How To Feel Good Again

Good Food and Training Can Help You Enjoy The Simple Things Once More.

When I was a little girl, I rarely wanted to stop playing in order to eat. I would rather play outside in the sandbox or on the swings. On rainy days I didn’t want to leave my dolls or drawing in order to have lunch or dinner. Most of the time, eating was just something I did before learning, living, and playing.

I was a healthy and energetic child, but I do remember having terrible eczema in the Winter, and frequent stomach aches. At some point in my early childhood, my Mother’s doctor had convinced her to stop serving the family so many eggs, and replace them with cold cereal and a children’s vitamin.

I remember how hard it was to get full and satisfied on the new breakfast cereals like Quisp, Trix, and Capn’ Crunch. I used to want two or three bowls, and the Capn’ Crunch would scrape up the roof of my mouth, but I’d keep eating it.

By the time I was eight years old, I was getting more than chubby. In later years I started to have early dental issues, and I was regularly overeating. I just couldn’t seem to get satisfied the way other people could.

About a year ago, I came across an article from the late 1990’s that offered a possible explanation for what was driving my overeating. That article introduced me to Reward Deficiency Syndrome, its causes, and consequences.

This recent article has an excellent description of Reward Deficiency Syndrome:

https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fpsyg.2014.00919/full

RDS is the consequence of a difference in the D2 Dopamine receptor. Dopamine controls our feelings of pleasure and reward, and when reward deficiency syndrome is present, the individual doesn’t respond to dopamine as readily. This means that the low does of dopamine that some from completing a simple task or eating a simple healthy meal might not register strongly enough in the brain to make those activities feel worthwhile.

The RDS brain needs a bigger stimulus to get motivated, and sugary starchy foods are especially problematic for people like me who have RDS. The sugar is tempting enough that I’m motivated to seek it out, and the rush I get from eating it makes it incredibly hard to stop. On top of that, the over stimulus of sugar and starchy carbs can de-sensitize the dopamine receptors. There is evidence that dopamine receptors can be harmed by just a two week period of indulgence in highly processed snacks and sweets.

Here is a link to an article for a closer look at sugar’s impact on brain chemistry.

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/327512

So how can you feel good without sugar or other stimulants like alcohol and nicotine? A simple, whole food, sugar free diet can bring relief from cravings, and a re-connection to non-food activities. A program of resistance training can help manage blood glucose, and reduce the insulin resistance that can also make it harder to respond to dopamine. As dopamine receptors recover, and insulin sensitivity improves, better physical and emotional well being starts a positive feedback cycle. Eating, exercise, and fun combine to create a win, win, win, situation.

You can use the Sugar Freedom Diet on this blog, or simply start to choose Whole Foods from the outside aisles of your grocery store. In addition, 20 minutes of resistance training three times a week, plus time for fun and hobbies like gardening, music, sports, art, or dance can expose you to regular doses of dopamine, and happiness.

Natasha earned her Rally Title. Obedience training is a fun activity for me and my dog.

Our world is full of expensive, time consuming distractions. I encourage you to think about activities that could make you feel like a kid again, and make a little time for them.

Be well, and eat for yourself,

Catherine

Sugar and Eczema?

A study published in 1928 showed that a Low Carb diet helps heal eczema.

“For many years, it has been believed that eczema may be associated with a disturbed carbohydrate metabolism.” B. Usher M.D.

This quote is from a study published in 1928. Here is a link to the abstract:

https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamadermatology/article-abstract/502294

I’m sure my mother would have liked to know about this study when I developed a serious case of Winter eczema as a small child. Currently, there are very few published studies that demonstrate the link between sugar metabolism, eczema, and dermatitis, but more are underway right now.

It’s also important to understand how the treatment for eczema, corticosteroid cream, can affect the patients who use it, especially children.

You can learn more by reading the study linked here:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4171913/

The good news is that a low carbohydrate diet was shown to relieve eczema over one hundred years ago, and this way of eating is easily accessible to us today. The pinned post on this website gives you my three day sugar detox for free, and there are plenty of low carb plans that you can easily find and try on the internet.

Managing glucose with food and fitness can be simple and fun. The best part is that physical well being opens the door to a happy fulfilling life.

As always, be well and eat for yourself.

Catherine

Three Day Sugar Detox

Three of the daily food lists below are Keto: 20 grams or less of carbohydrate per day. Two incorporate low sugar fruits and may work well for those who tolerate a higher carb approach. As always, check with your doctor before changing your diet, and I sincerely hope you find good health and satisfaction.

