Stress and Weight Gain

Stress and Weight Gain

Stress and weight gain go pretty much hand in hand, especially for women. It sucks. I have dealt with it for a very long time and it is a hard thing to deal with. It actually causes me to stress even more. But what are some things you can do to combat it?

I am one of those people that are driven to constantly be doing something. I challenge myself constantly, I compete with myself. Yeah myself. Like the beginning of this year, I told myself that I was going to read 50 books this year. For the whole year. Last year I had only read maybe 30 for enjoyment all the other books I read were for work, business or learning. I enjoy those also. But I think you get my point.

Well guess what I have done and it is not even February yet. I have read 22. Yeah, 22 books in 26 days. I want to make my goal. But I realized something I am not enjoying reading because I am stressing on it and I am also stressing on all the time I am wasting not working on my business and this blog.

Weight Gain and Stress

So how does this have anything to with weight gain and stress? Well, simple while reading I start thinking about all I need to get done. My meal prep for the week, my two blogs that I publish, my household chores, my new duties at my work outside the home and also spending time with my family. I need to find a balance.

But thinking of all this causes me stress and guess what that does it raises my cortisol levels. What is cortisol?

Cortisol is a stress hormone produces by the adrenal glands.

Now cortisol is not a bad thing. Your body needs it. But elevated cortisol can cause myriads of different symptoms and affects different cells in your body. Some of these effects are:

  • controlling the body’s blood sugar levels and thus regulating metabolism,
  • acting as an anti-inflammatory,
  • influencing memory formation,
  • controlling salt and water balance, influencing blood pressure 

So happens when you have too much Cortisol in your system:

  • rapid weight gain mainly in the face, chest and abdomen contrasted with slender arms and legs
  • a flushed and round face
  • high blood pressure
  • osteoporosis
  • skin changes (bruises and purple stretch marks)
  • muscle weakness
  • mood swings, which show as anxiety, depression or irritability
  • increased thirst and frequency of urination.

So Why Does Stress cause Cortisol Spikes and Weight Gain

Think about it this way. When you get scared, excited or startled your body produces hormones, like the rush of adrenaline and cortisol that courses through your body when you are on a roller coaster or you watch a scary suspenseful movie and that scene comes up and makes you jump. You feel that rush in your body well that’s adrenaline and cortisol. People can become addicted to that rush. You know the adrenaline junkies.

In the short-term, adrenaline helps you feel less hungry as your blood flows away from the internal organs and to your large muscles to prepare for “fight or flight.” However, once the effects of adrenaline wear off, cortisol, known as the “stress hormone,” hangs around and starts signaling the body to replenish your food supply.

But that fight or flight hormone surge worked for our ancestors a lot better than it does for us. They would hunt and fight off wild animals and they would get the rush and it would save their lives it also used up a lot of energy, so their bodies needed more stores of fat and glucose. Nowadays we stress on things that they didn’t we sit on the couch worrying about how to pay the bill or work long hours at the computer to make the deadline and guess what that does not work off much energy at all dealing with the stressor! And we are stuck with a neuroendocrine system that didn’t get the system update, so your brain is still going to tell you to reach for that bag of chips.

So What Can You Do

As I explained above that flight or fight that worked for our ancestors because they needed that extra slow down of fat burning. But in this day and age, we have the stress without the lack of food for many of us. And we don’t need to keep the extra storage of food to keep us nourished through the lean times. So what can we do to keep the cortisol levels under control?

  1. Reduce the stress in our lives.
  2. Change our habits
  3. Move more
  4. Eat right
  5. Get More Sleep
  6. Relax
  7. Have Fun
  8. Maintain healthy relationships
  9. Take care of a Pet
  10. Take Supplements
  11. Be Your Best Self

I know it sounds easy. LOL. Easier said than done. Especially for us that push ourselves constantly. I know I could do a lot to make my life a lot easier. Like not taking on so much responsibility. I work a full-time job away from home. I maintain two blogs and help others do the same and have three kids and a husband. Not sure what is harder the kids or the husband.

My Day

  • 5:00 am – Get up
  • 5:10 am – Coffee
  • 5:30 am – Research for Blogs
  • 7:30 am – Get kids up for school
  • 8:15 am – Leave for work
  • 8:30 am – Work (ugh – it pays the bills – I’m job & project analysis)
  • 6:00 pm – Off work
  • 6:15 pm – pick up dinner
  • 6:30 pm – cook dinner
  • 7:00 pm – dinner and clean up & prepare lunches
  • 8:00 pm – help kids with homework
  • 9:00 pm – work on blogs and social media
  • 11:00 pm – read and get ready for bed
  • 12:00 pm – sleep

That is my schedule Monday – Thursday and Saturday every other week and Monday – Friday the other weeks. It leaves me very little time to even do the things on the list above to help me reduce my stress level and my cortisol levels. The days I have off from my other job are spent doing the household work that gets left during the week.

So What’s My Plan for my Stress

I need to restructure my day and my responsibilities. And as you all know as an adult you can’t just let things fall to the wayside. But it does not mean I can’t delegate. My children are older now they can take on more responsibilities like doing the chores for the house. I have come up with a weekly chore list for each of them so I don’t have to do as much for the home.

Then there is Sunday shopping and meal prep day. That will save me time during the evenings so that I don’t have to go to the store every night and then come home and cook dinner. I can have my husband who is home by 4:10 put it in the oven and it is ready by the time I get home.

Also, I am working with my boss at my JOB to try to switch to 3-4 day work week on location and work 2 days from home. I am hoping by August not to be working outside the home at all and working all from home and for myself. But guess what I am not going to stress on it. Why because stress does nothing but raises my cortisol levels.

I will take it one day at a time

If you notice I am very scheduled and that takes away a lot of my stress. As you know this is life things get thrown at you when you least expect it. A sick kid or a failed plan. But having my day scheduled out to the minute takes away a lot of my stress.

