Fasting & Keto

Over the last few months, I have been researching for my next venture for my eatingright.info and have found a combo of things to try in an effort to find a healthier lifestyle.

Last year, I focused on giving up all processed foods to see where that gets me on the scale. By phasing out the processed foods and exercising, I dropped only about 25 pounds. I could tell that my body wasn’t craving those processed foods anymore and when I did indulge in something that I used to eat that was bad for me, I would have stomach aches almost immediately. So, my body was clean and my body rejected those  bad foods.

Summer brought a lot indulging and I just watched myself balloon back to my original 230 pounds. With day temperatures around 100+ I stopped taking my nightly walks, I did however swim every night for about 8 weeks.

I have heard a lot of people talk about the Keto diet and I hate the word diet, I’d rather try to change my lifestyle for the long term than try some fad diet.  I guess it took me over a year to read labels and stop buying processed foods by incorporating healthier choices into my daily eating routine.

So, I came across this article on Healthline.com, on Intermittent Fasting (IF) the 16/8 method. I have always thought about doing a fast or a cleanse to clean out my system, but this 16/8 method works pretty well with my current daily routine.

Simply, you fast for 16 hours and then eat within an 8-hour window. You sleep through half of the fasting hours so it’s not too bad. After waking in the AM you can drink water, tea or coffee until you hit your 8-hour eating window.

During this fasting time your body will start burning fat stored in your body for energy. I have quite a lot of fat, so I am happy about this part of the process.

I decided to combine my IF with Keto and Paleo foods. I have never paid close attention to my carb intake because I don’t usually eat a lot of carbs to begin with except my beautiful IPAs, ouch! They are loaded with carbs, 2 of them would max out my carb quota for the day! Check out this website called, getdrunknotfat.com it breaks down the carbs in all your alcoholic drinks.

I just got a stationary bicycle that I can ride for the remainder of these hot summer months while it is too hot to walk. I will be continuing my swimming into the fall.

I’m going to try this for 90 days and report back to you once a month with my stats.

Wish me luck!

Kimchi

Kimchi is a spicy condiment that has helped Koreans maintain the No. 2 slot for the least obese people on earth, just behind Japan. Koreans consume about 40 pounds of this spicy vegetable in many different forms; cabbage, radishes, cucumbers, carrots and more. This fermented cabbage made it’s debut around the 7th century, but the version we commonly use today started in the 18th century with the addition of chili peppers to the mix. For Koreans this is more than one of their staples, it is a comfort food and it is actually good for you.

How many of your comfort foods are good for your body? In our twisted Westerner’s mindset, we have equated comfort food as something that is a once in a blue moon guilty indulgence, something that is actually bad for our health. Mac n’ Cheese, Fried Chicken and Gravy just clog my veins with unhealthy fats and toxins just thinking about it.

If you really can’t live without your comfort foods, doctor them up with Kimchi. Mac n’ Cheese tossed with Kimchi, Kimchi Grilled Cheese, Kimchi Tacos, Kimchi Omelette. I always like to top off my favorite grilled cheeseburger with some Kimchi.

Cabbage helps detox the body, ridding the body of toxins clinging to the walls of your intestines. Kimchi stimulates your bowel movements, cleans out your digestive tract and fights constipation. Kimchi is an excellent source of probiotics to aid your cardiovascular and digestive systems. In addition to limiting obesity, Kimchi can assist with diabetes, cholesterol, gastric ulcers, cancer  and has anti-aging properties.

You can find Kimchi in the produce section of some grocery stores or go to an Asian store, a 32 oz. jar of Kimchi Cabbage (usually bok choy) is around $5. If you are a spice wimp like me, you can dip it in a dish of soy sauce or better yet, use Bragg’s Amino Acid sauce, to take the sting out of it’s bite.

You could also make it yourself, if you don’t mind the stench of fermenting cabbage in your kitchen. A nice substitute for the bok choy would be Napa cabbage. Here is a nice easy Korean recipe from epicurious.

High in fiber, Kimchi is packed with Vitamin A, B1, B2 and C, with a nice amino acid package and minerals like; iron, calcium and selenium.

Put Kimchi on your next shopping list and start adding it to your diet, you can eat it with almost any meal.

Eat Right & Be Well!

Probiotics

Probiotics are healthy bacteria that promote a healthy digestive tract, where 60-80% of your immune system can be found. For good gut health the body needs good bacteria (probiotics).

Some excellent choices for adding probiotics to your daily diet include;

Ginger, Kefir, Kimchee, Miso, Sauerkraut, Greek Yogurt, Dark Chocolate (70+%), Green Beans, Olives, Sour Dough Bread, Cottage Cheese, Tempeh, Soft cheeses (cheddar, gouda, parmesan, swiss), beer and wine.

Here are some ways to enjoy these fantastic probiotics;

Grate Fresh Ginger: I add fresh Ginger to my juice schorle every day.

Kimchee: Pick up some at your local Asian store, I add some of Bragg’s Amino Acid to reduce the spiciness.

Miso: You can buy white or red miso paste at Sprouts. Add it to your soup broth or stirfry.