This image shows a low carb food plan for one day.
This image shows another low carb food plan for one day.

Free Three Day Sugar Detox Shopping List For You!

When I was hosting health and fitness challenges at Gordon Studio, this is the shopping guide I would give each participant. The simple Whole Foods here are easy to find and so satisfying.

I like to get the fresh vegetables and fruits at the farmer’s market. At the grocery store, you will notice that most of the items here are found on the outside aisles. The most important tip is to drink some broth if you feel tired and irritable during the detox. Drink water too as the plan has a diuretic effect.

May you find the way of eating that brings you health and happiness!

Omelet, Asparagus, and Tomato
Breakfast on the Sugar Strike
This image shows a low carb food plan for one day.
This image shows another low carb food plan for one day.

The Three Day Sugar Strike Shopping List

No Sugar, No Grains, No Processed Vegetable Oils = No Cravings!

1. In The Produce Aisle

Eat a variety of non-starchy vegetables 

Salad Greens (lettuce, spinach, cabbage)

Other Leafy Greens (Swiss chard or other chard, collard greens, kale, bok choy)

Herbs (basil, parsley, cilantro)

Other salad vegetables (radishes, sprouts, cucumbers, tomatoes)

Other green vegetables (avocado, asparagus, broccoli, green beans, Brussels sprouts, okra, also cauliflower)

Other non-starchy vegetables (peppers, green onions, eggplant, artichokes, mushrooms)

2.Meat, Poultry, Fish, Seafood, Eggs

Do your best to stick to unprocessed organic meats that you prepare yourself.  Eggs are extremely nutritious, especially local free-range eggs.  

Beef: All cuts, especially grass fed.  The recent studies which have connected red meat with poor health outcomes have used conventionally raised beef which is fed grains and corn.  Grass fed organic ground beef has come way down in price, and other cuts can ordered from www.grasslandbeef.com.  It may be wise to limit your consumption of conventionally raised and processed beef and pork.

Pork

Poultry

Fish

Shellfish

I do use the wild salmon that comes in a can or a pouch to get in my omega 3 rich fish at a lower price.  I have definitely experienced sticker shock at the price of fresh wild caught fish.

3. Dairy Case

Cream, butter, full-fat cottage cheese , sour cream, cheeses, ricotta,  full fat yogurt with no sugar added, including Greek yogurt.  You can even make dessert on the Three Day Sugar Strike by mixing 1/2 cup of full fat yogurt with 1oz. chopped raw walnuts or almonds with a few drops of liquid stevia, and a sprinkle of pure cinnamon.  Once again, look for organic dairy.  Remember total dairy= i cup a day on the Sugar Strike due to the lactose content of dairy foods other than heavy cream.

4.Fats and Oils

Note that some of these are high in saturated fats (butter, coconut oil).  My experience and research shows that saturated fats are actually beneficial in the context of  a low carb diet. Avoid oils which are high in omega-6 fats (soy, corn, most safflower and sunflower). Partially hydrogenated oils should always be avoided. 

Butter  (From grass fed cows like Kerrygold Butter)

Coconut oil (Organic)

Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil.  I also recommend local olive oil if it is available.  Many times local oils won’t be certified organic because of the expense of certification.  I adore lemon infused olive oil for home-made salad dressing and mayonnaise.

When I cook chicken, steaks, or pork chops on the stove I use a mixture of butter and olive oil in the pan.

Other oils in small amounts as flavoring (sesame and nut oils)

Other high-fat foods: nuts, avocados, and cream.  

A note on nuts and avocado on the Sugar Strike- 1 to 2 oz of nuts today, and one avocado per day due to their higher carb content, and calorie density.

Frozen Foods

It’s a good idea to have frozen meats, fish, and vegetables on hand.  Don’t forget to thaw your meat in the refrigerator, or in a sink of cool water in time to cook it!

Canned Goods

Canned versions of the above vegetables, also olives.

Nuts and Seeds

Most nuts and seeds will return to your menu after the Three Day Sugar Strike.  As above 1-2 oz of raw organic almonds or walnuts per day are fine.

Condiments

Mustard, full-fat mayo (Not made with soybean oil!), salsa, pesto, dill pickle, sugar free relish, hot sauce. Braggs Organic vinegar, or any vinegar without added sugar.

