This is just what I’m doing.

Survival for beginning a Ketogenic diet – first, check with your doctor about doing a Ketogenic diet. Chances are they
1.) Haven’t heard of it,
2.) Don’t believe in it when medication is so much more profitable, I mean easier, to give you, or
3.) Have heard of it but have zero knowledge or education about it.

STEP ONE: Decide this is what you want to do.

Once you’ve decided, also decide that you are no longer going to eat for emotional reasons. Celebrating, congratulating or commiserating with food is no longer a “thing”. We eat to fuel our bodies; not because it’s your birthday, your kid is going off to college, you just got a promotion, your just lost your job, your dog died, it’s Christmas/Easter/4th of July/Thanksgiving… these are all emotional reasons. We are not feeding our emotions with food. It’s over. Say goodbye.

Chips, crackers, cookies, rice, pasta, potatoes… say goodbye. These are not fuels that your body “requires”. Once you become fat adapted your body will be fueled by ketones and not empty carbohydrates. You won’t eliminate these things forever, but for the foreseeable future, you will. Adios empty, meaningless carbohydrates!

You are NEVER required to explain your diet to anyone, so don’t fall “victim” to it. I call BULLSHIT on this “excuse”. If you’re going to a family gathering or some kind of a party where you feel anxious about what will be offered, GET OVER IT. Get educated and gain the confidence that what you are doing is what is best for you. Don’t explain yourself. This brings emotions into the equation. Defending yourself can bring on anxiety, fear, insecurity – you are smart. You are resourceful. Get the answers to address the questions if you feel compelled to. I can tell you a simple answer of “I don’t put that in my body anymore” will shut up even the most persistent food-police. People are jealous and insecure themselves, and when they question what you’re doing, they are projecting. Don’t allow it. Move on from the topic.

The question of, “Why are you not eating mashed potatoes and gravy anymore, they’re your FAVORITE!” is easily answered with: “They make me feel awful. And I don’t want to feel awful anymore.”

What will you eat until you’re in ketosis? You will eat fewer than 65 grams of carbohydrates, for many, however – deep and quick ketosis will come when you eat fewer than 25 grams. Yes it’s hard, but you can do hard things.

You will feel like crap. Deal with it.. you’ve done things to your body which require “undoing”.

Make sure you are getting in your magnesium and sodium. Pickle juice is a good idea. Pink Himalayan salt is a great idea. Use it every morning. There are other nutrients and supplements you should consider, but that can come after some reading and learning that you will do.

Make sure you are using essential oils to support your emotions and tell your family you’re going to be a real pain in the ass to deal with until you get this worked out.

If you’re hungry, you’re doing it right, UNTIL ketosis is obtained. If you’re hungry after that, you probably didn’t have enough fat and protein at your last meal. YOU WILL NEED TO JOURNAL YOUR FEELINGS AND YOUR HUNGER LEVELS as a way to “get it out” and vent! DO IT. It works. Pray about it. Complain about it on social media.. whatever it takes to KEEP CONTROL OF IT, and don’t go off track. Just hold tight, the good stuff will happen.

The magic happens BETWEEN MEALS. If you have not embraced Time Restricted Feeding, or Intermittent Fasting you can skip this for now. I like a 16 hour overnight fast, and 4 hours between meals during the day. Agree with this or don’t; it’s how I do things backed by some seriously healing fasting blood sugar numbers which proved to me that it’s working. Also, lower appetite and letting my body HEAL instead of focusing on digesting food every 3-4 hours. I also have POWER in fasting. I KNOW that I can go without food when I need to. I no longer “freak out” when I haven’t eaten for a few hours, I call it a “fast” and then it becomes a game of how long I can push it. The longer, the better. Ketosis gets deeper, healing happens… (This is only true for those who are fat adapted/in ketosis/ketone fueled – NOT for those who still require glucose!)

I need to emphasize how important it is do “DECIDE” to do a ketogenic lifestyle. There are no “cheat days” in ketosis. Once you’re in, you’re in – once you’re out, you’re out.
Once you’re IN, the benefits are enormous: Appetite suppression, sugar cravings are eliminated, you don’t need to eat every 3 hours, your brain uses ketones for fuel which means you’re sharp AF, and once you plow through the keto flu, you will have energy for days.

Once you’re OUT, the bummer begins: Sugar cravings will return with a vengeance and you could even go in the opposite direction, quickly. Appetite will return and you’ll be hungry every 2-3 hours just like before. You’ll have brain fog. You’ll want to eat everything that isn’t nailed down. And most importantly, you’ll need to get BACK into ketosis. (Cheater’s recommendation: – KETO OS.. basically a quick drop into ketosis by putting ketones back into your blood stream. It’s a great way to get the benefits without the work, but if it’s not backed by your eating plan, it’s very temporary. Like, 3 – 4 hours. For the price, I use it when I need a jump back into ketosis.)

