The BIG Question

Carnivore – Day 5

Im so fascinated by how people react when you decide to try something “different”. In 2011 I think I started a Paleo diet, which got a lot of interesting reactions too, so it’s not really a shock. I know my audience pretty well 😉 so I was prepared to offend the vegans, but I actually was surprised by how much support and interest there’s been! 😊

So, the big question – WHY? I’ve been following a Keto diet for 2 years and loving it, why am I now looking to try something different and more extreme? I think I mentioned on day 1, I’m a bit of an all or nothing person. I’m also a stress eater and will fully admit I had fallen into some habits I’m not proud of including a bit of a “Good Fat Bars” addiction 🤦🏻‍♀️ that I knew I needed to kick. Also, why not? Ultimately my goal for everything I take on in a nutrition standpoint is to improve my health and educate myself so I can help even more people do the same. Inflammation is my worst enemy thanks to my autoimmune challenges and thanks to my 10 years of MS meds, my digestive health is still on the road to recovery. From what I’ve read and heard, Carnivore could be very beneficial.

Stepping down from my soapbox now. So, what have I been eating? Below is lunch and dinner from yesterday.  The burger stack pictured was actually my wife’s breakfast, but I had a burger for dinner and didn’t take a photo 😉 I have chosen to also continue drinking my Ketones everyday cause the impact they have made on my life is something I will never take for granted and I drink a bulletproof coffee most mornings. There is some debate on whether grass fed is the best option, and although I would love to buy grass fed everything, it’s just not in the cards right now on my student budget with the exception of BUTTER.  Toxins are held in the fat cells and if I’m going to consume just the fat, I want it to be as clean as possible.  The theory I’ve heard though is that when you remove all the toxins we ingest daily by eating vegetables, whatever might be found in the meat is child’s play for our body to detoxify.

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Stepping out of the fog

I apologize, I can’t believe I forgot to share this yesterday! Actually, yes I can. Yesterday was a bit of a rough ride, which really surprised me since I was already fat-adapted I thought since I’d been eating Keto for 2 years. Wrong! I was shaking like a leaf, brain fuzzy, SO tired and nauseous at times. As wonderful as that sounds, it’s exactly why I try things on myself before I’d ever suggest them to anyone else! I think the yoga instructor thought I 2as hungover yesterday when I kept falling out of my tree pose… actually that’s pretty much how I felt! Thankfully, I feel actually pretty great this morning 😊 but I have developed an understanding of what could happen. Interesting note – my sugar-burner of a fiancé has felt great the whole time. Her urine strips show a trace amount of ketones present, mine are almost as dark as it gets. The metabolism works in curious ways…

So, what did I really want to share with you? If you haven already checked out this fabulous documentary series, it’s totally worth your time!!! The timing is cool from my perspective too cause today’s episode is all about the benefits of fasting and that’s pretty much what I did yesterday inadvertently… anyways, I highly recommend checking it out! Naomi Whittel who is named by some knowledge sources “The Wellness Warrior” has travelled the globe searching for doctors, researchers and specialists who have dedicated their efforts to research on a holistic approach to health and well-being. They challenge the status quo and put pressure on the flawed western medicine system which focuses on pulling out the prescription pad, rather than prevention. Such an incredible gift to have all of this education for free! Check it out! 👇👇👇

The Real Skinny on Fat

The experiment continues…

Carnivore experiment – day 3

Ok, when I heard “you really just won’t be hungry” I thought “pfffft! Do you know me?” but it’s the truth. Although, I don’t know if it’s more that I know I can’t have something sweet or comforting and the thought of eating more steak or trout/salmon has little appeal at the moment? 🤷🏻‍♀️ I checked my ketones last night (yes I know the pee strips aren’t the most accurate test, but still fun) and got a quite high ketone level. Actually around the same as what I’ve seen during a 60 hour Keto reboot. Interesting…

I will note, I don’t sleep more than 6-6 1/2hours each night but that’s no anything new at all. HOWEVER, the last few nights I’ve been getting more deep sleep and REM according to my Fitbit 😊 I did wake up very alert and with energy this morning, but pretty shaky. Yoga will be an interesting test lol! Tree pose could be beyond my capabilities, but we’ll see 😜

Biohacking experiment

There’s a promise I’ve made to you and myself for as long as I’ve been doing this, but for whatever reason I don’t think I’ve ever shared it with you!