Other:

Unsweetened almond or Coconut milk

Unsweetened coconut flakes

Unsweetened chocolate and cocoa powder .

5.In the Spice Aisle:

Look for interesting organic spice mixes.  I use curries, ginger, cumin, iodized sea salt, cinnamon, turmeric, vanilla, etc. to add interest and variety.

Remember: No Sugar, No Grains, No Processed Vegetable Oils = No Cravings!

Drink plenty of water- with a squeeze of lemon or lime if you like.  Coffee with cream in moderation. 

That’s the plan! Combine this with movement you enjoy and let me know how it goes.

Apple Cider Vinegar Study Shows Big Benefits

Watch to discover how ACV improves health.

I’ve been drinking a tonic of one tablespoon of Apple Cider Vinegar, one tablespoon of lemon juice, 8 ounces of water (240ml), and a few drops of stevia for almost 10 years. I’ve always known that it reduces my cravings, and it keeps my night time leg cramps away.

My readers and viewers have been asking,

“Do you have any studies to share, or proof that it works?”

Now I’d like to share a link to a meta analysis of ACV research:https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/34187442/

Here is the link to the lemon juice study: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32201919/

Watch the video to learn why ACV is a win, win, win.

Be well, and train for what you love,

Catherine

Carnivore Confessions.

I have three primary faults: greed, sloth, and vanity.

I have plenty of other faults in different permutations and combinations, but greed, sloth, and vanity are like the three primary colors that mix with black and white to produce an extraordinary spectrum of shades.

My three primary faults get in the way of my usefulness by keeping me out of service.

Greed, which shows up in my overeating and over spending, slows my body down and increases my guilt over debt, waste, and clutter. The guilt makes me want to hide from the world. My food greed shows up as fat that makes me shrink from the work I want to do.

That longed-for work has always been in the arts. The longing to act, sing, and dance for a living has been with me ever since I saw my first musical, “The Student Prince,” with my mother in Chicago when I was six years old. Vanity, my third primary problem, keeps me from pursuing jobs by convincing me that I am not pretty enough to get paid to perform. In the past, sloth and vanity combined to give me the excuse to wait until I looked better to go on auditions or book performances.

My excuses faded away when I went carnivore.

Within days of eliminating almost all plant foods from my eating plan my constant hunger, persistent desire to shop, and obsession over what people thought of me began to disappear.

By week two, I was going to the gym to lift weights, do intervals, and practice dance, in spite of the fact that I used to think I wasn’t fit enough to be seen at the gym. The vanity which shows up as avoidance and insecurity wasn’t getting between me and the progress I needed to make as a performer any more.

Today, my need to look younger and prettier in order to be accepted is shifting into a desire to be strong and energetic in order to be of service.

Carnivore Paradox.

My animal based diet has cleared my mind to the point that I am deeply aware of my impact on the environment due to my dependence on animals to survive and thrive. My family bought young hens, and they are laying most of the eggs we eat now. I drive less by combining shopping trips, especially because I learned that cutting just six miles of driving each day offsets the carbon impact of my diet. Best of all, my greed and vanity have diminished to the point that so many products like hair color, cosmetics, fast fashion, shoes, purses, and the latest decor just don’t tempt me the way they used to.

Carnivore cleared my path from consumer to creator.

I confess that my dependence on animals makes me concerned about my impact on the planet, but by eliminating most plants from my way of eating I end up consuming less of everything else, including meat.

My hope is that everyone can find a way of eating that brings peace and energy to life. If we can shift from and economy of extraction to an economy of experience, we can continue to survive and live fully together.

Fast Fat Loss Plan

Fast Fat Loss Plan: 14 days of food and fitness

Summer Is Here! Enjoy It In Good Health.

My ketogenic food plan enhances your energy, mood, and shape by getting rid of bloating, flattening the belly, and shrinking the waistline. I developed this plan when I was working with my training clients at Gordon Studio, and it was effective for women and men of all ages. Note: check with your doctor before starting a new nutrition and fitness program.

