Target Weight Loss – 11 Weeks to Go

Target weight loss - 11 weeks to goI started the 90-day Low Carb Challenge a week ago. Losing 3kg has inspired me, but I haven’t met my weekly target weight loss goal yet. There are tweaks I need to make. One of them is being disciplined. I need to plan and record my food intake every day, not once aweek as I am doing now. I know I can do it. After all, I am now firmly off sugar and carbs like bread, pasta and other starchy foods. I don’t even crave them anymore, which helps a lot.

 

My target weight loss for the next 10 weeks

 

My target weight loss is 10kg (about 22 lbs). I have about 10 weeks to achieve it (I am deliberately not counting 2 weeks – to make allowances for when I don’t meet the target). It means that I need to lose 1kg a week (2.2 lbs) on average. This is achievable I think, but I will have to see. Judging by the results of the past 3 weeks, I am not sure, since my weight loss has slowed down. In fact, I haven’t lost any weight since the initial loss of 3kg. (more…)

“Surviving in a Toxic World” – Book Coming Out Soon

I have been quietly working on my new book – “Surviving in a Toxic World”. I thought I should keep it to myself until the book was published, but then decided to share it with you – both to keep myself on track and also to let you know what was coming. The subject is too important to my heart and too urgent to procrastinate with it. I will explain why it is urgent shortly.

 

Surviving in a Toxic World

 

What is the book about?

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90-day Low Carb Challenge & My Keto Bread Basket

Low Carb Challenge - toasted tortilla chips with chilli dip

Low carb toasted tortilla chips with chilli dip

Today I got a reminder that the 90-Day Low Carb Challenge hosted by Lynn Terry starts on 5 September (see details below). I signed up for it some time ago, and have been looking forward to it, so feeling excited!

 

I believe that it’s a good idea to run the Low Carb Challenge for 90 days, since habits take time to acquire. Plus, 90 days is long enough to see considerable results. And what better time to find yourself lighter and healthier than before Christmas? 😉

 

My own “Low Carb Challenge” – update

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My Low Carb Nutrition – Gains & Losses So Far

Low carb nutritionIn one of my previous posts about low carb nutrition, I shared concerns about not losing weight.  Having read Dr Mercola’s articles, I had come to a conclusion that I was eating too much protein. This would have been replacing the energy my body was not getting from the missing carbs – and interfering with ketosis. This would have been stalling my weight loss. Plus – eating too much protein is almost always bad for the kidneys!

 

Back to tracking nutrients

 

I started recording every day what had been going into my mouth using MyFitnessPal, and yes – I had indeed been eating too much protein. I had to make changes fast if I were to get on track with my weight loss! So I continued recording and adjusting the carb/fat/protein ratio. I discovered that I was eating twice the daily recommended amount of protein, half the amount of recommeded fat and a bit too many carbs (my goal was 16 grams, and I was eating about 23 grams every day).

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My Low Carb Journey – Macronutrients & Calories

My Low Carb Journey - Macronutrients, Calories & Exercise

My low carb cheese cake with almond flour, cream cheese, coconut flour, eggs & stevia.

I have been analysing my nutrient intake since I started tracking my macronutrients with MyFitnessPal, and have made a few discoveries which I believe have been affecting my weight loss.

 

My protein intake has been too high!

 

Apart from learning from Lynn Terry’s TravelingLowCarb.com blog, I have also been doing research online about eating low carb and science behind it. I love science and always try to learn how things work in our body and why. This is what made me do some more search and learning.

 

One of my favourite authors is Dr Mercola. He writes a lot about low carb nutrition, from the point of view of science. So he says that when we start eating low carb we should strictly monitor our protein intake, since excess protein can do irreversible damage to kidneys. This is what Lynn keeps saying too.

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25 Health Benefits of Transdermal Magnesium Therapy

Transdermal Magnesium Therapy - Health BenefitsTransdermal Magnesium Therapy is not a new thing. It has been around for quite some time. Dr Mark Sircus wrote an excellent book on the subject – named “Transdermal Magnesium Therapy”.Dr Carolyn Dean and many other authors have also described in detail benefits and applications of magnesium salts for health and vitality.