“You can not manage what you do not measure”
Write it down, seriously. Why aren’t you writing it down? You’ve heard it a THOUSAND TIMES, but you NEED TO JOURNAL YOUR FOOD. Why? So you can see what you’re doing to yourself! Find where your emotional blocks are, find out how you feel when you eat 2 slices of pie, 14 oreos, 3 bags of Cheetos, a bowl of brownie batter and 9 warm chocolate chip cookies. You see, you shouldn’t just journal your food, but HOW you feel when you eat it. If you’re going to do it, just own it already. “I feel like shit and I’m going to eat a bowl of brownie batter.” Just be sure that afterwards you also journal: “I still feel like shit and the brownie batter didn’t help at all.” Also, “I feel like I could take a 4 hour nap, my heart is racing and my stomach kinda hurts”.. if you manage diabetes or blood sugar levels, CHECK YOUR SUGAR after you do something stupid. That’ll teach ya! Once you see what’s actually HAPPENING in your body when you do dumb things, you can LEARN. Stop ignoring what your body is trying to tell you. IT KNOWS.

Read a book. LEARN why your body does the things it does. Here are some suggestions:

If you’ve been diagnosed diabetic (fasting blood sugar over 100 more than TWICE, or an A1C reading over 7.0) then you’ll wanna scare the crap out of yourself and read this:

Get the BASICS in an easy to read format, here:

…and because you will get asked about your cholesterol levels, you’ll want to read this too:

Here’s where the science comes from for OKL (Optimal Ketogenic Living):

Here’s the OKL chart:

Optimal Ketogenic Living Facebook group page:

Recipes from said lifestyle:

Bulletproof (this is where the coffee recipe comes from):

When you’re ready for IF or TRF, read this:

Women and KETO, lots of good information if hormones are an issue for you:

Trim Healthy Mama is another great way to go – however, it’s not going to be a truly ketogenic plan unless you stick with S meals, which they recommend against.

This was off the top of my head. Feel free to ask questions and once I figure out how to see them and answer them, I will update the post.

I don’t know what I’m doing. Like, with a degree to prove it, anyway.
I read a lot and I just know what worked for me.
Since I get so many questions, I’m sharing that information here, on my “blog”.

I guess that means I’m a blogger. Blargh.

Becky Fangmann


Was it “Just My Imagination”?

Let’s talk placebo effect.  Google defines it like this:
“a beneficial effect, produced by a placebo drug or treatment, that cannot be attributed to the properties of the placebo itself, and must therefore be due to the patient’s belief in that treatment.”

Notice the word “beneficial“, I’ll come back to that in a bit.

Many of you “green” personalities (those who need SCIENTIFIC research and/or PROOF  when it comes to medical  information) consider this phenomenon when you hear about the positive results a LOT OF PEOPLE are having with our essential oils. Many of you who consider this as the “reason” these oils are effective, also have not TRIED them.

“The power of positive thinking is not a new subject. The Talmud, the ancient compendium of rabbinical thought, states that: “Where there is hope, there is life.” And hope is positive expectation, by another name. The scientific study of the placebo effect is usually dated to the pioneering paper published in 1955 on “The Powerful Placebo” by the anesthesiologist Henry K. Beecher (1904-1976). Beecher concluded that, across the 26 studies he analyzed, an average of 32% of patients responded to placebo.” (

Because I consider myself a rational thinking person, sane, and with a healthy mental state – I do question it myself. When I got to looking up what these things meant, I read some really interesting articles that describe what happens when someone is told how they are going to react to something before it’s given, then COINCIDENTALLY! That’s exactly how they react! When I first got my Young Living oils, I kind of accidentally tested this out because I, too, was a bit of a skeptic. I had several clients come in during my normal business day and asked each of them if I could apply an oil to them. I asked if they had any headaches or aches and pains – any stress, etc. I applied my oils to each client, not showing them the oils or telling them “what was to be expected” from each of them. Mind you, this is FAR from a scientific study, but it was enough (combined with my own experiences) to convince me it wasn’t “just my imagination”.

