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Symptoms Of Ketosis:

Symptoms Of Ketosis:

If you are considering the ketogenic diet or have already started down this carb-free road, you may wonder what you can expect. Here’s the thing. Ketosis looks different for everyone, but I will share many of the most common symptoms with you today. If something other than what’s listed here is happening to you, just do a quick Google search for that symptom and keto. You should be able to find what you’re looking for! The Early Signs: The early signs of ketosis vary from person to person. The biggest impact on how quickly you notice the symptoms of ketosis will have a lot to do with how you ate before you started the diet. If your diet was very high carb, you might get hit pretty quickly and furiously with what we like to call the “Keto Flu.” This can last anywhere from 3 days to a week or more. Once your body has adapted to burning ketones for energy instead of glucose, you’ll be golden so don’t give up! Here’s what you can expect within the first 2-3 days of starting the Ketogenic Diet: Fatigue & Weakness (lack of concentration) Headaches Metallic taste or sweet taste in your mouth (I experienced this, and it tasted like blood in my mouth) Lightheaded / Dizzy upon standing Heightened Thirst Hunger / Sweet or Carb Cravings Dry Mouth possibly paired with “Keto Breath.” Stomach Discomfort / Mild Nausea / Cramping Trouble Sleeping or Staying Asleep (early waking) Water weight loss (perhaps an excessive loss of weight within the first two weeks) Frequent Urination Allergies or cold like symptoms may flair up For the ladies: Period issues: You may experience a longer, shorter, earlier, later period because of Keto. Seriously it causes all of that. Each woman is different, and I have experienced every one of those issues with my period since starting ket Continue reading >>

What To Do With A Cold On Keto

What To Do With A Cold On Keto

Day 11 – 191 lbs. I have caught it from my children. They have some pretty full blown action. So far, it’s just a little filling of the sinuses and I believe I had a fever last night. Should I drop this thing to take care of the cold? What supplements should I take, etc? I am deciding to take a generic phlegm pill (mucinex). I will up the Vitamin C with a couple Emergen-C packs. That will add a few carbs to the equation. Add a little apple cider vinegar to the mix. I have a feeling that I will be feeling better than your average bad feeling dude. Have you ever had a cold on Keto? I’m not talking about the Keto Flu. That’s snot what we’re dealing with here. Sorry, I could not help. I’ve been waiting years to bring that back into a conversation. Continue reading >>

Should You Stay In Ketosis While Sick?

Should You Stay In Ketosis While Sick?

This is a tough question for those low carbing out there. There is no doubt that ketosis is a fat burning state that forces your body to metabolize food differently. But what about staying in keotsis while sick? Should you call it quits for the week? The month? The answer is a bit more complex. How sick are you? “sick” can mean a variety of different things. If you are having a cold for instance, staying in ketosis should be okay. Symptoms of runny nose, sore throat, cough, mild congestion, mild fever, are all generally manageable with over the counter meds and hydration. Generally if you feel you are up to the task, staying in ketosis when you have the common cold is usually safe and reasonably easy to manage. Some tips and tricks… Sugar Free Cough Drops. Dont forget that cough drops are loaded with sugar, which can throw you out of ketosis. I like to get HALLS Sugar-Free Cough Drops {affiliate link} and only use them when absolutely necessary Other great foods when your sick is homemade chicken zuchini noodle soup, scrambled eggs, pot roast, egg drop soup or basically any low carb soup you can make. Noatmeal is another low carb hot cereal option. Some people prefer to make bullet proof tea instead of bullet proof coffee. Even plain tea is a great option, just try to avoid the honey if you can resist. For a sore throat, sugar free jell-o with whipped cream is always an option for food. If you have more of a flu like sickness, or If you are having more of a stomach upset with nausea and vomiting, then perhaps keeping down what foods you can is better strategy. Sometimes when it is hard to keep anything down, it is better to eat something rather than nothing at all. The tried and true method of ginger ale and crackers is probably one of your best bets. There are op Continue reading >>