 

Magnesium is the 4th most abundant mineral in the body. Without it:

 

  • 300+ body processes would be impossible.
  • Our cells could not produce energy without magnesium.
  • Toxins would not get eliminated. Bones and teeth could not be formed.
  • Our heart and muscles would simply go into spasm.
  • The food we eat could not get converted into energy.

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Quick & Easy Home Remedies for Constipation

Are you constipated? Read on…

We all get occasional problems with constipation. Most of us keep it to ourselves, being so embarrassed that we don’t even ask for help when it is needed. Let me address the “embarrassment” factor first though. If we look at our stool movements as a natural process which happens in our body in order to keep us alive, we will be able to see that there is nothing embarrassing about it at all.

 

This is not to say that we should broadcast it to the world, but taking the “embarrassment” out of the subject means that we can discuss it without going red in the face, at least with health professionals. It is a lot easier to treat constipation when at an early stage – by simply adjusting our water intake and nutrition, than using prescription medicines.

 

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Why Am I Still Not Losing Weight Eating Low Carb Food?

Why am I not losing weight eating low carb food?

Egg muffins with spinach, bacon and cheese

It has been two weeks into my low carb journey. Although I am not losing weight eating low carb food yet (more about it later), I can report several positive shifts in the way I feel:

 

1. The “brain fog” has now gone.  Are you familiar with what it feels like? In case you are not, it is a heavy, muddy and sticky feeling. I used to get so frustrated with it that if I could “vaccum” my brain of the “fog”, I would. It’s the most unpleasant feeling where a mild headache is combined with inabilty to think clearly. I guess there is a reason it is called “brain fog”! 😛

 

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What I Used to Help My Painful Knee

How I cured my painful knee in only four daysA painful knee is not only uncomfortable – it can literally stop us in our tracks – from doing everyday tasks to being unable to walk and exercise. Besides, it can last for weeks, and sometimes much longer.

 

Having relied on magnesium salts for well over a decade, I am a huge fan of this simple but powerful remedy. Don’t get me wrong – I am not trying to say that magnesium salt is a cure-all miracle. But it’s pretty close I’d say! 🙂

 

The more I learn about magnesium, the more I am convinced that many problems would not exist if we were all bathing in magnesium baths or even applying magnesium oil on ourselves at least twice a week.

 

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Magnesium Salts for Chronic and Acute Back Pain

Magnesium salts for chronic and acute back painUsing magnesium salts for chronic and acute back pain has been a subject of discussions and research for a long time. There is no arguing that replacing medications with natural treatments and remedies could save many people from sometimes horrible side-effects which come with taking pain-killers, sometimes very strong.

 

Back pain affects most people at some point in their lives. In many cases, it has simpe reasons, such as a muscle strain (commonly known as a pulled muscle), ligament or tendon injury, or a herniated intervertebral (“slipped”) disk which may press on nearby nerves causing acute pain.

 

Back pain that lasts for more than 2 or 3 months is considered chronic. Chronic back pain may have a number of causes, most common of which could be an old injury or degenerative disease (e.g. rheumatoid arthritis, osteoporosis etc).

 

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Heavy Metal Toxicity – What We Can Do to Prevent It

Heavy metal toxicity - what we can do to prevent itHeavy metal toxicity has been a subject of extensive research for many decades. The industrial progress has brought with itself extensive use of chemicals in all areas of life. It has also intensified the extraction and production of ores, fuel, chemicals, ammunition and many other substances and materials which contain heavy metals. This has in turn created a fertile ground for heavy metal toxicity in all areas of our life.

 

What is a heavy metal?

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Radiation Protection with Minerals

Radiation protection with mineralsThe subject of radiation protection is fast becoming ever more pressing since the Fukushima disaster. The nuclear fallout from the earthquake in Japan is going to be on top of the list for health-conscious people and health professionals for an indefinite period of time. I believe it is important to spread the message of the importance of minerals in protecting us all from radiation, as well as general heavy metal toxicity of the environment we now live in.

