Steps To Overcome Emotional Eating

The first step to overcome emotional eating is to acknowledge that you have a problem with food.

For me, I knew I had a problem with food, but when it came to changing my behavior, I focused on diet and what I was eating. But the process of losing weight and getting healthy, forced me to really look at my relationship with food and I realized I had a problem.

There are different types of emotional eating and everyone does it. For example: When someone dies and we visit the loved ones, we often feel the need to bring some sort of meal or food as we pay our respects. For some reason we think giving them food will make them feel better.

You see we use food to make us feel better when we are sad. We use food to celebrate things as well. That’s why you can always find cake and alcohol at weddings. And this is something that everyone does. We all use food emotionally.

This is how we have been programmed since we were kids. I remember being a small child and realizing that when I got a boo boo, my Mommy would give me a cookie so I would stop crying. So I learned that food fixed the boo boo. Later as an adult, I found that I reached for food when I felt adult emotions.

But for some us, it isn’t just about using food to feel better, Some of us are emotional eaters and often feel out of control.

How do you know if you are an emotional eater? Think about the last time you had something to eat that you later regretted eating. What emotional state were you in? Where you stressed, sad or depressed. Without realizing it. emotional eaters use food to feel better on the inside.

I remember when I was working as a retail manager, I worked very long shifts on my feet. I was often to busy to take a lunch break and my job in general was very stressful. Some days I was stressed out to the max. I remember the moment I had a problem with stress eating. It was when I was food shopping and I saw that Hershey Kisses were on sale. As I reached for them, the thought “I deserve this!” was in my head. I purchased them and later asked myself why. Because of course I don’t deserve to eat all this sugar if I’m trying to get healthy and lose weight.

I realized that I was looking to make myself feel better, just like my mom did when I had a boo boo as a child.

We are all different and we all use food in different ways to help us feel better.

But how do you overcome emotional eating while you are working on getting healthy and eating better?

The Second Step is to Love Yourself more than you Love Food!

This is when we really get honest with ourselves and realize what we are doing. Think about the action of eating food emotionally and looking to “feel better”. Do you actually feel better after you eat the bowl of ice cream or an entire pizza? Most often we feel awful and wish we didn’t have it at all. We wish we had more control over food.

This is when we need to accept that food isn’t going to make us feel better at all. Yes it may for a moment, but not for long. We can say no to crap food when we focus on loving our self enough that we want to be healthy and live longer and not be on medications.

When people are stressed or sad or lonely, they don’t reach for celery and carrots to eat. No, they more than likely reach for unhealthy foods packed with carbs and sugar.

For me, sugar was my drug. This is Soooo addictive. It just makes you crave more and more And then you feel like crap. This is very frustrating. But once you realize that these foods do you no good you can begin to get a little of control. You can love yourself more than you love the sugar.

The Third Step Eat a Low Carb Diet

When you eliminate sugar and carbs from your diet, the cravings will go away and you will feel much better. When there isn’t the spike in insulin, caused by high carb foods, you will feel like you are more in control and your cravings will go away. A Keto or low carb diet is perfect for emotional eaters!

The Fourth Step is to Avoid Triggers

Stress!

Avoiding stress can be difficult as it can come in many forms. It can be an unavoidable crisis or a daily stressful day. But stress can trigger eating to feel better.

If you are triggered by stress caused by work or a spouse or a sick relative, it will be difficult to avoid. But you can really take time to look at the situation and see if there is a way to eliminate some stress. For example, just taking time away from the situation can help. When I was stressed with my job, I decided that my health was more important that being stressed by things I couldn’t control. But I started to make changes with the things that I could control. I started to say NO to people! I started putting myself first. I no longer skipped my lunch like I did in the past and started spending my lunch break meditating and listening to music. It helped me to be more calm and make better choices. What can you do to make your life less stressful?

Social Pressure!

Every time you turn around there is another holiday and always unhealthy food. When out with family and friends you are encouraged to eat and drink all the bad stuff. You will need to figure out what works for you.

Habits/Boredom

Sometimes we eat just to eat or because it is what we have always done. When I was my heaviest, I would have a bowl of ice cream nightly while watching TV. I didn’t eat it because I was hungry. I ate it simply because it was a habit. And it was a difficult habit to break. But once I realized what I was doing, I was able to make a change. You can too. This is about figuring out what works for you. Now, instead of watching TV, I read in bed (where I don’t eat).

