Can low carb heal carpal tunnel syndrome?

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Is a strict low-carb diet sustainable in the long run? And how do you formulate one correctly? Bri Gerwitz has had some amazing results on a ketogenic diet, losing lots of excess weight and feeling great. In this interview she reveals her secrets.

Watch a new part of the interview above, where she talks about how she healed from carpal tunnel syndrome (transcript). The full video is available (with captions and transcript) with a free trial or membership:

Does low carb work long term? – Bri Gerwitz

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The keto diet: “My health has never been better”

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Before and after

Ben has reached fantastic success with a keto diet and intermittent fasting – reversing type 2 diabetes, losing weight and healing all of his ailments.

Want to know how he did it? Here’s how:

Hi Dr. Eenfeldt,

I wanted to share my story, since your site was one of a few that led me to LCHF [keto] originally.

I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in January 2016, as well as high cholesterol and high blood pressure. I’d previously been diagnosed with fatty liver, and had been suffering from gout for nearly ten year. I was only 41 years old, but had the health of a man several years older. For several years, I had bronchitis twice a year, every year. I snored loudly while sleeping, had night sweats, GERD, poor circulation in my feet, post-nasal drip, was easily winded, and my weight had ballooned up to 273 pounds (124 kg) over time. My BMI was 35.0, and my body fat % was approximately 35%.

My diagnosis frightened me, and I did a lot of reading on this and other sites, and was inspired by all the success stories I saw. I started eating LCHF in February 2016, combined with 16:8 intermittent fasting, and have continued to do so ever since. It only took a few months for my A1c to drop from 7.5 down to 5.3, and my blood pressure and cholesterol also normalized. An ultrasound of my abdomen in January 2017 revealed no more fatty liver, and every one of the symptoms I mentioned has been reversed. My weight is now stable at 200 lbs (90 kg), with about 20% body fat, and I just ran my first ever 5K race this past Sunday.

I now feel better than I did in my mid-twenties. My health has never been better, and I thank you for all you do to tell people about LCHF, that food can truly be our medicine.

Ben

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Congratulations, Ben, and thank you for sharing your story!

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Would you get a tattoo showing your level of blood sugar?

A cool new invention by Harvard and MIT researchers is a tattoo showing levels of blood glucose by changing colors.

Sounds like science fiction? Arguably – but here’s how it works:

The inks interact with the body’s interstitial fluid, which transfers nutrients into cells and carries waste out of them. The fluid works closely with blood plasma, meaning it acts as a decent indicator of the chemical concentrations in the blood at a given time.

New Atlas: Color-changing tattoos monitor blood glucose at a glance

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Obesity-related cancers on the rise in the US

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Cancers associated with overweight are making up a greater and greater proportion of cancer diagnoses globally, a new report finds. These cancers are, not surprisingly, getting more common as the obesity epidemic progresses.

The common link? Most likely growth factors like insulin.

It’s interesting when we talk about cancer in this country, we talk about beating cancer and the cancer moonshot initiative, but all of these things are focused on treating cancer, curing cancer. What we need to talk about is preventing cancer, eating better.
– Professor Theodore Brasky

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Perfect Keto Chocolate Mousse

Our friends at The Castaway Kitchen have done it again! Time to indulge in a creamy, velvety, and rich dessert. But don’t worry, you won’t have to feel guilty after trying this recipe. In fact, your taste buds will love you! This Perfect Keto Chocolate Mousse is another delicious way to get your ketones. Not to mention, you’ll also get more healthy fats and nutrients compared to traditional mousse recipes.

The Not-So-Secret Superfood

Those of us on the ketogenic diet love our fats. Of course, we always strive to include the healthiest fats in our diet, so it’s no surprise one of the smartest fat fuels has been incorporated in this recipe.

The avocado, along with its buttery and nutty flavor and creamy texture, boasts many nutritional highlights. One of them is that it is a low-carb friendly plant food with an abundance of 20 different vitamins and minerals. The nutrient dense avocado helps increase the absorption of fat-soluble nutrients, like Vitamin A, which is involved in immune, vision, and cellular functions.

Additionally, avocados are low in saturated fats and high in monounsaturated fatty acids. The majority of fat in avocados is oleic acid, which contributes to a reduction in blood sugar spikes, reduced risks of many diseases, and aids in weight loss.

