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Favorite Biohack #2 – The Keto Diet

Endless lettuce, always tired, perpetually starving and uncontrollable grouchiness is what dieting means to most people. Sounds like heaven, said no one, ever. With the keto diet, there is a better way.

I have been low-carb for as long as I can remember. Going back to the late 90s, when Jennifer Aniston became the new It girl and was on the Zone Diet, she introduced us all  to a diet of lean protein, fruits and veggies with no processed carbohydrates or diary. I figured out then that I felt better without carbs, and had been doing some modification of that formula until I discovered the keto diet.

If you read my book, you know that I wasn’t just low carb. I was also low sugar (limited fruit) and low-fat (no dairy), which didn’t leave much out there for me to consume. I was addicted to anything that claimed it was low fat and low sugar, and stuck in a never-ending cycle of eating what I thought was right, starving, binge eating carbs because I needed energy, and feeling bad about myself for doing it. It’s no wonder I was grouchy and a slave to my blood sugar.  All that changed when I found ketones, and shortly thereafter the keto diet.

In a nutshell, the keto diet is an ultra  low-carb diet that limits all foods that contain sugar or convert to sugar. However, you eat healthy fats, so your body still has something for fuel. I eat bacon, olive and coconut oil, nuts, cheese, red meat, and even red wine in moderation.  I don’t eat pasta, potatoes, rice, or any other grains. I must admit that I will cheat with the occasional sweet potato. I love those. Aside from that, I don’t really miss any of it. I am happy, energetic and satiated. All the time. Not many people on a “diet” are able to say that.

Am I super skinny? No. I never will be, I am not built that way. What I am is in decent shape, strong and happy. That works for me. I also don’t feel like I am on a diet. I eat this way because I choose to, because it is what feel right for me. It is what fuels me and allows me to do what I do without diet pills, stimulants or other “miracle” pills.

The science behind the keto diet is strong and compelling. Unfortunately, so is the army of uninformed that are against it. In my opinion, those against it fail to understand that different diets work for different people, based on each person’s makeup and circumstances. That aside, lets talk about what the science has found in support of keto.

The name keto comes from ketones, which is a what your body produces when food or carbohydrates are restricted for an extended period. Put simply, ketones are what happen when the body converts your stored fat to a fuel that your body can use.

When in a state of ketosis (producing ketones), your body will use stored fat as its fuel. This helps with weight loss and energy.  It also helps with memory and focus, because your brain uses this same fat for its fuel. With a steady supply of healthy fat and ketones, your brain is never lacking in what it needs to function, so you don’t feel brain fog, scattered or like you just can’t think straight. (Not from food, at least. Life still happens.) With a constant source of usable energy, you don’t get blood sugar dips accompanied by grouchiness and tiredness.

The science is best explained by those who do it for a living, so I will defer to Dr. Josh Axe, who explains the principles behind the keto diet and why it works here, and the Ketogenic Bible by Dr. Jacob Wilson and Ryan Lowery. There is more information in this book than you can imagine, and it runs the gamut from how to do the diet to its potential effects on diabetes and cancer. It’s definitely worth a read.

If you aren’t up for a big book, check out the podcast Keto for Normies at ketoconnect.libsyn.com.

You can can also follow some keto and fitness rockstars like Dominic D’Agostino, Joe Rogan or Ben Greenfield on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

For an easy to follow guide, check out the Diet Doctor website, which you can find here:  https://www.dietdoctor.com/low-carb/keto. You will find tips, tricks, recipes, and a great explanation of how and why the keto diet works.

I could go on about keto all day (which apparently I do, and I am often told to pipe down at home) so I will stop here. If you would like more information on this subject, check out the people above, or just let me know. I am happy to expound. My family will be happy that I have someone else to talk about it with too.

Midlife Mom to Supermom reviewed by Greek blogger Thirsty 4 Health

Midlife Mom to Supermom: How to Turn Stressed and Tired into Happy and Energized was recently reviewed by Greek health blog Thirsty 4 Health.