So how does meal prep come into this? Well, easy one last thing I don’t have to think about and do during the day. In actuality planning and preparing food is the bane of my existence. Seriously I hate thinking about what to have and what to buy to make it and I hate having to prepare it every night. And I am sure a lot of you are like me. It is just easier to pick something up from a restaurant or the deli at your grocery store.

But that is not good for you. We all know that. So Meal Prep is where it’s at. You plan everything out for your week. You have it ready to go for each day and there is less stress and you are not eating foods that cause you to gain weight. I know that sounds too easy and I agree. I myself am struggling with it But it is a habit I want to be part of my life to make my life easier.

Why? Because I am tired of eating right and still staying the weight I am or gaining. I stick to strictly keto foods and I couldn’t figure out why I can’t lose anymore. I do intermittent fasting I do strict Keto now.

Dr. Berg on Cortisol and Weight Gain

Dr. Berg has a complete series that has to do with cortisol and talks about how you actually have stress stored up. And how it stays with you in your cells. I found it really interesting. Here is the link to it and another that is very informative and this one talks about keto about cortisol and keto is also very informational.

I know that I can’t cure all of my cortisol stores or my stress overnight but I can do something to start righting it. Meal Prep, delegating household chores, cutting back on work and relaxing more. I find keeping a journal also helps You can pick up my free journal below.

So Let’s Talk about Meal Plans

I know I go on and on about Speed Keto. But really I find it is the easiest plan to follow and now there is Rapid Keto. And there is also a new cookbook call Completely Keto goes Mexican with some amazing recipes for all you Mexican food connoisseurs. With these meal plans all laid out for you there is no stress in planning your weekly meals. Add a side for your non-keto eaters in your family and voila you have one less thing to stress on.

Next week I am going to delve further on this subject of cortisol. I find it very interesting the effects it has on your body and that stress can cause you to gain weight. If you have any questions or suggestions please leave a comment below. But Keto on my Ketoers.

Is Keto for Weight Loss or Health

Is Keto for Weight Loss or Health

So is Keto for weight loss or health? That’s a discussion that my brother and I had over the holiday dinner. I found out he was following Keto and I was really surprised. We shared recipes and how we felt about Keto. We were both surprised by the way it had changed our lives.

But when we really got to talking about it it wasn’t the weight loss we focused on. It was the way we felt.

My brother is 6.5 years younger than me and about a foot taller than me. If I haven’t mentioned this before I am the oldest of 8 kids. Yes, 8. We all are not from the same parents some have the same mom or the same dad but I have 7 siblings.

From the Mouths of Babes

As we started discussing the Keto diet we talked about food and how we have lost weight but then it got down to the real reason for it when my baby brother, who is 20 years younger than me, got involved in it when he asked us why we didn’t just exercise and eat low-fat foods. And we both said at the same time that it doesn’t work for us that our problem was inflammation. (Link to article about inflammation)

That is when the real discussion began. We both began explaining to him how much better we felt. That we didn’t have joint pain, muscle aches or any of the other problems we had before. My brother explained to my little brother that he could actually climb a flight of stairs now without being out of breath when he got to the top. And I told him I no longer woke up to severe joint pain.

My brother that is on the Keto diet wasn’t really that overweight he had the beer belly but he was actually pretty trim other than that. He is 40 years old and really quite active. He is a heavy machinery operator and that is a very physical job.

So What Did We Have in Common

We both had inflammation that was causing health issues caused by inflammation. And the Keto lifestyle helped us get past it. So neither of us were really doing it for the weight loss, we were doing it because of the health benefits. And after talking to him a little longer he told me he started doing it for weight loss in the beginning because his doctor recommended it so that he wouldn’t become a type 2 diabetic. He was told that he was borderline diabetic. That he needed to take some weight off.

So he did initially start doing Keto to lose weight. Like most of us that are doing it, but he is making this his lifestyle. He likes the way he feels that he doesn’t have the digestive issues he had before or the pain that was keeping him from living his active lifestyle. He loves taking his motorcycle out and loves riding with his club members and he also loves playing with his children, hiking, and camping. And now he can do all that without feeling miserable and tired.

Keto for Weight loss or Health

As we continued to talk we talked about how people can’t be sold on the health reasons for Keto. That when you tell them that they will feel better they go oh okay. But when you show them how much weight you can lose in a short time they jump on board with it. They want those fast results.

He told me he has told other people about how it has changed his life. That he feels like a new man and they tell him well you haven’t lost that much weight how has it changed your life. He goes into how his energy level has improved and how he can sleep through the night. He no longer is in a brain fog. They just don’t understand that and many people don’t until they experience it for themselves.

Speed Keto

And it is totally amazing the results you will see with keto if you are doing it correctly. So many people have won on Keto. Their life has been changed because of it. I’ve been a member of the Speed Ketosis Community for over 6 months now and some of the women and men there have totally transformed themselves. Losing over 200 pounds. And that is amazing but what is even more amazing is the way they talk about how much better they feel.

They talk about no longer having to take medications for all that ailed them before they started their Speed Keto journey. They talk about how they can do things that they were never able to do before. Like run marathons, go out and do a full day with their young children. I am inspired daily by the Speed Keto group.

If you go to many of the other Keto groups you will find the same things. Success story after success story. And yes a lot of them showing theirs before and after pictures. But that is not all they talk about their victories of their health success. Like getting pregnant after years of trying or not having to take blood pressure medications any longer, or no longer being dependant on diabetic medications. So Keto is not just for weight loss it is also for your health in my own opinion.

Another Question my Baby Brother Had

Don’t you get tired of eating the same things day in and day out? I don’t know why everyone thinks that. Do they really think Keto is just eating eggs, bacon and butter? It isn’t the internet is a wealth of information. And a lot of recipes. We don’t just eat those three staples, in fact, most of the time I don’t eat those. I eat such a variety of food that I never get bored with my food. I eat chicken, steak, seafood, and vegetables. My fats come from butter, heavy whipping cream in moderation, ghee, an avocado that I mix with things because I hate avocados. Yes, I am that girl. I even eat sweet foods. Have you ever been on Pinterest you can find so many desserts on there? My favorite is the ice cream and fat bomb recipes.

