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Let’s go shopping! etsy-button

I have an Etsy shop! 🙂

Yep! It opened earlier this week. Eek!!! The inventory is extremely limited at the moment – like, I only have 1 product to offer – but I look forward to adding more products in the near future. here.

Video killed the Radio Blogging Star apps-player-video-icon

I’m looking to start creating video content later this year, and I’m in need of ideas! What are some things you would like for me to do (day in the life; full day of eating; etc)? Let me know in the comments. 🙂

Thank You!

I am very excited to be bringing you new content and merchandise!! Thank you from the bottom of my heart for being there for me. 🙂 If you haven’t already, click the “Follow” button on this blog to get notifications for new blog posts!

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Writer’s Block

I’ve been sitting at my computer for the past couple of weeks trying to think of a new topics to write about. (While I do have a couple of series ideas up my sleeve, I’m not ready to jump into them just yet.)

I guess I could do another “Life Update” for you…? or a “Prep Update”…? Comment below what you would like to see next.

Ketones: When You Have Too Many

Welcome to the 3rd post in the Ketone Series! If you are reaching this post first, go check out the first 2 posts in the series here and here.

We have a handle on what ketones are and how they can help with weight management, so let’s talk about what happens when you have a buildup of ketones.

Ketosis

Being in a state of ketosis isn’t harmful. In fact, when we are in a fast (meaning we aren’t consuming any food) we are in ketosis. It is a natural thing that happens every day – especially in the mornings when we first wake up.

What “being in ketosis” means is that the body has a higher-than-usual amount of ketones floating around. (Remember, ketones burn fat for fuel as opposed to burning glucose.) The body normally eliminates the excess ketones in the urine.

But what happens when you have too many ketones floating around?

Ketoacidosis

Ketoacidosis – also know as diabetic ketoacidosis, or DKA – happens when the ketone levels in the body reach such high numbers that it causes the body’s pH level to become acidic. This is a very dangerous situation that can lead to death if not treated right away.

It is very important to keep a check on your ketone levels as well as your blood glucose levels – especially if you are a diabetic.

Symptoms of Ketosis and Ketoacidosis

At the time of this writing, I haven’t been able to find any symptoms of being in ketosis…..other than potential fat loss.

Symptoms of ketoacidosis include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Thirst or a very dry mouth
  • Frequent urination
  • High blood glucose (blood sugar) levels
  • High levels of ketones in the urine
  • Constantly feeling tired
  • Dry or flushed skin
  • Nausea, vomiting, or abdominal pain (Vomiting can be caused by many illnesses, not just ketoacidosis. If vomiting continues for more than 2 hours, contact your health care provider.)
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Fruity odor on breath
  • A hard time paying attention, or confusion

Before you start this type of diet (Ketogenic) or take supplements to put you in a state of ketosis, check with your healthcare professional!

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Ketones: What is their role in weight management?

In my last blog post, I briefly went over what ketones are. If you haven’t read it, you can click HERE.

In this post, I will briefly talk about how ketones help you to manage your weight.

When your body enters into a state of ketosis, it is using ketones as a primary source of fuel instead of glucose. What does that mean for you? It means that you don’t get hungry as often.

Think of it in terms of race styles. On the one hand, you have the sprint. On the other hand, you have the marathon. The sprint is running really fast over a short distance; the marathon is running at a steady pace over a long distance.

Glucose is like the sprint: gives you a really fast burst of energy but lasts for just a short period of time (maybe a couple of hours). Then it’s time to refuel, and you may be “about to starve.” Or you crash and burn in the middle of your day.

Ketones are like the marathon: give you a steady stream of energy that will last for several hours, if not all day.  When it’s time to refuel your body, you may not feel hungry (or if you do, you’re not “about to starve), and you have energy to finish your day.

Appetite suppression is one of the many positive benefits of being in ketosis or taking exogenous ketones. Don’t take my word for it, though. Do your own research!

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Ketone Bodies: What are they?

Ketogenic. That is a word that is kicked around when talking about diet plans – more specifically a Low Carb High Fat (LCHF) plan. It refers to the production of ketone bodies in the body.

So, what is a ketone body?

A ketone body is a chemical that is produced by the liver for the purpose of breaking down fat to use for energy. There are 3 main ketone bodies: acetoacetate, beta-hydroxybutyrate, and their spontaneous breakdown product, acetone. Ketone bodies, commonly referred to as “ketones,” are water-soluble.

In my next post of the series, I will be going over the role of ketones and weight management.

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Life Update

Today is Day 13 of my 70-day prep. (I’m doing a “virtual prep” for an upcoming bikini competition. It’s “virtual” because I’m not able to actually enter the competition at this time.) I’m so stinking tired! I’ve been following a very strict ketogenic diet, which means that I consume no more than 25g of carbs each day. *AAAGGGHH!* Only 57 days left! 🙂 I’ve already planned my post-prep meal: Nachos Mexicanos & margaritas at my favorite Mexican restaurant! YUM!!!

As far as my workouts, I’ve been doing 2-A-Days when my schedule allows. That’s rough. In the mornings, I’m doing my regular exercises that my trainer gives me. In the afternoons I’m going to a class called Team Strength and doing those exercises (which can be BRUTAL!). My goal is to become a bikini competitor.

And I have a deadline.

And I’m determined to meet it to the best of my ability.

That means that I have to be proactive, disciplined, and (almost) hyper-focused on the process that will allow me to reach my goals. In addition to my bikini prep, I have a life that I need to balance – work, wifely duties, mom duties, being a responsible member of my church/scout community. HARD!

The stress is real….but I am DETERMINED to be the best version of myself that I can be!

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Ketones Series

Welcome to the first series of the blog!

