Don’t blame the keto diet for your mentality

What do I mean?

Well you can go and do any diet you want to. You’ll lose weight. You might gain it all back. That’s not your diets fault. The fault lies in your own heart. Your perception of food and weight loss is how you view your life.

Maybe you are not feeling worthy enough. Or good enough, that you LACK in any area of your life.

When you go through your mental notes of how much of something you don’t have and all you do is dwell on the negative you get more of what your mind is set into.

The best thing to start doing is start recognizing the blessings you have here and now.

There is a nasty cycle that I see a lot of women get into including myself. We get hung up on all the things that have gone wrong and we focus in on how we are not measuring up.

But, let’s say that we do measure up. What if we are right where we need to be at this very moment? This is not the end goal of it all. There are plenty of opportunities that arrive every single day.

We take for granted a lot of things when all we do is see the negative. We blame our diets, we blame our selves for why we are not where we have expected to be.

Instead of taking the edge off and the load off ourselves we clamor onto it. We sure love beating ourselves up. And we are not gentle about it either.

Jesus teaches about gentleness. What if we were to take any example of what gentle person we have and see what their perception of gentleness would be?

How would you speak to yourself then? Would you beat your child up for over eating or being too fat? No. Because that’s not productive and it’s not kind.

I love being reminded to bring my energy back down to gentleness. To me, in my life, Jesus is the ultimate example of gentleness.

Don’t blame your diet for what you failed to accomplish. It’s not the diets fault it’s the degree of respect and gentleness you have on yourself that dictates how successful you’ll be.

I know that personally a vegetarian and vegan diet did not help me at all. It was a great way to cleanse myself. Not a sustainable diet for me. Its not the diets fault It is a lack of nutrients so to me, it was a poor decision of prioritizing nutrition.

In all those years I was a vegetarian those were the most unhealthy days of my life. And I happened to be the most cruel to myself as well.

take a minute to just accept things of how they are and just rest in the love you do have. feel the gratitude you do have for the warmth in your home, the clothes on your back, the finances and bills you are able to pay for. What ever it is be thankful for it.

This will quench the hunger of always expecting more and better. We do have goals we aim for and there is nothing wrong with that. The problem becomes a problem when we start to see that everything around us is so wrong.

We end up dwelling in something that we created that usually has a hostile undertone of unsatisfactory self worth. That’s the problem. There are great things happening in your future, but for today take the time to be appreciative of where things are right now, today including your weight and health.

Find that gratitude and every day gently express how you’ll accomplish your desires out of love and not hate.

My Personal Testimony

 

I can relate to a lot of you out there. You’re just like me. Even if you are underweight we can relate. My life (just like a lot of yours) wasn’t the best.

  • Had the harshest upbringing one could imagine- check
  • Had accepted abandonment- check
  • Used drugs, alcohol and food for self soothing- check
  • Never felt acceptance from others- check
  • Depressed and anxious- check
  • Broke and alone- check

This was my life, I had gone from relationship to relationship trying to stir the love of my life in someone else. Trying to FIX myself and then FIX others.

I always thought to myself that if I had the right body I would be accepted. If I had more money I’d be accepted. If I had the best I’d be accepted.

Little did I know that accepted had to do with just allowing myself to live and love the life I already had. How much more did I want?

I lost a hundred pounds, I had money, I had time, I did lots of traveling. I was always HUNGRY.

I was so unhealthy at one time. I had PCOS, clinical infertility, clinical depression, anxiety, insomnia. I weighed in at 280 lbs. That was the heaviest I had ever weighed. I yo-yo dieted.

 

I was using night time tylenol every single night, I ate fast food every single day. Sometimes three times a day. I was a vegetarian and I was really proud of that. Though I was not nourishing my body the way I should have. I drank heavily with spurts of lightened drink, but still used drugs.

Honestly, I smoked a lot of weed too. I was such a voice for cannabis, but the problem was I started using it so much that I became so lazy. I was smoking weed instead of drinking. The weed use became so unhealthy I was smoking a gram an hour.

Then I finally realized was that even necessary? Why did I always need to be messed up? I was abusing prescription pills before that. I was doing so much to deny myself wellness.

I started looking into holistic supplements and behavioral techniques to help me process the over whelming feelings of inadequacies.

Through the years of becoming healthier, healthier eating, supplementation rather than drugs, ditching the alcohol and weed use and getting to know God my whole body changed.

 

 

I became pregnant and this is a photo of me in my fourth pregnancy!

I was able to figure out (Thanks to God) who I really am. Why I went through the severe pain and trauma. This helped me see so much. I opened my eyes and heart to the much needed spiritual reflection.

I had learned to accept my life and who I am right now. That I am enough and now I pay it forward by counseling those who need the same kind of insight.

I love what I do and I find it incredibly rewarding.

