Being Keto Healthy
Being keto-healthy is my new way of life. But, unfortunately, I suffered from muscle pains, muscle cramps, brain fog, headaches, forgetfulness, lethargy, weight gain, and just plain old misery.
Living and eating the keto lifestyle has made a tremendous difference in the quality of my life.
This post was originally written in 2021. Because most keto instructional books/recipes list erythritol as an acceptable sugar substitute, I am republishing this post with current recommendations/concerns about using erythritol.
[Remember: I am not a medical practitioner but only share what I use. The Keto Zone Diet that I am on was closely monitored by a medical professional.]
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- This post was originally written in 2021. Because most keto instructional books/recipes list erythritol as an acceptable sugar substitute, I am republishing this post with current recommendations/concerns about using erythritol.
Two doctors endorsed the Keto Zone Diet to improve my health and help with memory problems. I started cooking and eating the Keto Zone-way on March 22, 2020. The transition was not difficult. The pandemic hoarding took me several attempts to get the recommended kinds of milk, sweeteners, and flour. I have never been a big bread, sweet eater, or soda pop drinker. When I quit eating grains, the belly-bloating I had suffered for years disappeared. There have been other discoveries. Who would have thought I wanted salt and a tablespoon of butter in my coffee?–it is delicious. Another author calls this Bulletproof Coffee. I am using C8 MCT oil powder in my coffee, too. Also, I am discovering that organic foods have more flavor than others.
Keto Eating Highlights
- Carb Intake – 50 grams net carbs, but start with 20 grams net carb
- Lots of Healthy Fats – Fat is the main energy source.
- Adequate Protein – Protein is 46% ketogenic and 58% anti-ketogenic. As some protein will convert to glucose in the bloodstream and inhibit ketosis, your intake should be enough to prevent muscle loss but not so much that it disrupts ketosis.
- Eat to Satisfaction – Eat when you feel hungry until satisfied but not stuffed.
- Increase Salt Intake – Extra salt can help avoid possible side effects as your body adjusts to ketosis, headaches, muscle cramps, or weakness resulting from an electrolyte imbalance. Since a low-carb diet is naturally diuretic, so you don’t have to avoid salt to minimize water retention. I use Himalayan pink sea salt.
- Drink Lots of Water – Stay hydrated. This was and still is the hardest thing for me to do.
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I feel that because I was using the C8 MCT oil powder, I did not experience any discomfort. I started getting more energy, good sleep, and clear thinking within the first month.
Because I was feeding my body good fats and no bad sugars, I started losing weight. Within four months, my jeans size went from 16-18 down to 10. My brain fog was clearing, I remembered things, my aches and pains were lessening, and I was more energetic.
More than a year later, I do not follow a strict keto diet. But I do keep track of my ketones and weight. I use the C8 MCT oil powder and Keto Base BHB Capsules to help keep me in the keto zone. My weight is in a healthier range. Also, my body has adjusted to the 30-40 pound weight loss. I also follow most of what Dr. Colbert advises about the Keto Zone.
One of the biggest takeaways from this keto-healthier lifestyle is knowing what makes my body and mind feel good.
On February 27, 2023, professionals warned of the dangers of consuming erythritol. Many keto products may contain erythritol. In an abundance of caution, I have disposed of several items I use. Some of these are coffee creamers, powdered shakes, etc.
I urge you to read all of the articles about erythritol consumption and make your own decision. Cleveland Clinic conducted the study.
New Cleveland Clinic research showed that erythritol, a popular artificial sweetener, is associated with an increased risk of heart attack and stroke. Findings were published today in Nature Medicine.Cleveland Clinic
A sugar replacement called erythritol – used to add bulk or sweeten stevia, monkfruit and keto reduced-sugar products – has been linked to blood clotting, stroke, heart attack and death, according to a new study.CNN
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My 2022 Keto Lifestyle Update
Dr. Don Colbert has published a new book on Beyond Keto. I have purchased his book and will try the Keto/Mediterranean Lifestyle. Below is a link to his new book. It is available as a hardback book, audiobook, or Kindle download.
My most exciting 2022 discovery is Steven M. Gundry, MD. He is a cardiologist who has created a product that I love. The product is MCT Wellness. This product has given me more energy and increased my ketone level, and I now feel well-being.
If you are not sure about Keto, try some of my recipes.
Easy Keto Pepperoni Pizza is No. 1
Friday Food and Lifestyle, July 8, 2022
Delicious Sausage Soup with Peppers and Spinach is #1
Creamed Spinach – Keto-Friendly
Roasted Chicken with Butter and Herb Rub
Homemade Chicken Stock -Don’t Throw Out That Carcass
If you have questions about this way of eating and living, ask your questions or comments below or feel free to Contact Me privately. I am not a medical professional, but I can share my experience with you.
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