I validate ALL information I share, AND I will never preach something I haven’t tried on myself unless I am completely up front that I haven’t!

Does that make me a biohacker? I’m cool with that 😁 So, let me take you on my current journey… I had heard of the carnivore diet briefly, but I’m definitely a skeptic and the sources weren’t ones I had a lot of faith in so I dismissed the idea. THEN don’t I meet my professor at the institute of holistic nutrition, who has been teaching and in practice himself for more than 10 years and HE raves about this same diet! 😮 Ok, NOW you have my attention.

Heres the thing… in 2010 I gave up a LOT of my favourite foods to try the Paleo life. “I’ll try it for 30 days” was my plan, but I felt better than I had eating Cheerios and bagels every day so I stuck with it for several years. Yes, it made me feel somewhat better, but I was still dealing with disease-related pain, and fatigue and wicked brain fog! In 2016 I made a few adjustments and switched to a Keto diet and drinking my ketones, which I LOVE and has made a HUGE difference to the struggles I mentioned! So why am I interested in trying Carnivore now? Keto has been my life for almost 2 years, and I will go back to that no question, but I’m a little bored and I’ve allowed myself to indulge a bit and I just want to try something new 😜

Today will be day 2. It will be a work in progress a bit to figure it out at first! Yesterday I woke up, went to yoga from 6:30am-7:30am, came home, drank my ketones and showered. Ok, nothing different about that but most days after I finish that little routine, my brain starts considering the tasty things in our fridge and cupboards. Wait – tasty things to me are bacon, almond butter, blueberries… Anyways, I’m the kind of person who is somewhat all or nothing and as I started to dig into a bit more information about this Carnivore thing I liked the “nothing” element lol! Again, work in progress… yesterday after my morning routine I ate a hamburger patty, drank water and headed out for my day. The point is NOT to be hungry. If you feel snacky, the meal should have been bigger is what I’ve read… but I wasn’t all that hungry! I made bacon (in the oven obviously! It you haven’t tried this method OMG you’re missing out!) and had 2-3 slices when it was ready. Dinner was a steak with grass fed butter and salt. That’s it!!

More to come 😉👊

Toasted Cinnamon Vanilla Coconut Cereal

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Cinnamon is a natural sweetener, so when you’re missing cereal, look no further than this crunchy alternative to sugary breakfast bowls. All you need is ½ cup with unsweetened almond milk. The fiber-rich coconut will fill you up all morning.

Ingredients

2 cups unsweetened shaved coconut

½ cup crushed walnuts

1 vanilla bean, seeds scraped out

Ground cinnamon

Powdered stevia

Unsweetened almond milk

Directions Preparing:

STEP 1 Preheat the oven to 350°F.

STEP 2 Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.

STEP 3 Spread out the coconut and walnuts in an even layer on the prepared sheet. Toast in the oven until light brown, about 5 minutes.

STEP 4 As soon as the coconut and walnuts come out of the oven, sprinkle them with the vanilla bean seeds, cinnamon, and stevia and toss to evenly coat. Taste and adjust the flavor as desired with more cinnamon, stevia, or both.

STEP 5 Put ½ cup of this cereal in a bowl and pour in your preferred amount of unsweetened almond milk. Serve immediately. Store any unused cereal in an airtight container at room temperature.