I am cooking all my food at home. On occasion we eat out. For the most part I cook whole foods. I love my ketogenic way of eating because those guidelines help me stay feeling well.

Why I considered Keto pregnancies?

Here are the things I considered before doing a keto diet for my pregnancies:

 

 

https://bmcpregnancychildbirth.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/1471-2393-13-109

The problem with this study is that it is saying that ketogenic diets resulted in smaller organs, but your organs naturally shrink in size anyway because water retention isn’t a factor any more. It’s kind of crazy science since the study is flawed. They weren’t checking for inflammation markers when doing this study. On a standard SAD diet everyone is suffering from inflammation and that means swollen everything, including organs.

Here is a link to a Joe Rogan pod cast with a Dr. who studied keto:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=keSoSyu9m7c

 

 

I took a lot of considerations from Dr. Simeon who is the founding father of the HCG diet. This Dr. exclusively studied women who were obese and found so much amazing information on diet and pregnancy. An incredible resource that is often over looked is that while  this may be a low calorie diet its also a low carb diet as well. There are benefits to this because the findings are amazing. Being in a fasting state or initiating fasting during pregnancy is of great use to the mother and no harm done to the fetus. So the point I am driving in here is that the resources are taken from the mother before there is harm to the fetus. So those who claim that what a mother does or does not eat during pregnancy can harm the baby, take a look at this because clearly this is concluding that the reserves are taken from the mother before the baby is harmed. Thus showing self preservation for the infant.

An amazing study done and valuable information:

http://newbeginningsmedical.com/wp-content/uploads/Dr-Simeons-Manuscript.pdf

 

This is an amazing study I found not only talking about how fetuses were in ketosis, but that breastfeeding had proved to help them stay in ketosis. The point I am trying to make here is that the body already puts neonates in ketosis. This is suggesting that ketogenisis is a natural state for neonates.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11482735

 

 

This is a great source by a dietician:

 

https://realmealrevolution.com/real-thinking/ketosis-key-to-human-babies-big-brains/

 

If you like sciene here’s more about neonatal ketosis:

https://raypeatforum.com/community/threads/neonatal-ketosis.2546/

 

 

Another great point is that women that are pregnant, go to sleep and are in a fasting state through the night usually wake up in KETOSIS. So that is also telling as to what kind of metabolism pregnant women are preferred to be in. This is fascinating because this is a normal state for a pregnant woman. This is physiological favor by the human body. Another thing to consider is how often times morning sickness is relieved by fasting- or ketosis because blood sugars are stabilized and the glucose going up and down is what is known to cause issues with morning sickness. Just a few bits of science to help educate those who are interested in diving into it a bit more.

Hope you enjoy

 

Overcoming depression and anxiety without pharmaceuticals

I wanted to share my personal account with depression and anxiety.
I was clinically diagnosed with anxiety, depression and PTSD. I had suffered these debilitating conditions for nearly two decades. When I was diagnosed with anxiety, depression and PTSD I was 19 years old. This was before I had an interest in functional medicine. So I followed standard protocol given to me by psychiatrists and counselors. I was put on one medication and eventually I was used to that particular med and needed something stronger.
I then was put on a different med and then noticed it made me worse. I was also taking birth control and that is dealing with hormonal changes. Not only that, but I was clinically diagnosed with PCOS (Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome)
No one ever asked me about any other medications I was taking. No one ever cared what my diet consisted of or even how I managed stress. The longer I was on prescriptions the worse I got. Eventually I was 280 lbs, miserable in my life, and suicidal. I thought about killing myself so often.
As soon as I was not able to afford my prescriptions that is when I decided to lose weight and hopefully that would help with my mental health.
I want to also add that vegetarian diets do not help with mental health. In fact I believe from reading studies that my vegetarian and vegan diet helped me to get worse.
So when I lost 100 lbs I felt phenomenal. But I was not healthy, I was abusing alcohol and abusing anxiety pills. I looked sick because I was sick. Diuretics, alcohol, late nights, and abusing pills was hurting me and I had no idea, but who cared?
I started seeing that I needed to cut back on prescription pills so I decided to opt for cannabis. Unfortunately I was abusing cannabis, alcohol and I was gaining weight.
There is a cycle here: I didn’t know how to cope with anything and I was depressed and covering up emotions with relationships and substances. This was terrible living again. Only this time I was with someone who enabled this because he was also dealing with just coping and had poor mental status as well.
I decided to figure it out from a functional way. Get healthy, get my situation corrected, focus on positive things, exercise, gratitude and all this ultimately led me to finding God which in turn has helped me develop coping skills and actually squash the reasons I was even depressed to begin with.
I now am on a ketogenic diet to help me with my mental health and its been phenomenal. I’ve managed to keep my weight down and my mood is elevated. I also focus on the fact that God put me where He needed me to be. That I suffered, but it was for a reason. He built me to be strong, compassionate, fully equipped.
All the time I was searching for my identity I found it in Christ. Things slowly but surely changed for the better. I will struggle now and then with depression and anxiety, but it’s only a temporary situational thing. It’s not a long term pattern and now I have skills to communicate to others, to communicate better to myself, exercise and diet plays a big role in how I feel.
So that’s the extent of it. I hope it’s received well. I do not believe that we need prescriptions to help us function in life. Sometimes we need self respect to leave long out dated relationships that serve us no purpose. Sometimes we need to get real with ourselves about our health and take charge of it, sometimes we need to stop being slaves to our imaginations and actually pull ourselves out of the pit we put us into.
Sometimes the only way to do these things is with God.

