Food is an essential part of life. Equally pleasurable as it is necessary. From the moment we are born, we start creating emotional connections with food. We associate food with nurturing, comfort, celebration and reward. Unfortunately, negative associations such as shame and guilt are also quite common. Even though eating should be a simple physical process of hunger, eat, stop, repeat – for many it is a daily psychological battle. It is within this emotional space that overeating can become a problem. When we continually miss (or ignore) signals to stop eating once we are full, or we eat without actually being hungry, the result can be obesity with all its related health issues.
Hello everybody and happy 2017 to all of you. May this be the year for achieving your goals and realising all your dreams for health and wellness. I hope you find this article of value since there is much confusion out there with regards to what ketosis is, why you might want to try ketosis, how to get into ketosis as well as how to test for it.
What is ketosis?
When you go very low carb, your insulin levels drop. This allows your body to start burning your stored fat for fuel, and very effectively melts those extra kilos away. As long as insulin stays high due to a high carb intake, weight loss is going to elude you. Your body has an amazing ability to convert its engine from petrol (carbs) to diesel (fat). It is a totally natural process, and has enabled humans to endure times of famine all through the ages. Today, researchers are discovering that keto-adaptation has other therapeutic benefits that go beyond mere survival. Read the rest of this entry
What I want to share with you in this post is very important if you are trying to follow a very low carb, high fat diet. Ketogenic diets are becoming very popular due to the fantastic weight loss and health improvement results people are experiencing. They really do work very well, but only if you do it properly. If you don’t you can damage your metabolism, adrenals, thyroid and upset your hormones. It happened to me so I am speaking from first-hand experience. You need to know what you are doing and you need to KEEP doing it. What was my mistake? I wasn’t eating enough fat or enough calories (and I wasn’t properly keto-adapted). Everything changed for me when I was privileged enough to spend time with US expert Keto Coach, Stephanie Person, when she visited South Africa in May. Read the rest of this entry