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The My Sugar Free Journey Podcast – Episode 38: Aaron Alexander from Align Therapy!

The My Sugar Free Journey Podcast – Episode 38: Aaron Alexander from Align Therapy!

In this week’s My Sugar Free Journey Podcast we are talking to Aaron Alexander from Align Therapy!

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Ketogenic Cauliflower Breadsticks Recipe!

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5/3 Weightloss Wednesday: There’s More to Weight Loss Than Food

5/3 Weightloss Wednesday: There’s More to Weight Loss Than Food

It’s time for Weightloss Wednesday!  This has been an interesting week but before we get into that, here are the numbers.  I am at 214.6 lbs which means I have lost 185.4 lbs so far but it also means I have gained about 5 lbs in the last few weeks.  The good news is, I think I figured out the issue.

I talked last week about how hungry I had been and how crazy my appetite was getting.  It was like I had gone back to the old me where I had to eat every few hours to be satisfied.  Well, what I didn’t talk about was the other thing that was going on in my life because I didn’t realize the relevance.  I have talked about how my Dad passed away a few weeks and how tragic it was because his death from a stroke was the final act of a body that was just broken down over a lifetime of smoking, eating too much, drug abuse and just generally not taking care of himself at all.

His wishes were to be cremated and because it all happened so fast, I wasn’t able to see him before he was gone.  Last weekend we put together a little memorial for him at my Mom’s house and as that date got nearer, I found myself feeling more and more anxious about it.  I’m not totally sure what was going on but looking back I realized that one of the things I wanted to eat was Cream of Wheat and the only time I’ve ever had that was when my Dad cooked it for me growing up.  Looking back, it all seems pretty obvious.

So once the memorial was done, everything went back to normal.  I was able to get back to the Intermittent Fasting I was doing and any cravings for carbs have disappeared and I have actually lost weight since then.  At one point last week I had gotten all the way up to 220 lbs so I’m moving in the right direction again.

Hopefully this trend continues!  How are you doing this week?  Let me know in the comments!

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Can a Ketogenic Diet Repair Damaged Kidneys?

Can a Ketogenic Diet Repair Damaged Kidneys?

Doing some research for another subject we will be talking about on this blog very soon, I cam across a very interesting paper from 2011 titled, Reversal of Diabetic Nephropathy by a Ketogenic Diet.  What the paper shows was a group of mice were given both Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes, then half the mice were switched to a ketogenic diet for 8 weeks.

After 8 weeks the mice were dissected to determine what happened and here are the results the paper showed.

Diabetic nephropathy, as indicated by albumin/creatinine ratios as well as expression of stress-induced genes, was completely reversed by 2 months maintenance on a ketogenic diet. However, histological evidence of nephropathy was only partly reversed.

What this means is that the blood markers for kidney disease were completely reversed but the actual kidneys themselves still showed evidence of the damaged caused by the poor diet, but there was still some improvement.  I would assume that staying on the ketogenic diet for longer than 8 weeks would show further improvement but no actual evidence of this was presented in this paper.

Although more research is definitely needed, especially to see just how advanced kidney damage can be until they are too far gone for even a ketogenic diet to be able to heal them back to at least a basic function, this is more evidence that the body just works better on a LCHF diet that produces ketones for energy instead of glucose.

You can also find an article on Does a Ketogenic Diet Cause Kidney Stones here.

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Ketogenic Cauliflower Breadsticks Recipe!

Ketogenic Cauliflower Breadsticks Recipe!

When I was a kid (who am I kidding, I was like this well into adulthood!!) I could not eat enough breadsticks.  We would buy Little Caesars pizza and I was far more interested in the crazy bread than the actual pizza.  Pizza Hut came up with the stuffed crust pizza where you basically turned the pizza crust into a cheese breadstick and I was in heaven.  And when I think about all the poor Olive Garden waiters that had to go back and forth from the table to keep my basket of breadsticks full, well…let’s just say that they earned their tip.

What I’m trying to say is that I like breadsticks so I have been very interested in a Keto recipe that would put breadsticks back on the table.  Not only is this recipe Low Carb but when you serve it with my low carb red sauce as a dipping side, holy moley life is good.  What I’m trying to say is that this is the recipe for low carb breadsticks the world needs.  If not the world, then definitely me.

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Keto Cheesy Breadsticks
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Recipe type: Appetizer, Ketogenic
Cuisine: Ketogenic
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Serves: 5 Servings
 
A Low Carb, High Fat Breadstick recipe
Ingredients
  • • 1 head raw cauliflower, riced
  • • ½ cup shredded Mozzarella Cheese
  • • ½ cup shaved Parmesan Cheese
  • • 1 large egg
  • • ½ tablespoon freshly minced garlic
  • • ½ tablespoon freshly chopped basil
  • • ½ tablespoon freshly chopped Italian flat-leaf parsley
  • • 1 teaspoon salt
  • • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • • ¾ cup shredded Mozzarella Cheese
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. To rice the cauliflower, core it and break it into florets. The place into food processor and pulse until consistency of rice. (Or, you can use pre-riced cauliflower found in grocery stores.)
  3. In a large bowl, mix the riced cauliflower, ½ cup shredded Mozzarella cheese, ½ cup Parmesan cheese, 1 egg, ½ tablespoon fresh garlic, ½ tablespoon fresh basil, ½ tablespoon fresh parsley, 1 teaspoon salt, and ½ teaspoon black pepper until combined and holds together. Place the mixture onto the lined baking sheet and spread out into a rectangle. (The amount of breadsticks depends on how thin you spread it.)
  4. Bake in the preheated oven for 10-12 minutes. Remove from oven and top with ¾ cup shredded Mozzarella cheese and return to oven to continue baking until the cheese is melted and starting to brown. Cool about 10 minutes and cut into 'breadsticks'.
  5. Serve with red sauce, garnish with parmesan cheese! (My Sugar Free Pasta Sauce Recipe can be found here)

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The My Sugar Free Journey Podcast – Episode 37: Benjamin Bikman and The Different Types of Body Fat!

 

The My Sugar Free Journey Podcast – Episode 37: Benjamin Bikman and The Different Types of Body Fat!

In this week’s My Sugar Free Journey Podcast we are talking to Dr Benjamin Bikman about the difference between brown and white fat and other important topics for weight loss and health.

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