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,...
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Double Your Kettlebells, Double Your Fun!

000000How to Use two Kettlebells instead of one No one will tell you how important it is to keep up your strength training more than me.  But I know many people, especially when they get a little older or have had injuries, are hesitant to up their weights.  So try this.  Instead of using one heavy kettlebell, try two medium weights (or even light to practice).  Here is a great kettlebell workout for strength building you can do with two, instead of one. Want more kettlebell tutorials or suggestions?  Click here for how to do a Turkish Get Up, the top brass of kettlebell exercises or here for some easier to learn whole-body-exercises. Ready to buy your own kettlebells?  These SPRI, vinyl covered ones are my favorite.  They feel nicer than the steel ones I’m using in the video when resting the rack position.  And, easier to grip by the horns when your hands are sweating!  Oh, and they’re prettier...

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...
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,...
Simple Beginner, Level 1 Workout

Simple Beginner, Level 1 Workout

010000Everyone needs to start somewhere.  I created a few  easy, beginner workout programs for GymRa for that very reason.  These workouts (most all are on YouTube) will help you build the confidence and core competency you need to get on your way to making fitness part of your daily life.  These workouts include beginner cardio moves, basic strength and toning exercises and core work to keep you spine healthy and prevent injuries. If you’re not a beginner, consider sharing with someone you know who is....
Six Moves to a Sexy Summer Body (for a tighter tummy and sculpted arms!)

Six Moves to a Sexy Summer Body (for a tighter tummy and sculpted arms!)

000000 This is not a beginner workout, but it can be great for either intermediate level exercisers all the way thru advanced fitness levels.  I’m a huge proponent for doing at least 1 workout a week outside where you can GET AWAY from the mirrors, the piped in music, the sweaty equipment and most of all, get away from the self-judgement and comparison to others! For this workout, all you need is enough room to move side to side about 10 feet or more. No Judgement and No Comparison Zone: Some people thrive on physical competition.  Most people don’t.  It’s more of a slap in the face for many.  When you use my workout templates all under the workout->videos tab, I truly hope hope you do them in a space that relaxes you and gives you enjoyment.   Not in a gym with you watching what others are doing and subconsciously wondering if they are judging you back. You’ll see most of mine are at my favorite park in L.A.  It’s one of my “happy spaces.”  I can pretty much guarantee that the mood you will be in after one of my outdoor workouts will far exceed a workout you do in your bedroom or living room following along to a full length workout video.   Put on your headphones, go thru each of the exercises with me to get the muscle memory, then take it on your own!    ...