Keto

I love the ketogenic diet. It’s easy, helps with mental health, the best diet I’ve ever been on. I rarely feel hungry, the food is so delicious and I end up eating less with virtually no effort.

I recommend this way of eating to anyone who is struggling with mental health issues. This diet helps with cognitive function, energy, mood, focus this is just amazing how I feel.

I have been eating this way on and off for nearly 4 years. I have been able to keep off 60 lbs. I have been able to have children when I was clinically diagnosed infertile. I have reversed PCOS and I was prediabetic because of that issue.

I had converted from vegetarian- vegan way of eating to keto and I loved it. I feel so much better this way. It’s so simple.

I want to add that I was the worst binge eater as a vegetarian-vegan. I could never feel satiated. With keto and eating meat and animal products I have been binge free for over a year now.

It has taken me some time to get really into keto. I was falling off the wagon for years. BUT keep in mind I have had 3 children and exclusively breastfed all three of them. So my hormones have been excellent, but the challenge has been when my babies have growth spurts and I over ate on foods not keto.

This year is the first year I haven’t done that and I’ve been pretty successful. YAYYYY

I decided to eat whatever I wanted to last year because I was just so fed up with yo-yoing and binge eating. I would get off keto and binge eat carbs, gain weight and get back on keto.

The problem I’ve identified is that I never tried to get my blood sugar stable before going keto. This year I was successful because I used a few months to do just that.

I started with lower calorie but ate what I wanted to.

Then I started to restrict sugar, still had it but not as often. And I began exercising. Then In July I started keto. I was not strict but that was the plan.

Then I started seeing that I was melding into this lifestyle slowly but IT WAS STICKING!!!! I have finally been 4 weeks without a cheat. I have had alcohol, but no carbs. no binge and no yo yo.

This is amazing track record.

I am on instagram to record my progress there.

Sarahlynn Baxter

Sauerkraut!!

 

Sauerkraut is a fermented food that originated in China and moved across Europe.

 

Start with a fresh head of organic cabbage.

Shred the cabbage any way you want thick or thin. I prefer thin.

Take the cabbage shreds and toss some salt into it. 1 head of cabbage will give you a 16 oz jar of sauerkraut.

I’d say about 1/4 cup salt for each jar.

Crunch together the salt with the cabbage and you will notice that water will start creeping out of the cabbage.

Once it’s well mixed toss it in a jar and add more water if necessary.

 

This is a very easy thing to do. Fermentation is a fun learning process so just look at it like that.

The sauerkraut I made was perfect and it sat on my counter next to my oven for about 2-3 weeks until I opened it and we scarfed it down.

 

Herb Roasted Red Potatoes

 

This recipe is not only delicious, but packed with healthy nutrition. Potatoes are one of the best sources of potassium and adding pink salt helps to replenish electrolytes.

My kids really enjoyed this recipe. It’s simple and ready in about 20 mins (or depending on how sad looking your potatoes are- mine were pretty sad ha ha!!)

 

These guys were “raisin like” and actually cooked in shorter time frame. So don’t throw out those sad spuds! (Shorter cooking times actually help to keep the nutrition together longer cooking time denatures the nutrients some times)

 

Dice up the spuds then toss with olive oil.

That’s what I’ve done, but I absolutely love Avocado oil too.

 

Herb blend consists of basil, oregano, rosemary and thyme.

Get that paprika in!

Pink salt is by far the best!

 

After tossing everything together then plop onto a sheet pan bake at 350* and take out in about 15-20 mins.

My kids were hesitant at first, but after the first bite they were hooked.

Potatoes get a bad rap especially now with the LOW CARB CRAZE. Potatoes are really high in potassium, B6 and magnesium. You should really try and eat the skin if you can tolerate it. The skin of the potato has the most amount of nutrition. The color of the skin also has antioxidant value!

The fiber of the potato is necessary for feeding the bacteria in the intestinal lining. *PREBIOTIC.

Any way I hope you enjoy this recipe leave some suggestions or alternatives to your recipe!

 

Take care!