Ketogenic Eating for Beginners: What I've Learned and What I've Loved

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Ketogenic eating is becoming popular in the media as celebrities start to share their success and commitment to the way of eating. As my grandmother would say, that’s fine and dandy. But considering this way of eating to be a trend, instead of a new lifesaving and life-changing habit is a pity from my perspective. Our household has been eating keto for two years, and it’s healing our bodies every day.

Here is what I’ve learned and what I’ve loved along the way.

What I Learned

1. Getting through the energy shift of getting started

When you starting eating keto, you are transitioning your body from burning glucose (carbs and sugar) to burning fats (animal fats, butter, olive, avocado and coconut oils AND your own fat!) This transition can cause drain in energy and general feelings of sickness and is known as the keto flu. It usually last one to two weeks. But it is easily treated by replenishing electrolytes. The cure? Salt water! Add pink Himalayan salt to water and drink throughout the day.

2. Discovering where to find information

Ketogenic eating involves a whole lot of learning! You learn to count your macronutrients, about different foods that can replace the carby originals and how certain supplements can aide your well-being. I’ve made this easy for you! You can join my online program and support group here.

3. Being prepared for social hours

It can be difficult to stay strong during social situations at restaurants and bars, especially when alcohol is involved. Bread, pretzels and sugar snacks are low cost and are available almost anywhere! However, as you get serious about keto, you pick up tricks to avoid feeding your face with random foods that pop up in social situations. And you feel A LOT better the next day.

4. It’s not a diet, it’s a way of eating

It’s not meant to jump on keto to lose a few pounds. Keto eating is meant to be a lifestyle switch in which you consciously choose to stop sending your insulin response into overdrive my removing sugars from your diet.

What I Love


This plate is missing fat — the fat we use as fuel for ketogenic eating. Adding a little cheese or olive oil on those cucumbers would do the trick.

1. Feeling full

I’ve tried several diets and in many of them, I usually had to feel hungry at the end of the day in order to see any changes. (And the older I got, the depriving method didn’t help weight loss at all.) But when you fuel your body with fat instead of sugar, hunger goes away. When starting the keto way of eating, the shift may cause you to be slightly hungry or craving of sugary foods. But as you shift into ketosis (fat-burning mode), being constantly hungry becomes a thing of the past.

2. Feeling mental clarity

Ketogenic eating helped me to leave a sugar-induced fog. I stopped moving through the day like a robot and started have greater mindfulness — which led to giving my body the right movement, being more creative and believing more in my abilities to live the live I crave.

3. Knowing it was right for me

I’ll admit, there is a few times I thought for a millisecond that I should stop eating keto. That was because I wasn’t seeing the weight loss come as quickly as it does for others. But in the next millisecond, I would change my mind. Because I KNEW it was doing so much more for me. It was making me feel like a million bucks.

4. Not being sick for a really long time

Since starting the ketogenic way of eating, I’ve hardly ever been sick with a flu or common cold. Once I had a strange bout of allergies that knocked me down, but that was about it. I strongly believe that by eliminating sugar, my immune system has become incredibly strong. I’ll have to look into the science to see if this idea I supported.

I’m helping others learn to eating keto! Learn more about my Ketogenic Lifestyle Igniter Program and Support Group.

Beth Cox Hollingsworth is a marketing professional by day and a life and wellness coach by night. She’s taking the big leap to live the life of her dreams; find clarity and spiritual connectedness through holistic wellness and ketogenic eating, seek self-improvement in all of life’s experiences and bravely live the life that calls.Connect with her on Facebook.

What Breakfast Cereal, Rice, Pizza, Pasta and Bread Do to Your Body — (And the delicious alternative)

If you eat breakfast cereal, pizza, rice, pasta or breads, you need to read this. This is especially for those office types whose day doesn’t include a whole lot of active movement. (Think 30–45 minutes of movement that makes you breathe harder.)

The food most Americans are consuming is damaging our bodies.

Here’s the deal. Every time you eat sugary snacks or a meal that is heavy in refined carbohydrates (such as the foods listed above), your system goes into overdrive to protect you from the consequences. Imagine punching the gas of your car over and over again, all day long.

When you eat cereal or toast for breakfast, punch. When you add flavored creamer to your coffee, punch. When you cut off half of the donut at 10am, punch. At lunch when you eat a salad from Panera that’s loaded with sugary dressing, punch. The hand-full of M&Ms at break time, punch.

You get the picture.

Our bodies are punching insulin into our systems to help break down the sugars and refined carbohydrates. Over and over again.

When you eat a meal heavy in refined carbs and feel the lethargic crash or need to take a nap, your system has been overcome.

When we repeat this behavior for months and years, our systems starts to break down. You know, that time in life when suddenly you can’t eat or drink the way you used to without getting a spare tire around the gut? Our tissues no longer respond to the insulin surge and in a worst case scenario, our mechanisms break. It’s called insulin resistance. This is the cause of type 2 diabetes.

If you’re like me, understanding the way my organs are working is like understanding magic. Sure, I can follow…somewhat. But for me it was about feeling what is going on in your body.

I learned to feel the effects of sugar and refined carbohydrates by experimenting.

I stopped eating sugar. I started tracking the carbohydrates I was eating on a regular basis and lowered that number. I felt what it was like to not have those punches throughout the day. Then I started to feel what it was like to control my hunger and appetite.

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Keto Foods

Full fat, very low carb, wholesome foods that fill you up.

This stuff is reversible, people!

I adopted a ketogenic lifestyle, where I satisfied my hunger regularly be eating fat instead of refined carbohydrates: real, grass-fed butter, creams, coconut and olive oils, avocados, prosciutto, full-fat cheese, meats with fat, salmon. I added lots of vegetables.

Now, I eat less, I’m in control of sugar cravings, I better understand the needs of my body and I’m happier. And it’s my mission to help others feel the same freedom.

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How Ending A Sugar Addiction Changed My Life

How Ending A Sugar Addiction Changed My Life

I’m a big woman! My size and the amount of space I take in this world have always been on my mind. I’m an active woman! I’ve never felt that my body type reflected by behaviors. But instead of creating my own pity party, I decided to dig into the debacle as my grand experiment.