Cold Brew Coffee & How To Make It Easily

Cold Brew Coffee & How To Make It Easily

Feeding Your Coffee Addiction! It’s a given that everyone has different tastes in coffee. Some people prefer a dark roast served pure black, while others will pour everything imaginable into their cup, from sugar, to cream to cocoa or even peanut butter! The varieties are endless when it comes that perfect cup o’ Joe. But what’s even more interesting are all the variations that come with actually brewing the coffee to begin with! We’re probably all familiar with the standard “drip” method. Most coffee makers use this method to brew up some quick coffee using only ground coffee, some water and coffee filters. These are most commonly found in homes and offices, and while they’re quick and handy, the stuff that comes out can be bitter and bland. Perhaps that’s why most people prefer their coffee with sugar and cream. The problem with this drip method is that water is pushed through the coffee grounds quickly and doesn’t have a chance to actually brew! Think of how you make tea: pour boiling water over tea leaves and leave it to mingle for some time! We leave our tea leaves in our cup until we’re done drinking. Compare this to the 20 seconds or so it takes to get some coffee from a coffee maker; it’s no comparison. Subscribe for a FREE copy of our 14-Day Keto Meal Plan Coffee Needs to Brew! It takes a little bit of time, yes, but the results are worth it. You get stronger coffee from less product and the taste is more flavorful and aromatic. We like to brew Bulletproof coffee using a Turkish coffee pot and, of course, coconut oil and butter. We let the coffee brew in the pot until boiling and then about 2 minutes longer on low heat. This lets the coffee grinds steep with the boiling water to develop flavor and strength. The unique shape of the pot, by Continue reading >>

The Dreaded Keto Flu

The Dreaded Keto Flu

For all the excellent benefits of the ketogenic lifestyle, getting there can be a physically rough road. The primary reason for this is what is known as the “keto flu”. Almost everyone who has changed their life to the healthy ketogenic lifestyle has had to deal with the keto flu, and some have had a worse deal than others. Background The keto flu is the common name for the induction phase of ketogenesis. That means it’s the period of time when your body is getting used to the changes you have made to what you eat. When you change what you eat, you change everything about how your body operates and functions. Inside your gut (where close to 70% of your immune system lives) are billions of bacteria, and they are all battling for dominance. If your diet consists of highly refined carbs, the types of bacteria that thrive in your gut (e. coli, h. pylori, candida a, etc.) will be inflammatory and detrimental to your immune system. By changing your diet to be high in fat, those same bacteria die off rapidly, because they don’t have their preferred energy source. This massive bacteria death has consequences. These consequences are typically: Diarrhea Headaches Nausea Lack of mental focus and clarity Fatigue In short: You feel like you have the flu. That’s because, in a way, you do. Your immune system is taking a beating when you make the change, because it has grown accustomed to the way things have been. But once you get through the induction phase, and you start to feel better, your immune system will be several times stronger and more efficient. That’s one of the reason that Ketovangelists don’t get sick (and when they do, it’s not nearly as bad as it could have been). Changing Fuel Sources The best way to think about what you’re doing to your body is to i Continue reading >>

Iced Keto Coffee

Iced Keto Coffee

Everyone has tried or at least heard of keto coffee. It has revolutionized the ketogenic diet and is loved by millions of people. There are tons of great benefits to it and it helps you start your day off with a good amount of fat. But, what about those summer days or those days you don't want a hot beverage. Personally, I prefer ice coffee all year round! Well, we've re-revolutionized the coffee game with our Keto Coffee recipe. Bulletproof Coffee What makes our Keto Coffee so different from the standard bulletproof coffee is not only the iced factor. We use M CT o il and heavy whipping cream to create the creamy, fatty aspect. The great thing about MCT oil is that it doesn't solidify when cold unlike butter and coconut oil would. You won't have any fat chunks in your keto coffee! Keto Iced Coffee This isn't your average iced coffee. We've used a special ingredient, also known as the X factor in our house, to create a thicker, frothier consistency. This optional, although highly recommended ingredient is xanthan gum! If you haven't used it before you're missing out. It;s used as a thickening agent and works great for soups and gravies, and who doesn't like both of those things? Keto Coffee Warning: If you've never used MCT oil before we highly recommend starting at a lower dose than what is called for in the recipe. We would even suggest starting with 1 to 2 teaspoons and seeing how your body handles it. It can cause digestive issues and discomfort at the start. To make up for it you can just increase the amount of heavy whipping cream. If you're a caffeine addict or just love the taste of coffee you should give our B ulletproof Coffee, and for a little fun, our Irish Coffee (alcoholic) a try. But if you ask Matthew and I which is our favorite we would pick Keto Coffee Continue reading >>

