Healthy Habits to have for a long healthy life, Ketogenic diet, low carb high fat diet, Photography by Cathy

Another facet of who I am. It’s not just about eating fat.

I know this post looks like it has nothing to do with a Ketogenic diet at a quick glance but in the end when you are healthy with all kinds of extra energy you can pretty much do what ever you want.  You can do those things you are passionate about.  I know that when I’m feeing good virtually nothing stops me and I do those things I love to do that make me happy.   My photography not only makes me happy but I know I make others smile.   So many people aren’t able to get out like me and so they have a way to see the world through my eyes.                                                              Generally I don’t know where I’m going to end up or what I’m going to be doing unless I’m forced to make a plan.  My friends will tell you I don’t like to plan if I don’t have to.  Today, especially after I broke my favorite lens last week, I definitely didn’t think I’d be out taking pictures.    With that said, today was a prime example of being able to find that positive point that comes out of a bad thing.  Since I don’t like to leave home without my camera I pulled out a lens  I don’t normally use to put on my camera just to have it with me.   Now I know I should be using this lens more often.  It’s just a small 50 mm 1.4 lens but truly it is an awesome lens.  As you continue on reading you’ll be able to see my photos from today.                                                              The photos were taken at the DuPage County Fairgrounds in Winfield Illinois.  This is where the Batavia Orchid Society had their annual event.  I had learned about it while I was at my Garden Club meeting earlier in the month.  After tossing the idea back and forth a bit I made the decision to go and  I’m glad I went.  I had no idea what to expect.  I not only had an opportunity to take pictures but I did learn a lot.  The one big point that sticks out in my head and I will share it with you is that you are not supposed to turn Orchid plants as you might do to your other house plants.  Rotating them totally messes up the natural process that is so important to keep in order to keep the plants flowering over and over again.  After you’ve had a plant flower for the second time it’s easy to get hooked and you’ll even think about hinting to someone who gives you flowers occasionally to give you an orchid instead of a bouquet of flowers that die.  Orchids could actually flower for months at a time.  They are absolutely beautiful.      ENJOY!   I like comments!!!

 

I hope you enjoyed the Orchids.

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Can anyone do a ketogenic diet?

Yes, of course anyone can do a keto diet.

I highly recommend starting It like I did.  Read Jimmy Moore’s book, Keto Clarity, or at least part of it.  Then you can frequent my Blog for more information.  Read about my experiences, trials, errors and successes.  After visiting many forums and groups about Keto, I made my mind up that I wanted to do this Blog because I think so many make it so dang complicated that they give up.  My goal is to keep it as simple as possible.  Often you will hear this is not a sustainable way to live.  You won’t be able to do it for a long time.  Well, if you make it interesting it is possible and most importantly, Easy and convenient is the key.  Who has time to waste on constantly trying to figure it out.  So this is where it gets easy,  let’s face it, we are all creatures of habit.  Whether it’s what we eat or even what we wear or where we go when we are looking for something to do.  How often do you end up doing similar things?  Sometimes I believe that when you get 1000s of people chatting in a group, everyone has  a better idea and wants to be the last word but the threads go on and on and on and it gets old. Not to mention the False information that gets spread.  So yes anyone can do it, but keep it simple.  One thing and one of the most important thing to remember is the ratio of foods that you will be eating.   It goes like this, 70 percent fat, 20 percent protein, and 5 percent carbohydrates.  The other thing that is important to remember is if you think you are eating too much fat, you probably aren’t.  That’s right, you probably need to eat more.  Next entry I’ll start talking about what I eat.  Remember, creatures of habit.  I try different things but I do a lot of the same with some variations.  It happens naturally and to be honest it is much easier that  way rather than forcing something that doesn’t come naturally.  Anyone can do it, Keep it simple.  More to come.