Other Avocado Benefits:

  • High amount of fiber
  • Regulates blood sugar
  • Helps fight free radicals
  • Does not contain any cholesterol or sodium
  • High potassium content (more than a banana)
  • Promotes gut health
  • Promotes eye health

Did You Know?

The avocado is an Aztec symbol of love and fertility. An avocado tree needs another avocado tree nearby to bear fruit, and when it does, the avocados grow in pairs.

Perfect Keto Chocolate Mousse

Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 10 mins

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1/2 cup frozen cauliflower
  • 1/2 medium, ripe avocado
  • 2/3 cup unsweetened, full fat, canned coconut milk
  • 2 scoops Chocolate Sea Salt Exogenous Ketones
  • 2 scoops collagen peptides (optional)
  • 2 tbsp Erythritol sweetener
  • 2 heaping tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder, more to taste
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp cinnamon, more to taste
  • Pinch of salt

Instructions

  • Combine all of the ingredients in your blender
  • Blend until smooth
  • You will have a cool, dark, smooth chocolate mousse to enjoy!

by Alexander Cunningham

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Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 2
Amount Per Serving As Served
Calories 248 (188 without collagen) Calories from fat
% Daily Value
Total Fat 13.9 21%
Carbohydrate 12.7 (Net: 6.1) 4%
Protein 17.5 (2.5 without collagen)

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

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Calories 2000 2500
Total Fat Less than 65g 80g
Sat Fat Less than 25g 80g
Cholesterol Less than 300mg 300mg
Sodium Less than 2,400mg 2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate 300g 375g
Dietary Fiber 25g 30g

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Keto Drinks: What is Safe to Drink on the Ketogenic Diet?

We talk a lot about keto foods here, but today, it is all about the drinks! When it comes to drinks on keto, plain old water is king. However, sometimes you might want something else to enjoy with meals or as a nice refreshment. So, let’s look at what is safe to drink on the ketogenic diet, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic.

Non-Alcoholic Drinks

Here are some options for every day drinks during the week or the weekend:

Coffee Drinks

Many people turn to coffee for extra alertness. Is it okay on keto? Yes! It can even be helpful if you’re new to ketosis or beginning intermittent fasting and experience tiredness at first. Just be careful what you add to it.

Some coffee ideas include:

  • Plain ole’ black. Enjoy drip, espresso, cold brew, aeropress, iced, etc. as black as coal for all the caffeine without anything added.
  • With milk. Add a splash of unsweetened full-fat dairy, almond milk, or coconut milk to your morning cup or combine with espresso for a no-sugar, low-carb latte.
  • “Bulletproof” coffee. Created by Dave Asprey, Bulletproof coffee includes some special ingredients, but you can easily make your own simpler version at home. Add a good fat source from MCT oil or powder, coconut oil, or grass-fed butter to your coffee and blend. This can be a great option first thing in the morning because you’re getting easily digestible fats that continue the fat burning from your overnight fast, giving you a nice jolt of energy.

Plenty of variation options too when it comes to keto coffee. Like those sugar-laden pumpkin spice lattes? Add some spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves to fancy it up even more. Want a healthy keto mocha? Add some coconut oil and unsweetened cocoa powder for a creamy, chocolatey treat.

Tea Drinks

Most teas have virtually no carbs, so they are a good option for keto drinks. Some different types include:

  • Black teas: Great hot or iced and typically give you the most caffeine and a bolder flavor
  • Green teas: Provide some caffeine plus health benefits and a nice earth flavor.
  • Herbal teas: Herbal teas are free of calories and give you something warm to drink. Go to any grocery store and you’ll see tons and tons of different herbal tea flavors. Just be cautious of any teas containing dried fruit, as they may be higher in carbs.

Try adding heavy cream and a keto-friendly sweetener, such as stevia, to any coffees or teas for an extra treat.

Sodas

You probably know this already but just in case: regular sodas are not keto-friendly! Most of them contain enough carbs in one can to meet or exceed your entire daily carb limit.