Hire a Health Coach who Specializes in helping with Emotional Eating

Let’s face it, losing weight and getting healthy isn’t easy. This is freaking hard. I know because I did it. But I was lucky enough to have a partner as Brian and I did it together. He had me and I had him. We all need that person to remind us we are loved and doing great. And we need that person to point out when we are using excuses or going back to the old way of thinking. I always felt lucky and blessed to not feel alone in my weight loss journey.

Helping others lose weight has become my passion over that last few years, because I don’t want anyone to ever feel alone or defeated in their journey to get healthy. This is why I have been working as a weight loss counselor for the last 2 years and now am privately offering private health coaching.

A health coach can help with educating you on how your body works so you can get healthy. They can help with a meal plan and offer support. But a counselor can provide one on one counseling which will help you with your relationship with food and emotional eating. He or she can help give you the tools and support you need to long term health and success.

If you have been struggling with emotional eating, you are not alone! I hope you found this post helpful. Please share your story below, I’d love to connect with you.

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How Can I Get Motivated to Lose Weight?

How to get motivated to lose weight

In America 33% of adults are overweight and many of them are over 50. We all know that being overweight isn’t good as it is a symptom of many health issues. Some of those health issues are type 2 diabetes, acid re flux, sleep apnea, joint pain, high blood pressure. And these are just a few.

The bottom line is when people lose weight, they tend to get healthy. As a weight loss counselor, I work with lots of overweight and obese people. I have seen people get amazing results just by losing 20 to 50 pounds. And it’s not just about eliminating medications and eliminating sickness and getting healthy, it’s about getting your life back!

When someone gets healthy, they feel amazing in their skin. It’s almost like being a new person. You have more energy. Your clothes fit better. You may even feel sexier!

So how can I get motivated to lose weight?

You need to make 3 lists:

“How important is my health?”

  1. List what it feels like to be in your skin now. For example:
  2. List what your future will look like in 20 years if you don’t change. (Be honest with yourself)
  3. List what your future would look like if you were healthy and lost the weight you needed to lose.

Your lists may look something like this….

It’s really about being completely honest with yourself. You need to really take your head out of the sand and realize what your future holds.

The good news is we can reverse some damage and get healthy at any age! When you realize that you must change then you are ready to get started.

The most important thing I want you to know, is that it really isn’t so much about losing weight. You see weight gain is a symptom of something else going on. So I like to help people focus on nutrition and healing the inside of their body. When we focus on nutrition and not the scale, the weight will naturally come off. And you will feel amazing. You will most likely have more energy, less joint pain, sleep better and more.

It’s also about your life with your family….

Take the time and really have a heart-to-heart with yourself. Understand that you must change! And change can be scary. I know because I have been there.

But if you have decided to make a change and take your health back, you should take action now. Find a program that works for you where you also have support all the way through maintenance.

I highly recommend working with a health coach!

A health coach can provide a healthy plan, walk you through that plan step by step, support you. When I coach people, I also provide counseling to help folks with their relationship with food. Often we eat emotionally and not because we are hungry. I can help you change how you look at food. You will never feel alone with your health struggles.

If you would like to work with me, please email me with your contact information. Also provide some background information and why you feel like you are ready to make yourself a priority in your life!

To Work With Wendy and set up a Free Consultation email me at wendy@fatlossatfifty.com or contact me through Facebook.

The bottom line is, motivation is within. You need to decide what your future holds. Only you can take action! I wish you all the best!

Please comment below: How do you get motivated to lose weight?

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?

Best Collagen Powders

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Many people like to boost their collagen in take when they are in their fifties because of the many benefits. Collagen can help aging skin look younger. It is really good for joints, hair and nails as well.

I’ve been making my own bone broth for the last few years and have found the benefits of the collagen amazing. My nails and hair are both strong. My hair has a nice shine to it and no longer breaks off like it did when I first started going through menopause. I have also noticed a bit of a difference in my skin especially around my eyes. Of course I will never get rid of wrinkles as I age, but collagen does seem to help my skin look healthier and clearer.

Natural collagen is probably the very best collagen that we can use. If you have a healthy diet and eat a good amount of eggs then you are probably getting many benefits of collagen. But there are other ways to up your intake of collagen and the benefits to go along with it.

Collagen Protein Powders are easy and convenient to use. I like to simply stir some in my morning coffee. Some are flavored and some have no taste at all. 