Diy Natural Cold And Flu Remedies

Diy Natural Cold And Flu Remedies

Being sick is no fun, and I for sure don't want my kids or me to suffer any longer than necessary when they get sick. But since I had way too many antibiotics in my childhood, and it caused many issues for me including gut health problems, I am all about finding natural flu remedies and cold remedies so we can avoid the prescription drugs and OTC meds. Over the years I've found that it's a good idea to try different remedies and see what works for you and your family. Plus, there might be some that just aren't palatable for you or your kiddos, so you'll need to be armed with other options to. Making your own natural remedies is very satisfying. First of all, you have total control over the ingredients so you can keep everything natural and avoid ingredients that you might have an allergy or intolerance too. It also saves money since not only are the DIY versions less expensive than the store bought, but you can use so many of these ingredients for different applications, so you'll find yourself shopping less. Here are the natural cold remedies and flu remedies including some very yummy ones. I'm sure you'll find several that you are eager to try. Most have low carb options so they can be incorporated into a low carb / keto lifestyle. 1. Elderberry Jam – Spread this Immune Boosting Jam on your favorite gluten-free bread or put a dollop on hot cereal or eat off of a spoon. 2. Coconut Orange Smoothie. According to Green Thickies, this will help you avoid getting sick, plus can reduce the duration should you succumb. This does not have a low carb alternative. 3. This DIY Antibacterial / Antiviral Essential Oils Blend has many applications but one of my favorite is to fight off an illness. 4. Elderberry Syrup from my site. We use this every time we get a “bug” and it r Continue reading >>

What Is Keto Flu? (plus 6 Ways To Cure It)

What Is Keto Flu? (plus 6 Ways To Cure It)

You’re tired and dizzy, you crave sugar, bread, pasta, and your mind wanders like crazy. You just started a ketogenic diet (or a Paleo or other low carb diet) and you’re suspicious if your new diet is making you feeling this crappy. Removing carbohydrates from your diet all of a sudden may well be the reason why you’re barely able to concentrate on this sentence! This can happen even on a Paleo diet if you remove too many carbs from your diet. And all this feeling of crappiness is due to something people call Keto Flu (or Carb Flu). Read on to find out what is keto flu, how long keto flu lasts, and of course, how to cure keto flu. (CARB FLU = KETO FLU) KETO FLU INFOGRAPHIC – please pin! Please feel free to pin and share this infographic about the keto flu. WHAT IS KETO FLU? Keto flu describes the flu-like symptoms that people starting a low-carb diet often experience. These symptoms are caused by your body being too used to receiving carbohydrates from the food you eat and not being able to change your body’s energy source when you stop eating carbs. (If you’re interested in the science, then this article provides a very detailed explanation of why keto flu happens.) Some people explain keto flu as symptoms resulting from withdrawal from carbohydrates (think drug addiction here). And indeed, there are studies showing that sugars (which are a form of carbohydrates) can cause drug-like additions. But don’t panic if you think you have keto flu. I’ve listed several ways to shorten that period of feeling crappy below. WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF KETO FLU? If you just started a low carb or ketogenic diet, then you might experience keto flu symptoms like: Fatigue Sugar cravings Dizziness Difficulty focusing (or Brain Fog) Nausea Difficulty Getting To Sleep Irritab Continue reading >>

Cold Green Tea

Cold Green Tea

A cold green tea drink with keto benefits. Ingredients 2-3 Teabags Organic Green Tea 2 Tbsp. Grassfed Unsalted Butter 2 Tbsp. Coconut Oil 1 Tbsp. Heavy Cream 3 Cups Ice Cubes Instructions Brew your favorite cup of tea, but double it. Add your coconut oil and butter and blend it well, making it frothy. Chill the tea in the freezer for a few hours (overnight if you are making it for the next morning) In a blender, add your ice cubes and tea. Blend for 3-5 minutes, until it is well incorporated. Servings: 1 Nutritional Info (Per Serving) Calories Fats (g) Protein (g) Net Carbs (g) 247.0 28.5 0.0 0.5 Ready to Lose 10-21 lbs in the Next 28 Days? If you're really serious about losing weight and want to create a new lifestyle for yourself then the 28-Day Weight Loss Challenge is for you. The Ketogenic Diet has changed our lives. It has turned our bodies from sugar-burners to fat-burners. We wake up with more energy, less cravings, and a better mood throughout the day. Our 28-Day Weight Loss Challenge walks you through how to incorporate the Ketogenic Diet into your lifestyle so you no longer have to worry about giving up on diets and gaining back the weight you keep on trying to lose. Sounds too good to be true, right? Well it isn't and we are happy to teach you all about it with the 28-Day Weight Loss Challenge. Continue reading >>

