Keto Masterclass Module 2-More to Think About

There are 13 modules to this course, so I hope you travel with me while I take it.

I have watched the video and am now doing the reading and the work sheet.  I will add inserts from the course that I find interesting.

If carbohydrates, proteins, or calories in general are sufficiently limited, fat enters our mitochondria (specifically in the liver) in large amounts. Without sufficient glucose (or protein) to catalyze the metabolism of fats, we shift to a different process, ketosis, which solves several problems simultaneously. Ketosis takes the high energy fat molecules stored in our bodies and converts them to ketone bodies, which can fuel the heart, muscles, organs, and perhaps most importantly, the brain.

Ketosis and Ketoacidosis are totally different. Ketosis is a healthy way to live where Ketoacidosis is very dangerous.  Ketoacidosis is a result of poor management of diabetes and in severe cases can cause coma or death. Ketoacidosis is too many ketones, diabetes is too much blood glucose.

The benefits of going on the Keto diet are:

  1. burn stored body fat
  2. stable blood sugar
  3. improved sleep
  4. decreases hunger
  5. consistent energy throughout the day
  6. decreased inflammation
  7. Mitochondrial biogenesis – energy production centers for our cells
  8. enhanced cognition – no more brain fog – Boy, I need this!
  9. improved blood lipids – HDL increase; LDL, triglycerides, and glucose decrease
  10. decreased disease potential

He does keep mentioning that this diet has to be set for you.  That one size does not fit all.  You need to figure out how many carbs you need to get into ketosis and feel good.  Some people need more carbs than others.

Robb talked about cholesterol and lipoproteins today.  He explained it like this: the lipoproteins are the cars, buses and motorcycles that carry the cholesterol. If too many cars cause a traffic jam near the entrance of an artery there could be trouble.  Anyway it made sense to me the way he told it.

I learned a lot today.  We will see what I learn tomorrow.

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Something to Think About

Ok so I am still trying to figure out all this Keto diet stuff.  I came across something called Keto Masterclass with Robb Wolf.  I figure I would take it and see if it helps.  I thought I would let ya’ll know how it is going as I travel down my new road.

The first module is called The Foundation. The audio I listened to was interesting but a lot of it I knew like things that can affect your health.  That stress is not good for you.  I even knew that you should hang with like-minded people and your life is so much smoother.  He talks about the 4 Keto Levers; Macro, Movement, Sleep and Stress.  I know if I don’t get a good nights sleep that I have a bad day.  If I use my CPAP then I do have to admit that I sleep a lot better.  Besides David doesn’t have to listen to me rock the house.  Macro is all this great junk food we have.  He said that does something to our genes that cause them not to tell us when we are full.  I can relate to that feeling.  You know when you get up from dinner and are thinking what can I eat now.  I don’t feel full, you say to yourself.  He talked about epigenetics.  From what I can gather you can change your genes. I don’t mean change you DNA.  I kind of look at it like training a dog if you are training a dog with love he will behave well but it you are cruel to it the poor thing only knows how to act cruel.  So if we only give our genes bad things they will not behave but if they are given good things your life will change.  He showed a set of identical twins where one was a runner and one a weight lifter.  Their body shapes were totally different because one burned more carbs than the other or one ate more protein or the different exercise they do.  I guess this is why they say the Keto diet is a life change.

This something that was printed out to read.  There is more too it but I just copied this part.

Epigenetics is the study of changes in your physical characteristics (your phenotypes) that are caused by how your cells read your genes. Your cell membranes are the regulators of your body, determining which molecules are allowed or not allowed into the cell. These molecules also have the ability to influence which characteristics are turned on or off.

Something I read the other day when I was researching Keto diet and breastfeeding for my daughter.  It said that babies are born in Ketogenic which I found interesting.  Anyway it says there is not a problem to be on the diet while pregnant and breastfeeding.

Well I will keep you posted as I travel down this road.

Checking Away

Well I followed my checklist and only two more to do to complete it. One of which is to blog today, so as I wait for David to get home from donating blood I write.

Maybe I made my list too easy but I have to admit I seemed to get a lot more done. As I checked things off my list I kept by my side. I even added to it at times. I will start putting harder things that I need to finish.

Well camper all packed and ready to go. We are going to camp by a river we camped at last fall and we picked high bush cranberries. I am sure I will go back to pick this fall. I got the camper cleaned good. Took snacks we can eat.

Well I am planning on having a great weekend. I hope ya’ll are.