I started client 1’s service, and began chatting the way I always do. She engages me, and is usually wound up and we get to laughing and carrying on. I had started chatting while I was looking down at her hands and didn’t look up to make eye contact for a few minutes because I was focused on what I was doing. When I DID look up, she was literally slumped to the side and she was VERY drowsy. This isn’t something that normally happens with THIS client, during her service. I laughed and said, “Are you going to fall asleep on me?” to which she asked, “What DID YOU PUT ON ME???” I had used Stress Away on her. I APPLIED, I did not MASSAGE – I simply rolled it on her wrists, neck and ears and began my service. Placebo effect? How? I didn’t give ANY indication as to what would be an expected response to this oil.

Client #2: Valor. Applied to wrists, neck and ears, began service. This one became INCREDIBLY chatty and her mood went from stress (from her drive in from the city, in traffic) to happy and relaxed. Later that evening I got a text from her asking to order the oil. Her energy was renewed and she wasn’t exhausted when she went home that evening. Placebo effect? How? I never told her that her mood and energy level could be affected by the oil I was using.

Client #3: Valor, Panaway, Peppermint. Client came in complaining of a stiff neck and shoulder. I asked if I could try my oils, she agreed. In this instance, I did apply a bit of pressure to her shoulder when I applied the oils and worked them in to the area that she told me was sore. I never explained what each oil did, or how they were used – this client COULD probably tell that what I had used had Peppermint and Wintergreen in them since it’s hard to mask that fact. 🙂 Later, she called telling me the oils had done a better job of nailing her pain than her MEDICATIONS had. Placebo? Possibly. She knew what I was applying the oils for, and probably could have guessed that the peppermint and wintergreen was going to give her some relief from her pain. She called me the next day and ordered all three oils, and has since placed multiple orders, regularly. Placebo, or not – she’s getting relief without narcotics.

When you question whether these oils are “for real” or a placebo – ask yourself these questions:

  1. When applied to a child, how and why is their behavior modified (even to a pleasantly calm state) when they have no idea what you’re putting on them or why? Up for debate: perhaps the child just wanted your attention, or the act of rubbing their neck gently and applying something soothing to their ears calmed them down. I’m cool with that – but guess what? The bottom line is that IT WORKED.
  2.  Is it placebo effect when I apply lavender to my cheekbones and I can suddenly breathe? or lavender applied to eczema suddenly stops itching?
  3. Is it placebo effect when pink eye has been diagnosed and lavender is applied to the cheekbones, only to find that pink eye is completely relieved in 2 days?
  4. Is it placebo effect when I rub against poison ivy and my skin becomes inflamed and itchy? Poison Ivy is a plant, just the like the plants that essential oils are derived from. A prime example of how the “oil” from the plant can absolutely cause an effect on our bodies. Do you think poison ivy is the ONLY PLANT on Earth that can have an effect on you?
  5. Is placebo effect running a billion dollar, 20 year company with hundreds of thousands of satisfied users who continue to use and reorder the product each month? A quick example: The group I am on in Facebook had 3800 members when I joined in August of 2013. Jan 27, 2014: 28,704 members. Are that many people PLACEBOED?

My final question: Do you believe in God? If you do, you should not have a hard time believing He created the plants that, combined with our minds (for those who DO believe in the power of the mind) and our immune systems to heal and cure us of a LOT of common illnesses. (I’m not talking CANCER, although I do believe a positive attitude helps, and for the record: I DO BELIEVE DOCTORS ARE NECESSARY, and I do NOT advocate for not immunizing children for communal diseases.)

Remember I said I’d come back to the word “beneficial”? My question is, no matter what is “causing” your relief, is BELIEVING that you feel better using something pure, unadulterated and natural, better ON ANY GIVEN DAY, than using man-made chemicals with often UNKNOWN and harmful ingredients, not to mention the SIDE EFFECTS? I know for ME it has been.
Side effects I no longer encounter:

  • feeling my hair grow (thank you, Percocet, for the indescribable “tingle” that happens and the endless ITCHING that can sometimes be controlled with Benadryl, which will knock you completely out in most cases…)
  • being AGGRAVATED because I can feel my hair grow (and the ITCHING, did I mention the ITCHING?)
  • mood swings
  • sleeplessness (Yes, Percocet and Skelaxin can have an EYE OPENING effect on you – as in, no sleep, for DAYS.)
  • constipation (DON’T EVEN GET ME STARTED)
  • stomach pain (probably because the crap was burning a hole in my stomach)
  • nausea
  • hair loss
  • loss of focus and attention span – FROM LACK OF SLEEP

Maybe I’m just IMAGINING those side effects? No, actually, those are real and documented. NO PLACEBO EFFECT THERE, FRIENDS.

Bottom line, what do you have to lose? You probably have a friend RIGHT NOW, who could offer you a sample of something to treat one of your ailments.

Happy Oiling!