For my book on creating a life long fitness plan you can get my kindle book on Amazon: https://amzn.to/3amo1vi

Here are the guidelines for my 14 day fat loss plan:

  1. Every day: Drink the Freedom Tonic. 1 Tablespoon of Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar, 1 Tablespoon of lemon juice, and 8 ounces of water. You may add liquid stevia to taste to cut the sourness.
    (We had a saying at Gordon Studio, “Hold Your Nose and Drink Your Tonic.”) It may not taste great, but it helps stabilize blood sugar levels, aid digestion, and we all swear by it to increase fat loss.
  2. Every Day: Drink an additional 6 glasses of water. You can make “Freedom Water” by adding cucumber, mint, ginger, and sliced lemon to a large pitcher of water, and finishing it by the end of the day.
  3. Protein: Eat 1 gram of protein per pound of your ideal body weight per day. I’m 5’1″ and although my preferred body weight at age 56 is 123, I go with 110 grams of protein per day.
  4. Carbohydrates: Limit carbs to 20 grams total or less per day. Here is my list of favorite low carb vegetables, along with their carbohydrate grams per serving.
My Favorite Freedom Carbs.

5. Fats: Have enough fat grams to feel satisfied up to 80 grams of fat per day.

Resistance Training 3 Times Per Week

3 super-sets

8 repetitions per exercise. Do a total of three rounds for each super set.

For example:

Super set #1: Squat/Push up

Super Set #2: Romanian Deadlift/ Dumb Bell Rows

Super Set #3: Reverse Lunge/ Bicep Curls

Here are 5 more examples of effective super sets for fat loss and muscle growth or maintenance: Forward Lunge/Tricep Extension, T-Bend/Overhead Press, 1 Leg Sit To Stand/Chin-up or Dumb Bell Pullover, Goblet Squat/Reverse Fly, Bulgarian Split Squat/ Butterfly raise.

You can complete your fitness session with interval training. My favorite style is to use my favorite House and Shuffle Dance steps Tabata Style. Here is an example of Tabata Style Training:

You can do this without weight if you’re a beginner!

The most important goal is to use these 14 days to discover what exercises work best for you.

You can e-mail questions to Catherine@dareshine.com

I’ll be blogging for the next 2 weeks to fill in all of the details for this Fast Fat Loss Plan.

In the meantime, be well, and eat for yourself.

 You can click the sponsored link below for the Kettle Bells I recommend.

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Thanks!

Catherine

 

 

What is a good way to lose weight?

I answer reader questions on Quora, and here is the one I just answered this morning:

“What is a good way to lose weight? I’m always tempted to eat right after I promise myself I won’t, and I end up feeling extremely guilty after.”

Here is my answer:

I struggled with my weight during my youth and young adulthood. I controlled my appetite with cigarettes and diet pills until my mid thirties. When I gave those up, I became obese, and I wasn’t able to stop overeating until I made a major shift in my eating and training habits.

The simplest change in my eating was guided by an old saying among bodybuilders,

“Nothing out of a bag or a box.”

Of course there can be exceptions to this suggestion, but it can help you to think about what is left to make up your menu plans. Consider the outside aisles of your grocery store. Here’s a description of my shopping pattern starting on the left and working my way around the store to the right: vegetables and fruits, dairy, eggs, meat, butter, bacon, and cheese. (No, I don’t go overboard with the last six items.) In order to get nourished and satisfied, I set macro-nutrient targets for protein, fat, and carbohydrates.

There are plenty of satisfying foods in the outside aisles of your grocery store.

Note: I gave up my fitness and nutrition certifications in 2018, and I am careful not to make diet recommendations. I simply share the methods that helped me personally overcome obesity more than a dozen years ago.

The most important idea I want to share is that minimally processed foods satisfy my appetite, while foods that have been processed and packaged leave me even hungrier than I was before I started eating.

A lettuce or cabbage wrap at lunch instead of a traditional sandwich.
Colorful vegetables for roasting.

By writing down my menu in the morning, and following it throughout the day, I avoid cravings and guilt, and I have plenty of energy for working, training, and fun that don’t involve food.

The bottom line is that in order to stop overeating, I had to replace the foods that stimulate my appetite with foods that satisfy it.

My motto is, “Eat for yourself,” and I sincerely hope that this is the year when you will find the nutrition plan that works for you.

My complete nutrition plan including a three day sugar elimination diet, ongoing weight loss, eating out guide, shopping lists, and maintenance plan, is available at Sugarfreedom.com.

My Perfect Carnivore Meal Plan

Perfect macros for my goals: 102 grams of protein, 88 grams of fat, 6.4 grams of carbohydrate, 1250 calories.

