"Just One Cookie Won't Hurt!" (Low Carb and Temptation)

"Just One Cookie Won't Hurt!" (Low Carb and Temptation)

It's everywhere: temptation. Often it's benign, like when your office environment seems to have opened a Krispy Kreme branch in your break room or at restaurants where you're presented with baskets of warm yeast rolls or tortilla chips before your tush is even nestled in the booth. That's hard enough. But there are times when the inducement feels like it's directed at you personally. When people around you are either insensitive to your efforts to avoid certain foods or, worse, might be actively trying to sabotage.

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Aw, nuts! (Allowed or Not on Keto?)

Aw, nuts! (Allowed or Not on Keto?)

There are foods that have been recommended as healthy, beneficial and generally good for us. And while many are on the generally approved list of foods to eat on the ketogenic, low carb/high fat (LCHF) diet, many are not. To people who have read a bit about what to avoid when keeping carbohydrates very low, many of the foods not on the approved list will be of no surprise: grains, even so-called 'healthy whole grains, milk (although heavy cream is allowed), potatoes, etc., But a couple of food groups that aren't on the allowed list raise the eyebrows of some. No fruit? And what about nuts? Aren't those foods super good for you?

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Lovely Low Carb Loot

Lovely Low Carb Loot

As I wrote in this post, I have found a few tools make being successful on the ketogenic, low carb/high fat diet (LCHF) easier. From measuring food to measuring to measuring blood ketones, to measuring my activity the right device can really help.

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Beyond Weight Loss: Other Benefits of the Ketogenic Diet

Beyond Weight Loss: Other Benefits of the Ketogenic Diet

My reason for starting down the ketogenic, low carb/high fat diet had less to do with losing weight than wanting to avoid being put on insulin or other medication for what was surely going to be a diagnosis of Type 2 diabetes. I've written previously about that here. I had been very overweight for about 30 years. I was reconciled to be so forever. After all, we've been advised that 'it's almost impossible to lose weight after about age fifty' and 'diets don't work' and '95% of people who lose weight regain it, plus more', etc., You know what I'm talking about. If you want to know what the drip, drip, drip of daily defeat feels like, live inside the head of fat woman.

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Isn't it Expensive to Eat on a Ketogenic Diet?

Isn't it Expensive to Eat on a Ketogenic Diet?

Affordability is an understandable concern when contemplating starting a low carb/high fat (LCHF), ketogenic way of eating since inexpensive foods like rice, potatoes, pasta and bread are replaced with seemingly more costly ones of fresh vegetables, meat, poultry, seafood, avocados and all those lovely foods that make this protocol so delightful.

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How Can I Say Eating Low Carb Is Sustainable? Well, Because It Is.

How Can I Say Eating Low Carb Is Sustainable? Well, Because It Is.

One of the slams one hears or reads about the ketogenic, low carb/high fat (LCHF) diet is that it can't be followed long term and that all diets fail. (That, and 'It will wreck your kidneys' ... 'Your cholesterol is going to go sky high' .... 'You might lose weight but that won't help you if you keel over from a heart attack' ... 'Carbs are required to make glucose so your brain can function properly' ... 'You'll shoot your eye out, kid!')

Wait. That last one is about something else altogether..

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Tools to Help with Eating Keto (Food Scale and MyFitnessPal)

Tools to Help with Eating Keto (Food Scale and MyFitnessPal)

One of the great things about the ketogenic diet when I first started was that I didn't need to worry about counting calories. Counting fat grams and protein ounces? Nah. Didn't worry about those. I just needed to make sure my total daily carbs were below 20 grams. I knew that most animal products are nearly carb free (eggs have just a bit and dairy products do as well). So if I avoided anything non-animal based, I had no problem losing weight. In the first 3 months I lost 38.2 pounds. It was a wonder. I had tried to lose just 10 pounds for 20 years, following the low-fat, eat less move more mandate.

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Isn't It Hard to Eat Out on the Ketogenic Diet?

Isn't It Hard to Eat Out on the Ketogenic Diet?

One of the key components for following a ketogenic or low carb/high fat (LCHF) food program is being in control of the food that goes in your mouth. When you're at home in your cozy kitchen this may not be such a big deal. But what about those times you want to go out for a meal? Let's face it, some days you just want someone to bring you a plate of food and refill your beverage glass.

