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Never Thought I’d do the Keto Diet! The Secrets I’ve Learned!
Scott Collins Naturopath
Don’t you just feel like rolling your eyes back when someone starts talking about diets. So not being one for promoting diets or jumping on fads, in late 2019 I decided to give Keto a crack. Now in my 50th year, I have found that stubborn belly fat was becoming a little hard to shift, so I decided to do the Ketogenic. As you get older, you learn to never say never, as I was pretty surprised saying yes to a diet.
In principal the Keto Diet is a high fat, moderate protein and low carbohydrate diet. The reason I looked at keto was because what I was doing wasn’t working. I was eating a whole lot of grains and these “So-Called Wholefoods” were ending up on my belly. I was drowning in carbs especially grains. What I found that these grains were spiking my insulin
What surprised me was how easy it was to transition from a diet significantly made up of grains to one that is virtually nil. So all I had to do was kick the grains and increase my good fats and make sure that I had enough protein and low carb veggies (ie no sweet potato, pumpkin, and potato). It was fascinating to see how quickly the weight around my middle started shifting and I also noticed body was looking stronger too.
Just as Intriguing I wasn’t doing that much more exercise and yet the keto diet was working. OMG, I wish had done this so much sooner. Grains? Yep, grains where contributing to my abdominal fat and boy did I love grains. (We’ll talk about grains in more detail another time). For now, sticking to a low carb no grain program was working.
I had reached a point that I noticed I had plateaued, so began the search for more answers. And what I am about to tell is you is a “DOH” kind of moment. After doing more research what I found that the grains/carbs helped my body to retain water.
During the diet my urine started to become a darker colour, which is typically a sign of dehydration. Yet, I was drinking water! From the research I found that the no grains / keto diet I was doing was contributing to me losing water and fast. When you burn fat, the body needs a lot more water, requiring 2.5litres minimum per day. Keeping an eye on water intake is essential if you’re doing a keto diet! So I started to up the water. S
The signs of dehydration on a keto diet may appear as dizziness, flu-like, fatigue, dark urine and nausea.
If you are feeling horrible on a keto diet it could that you need more salts. Salt is as critical as water. If you are losing water, you’re also losing salts (minerals). On a restricted keto diet, you may not be consuming enough salt and this can have an impact on how you feel. According to Australian Government daily salt requirements are approximately 2000mg per day. So you could need more if you’re exercising and sweating losing electrolyte salts.
One trick is to add lake salt or minerals into your water whilst on a keto diet. Minerals like magnesium and potassium can also be affected. You may need to add a broad-spectrum mineral supplement as another consideration. It’s easy to get distracted when it comes to calculating water intake so find a 600ml-1000ml bottle so you can work out how much you have consumed each day. Just add minerals or salts to the bottle water and now you can calculate salts and water consumption.
Is there a Connection to Breast Cancer and Heavy Metal Toxicity?
Scott Collins Naturopath Consciousness Coach & Founder of Grasses of Life
With the overwhelming tide of industrialisation and the insatiable demand for minerals by industry heavy metal toxicity poses a serious risk to human health. Heavy metals such as Cadmium, Lead and Mercury have been well studied and well documented in regard to causing detrimental health effects.
It’s almost impossible to avoid heavy metals on a daily basis, coming from dietary sources (soil contamination), occupational sources and from the environment. Exposure (or a build-up in the body) is highly connected to an increased risk of cancer development.
It’s no surprise to discover, Cancer is now the 2nd leading cause of death globally according the World Health Organisation. Cadmium is one such metal that represents a serious risk to human and with strong associations to the development of prostate cancer and breast cancer. It’s believed that cadmium causes oxidative stress which alters gene expression and Damages DNA.
Exposure to Cadmium is primarily from cigarette smoke (direct and indirect inhalation) and predominantly dietary sources for non-smokers. The problem with Cadmium is how the metal behaves like oestrogen. Cadmium is a metalloestrogen, which is a class of metals known to mimic natural oestrogens of the body. Surprisingly, Cadmium caused oestrogenic responses in the body affecting the endometrial lining, progesterone receptors, mammary tissue density.