One Diet that Always Works

When I was preparing to sing at Carnegie hall in 2019 I had two essential goals for my nutrition plan. It had to allow me to get leaner, and it had to be anti-inflammatory.

When you are a singer, and you eat anything that causes inflammation, the first place you notice it is in your voice. The vocal chords have to lengthen, shorten, and vibrate in perfect sync with the demands of the singer’s intentions.

Getting ready go on.
Onstage at Carnegie Hall

The vocal chords, like the heart and the digestion, are autonomic. Here is the definition of autonomic:

1 : acting or occurring involuntarily autonomic reflexes. 2 : relating to, affecting, or controlled by the autonomic nervous system or its effects or activity autonomic drugs.
Autonomic | Definition of Autonomic by Merriam-Webster

Any inflammation will reduce the vocal chords’ ability to respond to autonomic reflexes.

I Went Carnivore in March of 2018

I expected to lose body-fat and have more energy, but I didn’t expect more glowing skin, more hair growth, smaller moles, and extra high notes at the top of my vocal range. It was as if eating mostly meat and animal foods had reset my body’s growth regulation to increase growth where I wanted it, and limit growth where I didn’t.

How is it possible that one diet could help me lose fat, and grow longer thicker hair at the same time? I believe that the healthy action of the Carnivore diet comes from the way it heals hyperinsulinemia.

Here is the definition of hyperinsulinemia:

Hyperinsulinemia (hi-pur-in-suh-lih-NEE-me-uh) means the amount of insulin in your blood is higher than what’s considered normal. Alone, it isn’t diabetes. But hyperinsulinemia is often associated with type 2 diabetes.
Hyperinsulinemia: Is it diabetes? – Mayo Clinic

I believe that the Carnivore Diet allowed me to improve my insulin response to food to the point that my entire body was able to perform better.

Eating in the Time of Covid-19

When we went into physical distancing in March of 2020, all of my singing events were cancelled, and I decided to go back to a low-carb diet that incorporated many vegetables and some fruits. My appetite increased immediately, and my motivation dropped. I attributed this to the lockdown blues, but since I returned to Carnivore after Thanksgiving a little more than 3 weeks ago, the sun has come out, my motivation has returned, and I’ve even lost some fat.

I have decided to claim the right to eat mostly meat, but I have designed the meal plan I posted here in order to keep my meat consumption at or below the amount of meat consumed by the average American which, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, was about 10 ounces of meat per day in 2019. The meal plan above contains 10 ounces of red meat. It is my opinion that red meat is safe and healthy in the absence of sugar, grains, and processed vegetable and seed oils.

I intend to honor the animals I eat in order to live by living fully with honesty, integrity, and generosity. Now that I eat mostly meat, I consume less of everything, including meat. I look forward to consuming less and creating more.

Here’s to a happy, healthy, productive future for all of us.

Catherine

I Could Have Trained With Vince Gironda

I could have trained with Vince Gironda at Vince’s Gym on Ventura Boulevard in Studio City,CA, but I didn’t. I bought a membership at the Holiday Heath Spa across the street instead.

I wish I had known back in the 1990s when I was pursuing a career as an actor, singer, and dancer that Vince and his wife Peggy did train women at his gym. Peggy was a former showgirl, and she had established the first gyms for women in Los Angeles in order to teach them how to achieve that Hollywood physique.

If only I’d had the courage to ask, who knows what I could have achieved physically with Vince’s help in those early years of my performing career.

Fast forward to 2008.

I’m a stay at home mom trying to figure out to overcome obesity at age 43. I made two changes to my health routine that I’m sure Vince and Peggy would have approved of. I cut carbs, dropped cardio, and I started lifting weights with a focus on excellent form instead of just more weight and more reps.

Within 12 weeks I had transformed my body, and embarked on a new lifestyle, which I have maintained ever since.

Still, something changed four years ago as I finished going through menopause.

I found my hunger, cravings and my waistline creeping up. I also found my strength, optimism, and motivation going down. My Low Carb/Ketogenic diet wasn’t quite maintaining my weight, and my enthusiasm for lifting at the gym was fading away.

In March of 2018, I discovered Dr. Shawn Baker’s Carnivore Diet.

I followed it in order to get ready to sing at Carnegie Hall in March of 2019. After that, my health and happiness started improving, leading up to the Summer of 2019 when my husband and I got to see our son Colin graduate from High School. We were all so happy, and Colin decided to enroll at Columbia College and work in retail while he took his general education courses and considered his future.

