5 Things to Remember when Starting a Keto Lifestyle

The road to shedding weight is a tough one, no argument there. But it doesn’t have to be that way.  When you combine amazing high quality gut health supplements with a keto style of eating, it is much easier to shed weight and also see a host of other issues improve for the long term.

Our body is thrown into another state called ketosis- the process of using fat for fuel instead of starches- when we change the way we eat, especially when we reduce the intake of a particular nutrient, like carbohydrates. This is why you need to be very much acquainted with the proper way to transition to a keto lifestyle so that you avoid some of the pitfalls.

Before embarking on any low carb/keto lifestyle, here are five considerations to take into consideration.

  • Use of Supplements: Good gut health supplements are a must for every human on the planet. Why?  Soil depletion, lack of nutrients in food due to farming and growing styles, toxins in the environment, prescription meds we take, and more.   Supplements are needed to boost your nutrient levels and avoid damage to the body and to keep the gut balanced and healthy so that it can absorb all of the nutrients possible. Bare minimum should be a quality methylated multi-vitamin, a probiotic with enzymes and anti-fungals that is NOT refrigerated, magnesium, and a prebiotic.  I suggest the line of plant-based gut health supplements from Plexus for best quality and sourcing.  Please be cautious of not so natural ingredients in your supplements.
  • Water intake: Low carb/keto lifestyles are effective because they kick in the fat burning process known as “dietary ketosis” which is a great natural appetite suppressant. When ketones are produced by the body in large amounts, the body needs more water. Lots of water is also important for flushing out the toxins that you are detoxing from using your gut health supplements.mineral-water-lime-ice-mint-158821.jpeg Feel free to add lemon and lime and anything non-caloric or sugary to your water to enhance flavor.  I love mint leaves in mine or mint extract on the go.
  • Constipation: You need to be aware that low carb lifestyles are associated with constipation. This is due to the imbalance in the gut as well as change you will experience when you start eating less carbs. This is why it is critical to be consistent on your magnesium and to add flax seed and good fats to the diet in larger amounts than before. Indulge in high fiber vegetables daily!  We do not eat enough plants in America so fill your plate with green veggies and other non-starchy veggies.  As you add fats and veggies and stay faithful on supplements, this issue should resolve itself.
  • Long-Term Lifestyle Change: When you begin a keto lifestyle, you will notice that you will lose a lot of water weight at first. This is because our high carb and processed food diet that is also high in sugar causes major inflammation and water retention. At some point this weight loss may plateau, or slow down. However, it is critical to not quit because you feel the lifestyle is no longer working. This is the worst thing you can do, because gut health and keto is a lifestyle for long term health as opposed to a quick fix. Stay faithful on your supplements and faithful on your eating plan and things will move!  Be sure to exercise as much as possible.
  • Detox: Low carb/keto lifestyles can be very discomforting, especially during the first 2 weeks. You may experience low energy levels, grumpiness, and a nerve wracking lethargic feeling. It will seem like your body doesn’t function as it used to when you were still allowed to eat pastries and pasta. This is normal, and in the Ketogenic world this is referred to as keto flu. This typically passes in about two weeks as your body adapts to the healthy new balance in your gut and moves into ketosis where the body begins to burn fat for fuel. pexels-photo-941540.jpegTo make detox less harsh, stay VERY faithful on supplements and you may need some extra probiotics. Add a little bit more caffeine- NATURAL like in coffee and tea NOT synthetic as in energy drinks and shots.  Synthetic caffeine is extremely unhealthy.

To sum it all up, always remember that keto lifestyles are easy to embark on if you have your plan right and have done your research. Avoid all starchy foods such as potatoes, rice, pasta, bread, flour and sugar. Also ditch the cereals! Stay away from the soda; purge your fridge of them if you still have any, before embarking on your low carb/keto journey.

Be careful not to fall for quick fix scams like fake exogenous ketones, powders that promise to put you into ketosis, diet pills or patches, or supplements with synthetic caffeine.  These are not only a waste of money, but often extremely unsafe and with dangerous ingredients like bitter orange, synephrine, and more.  Getting into ketosis is done naturally through your diet, a healthy gut, or with a healthy gut and the use of MCT oil or coconut oil.

It’s a great idea to plan meals ahead of time and find support from friends.  It may also be a good idea to consult with a nutritionist. My nutrition clients use the best gut health regimen out there and we have a wonderful online support group.  Remember that long term health changes require a real desire to change your life and health, and there are no quick fixes out there.