Cadmium’s influence over breast tissue is significant which affects gene expression as well as altering normal tissue development. Of concern is how Cadmium increases tumour cell proliferation, and problematic in hormone dependent cancers. There is a great need for research in this area but enough to warrant a strong a suspicion around Cadmiums role in the development and progression in Breast Cancer.
Specific nutritional interventions are well warranted, in addition to specific chelation strategies as a proactive strategy to increase the elimination of protagonist heavy metals from the body and re-balance trace elements (minerals).
Wonder Why You’re Tired and The Connection to Food?
There are many reasons as to why the human body is fatigued? You only have to think about your job, your kids, your bills, poor sleep and the endless lists held in your head that’s using up your mojo. Let’s just call it what is “Stress”. This endless line up of stress is having an impact! This constant stress can lead to Adrenal Fatigue and most of affect your experience of Life.
What if you are making it worse simply by having a meal?
I think this is a big fat “YES”, just by eating a meal you can be using up your precious mojo! Many of us have experienced a food coma, that sleepiness that takes over after eating a meal. Eating food used up a huge amount of body resources! It’s one of the most energy sapping things we do, and don’t even think about getting a good night sleep if your gut is busy all night breaking all that food up into little bits to be absorbed.
If you think about your gut or Stomach, like a bucket, you’ll start to get the picture. Imagine chucking in a bunch of different foods, fats, sugars, starches, alcohol, desert, proteins (meats) and then hope like heck your gut can sort this mess out. This is complicated and energy sapping for a body that’s already tired and stressed.
The bottom line is this, stress = I am in danger! When you are in danger you’re not going to stop for a meal, the body going to minimise digestive function until you are safe. This can affect how you absorb vital nutrients.
Ideally it’s time to deal with the stress and give it the boot and make radical change to how you do life. As a Naturopath and Life Coach there is magic in rethinking life. But in this moment there might be a faster solution. We have found that specific foods contain natural enzymes that can take the pressure off the gut.
If you know my history I suffered with gut problems for years until I became a Naturopath. I found that my gut was sluggish and needed help. Today I am symptom free of the health condition but I still need to be vigilant. I enjoy consuming PapayaPlus with meals, which I have found personally helps reduce the digestive load. After years of suffering I am really vigilant with my digestive system.
I love Papaya for that reason, as it contains a digestive enzyme called Papain. Enzymes have really made a difference to my life especially when I have been enslaved by life stress. It has made the difference between a great night’s sleep and one that was not.
Scott is a qualified Naturopath and Nutritionist and the found of Grasses of Life, we recommend seeking professional health advice before making changes to your diet and lifestyle. You can see more about Scott here. www.scottcollins.com.au
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A Letter to Me.
I wanted to say I’m sorry. I’m sorry for forgetting who I really am and for denying myself the connection to who you really are. I’m sorry for not taking better care of you, resting and nurturing you more often. I’m sorry that we worked long hours, stayed back late, argued and most importantly, I’m sorry for thinking less of you. I’m sorry for filling you with toxic emotions, peoples and poor food choices.
Please forgive me as I now see you, I appreciate you, I love all the unique gifts and talents that are you. Please forgive me for all the times I was hard on you and not understanding all that you are. Please forgive me for allowing anger and guilt to brood within me. Please forgive me those times I hated you and was repulsed by how you look. Please forgive me.
I love you. I love all the beautiful skills, talents and gifts you embody so magnificently, I love how you love and how you love to be the child. I love how you love nature and I love that you are intelligent, healthy and consciously aware and awake. I love the journey you have creates and are continually creating. I love you for all that you and bring to this world.
Thank you. Thank you for growing and learning. Thank you for your willingness and vulnerability to say sorry. Thank you for your forgiveness and understanding. Thank you for never quitting. Thank you for your openness to experience love and friendships. Thank you for looking after us in times of need. Thank you for your resilience to be all that you are and love all that you are.