Monthly Archives: August 2013

Ketosis: The key that opened the lock

Recently I have taken my low carb, moderate protein, high fat primal diet to a new level. I have gone a step further and have also cut out nuts, berries, alcohol and dark chocolate as well as dairy (except for a little hard cheese and butter). I had to eliminate these foods so that I could get my consumption of carbs low enough to get into nutritional ketosis. Ketosis is when your body switches from burning glucose for fuel to burning ketones.  Basically, your body is enabled to burn stored fat for energy instead of using the glucose from the food you eat at each meal. Read the rest of this entry

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My personal journey: An update

Last week I celebrated my birthday –  the big 40.  Although I am totally chilled about having reached this milestone, it definitely has been a time of reflection for me. I can look back over the last few decades, knowing that my life has been abundantly blessed.

I have a wonderful family, amazing friends and a lovely home.  I feel proud to have achieved so many of my goals –  this blog being one of them.

What still eludes me however, is ridding my body once and for all of the excess weight. It has been my life-long struggle and it’s getting old. Read the rest of this entry

Alcohol: Making good choices

Your waiter comes over to your table and asks, “What can I get you to drink?” Do you have an answer ready that you know will be a good choice?

The good news is that alcohol is permitted (in moderation) on a primal diet.  But all alcohol is not created equal. The question that arose for me was “what type of alcohol would be a good choice and what would be a poor choice?” To answer that question I did what I always do – I started researching. Read the rest of this entry

The truth about vegetable oils

The information in this post is definitely controversial. It goes against the advice of your doctor, dietician and the Heart Foundation.  But, if you care about your health you will carry on reading anyway. For decades we have been told to avoid butter and opt for “heart healthy” margarines, which are lower in saturated fat. We have been brainwashed into believing that saturated fat is bad for us and that it will give us heart disease. We have been fed lies. Read the rest of this entry