Keto, Babies and Jazz

Yes today was weigh in day.  I lost 8lbs and David lost 6.5lbs.  We are both chuffed. I guess so far the diet is working.  Today it went good.  We had a blueberry, avocado smoothie for breakfast, brisket for lunch and we were good at the concert and had burger with no bun.  Liking our life change so far.

We went out to Eagle River to babysit our girls for Dan.  This is how grandma and grandpa babysit.

 

Let sleeping babies lie.  Just can’t stop taking photos of them.

Dan had a concert, so he headed to it after he showed a house.  We waited for Heather to come home and we got babies ready, so we could head to the concert.  Helped Heather get her girls in the car then we all headed out.  The jazz band had already started. Dan had several solo’s.

 

They sounded great.  Good time was had by all. We had a wonderful day.

 

 

Babies and Trailer

Well today I went out to help Dan to pick up their 17′ travel trailer. They were supposed to pick it up yesterday but they didn’t have the stuff it get the van ready, so they asked if they had the stuff to get the truck ready. They said yes and to bring the truck in today. Then since that was only going to take an hour and half we could drop the van off when it was done. It had to be fixed at another shop and they would fix it tomorrow. This means the kids could still go camping this weekend. This was our plan for the day.

Now what happened today went a little different. I drove out to Eagle River where Heather and Dan live. I watched the girls while Dan worked on truck. I got there at 10. While I played with the girls Dan got the hitch put back on the truck, I am not just talking about the ball.

Next we loaded the girls in the van around 12:30 to drop the truck off. I drove my old van to town while Dan drove his truck.

We dropped the truck off and figured we would go to lunch. After lunch we still didn’t hear from ABC RV, so decided to go garage selling. Grandma needed toys for the girls when they were at her house. I only found one toy. It was a wooden logging truck. What little girl wouldn’t want a logging truck.

Dan and I found a toy for us but Heather said no. It was Unimog. I didn’t no what it was but I thought it looked really cool. I wanted to drive it. I used to love to drive our skidder.

Anyway now it is 5 and the girls were hungry, so we headed back to check on the truck. They still didn’t have the truck ready. We got the girls feed but still haven’t got the van dropped off. I told Dan that we would do it tomorrow for them, so they could still go camping. Finally they said it was ready. I took the van to our place and Dan came to pick me up, so I could get my car at their place. When I got home Dan called to say the truck still wasn’t ready but would be soon. He finally made it with trailer in tow.

Dan and Dusty went to put the car seats in the back seat. Now his truck is a 1987 and if you can remember how small the backseats are in them. They had to move the seat all the way up and still couldn’t quite get the back of the seat all the way back. Then you put a 6’2 man behind the steering wheel and it is pretty funny. Dan looks like he is driving some little car with his knees under his chin.

We arrive at their house and I go in to talk with Heather. Dan walks in and tells her you need to see something. He shows her how close the seat is to the steering wheel and her reply was you want me to drive. With her only being 5′, we don’t really think she is that tall, she thought the seat looked just right. We headed home leaving them to pack their trailer and head out. I am not sure who drove.

As for our 5th day of Keto it went good. Had a shake for breakfast and at lunch I ate brisket, collard green, and coleslaw. That was my first time eating out and it was easy to find food I could eat.

I came home and what I had planned to cook was Beef Storganof with cabbage instead of noodles. It was supposed to be cooked in the slow cooker which I had forgot. When I get home I was trying to figure out what to cook. Then I think why can’t I cook it in my express pot. Well I found out I could.

It was really good and I will make this again.

Massage and Neck Cracked

Today was a good day.  I couldn’t stand it, so I had to weigh.  I have lost some weight so I am happy.  David came home from working and took a shower.  When he came out he told me that he lost some weight.  This is really encouraging.

Well any way about the title.  The receptionist at my chiropractor found out that my insurance would pay for a massage because it is part of my physical therapy.  Also since I have reached my out of pocket I didn’t have to pay anything.  Well I said, “Of course, I will have a massage!”  It was this morning before I got my neck cracked.  My neck is finally getting better since I am sleeping in my bed and not traveling.

Day 4 of our life change.  David had to work today, so I sent him with water bottles and leftover meatloaf that was in the freezer.  He said he just ate one slice.  I really think he needs to eat more.  I had a shake for breakfast and lunch.  I also have been having the last of the coffee in the pot with ice and almond or cashew milk.  It has been a nice with the hot weather.

