I’m LOVING this Keto Diet! I’ve had a few days this week where I should have been really tired, but I wasn’t, at all!
I had a quick moment of sadness that I couldn’t eat a Paleo Cookie at my mom’s house ( she makes the BEST), but it passed. I wasn’t hungry, just nostalgic for them. I went home and made the cream cheese balls for dinner, and felt great.
I had stated in my last post that I was going to cut down on my protein portions, but I’ve changed my mind. I HIT KETOSIS LAST NIGHT!!! With nice, big protein portions, plenty of vegetables, and cream cheese balls ( dessert!). My fat grams are in the HUNDREDS and my weight has remained stable after that initial drop.
I’ve NEVER had such a lack of hunger, ever. Usually, around 4/5 pm, hunger starts to hit me. This week, ZERO hunger, at all. I’ve heard of that, but I haven’t experienced it.
Check out my What I Eat page to see my meals.
I’ve had dozens of emails now about the Keto Diet. If you’re interested, LEARN LEARN LEARN. Know the science, or any efforts will be wasted. Honestly. Have you read my Cancer and Ketosis newsletter, or my Ketosis and The Brain post? If you don’t arm yourself with all the reasons to try Ketosis – OTHER THAN WEIGHT LOSS – then it’s just another weight-loss attempt.
(Email me if you want to see the Cancer and Ketosis newsletter; the Brain post is on the blog.)
Weight-loss attempts notoriously FAIL. Almost 100% of EVERYONE who loses weight on a diet gains it back. Weight loss is NEVER enough reason to stick to a new food plan. Ever. Make it about your health.
Reader question: Debbie, why would YOU do a keto diet? You don’t need to lose weight.
Here’s a FEW reasons why:
1) Ketones have a really negative effect on cancer cells. From somehow changing the pH around the cells to more alkaline, to eliminating or reducing cancers FAVORITE FOOD ( sugar ), ketones are not good for cancer cells. Read this by David Servan-Schrell, MD, physician and neuroscience researcher:
“…we all carry cancer cells in us. But .. we all have natural defenses that generally prevent these cells from turning into an aggressive disease. These include our immune system, the part of our biology that controls and reduces inflammation, and the foods that reduce the growth of new blood vessels needed by developing tumors.
In the West, one out of three people will develop cancer. But two-thirds will not. For these people, their natural defenses will have kept cancer at bay. ”
Think of Ketones as another immune defense for the reasons stated above. Here’s more: for our body to produce ketones, there has to be a serious decrease of dietary carbs, and normal blood glucose levels. I.E: when we’re in Ketosis, our blood sugar levels are NOT high. High blood sugar IMMEDIATELY suppresses the immune system, for up to 24 hours. Think of someone who eats sugar and grains excessively every-day-all-day ( the Normal American); what the heck is going on with their immune system? Nothing good.
2) Several studies show that Ketones have a positive effect on degenerative brain diseases, from Alzheimer’s to Parkinsons to Dementia to Epilepsy to Bi-Polar to ADHD. Ancetodal studies show that it eliminates “fuzzy thinking and bad memory”. I Want That! Who knows what I’ve done to my brain with YEAAARRSS of chemical diet foods, and excessive sugar and grains. I used to go though a box of Kashi in 2 days! What the heck did that constant high blood sugar do to me?
3) Study after study shows that a Ketogenic Diet REDUCES ALL MAKERS OF INFLAMMATION. Inflammation is the cause of all disease.
If you’re looking for a great book, that’s super sciency, read The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Living. It’s by 2 PhD’s who have 50 years of research and clinical experience between them. They don’t have any skin in any game. As a matter of fact, because a Ketogenic Diet is centered around changes in Food and Lifestyle, as opposed to Pharmaceuticals, money making opportunities are few and far between.
What I’m really looking forward to is Keto Clarity, by Jimmy Moore and Dr. Eric Westman. This book is coming out soon and I’ve already pre-ordered it. Check out the “Experts Page” This book is going to be Fantastic!
IF YOU PRE-ORDER IT, WE CAN DO A BOOK CLUB. LET ME KNOW!
I’m finishing with a recipe: Cream Cheese Balls. Delicious if you love cheesecake!
1 pkg of cream cheese ( I use this brand because it’s cultured, which means there’s good bacteria in it)
Juice from whole lemon
1 heaping TBSP stevia ( you might need more, depends on your tastes)
2 drops lemon oil ( again, use your own preference for tart )
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 c very soft coconut oil
Mash til thoroughly blended, roll into balls, then roll in fine,flaked coconut
Refrigerate or freeze.
Next time we’re doing this w/coco powder, and I also want to try Orange Extract.