You can get lots of antioxidants from eating home made bone broth or by eating some jello. And you can take a collagen supplement. But today I want to share with you my favorite way of getting more collagen into my diet. And that is by using collagen powder.

Perfect Keto Chocolate Protein Powder

This collagen powder is the best tasting powder that I have used. I like all the flavors, however my favorite is the chocolate. It is also available in vanilla and salted caramel.

This collagen is a perfect addition to a low carb lifestyle. I add this to my first cup of coffee in the morning. I love the richness and creamy taste. The MCT oil that is in it helps to make my coffee bullet proof and I don’t need to worry about being knocked out of ketosis. 

Perfect Keto Collagen blends very well. My secret is to put a scoop of the collagen in the cup first, then add the coffee. It will mix almost instantly. I don't even need to stir it. Sometimes I add a bit of heavy whipping cream as well. This makes my coffee yummy! 

Some people feel that this is a bit pricey however to me it is worth the price because the product is from grass fed cows which is something that is important to me. I actually have this product autoshiped to me as I love the energy it gives me and how great my skin feels since using it.

Also, if you are missing chocolate milk with your keto lifestyle, then you really should try a scoop of this collagen powder in a cup of plain almond milk. I use a blender to mix it up and enjoy it over ice. I think it would also make a great low carb hot chocolate as well.

Not Losing Weight on Keto?

Not losing weight on keto?

Have you hit a weight loss plateau? Or perhaps you are not losing weight on keto. 

Keep in mind that the entire goal of this lifestyle is to get healthy first. We are all different. Many people see weight loss right away. Many loose as they go along. And yet others need to heal their body on the inside in order to lose the weight. The body is sort of cool as to how it protects us. You see when we under stress and unhealthy our body holds on to fat, especially in the mid section as a sort of protection. As we heal and begin to use that fat as fuel, the body will slowly begin to thin out.

The scale only gives you a number. Your lack of body weight doesn’t account for all of the good things you have changed on the inside. This is an important point that I learned from Dr. Berg. He says that there are better indicators to look for. And he is 100% correct. When I was in the process of losing my 60 pounds, there was many weeks that I was on a sort of plateau. I didn’t see any change to the scale yet there were many indicators that I was healing my body. 

Loss of inches is a better indicator of weight loss!

You see often the weight loss that you see on the scale is actually water weight. Especially if someone loses more than 2 pounds. Anything over 2 is most likely water weight. So when someone first starts a keto diet, they may lose a lot of water that they have been retaining. This is a good thing because it is a part of healing. As the body heals, this loss of water weight may slow down or even stop. This is NOT the time to quit this way of eating! No! You need to continue and let your body do what it needs to do to help you get healthy.

There are subtle changes that show this way of eating is working. I have listed some that I experienced below. But the biggest indicator was the tape measure around my belly button and the fact that my clothes kept getting loser. 

Here are some of the other indications that I experience…

  • I felt amazing! The energy is over the top and I no longer felt the urge to nap in the afternoon. My energy lasted all day.
  • My clothes continued to get loser.
  • I found that I became more emotionally stable. Meaning I didn’t cry as easily and I handled stress much better.
  • I began sleeping through the night and getting a deeper sleep. I woke up energetic and ready for the day.
  • My chronic sinus problems and many alergies went away.
  • One day I woke up and realized that my knees and joints no longer hurt.

It isn’t about a number on a scale! It’s about the quality of life! Its about how you feel! Its about health and self esteem!

If you are not seeing the scale move but you are seeing some of the other changes than keep pushing on! And don’t quit. 

Keep in mind, it took you years to get unhealthy. You may not see results overnight. But don’t quit on yourself or self sabotage by stressing over a simple number on the scale. If you need to, pack the scale away for a month or two and just let your body heal.




If you struggle with the need to jump on the scale daily and this action in its self stresses you out, then I highly recommend you read Dr. Bergs book, It’s Not Lose Weight to Get Healthy, It’s Get Healthy to Lose Weight.

Please share you experience below: 

Does the scale stress you out? How do you deal with it? 

on the other hand…

For those of you out there that have lost weight on keto, please share some to the indicaters of health that you experience. This may help others.

How a Health and Wellness Coach Can Help You Lose Weight

Many people over the age of fifty struggle with their weight and often many health issues.  And sadly, most health care providers only want to treat the problem by putting you on prescriptions. Or they may tell you to lose a few pounds, but they don’t tell you how. 