In Health!

XOXO

Erin

 

Eating out on a Low Carb or Keto Lifestyle

In a world where most food in restaurants tends to be processed and full of carbs and sugar, trying to eat healthy and still enjoy eating out can be stressful. However, with a little bit of knowledge, it is very easy to adapt food from almost any cuisine at any restaurant to suit a low carb or keto way of eating.

Just remembering three things will keep you on track when you eat out:

  1. Know what you can eat, and what to avoid!
  2. Plan ahead!
  3. Stick to your guns!

Eating low carb means you actually have a lot of flexibility with your food. Knowing which foods to avoid makes it easier to eat out without trying to guess what is acceptable. Great choices to look for when eating out include meats that are not breaded or battered, vegetables, salads, and fish that is not battered. Potatoes are pure starch that turns to sugar and must be off the menu, but why not try extra veggies instead?

Consider eating ‘outside the box’. If you want a juicy burger, go ahead and have it, without the bun. Replace the fries with carrot sticks for low carb eating or a green veggie for keto eating to round out your meal.asparagus-barbecue-bbq-675951 for some melted butter for that steak or chicken or fish.  BUT- make sure it is real butter.  Not whipped spread made from oil and chemicals. Salads offer unlimited options, as almost any meats and vegetables can be thrown in, and many restaurants offer some type of salad on their menu. Steak and mixed vegetables are always a great choice, and tasty, too!

Perhaps the most overlooked key to successfully eating out on a low carb lifestyle is planning ahead. This simple step can save a lot of stress and worry. You already know what you can eat, so the next step is finding out what is on the menu at the place you want to eat at. Go online to view menus ahead of time. You can even call the restaurant and ask questions about food preparation and ingredients. blur-breakfast-chef-262978This way, you will be armed with the info needed to make good food choices. This step eliminates the stress and worry over what you’ll order once you arrive, so you will be able to focus on enjoying your meal! With so many doctors and health professionals realizing that a low carbohydrate lifestyle is the way to go, many restaurants are upping their game with both low carb and in bigger cities keto options on the menu. Look for this trend to continue as the months and years go by and more and more research is available on the health benefits of a low carb lifestyle.

The most important thing you can do when eating out low carb is to stick to it. Many are tempted by the bread basket, teased by the desert tray, and give in to the pressure to be ‘normal’. Maybe you don’t want to seem demanding. Whatever the reason, just remember, you deserve to feel healthy and be happy. If it helps, consider your low carb lifestyle the same as anyone that requires a special diet for a medical condition. There will be some foods you just can’t eat, but don’t be afraid to ask for the ones you can! For most people, once they have been low carb for a longer period of time, the health benefits and the way their bodies feel are so amazing that the temptation to eat the things that make our bodies less functional seems to go away.

Always remember that for optimal health, you need a combination of a healthy diet mostly void of sugar and processed food and starchy food, amazing gut health supplements, as much exercise as you can get in, and a happy mind and soul.

In Health!

XOXO

Erin

Citrus Butter Garlic Chicken and Asparagus

This is a yummy one skillet meal that we made on our Facebook Live cooking show tonight!  You can see that recipe video here! 

I love this because it is fast and easy and doesnt dirty up ten pots and pans!  You can make this after work in less than 20 minutes!

Here are the ingredients!

Ingredients:

2 boneless skinless chicken breasts butterflied if thick.

1 bundle of thin asparagus

1 fresh naval orange

3 tbsp olive oil

3 tbsp grass fed butter

6 cloves of fresh garlic

salt and pepper to taste

 

Break ends off asparagus to desired length.  Cut orange into four quarters.  Heat the oil and butter in a large skillet.  Add the garlic to the skillet and take the knife and pop each clove to release flavor as seen in the video before adding to pan.  Add asparagus to one side of skillet and the 2 chicken breasts to the other.  Tilt pan and baste asparagus as well as the chicken breasts.  Sear each side of the chicken.  Add salt and pepper to chicken and vegetables and squeeze the juice of one quarter of the orange on chicken and one quarter on the asparagus.  Cook chicken until juices run clear turning over every couple of minutes.  Keep basting with the juices in the pan. Be sure not to overcook the chicken as it will dry out and be tough.  Just before plating, squeeze the other two pieces of orange onto the chicken and veggies and serve!

This is a great meal with a nice salad on the side!

Enjoy!