And then the other question is — how can you afford it it is so expensive? Well, now it can be. But how much more expensive it is than going to a fast-food restaurant every day or eating how you used too. You are not buying diet food. You are buying regular food. Meat and vegetables. And if you are doing the intermittent fasting with Keto heck you just saved 2 meals a day right there two to three times a week.

What I Do

I do intermittent fasting 5 out of seven days. And while doing Speed Keto I can do a three day fast. Which saves me some money right there. Yes, I still have to feed my family. But I don’t buy separate foods for myself as I used to on other diets I tried. Like Medifast, that cost me a fortune and it actually didn’t help me lose weight and it made my inflammation worse. And the food tasted horrible. I even did a program where it was six small meals a day and that was expensive and really boring I felt like I was always cooking or preparing food.

When I buy foods I buy the foods I like and that my family likes and I add a side for them. But lately I have been doing cauliflower mashed faux potatoes for the and the cauliflower rice and they actually love it. So win-win for my family and myself.

Keto is not hard and you don’t have to eat boring food. It actually tastes amazing. You get the flavor of real foods and fats. There are such variety and flavor. Remember the only things you are cutting out are the high carb content that the body doesn’t really need. It is not hard and once you find things that you love it really becomes very easy. But it becomes easier when you see and feel the results of it.

Why do you do Keto

So I am asking why do you do Keto. Is it for your health or is it just so that you can get into that little sexy dress? Email me and let me know. Or leave a comment below. I’d really like to know. I know I have weight loss goals still, I haven’t reached it yet. I haven’t even reached my health goals as of today and I am constantly learning about the wonders of Keto.

The more I learn about Keto and how it can help you the more excited I become. My daughter is even jumping on board with it. She has severe PCOS and is always in pain because of it and as she has seen by watching me and how it has helped me with my endometriosis, (I was never diagnosed with PCOS, but I know that it is hereditary.) She is excited to start so that she is not suffering anymore and can live her life to the fullest.

I’m starting my third round of Speed Keto and I am excited about it. I will be doing it with my daughter. I can’t wait to see how much better she feels and I can’t wait to see my results.

Why am I doing Speed Keto When I Can Find Everything I Need Online

Well, that is easy. It is laid out for your plan. You don’t have to think about it. I do enough thinking in my everyday life. And I hate thinking about what to cook. I actually hate cooking and that is why this site doesn’t have a lot of recipes on it and it also doesn’t have any cooking videos. I HATE COOKING! There I’ve said it. I work full-time and have a son with Autism that I home school. I have this little blog and another one that I run. I’m busy. I love doing research but I don’t like cooking.

So Speed Keto helps me. It has a shopping list, recipes and a daily meal plan. It tells me exactly what to do so that I don’t have to think about it ever. I just get my shopping list and go purchase what is on it. Prepare the meals as instructed and eat. Easy peasy. And guess what the results are amazing.

I know I go on and on about Speed Keto but really, what diet program can you do that you pay a one time $39 dollar fee that gives you an easy to follow meal-plan that tastes good and is good for you. With a support system in place if you have questions that doesn’t charge you monthly or that you don’t have to do research on the internet constantly or track your macros. And now they have an online store that you can get cookbooks, smoothy mixes, electrolytes, and more. The store opens on December 2 and will have everything that you need. Save this link to get you started.

My Reasons for this Blog & Speed Keto

So why Speed Keto? I don’t have to find recipes, I don’t have to think about it. It’s all action plus it is really simple. I need simplicity in my life, I make things hard enough by adding things daily to my to-do list. I am building a business with my other blog which I am loving. I’m researching weekly the benefits of Keto and educating people on it which I really love. I am sharing my experience with it and before long I will be a Keto and Intermittent fasting health coach that I show much I love Keto. I love how it makes me feel how alive I feel and I love sharing that information with you. I’m hoping I can inspire you to become the best you that you can be.

Whether it be just doing Keto or following Speed Keto, doing it for weight loss or for health reasons, I am here to help you. If you have questions or want to more about something ask me. Email me, comment below I am here for you on this Keto Journey you are following. I am by no means an expert yet but I can guarantee that I will research your question for you and answer your question. I’ve been learning more every day and I plan on being an expert. Until next time Keto on.

I am an affiliate for Speed Keto and I may earn a small commission on anything you may buy but I only promote what I use and truly believe in.

How Does What You Eat Affect Your Depression

How Does What You Eat Affect Your Depression

How does what you eat affect your depression? Okay, I am going to be brutally honest here. I have been eating like total and utter crap lately. So much has changed in my life over the last 2 months. I got my new job, and school has started for my kids and I am struggling with it all. Having to change my thought path is the hardest.

And with changing that thought path I became overwhelmed. I know getting my new job was a good thing for my family. But I didn’t want to work for an outside company. I wanted to grow my own business and taking the job took time away from that. And caused me to stress eat. Yep, I said it, I stressed ate. Which included all the things that make me feel miserable. Because what you eat can affect your depression.

So what foods affect my depression? The foods that are an absolute no go for me are grains, foods high in refined sugar. And they are also my go-to when I am stressed. Even though I know they cause me a lot of pain. But I caught myself and limited myself. Even though I did limit those foods I still suffered the consequences of my eating. My hands and feet are stiff and sore. I feel bloated and my depression got the best of me yesterday.

I woke up angry and felt alone. You are probably asking why is a Keto or Low Carb blogger telling you about a slip-up? Simple, it is easy to preach about sticking to your guns and following a diet strictly but you know what that isn’t me. I am human I’m not a machine. I make mistakes and I want you to know that I understand when you do too.

Messing up – And My Depression and the Food

I’ve noticed over the years that if I eat certain foods, I become that “woe is me girl”. And that is what happened yesterday. I woke up sad, mad, aggravated and discouraged and crying. I felt alone in my world. Like no one cared about my goals or dreams. Which is so far from the truth. My family supports me in all of my endeavors.

