration!

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I love my scale!

Whenever I have a goal to accomplish, I find it helpful to keep inspired. And I do that by connecting with others who are also doing a low carb diet like me.

So for my high-fat low carb diet daily inspiration, I do a few things.

First I weigh myself daily. Now some people feel that this isn’t a good thing as it can be frustrating because the scale can move up on some days. But for me, it keeps me motivated.

I have realized that the scale does go up, but it always goes down. The last two week my weight has been pretty consistent. It will go down 2 pounds, then up 1, then down 1, then down 1, then up 1, then down 2. I just find keeping a log of my weight keeps me focused.

I simply uploaded an app on my phone to keep me on track.

Hugging my boyfriend daily(several times a day) helps too. I am so proud of him. He is on track to reversing his diabetes! But the thing that is really neat is realizing that I can get my arms further around him. His “beer belly”, doesn’t get in the way like it did 2 weeks ago.

And the last thing that keeps me motivated is reading stories about other people who are having success. I read success stories at dietdoctors.com, blogs, and YouTube videos. This keeps me motivated.

(March 31st, down 10 lbs)

I’m Eating Fat To Lose Weight

I’m Eating Fat to lose weight! Really, I am. It took me over 50 years to realize I was doing it all wrong. Weight loss can be easy and it can come off quickly if you eat more fat.

Over the years I have tried many different ways to lose weight. I tried liquid diets, calorie counting, and cutting fat out of my diet. And I worked out every day. But nothing ever really seemed to work for any amount of time.

Then one day I was talking to my boyfriend, Brian and he said he was very concerned about his blood sugar (he was borderline diabetes) and was thinking about going on a low carbohydrate diet.

I want him to be healthy and live for many years, so I decided to go online and get as much information as I could on the subject. And I realized that fat doesn’t make you fat! Actually, it is sugar and carbs that make you fat.

So I decided to go on a low carbohydrate diet with him and to my surprise, I love it! I’ve been doing it for 3 weeks now and have lost 9 pounds so far. But the best thing of all is that I am not hungry.

Together we are dropping weight and feeling great! I am really excited to see where we will be in just a few short months.

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I love to write and find that I always do better with projects if I keep a journal. So I decided to create this blog as a way of holding myself accountable but also hopefully to inspire people to do the same.

Feel free to comment below. I would love any support I can get.