Still?!

I’ve gotten multiple comments like, “You’reĀ stillĀ doing keto?”Ā  Wow, my friends and family apparently don’t have much faith in my ability to stick things out!Ā  šŸ˜›

Honestly, I am a bit of a bandwagon jumper.Ā  I see something that catches my eye or interest and jump right in.Ā  Only to lose interest and move on to the next thing.Ā  But keto is different for me.Ā  What started as a plan to lose a few holiday-chocolate-truffle-cookie pounds morphed into so much more.

The pounds melted off quickly, yes.Ā  But that wasn’t the end point.Ā  Because I’m sure the weight would creep back up if I went back to carbs and sugar… but I’m sticking it out because I genuinely enjoy my keto foods andĀ especiallyĀ the way I feel on the plan.

This is a lifestyle and one that I plan to maintain.

I’ve been pretty vocal about the fact that I’ve struggle with depression and anxiety.Ā  No shame in my game because I know that so many others do as well.Ā  For me, a good hunk of it is genetic.Ā  I believe, at the moment, my three most closely related relatives are on anti-depressants and anxiety meds.Ā  My grandma still texts me anxiously whenever there is a storm front in my neck of the woods.

I am stubbornly naturally-minded person though and I’m determined to live my happiest, healthiest lifeĀ naturally.Ā Ā Please don’t hear me condemning the use of meds.Ā  This isn’t that.Ā  Some people need them.Ā  Period.Ā  My depression/anxiety is mild enough that I am able to function well with some lifestyle adjustments, or “hacks”.Ā  That’s my own conviction but I certainly don’t judge people who use meds as a well-rounded approach to supporting their mental health.

I am a generally happy person but I would get slammed with periods of depression on a regular basis.Ā  I’ve always used exercise and a healthy lifestyle to combat that.Ā  I am also a person of faith so I practice that every day as well.Ā  This diet, and the effect of ketones on my brain, has filled in the missing pieces for me.Ā  It’s hard to explain but I feel much more confident, muchĀ lessĀ anxious.Ā  Things that used to bother me horribly I am able to shrug off now.

There is evidence that the brain runs moreĀ efficiently on ketones over glucose.Ā  For one thing, it upregulates mitochondrial biogenesis.Ā  bfb5f95c29a922587cf7bfe1a6dd684ecc7dbe603add9b7ffc7246984dcdfff0Ā Mitochondria are like the tiny power plant powerhouses that we have in every single cell.Ā  They basically power our bodies at the cellular level.Ā  For example: cyanide works because it shuts down our mitochondria.Ā  Without them, we die pretty quick.Ā  Ketones in the brain (or elsewhere) leads to a process where the weaker mitochondria die off and stronger ones replace them.Ā  It’s literally an anti-aging process.Ā  Forget wrinkle cream.Ā  Put MCT oil in your coffee instead.

That’s why so many people fast and end up feeling better and getting relief from chronic pain and other conditions.Ā  Any time you’re fasting your body is making ketones.Ā  The ketones cause rapid autophagy- basically a cellular deep cleaning where weak old cells get gobbled up and replaced.

The good news is that you don’t have to fast to get the benefits.Ā  A very low carb diet with provide the same benefits, in a much more sustainable way.Ā  If you’d like more info check outĀ this articleĀ from Mark’s Daily Apple.Ā  There is also evidence that ketosis can reverse dementia and other forms of mental decline.

Any plan where copious amounts of cream, cheese, cream cheese is encouraged while your brain gets sharper and your bum gets smaller- is a winner in my book! šŸ˜‰

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“Fun” Bio-Hacks

Ok guys, if there’s one thing that attracts my interest it’s the idea of being able to “hack” into our biology to improve our health at the cellular level.Ā  I’m really interested in preserving and even improving vitality and health with age.

You could say that the source of our life force; our energy and youth is theĀ mitochondria locked in our cells.Ā  They convert calories from food, heat from the sun and oxygen into energy, specifically the molecule adenosine triphosphate (ATP).Ā  Like a tiny powerplant powering our bodies at the cellular level.Ā  Anything we can do to improve our mitochondrial function is going to improve our health, vitality and even extend our lifespan!

One reason I’ve chosen the ketogenic diet is because it isĀ fantasticĀ for mitochondrial function.Ā  Burning fat is a far cleaner process than burning carbs.Ā  Anytime you are using glucose for energy, there is going to be glycation.Ā  Glycation=free radicals.Ā  Free radicals= aging, disease, decreased mitochondrial function.Ā  A high carb diet is going toĀ accelerate aging at the cellular level.Ā  Even if those carbs are coming from fruit or whole grains.Ā  It’s all glucose to your body.Ā  When you get into a state of ketosis your body is utilizing fat in place of glucose.Ā  It’s an easy (ish…) way to dramatically slow the aging process.Ā Ā Ketosis and mitochondria

Another bio-hack is exposure to extreme temperatures.Ā  It’s getting outside your comfort zone, literally.Ā  We really like to be warm and comfortable in temperature controlled environments, don’t we?Ā  But we could be missing out on the bio-boost we get from exposure to cold and even heat.Ā  You can get crazy healthĀ benefitsĀ from even just blasting yourself with cold water in the shower.Ā  Better immunity, increased circulation, improved body composition… Like these Siberian youngsters who play in the snow in swimsuits and never get sick.Ā 1112

If you don’t have access to the tundra but still want to be hearty like a Siberian kid- you can get similar benefits from blasting yourself with cold water in your own shower.Ā  It’s going to be unpleasant (understatement!) but it becomes easier with time.Ā  It’s a “fun” and simple bio-hack that anyone can take advantage of.

Another “fun”….Ā 1113 biohack is short bouts of extreme exercise.Ā  Like 10-20 minutes of all out work that makes you feel like you might puke or pass out.

This tells your body that the weak mitochondria can just show themselves the door because they don’t have what it takes.Ā  Weaker ones die to be replaced by beefier mitochondria.Ā  It’s an intense shock to your system that will lead to forced adaptationĀ to halt aging (woohoo!) at that cellular level.Ā  If you’re one that goes running or thinks you need an hour for exercise to count, consider the benefits of a HIIT or tabata style workout.Ā  You can accomplish more in far less time!

One more pleasurable hack is using a sauna, especially after exercise.Ā  A 20 minute sauna can dramatically increaseĀ youth-boosting human growth hormoneĀ by 140%.Ā  Plus it’s a great way to have awkward conversations with sweaty strangers…

But anyways, hack on, people.Ā Ā 1114

 

 

 

 

Anti-Aging Skincare Hacks

Hey guys, I’m departing from my usual keto-talk today.Ā  I recorded this vlog to share all my favorite, anti-aging skin care tips and tricks!

Check it out and enjoy!!!

What are your favorite skin care tricks?Ā  Please share in the comments šŸ˜˜

P.S. please forgive my sorry, busted looking nail polish. I’m a busy mom so they only get done once a month tops!