Make and Take Gift Set

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 This is the Make and Take Gift Set I have compiled for the class I’m hosting tomorrow night. I’m super excited about how darn cute these turned out. My sets include:

  • Lip balm
  • Zit Zapper Stick
  • 2 oz Facial Scrub or Moisturizer
  • 2 oz Body Cream
  • 4 oz Sugar Scrub
  • 2 oz Linen Spray or Thieves Disinfectant Spray

Depending on what each person decides to mix into their products will determine the gifts they give. There really isn’t a cut and dry recipe for each item, you basically need a few base products like sugar, distilled water, olive (or other oil), coconut oil, Vitamin E (if desired), beeswax, shea or cocoa butter, sea salt, a little vodka and essential oils.

The basic idea goes like this:

  • Any spray type product is going to have a majority of distilled water. Witch hazel can be used for skin sprays. You will add a touch of alcohol (rubbing or vodka.. I use vodka for the kind I may spray in my mouth), you’ll also need a tiny bit of sea salt (which helps the oils incorporate better into the mixture) and of course, Young Living Essential Oils. (Because who uses anything else?)
  • Any “scrub” type product will have a majority of salt or sugar as a base, a good dose of some kind of oil (olive, almond, coconut – coconut is the most cost effective, but you can add the others as well), Vitamin E is also used in some, and of course YLEO (Young Living Essential Oils) of your choosing.
  • Any “cream” type product is going to have a base of oil (coconut is well received by your body, so that’s what I like to use), and YLEO.
  • The balms and sticks and lotion bars have equal parts beeswax, coconut oil and almond oil (you can change it up, use almond if you like or olive.. it’s a personal preference thing and I know my readers are smart enough to experiment and figure this part out!) If you want your bars/balms to be a little more “melty”, increase the oils, decrease the beeswax. You can also add shea or cocoa butter here.


I love these little tubes. I got mine on Etsy at $17 for 100. You can check eBay and Amazon also… Etsy has had some great prices lately. For the “Zit Zapper” stick, you just get some coconut oil to the melting point (above 77*) and add Purification oil and let them solidify. These will melt quickly and easily on a human’s face! Either store them in the fridge or add a tiny bit of beeswax to keep them a little more firm. I will add lemon (for puffiness) and Melrose (for general skin health) to mine. The lip balms are just beeswax, coconut oil and YLEO. Try lavender and orange, or peppermint and lemon – if you add a little cocoa butter and use peppermint YLEO, you have a chocolate mint balm, yum! Easy peasy.

balm and zapperHere’s another look at some different labels I ended up using because the others are very “Christmassy” – I wanted them to be more universal. So cute!

The labels were just made at using their online label design wizard – I don’t make this stuff difficult!

Who has time for that??

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These are some labels I created  using Avery’s wizard. Because of YL’s requirements, we aren’t allowed to sell anything that is labeled with Young Living information. These are home made gifts, so we’re in the clear. Please don’t label your items with Young Living if you are selling for profit. You may  use “100% Pure Essential oils” in the ingredients, if you list them.


These are the lotion bars I made in my last post.

What allergies?

What allergies?

There’s not much to say about this combo besides “it works!” – wow, I am typically a fall allergy sufferer and I’ve been taking the capsule shown here since the middle of August (2013). I see people around me sneezing, clearing their throat, wheezing – not me! I do have the occasional “post nasal drip” (I never knew that’s what it was called!) but that’s when I’ve forgotten to take my capsule. The nice thing about oils is they are SO QUICK, you can apply topically and get relief within minutes; case in point –

Last weekend my husband and I went to see our boys perform in a band competition a couple of hours away. It was a beautiful day, a little crisp in the morning, but the sun came out and it hit 63* (my perfect temperature with sun!). We were outside all day and it was a little humid, these are the days that are particularly hard on ME because I get congested. He suffers from allergy symptoms almost year around, and that day was no different. We headed home and got in the car – no a/c because it wasn’t hot enough, and with that humidity, he began to “stuff up”. As we drove, I reached over and doused him with lavender directly on his sinuses and down the bridge of his nose, then a good application of lemon on his glands behind his ear. Mind you, I could only reach his right side. In *less than a minute* he said, ‘wow….that’s like magic’! Ha! I asked if both sides were clear and he said ‘no, only the right side’ – PROOF! I handed him the bottle and let him apply to the other side. We drove another 15 minutes or so and he stuffed up again, so we did the whole protocol again. He was clear the REST OF THE NIGHT. Sometimes you have to treat a few times an hour until you get “over the hump” – and that’s what we did. Since, I have made him a roller of lavender, lemon and peppermint that he uses every night before bed, along with Valor, so he sleeps more quietly 🙂

What allergies!?!