TESTIMONY OF THE DAY!
“I just want to thank you for everything. I purchased your book Keto Adapted and it changed my life. I was doing low carb years prior to beginning a ketogenic diet and stalled out on losing weight shortly after. It wasn’t until I read your book that it all made sense. I lost over 20 pounds since January! Though my weight hasn’t been dropping quickly, I am less than 10 pounds away from my goal weight! I was 283 at my heaviest and 150 at my lowest. I am happy to report I now weigh 143!
On this journey, I learned that weight loss is a journey and not always linear. I am also learning to love and accept the body I have, even though some days it’s difficult. Weight loss is only half the battle; the other half is learning to accept any physical flaws in appearance that were caused by the weight loss. I am now proud of the body I have and have you to thank for that. Here are three photos.
The first one was before I went low carb and was over 200 lbs. The second one was when I was eating low carb and lost weight, though stalled out around between 160-170 lbs. The last one is recent, where I now weigh 143. I have less than 10 lbs to go, so I will send a new photo once I finally hit my goal! :-)” – Allie
BOTTLED VS TAP WATER
Do you spend the extra money on bottled water? The photos on the bottle bring to mind the idea of health, with the photos of fresh springs and mountains, but where does that water really come from?
I have a few issues with bottled water…
1. The plastic that embraces the water is estrogenic. Most of the clients I see are estrogen dominant and it takes time and detoxing to get rid of it (there are 3 types of estrogen and I am referring to the bad estrogen). Especially when the plastic water bottles are sitting in a hot semi while being shipped to the stores, that water becomes estrogenic to our body. The heat reacts with the chemicals in the plastic of the bottle which releases dioxin into the water. Dioxin is a toxin increasingly found in breast cancer tissue (microwaving in plastic and using plastic wrap on hot foods also produces dioxin). Even men are at risk for absorbing excess estrogen in their cells. Signs of estrogen dominance are belly fat, headaches, migraines, hypothyroidism, low libido, cystic acne (especially around the mouth), PMS, and fibroids, just to name a few. Don’t waste your time getting tested for excess estrogen, it is NOT accurate. Those blood tests can not measure the estrogen hidden in the fat cells.
I never recommend drinking from plastic. I use a glass water bottle like the one in the photo: Click HERE to find.
Photo from HERE.
2. It is NOT healthier than tap water. As you can clearly see in the chart, the regulations for bottle vs tap water are clear. Another important piece of information to point out is that bottled water in the US falls under the regulatory authority of the FDA, but on average 70% of bottled water never crosses state lines for sale, making it exempt from FDA oversight.
3. It creates a lot of garbage! It has been shown that over 80% of plastic water bottles are thrown in the garbage, despite all of the efforts to make recycling easier for consumers.
4. IT IS EXPENSIVE! Instead, spend your money on a glass water bottle (or 3… I have many with me at all times). Instead of spending your money on bottled water, invest in a filter on your tap. Reverse osmosis water is best. Getting rid of fluoride and chlorine in your water is important. These two minerals are known causes of thyroid disorders. I also would seriously consider investing in a Reverse Osmosis water filter to get rid of all chlorine and fluoride in the water you drink. Click HERE to find.
“HEALTHIFIED” TIRAMISU POPS
1 oz decaf organic espresso
4 oz mascarpone cheese, softened (or coconut cream if dairy allergy)
3/4 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk (or coconut milk)
4 TBS Swerve (or erythritol and 1 tsp stevia glycerite)
1 tsp rum extract
4 TBS coconut oil
4 TBS unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 tsp stevia glycerite (or to desired sweetness) OR 2 TBS of Swerve confectioner
1/8 tsp rum extract
OPTIONAL: small pieces of ChocoPerfection bars
In a bowl, mix all the ingredients until smooth. Pour mixture into Popsicle molds. Place in freezer for at least 2 hours. Meanwhile, make the chocolate coating. Melt coconut oil over low heat. Stir in chocolate, natural sweetener and extract until smooth. Allow to cool to room temperature before dipping the frozen popsicles. Dip the pops into the chocolate (or use a spoon to drizzle the coating over the pops). Sprinkle chunks of ChocoPerfection bars on the bars and coat with another layer of chocolate coating. Place on a piece of parchment and place back into the freezer for a moment, so the shell can harden. Makes 4 servings.
Traditional Pops (using cream and sugar) = 339 calories, 24g fat, 4g protein, 29.6 carbs, 1.8g fiber
“Healthified” Pops (using almond milk and Swerve) = 174 calories, 16.3g fat, 4.6g protein, 4.2g carbs, 2g fiber (84% fat, 10% protein, 7% carbs)