Keto Cold Buster Tea

Keto Cold Buster Tea

When you start to feel a scratch in your throat or a drip from your nose, it is time to heat up a good old fashioned Keto Cold Buster Tea. Ok, it is something I made up, so there is nothing old fashioned about it, but it works. That’s my point, it works! I try to drink daily for 3 reasons: Helps to maintain pH balance on a ketogenic diet Aids in digestion Provides extra high quality sea salt for hydration I recommend drinking daily for maintenance of pH or drinking 2-3 times daily when you feel a cold coming on. Keto Cold Buster Tea: 8 oz hot water 1 tbls apple cider vinegar 1 tbls lemon juice 1/2 tsp celtic sea salt Stir ingredients together and sip QUIT DIETING! To learn how to stop yo-yo dieting FOREVER, click here. Work with your body, not against it! Click Here to Join My Facebook Group Natural Reference Supplements: Practitioner Code: nissahelpsme Follow Me: Continue reading >>

Ketosis Symptoms & Low Carb Flu Explained

Ketosis Symptoms & Low Carb Flu Explained

What does Ketosis mean exactly, and what are Ketosis symptoms? There are a lot of questions about the Low Carb Flu, also known as “Induction Flu” (based on the Atkins Induction Phase). If you’ve just started eating low carb and you feel miserable, you’re experiencing the low carb flu. Ketosis symptoms include: Headaches, bad breath or a metallic taste in your mouth, irritability (like PMS on steroids! lol), leg cramps, insomnia, nausea, etc. It basically feels like you’ve been hit with a nasty flu. Symptoms vary from person to person. The good news is, it means you’re doing it right! The even better news is… it only lasts a few days. What Is Ketosis? It is a state in which your body burns fat for energy instead of carbs/sugar. A keto state means you are fueling your body on healthy fats instead of carbohydrates. So that saying that “You need carbs for energy!” is untrue. But you DO need either carbohydrates OR healthy fats for energy, which is why you can’t (or shouldn’t) eat “low carb, low fat”. See Low Carb, High Fat Diet Explained Your body and your brain actually operate much better on healthy fats. A ketogenic diet is known to reduce seizures, lower blood pressure and cholesterol, control diabetes and chronic pain issues (fibromyalgia, arthritis, etc) and remedy many other common health issues. The ketogenic diet is a high-fat, adequate-protein, low-carbohydrate diet. The diet forces the body to burn fats rather than carbohydrates. Normally, the carbohydrates contained in food are converted into glucose, which is then transported around the body and is particularly important in fuelling brain function. However, if there is very little carbohydrate in the diet, the liver converts fat into fatty acids and ketone bodies. The ketone bodies pas Continue reading >>

Why This Doctor Recommends Keto (with A Catch)

Why This Doctor Recommends Keto (with A Catch)

Would clinical nutritionist Dr. Josh Axe, DNM, DC, CNC, recommend the keto diet? "Absolutely," he told POPSUGAR. But there is a catch. You can't do it forever. A brief refresher, if you don't already know: the keto diet is a high-fat, moderate-protein, low-carb diet in which you switch your body's primary energy source from carbohydrates to fat (i.e., from glucose to ketones). Up to 80 percent of your calories come from fat - we're not kidding when we say high-fat! That's what differentiates this diet from something like Paleo or Atkins - they're both low-carb, but with keto, the emphasis is on the fats. "I don't think somebody should be on a full ketogenic diet for more than three months," he said. "What I teach is not that everybody should be on a ketogenic diet - the basis of what I teach is traditional Chinese medicine, or TCM - but if somebody has the goal of overcoming epilepsy, fighting cancer, overcoming blood sugar issues like diabetes, losing weight, or even some hormonal issues, the ketogenic diet is a great temporary diet." "Everybody is different; depending on somebody's genetics, depending on somebody's health goals or struggles, certain people should be on certain diets," said Dr. Axe. For the patients he believes need the keto diet for what he calls "a breakthrough" in their health, he likes to limit it to three months. "When I put my patients on it, it has been for a maximum of three months. I know some people who have been on [the keto diet] and have done it for a year and done well with it. But I don't think people should be on a ketogenic diet fully for more than a year - absolutely not for more than a year." His reasoning for this is rooted in human history and the biology of our ancestors. As Dr. Axe is a clinical nutritionist with methodology root Continue reading >>