 

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Let’s back up…

So as I said in the last post, I was a vegetarian for 15 years, although I did eat fish and eggs, during that time I always thought of myself as being a pretty healthy eater, but for some reason I was just not feeling it and my weight started to increase a bit.  I was not a happy camper.  My cute little shape I was always pretty proud of was some how starting to vanish in my eyes.  There’s the old attitude that many share and that is, as you get older it’s going to happen.  The metabolism slows, you shrink and you gain weight.   People like to remind you that you aren’t as young as you use to be and that is just the way it is.   You hear it over and over as you share with your friends how you feel.  The problem is many start to believe it and thats why so many do accecpt it.  Ok, so I am 58.  So yah I am older,  I, for one,  was not ready to throw in the towel.  So while this was all evolving,  I have this little angel on my shoulder, my  lovely daughter who is a very active healthy girl.  I love her to death.  She knows me, knows how I am and how I like to carry myself and most importantly knows when I’m not happy with things.   For a year before my new journey began she stressed to me, start eating meat mom and you’ll start losing weight.  I heard it over and over but the thought of doing it after 15 years was like giving up and Oh my, what if it didn’t work and I would have to start the clock all over again.  It just wasn’t easy to think about.  Then there were the aches and pains that slowed me up a bit.  I’m usually the girl who never stops.  I knew I needed to do something and at this point I still wasn’t sure what is was going to be.   In October of 2016, a year into thinking about what I was going to do, a friend of mine received a book in the mail from another friend of ours to read.  The name of the book was Keto Clarity.  I snatched up the book for 2 reasons, One, I knew my friend wouldn’t read it and two I was familiar with the subject matter, Keto.  Little story:   A few years back I had another friend who was diagnosed with Pancreatic cancer.  It wasn’t good.  Between his wife and myself we searched high and low for something that could help outside of the most common cancer treatments which we knew in our hearts would only cause other problems and maybe only maybe extend the inevitable.  In my search I came across the ketogenic diet, a low carb high fat diet.  Every thing I read sounded to good to be true but it sure was worth a try.  Other treatments I came up with would take going out of the country and financially it just wasn’t an option and the disease was taking its toll on my friend.  On the other hand this ketogenic diet you could do in your own home and financially, it didn’t change anything because he’s already eating, he’d only have to change what he was eating.  Well,  during these few months of much research I learned a lot to apply for my friend, but his wife was afraid to try.  One of the biggest hurdles one has to get over is making a change.  In the situation of my friend, well I know just he change of being diagnosed with a deadly disease, stage 4, was already change enough and the grasping of something that was going to help was hard enough and since what we know best is what we have been use to.  In his case traditional chemo and drugs.  For my friend, The ketogenic diet was not an option.  For me in the future if I were faced with this horrible disease it would be an option because of my knowledge I now have.  There is no more fear of how the diet works along with the human body and how it can affect cancer cells.  I’m attaching a link of a study everyone should at least read.  At this time in my life I wasn’t in the search mode of changing my lifestyle, I still felt comfortable with my vegetarian lifestyle but I do remember being very intrigued by what I  read and learned.  It wasn’t until the book I talked about crossed my path in 2016.  That is when I opened the book got half way through it and knew I was going to try something new.  I went to work the next day, with the book, held it in my hand and stared at my partner with a grin on my face and told him, we are going to do the keto diet.  He looked at me and said OK!   He has always trusted my judgement because of my research.  That’s one area I could be considered an over achiever.   So October of 2016 right before my 57th birthday is when I started the diet. My starting weight was 141pounds.  It’s now 2018, I’m now 58 and 122 pounds.

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Why fat has become so important to me.