But even more than that I felt like I didn’t have any friends. I looked online, and no one, I looked at my cell phone again no one. But it wasn’t them. It was me. They have texted me over the last month and I didn’t have time for them. I haven’t posted online in a while or responded to messages that I have received. So again me.

I made excuses to everyone over the last month that I didn’t have time to do this or that because of work or my many other things. But in reality, I was sitting on my couch stuffing my face because I wasn’t happy. I was upset and depressed and most of all ashamed of the way I had been eating. I wasn’t this Keto Guru I was proclaiming to be to all of them and they would know.

But more than what I was eating was causing my depression

The way I started eating is what caused me to be unhappy. The foods that I have restricted with Keto are the foods that cause inflammation in my body. I know this I did a whole article on it called Keto & Depression which explains what you eat affects your depression. I think I knew it last week when I wrote the article about the 30-day challenge. So today is my first day of that challenge.

So far so good. I have stayed on track. And by this time next month, I should be my old self. No more self-doubt. Because I do know what the Keto Lifestyle has done for me. It has transformed me into a new person. I know that I can get my web-design company off the ground. I am good at it, I have my first three clients already booked. How, my friends, the ones that I thought were not there for me.

You Come Into This World Alone and you Leave it Alone.

This is a saying that kept popping into my head over the last month or so. And the more I thought about it the more I knew it wasn’t correct. I know many of you may argue that. But hear me out.

When you are born, you are born with your mother right there. Even if she gave you up for adoption, she still had you, and she was still there. You weren’t alone. There were also doctors and staff on hand in many cases. I know this isn’t true in all cases but I know it was mine. My mom and my whole family were there for my birth.

My family has been there for every struggle. Even when I was going through all the testing I went through for my pain. They were there. My friends had my back and my family held my hands. I didn’t do it on my own even my birth I didn’t do it on my own – to tell you the truth my mom did most of the work.

As for my eating, that I did alone, my husband and my kids all told me that I shouldn’t be eating the things I did, they knew it would make me feel bad, but I made the choice, but on the flip side they are right there for me when I told them I needed their help to take control back and feel better again.

You are not alone

I am not alone in this journey and neither are you. If you don’t have the support of your family and friends you do have it from me. I will help you in any way that I can. You can hit me up on my facebook page, you can email, you can come over to the group and ask questions, I am here for you.

Depression sucks and feeling alone sucks even more. Foods cause my depression, foods cause my pain in my body, foods cause me to gain weight and feel bad about myself. But I am the one making the choice to eat those foods. Knowing full well what they do to me.

Alone but not Alone

Now, I know many people die alone, but think about this – I read obituaries, I know that is kind of dark, but it was actually my job at one time to look at all of them when I was a paralegal for an estate planning and probate attorney and I still do it to this day. We would read them to see if any of our estate clients passed and then we would contact the families and send out flowers during their time of grieving to let them know they were in our thoughts and not alone.

But the more I read the more I realized even then that families still came together for each other. And the person that passed was not alone. So many of the articles said they were surrounded by their families and friends in the end, and others said they passed peacefully in their sleep. Even then they were not alone, they were in the thoughts of their loved ones and their friends.

Don’t get me wrong I hear of the horrors of the world and how people do die alone. But from this day forward I am going to think about my life and about those around me, those in my own circle and let them all know that they may be alone in their homes, alone in their thoughts, but that they are never truly alone because I am there for them. Just like I am there for you.

My Goal of this Blog

My goal with this blog is not selling you things, I do promote things here that I truly believe in and I do make a commission on some. But my goal is to educate you and help you be the best you that you can be. I know how it feels to feel alone on this journey, but I want you to know that you are not. I am here to help and I will answer any and all questions.

And the reason behind this post is to let you know that food does have a lot to do with depression. Whether it be the way certain foods can affect your body and cause inflammation and chemical reactions in your body that increase depression and the way you can fix it or at least make it better.

But even more is that I mess up, I go off Keto, I am not perfect and you don’t have to be either. Depression is a serious thing, it makes your head go to a very dark place and I myself don’t like that place. And if making certain tweaks to my diet can help that I will do it.

So as for the thirty-day challenge, I am starting it today. Pick your program. I am doing Speed Keto this month because of their large support group, but you can choose the one you want to do. There is also KikStart Keto. You don’t even have to do a program just follow Strict Keto, but I do I highly recommend a program because they do give structure with no guessing or research. Remember what you eat can affect your depression, and getting just a little bit ahead of it can mean so much in the big picture.

Just take 30 days and see how you feel. Also, know that I have your back. I may not know you face to face, but I do understand the struggles of not feeling adequate, not knowing what I am doing wrong and then finding out that it is not me but the what I am eating that is affecting my depression and causing the chronic pain in my body.

So who is joining me – Comment below, come over and join the facebook group. And let’s do this together because there is no need to be alone.

Your Health Needs You To Take Control

Your Health Needs You To Take Control

Your health needs you to take control.  I know you all know that.  But I’m telling you that because that is the issue I had.  I kept on having all these aches and pains.  But it took me forever to take control.  And even to this day, I lose it.  

I’ve been struggling with my Keto Journey lately.  One reason is because of the new job I started a little while.  If you are on my email list you might have heard that I got a new job.  It isn’t stressful, but I am no longer at home and I am having a difficult time find food around where I am working that keeps me on track.

So instead of eating, I have been doing my intermittent fasting.  That is all well in good, but it really isn’t something that works for me everyday.

So How can I Take Back Control of My Health

I’ve been thinking long and hard about this.  I have decided to do Speed Keto again.  I had so much success with it and it also has me meal prepping.  I will be starting this on the 20th.  I am going to do a Keto Costco run and buy everything I need for my first two weeks.  It is a thirty-day program to get me back on track. And to feeling good again.

30 Days to turn around my health again and get on track before the Holidays when it is the hardest.  The sweets, all the foods with gluten in them.  That is my downfall.  I like pies, and I like all the delicious holiday dishes. But if I am on track I can make it through the holidays fine.  Why because I will see progress again. And that will motivate me to stay strong.

