Food Freedom Friday Edition 205- Achieving Ketosis

Achieving a state of ketosis can take time. Your body has been burning sugar for fuel your entire life. It will need time to adapt to making and burning ketones for fuel. This transition could take anywhere from 48 hours to one week. The length in time will vary depending upon your activity level, lifestyle, body type and carbohydrate intake.

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Michal Ofer
Food Freedom Friday Edition 204 - Keto Plateaus

Many people find keto plateaus frustrating enough to make them give up on the keto diet. This is unfortunate given that that plateaus are a normal part of losing weight as opposed to a sign that the diet isn't working or that something is wrong with your body.

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Michal Ofer
Food Freedom Friday Edition 203 - Know Your Omegas

Although combined omega-3-6-9 supplements have become very popular, they generally provide no additional benefit over taking omega-3 alone. Omega-6s are essential in certain quantities, but they are in many foods that are regularly eaten, despite dietary protocol. Additionally, omega-9 fats can be produced by the body and are easily obtained in the diet, so there is no need to take them in supplement form.

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Michal Ofer
Food Freedom Friday Edition 202 - The Moderation Myth

“Everything in moderation” is attractive advice, but also a trap. It amounts to saying you shouldn’t have too much of anything, which is true by definition: that’s why it is called “too much.” The word “moderation” is vague, and its vagueness makes it a friendly, big-tent kind of concept: however much you eat, you can find a way of convincing yourself that you eat in moderation.

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Michal Ofer
Food Freedom Friday Edition 201 - Are You Keto Adapted?

Ketosis is defined as having elevated blood ketones with concentrations of 0.5–7 mM. Normally, blood ketone levels register below 0.5 mM and any reading above 7mM qualifies as ketoacidosis – abnormally high ketone levels that make the blood acidic. This is a dangerous condition caused by insulin-related diseases and not seen in healthy people.

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Michal Ofer
Food Freedom Friday Edition 199 - Eat Meat

Homo Sapiens have evolved as the most successful species on the planet, with the most complex brains, on an omnivore diet. The fertility and pregnancy foods in all traditional societies both past and present are of animal origin – including milk for the Masai in Kenya, grass fed butter for the Swiss, and fish eggs sought by Peruvian tribes. Anthropologists have yet to identify a human society that has survived living on plant foods alone, even vegan groups have been found to seek out and feed animal products to their women before marriage or during pregnancy.

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Michal Ofer
Food Freedom Friday Edition 198 - Number 2

Regular bowel movements and adequate elimination are key indicators of a properly functioning digestive system. However, almost 20% of the North Americans (around 63 million people), suffer from constipation. This results in annual medical costs of approximately $235 million.

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Michal Ofer
Food Freedom Ecition 195 - Women & Keto

From menstrual irregularities to excess weight gain, it can seem like keto is messing with female hormones. However, much of it depends on your health and eating patterns. There are ways to troubleshoot the ketogenic diet for women so they can safely reap all the benefits.

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Michal Ofer
Food Freedom Friday Edition 193 - Managing Insulin Resistance

An increasing number of people are dealing with insulin resistance. Insulin is important for a cell’s ability to absorb and use glucose for energy. Insulin resistance occurs due to an inability to respond to and use insulin. Insulin resistance can lead to prediabetes, diabetes, inflammation, and many serious health problems. Through appropriate dietary and lifestyle changes, insulin resistance can be reversed  and insulin sensitivity improves naturally.

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Michal Ofer
Food Freedom Friday Edition 192 - Optimizing Your Keto

Healthy lifestyle strategies play a very important role in helping you achieve and maintain your ketogenic goals.  Adjusting your nutrition and lifestyle habits and activities can create an enormous difference between finding yourself in a state of fat adaptation where you have sustainable energy and mental clarity or a state of sugar burning where you feel sluggish, and find yourself with rampant brain fog and carbohydrate cravings.

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Michal Ofer
Food Freedom Friday 191 - Clean Up Your Kitchen

Although you may not put as much thought into the items you use to prepare your meals, store our leftovers and clean up, those pots, pans, storage containers and disinfectants could be undermining your best efforts by potentially increasing the amount of toxins you consume, causing adverse effects on your health and the environment.

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Michal Ofer
Food Freedom Friday Edition 189 - Fat Burning Hormones

It may please you to learn there are specific fat burning hormones that you have the power to trigger and upregulate without having to spend. countless hours in the gym or (barely) subsisting on baked chicken breast and steamed broccoli. Particular hormones trigger your body to break down stored fat into free fatty acids (lipolysis) and promote the use of these fatty acids in the energy making process.

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Michal Ofer
Food Freedom Friday Edition 188 - Bacteria - The Good Guys

Not all of us walk around aware that there is a living, thriving, non-human colony of organisms that resides in our digestive tract. Your large intestine is home to approximately 4 pounds of beneficial bacteria, collectively known as the microbiome. This microbiome consists of thousands of different strains of bacteria, totaling up at around one hundred trillion cells.

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Michal Ofer
Food Freedom Friday Edition 187 - Get Salty

The notion that a low salt diet is the preferred options began was founded on flawed science about 200 years ago. Doctors knew then that the body required salt to maintain blood pressure balance and falsely assumed that too consuming much salt contributed to high blood pressure and heart disease. This resulted in huge (unsuccessful) government campaigns to get people to eat less salt.

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Michal Ofer
Food Freedom Friday Edition 186 - Grains - A Review

Although not part of a true whole foods, low carbohydrate lifestyle, including a small amount of safe starches in your diet may work for you and your lifestyle (and can help with transitions and social situations). As a healthy individual, including certain whole, gluten-free grains and pseudo grains as part of your diet and lifestyle is personal decision.

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Michal Ofer