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:
- burn stored body fat
- stable blood sugar
- improved sleep
- decreases hunger
- consistent energy throughout the day
- decreased inflammation
- Mitochondrial biogenesis – energy production centers for our cells
- enhanced cognition – no more brain fog – Boy, I need this!
- improved blood lipids – HDL increase; LDL, triglycerides, and glucose decrease
- 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.
It dawned on me yesterday that I go in circles all the time. I start something then I get sidetracked. I was cleaning the bathroom yesterday and went into the kitchen for something, then it happened I was side tracked. I did get my bathroom cleaned but I know I do this all the time. I mentioned this to my husband and my daughter, they seemed to already know this. Yes, I start one project and then get excited about another project. Off I go on something else. I have decided I really need to finish what I start, so along with my life change in food, there will be another life change. I just have to keep telling myself to work on one thing. No taking any more online classes until I finish the ones I have started. Finish uploading the photos on cloud to Adobe before I do them anywhere else. Finish one story before I start another. Don’t leave the clothes in the dryer over night because I got side tracked yet again. I even do it when I am talking. I will be talking about something then I will go off on a whole other thought. It just seems to be the way my brain works or maybe its the prescribed drugs I take. My mind will even go off in the middle of the sentence and I forget what I am saying. Hum, sounds like drugs to me. So stay posted and see if I can do this. Oh yea, I still have to finish two baby blankets. Wish me luck! I will need it.
Well sorry but it was Wednesday which means I had the twins. Katharine is the bigger one and Rebecca is the younger one by 28 minutes. They were 7 weeks early but only had to stay in the hospital for a month. Anyway we are quite the proud grandparents. Of course, we have many others too. These two are our 11th and 12th.
Hope you enjoyed the photos.
Anyway back to the diet. As I said earlier I had an early doctor’s appointment. We did not eat until we got home, so I just made us some protein shakes. The boys took off to a job and I started getting ready for the twins.
For lunch I had a Skyr, which is Iceland’s idea of yogurt, which is really good. I had some pork rinds too. Supper was a hamburger patty with bacon and cheese. Broccoli fried in bacon grease along with more bacon. It was a nice quick dinner.
I have been staying under on the calories but having a little more trouble with the other things. I haven’t been getting all the fat that I can have. I have been kind of bouncing back and forth on the protein. I was trying to stay at 25 carbs but I always seem to go over but have managed to stay under the 50 carbs. I think it is easy trying to keep track of all this. So far I have been doing fine on the new life style.
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.
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.
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.