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The Problem with Lazy Keto

I have a problem with lazy keto or dirty keto or if it fits your macro style of a ketogenic diet. Because that is what it becomes, a diet. When I first began to investigate this lifestyle, Dr. Westman’s “white coat” video referred to “page 4”. What I learned is that page 4 was a list of approved keto foods that his patients who were trying to solve metabolic issues were allowed to eat. He was very specific, “if it is not on page 4, it’s not allowed”.

I have to say, I agree with Dr. Westman on the idea that boundaries and goals are important when trying to solve metabolic issues. That we need to know what foods are towards our goals and what foods will keep us stuck.

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Take Responsibility for Your Health – Don’t Trust Food Companies

The two books that I have found most helpful have been one by D. Mark Hyman (https://amzn.to/2IiT5Ay) and one by Dr. Jason Fung (https://amzn.to/2P80mE5). Dr. Fung’s book is also available in french (https://amzn.to/2Ixu83E).

Growing up in Canada, we learned in elementary school that we should not have candy or chips for snacks at school. The idea being that we need to work hard at school and needed our brains to be focused. The emphasis was on being healthy and taking responsibility for your health.

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Surprisingly, Artificial Sweeteners Can Cause Weight Gain

Would you be surprised to learn that artificial sweeteners can cause weight gain? I certainly was. Especially considering that they contain no calories.

But, if you haven’t heard by now, calories do not cause weight gain. So, what does? Insulin spikes and variation of sugar in your blood.

I am by no means an expert in physiology or biology or medicine. What I am, is someone who has lived through several interesting phenomenon and then revisited the science to try to understand what was happening.

There needs to be a greater focus in the medical profession to answer practical questions that affect everyone. Like, why is it that when I drink diet soda, I become ravenous 20 minutes later.

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The Real Reason that Keto Improves Health

I know you are going to say you know the real reason that keto improves our health. But do you? What is a carb? Are all carbs created equal? Do we need them?

Our bodies are so complex and there is so much information. Although I believe that I know why the Ketogenic lifestyle works, I’m also constantly learning. And even with all that we already know about the body, there is still so much more to learn.

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I’ll Start Keto Tomorrow – Procrastination Hurts Us

I’ll start keto tomorrow. No, I have that party this weekend, I’ll start Monday. Darn, we go on vacation next month, guess I’ll start after that. And as we push our start date further and further away, our health continues to decline.

We say we want better health but then we allow our desire to eat “fun food” keep us on a path to sickness. Procrastination hurts us.

When you decide to make a change in your life, there is usually a reason behind it. If you have evaluated your situation and come to the conclusion that you need to change your diet, or your exercise routine, or your sleep patterns, there was a reason you looked at these things to begin with.

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Can We Do a Ketogenic Lifestyle on a Budget?

Is it possible to do Keto on a budget? Surely if you know what you can and cannot eat, that is a good first step. This book by Mark Hyman will help you with that step: https://amzn.to/2UU8VEi

Understanding your goal is always the first step to being successful. So, know your budget. Many people go shopping without any real idea how much money they have in their account. This can lead to over spending.

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How to Lose Weight by Focusing on Your Goals

You need to focus on your goals if you really want to enjoy life. I know that is a bold statement. But goals are that important to being happy.

You see, everything that you decide to do is a goal. And there really isn’t any point of getting into your car, if you don’t know where you are going. All you will do is use all of your gas or, even worse, spend hours in a parked car.

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Eating a Healthy Diet is a Choice

Eating a healthy diet is a choice that we make on a daily basis. The way we make that choice is based on our habits and our beliefs.

Our habits can lead us to success or failure. Since we do them automatically, we do not tend to verify if they continue to serve us well. So taking the time to question why we are engaging certain habits can mean the difference between accomplishing goals or stagnating in life.

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What Causes Food Addiction?

What causes food addiction? Short answer is SUGAR. If you are still with me, the thing that I want everyone to think about is that if you do not understand food and how food interacts in the body, you will remain powerless to change your life.

This book by Mark Hyman, MD: https://amzn.to/2SGMErU really helped me to understand the process of getting food to our plates and the hidden agenda of food manufacturers and how that affects the quality of the food we eat.

It is important to focus on eating quality food that will fuel your body while allowing you to feel healthy. In order to accomplish that, you need to be in control of what you are eating. Food addiction eliminates your ability to be in control. What’s scary, most people do not know that they are addicted.

The food industry has added sugar to so many foods that do not need it and then most of our staple meals are centered around grains. Grains are sugars.

Being healthy today takes an effort because you need to actively reject many foods that are called healthy but are really sugar masquerading as nutritious meals. Heart healthy cereals, fortified milk, genetically engineered fruit, are all ways that we eat extra carbohydrates that are harming our bodies and leading us down the road to diabetes.

If you want to improve your health, you first need to understand that carbohydrates are not necessary. By decreasing the amount that you eat, you can greatly improve your health and live a happier life.

I work on being happy everyday because happiness is a journey. It would be my pleasure to help you work on being happy, one video at a time.

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