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The Nitrate And Nitrite Myth: Another Reason Not To Fear Bacon

The Nitrate And Nitrite Myth: Another Reason Not To Fear Bacon

Unfortunately, many companies that sell meat are now using celery juice and celery root powder (and other powders that are plant-sourced such as chard and others) for a “nitrate” effect in the meat. Although these seem natural because they are from plants, they are anything but natural because the glutamate (an amino acid) is taken from the source and compounded in the laboratory – without its naturally occurring co-factors, enzymes, etc. and much more of this substance is its isolated form than would be found in nature is used in the meat. They are even more dangerous than the synthetic nitrates, which are produced in a laboratory setting. The result is that free-glutamates in the body excite neurotransmitters in the brain. This causes the death of brain cells. Dr. Russell Blaylock talks about this in his book, Excitotoxins: The Taste that Kills. Free glutamates are anything but natural and they react in the body much differently than if you were going to consume celery or chard. But whether nitrates are synthetic or “naturally sourced” from plants like celery or chard, they are still excitotoxins. Here is the post I wrote about the issues with celery root and celery juice powders: It is difficult to find naturally cured bacon and other meats, but with the rising awareness of the many deceptions of the food industry, more producers are finding ways to naturally cure meats as our ancestors have done for thousands and thousands of years – with sugar and salt. Continue reading >>

Delicious Ideas For Lunch On The Go And Super Speedy Suppers! The Quick, Easy And Very Tasty Recipes That Will Help You Kick Your Carb And Sugar Habit

Delicious Ideas For Lunch On The Go And Super Speedy Suppers! The Quick, Easy And Very Tasty Recipes That Will Help You Kick Your Carb And Sugar Habit

Following a rigidly structured healthy eating meal plan to the letter is easy if you have all the time in the world to pre-plan, shop and cook three nourishing and delicious meals every day — or a chef to do all the work and worrying for you. But for many of us, life can so easily get in the way of our best intentions. When we need food, we need it quickly. But that doesn’t mean you can’t eat more healthily in a hurry. In fact, there is a way to transform your diet that can be blissfully quick and simple. All this week in the Daily Mail we are serialising a fascinating new book by Karen Thomson, great-granddaughter of pioneering heart transplant surgeon Dr Christiaan Barnard, in which she lays out a revolutionary approach for cutting back on carbs and kicking your sugar habit, leaving you slimmer and feeling fabulous for ever. The secret lies in ignoring all the conventional low-fat, carbohydrate-based dietary advice that has guided us for decades — but which is now accused of being at the root of a worldwide obesity epidemic — and switching to a super- healthy low-carbohydrate diet packed with healthy fats. Although it might seem counter-intuitive after so many years of low-fat indoctrination, a low-carbohydrate, healthy fat (or LCHF) lifestyle is wholeheartedly endorsed by an increasing number of top medics and academics as the way forward in the battle against obesity and its related diseases. At its heart is quitting sugar and all refined, processed foods and returning to a natural, wholesome diet of real food cooked from scratch. Yesterday, we explained the basic rules of the diet and showed how a typical week’s meal plan could be packed with delicious dishes that will never leave you hungry. Luckily, it is just as easy to live an LCHF life in a rush an Continue reading >>

The Basic Ketogenic Diet

The Basic Ketogenic Diet

Note: Please note that if you are interested in a Ketogenic Diet used to treat Epilepsy or Pediatric Epilepsy, please start at Johns Hopkins who are the pioneers in this field. The wikipedia page for the Ketogenic Diet diet also has information on the diet as it relates to treating epilepsy. The diet below is simply for rapid and effective weight loss and uses a 1 to 1 fat to protein ratio rather than the 4 to 1 fat to combined protein and carbs ratio of the Ketogenic Diet pioneered by Johns Hopkins used to treat epilepsy. [wp_ad_camp_3] Disclaimer: I am neither a doctor nor self proclaimed nutrition expert so please consult your doctor before starting any diet or taking any action that affects your health and wellbeing. After finishing Gary Taubes latest book, which seems to have rapidly become the cornerstone of a new approach to nutrition, I’ve become very interested in the Ketogenic diet. The speed of weight loss I’ve seen is incredible and my energy level has remained high. The science behind a ketogenic diet is solidly backed up by Taubes research published in “Good Calories, Bad Calories” and “Why we get fat“. According to Taubes’ research, it may also be the only way for people who have become severely insulin resistant, to effectively lose weight. The Ketogenic diet has always lived on the fringes of diet lore and has been seen as extreme. But the reality is that the low glycemic index diet (Low GI Diet) is effective because it is close to, but not quite, a ketogenic diet. Other diets like the South Beach Diet are also only effective because of the reduction in carbs and consequently insulin levels. The science behind this diet looks solid and it is part of the massive shift in nutrition research we’ve seen in the last few years. Prominent sport Continue reading >>

Complete Guide To Sweeteners On A Low-carb Ketogenic Diet

Complete Guide To Sweeteners On A Low-carb Ketogenic Diet

Most people on low-carb find that once they get used to the diet, the cravings for sugar go away. Many even claim not to use any sweeteners at all. However, you may find it hard to give up sweets, especially at the beginning. I've been researching for natural low-carb sweeteners as well as other healthy alternatives to sugar. As always, there are many sweeteners you should avoid. I personally avoid using sweeteners regularly and only use them for occasional treats. In fact, most of my recipes in KetoDiet, KetoDiet Basic and my new cookbook don't include any sweeteners at all. If your target is weight loss, sweeteners may impair your progress, as even so-called "zero-carb" sweeteners may cause cravings. If your weight is stalling, avoiding sweeteners or joining my 30-Day Clean Eating Challenge is a good way to break the weight loss plateau. You can download a print-friendly version of this guide here! Best Natural Low-carb Sweeteners Following is an overview of healthy sweeteners you could use provided your net carbs limit allows for it. People with very low net carbs limit should avoid using anything other than "zero-carb" sweeteners, like Stevia, Monk fruit sweetener or Erythritol. 1. Stevia Stevia is an herb, which is commonly known as "sugar leaf". The extract from this herb is used as a sweetener and sugar substitute. Based on the USDA database, Stevia belongs to a group of non-nutritive sweeteners. This means there are no calories, vitamins or any other nutrients. The availability of Stevia can vary from country to country. Nowadays, it is commonly used in the US and was approved for use in the EU in 2011. The health effects of Stevia have been questioned for the past few decades. However, based on recent studies of the WHO (World Health Organization), Stevia extra Continue reading >>