In this series, I will be talking about ketones – in case you couldn’t guess by the title of this post. 🙂

Some of the topics to be covered include the following:

  • Ketones: what are they?
  • The Role of Ketones in Weight Management
  • What happens when you have too many?
  • What happens when you have too few?
  • Ketosis – Is It Harmful?
  • Ketosis vs. Ketoacidosis

I am really excited to share my adventure with you!

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Entering an Improvement Phase

Today marks a new phase in my life – one in which I will go from a Stay-At-Home-Mom (SAHM) to a Work-At-Home-Mom (WAHM) while going through a student-at-home-mom. Yes…I’m headed back to school.

I have always loved the medical field – especially anatomy and nutrition – but I figured out during my second year of nursing school that this wasn’t the path for me. So I went kinda polar opposite – I got a degree in accounting. While I have enjoyed what I do (which is seasonal), my heart has tugged me towards nutrition.

A few years ago, I joined a supplement company as an ambassador in an effort to appease my heart. What that did was to make the yearning for a nutrition degree even stronger! I want to be able to help people beyond “Take this supplement for better health.” I still love the company and still believe in the products – I’m not leaving the company any time soon – but I want to branch out more into the world of nutrition.

I’m a sucker for learning. I always have been. As I progress through my schooling, I plan to share tidbits of what I’ve learned. My goal with this is to create a business being a health coach.

This is my phase. What phase are you in?

Total Wellness

The buzzword in the medical field is “Gut Health.” New studies are showing a relation between the gut health and the overall immune system.

Why is this significant?

Your gut is the storehouse of your physical and mental health. 70% – 80% of your immune system lives in your gut. Chronic illnesses, hormonal imbalance, migraines, allergies, and most autoimmune disorders can be helped by supporting and healing your gut. The gut is in constant communication with the rest of the body by the enteric nervous system.

When there’s too much harmful bacteria overgrowth, that communication avenue has been disconnected. This is a big deal considering that a large majority of your neurotransmitters are developed in the gut and that serotonin is stored here.

The factors that hinder gut health are a combination of pH imbalance, blood sugar imbalance, hormone imbalance, and harmful bacteria overgrowth. The harmful bacteria is a dimorphic fungus – meaning that it shape-shifts from a single cell fungus to a mycelial fungus (a fungus with a mass of branching filaments) with an exoskeleton (chitin) and hyphae (root-like hairs) that attaches itself to your intestinal lining, causing tiny perforations that then leak out toxins, allergens, and proteins into the bloodstream. This means that waste products that were intended to be transported safely out of your body is now leaking into the bloodstream.

When there is a major overgrowth of harmful bacteria, your body is living in daily survival mode – and you can feel it with achy joints, bad skin, weight that won’t budge, high anxiety, huge hormonal imbalance, and many other symptoms.

What can I do?

There are 3 things that this harmful bacteria feeds on: sugar, dead matter, and waste. Your attack must also be threefold: cut back, kill, cleanse.

Cut Back

Your sugar intake needs to be cut back (or, better yet, cut out of) in your diet – even natural sugars. I’m talking to myself because I switched my white sugar for agave and honey and just went to town eating all of that. Do you think I was doing any good? No! Instead, the harmful bacteria was thriving even more! All sugar has to be cut back. Why? To starve the enemy, to keep the ball out of its hands, to keep it from growing and producing chitin.

Kill

The probiotics you find on the market work in trying to crowd out the harmful bacteria without killing it. They don’t have what it takes to penetrate the chitin. These probiotics are a decent defense. What you need is a probiotic that contains the anti-fungal chitosanase which penetrates the chitin and kills the harmful bacteria itself.

Cleanse

Once the harmful bacteria has been killed, it needs to be cleansed from the system. This will further cut the food supply for future harmful bacterial growth.

Summary

In 2000, Congress declared the 90’s as the “Decade of the Brain.” With neurogastroenterology being one of the fastest growing fields in medicine, I believe Congress will be calling this the “Decade of the Gut.” You see it coming. The probiotics are already in the commercials. Next will come digestive enzymes or anti-fungals.

Remember: it’s all about gut health, which seems complicated but the approach to restoring it is simple using the 3 Step Strategy:

1. Cut back. The harmful bacteria feed on mainly sugar.

2. Kill. The harmful bacteria must be targeted by a powerful anti-fungal.

3. Cleanse. The harmful bacteria also feeds on dead matter.

Getting your health back is a journey. I have the products that can help. Stop looking for a “quick fix” and enjoy the benefits of a healing body!

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My Story

Do you struggle with a sweet tooth? Addicted to soda – even diet soda? I do. It’s soooo hard!!! But I have been able to cut way back with the help of Plexus Slim.

Not that long ago, I was consuming in excess of 48 cans of diet soda – 48 cans BY MYSELF! – in a week! That doesn’t even count the ones I’d order with my meals or buy from the store.

Add to that diet soda addiction a massive sweet tooth. I joke and say that my sweet tooth is the size of a planet! There has been research published lately that has said sugar has addictive properties similar to drugs. I believe it!

Enter Plexus Slim. The first positive side effect I experienced was a drastic drop in my diet soda consumption. Now, I don’t have a “taste” for it. I may still order a diet soda when at a restaurant, which is maybe once a week – if not fewer – but I don’t keep them in my home.

The second positive side effect I have experienced has been my sweet tooth has been reduced significantly. Do I eat sweets? YES! I love me some donuts or lemon pie or banana pudding…yum!!! There was a time when I would have dessert as a “meal.” Not exactly healthy. Now I can go days, really, without wanting something sweet to eat. I don’t crave it the way I did once before.

This is my story. There are thousands of stories like mine of how Plexus has been instrumental in a person’s returning to good health. Are you ready to write your story?

Adventure Awaits.