And it isn’t that they don’t want to. They just don’t have the time to ask you all the important questions about your diet, exercise routine or stress level. They often only have about 15 minutes with you every 6 month or so. All they really have time to do is to simply suggest that you may want to drop a few pounds.

And so, if you are like many people, you try to lose weight on your own, which doesn’t work because if you don’t understand why you are overweight in the first place, you will not be able to fix the problem. 

I did yo-yo dieting for years myself. I listened to all the advice out there. It sounded so easy to simply eat healthier and cut calories. But this didn’t work for me. I found that even if I lost some weight, it would often come back.

It is frustrating for people because they know that if they don’t get the weight under control, they will most likely be dealing with one or more health issues. I know because I see it everyday when I counsel people who are struggling with their weight.

It’s never just about the weight…It’s about so much more…

  • Self-image: Hates how they look naked, Feels embarrass by their weight
  • Being uncomfortable: Out of breath, knees and joints hurt
  • Being physically exhausted:  Need a nap in the afternoon, can’t sleep at night
  • Feeling out of control: not being able to stick to a diet, cravings for sugar or carbs or salty snacks
  • All the various health issues: high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, sleep apnea, chronic fatigue syndrome, high cholesterol, Joint problems

This is where health and wellness coaching is extremely helpful.

As a health and wellness coach, my approach is to be a sort of detective and figure out what is the cause of the weight gain. You see, weight issues are not the problem. Obesity is a symptom of something else that is going on. Once we figure out the cause of the weight gain, we can fix it.

So, I specialize in using nutrition to get the body healthy. When the first focus is health, the weight will naturally come off.

As a weight loss counselor, I help people to learn to make their health a priority and to do it guilt free. Many people, women especially have a difficult time putting themselves first. But often the result of putting themselves on the back burner has resulted in being in a very unhealthy place.

With the help of a health coach, people realize that they are not alone. The coaching and support is is often the one thing that can help people finally get the results they need. More importantly it is nice knowing that you have support and you are not alone in this lifestyle change.

And yes, it is a lifestyle change. Once someone gets healthy and loses weight through good nutrition, they will never want to go back to eating the way they used to. Its about staying healthy and living longer.

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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 glucose 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 fat-burning.

On the other hand, you want to up your fat intake by eating more fatty foods like meat, fish, butter, eggs, olives, and avocadoes. And you can eat any vegetables that grow above the ground as these tend to contain less carbs than the root veggies. And don’t be afraid to smother your veggies in olive oil, avocado 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 experience a keto flu. Just know, this “sick feeling” is only temporary. 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 adapted.

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 appetite will calm down. You will be able to get cravings under control. And this is huge for those who struggle 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 understand 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 Ninja Pressure Cooker Air Fryer for Low Carb Lifestyle

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“I Love my Ninja Foodi Tendercrisp!”

I’m so excited! We just picked up our new Ninja pressure cooker air fryer. We have been wanting one for a long time but couldn’t decide on which one to get. But after a lot of research, we picked the Ninja Foodi TenderCrisp Multi-Cooker and Fryer All-in-One (OP305)

The thing that attracted me to the idea of an air fryer is that I wanted an easy way to make some of my favorite low carb foods like bacon and steak. And believe me, this air fryer does an amazing job. Bacon is very crispy and steak cooks perfectly.

But I also make a lot of bone broth as I like to sip on it when I’m doing my extended autophagy fasts. However, when I make homemade bone broth in my crock pot it can take 36 hours or more. So I wanted a pressure cooker so I could make in only a few hours. This would save me a lot of time and electricity!

So this brought me to the idea of getting an air fryer and pressure cooker combo.

Brian and I researched and looked at several different ones and we decided that the Ninja Foodi was the best value. This Ninja is a pressure cooker, air fryer, roaster, baker and broiler. I love that I can roast or pressure cook then finish off with crisping. Also, I saw that it has 4.9 out of 5-star reviews at Amazon.com.

Oh, and I have the 305 model with also includes a dehydrator. We just tested it out and made some yummy beef jerky! It came out perfectly. I can’t wait to make some kale or zucchini chips with it.

We have only had this all in one fryer for a couple of days but we keep using it for everything that we would normally use our oven for.

For example, yesterday, Brian made salmon with asparagus. The salmon was perfect as was the asparagus. The salmon was juicy and delicous. And the aspparagus was crispy on the outside yet tender.