XOXO

Erin and Ben

 

LOW CARB CHICKEN ENCHILADAS

We cooked these yummy enchiladas tonight on our Facebook live that you can watch HERE!

The use of a rotisserie chicken is great in a time crunch, but of course you can always grill or bake or boil your own chicken breasts or thighs and use that!

INGREDIENTS

2tbsp Olive oil
1 precooked Rotisserie chicken
2 teaspoons cumin
1tablespoon garlic powder
1 red onion chopped
Salt and pepper to taste
1 cup Shredded cheddar cheese
1 cup Shredded mozzarella cheese
8 La Banderita carb counter tortillas (or Mission low carb )

Enchilada sauce ingredients (far less sugar than store bought)
1 8oz can Great Value tomato sauce (this brand is low sugar)
1 1/2 cups water
2 tablespoons chili powder
1/4 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon garlic powder
Salt and pepper to taste

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Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Spray a 9×13 pan with cooking spray

Combine all the ingredients for the sauce in a small saucepan on medium heat. Stir periodically and reduce down to desired thickness. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Debone the chicken and heat in a skillet on medium heat. Stir in the cumin, garlic powder, red onion, and salt and pepper to taste.
Divide the chicken mixture among 8 tortillas. Sprinkle with cheddar and roll them up and place in the baking dish.
Finally cover the top of the enchiladas with sauce and add a topping of cheddar and mozzarella cheese. Place in the oven for 15 minutes. Use the broiler for the last few minutes to brown the top!

Serve with a nice salad loaded with veggies!

 

ENJOY!

Erin and Ben!

If you REALLY love your Valentine

Valentine’s Day is coming up soon! There are two distinct camps when it comes to celebrating this holiday. Many, like me, love this holiday and thinks it’s adorable! And there is the anti-Valentine’s Day camp who think it’s holiday created by the greeting card companies to take our money.

Somehow over the last few decades, we have turned our Holidays into Foodidays (Yep! I just invented that word). Meaning that whether it’s Christmas, Birthdays, St. Patrick’s or Valentines it has become inextricably linked to FOOD.

Before Christmas even passed, stores start receiving boxes and boxes of pink and red candies. I’m not sure why our expression of love on Valentine’s Day has become wrapped up in giving out artificial foods!valentinecrap

Making our holidays about giving sugar heavy treats sends the opposite message than what we are trying to say. What is actually coming in a box of Russell Stover’s chocolates are processed chemicals, causing damage to our gut bacteria, and sugar which can causes more illness than smoking.

Many of you might be rolling your eyes right now and saying “It’s just once a year”, or “They’re just kids”. But is it really only one day a year your kid eats sugar heavy treats? Most likely not.

Our culture has shifted dramatically. I remember stories from my Grandmother of maybe once a month, going to the corner store to get a Coke. The unfortunate truth is that once a year has turned into once a day for many and at least once a week for most. 50 years ago the average American ate approximately 4 pounds of sugar per year. NOW, we eat approximately 156 pounds per year as of 2015.

Our bodies were not designed by God to handle and process this amount of sugar. Excess sugar is just as toxic to the liver as alcohol causing many to develop alcoholic fatty liver disease even though they abstain from alcohol. Sugar is the most inflammatory thing you can put into your body and is not just the root cause of metabolic syndrome, but now scientists are calling Alzheimer’s Type 3 Diabetes.

Let’s break the cycle with this generation by making wise choices. Here are some of my favorite ideas to turn Valentines Foodidays back into a Holiday expressing our love for one another!

SPOUSE:

1. Cooking a healthy meal together. Keep it fun and don’t take it too seriously. Use it as a time to discover new foods and try unique recipes.

2. Study God’s word as a couple. Going hand in hand with keeping our bodies as a temple, make a conscious effort to start the habit this valentines day. bible-hearts-18066504You could even start with Song of Songs, a great book that focuses on biblical love and intimacy.

3. Make them a gift! I will never forget the year Ben took an old mirror, which had sentimental meaning for me after Katrina, and turned it into a jewelry holder. One year I got a jar with 365 things he loved about me with instructions to open one a day for a year. The choices are endless and you might have the supplies needed already at home.

4. Give them the gift of time. Block out a few hours to intentionally spend time with your Spouse. Whether it costs money such as going to dinner, movie or a concert. You could also choose something more inexpensive like a scenic walk or look into the free days offered at your local art museum.

