Why You Should Be a Keto Hedonist

If you ask most people what a good diet it is, they will usually respond by saying (in so many words) a good diet is one where all the “fun” foods have been removed.  You are just eating for health and not for joy.  The problem with this is most people are joy-driven.  In other words, all things being equal most people will gravitate to the choice that will bring them the most pleasure.  This is one of the things that cause most diets to fail, we just don’t enjoy “diet food”.

The real problem for us is that sugar activates the reward center of the brain so every time we eat a little sugar-filled treat, we get a little hit of dopamine.  Some people can get that little rush of joy from, say, a cookie and really savor it and move on.  However, people like me (and I would guess that most people who have struggled with their weight fall in this category) just can’t stop at one cookie.  If we eat one snack, we will tell you to leave the whole package or risk getting hurt.  Even now, 4 years in to this journey and 200 lbs down, I still can’t enjoy sugar in small amounts.  When left to my own devices, if I eat one, I will be compelled to eat all.  It’s like a little sugar totally destroys all willpower.

In thinking about what I can do mentally to overcome this daunting obstacle, I was reminded of a quote from one of my favorite authors, C. S. Lewis.

“It would seem that Our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.”

― C.S. LewisThe Weight of Glory, and Other Addresses

I still remember reading The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe to my kids many years ago and while this particular quote didn’t come from that book, it has always stuck with me.  The idea here is we keep trading the infinite joy that God offers for the small pleasures of this world.  That God does not ask us to forsake joy for the bland life of service to Him, but bids us to drink from the deep well of His Joy that will never run dry or fail to satisfy.

This idea came to mind recently when I was at work and someone brought in a dozen donuts.  Not only were they donuts but 3 of them were the kind I really like.  There is a white cream that is basically a thick whipped cream that some donuts are filled with that I find irresistible and here were 3 sitting on the table for the taking.  I knew that there was no possible way I could eat one, that if I gave in a little, I was going to eat those 3 and probably a few more until I got sick.  That is unfortunately just how I’m wired.

So I left the room and got a little space between me and the temptation and began to think about what was going to happen next.  Part of me wanted to throw all the donuts in the trash and the other part of me knew that if I did that, one was going to end up in my mouth on the way to the trashcan.  That was when the C. S. Lewis quote popped in my head and I realized the true choice that was in front of me.  I could be “too easily pleased” by the momentary pleasure of a donut that would make me feel good for a minute and terrible for hours, or I could hold out for the greater joy of a body free from the diseases of obesity.

This idea, that by overcoming a momentary temptation to reach a greater joy, helped me see this situation in a new light.  No longer was I trading happiness for the bland monotony of a sugar-less world but trading a lesser joy for a greater.  I was willingly giving up something I didn’t really want for something I desperately craved, a body without the extra weight, a normal blood pressure, knees that didn’t ache, enough energy to throw my grandkids in the air, and the ability to grow old with my wife.

In a sense, I became a hedonist, a Keto Hedonist.  I am forsaking the tiny pleasures and small hits of dopamine that come with the foods I used to eat in very large amounts for the long-term joy and sustaining power of serotonin that comes from making decisions that will bring me the most joy for the longest period of time available to me, the rest of my life.  Now these decisions don’t feel like sacrifices but the obvious consequence of a man driven by pursuing the greater joy.

Can you do this?  Can you seek the long-term joy over the momentary happiness?  Can you join me as a Keto Hedonist?  Tell me your story in the comments below!

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Why You Should Be a Keto Hedonist

How Important is Salt on the Ketogenic Diet?

Short Answer – Very Important

When you were eating a Standard American Diet, you really didn’t have to think too much bout your salt intake.  There wasn’t a single processed food you ate that didn’t have at least a little added salt and most foods had a LOT of extra salt.  I was always surprised to read how much sodium was in Coke.  50 mg per 12oz can!  It just shows that the salt wasn’t just in your savory foods, but the sweet ones as well.

But now you’ve switched over to a diet that consists mainly of whole unprocessed foods, you have probably cut your salt intake as well just because you’ve cut out those crappy carbage foods.  You might also think that’s a good thing because you’ve been told your entire life that salt is bad but it turns out that isn’t true.

Salt and High Blood Pressure

According to Dr DiNicolantonio in his new book, The Salt Fix all the problems we have been associating with excess salt, most notably high blood pressure, aren’t caused by salt but by that other devilish white crystal, sugar.  I can tell you from personal experience that after years of being unable to control my BP, it wasn’t until I cut out the sugar that my BP finally started trending downward.  Taking Magnesium supplements from Pure Vitamin Club helped also but that’s a post for another day.

