The Keto diet is capturing people’s attention because it results in weight loss. Please don’t be fooled by yet another unhealthy fad diet that won’t work. In essence, it is a no carb, high fat and protein diet that resembles Atkins. Both are dangerous because they either eliminate or restrict carbohydrates which are necessary for our energy production. Think of your vehicle and what would happen if you started pouring bacon grease into it rather than gasoline. Our bodies require healthy carbs to function, and therein lies the key. All carbs are not created equal. A diet rich in fruits and vegetables is excellent fuel; cakes, cookies, donuts, and candy not so much!
How dangerous could it be, you ask? Well, if the Keto diet is followed as outlined, your body will begin to dehydrate because we also get a ton of water from those fruits and veggies. Our bodies (brain and muscles) are composed of 75% water. Without that water, the body begins to extract water from your muscles and organs, thus the reason for the rapid weight loss. Folks are actually losing water and eventually muscle mass. These dehydrated muscles and organs can be harmed with long-term consequences.
The science of this diet proves that those who go on the Keto diet actually gain MORE weight than if they would have adhered to a well-balanced diet. The body begins to function improperly, and once fruits and veggies are reintroduced into the body, the body goes into fat mode. Again, picture a cactus that draws all the water possible from the rains in preparation for the hot, dry summer. They plump out!
I’m not a fan of any of the fad diets and believe if any of them really worked, we would never need the next amazing diet! Stick to eating healthy carbs and lean proteins in the right amount. Any extra calorie regardless of its source is excess.
Our local botanical gardens just had Dog Days where they allowed humans to bring their canines it. It was such fun! I was quite impressed with how well behaved most of the dogs were, and I thought I would share some tips and doggie etiquette for you whether you are heading to the dog park, nature walk, or outing:
- Leashes are the law: Always have your dog on a leash. You don’t know how comfortable other humans are with dogs. In some states, they have strict laws and hefty fines.
- Know your dog: If you have an assertive dog, move away from oncoming humans and their pets. Better to be safe than sorry. If your dog attacks another, you might find yourself having to put your beloved pet down.
- Train your dog: Basic commands like sit, stay, wait, heel, down, and no are crucial to positive interactions with others. This is YOUR responsibility as a pet owner.
- Scoop the poop: How is it acceptable in any circumstances to leave the poop on the ground? Carry bags with you at all times.
- Know yourself: Your dog will feed off of your emotions. If you are anxious, your dog will be timid. If, on the other hand, you are agitated, your dog will be aggressive.
- Take it seriously: Yes, dogs are a ton of fun, but we must always be situationally aware and engaged at all times. Don’t be the human running frantically down the street trying to catch your dog that pulled away from you chasing a squirrel!
- Be the leader: If your dog barks or doesn’t mind you, take charge by using a firm voice. You are the human, and they look to you for leadership. When I hear humans use baby talk to their dogs when they have misbehaved, I just want to puke. They are creating a spoiled rotten dog that will cause trouble for everyone.
Love your dog enough to follow proper etiquette so that we can continue to enjoy outings together.
Many people spend more hours in the office than they do at home. This makes it paramount to have healthy foods available. Having foods high in empty calories, sodium, refined grains, hydrogenated fat, and added sugars is adding to the weight crisis Americans are finding themselves in. These foods also don’t feed creativity or productive energy, and that is impacting your bottom line.
Small changes can make a big difference. Look at removing vending machines with candies and replace them with Kind bars or other natural nut and fruit options. Keep your soda machines but provide more flavored water or seltzer options. Have a café? Begin adding more salads and healthy meals to the menu. If you do, you won’t be disappointed with your ROI.
If you have prayed until you have no words left and have cried a river of tears, I have a booklet for you called Time for a SHIFT. God has words of encouragement, and I want to share them with you.