This post was taken, in part, from The Herbal Toad. Photo credit: The Herbal Toad
Thanksgiving is behind us ... family & friends ... food, food, and more food. Getting ready for company ... cleaning, organizing, then socializing, hugs in a crowded kitchen (why is the kitchen the go to place anyway?) and even more hugs! I feel like our society has lost physical contact opting for fist bumps and video chats. OK, so we have a pandemic and some precautions are necessary. I know too many who have left us too early due to COVID but we all have choices when our health is concerned and whether you are vaccinated or not, it's your choice.
Choices come at a price and nothing is 100%. This post is not about whether or not you should or shouldn't get vaccinated, but more about how to keep yourself protected from getting sick at all.
That being said my little town of Ozark, Alabama has a treasure in its midst. I awakened this morning feeling wonderful after preparing dinner for thirteen. My husband and I have enjoyed good health since before the pandemic and I can confidently credit many of the products at The Herbal Toad. What's even better is the owner, Stephanie, who is a wealth of knowledge and will talk with anyone about how to enjoy good health using essential oils, tinctures, and teas.
This morning I relaxed with my Bulletproof coffee and opened my email on my phone. One of the first emails was from The Herbal Toad. I love this post so much, I wanted to share it.
With so many of us wearing masks and staying indoors more, our immune systems are becoming compromised, which is exactly the opposite of what we are trying to accomplish during a pandemic. To help counteract that negative effect, I want to offer you some science based tips that will help you boost your immune system.
To help keep your Immune System in top shape, essential oils are a good choice. Hundreds of scientific studies have demonstrated the antiviral actions of essential oils. Using anti-viral and anti-bacterial oils can support your overall health and boost your immune system.
One of the best things about essential oils used therapeutically is the ease with which they get into our cells and our bloodstream. Because of their lipophillic (‘fat friendly’) nature, essential oils pass through cell membranes, and make their way throughout our bodies when inhaled or used topically. When inhaled, diffused essential oils penetrate the cells of your respiratory system – in the nose, sinuses, throat, bronchial tubes and lungs.
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Today after my yoga class two women commented they wished they were more like me. They were referring to my devotion to my yoga practice, but what they may not realize is the days they missed, I may have missed as well. And yet, I have my journey. I had to learn to put myself on my own calendar!
While I am pretty devoted to my yoga practice at Timberly's Yoga Studio, I do miss some days - sometimes for a good reason sometimes not.
What everyone needs to know is that I am not perfect by any means. I skip workouts, I make bad food choices (or too much of a good thing, too), and I can Netflix binge in a heartbeat. I don't read as much I would like to, I don't walk everyday, and I still hear the voices of my childhood that make me feel like less of a person.
Let's stop trying to be the best version of someone else and be ourselves. We are all special in our own way.
Now is a good time to put yourself on your own calendar. You're worth it!
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It’s important to keep in mind that not all low-carb diets are the same. There is no clear definition of exactly what constitutes a low-carb diet. Once you determine how many carbs you choose to eat will clarify how much fruit you should consume. Eating Keto? Then no more than 50mg of carbs for the whole day. Eating low-carb? You can have more, but watch which fruit your choose and how much. Your carb intake also depends on your fitness goals, activity, and personal preference.
I, personally, try to stay under 75mg of carbs daily and if I want fruit after dinner, I want to be sure I've been active enough to handle it.
Instead of spending the entire carb budget on 1 or 2 pieces of fruit, it would be better spent eating plenty of low-carb vegetables, which are much more nutritious, calorie for calorie.
Plus, it's important to eat the whole raw fruit. Cooking lessens the nutrients.
Basically, as the graphic show, Keto diets have more fat and fewer carbs and protein. But I think there's more to it than that. I believe the quality of our food is equally important. Soybean oil, corn oil, canola oil are all fats, but olive oil, walnut oil, and MCT oil are better for you. So, it's not just making your numbers work, it's about giving your body the best, nutrient-dense foods you can.
Now, what's the difference?
Keto is VERY low carb, high fat diet that has gained popularity recently. To me, the downside of Keto is the difference between good Keto and bad Keto. There are many products on the market that are Keto, but the ingredients used do not suit my understanding of healthy eating. Over-processed, artificial sweeteners, and substandard ingredients seem to be the norm. Good Keto, on the other hand, uses nutrient-dense ingredients and real food. That is my personal preference. Regardless of good or bad, Keto restricts carbs to 50 grams or fewer per day. This puts your body in ketosis which promotes the use of fat as a primary fuel source.
Low Carb restricts carbs, such as grains, rice, and starchy vegetables, to 10 - 30% of your overall caloric intake, which may lead to weight loss. A low carb diet is a way of eating that restricts carbohydrates, mainly from grains, sugar-sweetened beverages, and bread.
Studies suggest that a low carb diet comprises 10–30% of calories from carbs, although there is no set definition. For a healthy person who consumes 2,000 calories per day, this equals 50–150 grams of carbs.
When following a low carb diet, it’s common to increase your intake of protein, healthy fats, and vegetables to replace the carbs and promote fullness.
Also, by restricting carbs, you eliminate many high calorie foods from your diet. All these factors may work together to reduce your overall calorie intake and promote weight loss.
A low carb diet has been linked to several health benefits in people with diabetes, including weight loss and improved blood sugar control and cardiovascular risk factors. It’s also commonly used to induce weight loss. While a low carb diet may not be for everyone, it can be a viable weight loss option for most healthy people.
So, the choice is yours ... my choice is low carb.
My journey with food has been just that ... a journey. Until recently, I struggled with binge eating though not to any extremes short of annoying myself, but as I approached my seventies I realized my belly was telling me something. I was diagnosed with IBS years ago but when I removed some stresses from my life it went away. Stress is not my friend. Learning to manage it - or in some cases removing it - has made the biggest difference.