One of the things that happens when you start a ketogenic diet is you start to lose a lot of water.  Along with that water goes a lot of salt and other electrolytes that need to be replaced.  In fact, if you have started a ketogenic diet and struggled with cramps or excessive thirst or hunger, this loss of salt is almost certainly the issue.

How Much Salt Can You Eat?

Your kidneys were designed to filter salt out of your blood.  They are actually quite good at it.  The can filter between 3.2 and 3.6 POUNDS of salt out of your blood everyday so there is very little risk of eating too much salt and taxing your kidneys or any other internal organ.  In fact it is eating too LITTLE salt that stresses the kidneys as they then have to work to reabsorb and conserve salt so don’t be stingy with the salt and salt your food to taste.

What Salt is Best?

I have stopped using the standard Morton’s salt as it is highly processed and has anti-caking agents added to it that I don’t trust.  I have switched over to Redmond’s Real Salt as it is a more natural, unprocessed salt with more electrolytes than just pure sodium.  But don’t feel like you have to use that particular salt, any unprocessed salt from a sea bed will work like Himalayan Sea Salt or Celtic Sea Salt.  Just get your hands on a high quality salt and use it liberally.

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Can Increasing Vitamin D Prevent Type 1 Diabetes?

Finally there has been some hard science produced to back up what many health providers (and bloggers) have been saying for years.  There is a definite connection between Vitamin D intake and several auto-immune diseases but most notably, Type 1 Diabetes.

That is not a misprint.  We are not talking about Type 2 Diabetes here, (Would you like to know how to cure T2D?  Click here) we are talking about a definitive link between Type 1 Diabetes and Vitamin D intake in children.

Rates of T1D are Doubling every 20 Years

In a new study that was released earlier year on NCBI, some very eye-opening information was discussed.  In Western countries, the rate of T1D has been doubling every 20 years but Finland has managed to at first plateau their rates of new cases and recently have been able to decrease their rate of new cases.  How were they able to do that?  First a little history.

In Finland, the recommendation for daily vitamin D supplementation was gradually reduced from 4000-5000 IU in 1964 to 400 IU in 1992. At the same time, T1D increased by 350% in those aged 1-4 years, 100% in those aged 5-9 years, and 50% in those aged 10-14 years.  So as the recommended amounts of Vitamin D fell, the rates of T1D rose dramatically.  In 2006, Finland elected to fortify all dietary milk products with cholecalciferol which increased rates of serum Vitamin D.

A Possible Cure for T1D?

Moreover, there is an exciting new treatment for existing T1D patients that involves isolating dendritic cells from the patient’s peripheral blood, cultured with calcitriol, and then re-injected in an abdominal intradermal position to ‘teach’ the rest of the immune cells not to attack β-cells anymore.   So it is at least conceivable that we may be able to cure T1D in some cases using Vitamin D.  The science on this is early but exciting.

So what levels of Vitamin D should we aim for?

In one large birth cohort study, rates of T1D were reduced by 78% with 2000 IU of cholecalciferol per day.  In adults, we can have as much as 5000 IU with seemingly no downside and it is probable that most of us could tolerate more.  In an Ancestral Health paradigm this makes a lot of sense because our ancestors were probably outside most of the day, producing Vitamin D directly from the sun.  In fact it was so important that as our ancestors moved farther away from the equator, natural selection selected for paler and paler skin to increase our ability to pull sunlight into our body and convert it to Vitamin D.  The whole reason we have the different races and skin tones is because of how important Vitamin D is to our overall health.

How should you take Vitamin D?

The best way to get Vitamin D is to go outside and expose as much of your skin as possible to the sun for at least 15-20 minutes a day.  If you can’t do that then you can take a supplement.  Pure Vitamin Club will be coming out with a Vitamin D shortly and I am such a huge fan of their Magnesium that I will probably be adding Vitamin D to my order as soon as it is available.  In the meantime, you can order from Amazon.

Look for up to 5000 IU caplets so you only have to take one pill a day.  The pills are usually very small so they are easy to swallow if that is an issue for you.

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The My Sugar Free Journey Podcast – Episode 65: John Limanski MD

In this week’s My Sugar Free Journey Podcast, I talk to John Limanski, The Keto Doctor!

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