Thursday, August 30, 2018

Testimonial: Keto Success: Get Your Mind Right


Let me first say thanks.  Of all the info I consume regarding diet & health, yours is by far the best communicated.  When you write or talk, it feels like having a conversation in person with you.  (yikes, hope that’s not creepy).  I’ve been Keto’ing for the last year, but still bought your Keto Masterclass just a week ago.  Great so far.

I’ve also been reading and listening to your material for the last couple years.  As I’ve moved along my own journey of losing 50 lbs and improving my health markers, I’ve wanted to hear someone talk about the mental side of diet & health.

I’ve yo-yo dieted like many, starting in late high school.  The past two years have created real change.  I’ve finally learned about food.  In college, a box of Rice-a-Roni was a healthy meal as far as I knew.  I finally enjoy eating healthy today in my mid 40’s.  What I’ve realized is that in all the prior diets, my approach has been, “Let’s do this so I can get back to a place where I can start eating pizza again.  Then I’ll just do it in moderation.”  I’m sure you know how that story ends.  The problem with that is the mental approach, right?!

I can look in mirror today and honestly say that I believe I’m going to eat a low carb diet the rest of my life.  I’ve learned more about cooking.  I’ve joined my wife in the shopping & planning of meals.  Of course, the physical benefits have been significant.  On the flip side, I also know that because the SAD diet doesn’t make me violently ill overnight, I’ll experience plenty of slip-ups.  It’s so easy to say, “Dude, it’s just one night of pizza and beer.  Jump back on the horse tomorrow.”  Happy to say this is happening less and less as my journey continues.

So my struggle today and likely forever is that I still want to overeat.  I’m always in search of the food that I can eat with no limit.  Of the 100’s of conversations I’ve had with others about Keto…when you read between the lines…they’re all looking for the same thing…what can they eat in a gluttonous fashion?  By far, my biggest challenge is overall caloric restriction.  Historically, eating for me has had nothing to do with hunger.  Ever.  Intermittent Fasting has probably been the greatest tool in learning to curb my calories.  If you could witness the struggle that occurs between my ears when I talk myself out of a coffee with heavy cream or yet another handful of pecans.  Fat bombs…forget about it.  I’m going to eat the entire recipe in a couple days.  BUT, I’ve made improvements.  I continue to embrace simplicity and continue to exclude “gateway foods/ingredients”.  It took 2 years, but I’ve finally stopping using any sweetener in my coffee…because as I mentioned, my approach was, “Man, when I find a Keto approved sweetener, I’m gonna eat the hell out of it.”  What.  A.  Trap.

So…why did I type this letter?  You were right to open Module 6 of the KM saying that it’s going to be loosey-goosey and hippy’ish when compared to the science of Keto.  That may be, but all the science in the world won’t convince the person whose mind isn’t in the right place.  I’ve gotten to the point that now when someone begins to ask me questions about Keto, one of the first things I say to them is, “If you’re looking for a plan that will allow you to eat unlimited amounts of XYZ, there’s no such thing.  Seriously, 9 chicken breasts for dinner isn’t in the plan.  Nope, a bucket of buttered broccoli isn’t either.  I know it was Kerrygold butter, but you still can’t eat the whole bucket.  Want to keep talking?”

So glad you addressed mindset.  I think its importance is awfully underrated.  Sure, there are people whose mindset is solid and they don’t need much of any guidance.  Since most of America is fat and sick though…my hunch is that discussing mindset provides a great deal of value for your readers and listeners.

I look forward to moving on in the KM.  Keep up the great work.

BJ David

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What I’m Loving Lately 119

Hi, guys! Happy Friday and Labor Day Weekend to you!

I can’t believe this is our final weekend of summer. It seriously flew by. It was truly the best few months, and I’m sad to see the fun times end, but I am a little excited to get back to a routine. Mal is back-to-school next week, and Quinn “officially” starts PreK. I can’t believe this is Quinn’s last year at Kindercare before he’s in Kindergarten and riding the school bus all by himself. WHERE does the time go, right?

With it being Friday and all, I wanted to share some FAVORITES from the past week. It’s quite the mix of goodies with everything from oysters and popcorn to CBD oil and cozy fall sweaters and hoodies. I hope you guys enjoy this round-up! 🙂

The Raw Bar at Island Creek Oyster Farm on Duxbury Bay – We finally made it, and it was everything I expected and more!

If you’re local and love oysters, you definitely need to visit before the season ends.

FYI: The Raw Bar only serves oysters (and other raw ocean items) and booze, so it might not be enough for dinner, but it’s definitely a pre- or post-dinner spot. It’s also super kid-friendly and located right on the bay, so the views and atmosphere couldn’t be more perfect. I hope we have a chance to visit again soon!

Episode 186 of Fit Womens Weekly Podcast – I had the opportunity to chat with Kindal about unbalanced hormones during and after birth control, how seed cycling may help, and why macro counting works for some but not others.

