Do you or someone you know have an autoimmune disease?

Please check out my blog post at Natural Healy concepts. I’m so proud to be guest blogging for them. Let me know your thoughts. I’d love to hear them.

 

http://blog.naturalhealthyconcepts.com/2017/12/15/autoimmune-disease/ 

Thanks for all the readership and support!

Merrit

Welcome Natural Healthy Concepts!

I’m excited to announce that Natural Healthy Concepts approached me recently to ask if I would be willing to swap guest blogs once a quarter. I welcome them as we are very aligned in our interests and focus and I believe a new perspective is always a good addition, so stay tuned for the first guest blog in then next few days!

Drop me a line and let me know what you think about the topics that will be covered in the guest blogs. I’d love to hear from you!

Are You Fat Adapted?

Healthy fats

Well, so far so good on the new diet/lifestyle change. My body is almost fully fat adapted. You may be saying to yourself, what the heck does that mean and I’m not sure that is a good thing. What it means is that my body now prefers fat as a fuel over glucose, which means my body will burn more fat. That is a really good thing.

In less than a month, I’ve lost 7 lbs. I know for most people the number on the scale feels like it’s the most important thing when your goal is weight loss, but the truth is that it’s really only part of the picture and depending on how you go about your weight loss goals, you could actually do more damage than good if you don’t take other measures into consideration.

Here are the good things:

  • I’ve dropped my visceral fat and will continue as I burn fat. Visceral is the most important one to lower. That is the fat that we store around our vital organs and can really lead to tons of problems over time.
  • I’ve gained muscle. Gaining muscle actually helps to lower fat as well. Strength training is key when trying to build muscle and you don’t have to be an intense body builder to make that happen.
  • My glucose levels have dropped significantly and I’m also more aware of what foods and how the timing of meals can affect my glucose levels. I’m still not ideally at 65-85 on a regular basis, but I’m also not above 100 on a regular basis, which is the beginning stages of insulin resistance. I’ve gotten myself to high 80s to mid-90s on a more consistent basis and I’m trending in the right direction, so I’ll eventually be closer to the 65-85 marker on a regular basis.
  • My ketones are well managed and I know how to keep those where they need to be without going into ketoacidosis, which can be a dangerous life threatening state.
  • I was able to indulge in a glass of wine for the first time while celebrating with friends. I took measure to make sure that I planned well and was able to get back into ketosis very quickly. Though this isn’t something I’ll make a regular habit of.

SO, 7 lbs in less than a month is great, but what’s even better is that I can see other health markers improving and if those markers slide back a little, I know just what to do to get back on track. I’m not hungry. I don’t have cravings and I’m happy to finally have some control over getting not only my weight back to where it is most suitable for me, but getting my health markers back to where they ideally should be. Its not been easy, but being able to see all the improvements is keeping me motivated to stay on track. This is a doable lifestyle, but its not for everyone and for the inexperienced, this is one that requires monitoring and professional guidance. If you’re interested in learning more and finding out if a ketogenic diet is right for you, please don’t hesitate to contact me for a consultation: TheVitalBeet@gmail.com or 303.539.9362 ext 2

Pneumonia Calls for Conventional Medicine Balanced by Alternatives

I have been recovering from pneumonia over the last 3 weeks. This is an illness that can take hold quickly and go downhill fast. Pneumonia is no joke. It ranks up there just above the flu and will slow you down entirely. It is a time to really listen to what your body needs. Pneumonia is severe and can put you in the hospital and even cause death. Antibiotics are often a necessary evil with pneumonia. There are cases that are less severe and it is sometimes possible to work through the illness without antibiotics. It is an illness that you can start to improve and suddenly take a turn for the worse, so it’s important for early diagnosis and early treatment or it can be fatal.

 

So, what to do…. Get lots and lots of rest. Pneumonia means that you have fluid in your lungs and thus less room for the oxygen that your blood and brain need. When you have pneumonia, just standing can feel like a real effort. I felt like I weighed a ton of bricks when I stood. Showering was almost all I could do for the day (even though in some ways it would make me feel better, it took a lot out of me.) I would go to bed around 7:30 pm and wake at 6:30 am and I’d feel like I didn’t sleep at all. It is the kind of tired that you feel tired in your bones.

 

I was fortunate that I could work from home. It was probably more than I should have done, but we’re short staffed in the office and busier than we’ve ever been. Unfortunately a good portion of my role requires that I’m on the phone quite a bit and that was just something pneumonia just didn’t allow me the oxygen for, for about a week and a half. I did all that I could while sitting upright that didn’t involve being on the phone. I worked modified hours and really tried to listen to what my body needed and when.

 

Here are some of the other things I did to help my body heal from pneumonia despite having to take a round of antibiotics.

  • Tons of rest / sleep…. #1 priority
  • Lots of bone broth and soup
  • Lots of blended greens shakes and essentially eating a very high nutrient diet (no sugar, no caffeine) and tons of water
  • Extra supplements including A, B, D and C
  • Double probiotics while taking antibiotics and for 2 weeks following
  • Breathing exercises to improve lung capacity
  • Neti pot several times per day to clear excess mucus
  • Herbal combo including Pleurisy root and Osha Root that are specific remedies for lungs and respiratory issues
  • Elderberry syrup for my cough
  • Gargle with salt water every day sometimes more than once a day
  • Drink a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in 8 oz of warm water (helps loosen mucus)
  • If I felt like I could make it to the sauna, that would have been beneficial, but I just didn’t have the energy for it.

 

The cough, chest & lung congestion that come with pneumonia are terrible and make it difficult to sleep. Unfortunately you want a productive cough, so that your body will rid itself of infection that comes with pneumonia. The cough itself can take all the energy you have while sick with pneumonia. It’s important to be patient and ride it out and be gentle with yourself and diligent about taking care of yourself and not over doing it. I finally had the first day of feeling somewhat human at the end of last week. I’m thankful the worst is behind me, but I will likely still be recovering over the next week or so.

Much of the same applies if you have a cold or the flu. Both can turn into pneumonia and that is a dangerous place to be, so plenty of self care and rest are just what the doctor ordered. Here’s to brighter days ahead and the end of cold & flu season!