 

It is no secret that the economic progress has led to alarming rises in the number, as well as levels, of heavy metals in the air we breath in, the food we eat, the water we drink. Under normal, healthy environment with nutritionally abundant uncontaminated soil and clean air and water, the body would receive all the nutrients it needs to perform all the cleaning and detoxification procedures efficiently. However, we do not live in an ideal environment, and unfortunately things are not getting any better.

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Heart Disease, Stroke & Insomnia – UK Research Findings

Heart disease, stroke, insomnia - how they are connectedHeart disease, stroke and insomnia are directly connected with each other according to the latest reaserch conducted in the UK. Burning the candle at both ends increases your risk of suffering from a stroke or heart disease and dying prematurely, new research suggests.

 

“If you sleep less than six hours per night and have disturbed sleep you stand a 48 per cent greater chance of developing or dying from heart disease and a 15 per cent greater chance of developing or dying of a stroke,” said Professor Francesco Cappuccio from the University of Warwick Medical School. He also warned: “The trend for late nights and early mornings is actually a ticking time bomb for our health so you need to act now to reduce your risk of developing these life-threatening conditions.”

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Reasons to Use Far Infrared at Least Once a Week

7 reasons to use far infrared at least once a weekThere are many reasons to use far infrared for better health. First of all, far infrared is not some recent technological invention. It is part of nature. The sun emits far infrared, and so do humans and animals. Far infrared is an invisible spectre of sunlight of between 4-1000 microns – the longest of the infrared range. Only the smallest range is useful to us though – 6-14 microns.  80% of far infrared is produced by the sun.

 

It is not only the sun that produces far infrared – our body does too. When we are ill, the production of far infrared is diminished, which makes the metabolic rate slow down. We start to feel cold and lack energy as a result. Far infrared supports all the life processes in the cell.

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Natural Zeolite Detox from Heavy Metals & Radiation

Natural Zeolite DetoxWith radiation leaking into the environment and the ocean, we need to think about ways to remove heavy and radioactive metals out of the body, and prevent their accumulation in our cells and organs. Natural zeolite detox is one of the best and most effective ways to clear the body from heavy and radioactive metals.

 

What is zeolite?

 

Zeolite clinoptilolite has been used for decades in various areas of industry and agriculture due to a number of properties: its ability to absorb toxins and poisons, odours, enrich soils and change their chemical structure, as well as a filtration agent.

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Dehydration – Why It Can Be Fatal. Water for Detox.

Water - Most Important Nutrient. Its Role in Detox. Dangers of Dehydration.Water is a basic and most important nutrient for all living organisms and is critical to life. The human body contains 70% of water. Losing even an insignificant percentage of water results in severe dehydration which can be fatal.

 

Water supports the digestion of food, absorption, transportation and use of nutrients and the elimination of toxic waste from the body. Water inside us is the ocean which is needed to keep us alive. We can live without food much longer than we can without water.

 

An average human body contains about 70% of water by body weight. A newborn’s body is about 75%, while some elderly and/ or obese people may have as little as 45% of water. Water content in the body is determined by gender, age, fitness and general health. For example, a male body would normally contain less water than a body of a female. Older people lose water from tissues as they age, so they would have less water in their body than a younger person.

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Five Reasons Most Diets Fail & How to Succeed

Five reasons most diets fail & how to succeedWould you agree that few people can say that they haven’t tried to diet at least once in their life?  And in so many cases success is so short-lived… It has happened to me more than once, which made me ask myself – why do most diets fail to bring long-term results?

 

What normally happens is that we see a friend who has managed to lose some weight, ask her how she did it. She shares the latest diet tips with us. We read more about it online.

 

We find more raving fans of the diet on media websites. We get excited about it, and decide to give it a try. Eventually we commit to doing it, especially if a special event or a summer holiday are on the cards.

 

We starve ourselves for a few weeks (like I did with Weight Watchers), eat cabbage soup until we want to puke, or whatever the diet in question tells us to do. If we are really tough on ourselves and stick to it, we manage to achieve a desired weight and the look we have made so much sacrifice for. What happens next? We relax, decide that we have suffered long enough, and deserve a reward. That biscuit is not going to do much harm…  And maybe one more… (more…)