KIDS:

1. Cook WITH them! Having kids in the kitchen can seem like a headache but I promise it is so rewarding. My granddaughter loves to make almond flour banana bread with us. Kids love getting involved! Having them help you shop and prepare a meal is an easy way to teach them about their food choices.

2. Get crafty. Pinterest is full of ideas that are simple an easy. A great substitute for the traditional candy gift.

3. Have a family date night. Get the whole crew together for a fun dinner out or a matinee movie. Or get your family active by going to a Trampoline Park or the skating rink.

4. Sugar-Free Gift Ideas: For older kids gift cards can be a huge hit. Whether a clothing store or even a gas gift card let’s them have some ownership in choosing the most appropriate gift. For the younger kids there a ton of heart-themed gift options. Stuffed animals, valentine socks, crazy heart leggings, or earrings. You can even find some great choices in the Dollar Spot!

5. Build something together. No matter your gender, your kid will love this. Make a woodworking project. There are great kits available at most craft stores. Also many Home Improvement stores offer weekend classes to make and take an item for yourself!

I’ve barely hit the tip of the iceberg with healthy ways to say “I LOVE YOU”! When my husband writes me a love note or makes me something it expresses affection deeper than an expensive gift or a heart shaped box of candies. What are some of your favorite Valentine’s alternatives?

In Health!

XOXO

Erin

7 Low Carb Fiber Sources

Ah fiber, we hear so much chatter about it on a daily basis, yet many of us fail to get enough in our diets.  One of the FIRST things I tell my nutrition clients in their quest to be healthier is to eat more fiber. Especially since the main source is PLANTS!  We all need to add more plants to our diets.

Unfortunately, a lot of us have not been informed about what fiber does, or why you should be getting more. Is this you? NO worries!  I am going to change that today!

A Few Benefits of Adding More Fiber To Your Diet

  • Helps Control Cholesterol Levels – fiber comes in two types, soluble and insoluble fiber. Soluble fiber is able to bind to bile acids, which are then excreted. When bile acid levels are lowered, cholesterol is used up to replace the diminished supply of this essential digestive substance. This is a wonderful benefit for those who struggle with high bad cholesterol levels.  Many are able to come off the not-so-good-for-you cholesterol meds when they make dietary changes and add good gut health supplements to their daily regimen.
  • Helps Control Blood Sugar Levels – a diet high in fiber slows down the rate at which sugar enters the blood stream. The result is a more sustained entry of glucose into the body, along with accompanying insulin regulation. Getting more fiber is extremely important for my friends with diabetes or who have had any type of weight loss surgery.
  • Helps Maintain Regularity – if you experience occasional constipation, (hello bariatric friends) you are most likely deficient in fiber intake as well as unbalanced in the gut. Fiber is able to retain water, making stool easier to pass. Fiber helps to move the waste and ick and bacteria killed off by things like Pro Bio 5 OUT of the digestive tract. It is such a crucial piece of the gut health puzzle.  For those who take any type of iron supplement- fiber and magnesium like that in Bio Cleanse are VERY helpful in keeping the body regular.

 

  • May Help With Weight Loss – fiber helps with weight loss thanks to one simple fact; it keeps you fuller for a longer time! As long as glucose is slowly trickling into your blood, along with fiber absorbing fluids and bulking up, you are likely to eat less.

Ready to add some ridiculously simple fiber sources to your diet?

Here are some of the best sources of low carb fiber you can add today to get your body functioning better.

Flax Seeds

There are almost no carbs in flaxseeds because they contain so much fiber, and both soluble and insoluble varieties, with 1/3 being soluble. SONY DSC

Flax may just be the best low carb fiber sources, with 1 tablespoon yielding only 2 grams of carbs and 1.9 of which is fiber.

You can use whole or ground, whichever you prefer.  I love adding them to salads, soups, shakes, and also to things like stir fry and other veggie dishes.  When Ben makes his meatloaf, either beef, pork, or turkey, we always add a few spoonful’s of ground flax seed.

Avocados

A highly nutrient dense fruit, the avocado’s health benefits are plentiful. While it has 9 grams of carbs, 7 of those are fiber, which nets only 2 impact carbs and ideal for a low carb lifestyle.

Additionally, the avocado contains 2 grams of protein and 15 grams of healthy fats, both of which are essential for a healthy low carb body.