For supper I fixed hot wings.  I had cooked the wings last night while I fixed our supper.  Then today I made a sauce and put them in a gallon baggy with the sauce.  I stuck them in the fridge for later.  I was going to make a spinach salad but if it has been in the freezer it just welts when it thaws.  I sautéed them in butter with pecans.  We then put a vinaigrette on it and that was really nice.

Today was Thursday, so we go to Midnight Sun Brewery where David volunteers with the tour.  This is supposed to be our one day with a beer. I did stick to my one beer but David had two.  He doesn’t need to get in shape as bad as I do, so I don’t think it will hurt him.

I do have to seem to have more energy.  When I got home from the chiropractor I decided to tackle the kitchen. I had bought some OXO container to start putting my different flours and other things in.  I was Ketoing, is that even a work if not it should be, my kitchen.  I even got the stove cleaned.

 

Baby steps but I am getting our new life changed organized in my kitchen.  It will make it a lot easier now I think.

Keto Day 2

I didn’t get this written last night because I was too tired. We ran a ton of errands and I went with David and Dusty to look at some jobs. We chased down the original owner of the truck Dusty, my youngest child, and finally got it in his name. Hurray!

Back to the diet. We had a really good breakfast, who would ever think of baking an egg in an avocado. You should give it a try because it was great with a little cheese on top.

We dropped the groceries off. Yes, I am really getting things in house that we can eat. I also had to buy the briskets I am going to BBQ for the church picnic. I then made a protein shake to fill the empty whole in my stomach. It was wasn’t bad at all.

We had to go out to the valley, Wasilla to be exact, to look at a job. After leaving David says let’s go to one of the breweries out here. I am thinking, oh no our second day on our diet and we are already screwing up. Actually we hadn’t eaten that many carbs yet, so I thought we might be ok as I gulped down my beer with a guilty feeling.

We went to the Last Frontier Brewing company.  We had been there before and I had enjoyed it then too.  We had a very nice brew. We could tell it was where the locals hung out.   You can check them out here.

http://lastfrontierbrew.com/

We got home and I fixed stuffed chicken thighs. They were stuffed with cream cheese, spinach and bacon. They were very tasty. We had a chopped salad I had bought at the store. All in all I didn’t think we did too bad.

Right now I am waiting at the doctor’s office to get my A1C results. I did loose a little weight already though. That makes me feel great about my new life change. A1C is down to 6.3. I have to come back in 3 months to see if I can drop down on Metformin or come off all together. He also said people have had good results on the Keto diet.

Day 1 Keto Diet

Day one of the new life style has gone good.  We had ham and egg cups for breakfast with some salsa that was tasty.  Later I got hungry and made a strawberry and spinach smoothie.  I think I could have put more strawberries in it to make it taste a little better.  I wish our ice in the door worked so we could have crushed ice.  That would make it easier.

I do think I got quite a bit done today.  I started on the article about Girdwood Brewery.  I got our dining room table cleaned off.  Turned the table the other direction and mopped the floor.  Found my counters in the kitchen once again.  Then I got all our clothes put away.

I made some kale chips which we all enjoyed before dinner.  Supper was pizza with cauliflower crust.  I was not sure what I was going to think of the crust but it was really good. I baked the crust first.  I made a pizza sauce with some tomato paste, garlic and Italian seasonings.  It wasn’t too bad.  I put the sauce, salami and mozzarella cheese on the pizza. Then stuck in under the broiler for the cheese to melt.  David and I both enjoyed it.

If I feel I need something later I will make a shake.

I didn’t mind the first day but we will see how I feel in a few days.

Keto Diet

I have decided that we really need to do something about our weight.  Actually, I don’t think David needs to lose as much as I do.  I would love to weigh what he does.  Also, our A1C has just stayed steady at 7.4 and it should be below 7.  We have been kind of sticking to the low carb diet but I just have been slipping a lot lately.  I would like to get it down where we don’t even need to take our pills for it.  I had mine down to 5.7 and got off all my pills.  Then when I had all my surgeries the last 2 years it went up again and now I am on twice as much.  David has been on the same amount for a long time.

Today is going to be the beginning of a new life style.  I have done a lot of research on different diets and decided this is the best for us.  I have bought the food we need, downloaded several cookbooks on kindle and have got the right mind-set.  Like they say at our church, “Change your thinking, change your life” that is what I am following now.

I will keep everyone posted on how the new life change is working for us.  I will post how I am feeling and how it is working for us.

Wish us luck and anyone out there that is on the diet that can give us any help I would appreciate it.