 

So Why Do I Say take Control of My Health

Because over the last 6 weeks I have eaten food that has made my hands and joints started hurting again.  My digestion is all off and I am not feeling well.  My energy level is so low, it is even hard to type out this post.  

I did it to myself and that sucks.  I made excuses as to the reason why I was doing this.  That I had felt better and that what would just one little bite do.  I know I said in last week’s post that it is alright to fall off. And it is. 

But would you eat eggs if you were allergic? Would you drink milk if you were going to make you sick? You wouldn’t eat or feed peanuts to a person with allergies to them. No. You wouldn’t.  

Why do we eat foods that make us feel sick? Because we don’t have a life-threatening allergy to them.  But it reality after much thought, it may not be a severe allergy like peanut allergies, but your body does not want those foods.  It is literally telling you that. By the inflammation, by the lethargic feeling, you get when you eat it, by the weight gain. 

So I say take control of my health because nobody but me can do that.  I can control what I put into my body. I know the foods that make me hurt and cause me to gain weight. Those are the foods that I will not be eating. 

Why use Speed Keto to Take Control

The reason why I am going to use Speed Keto is simple.  It is a laid out plan that I can follow.  I know I have KikStart as my own program I designed. But I want the accountability and the community that comes with Speed Keto.

See I know how to do Keto. I know how to track my macros, what foods are accepted and what foods are not. I know how to cook Keto.  It is simple and the information is all online for you to find.  But Speed Keto and KikStart Keto have the menu you follow. Cookbook, and daily schedule for you to follow.  

They are both structured to get the best results in a short amount of time.  But best of all you can meal prep a week in advance and you don’t have to decide what to eat what night or day.  You don’t have to figure it out. And that is what I need right now.  I need more structure.  

But why not my own program – Simple the community of Speed Keto there are over 29K people in that group.  They are strict and they call you out on your excuses.  But they are also helpful and motivating.  

Also, I am going to do mine the next month, after Thanksgiving.  Variety is the key to my success but also the support.  

My Challenge to YOU – To Take Control of Your Health

So here is my challenge to you.  Make the end of 2019 your best yet and take control of your health.  Join me on the 20th and get your Speed Keto Program, it comes with a 30 day money-back guarantee, but even more that it comes with a group who will support you, daily menu, recipes, a full cookbook with all the recipes, a weekly shopping list and the success of people who have done it.  

These are only three examples of the Speed Keto Family.  And I love it.  So many amazing examples of people who followed the meal plan and won on their Keto Journey.  This a program I truly believe in and they are an inspiration to me and my goals.  

I know many people will say this is a scam that you don’t have to pay for Keto. In reality, you don’t have to pay for any diet.  You just research it and do it.  Atkins, Paleo, Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig, all of them.  But millions of people every day are buying pills, miracle shakes in a bottle just to lose weight. This isn’t that.  It is a program that you spend $39 on, it comes with the cookbook, which I know is worth the $39 itself, but it also comes with a laid-out 30-day menu for you to follow, a support group, shopping list. And you only buy once and can do it for a lifetime.  What other program does that?  I know Jenny Craig, Weight Watchers, and a lot of the other ones I’ve tried and failed at — cost that and more a month. 

So what do you have to lose but weight?

Who wants to join me on this challenge?  If you do click any of the links in this post and we can get started.  My first day will be October 21st.  I will also be opening up a group page if you don’t want to be part of a huge group but want support just the same. It is called KIKASS KETO BABES. But you can be part of both.  

So let’s do this and take control of our health and lets kick some Keto Ass.  Share with a friend on Facebook or Pin this so they can take the challenge.  And then come on over and join us on KikAss Keto Babes.

 

I Quit! Keto is too Hard

I Quit! Keto is too Hard

I Quit, Keto is way too hard.  Really? I hear that all the time.  I see it in the groups that I am in on Facebook.  But, that is one of the many excuses I hear and read.  And it drives me crazy.  Keto is actually quite easy if you have all the information. But, I’ll go into that in a few.

Right now, I want to go into the reasons people are giving up and quitting Keto.  

1.  They don’t have money to do it.  I call BS on this one.  It doesn’t cost any more money to do Keto than it does to eat high carb foods.  Really, it doesn’t.  

2. They aren’t losing any weight.  I know that was the reason I almost gave up.  But, there is a simple fix to that too.

3,  My family/friends don’t support me.  Now, I agree that is a hard one – one that I struggled with for a while.  But I had to find my strength and overcome it.  

4. I don’t know how to count my macros. This is one that gets a lot of people but it is not a reason you should give up. 

 

I Quit Excuse #1

So you don’t think you have money to do Keto.  Why is that?  What makes Keto more expensive than going to McDonald’s or buying things from your grocery deli or buying whatever it is that you are eating?

All Keto is — is a healthier way of eating.  You don’t have to go out and buy health foods or even organic foods.  

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All the foods on that list can be used to make your family their meals also.  If they want potatoes or pasta you add that to their plates.  There is no need to buy separate foods for yourself and your family.  Keto isn’t about using special foods, it’s about eliminating the sugars and starches in your diet to lower your insulin level and the spikes in your blood sugar.  It is a lifestyle change. 

You are still eating real foods so no need to buy all those prepackaged foods.  You can literally make all your meals together and eat basically the same things your family does.

 

I Quit Excuse #2

I quit I’m not losing the weight like everyone else, or fast enough, or I haven’t lost any weight.  I know, it is frustrating.  I’ve been there.  But there are some quick and simple things you can check to figure out why you aren’t losing weight.  The culprit is usually something really simple and easy to fix.  

I found with myself it is when I haven’t been drinking enough water.  Plain ole water.  When I lower the amount of water I drink I stall out.  So to fix that I go back to the water calculator.

Water is so important to your body and especially if you are following the keto diet.  For more information on the importance of water you can check out this article.