I was writing and rehearsing a one-woman show about the Irish Opera Diva Catherine Hayes when Covid 19 hit and upended all of our plans. Still, I am so grateful that my husband is back to work teaching, and my son is working and taking his courses on line. Best of all we are all healthy, but these eight months have left me feeling heavy, sluggish, and sad.

In Costume as Catherine Hayes

This is where Vince Gironda comes in.

Vince was one of the modern pioneers of carnivore, because decades ago he started putting his clients on the Steak and Egg diet. Here’s how it goes according to guys who trained with Vince in the past:

For five days in a row, his trainees would eat as many eggs and as much steak as they wanted to get satisfied at two meals per day, and then they would have a day off to eat whatever they liked, then back on steak and eggs for five days, and repeat until the desired level of body weight and leanness was achieved.

I know that steak and eggs for five days might sound crazy, but I’ve done carnivore, and Dr. Blake Donaldson’s Strong Medicine Diet, so I’m not scared. Of course I would never recommend this approach to anyone else. I’m just an actor. I’ve never even played a doctor on TV, so be sure to ask a real doctor before you try anything like this. Still, nobody will ever know if this approach is safe long-term if nobody admits that they’ve tried it.

Today, I am starting Vince Gironda’s steak and egg diet, and I will follow it all the way to the end of 2020. On the sixth day of each week I will follow my original Sugar Freedom Diet which is low carb, but which includes above ground vegetables, full fat dairy, and a small amount of low sugar fruit. This will be ideal because it will allow for more conventional holiday meals on Thanksgiving and Christmas.

If you are interested in the plan I used to overcome obesity at age 44 you can ===>Click here for Sugar Freedom<===

Although I am looking forward to getting leaner and taking a couple of inches off of my waistline, those aren’t my main reasons for doing Vince’s diet. The main reason is that the more glucose I eliminate form my eating plan, the more energy, motivation, and enthusiasm I have for everything else in life. Why? My research has taught me that sugar and the foods that break down to sugar can have a negative effect on the hormones that control mood and motivation like dopamine. In my next post, I’ll be writing about the science of dopamine sensitivity, and reporting back on my results on steak and eggs.

Until then be well, and always remember:

Eat for yourself.

I am not a food addict.

The term “Food Addict,” is too broad because there are many foods I can eat in normal, sensible amounts.

I am not a sugar addict.

The term, “Sugar Addict,” is too narrow because wheat, rice, oats, and all other grains I have tried to eat make me binge until I can’t eat anymore.

When I eat foods that turn to glucose in my body, the eating madness takes over, and I gorge until I finally collapse into bed and sleep it off.

In the morning my head, joints, and muscles ache.  My hands and lips are swollen, and I feel so desperately sad that I don’t want to go on.

The self loathing used to drive me to eat more of the foods that  bring me momentary euphoria: the sweets and starches that drive my mania.

Back in 2008, I went on a whole food version of the Atkins Diet.  After just a few days, my appetite normalized, and I felt like I was back in control of my eating.  I would experiment with fruit, oat bran, and sprouted grains, and the binges would come roaring back.

I learned not to try to re-introduce the foods that made me gorge, and I added moderate intermittent fasting.  I learned to finish eating by one or two o’clock in the afternoon.  I wouldn’t have breakfast until 16 hours later, and this is how I discovered the freedom of living in Nutritional Ketosis.

In 2013, I wrote the e-program, “Sugar Freedom.”  Over the past 5 years, I have become aware that I need to be free of more than sugar in order to stay in nutritional ketosis.  When I am in N.K. I feel alive and I thrive.  I don’t get the hit and the euphoria that I get from glucose producing foods, but I do get reliable energy, and a steady kind of optimism that allows me to be a reasonably sane wife, mother, and worker.

Yesterday, I went shopping in town with my son.  I had eaten my ketogenic breakfast at 7AM.  By 2PM I was only mildly hungry, but we went to Chipotle for lunch, and I ordered a salad.  I foolishly used some of the dressing that came with it instead of bringing my own.  The dressing has honey in it, and I am still paying the price for eating it as I write this at 8:30 the next morning.

One very good thing, is that the terrible eating episode that I went through afterward finally drove me to find a new word, a true word for what I experience when I eat foods that contain sugar or grain.  I experience Glucomania.  I am a Glucomaniac, and I can only be free of this madness when I don’t eat sugar or grain.