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

Do You Have a Good Doctor?

Well, I’ve been under the weather again. This is 3 times since the beginning of the year, so it’s been a bit of a rough go. At least it wasn’t pneumonia this time, but I’m fairly certain it was the flu. It started a week and a half ago with fever (102), chills, splitting headache, sore through dry productive cough, muscle aches, no appetite and yes, hallucinations. I believe I may have had a stomach bug layered on top of this too, because I had diarrhea most of the time that has finally dissipated. Most of the worst symptoms subsided after about 3 days. I still have a lingering cough and congestion in my chest, but mostly I’m better and anticipate that I will hopefully be 100% by next weekend. It’s been a rough year for a lot of folks and many people have been sick. Sometimes my body just can’t escape it and I think I never fully recovered from the pneumonia, so my immune system was weak and ripe for getting sick again.

choosing a doctor

I’m hoping that this is the last of it for the remainder of this year. It’s tough not to feel as though I’m loosing ground on all the positive work I’ve done over the years when I get acute illnesses like this one right after the other. I haven’t been sick like this in quite a long time, but I do realize that these acute illnesses actually provide good exercise for the immune system. I increased all my supplementation as soon as I knew that I was sick so that I could assist my body to do what it needed to do naturally. Its tough when we’re not feeling well to have the wherewithal to think about supplementation that will assist your body in getting well, but it is good practice.

All this is an important reminded that if you don’t have a good doctor and you suffer from chronic illness in addition to an acute illness that may come about from time to time it is peace of mind to know that you have a good doctor, so I wanted to provide some valuable resources for finding good doctors and practitioners while you are well, so that when you do get sick you know that you have someone you trust you can turn to. I’m not affiliated or paid by any of the following organizations, just feel like these are good first places to turn to when locating a doctor or practitioner. This is not an exhaustive list. If you are looking for specific, specialist or additional resources, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me.

 

The Institute for Functional Medicine: https://www.functionalmedicine.org/practitioner_search.aspx?id=117

American Association of Naturopathic Physicians

http://www.naturopathic.org/

American Association of Drugless Practitioners

http://aadp.net/resources/

Are You Ready to Take Responsibility for Your Health?

Have you ever watched someone who is dying from cancer? Someone you love? Someone you are close to? I have and it can be a painful and very stressful process for the dying and their loved ones. I can actually say that I know what death looks like in someone’s eyes. If you were to die today, would you have regrets?

 

It was a long hard fight against stage 4 lung cancer over the past 13 months. She was a smoker for several years, but she stopped smoking a very long time ago. My aunt is finally at peace and I will miss her, but I have good memories that will live on. She was a wonderful mother to my cousins, a very cool aunt and she loved to cook and entertain in her home, bringing people together. We will celebrate her life by making recipes from a few of her cookbooks. She wrote 3 cookbooks in her lifetime, which were a labor of love for her. I will cherish all of them and think of her always when preparing a meal from one of her cookbooks.

 

When faced with such a dire illness a person must make choices, choices to treat or not to treat and how to treat. One thing is for certain, I know and that is if I had stage four, I most likely would choose a very alternate route than what conventional medicine dictates. That’s not to say that my aunt’s choices were wrong. There is no judgment and I’m sure she felt she was making the right choice for herself. For her at the time I’m sure it seemed like the one and only best way to treat.

 

That’s where I believe we’re never really told what kind of options exist out in the world for this kind of illness or any chronic illness for that matter. In my opinion, the world is full of options and smart people who have figured it out, you just need to look, dig, research and ask questions. Be your own advocate. Doctors are human and make mistakes and no one knows what its like to live in your body better than you do. Get all the facts from several resources.

 

Though time may not be on your side, if you have the will and the desire, there is most likely another way, a way that your U.S. doctor may not even have the awareness about to educate you. In most cases, you’ll need to look elsewhere to get your answers and options. Options that hopefully will help you to feel good about the hard work, effort and expense that you’re about to embark on… options that will also help you to feel good about the long term.

 

What the FDA won’t tell you is that very large, high dose vitamin C administered intravenously will kill cancer and without all the nasty lethal side effects of chemo treatment. In my opinion, the reason they won’t tell you is because Big Pharma gets rich from sick people and the more severe or chronic the illness, the better to line their pockets. This may sound harsh, but “sickness” is an industry for them because they can make tons and tons of money on sick people and in my opinion, they prey on the innocent in their most vulnerable and desperate moments.

Image from Activist Post.com

It’s not legal in the U.S. for a licensed practitioner to “treat cancer” with vitamin C. Why? Because it is a far cry from the kind of money that traditional/conventional treatments for cancer will make them. This in my opinion is the reality of what a sick person is dealing with, though never really aware of. Its likely if death occurs that it was more of a result of the conventional chemo treatment vs the illness itself. Big Pharma won’t be paying the medical bills or the funeral bill or sending cards or flowers or giving heart felt condolences. They’ll be moving on to the next victim.

 

There are clinics in Mexico that treat cancer successfully with high dose vitamin C administered through i.v. I believe this would definitely be an option on the table if I was diagnosed with any type of cancer that required very invasive conventional treatments. I would also include a very holistic approach and a diet that would change my pH to a very alkaline environment as cancer is unable to survive in an alkaline environment. I realize these things are easy for me to say because I’ve never had cancer, but I’ve battled enough chronic illnesses, that I know the conventional treatment in that particular area is most likely not for me. For the quality of life that I would want for myself conventional treatments in the U.S. wouldn’t be the right choice for me. I’m not passing judgment on those that choose conventional medication.

 

Many people might say to me … “insurance doesn’t cover alternative or unconventional treatments.” AND that’s where I say, “start taking charge of your own health. That is a cop out on yourself.” That might mean paying out of pocket costs and investing in treatments that are very beneficial for you whether they are covered by insurance or not. Insurance has been a crutch that has allowed us to stick our heads in the sand and be bound by the confines of insurance. If preventative measures are taken early, most likely it will end up costing you less in the long run and reduce your chances of facing chronic illness. Often the treatments I choose are not covered by insurance and that is certainly my choice. It can be an expensive investment. None-the-less it is and investment in me. That’s the word “INVESTMENT.” Invest in your health. It’s never too late to do that.

 

I’ll get off my “Soap Box” now and tell you that those who are dying have some pretty powerful insight to offer the rest of us on our own journeys. Bronnie Ware, who works in a hospice, found that among those who were in their last days of life, these were the 5 most common regrets that stood out to her.

 

Regrets of the Dying – by Bronnie Ware

  1. I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.
  2. I wish I hadn’t worked so hard.
  3. I wish I’d had the courage to express my feelings.
  4. I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends.
  5. I wish that I had let myself be happier.

 

I think that no matter what age you are at, there is an important message to take to heart in these 5 regrets. After all, none of us really knows when or how we’ll die.

 

If you’d like the details of these 5 regrets, you can find them at Bronnie Ware’s blog here: Bronnie Ware – Regrets of the Dying

Statements in this blog should not be misconstrued as medical advice, but merely as the opinion of the author. If you are ill, please seek the advice of a licensed medical practitioner.