Can Ketogenic Diets Cure Diabetes?

Can Ketogenic Diets Cure Diabetes?

001000Research is saying a big “Hell Yeah” to eating steak, coconut oil, bacon and avocados.  Those are mainstays for many people who follow a ketogenic (high fat, low-to-moderate protein and almost no carb) diet.   A body of evidence is showing that this diet may be the holy grail for reversing pre, and type 2 diabetes.  The ketogenic diet, incidentally, was originally developed to treat epilepsy.   The Science Behind the Ketogenic Diet and Why I Still Didn’t Try It In the early to mid-90’s I was intrigued by the notorious Atkin’s Diet book, which promoted the ketogenic diet for weight loss.  When the body consumes very little carbohydrate, the liver converts fat into fatty acids and and ketone bodies.  The ketone bodies pass into the brain to fuel it and they replace glucose as the body’s energy source.  The marketing slogan was and is, “eat fat to burn fat.”  I did not try it .  I was hesitant to get on board with such a radical concept even though I heard first-hand reports that people were losing weight.  Significant weight loss almost always has a positive effect on biomarkers like blood sugar and cholesterol.  Still, I personally couldn’t wrap my head (or mouth) around eating all that fat – about 70% of you daily calories.  I think I had a fat-phobia bought on by the false, mind-control marketing by the sugar and packaged food companies convincing us fat was the enemy.  We know now, it’s not.  The real enemy, if we have to demonize a food, is added sugar and processed, refined foods.  It really makes me angry 😡😡 😡that food companies,...
Your Favorite Summer Salad Recipe

Your Favorite Summer Salad Recipe

000000SUMMER SALAD must! One hot day I looked at my leftover watermelon and decided to make it a meal instead of a snack.  It’s so refreshing, everyone will love it. This watermelon salad with feta super easy and fast: Cut up seedless watermelon Spinach or your favorite dark, leafy greens for a salad bed Chevre goat cheese or Feta crumbles Chopped walnuts A sprinkle of fresh mint if you have it and any light vinaigrette (I used balsamic – it’s a bit strong for this salad so I recommend a champagne, orange, lemon or red wine dressing) BON...

What’s Your Health IQ?

000000Test Your Knowledge You may have seen or heard the commercials for the company HealthIQ.  I had the privilege to serve as one of the experts on their health and quizzes.  Although I may be slightly biased, I think the quizzes are pretty fun!  They make you think.  And you definitely will learn more than currently know about a variety of health and fitness topics.  They’ve created over 1,000 health-related quizzes and worked with innovative insurance companies to create financial rewards for health conscious people. To date, Health IQ has helped over ten thousand triathletes, vegans, runners, and other health conscious people secure billions in life insurance coverage, and they hope to expand to other financial rewards in the near future.   Try this quiz.  Let me know how you do in the comments below or hit me up on one of the socials. Powered by Insurance for the...
Viva La Café!  Toast to a Longer Life with Coffee

Viva La Café! Toast to a Longer Life with Coffee

000000Let’s Toast to a Longer Life Thanks to Coffee! Some health myths are hard to break no matter how much good science comes out.  For example, there are still some people who think coffee may not be healthy.  Granted, some people cannot tolerate the buzz or have other health issues at play that may not pair well with caffeine.  But coffee is more than just it’s caffeine content.  And now there’s even more mounting evidence that coffee – caffeinated or not – may lead to a longer life according to scientists. The Annals of Internal Medicine recently published a study showing people who drank a cup of coffee a day were 12% less likely to die compared to those who didn’t drink coffee.  For those who drank 2 to 3 cups a day, there was an 18% reduced chance of death.  The study period ran for over 16 years.  The data came from a multiethnic collaboration between the University of Hawaii Cancer Center and the Keck School of Medicine.   Researchers studied 215,000 ethnically diverse participants to examine lifestyle risk factors that may lead to cancer.  Of the more than 180,000 participants that were coffee drinkers, they found the drink was good for you whether you are white, African-American, Latino or Asian.   It didn’t matter whether the coffee was high octane or decaf.  Mortality rates were lower for both, suggesting the association is not tied to caffeine, according to V. Wendy Setiawan, senior author of the study and an associate professor of preventive medicine at the Keck School of Medicine. “Coffee contains a lot of antioxidants and phenolic...
A Smoked Salmon Salad to Scream For

A Smoked Salmon Salad to Scream For

000100Most people think of cafes, croissants and baguettes when they travel to Paris.  I do too.  Their food is their passion and I never had  disappointing meal there.  Well, maybe just one.  I ordered a veggie burger at a place called Burger & Fries.  They gave me lettuce, tomato, a slice of cheese and onion on a burger bun!  That’s a veggie burger?  Really??  I was convinced they were messing with me! Other than that fiasco, the food was as incredible as you’ve either heard or already know from experience.  When Jim and I got home from our vacation in Europe, one thing we both really missed and craved were the seafood salads with smoked salmon.  I never met a salad I didn’t absolutely love there.   The other night when the urge hit me hard, I had to improvise.  It was delicious right down to my homemade easy peasy dressing. For 2 dinner size servings: 8 – 10 oz. of Nova smoked Alaskan Salmon 1/2 small or medium onion (pick your favorite) About a dozen cherry tomatoes (I used golden yellow and red) About 20 steamed green beans or haricot verts 1/2 large avocado or a whole small one Mixed greens (as much as you want) Fresh ground pepper Finishing salt Capers (not shown – I remembered them after the pic, whoops!) Dressing:  Mix together 1/4 cup olive oil, 1/2 fresh lemon squeezed for juice, 2 tsp dijon mustard, 1 tsp honey, 1/4 tsp dill, lemon pepper and a dash of Himalayan pink salt to taste) Fill a large plate or bowl with fresh mixed greens. Slice onions,...
How Women Can Lose Weight After 40 (especially around the middle)

How Women Can Lose Weight After 40 (especially around the middle)

111010  Are you a woman over 40 and noticing it’s getting harder to lose weight?  Got some extra stubborn fluff and puff around the middle?  Maybe you’re finding that the diets you did in your 20’s or 30’s don’t work as fast as they used to or don’t even work at all!  If you’re already well past 40, chances are you’ve found it’s harder to lose weight.  And, those inches around your waistline won’t budge. Yes ladies, “Middle Age Spread” is a real thing.  Now before you click the little “x” on your browser to close this page and curse my name in disgust, sit tight.  First, I’m going to lay out the facts of why this happens to most women.  Then, I’m going to give you some action steps you can take to start losing weight again! Why the Weight Creeps On and On   Hormones. Ok, no big surprise here.  During perimenopause, our estrogen and testosterone levels start to drop.  By menopause, they plummet.  This is probably why approximately 30% of women between 50 and 59 are obese.  http://www.womenshealth.northwestern.edu/blog/menopause-and-weight-gain There appears to be a connection between estrogen and body weight regulation.  With lower estrogen levels, lab animals tend to eat more and be less physically active.  http://www.womenshealth.northwestern.edu/blog/menopause-and-weight-gain Levels that are too high or too low appear to lead to fat storage.  And, lower estrogen levels may also slow down your metabolic rate (the speed  at your body converts stored energy into working energy).   Being Less Active.  Many of us just slow down with age and exercise less.  This is just bad all around.  This is true for both men and women. ...