Key Nutrients In Just A 3.5 Ounce Serving Include:

  • 26% RDA of vitamin K
  • 20% RDA of folate
  • 17% RDA of vitamin C
  • 14% RDA of potassium
  • 14% RDA of vitamin B5
  • 13% RDA of vitamin B6
  • 10% RDA of vitamin E

Avocados also have more potassium than bananas, a nutrient that helps to assist with many vital internal body processes. A 3.5-ounce serving contains 14% of the RDA of potassium. This is a great swap for that banana after a workout for those trying to watch the carbs!

Several studies found that potassium intake helps to reduce blood pressure and lower risks for heart attack and strokes.

If that’s not enough, avocado also contains manganese, copper, magnesium, zinc, iron, vitamins B2 and B3, phosphorous and vitamin A.

Broccoli

Broccoli is amazing not just for its fiber level but also for its ridiculously low caloric density.

½ a cup of broccoli has only 31 calories, 2 grams of fiber, and 4 grams of carbs, bulking up stomach contents without a large carb or caloric load.

It also supplies a lot of vitamin A, vitamin C, and vitamin B-6.

Spinach and Chard

1 cup of chopped spinach has 1 carb and 1 gram fiber, so now carbs at all, and the same goes for chard! YUM!

Asparagus

½ a cup of cut cooked asparagus has 4 grams of carbs and 2 grams fiber.

Celery

1 cup of chopped celery has 3 grams of carbs and 2 grams of fiber.

Mushrooms

1 cup of sliced mushrooms has 2 gram of carbs and 1 gram of fiber.

As you can clearly see, there are a LOT of low carb, nutrient-dense choices for adding fiber to your daily routine!  Experiment and try new things and you just might be amazed at what you actually enjoy!

In Health!

XOXO

Erin

 

 

 

5 Ways A Low-Carb Lifestyle Can Help With Weight Loss

Low carb diets are common in the weight loss spectrum. Many studies have shown them to result in more weight lost as compared to the standard low-fat diet plan. Explaining why low-fat and the low fat craze has destroyed our health as a country is a complex topic for another day.  I am actually teaching a class on this very topic at my church on Wednesday nights. So yes low-carb is the way to go.

However, diets in general usually come with issues.  There are usually good parts to every diet out there.  But they all also have extreme components that can be difficult to keep up for life and often are not the healthiest choices.  I say ditch diets.  The word itself invokes a thought of death.  YUCK.  I prefer to make lifestyle changes that are not quite so extreme for my clients and they see real success.

Starting a sugar-free and low carb lifestyle has so many health benefits, including the fact that it is highly effective at eliminating visceral fat, such as that in the belly, a most dangerous type of body fat.  The reason is that as we stop putting excess sugar and starches into the body, the body begins to burn what we already have stored.   We will cover this in more detail below.

What Exactly Is A Low Carb Lifestyle?

A low carb lifestyle is a way of eating where carbohydrates- and especially sugar and refined sugars are drastically or significantly, cut from the diet. When one’s diet contains fewer carbohydrates, the body no longer gets its energy from the glucose they would produce and instead begins to burn stored fat for energy.

Starchy and sugary carbohydrates are substituted with a LOT more vegetables that are not starchy as well as healthy fats and a moderate lean protein intake. Carbohydrates in this lifestyle come from natural sources from nature that are also nutrient dense such as seeds, nuts, and beans in addition to non-starchy veggies and berries.  Sugar, pastries, pasta, bread, cereal, rice, or any other starches are no longer or very rarely consumed.

While cutting out most of the processed sugar and refined carbs is excellent for health, let’s take a look at the benefits for weight loss.

How Does It Aid Weight Loss?

