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Genetics does not have to dictate my health.

Hello, my name is Lydia. I believe the best way to predict my future is to create it. To do that, I make it a habit to improve my health.

My goal is to maximize my physical performance and mental clarity, body composition, and most importantly my overall health with a wholesome diet and exercise.

Why am I so concerned, you may ask. My motivation came from watching my mother suffer from numerous illnesses. Her life was regulated by when she had to take her drugs.

I have been retired for a while and I have yet to experience any of her illnesses. I attribute that to eating a wholesome diet and exercise.

I supplement my diet with high-quality vitamins, mineral supplements.

In my posts, I focus on two diets: the Ketogenic (Low-Carb) and GAPS (Gut and Psychology / Physiology Syndrome) diets.

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Does Intermittent Fasting Cause Muscle Loss?

Does Intermittent Fasting Cause Muscle Loss?

The quick answer: No.

Why? First, intermittent fasting triggers a hormone called growth hormone. Growth hormone is the main hormone that spares muscle protein breakdown in your body. It protects it. 

Cortisol, the stress hormone, and insulin both cause destruction of your muscles.  So stress, eating sugar, having instant resistance, being a diabetic destroys your muscles. Forty hours of fasting did not trigger any breakdown of skeletal muscle. I did not find the study he was talking about but I found this one, SIX things I have Learnt from forty-hour Fasting https://annfoweraker.com/tag/40-hour-fasting/

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Can the Keto Diet Decrease Your Fitness Performance?

Can the Keto Diet Decrease Your Fitness Performance? No.

Dr. Berg refers to studies that demonstrate the increase in performance for athletes. I was unable to find the link to the studies he referred to.

In this video Dr. Mercola interviews Dr. D’Agostino who tells us how the Ketogenic diet increased the performance of navy deep sea divers. Here is the link, Dr. Mercola and Dr. D’Agostino on Ketogenic Diet https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5LDc5TxOcvA

When you run your body on ketones, you get less oxidative stress, meaning that your organs and tissues don’t break down as easily.

Two of the top ultra marathon runners are on keto. One of them, Zach Bitter, took the US record for a 100-mile event, done in 11 hours and 40 minutes.

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Is it Possible to Gain Weight on Fruits and Vegetables?

It depends on the amount you are consuming, and the frequency.

It is unlikely you will gain weight on vegetables. You might think “potato”; of course, you will gain weight on potatoes, especially if you cook them and release their sugar, which will cause a problem with your blood sugars.

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Can You Get Fat on Too Much Protein?

When you consume protein, you trigger two hormones: insulin and glucagon. These are opposing hormones.

While insulin stops fat burning, glucagon increases fat burning. This is why consuming too much protein does not cause you to put on fat on keto.

So if you are replacing carbs with protein, you are most likely not going to put on more weight.

However, too much protein can…

• Slow down ketosis

• Cause sleepiness

• Cause bloating/constipation

• Lower sleep quality

• Cause indigestion

• Increase kidney or liver damage

Adding in intermittent fasting can help lower these side effects.

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What Happens When You Stop Eating Sugar:

What Happens When You Stop Eating Sugar:

  1. Loss of Appetite for Sugar
  2. Decreased Hunger
  3. Less Fatigue
  4. Loss of Excess Water and Fat
  5. Mood Boost
  6. Improved Skin Health
  7. Less Body Stiffness
  8. Promotion of Brain Cell Growth
  9. Liver Cleansing
  10. Better Kidney Function

DETAILS:

1. Loss of Appetite for Sugar

The first thing that will happen is you are going to lose your appetite for sugar when you completely stop taking sugar for two weeks. Why? Because every time there is sugar consumption, a hormone activates and pushes your blood sugar down, causing a low blood sugar situation (hypoglycemia to some degree). This causes you to crave sugar, but by getting rid of sugar from your diet, you get rid of the sugar cravings, too.

Hypoglycemia Definition: A condition caused by very low levels of blood glucose or sugar, which is common in diabetic people.

2. Decreased Hunger

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Part Two: Will This Break or Not Break My Fast: DEEP DIVE

In part one, we covered the benefits of lowering insulin, fat burning and autophagy.

Part two will cover a list of food and drinks people can or cannot have while fasting and their effects on insulin, ketones and actual weight loss. (Start the video at the 6:50 minute point)

Here is a list of food and drinks and we are looking at insulin, ketones and actual weight loss.

Coffee.                        Coffee is going to have an insignificant effect on insulin. There is hardly any carbs, protein or calories. It will have a zero effect on ketones, weight loss or weight gain. If you consume a tremendous amount of coffee with all the caffeine it could increase cortisol and activate insulin.  Stress can make you fat because stress mobilizes your own protein, which then will be converted into sugar, which then could raise insulin too.

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Part One: Will This Break or Not Break My Fast: DEEP DIVE

Types of fasting:

 • Water fast – No eating and only drinking water (no vitamins, coffee, etc.)

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How To Get Your Spouse Into Ketosis (Keto Diet)?

Are you on the ketogenic diet, and want to know how to get your spouse on board? 

First of all, it helps to realize there are many different viewpoints about keto. Your spouse might not have the same perspective that you do. I recommend healthy keto, but they might be mentally rejecting it. So, first, find out what they want to accomplish. Is it weight loss, lowered inflammation, more energy, or focus? Keto can provide these results. 

So, focus on results, keep it easy for them to implement. They need a win! So you might not want to jump right into the healthy keto version. You want to make it easy and comfortable with the foods they’re used to eating, but without the carbs. If we look at the difference between healthy keto and dirty keto, the macros are exactly the same. Low carb, moderate protein, high fat. 

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9 Ways to Boost Your Stress Tolerance.

If you are someone who regularly gets flustered when driving behind a slow driver, or if you regularly feel stress at work, this video is for you.

Take a look at these 9 ways to increase your stress tolerance.

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How Fasting Benefits Your Body.

This is an overview of how powerful fasting is for various parts of your body. 

BRAIN- Fasting stimulates BDNF (brain-derived neurotrophic factor). It is like Miracle Grow for the brain. BDNF helps repair and regenerate neurons. Fasting also helps with stress resistance, neurogenesis (nerve support cells), mitochondrial production, and reducing inflammation. It helps if there is damage as in Alzheimer’s, or Parkinson’s.

BRAIN FUNCTION- Fasting helps improve the number of mitochondria, the energy factories in all body cells including your brain. You will have better memory. You will be able to focus.  You will have better cognitive function.  

INFLAMMATION- Fasting decreases inflammation, which is deadly inflammation on the different parts of the body. There is nothing more powerful than fasting to handle inflammation.

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