Another thing that people don’t seem to realize is their portions do matter.  Just because you are at 20 net carbs or below doesn’t mean you can eat huge portions.  Calories still count.  Overeating still makes you gain weight.  So I weigh all my food out.  I watch how much I eat.  But another important thing to remember is you can undereat and it will also cause you to stall.

Now, I know many of you will hate this. But, dairy products can cause a stall in a lot of people.  More people have a sensitivity to dairy than they know.  I recommend that you try for a couple of weeks to not use HWC and cheese.  You will see whether or not you get past your stall.  If you do then you might want to try other forms of fats to get your fat macros.  I use coconut oil and MCT oils and only 1-2 T of HWC in my coffee once a day and I noticed my weight started moving down again.  

 

I Quit Excuse #3

I think the toughest one out of all those excuses is when your family and friends don’t support you.  It is hard when everyone is telling you that it is not good for you.  Or that as soon as you stop eating Keto you will gain all the weight back.  And you know what one of those is actually true.  If you have followed my blog for any period of time you know that Keto helps with a multitude of health issues.  So that is not the one that is true.  But we will start with that one.   

When people tell you that the diet is not healthy for you.   

Ask them this — Is the Doritos, Soda, Cake and Candy Bars good for me?  Watch what they say.  I know some will come back with you’re not eating a balanced diet.  Ask them how it is not balanced?  You eat vegetable and meats and some fruit.  The only thing you are not eating is processed foods and grains.  That is a hard one for some people to understand and honestly, I just tell them I have an intolerance for grains.  Which I do, but so do more people than is known at this time.  

I know some of the women just tell people that they are just cutting out sugars and processed foods and that is just fine.  

However, if you do have health conditions I would suggest talking to your doctor about your diet.  I found that if I just told them that I was cutting out processed foods and high carb foods they were fine with it as long as all my numbers were good.  But I also got really lucky to have a doctor that completely believed in and followed it also.  She just monitored my numbers until they were all within the normal range.  

But another thing to think about is — where were they when you were eating all the crap that made you gain weight.  What were their feelings on how unhealthy that was?  If they didn’t care then then you shouldn’t care now.  You have to do what is best for you and seriously don’t worry about the naysayers.  You’ve got this. 

When people tell you will gain it all back

This one always blows me away.  I think it is funny.  I laugh and say yes, of course, I will — if I go back to eating the way I did before I started the Keto Lifestyle.  But that is not my plan.  I don’t want to be in pain any longer and to feel miserable.  That I really didn’t start the lifestyle to lose weight that it was just an added side effect of my new lifestyle to heal myself without all the drugs.  I hate not feeling good, and I don’t know about the rest of you but I know when I feel better and I’m more active and I have more energy.  

What most people don’t understand that is with any diet you do whether it is low-fat diet a restricted-calorie diet or any other diet is that once you get to your desired weight range, that if you start eating the way you did before starting it you will gain the weight back.  I have found with Keto that I don’t have the cravings to eat like I used to.  I may be different than a lot of people but I enjoy the food I eat.  And if I decide that I want something that is not in my food choices I limit it.  It is all about control.  

Family/Friends that Sabatoge

This is the hardest one of them all.  Your family and friends who bring all of your old favorites over when they see you even though they know you don’t eat or drink it any longer.

Until they understand that this your life that they are messing with they will keep on trying.  This one makes me very angry.  I feel if they truly love you they will try and help you any way they can to make you healthier and live longer by lowering the temptations.  You wouldn’t bring alcohol to an alcoholic, heroin to an addict, and that is exactly how I explain it.  Food is an addiction for a lot of us.  It gives the same type of high in some people as drugs.  Sugar is highly addictive.   An article on Healthline goes into detail regarding it.  It is worth printing out and showing those who don’t think it is a problem.  Did you know that Americans went from eating 2 lbs a year to eating 152 lbs a year?  That is freaking crazy right.  I love this article regarding sugar and the effects of it on your body.  Also, check out a previous post on here regarding the inflammation it causes.  

So in conclusion to this section, you know what is best for you and if you are seeking the opinion of someone ion how it will affect your body the only one that should matter besides your own is your physicians.  

I Quit Excuse #4

Now, there is no excuse on this one.  There are so many places you can learn to count your Macros.  In this day and age, you can find everything online.  Whether it be an app on your phone or google.    

My favorite app and it is free is CarbManager.  It is simple to use and it works with Dirty/Lazy Keto or Strict/Clean Keto.  You can download it to your phone and actually use the online version.  But if you want an easy way I also did a post on it.  

So, no excuses.  You’ve got this girl. 

This is something that irritates me about all the groups I am in.  Sorry if this is YOU. Not really.

This something that makes me so incredibly mad in groups and I have to keep my fingers from hitting the keys and saying something that will make people mad.  And it is not because I have created my own program or I promote some other programs.  Because I don’t promote things that won’t or don’t work.  I know they do because I have done them.  I test everything I promote or recommend.

This Makes Me Mad – “That program is a scam.”

I hate when people tell you a program is a scam.  Just because you have to pay money for it. That is not the fact.  I’m not saying all the programs are good for you and I am not saying that some of them aren’t’.  And yes you can find a lot of information online for free.  And no you don’t need a program to do Keto.

But if you are struggling and wanting something that works then why not get a proven system that does.  People spend thousands of dollars on pills and potions to lose weight.  They get gastric bypass surgeries to lose weight because they have tried all types of WEIGHT LOSS PROGRAMS ON THEIR OWN to lose weight. 

I am one of the ones that have bought so many diet programs, exercise programs, and pills trying to lose weight. But when I found Keto and a program that helped me kick start my weight loss in a big way I felt motivated to continue going and not give up.

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That diet was SPEED KETO.  But it was not everything I needed so I created my own based on the same concept with less fasting and removing all inflammatory foods.  That is how KikStart Keto came about.  Not because I want to make a bug off of a sucker. But because I found something that worked for me and I wanted to share it with the world. 