Read the review here: http://thirsty4health.com/book-review-midlife-mom-to-supermom/

Thanks for the great review, glad you enjoyed the book!

Share more, you never know who you may help.

I was working the day job this week, which had me in the home of a woman who I had met briefly once or twice before. It was a cold (by southern California standards, anyway) winter day, and I was bundled up like a small child on a ski hill. This poor woman had all the doors and windows open, and was clothed in a tank top and jeans with bare feet. Hot flashes, she explained.  Not wanting to self-promote too much, I shared with her my fantastic vitamins that have all but nixed the hot flashes from my life, and moved on to the business at hand.

Later in the day I realized I had done this woman a disservice by not sharing more with her, because I had information that could help her feel better. I contacted her and shared my book with her.

Several hours later I got the most amazing message from her. She had read most of the book and was deeply grateful that our paths had crossed. She went on to share her current reality, and how excited she was to try the tips I suggest.  That made my day. Okay, it made my week. This is precisely why I wrote the book, and I was very happy that it had helped someone.

On that note, here is a short video that an awesome friend and designer put together for me.

If you know anyone struggling with energy, hot flashes, mood, decreased cognitive function, or any of the joyous things we experience after our thirties, please share this with them. Let’s create an army of happy women that feel great!

Keto Wedding Cookies – the Recipe You Have Been Waiting For (whether you knew it or not)

Since writing my book I have discovered the ketogenic diet. In my opinion, combined with intermittent fasting, it is the ultimate bio-hack. It is more lifestyle than diet. (Don’t worry, that is not what this post is about.) In finding this lifestyle, I have connected with an amazing group of people who support each other, build each other up and celebrate even the smallest successes for everyone on the keto journey. They also share recipes, and that is what this is about. I have a ton of keto recipes now in my arsenal, but it’s the holiday season and this is one of my favorite holiday cookies, so without further ado, here it is, straight from KetoConnect.net, the recipe for Walnut snowball Cookies  (aka Keto Wedding Cookies).

Walnut Snowball Cookies

Servings Prep Time
Makes 15 COOKIES 15 MINUTES
Cook Time Passive Time
30 MINUTES 20 MINUTES

Ingredients:
1 cup walnuts  
1/2 cup Coconut flour
(+ 1-2 tbsp for end)  
1/2 cup butter, melted  
1 large Egg
1/2 cup confectioner swerve  
1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract  
50 drops Liquid Stevia  

Instructions:
1. Preheat your oven to 300 and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
2. Combine the melted butter, egg, stevia and vanilla extract in a large bowl and set aside.
3. Add the walnuts to a processor and pulse until ground. Pour walnut our
into a medium bowl and add the coconut our
and 1/4 cup of
the swerve. Combine.
4. In two parts add the dry mixture to the wet and whisk to combine.
5. At this point the dough should be soft, but rm
enough to form into balls by hand without it sticking to your palms. If it is not the right
consistency add 1-2 tbsp of additional coconut our
and combine.
6. Make 15 equal sized balls and line the parchment paper. They will not spread in the oven. Bake for 30 minutes.
7. Allow to cool for 5 minutes, and then roll the (still warm) balls in the remaining 1/4 cup swerve. Place them back on the parchment paper
and allow to full cool, another 20-30 minutes, until eating!

Here is the direct link to the recipe on Keto Connect, where you can share, save or print the recipe, and check out some other amazing recipes on the site as well.

 https://www.ketoconnect.net/recipe/walnut-snowball-cookies

Watch for more on the keto diet after Christmas. For now, I wanted to share this with you as it’s one of my faves.

My grandmother used to keep a jar of these in the dining room, which was also the back way to the kitchen without anyone seeing you – essential on a late night cookie raid, and we would always lift one of these cookies from the jar on the way by.

A few days of this and the jar would be almost empty.  I am sure she knew, but we thought we were so sly…     Grandma

My grandmother is gone now, but these cookies ( and a few others) will always remind me of her.

In honor of Peg Rydant, the greatest grandmother ever!