Restaurants can be carbohydrate-laden land mines. There are sauces, baskets of bread, piles of chips and potatoes everywhere. Fried, hashed, mashed, au gratin, baked. If you can imagine it, a potato can be used for it.

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Why Have I Put on Weight When I'm in Ketosis and Not Cheating? Wha???

Why Have I Put on Weight When I'm in Ketosis and Not Cheating? Wha???

It can be frustrating to be doing everything 'right' and have the scale not cooperate. It happens to everyone. It has happened to me. Even when I first started following a ketogenic diet and the weight seemed to be falling off, the scale didn't show a loss every day. (As I wrote here, I weigh every day. It's my practice and has informed a lot of my experience). Over all, though, I saw the numbers move my favor.

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Getting Close to Goal. Can I Make It?

Getting Close to Goal. Can I Make It?

I've added a new tab at the top of the page, next to the "contact' button, that links to this page. It's about a weight loss goal I've set, one of hundreds I've set throughout my life but nearly the last. Having come close to getting where I want/need to be in regards to weight, I have two last segments left: I want to lose 7.9 pounds from where I started on August 7. I know those seem like random numbers but I just do what my spreadsheet tells me...

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Non-Scale Victory, part 2: Things You Can't Tell Just By Looking at Her.

Non-Scale Victory, part 2: Things You Can't Tell Just By Looking at Her.

Before and after (or during) photos are really compelling. I love seeing those of people who've lost weight or had makeovers or toned up, sometimes all three at the same time. These imagesinspire me to keep going. Love it when the person in the after photo appears to be taken of a wholly different one than the one in the before. It can seem impossible that one can get from one place to the next. It must be magic. Or trickery. Or photo editing. Then it's clear that real change is possible,

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Can I Drink Alcohol on Keto?

Can I Drink Alcohol on Keto?

Yes. Next question?

Nah, I won't be that flippant. It's a good question that comes up a lot. I can tell you that I enjoy wine and spirits and on a regular basis. It hasn't kicked me out of ketosis and doesn't seem to have impacted my weight loss. One can't prove a negative, of course, so I don't know how much I would have lost if I abstained, but I've been please with the pace at which I've lost.

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If It's Monday, It Must Be Weigh-In Day

If It's Monday, It Must Be Weigh-In Day

Actually, for me, every day is weigh-in day. There are as many views on how to approach the scale (if at all) as there are people wanting to shift a few pounds. Some say to weigh weekly only. Others only jump on the dreaded device monthly. Others have tossed their scales out altogether and gauge where they are by how their clothes fit - or how far below their belly their jeans have been pushed to accommodate 'Dunlops Disease. You're familiar with condition, right? When your tummy has done lopped over the top of your trousers. Might be a Southern thing...

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Where is Ketosis and How Do I Get There?

Where is Ketosis and How Do I Get There?

"Ketosis" isn't a place, although some might say it's almost a state of mind. In very simple terms, ketosis is when the body utilizes ketone bodies (fat) for fuel rather than glucose (sugar). Our bodies can use either fuel for energy and keeping the lights on but in general can use one or the other. (It's not 100% for either but rather the body will burn either glucose or fat for the vast majority of its needs at any given time)

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Eating Keto at a Buffet. Impossible? Absolutely not!

Eating Keto at a Buffet. Impossible? Absolutely not!

I had the great privilege to attend the first - and not the last - LowCarbUSA conference in San Diego. There were three days of presentations by world experts on health, science, nutrition, , exercise physiology, cancer research and the history of how bad science got us to the sad state of affairs in which the world now finds itself. I'll be writing about the lectures subsequent to this post but wanted to address a topic that comes up a great deal: how can one travel and eat out and stay on a ketogenic (low carb/high fat) regimen?

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Victories that have Nothing to do with the Scale.

Victories that have Nothing to do with the Scale.

Having lost over 80 pounds, which on a 5’1” frame is a gracious amount of weight, I’m now able to do things I simply couldn’t - or wouldn’t attempt - before. For people of normal weight there are everyday experiences and habits, movements and processes that are so mundane as to be out of any kind of consciousness. But for fat folk things can be oh so different.

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