And yes I could give it away for free.  But there is a lot of information in both of them, plus recipes and education on Keto.  I know I put a lot of work into Kikstart Keto and the cookbooks that come with it.  You wouldn’t work for free so why should the creators of such programs do the work for free to make Keto easy for others that are struggling. 

Also, people every day pay for diet programs.  Such as Jenny Craig, Weight Watchers and so many more that aren’t considered scam diet programs and cost a lot more money than either of these programs.

So please don’t tell someone that a system is a scam unless you know for a fact it is.  Sometimes, these programs can actually motivate and teach a person that yes they can do Keto and that isn’t as hard as they thought it was going to be.  These programs can mean the difference between succeeding with their weight loss because they see results or giving up because they don’t see results.

One more example – would you tell your kids that they didn’t need to go to school or college because all the information that they need can be found on YouTube or the internet. I didn’t think so.

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Some people need the information and a laid out plan for them to succeed.  And I know both of these programs have a 30-90 day money-back guarantee.  So what do they have to lose but weight and a multitude of health problems that go with being overweight? 

Please stop discouraging people to do what is best for them because you were able to do without.  I am one of those people that like to follow a plan from beginning to end and I get discouraged if I don’t see results.  I have done it on my own and did tons of research but I can tell you when I followed a plan even my own it was more successful than the everyday guessing on what I was going to eat.

 

My Top 10 Reasons for Doing the Keto Diet

My Top 10 Reasons for Doing the Keto Diet

So I decided to give you my Top 10 Reasons for Doing the Keto Diet. There are more than 10. Way more. But I figured 10 is a good starting point. If you have been following me for a while you know that I have had some health issues, and I have struggled with my weight since the birth of my daughter 20 years ago. But there is so much more to it than that.

#1 – Reasons for Doing the Keto Diet

My number one reason for doing the Keto diet is for my health. It has helped me feel better. But it is not the reason I started it. But it’s the reason I continued doing it. I started Keto because I wanted to lose weight. And I knew that people had amazing results.

My overall health has improved dramatically. I no longer need my inhaler. I haven’t had any asthma issues since starting and no longer even have an issue with my allergies. Which is amazing because I have had to deal with them my entire life.

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My blood pressure is lower. I’ve never had extremely high blood pressure. I think the highest I remember it was at 125/79, but just this morning when I tested it it was 99/67. I think that is damn good. And that is is the vicinity it stays throughout the day.

But the best thing ever is that I no longer have chronic pain. My body is my own again. My headaches have decreased tremendously. I still get an occasional one, but who doesn’t when they have two young boys.

#2 – Reasons for Doing the Keto Diet

The food. There alone is a good one. I have never been a big foodie not like a lot of people around me. Which my husband is the biggest. I have always struggled with Food.

As a young girl, I was taught to clean my plate and was not allowed to leave the table until I had. But that changed as in my teen years and early adulthood all I heard was “Through the lips to the hips.” Which was detrimental to my relationship with food and I developed bad eating habits.

I’d starve myself and limit myself to low calorie, low-fat foods. Eating about 300 calories a day on most days and there were some days that I would feel fat and not eat at all. I wouldn’t even drink coffee I would just eat the grounds so that I wouldn’t get the calories from cream and sugar.

But when I did get hungry and I did. I would go on a binge and would eat everything that my roommates and then go and get food in fast food places. I was that girl. Binge and then feel guilty and go and get rid of it as soon as my mind went to the fat place and start starving my body again.

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My Secret Struggle

Things that few people knew about me is that I would stand in front of a full-length mirror naked and wiggle and jump to see if anything jiggled. If it did I would starve myself. There was a point in time that I weighed 85 lbs. I was 21 years old, 5’1 and weighed 85 lbs and guess what — I thought I was fat.

I would weigh myself daily, take my measurements and started taking things to so I would not gain weight and suppress my appetite. It was an unhealthy obsession. There was even a point in my 20s that I had a competition with a girl at work where we would weigh ourselves on a digital scale at work. And if I weighed more than her I would take diuretics so that I weighed less than her the next day.

As I Got Older

As I got older and started dating my now-husband, I began cooking and eating with him. But all the damage I did to my body caused me to start putting on weight. I was terrified. But, he is a food pusher – not a bad thing.

He loves to eat but you would never know it by looking at him. He didn’t struggle with excess weight and his eating habits were healthy. Eating only until he was full, and not eating when he wasn’t hungry. I, on the other hand, had that mentality that I needed to clean my plate or I was wasting food. So I did, and I even started finishing the food on his plate when I cleaned up.

That continued until I had my daughter at 26 and was 200+. Not a good thing for a person who already has issues with eating disorders. I started the yo-yo dieting. Trying every diet I could find to lose weight and working out all the time.

At 30, I stumbled across Atkins and that is when I had success. I lost the weight and got down to a healthy weight for my height. But, I hurt all over, started getting migraines. My doctor recommended a breast reduction and I did that but it did nothing for my pain throughout my body.

Two children later and a good 18 years go by and I stumble across Keto. I research it and find it is basically the same as Atkins that I did way back when.

Healing Begins

I am now 46 years old. Still struggling with my relationship with food and my weight and my pain through my body. In walks Keto after a myriad of other diets again. I follow a simple meal plan that I found from a group on Facebook called Speed Keto.

I know there is no reason to buy a meal plan while doing Keto, you can google everything and read books on it and learn it on your own. But why? It’s cheap for one and there was no guesswork. It was done for me. I didn’t have to go and research everything and find what I could and couldn’t eat, I didn’t have to count macros, I didn’t have to find recipes, and I had people that were struggling with the same things I was that I could talk to. And I saw the results people were having on it. Mind made up, I purchased it for $39, downloaded it an printed it out and boom.

The food was amazing. I learned intermittent fasting and I lost weight. I began changing my relationship with food. We are friends again.

Life-Changing Find

But I still had body pain. Ugh, not as bad as before but I needed to figure out why. Doctors couldn’t after many many tests. I needed to do more research. I came across an article about Lectins and how they cause inflammation. You can check out the articles here by Dr. Gundry.