There are a lot of sugar-free sodas out there, but most of them contain artificial sweeteners. If you care about staying as natural as possible, we generally recommend avoiding. If you have a soda craving and must follow it, stick with the alternatives:

  • La Croix or other no-calorie flavored seltzer water
  • Zevia sodas: several flavor options, sweetened only with stevia

You can also make your own healthy soda with sparkling water, keto-friendly sweetener, and citrus or other desired flavors.

Nutritious Drinks

If you’re going to drink something with calories, it’s best to make sure it’ll provide some nutrition along the way. Here are some keto drinks with a little more nutritious substance to them:

Non-Dairy Milks

Most nut milks, like coconut milk and almond milk, are okay on keto. Just make sure they are unsweetened and not any reduced-fat or low-fat varieties. If you can do dairy, make sure it’s full-fat and has no added sweeteners.

Smoothies

For something a little more substantial, make a keto smoothie! There are endless options here, and they can be great for a quick meal. Ingredient ideas include:

  • Fats: egg yolks, avocado, nut or seed butters, greens, MCT oil powder, coconut oil
  • Dairy: unsweetened full-fat yogurts or coconut yogurt, full-fat dairy milk or nut milks
  • Produce: leafy greens like spinach or kale, berries like blueberries or raspberries

Add-ins: MCT oil powder, Matcha powder, coffee, exogenous ketones, collagen peptides, protein powders, powdered or liquid stevia (or other keto sweetener), vanilla or almond extract.

Have some fun with different combinations to find what you like best. See some great smoothie recipes we’ve concocted here, here, and here.

Plain Water

Really, this is the best option. A good practice is getting used to drinking solely water throughout the day, especially on keto. Let’s say it again: staying hydrated is so important! It also helps fight fatigue, cravings, and is beneficial for digestion.

If you want to spice it up a little, try adding a squirt or two of lemon or lime juice or a slice of cucumber. Want it carbonated? Add some sparkling water. You can also buy unsweetened flavored waters like Hint, if you don’t want to do it yourself.

Alcoholic Drinks

All alcoholic drinks should be consumed mindfully, but special caution must be taken drinking alcohol on keto. Let’s be clear: all alcohol is a toxin to the body, and any form can low the production of ketones. That being said, if you want to have a drink from time to time, it’s good to know what’s best.

Your safest bet is sticking with the hard liquors, as their sugars are converted to ethyl alcohol when created. This means they won’t affect insulin and blood sugar like other alcohols.

The best keto alcoholic drinks include:

  • Dark liquors like scotch, whiskey, and bourbon
  • Tequilas
  • Rums: The darker it is, the richer the flavor — but avoid any flavored options
  • Vodka: Again, make sure it’s not flavored and doesn’t include added sugars or liquid sweeteners
  • Gin: Avoid any cocktail mixes or flavored gins
  • Brandy
  • Cognac

And if you want to remain in ketosis, stay far away from liquid break a.k.a beer! Also, avoid sugary mixers, cocktails, flavored alcohols, and be careful with wines. For more on which adult beverages are best for a ketogenic diet, see this post.

Take Home Message

There are many options for drinks on the ketogenic diet. The difference here versus food is that we need a variety of foods to be healthy on keto. For drinks, the only necessity is good old water. So be mindful of any other choices and make sure they are conducive to your goals on keto.

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Is drinking coffee with butter and oil the key to weight loss?

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Is Bulletproof coffee – coffee with butter and MCT oil – the key to weight loss? Hardly:

‘Based on scientific evidence, butter is not dangerous, but neither is it particularly nutritious,’ says Dr Harcombe, who is an expert in public health dietary guidelines. ‘So Bulletproof coffee isn’t unsafe, but I’d still urge caution.

‘What people need to realise is that if you start adding extra fat to your diet, you had better make sure that everything else you consume is very, very low in carbohydrates.

‘If you think you can have a Bulletproof coffee and then devour a muffin without any consequences, forget it, you will start to gain weight.

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A high-fat coffee instead of breakfast may be fast and delicious and full of energy. But it’s not the best way to lose weight.

Let’s say you just have a cup of black coffee for breakfast (intermittent fasting) or a small amount of milk in it. You may still end up feeling great (many people, including me, do) and you could still end up in ketosis (if you’re on a low-carb or keto diet) and you’ll certainly lose more weight. Plus, you don’t have to buy any expensive branded coffee or MCT oil products.

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