Brooks Fly-By Hoodie – Obsessed. I first saw this hoodie when I was in Seattle for the Brooks Run Happy Ambassador Trip, and I immediately knew I wanted it in my life. It’s my favorite! It comes in different colors and some of them (white and pink) are on sale right now. It also comes in a 1/2 Zip, which is super cute too! FYI: I’m wearing my favorite TOMS sneakers in the photo below – lovvvvve them!

Ultimate Guide to Reverse Dieting – I’ve been really interested in reading more about the reverse dieting concept. I find it an interesting approach to helping people get out of diet mode in a healthy way, especially if they’ve been restricting calories and working out too much for too long. This is definitely a good read if you are at all curious about how the metabolism can take a hit and be repaired from dieting.

Point Sur allover pointelle crewneck sweater – I’m seriously loving this sweater! It comes in dark green, navy, and light pink too – and J.Crew is having a big sale right now. Use code BIGSALE for 30% off + an extra 10%!

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FREE ground beef for LIFE from ButcherBox – If you’ve been thinking about trying ButcherBox, now is the time! This deal is just too amazing to pass up!

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Stay-Healthy Travel Hacks From Successful Women – I’m so honored to be included in this piece on Forbes!

Primally Pure Charcoal Deodorant – I get lots of questions about this all-natural deodorant, and I’m still loving it. It’s easily the best I’ve found and worth every cent for keeping me dry and smelling delicious – well, ok, kind of minty, but definitely fresh!

What a Functional Medicine Practitioner Tells His Hashimoto’s Clients to Eat – I know there are quite a few CNC readers with autoimmune diseases and Hashimoto’s is fairly common among women, so just wanted to share this blog post.

The Ultimate Detox System + CBD oil – I have a full post coming out about CBD oil, but I want to give a shout out to the Ultimate Detox System that Kristin from Thrive by Food recommended to me. I recently received my results from the DUTCH test (via Kristin), and it was truly fascinating (IG Live coming soon about it)! My hormones are wacky because my body has issues detoxing. DETOXING! Finally, some answers! Even just ONE single month using the detox system with CBD oil has made all the difference in my hormonal and anxiety issues. More info coming, but just wanted to tell you guys because I’m really excited to finally have some answers and see some results! FINALLY!!!!!

Eating Strawberries Reduces Colon Inflammation, Improves Gut Health in IBD Mouse Model – Interesting study!

Quinn microwave popcorn – We’re loving all kinds of Quinn microwave popcorn right now. It’s organic, not made with any funny ingredients, and sooo delicious! Quinn and I have been loving it for our movie nights!

Question of the Day

Anyone else just love microwave popcorn?

It always brings me back to my childhood – watching movies with my mom and sister – so I love having it with Quinn now on our movie nights!

P.S. Thinking about trying EverlyWell? They’re offering 15-20% off their tests with code SCHOOL until Monday!

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How to Throw a Low-Carb Barbecue Party—With 20 Recipes

Magical Linen and Snooglicious Pillows

I spy – a huge bump! Suddenly I feel so large and in charge. Moving off the couch and rolling over in bed has become much more difficult. Thomas has noticed an increase in grunts : )

But my bed is cozier than ever!

MagicLinen asked if I wanted to review one of their linen duvet covers. I love the farmhouse look and feel of linen, especially in dusty blue stripes. Based in Lithuania, MagicLinen is stonewashed to give it softness without chemicals, and all of their pieces are handmade. They aren’t cheap, but they should last forever.

We absolutely love the feel of the duvet, and because linen feels a cool in hot weather and cozy in winter, I’m hoping I can use this year round to rotate with my other navy blue cover. (I’m only buying bedding in shades of navy, blue, and white from here on out so I can mix and match everything – note that my other shams match well!) I will say that one reason I tend not to buy a lot of linen is its wrinkle factor, but this cover came out of the dryer with few wrinkles, and the ones that are there have that rustic look.


I can’t remember if I wrote about it or not, but my new jersey pillowcase for the snoogle is AWESOME! So glad I bought it. It’s a million times softer than the case that came with the pillow, and it’s also a gazillion times easier to get on and off thanks to a back zipper. If you have a snoogle, buy this immediately.

Also this is totally OCD of me, but one of the main reasons I disliked the snoogle with my last pregnancy was because it didn’t look pretty sitting on top of a made bed. This time around, I have a bigger master and a chair in the corner, so the snoogle rests there as a pretzel during the day and my bed looks tidy. #itsthesmallthings

Speaking of snoogling, I love how he wants to cozy up to me. He and Mazen both all last week!

After a season of working at my dining room table, I’m trying to get back into the office, which won’t be an office much longer! We are still trying to decide which room to make the new office: the corner of the family room or the old office, which I am toying with the idea of turning into a toy room. Hmmm!

Working breakfast: Well-done pancakes, Barney Butter, nectarine.

An everything salad: greens, leftover okra, rotisserie chicken, dates, green pepper, garden tomato, seaside cheddar, walnuts, dressing. Did I miss anything?

Dinner was Mona Lisa Ziti and a side Caesar salad. An easy dinner night!

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