Sick Day Management On A Ketogenic Diet

Sick Day Management On A Ketogenic Diet

School is out, flowers are blooming, fireworks are in the air and it couldn’t be a worse time to get sick. Let’s face it, we’ve all had those horrible summer sick days. Throw being on a ketogenic diet into the mix, and the result is far from a “summer break”. KetoVie’s ketogenic dietitian specialists, Rebecca Jennings and Mary Susan Spears, share their tips to help make your sick day more manageable. Rebecca and Mary Susan joined the KetoVie team in order to provide additional resources to our customers. Both are practiced ketogenic dietitians and are always happy to answer any questions you may have about the ketogenic diet! Their biographies and contact information can be found on our website here. While these tips are helpful, they do not replace the necessary communication needed with your keto team to ensure safety. Tip #1. Hydrate. Encourage fluids to avoid dehydration. Aim for at least 1 cup of fluids every hour, more if a fever is present. Use water or calorie free beverage choices. Diluted Powerade Zero can be used as an electrolyte replacement drink. Refer to the Charlie Foundation’s list of Low Carb and Carb-Free Products for more beverage options (Signs of dehydration include decreased urine output, dry eyes and dry lips. Tip #2. Maintain diet if possible. As long as the diet is tolerated, continue the diet as prescribed. If nausea, vomiting or diarrhea are a problem, you can try offering casseroles, soups or ketogenic formula such as KetoVie, so every bite and sip is in the prescribed ratio. You may need to temporarily offer reduced calorie or reduced ratio meals such as broth. Return to the prescribed meal plan as able. Contact your keto team if meals or fluids are not tolerated greater than 24 hours. Tip #3. You may see lower ketones during Continue reading >>

Iced Ketoproof Green Tea

Iced Ketoproof Green Tea

Despite having tons of health benefits, ketoproof tea fits right on in with my breakfast and lunch schedule. I do intermittent fasting, and ketoproof tea gives me plenty of energy along with satiation through the morning fasting hours. I decided to take on an iced approach since I really like a cold drink in the morning and it helps me get it down much quicker in my morning eating window. Since I don’t do a full day fasting, drinking ketoproof tea in the morning really ramps up my metabolism with the fats, amino acids, and caffeine. Keep in mind that even if you don’t fast, this is still a wonderfully healthy and filling breakfast. I started using Numi Organic Tea and I love it. I got myself a sampler set on amazon, and it’s only $23. You get 9 flavors, with 5 teabags of each flavor. It’s a great way to test for what you like, and what you don’t and then order them much cheaper in the single packets. In fact, they’re around 27 cents a teabag if you start ordering individual flavors. So far I’ve actually enjoyed all of them, but I have a preference toward the Golden Chai and Gunsmoke Green. I figured since this is ketoproof tea, gunpowder green was a very fitting name for the tea of choice! Heck, we should start calling it Gunsmoked Ice Tea – has a nice ring to it, don’t you think? Main Components for ketoproof Tea Coconut Oil or MCT Oil – Coconut oil technically is MCT (Medium Chain Triglyceride) oil, well about 65-80% MCT anyway. MCT oil is just more concentrated than coconut oil, but both have been shown to aid in fat loss. I use coconut oil because, to me, it gives it a nice taste and it’s a heck of a lot cheaper! Grass Fed Butter – Cows that have a diet of fresh grass yields butter that has improved consistency and nutritional properties. The Continue reading >>

Cold Thermogenesis: How To Freeze Your Fat Off

Cold Thermogenesis: How To Freeze Your Fat Off

Technology as a crutch The industrial age started in the late 18th century in the United Kingdom and with it, brought about technologies that now keep us in the Goldilocks zone, not too hot not too cold. In effect, we outsourced a fundamental aspect of what it means to stay alive and well temperature control Specifically, we now do very little cold thermogenesis. It’s a process mammals like us use to produce heat in order to stay warm. Our bodies keep temperature tightly regulated in the range of 36.5 to 37.5 °C (or 97.7 to 99.5 °F). If you get too cold, entering a state called hypothermia, the molecular machines (enzymes) that run you metabolism can’t function properly – all it takes is a drop of 1 to 2 °C (or 1.8 to 3.6 °F) to get you into serious trouble. You want cold thermogenesis to kick in before that. The same goes if you get too hot. You cross the fever threshold when your body temperature reaches 37.2 to 37.7 °C (or 99.0 to 99.9 °) [1]. Get above that and you’re courting risky business. Fun fact: strictly speaking, not all of your body is at the same temperature. Yes yes, your toes might be cooler than your armpits, but that’s not what I’m talking about. If you zoom into your cells and measure the temperature of mitochondria, the bean shaped factories producing the ATP you power yourself with, they can reach 50 °C (or 122 °F) – hot damn! [2] Enter The Iceman: taking back cold thermogenesis Science advances in strange ways. Progress happens in fits and starts, from glacially slow collaborations to dogged individual pursuits. The Iceman, also known as Wim Hof, embodies the latter kind. A 40min Vice documentary well worth your time details the Dutchman’s fascinating story. He holds 26 world records [3], like climbing Mount Everest in nothi Continue reading >>

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