And I ate every bite!

The Ninja Foodi is about 30 pounds and as you can see in the image it does take up a good amount of space on my counter. But think about all the things that I no longer need. I no longer need my crock pot, my toaster oven or my George Forman grill. Oh yeah, I also don’t need my rotisserie as I can even make a roasted chicken in my Foodi. So all in all, I am gaining lots of space in my kitchen.

Just a suggestion: We purchased the warranty to go with it and we kept all of the packagings just in case we run into any problems down the road. You may want to do the same thing.

So in conclusion, If you are looking for the perfect air fryer for your low carb diet, then you need to get a Ninja Foodi. It is worth every penny. I love it!




Carb Blockers – Do they Work on Keto?

When it comes to losing weight and getting healthy, the best thing to do is follow a low carb, high-fat diet (also known as Keto). However, because Low Carb is a lifestyle, there will be those rare times that you will want to have a high starch meal or have a cheat day. I mean are you going to go the rest of your life and never have a piece of cake or even a potato? This is where Carb Blockers can be helpful.

What are Carb Blockers?

Carb Blockers are a natural supplement that is made of white kidney bean extract. If taken before a high starch meal or alcohol, white kidney bean extract helps to absorb the starches and prevents those starches from turning into sugar. This is a plus for those who are following a low carb diet. Most of us try to keep our carbs below 30 grams. Eating carbs can quickly knock you out of ketosis. White Kidney bean extract is believed to also be effective in suppressing appetite for some people,

You might be thinking that white kidney bean extract would have carbs in it as kidney beans are a starch. No worries. This is an extract and supplement. Carb blockers will not in themselves, knock you out of ketosis. They are a supplement that is designed to support a low carb diet on those rare cheat days you may have.

Carb Blockers – Do they work?

My personal experience is yes they work. I don’t have a cheat day often, but when I do, I always have a couple of carb blockers before that meal. I have found it helps me to not gain weight and I am able to quickly get back into ketosis.

Actually, I’ve noticed that I am able to stay in ketosis most of the time. I have tested this using a ketone testing strips and although I might not be in moderate, I am almost always in small. This is a win. I love that my small event doesn’t just totally kick me out of ketosis as long as I take a couple of carb blockers beforehand. It is almost as if the “cheat” never happened.

I like that the pills block the starches yet they are natural and can’t harm me in any way. I use them for extra support on those rare days that I want to cheat. Another bonus is I find I am quickly satisfied and I am less likely to overeat. It is almost as if I get my “cheat” out of my system. So I can then get right back into being healthy.

Another way I use Carb Blockers is pryer to drinking alcohol. Once in a while, I enjoy drinking a beer. I have found that this supplement helps to absorb the starches from the beer. Again this is something that is rare for me, but when I do indulge, I use carb blockers.

Drinking on a Low Carb Diet – Alcohol

Which Carb Blockers are best for Keto Cheat Day?

I only use Carb Blockers that are 100% Pure White Kidney Bean Extract. But what I have found is that most carb blockers all have pretty much the same ingredients.

I look for a product that is natural and the best value for the money. Many starch blockers cost up to thirty dollars a bottle.

Keto Cheat Meal is simply pure white kidney bean extract. It is very low in cost and it works! I love that Keto Cheat Meal offers a money back guarantee for anyone who is skeptical.

The way they work is you simply take 2 tablets a half hour before a high starch meal.

Again, carb blockers are something that can be used to support you on a planned cheat, however, if you want success with your keto lifestyle, your cheats should only happen every once in a while.

Another good carb blocker is CBlock Carb Blocker. What I love about CBlock Carb Blocker is that not only does it include Trim Plex also known as white kidney bean extract which helps to inhibit the absorption of starch when we eat a high carb meal. Trim Plex inhibits the production of the alpha amylase enzyme as well. This enzyme helps to break down the starches into sugars for digestion. This is something we don’t want when following a low carb diet.

Not only that, this product includes added chromium and vanadium which are two elements that help to regulate blood sugar levels. This is really important for the keto way of living and more importantly for type two diabetes who are trying to avoid carbs. What a win! you get to rev up your metabolism while you cut cravings for carbs at the same time.

So in conclusion, I believe from my own personal experience, Carb Blockers work on Keto.

Have you used Carb Blockers? I would love to hear your experiences below.

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.

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