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As I followed the advice of Dr. Gundry and removed almost all the high lectin based foods out of my diet I started to feel less and less pain throughout my body. And so many things changed. I had less monthly cramps, less bloating and no more joint pain. Win… That is when I came up with KikStart Keto.

KikStart Keto is a meal plan that is easy to follow and it removes all the inflammation-causing foods. It is the exact meal plan I follow for my life. And that leads to me to my other Reasons for Doing the Keto Diet.

#3 – Reasons for Doing the Keto Diet

Energy. I have so much more energy. No longer is there that feeling of exhaustion when I wake up in the morning. I can get up at 5 am and I am full of energy. Enough to clean the house, work on this lovely blog of mine. And play with my kids.

Seriously, I can’t remember a time in my life that I get so much done. My house is the way I want it. Clean wise. It is still not my dream house but it is organized and clean. I can see countertops and the laundry is actually done and put up on the same day.

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I used to wake up exhausted. Either from the pain in my body keeping me up or just not getting quality of sleep. But my mind doesn’t race anymore at night and keep me up. I had bouts of insomnia for years. But since starting KikStart Keto I don’t have that. I feel rested and ready for the day when I wake up each morning

#4 – Reasons for Doing the Keto Diet

My family. I am feeding my family healthier foods. I have seen the difference in the way they eat and their choices in foods. My husband even cooks for me. He cooks me these delicious omelets every weekend. And he is making healthier food choices and taking leftovers to work for lunch instead of getting fast food.

My kids are drinking water and eating healthier. I don’t know if I have mentioned it in my blog but my middle son is autistic and has a very limited diet he will eat. But with the changes to the way we eat and what I bring into the house, he is actually eating better and more foods. And I have also witnessed fewer meltdowns. That is a real win for our family.

#5 – Reasons for Doing the Keto Diet

Weight… I have lost some all without starving. To date, I have lost over 45 lbs. but I am not the only one. My son that I mentioned above has. By removing 80% of the sugary foods and drinks from the house he has leaned out and hasn’t gained more weight even though he has grown over 5 inches this summer.

I am not the girl I used to be that obsessed over her weight. But, I want to be healthy. I don’t have a particular weight in mind but I want to be out of the overweight category and that means I will need to lose 40 lbs. And at my age, now almost 47 years old is harder. But I know that it is possible and that as I progress on this journey I am learning that it is not just about the weight but more about my health.

#6 – Reasons for Doing the Keto Diet

Mentally clarity. This is another big one for me. When I was yo-yo dieting I felt like I was always in a fog. My brain would stop functioning I swear. I even lost a job 3 years ago because of it.

I would forget stupid things. Things that were very important to my job. I felt like I was losing my mind. But since following Keto, I can stay on track, I stay focused on my goals and my tasks. My mind doesn’t wander to a million different places. It is an amazing feeling not to be a scatterbrain.

And that is another thing I have noticed with my son with autism. He can focus on his tasks with more attention. He’s not full Keto, but by removing the foods that cause inflammation from his diet, the high sugary drinks and carb-heavy foods he is able to do everyday things such as schoolwork and reading. He is actually excelling in some of his studies that he was failing before.

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And my youngest son, who as a premie is gaining weight by eating healthier and his ADHD is better controlled by diet than it ever was on medication.

It always amazes me. That such simple tweaks in diet can do so much good or so much damage. I thought that I was feeding them healthy before, a well-balanced diet. But, the foods I was feeding them was exasperating their bodies and causing a lot of the symptoms they were having.

#7 – Reasons for Doing the Keto Diet

Food bill is lower. I always thought that eating healthier would be more expensive. But you take out the fast foods, the sodas, (or as we call them here in the Pacific Northwest POP), the other sugary drinks such as juices, boxed foods, and go to whole natural foods your body does not crave as much food. You get filled up on good fats, proteins, and leafy healthy vegetables and you don’t get as hungry as often. So no need for a lot of snack foods. More money in your pocket to do fun things.

#8 – Reasons for Doing the Keto Diet

This has a little bit to do with health but not completely. I don’t have to get all the different medications my family was taking, I would buy acetaminophen, Ibuprofen, allergy pills, allergy (rash) ointment, PMS medication, my youngest son’s ADHD medication, Pepto, Miralax and others, I can’t even remember them all. But, since doing KikStart Keto I haven’t had to buy any of them.

#9 – Reasons for Doing the Keto Diet

I haven’t had to go to the doctors and be a pincushion. I feel healthy like mentioned above and have no issues. My yearly appointments are the only things I go to now and the kids are not getting sick as they use too. Which is a total game-changer for me.

#10 – Reasons for Doing the Keto Diet

I’ve learned. I know it might not seem like a good reason for doing the Keto Diet. But, here is the reason it is fo me. I have learned to have a good relationship with food. That is something I didn’t have until this point. I also learned how food affects my body, mind and spirit. I don’t have bouts with depression or anxiety anymore. There is no struggle to be the thinnest girl, or that food is the enemy. It isn’t I was my own worst enemy!

How?? I deprived my body of what it needed to thrive and when I did feed it I gave it things that were causing inflammation and making me feel miserable. I obsessed over what I was told was good for me and it turns out was making me feel the way I did.

Bonus

Bonus reason why: I don’t have to go work out in a gym to lose weight and get into better shape. I am more active and have more energy to go out and move. My body doesn’t hurt to walk and move. So I get exercise without feeling miserable. Yay Me!

And I owe it all to Kikstart Keto. The program that I put together to help myself. It is Keto with a twist. And if you have tried Keto and failed because of not knowing what to do or how to do it. Or if you have tried Keto and still didn’t feel better give it a try.

If you don’t want to do a program. Try removing peanuts, tomatoes and other nightshade vegetables from your diet and see how you feel. That was my turning point. Here is an article that explains lectins and what they are.

In Conclusion

Keto has changed my life. See some more examples of how Keto has truly made my life better.

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