  1. Triggers Ketosis: NOT THE SAME AS CLAIMS BY COMPANIES SELLING PACKAGED EXOGENOUS KETONES- Eating a low carb lifestyle triggers a process known as ketosis, which is where the body begins to burn fat for energy instead of dietary carbs, which is a very efficient way to burn fat stores and lose weight. Side note– please do not be fooled by companies trying to sell you exogenous ketones. This is the biggest rip-off going at the moment and it makes my skin crawl as a nutritionist.   These supplements actually do not do anything beneficial for the body.  When you get your body into ketosis it will make ketones on its own.  These are called endogenous ketones.  What you get in these prepackaged products is a compound that will suppress hunger temporarily and in some cases, give you energy and caffeine boosts, because of the added ingredients like caffeine (synthetic) that they contain for energy.  If your goal is weight loss and fat burning you are only hurting the long-term process.  They can also cause blood sugar spikes which are NOT a good thing.  The only benefit of these products is help with the low energy and fatigue that come with carb detox for the first week or so, and there are much cheaper and easier ways to do this.  Once the body is in a natural state of ketosis (which happens with a low carb eating style) it begins to burn stored fat.  Therefore, these ketones you bought and spent a lot of money for are  quite literally going down the toilet, or urinal.  If you want to be in a constant state of ketosis stay under 25-30 net grams of carbs per day.  I hate to bust your bubble, but that magic pill or potion or surgery you are seeking to lose weight and keep it off DOES NOT EXIST.  Any product that tells you it can get you to a healthy weight and keep you there without changes to your eating habits is a scam.   WE MUST learn to eat real food from nature and treat our bodies as the temples they were created to be. THE BIGGEST ISSUE WITH EXOGENOUS KETONES- Once you stop taking them, the damage is already done and now your body will have an even harder time burning fat and carbohydrates.  A low carb eating style is the only way to keep that weight off permanently along with having a balanced gut, and moving your body as much as possible. SKIP THE DIETS AND DO NOT fall for the latest diet fad of exogenous ketones please!  OK back to the topic:
  2. Eliminates water weight: People who have changed to a low carb lifestyle typically lose quite a bit of weight in the first two weeks, likely, this occurs when water that is tied to glycogen comes off the body and is actually a quite encouraging event that supports the continuation of a healthy lifestyle. Many of my clients who start using the probiotic and vitamin drink and magnesium from Plexus see the same thing. The body stores waste.  Getting rid of it is a great start to losing weight.  BUT do not let this fool you into thinking you are going to keep losing at this pace.  To do so would be unhealthy and unrealistic.
  3. Eliminates insulin trigger foods: Starches and sugary carbs are insulin triggers that cause blood sugar spikes that lead to hunger, overeating and ultimately weight gain. While living a low-carb lifestyle, these insulin triggers are eliminated so the body can burn fat instead of storing it.  One of the biggest things that causes blood sugar spikes, and then dangerous crashes in my bariatric friends is any kind of starchy carb.
  4. This lifestyle is higher in protein: Protein helps keep you full and satisfied so you naturally eat less and it also helps to increase lean muscle mass that promotes fat burning. I always try and start my day with a good protein source and advise my clients to do the same. This helps to keep you feeling full and also helps to regulate blood sugar levels for the rest of the day.
  5. This lifestyle regulates the appetite and naturally reduces calorie intake: A low carb lifestyle naturally regulates the appetite because all of those insulin triggering foods that wreak havoc in the blood stream and cause hunger and out of control cravings are mostly eliminated. Most people find that by week 2-3, the appetite naturally decreases quite a bit. This is another reason weight loss happens.  For my green brain research friends- check this out- I found this info in a medical journal online-

    “Additionally, Researches from St. Louis and Japan (Banks WA1, Coon AB, Robinson SM, Moinuddin A, Shultz JM, Nakaoke R, Morley JE, et all) found that the hunger regulating hormone leptin is positively affected by the low carb diet’s ability to reduce triglyceride levels in the body, which allows that hormone to work more effectively in regulating the appetite.  When people embark on a low carb lifestyle, their appetite significantly drops naturally, and they naturally feel satisfied with less food, resulting in weight loss as they naturally eat less calories and without suffering and starvation. “

 

Is A Low-Carb Lifestyle Safe?

This is a frequently asked question, which is common amongst people wanting to embark on a low carb journey.

It may have side effects for some during detox, while others may experience nothing. Usually any side effects are short lived. The same way a drug addict experiences withdrawals from heroin and cocaine, a sugar/carb addicted person will experience withdrawals during the first week or so of detox. Common withdrawal symptoms include moodiness (take your Vital Biome), headaches (add caffeine), and fatigue (take a good multi-vitamin like X-Factor Plus). In general, statics and research show a low-carb lifestyle to be highly effective for weight loss, and to also reduce risks for cardiovascular disease far better than low fat eating plans.

In conclusion, a low carb lifestyle aids weight loss by triggering ketosis, a metabolic state where the body uses stored fat as its source of energy. But it is important to EAT YOUR PLANTS!  Do not subscribe to ANY particular DIET, and instead try and eat all real food from nature, created by God and as little sugar and starches and processed packaged foods as possible.

This will result in optimal nutritional health and will also aid in gut health and weight loss!

XOXO

IN HEALTH!

Erin