Testimony of the Day
“Hi Maria, I had to show you my before and afters. My son had his 1 yr old photo shoot in the middle of August. I went ketogenic in the middle of October. We just had a new photo shoot for Christmas done three months into my new life style. I am down 35lbs, almost 4 pant sizes and I feel amazing. Better yet your information in both your books and your blog, not to mention all the wonderful recipes in your cookbooks have given me so much confidence. I am not guilt ridden every time I eat. On top if everything else, I have introduced six women to the “healthified” way. Now they are seeing success with all the info you provide too. I know I have already thanked you once. But I just have to thank you again. With the end of 2013 coming up quickly you are one of the best things that has happened to me this year. So thanks again and I love you new keto-adapted book. It’s the best be far.
Thank you for all you do for your clients and thank you for everything you have done for me!” – Shauna
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We all have the issues of dodging “food pushers” but does anyone have “alcohol pushers?”
When I stopped drinking about 10 years ago everyone assumed I was pregnant. But when I have something like Steaz Tea in my hand no one bugs me.
Clients often tell me “My husband will NEVER give up his beer!” But let me start with saying that Craig was a beer connoisseur. He even brew his own beer and wine… and it was amazingly good! He went to beer tastings, wore beer shirts… he loved beer. I never ever forced him to eat keto nor give up alcohol. I just worried about myself and my body, but with time he wanted the energy and healthy body was demonstrating.
He now prefers wearing bacon shirts!
Steaz is a naturally sweetened (stevia and erythritol), calorie-free sparkling organic green tea. It is delicious.It is certified organic, and was just introduced to market in October. We tried the blueberry pomegranate, and it is excellent.
Steaz sparkling green tea has received two Best of 2009 awards from BevNET, the leading online community website for the beverage industry. It won Best New Organic Product of 2009 and Best New Carbonated Beverage of 2009.
Most calorie-free green teas are artificially sweetened with health-poor aspartame or sucralose (Splenda) and actually have very little green tea or antioxidants in them. Steaz sparkling green tea has 120mg of green tea antioxidants per bottle, which is very good as a normal cup of fresh brewed green tea has about 195mg.
So if you are interested in some calorie-free sparkling certified organic green tea that is ready-to-drink, while also supporting a good company that sources from fair-trade farmers, then give this one a shot. Enjoy!
When people go on a diet, they often choose the “light” version of their favorite alcoholic beverages in order to save a few calories. However, that is only a small piece of the puzzle. Fat metabolism is reduced by as much as 73% after only two alcoholic beverages. This scary fact shows that the primary effect of alcohol on the body is not so much how many calories we consume, but how it stops the body’s ability to use your fat stores for energy.
Muscle Tip: Drinking alcohol is the most efficient way to slash your testosterone levels; women…we don’t want this to happen either. Just a single event of serious drinking raises levels of the muscle-wasting stress hormone called cortisol and decreases the levels of testosterone for up to 24 hours. If you are working out to build strong fat-burning muscles yet consuming alcohol, this actually breaks down muscle further and you end up with a slower metabolism. This is because you break down muscle as you lift weights and you repair them as you rest if you have proper hormone levels…if not, you never repair your muscles properly!
Alcohol in the body is converted into a substance called acetate. Unlike a car that uses one supply of fuel, the body is able to draw from carbohydrates, fats and proteins for energy. When your blood acetate levels increase, your body uses acetate instead of fat. To make matters worse, the more you drink the more you tend to eat; and unfortunately, drinking will make your liver work to convert the alcohol into acetate, which means that the foods you consume at this time will be converted into extra fat on your body.If that didn’t sound bad enough; alcohol stimulates appetite and decrease your testosterone levels for up to 24 hours and increases estrogen by 300%. The infamous “beer belly” is really just an “estrogen belly.” Biochemically, the higher your level of estrogen is, the more readily you absorb alcohol, but the slower you break it down.
Also, we all know that alcohol dehydrates us. In order for fat to be metabolized, it must first be released from the fat cell and then be transported by the bloodstream where it is pushed to the liver to be used as fuel. If you are dehydrated, the liver has to come to the aid of the kidneys and can’t focus on its role of releasing fat.
Alcohol also affects every organ of the body, it’s most dramatic impact is upon the liver. The liver cells normally prefer fatty acids as fuel, and package excess fatty acids as triglycerides, which they then route to other tissues of the body. However, when alcohol is present, the liver cells are forced to first metabolize the alcohol, letting the fatty acids accumulate in huge amounts. Alcohol metabolism permanently changes liver cell structure, which impairs the liver’s ability to metabolize fats, which causes fatty liver disease.
To read more, check out my book: Secrets to a Healthy Metabolism. I have a whole chapter called “Alcohol, It’s Not Just the Calories!”