Sugar In Your Salt?!

Yes, you read that correctly. If you use regular table salt with iodine added, then you are also getting dextrose… a sugar.

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A claim is made that the amount is so minute as to not affect sugar cravings, so I assume it wouldn’t throw one out of ketosis either, but who knows for sure? Ask yourself this… why would you want salt with sugar in it? I prefer Himalayan Sea Salt and get my iodine from eggs, seafood and seaweed and if I feel like I am still not getting enough, I add a supplement. It’s just crazy that food companies find any excuse to add sugar to products!

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The Sin of Fruit on Keto/LCHF

Yes, I am calling the eating of fruit a sin. Sounds extreme, I know, but it is what it is. All fruit contains fructose and it is SUGAR, nature’s candy.

I belong to several FB groups on LCHF as well as a food tracker site. I constantly see people still eating fruit on this WOE and then wonder why they cannot lose weight. The biggest culprit is bananas.

Do people not realize that bananas are fruit? Do they think it is the only way to get potassium? I hate to crack your reality bubble, but bananas are fruit, they are fattening, and they are not the only source of potassium. In fact, avocados are a better source because they give you those great monounsaturated fats that are so important for the body because of the high Omega-3s.

So, the next time you need a potassium boost, eat a 1/2 an avocado instead! The fat and fiber in avocados will help keep you full too, which is an added bonus!

Note: after the initial 2 week induction phase, you can (but you don’t NEED to) add a few berries to your diet, but just a few. But if you want optimal health and sustainability on the LCHF diet… quit the fruit!

LCHF Week 14 – Health Observations (Nov. 26 – Dec. 2)

It’s been 2 weeks since my last update. I fell off the wagon a bit (went out of ketosis) during the Thanksgiving weekend because I indulged in a small slice of chocolate pudding pie. It was bad. Caused my BGLs to go into the 300s and stayed high for about 5 days. I’ve learned my lesson well. And as a result, I’ve had to go back on insulin. *sighs* Oh well, we live and learn and this is a learning experience! Onward to the updates:

  1. I’ve decided to give up the BPCs. I love them, I really do, but I’ve decided to get my fats from real foods instead of just eating pure fat. So I am upping my intake of avocados and olives. I will still be using coconut oil and butter, but in my cooking only.
  2. I am keeping my protein at around 50 grams per day because too much keeps spiking insulin and increasing my BGLs. As a result, I have been eating less fish because it is so high in protein and lower in fat. The only exceptions are tuna, trout, salmon and sardines. However, I am limiting these to about 3 grams servings. I will be adding pork and beef back to my diet, but again at only 3 grams servings. Eggs are still my best friend and I eat 2-3 of these at a meal.
  3. I am avoiding the scale. It’s not that I am not losing weight, but I have learned that my weight shifts quite a bit. Some days I am down 2-3 lbs, other days back up again. This is a motivation-buster. Instead, I am measuring my waist. Down 4 inches! I read somewhere that each inch is about 5 lbs of weight loss, so yes, I am down 20 lbs. I was able to get back into some clothes that I haven’t worn in about 3-4 years and that is a motivation-enhancer!
  4. My energy levels are still high, my mood enhanced, my brain is sharper, my eyesight is great and especially the night vision, hair and skin still soft and shiny, pain in my body still greatly reduced… so all systems are a go!
  5. Constipation has not been an issue since I add psyllium husk to my diet. I plan to add chia seeds to my diet soon (with coconut milk, yum!) because of all of the great benefits I have read about them in regards to fiber.
  6. I am drinking much more water and green tea these days. Giving coffee a slight rest (still having 1-2 cups per day though).
  7. Sleep is still a bit of an issue for me. Some days I sleep well, others not so well. I have cut out all caffeine after 4 pm and this does seem to help some. Now if I can just get on a regular sleeping pattern. That is the hardest part.
  8. I am still having some issues with the neuropathy in my feet, but this does seem to be improving. I started taking my B-vitamins at night which seems to be helping.

Well, that about does it for this update. On a good end-note, one of my cousins came to visit recently and he said he could tell a definite change in my weight and overall health. Yay! A big score there.