Checking If Your Ketogenic Diet Is Working

Checking If Your Ketogenic Diet Is Working

The problem or challenge with most diets is seeing their impact. You can change your lifestyle quite dramatically but have to wait weeks to see any tangible impact or benefits. Switching to a low carb high fat / ketogenic diet is not easy. However, unlike many diets it is relatively simple to check if your body is in ketosis ie. if the ketogenic diet is actually working. Sure, it won’t happen overnight, but you should be able to see results within 7 to 10 days. There has to be an upside to the carb withdrawal after all! In order to get into ketosis and stay there you need to reduce your carb intake quite dramatically. In my case I’m below 40g per day most days, though I’ve heard of some people needing to get below 20g before they get into ketosis. Bear in mind that the average Irish or American person is consuming several hundred grams of carbs per day. It doesn’t take much – bread, pasta, root vegetables and sugar are all source of carbs. The simplest way to check is to test your urine using a ketone urinalysis urine strip. You can easily get them on Amazon or elsewhere. The strips will simply check to see how high the ketone levels are in your urine and therefore tell you whether you are in ketosis or not. For example, with the ones I bought a shade of purple indicates ketosis with the darker the shade is indicating higher levels of ketone in the blood stream. Testing is simple and easy. Just collect a urine sample, dip one of the strips in it. Wait a few seconds and check the colour against those on the side of the container. And you’re done. No hanging about or waiting. There are other methods for testing, though they’re either more expensive or invasive. Do you really want to spend hundreds of Euro on a breath tester? Or draw blood to test your ketone Continue reading >>

Basic Oopsie Rolls

Basic Oopsie Rolls

A Keto Staple! Oopsie rolls have been a favorite in the low carb community, and for good reason! They’re fluffy, light, thin “buns” made of eggs, cream cheese and some cream of tartar. Before getting started with this recipe, learn about egg carton labels, they’re important to decipher to know you’re buying a quality egg. Cream of tartar (or potassium hydrogen tartrate) is a leavening agent, meaning it helps batters rise. It’s similar to baking powder and baking soda; they’re all acidic and used commonly in baking to coax desserts to rise. It can be found in the herbs and spices section of a supermarket. If you don’t have cream of tartar, you can try baking soda or baking powder, or even substitute some vinegar to add acidity to the recipe. However, cream of tartar will prevent the oopsie rolls from deflating when cooling, adding to the “breadiness” of their texture. Give it a try! Oopsie Rolls Are Versatile! These oopsie rolls can be used in many different dishes ranging from sweet to savory. Try them as burger buns for your next BBQ or butter burger recipe. Or try some awesome homemade and low carb Eggs Benedict for breakfast! Add erythritol and vanilla to the batter and top them with whipped cream and strawberries for a low carb Strawberry Shortcake! Oopsie rolls are truly a great staple for any keto kitchen. Make a batch and save them in a ziploc bag for a week’s worth of oopsie goodies. We highly recommend using an electric hand mixer for this recipe. It’s very important that your eggs are whipped to achieve that airy, bready texture. A standard whisk will get you there, but at the cost of some very sore arms in the end. Let’s make some oopsie rolls! Loved this recipe? Let us know! Something didn’t quite turn out right? Ask us in the com Continue reading >>

6 Super Quick Keto Lunch Ideas 3g Carbs Or Less

6 Super Quick Keto Lunch Ideas 3g Carbs Or Less

Look for keto meals on Instagram, Twitter, G+, Facebook or Pinterest and you’ll get bacon and eggs aplenty. But very few other options. For that reason, I have decided to compile 6 Super Quick Keto Lunch Ideas 3g Carbs or Less to make your life a little easier and less boring. A sustainable, healthy, keto lifestyle involves cooking with fresh ingredients and being a bit more inventive than average. Inevitably, it also means spending more time in the kitchen than one would like. Fine if you love it and have plenty of time in your hands. Not so good if you don’t. Keto dinners will always, inevitably, mean cooking a meal from scratch, or re-heating leftovers, or defrosting something made previously. But it doesn’t have to be that way for lunch as well. I know eggs and bacon don’t take much effort, but if you’re in a rush it will still be too time consuming. And if you’re at work, what do you eat? Bacon and eggs in the local caff, again? Or an expensive yet tiny tray of cheese and olives from the deli counter? Or meat and soggy veg from the canteen, again? It sounds like I’m an egg and bacon hater. But I definitely am not! I love both. However, I crave variety. Plus I don’t like wasting my money on ridiculously overpriced take away foods when I’m out and about. And if I’m at home, I hate having to stop doing what I’m doing to make time for mid-day cooking. We all lead frenetic lives nowadays, so I’m sure there will be many of you who feel the same: one cooking session a day is enough, thank you very much. Hopefully, with my 6 Super Quick Keto Lunch Ideas 3g Carbs or Less, I will save you from both food boredom and expense of eating out. Just a note for you to bear in mind before we dive in: spare 10 minutes of your evening time to prepare a low carb Continue reading >>

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