Fat became important to me because I learned new information and did my research.  With my new-found knowledge I made some pretty big changes in my life.  Over the last Year plus,  I completely changed how I fuel my body.  I went from a 15 year-long run of being a vegetarian to the way I eat now which is low carb high fat and medium protein.  Interestingly,   It has been 15 months since I made the change.  I’m usually all or nothing so it happened over night. Truly, who would have thought?  Certainly not me. The search for foods that would work for me is ongoing and always changing. I need Variety, I want to love it and it needs to fit my criteria. It  isn’t always easy.  This is one reason some people give up.  It’s because it does take  some time, creativity and definitely a change in how we think.  We’ve all been brainwashed to believe quite the contrary .  We as a society are used to looking for low-fat foods so when you start looking for high fat foods you don’t realize how hard it is to find.  The stores have gone so far away from full fat foods that you have to try different locations.  They all offer something a little different.   Unfortunately,  some are not the cheapest but good foods usually cost a bit more normally.  Good health is worth the investment in my eyes.   So I’ve been learning a lot  and I hope to share my knowledge with you.  Little by little I’ll touch on what I do now that I wouldn’t have dreamed of doing before.  One of the biggest additions  I’ve added to my diet is heavy cream.  I use it in my coffee.  When you buy it pick a brand with as few ingredients as possible.  Additives are not good.   Don’t buy the lite heavy cream.  Get the real deal.  Say no to low fat!   One other product I’ll talk about now is Yogurt.  If you like yogurt take caution on this one.  Sugar plays a huge role in most of the yogurt.  You want to look for the highest fat, less protein than fat, and the least amount of sugar.  The good stuff is out there.  You just have to be patient til you find one.  If you are close with the fat and protein ratio,  while you are eating a serving, you can always add a little heavy cream to it when you eat it.  If you need fruit in it,  because you can’t eat plain, add a few berries  but just a few.  It’s real easy.  Frozen berries work well for this.  They get juicy as they thaw so they mix in real nice.  Never, never buy the yogurt that has the fruit in it already.  There is too much sugar!   Next time you take the stroll down the yogurt isle, take a real good look at the labels.  Spend some good quality time and get to know what they offer.   For kicks, look at the low fat containers as well as see just how fooled we have been with how much sugar is in each serving.  You’ll be amazed.  It’s like eating a candy bar.  No wonder we are a fat nation.  It’s time to change the way we think.

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Wake up with a fresh cup of Coffee and Cream and not feel guilty at all!

 

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Fat , Fat and more Fat!

Why would I write a blog about Fat? I’m starting here because fat has been the missing ingredient in our diets for far too long.   My mission is to educate just a few out there with what I have learned over the last few years.  I’m 58 and been through many phases in my life.  I’ve tried a lot.  Definitely not all.  Growing up with margarine, watered down milk like 2 % then skim.  What did they do with all that marvelous heavy cream!  Might as well of put water on my cereal.  Then yes the cereal.  Might as well put sugar in a box.  labels, more labels stating low-fat,  No fat, where did the taste go?  When they take away something they usually had to replace it with something that was worse for you in the long run.   Unfortunately  we got use to it because we had no choice.  We didn’t want to get fat!  So where does this leave us?  Can’t eat the  fat?  Well we have to eat something so lets all eat a bunch of carbohydrates. Pasta with low fat cheese, Bread with low fat butter, You all know the list goes on and on.  But we did it and you know what?  It’s still done all over.  And… we have a universe of a lot of fat people who don’t even realize it’s a problem.  Now, some do but it’s hard to break away from what you are used to doing.  It’s a comfort zone and then when one tries to follow some of the diets out there often time, they don’t work.  Usually it’s combined together with hours and hours of working out, cardio exercises and all.  Who has the time and in the end they give up!  It shouldn’t be that hard.  The cave men didn’t work out.  Have you ever seen a fat cave man?  I haven’t.  Now the message here isn’t telling you to not work out, everyone needs to stay active in a general setting but  you shouldn’t have to work out like a maniac to achieve a goal of losing weight and being healthy.  That’s the whole idea here.  Eat. Eat good. Enjoy what you eat, and in the end lose some weight and maybe even get rid of some of your aches and pains that are side effects of all the bad foods, (if you could even call them foods) that are on our grocery shelves.  We’ll end here for now.  Send me your thoughts, questions, ideas, anything you think would be an interesting subject to cover.   We have a lifetime to learn and share our experiences.   And spread the word of good health and good eating.