 

Keto Hot Chocolate Sticks

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Hot Chocolate Sticks

Ingredients:

2 1/2 cups heavy cream
2/3 cup Swerve
3 tbsp butter
2 packets Mayan Mocha KETO//KREME™
4 cups chocolate chips, sugar free
Sticks (lollipop, popsicle, sugar free candy canes)

Optional: Keto Marshmallows, Cocoa powder, crushed sugar free candy canes

 

Instructions:

1. Add heavy cream and swerve to sauce pan
2. Whisk while bringing to a boil over medium heat.
3. Lower heat to a simmer and stir occasionally until liquid is reduced by about 1/3 (about 30 minutes)
4. Whisk in butter.
5. Remove from heat and add Mayan Mocha KETO//KREME™.
6. Place chocolate chips in large bowl.
7. Pour liquid over chocolate chips and let sit 2-3 minutes.
8. Whisk together until smooth.
9. Pour the chocolate into 8X8″ pan lined with parchment paper.
10. Refrigerate 3-4 hours until firm.
11. Once set, cut into pieces and skewer each block with a stick.
12. Store up to 2 weeks in the refrigerator.

Optional: Roll in cocoa or crushed peppermint, and/or top with Keto marshmallow

Is Fear Peventing You From Losing Weight?

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There are 4 fears that actually could be getting in the way of your success! Understanding them could be the key to healing them and reaching your full potential. When I speak with someone about Ketones and all the benefits a person could experience just from drinking them, a lot of these same fears are triggered.  Change is hard for people, even when they know what they want.  Addressing the “why” behind your hesitation to become a better version of you can often be helpful.  Which of these fears resonates with you? Let’s set up a conversation to help you move PAST this fear and towards your ideal self.

Making the jump into healthy eating is difficult for those who are ready to change, and feels impossible for those who struggle with fear and psychological issues with food.

Having coached many people on their journey to reclaim their health, I have found four common fears that block the path to health.

1. Fear of failure

Many people have done countless fad diets in an attempt to get healthy. They see short-term success but find themselves back where they started. This endless yo-yo cycle can be deflating and humiliating. I get it; no one wants to be a failure.

The truth is that the idea of being at square one is an illusion. Each experience that didn’t turn out the way you hoped is a learning experience. You’re stronger and wiser because of it. If you need to lose weight, stop trying to lose weight to get healthy. Instead, get healthy so you can lose weight.

When you deal with these issues, weight loss is a natural byproduct of getting healthy.

2. Fear of success

Some people aren’t ready to get healthy because of an unspoken fear of success. For years, they’ve found their identity in their health condition. They mistake their weight or their health condition for who they truly are. This fear can make the success of healthy changes seem daunting and scary.

I’ve also seen many people fear that others would reject them if they lost weight. If they got healthy, they feel like they wouldn’t be able to relate to their friends.

Don’t fear healthy success. You are more than your outer form. You have a long, abundant life to live. Live it.

3. Fear of admission

I speak to a lot of people who are in denial about their health issues. They’re in denial about the severity of their issue. They compare themselves to someone who’s worse off than they are, deflecting their own issues. These people often equate how they feel with how healthy they are. They think that because they can function during the day, their health is decent enough. If this is you, you’re only hurting yourself and your loved ones by not admitting you need to reclaim your health.

4. Fear of responsibility

Possibly the most nefarious of them all, this fear can seem debilitating to confront. The idea that the food they eat, or don’t eat, contributed to their lack of health can be scary. It can be so much easier to take a medication, ignore your declining health and hang your hat on genetics, believing nothing can be done about it.

The fact is, everything you eat will either create health or destroy it. Feed disease or destroy it. Eat as if your life depended on it, because it does. The foods we eat can turn off and turn on genetic expression. I have seen the worst cases of autoimmune and chronic diseases with genetic components become completely reversed with healthy lifestyle changes.

Franklin Delano Roosevelt said, “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” For your life and health, this is a deep resounding truth. So what are you waiting for? If you were waiting for the right time, it’s now.

Thank you for taking the time to read this! Step 2 – stop letting these fears control your outcome.  Drinking ketones has been an absolute game changer for hundreds of thousands of people, many of which have been in YOUR shoes! The only thing I regret about working on my own self-doubt, fear and self-limiting beliefs is that I didn’t do it sooner. Now I’m passionate about empowering others to do the same.

You can email me if you have any questions or we can set up a phone call. Email me at katemcdowell@mac.com