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: showmehowto.pruvitnow.com – 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:
https://smile.amazon.com/Diabetic-Body-Owners-Manual/dp/1412713048/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1482784585&sr=8-1&keywords=the+diabetic+body

Get the BASICS in an easy to read format, here:
https://smile.amazon.com/Keto-Clarity-Definitive-Benefits-Low-Carb/dp/1628600071/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1482781015&sr=8-1&keywords=keto+clarity

…and because you will get asked about your cholesterol levels, you’ll want to read this too:
https://smile.amazon.com/Cholesterol-Clarity-What-Wrong-Numbers/dp/1936608383/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1482781066&sr=8-1&keywords=cholesterol+clarity

Here’s where the science comes from for OKL (Optimal Ketogenic Living):
https://smile.amazon.com/Art-Science-Low-Carbohydrate-Living/dp/0983490708/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1482780957&sr=8-1&keywords=the+art+and+science+of+low+carbohydrate+living

Here’s the OKL chart:
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Optimal Ketogenic Living Facebook group page:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/OKL4Vitality/

Recipes from said lifestyle:
https://www.facebook.com/oklrecipes/?fref=ts

Bulletproof (this is where the coffee recipe comes from):https://smile.amazon.com/Bulletproof-Diet-Reclaim-Energy-Upgrade/dp/162336518X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1482780986&sr=8-1&keywords=the+bulletproof+diet

When you’re ready for IF or TRF, read this:
https://smile.amazon.com/Complete-Guide-Fasting-Intermittent-Alternate-Day/dp/1628600012/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1482784342&sr=8-1&keywords=jason+fung+complete+guide+to+fasting

Women and KETO, lots of good information if hormones are an issue for you:
http://www.healthfulpursuit.com/

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.

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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
Missouri

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I have found Joy.

So I’ve been on this journey with Young LIving since August 2. Not a single OTC med has passed my lips since then, but I have a dirty little secret.. I have taken Rx diet pills in the past. On my “promise” to attempt to stop all of these pharmaceuticals, I did find myself wondering what I would do to get that “high” I feel the first 3-4 hours I take Phentermine.

“Oh man.. I love that feeling.. and the appetite suppression”, I thought. “Maybe I’ll just take them every other day, or half a day and not tell anyone..”

Duh. Obviously, I can’t do that and call myself “honest” about the oils I’m using – and remember who suffers when you cheat? YOU DO. I can’t lie to myself and think oils are working for me if I’m taking MEDS that will absolutely cause a reaction or effect in my body. I can’t, with good conscience, tell someone to try what I’m doing – only for them to say later, “those didn’t work for me”. I HATE hearing that – I am NOT out to ‘make a buck’, I want to HELP my friends and family who have told me about their personal and private health concerns.

It just hit me, literally 15 minutes ago. I have that “feeling”.. the euphoric, “wanna-hug-everyone” and shower them with compliments and praise.. the “let’s go for a run!” feeling.. the feeling I used to get with Phentermine. WHAT?! YES! that feeling! I’m on Facebook being NICE, I’m looking for documents and digging through my reference book to try to answer EVERY SINGLE QUESTION I see on Lemon Drop Lounge – I’m HAPPY, I’m SILLY, I’m GIDDY………..wait, I’m JOYFUL!

It’s been a couple of weeks since I have regularly diffused Joy. The other night I decided to plug in a diffuser on my desk because the “cold/flu” thing has been trying to get in around here, and I am not going to fall victim. My desk is HUGE..it’s a great big, stupid SCRAPBOOKING desk (it’s a perfect square and annoying as hell) – and it’s hard to move and get behind, which is why I haven’t gone through the hassle of plugging in a diffuser here. Since I finally did (apparently it takes the threat of viruses to do so) – I have been diffusing Thieves and Purification. (which I have heard for months and thought, “that’s got to be a strange smell” – but it’s WONDERFUL! It doesn’t smell anything like you think! and if you hate a smell of an oil out of the bottle, try it diffused – trust me) This morning, I had brought in my empty bottle of Joy and threw it on the desk so I could remove the label and use it later for a roll on or a sample. I opened the bottle and found a few drops were left, dropped them in the diffuser – and off I went. I had NO IDEA HOW MUCH I’VE MISSED IT! It’s been diffusing for about an hour, I ran upstairs to make some Teavana (I love “Weight to go! Pu-Erh”) and came back down to start on my tasks for the day. Within 10 minutes, that “FEELING” came.. I feel FANTASTIC, I am euphoric and energetic! I feel HAPPY!

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Thank you Lord, for your happy oils! 

http://www.youngliving.com/en_US/products/essential-oils/blends/joy-essential-oil

“Joy™ is a luxuriously exotic blend with uplifting overtones that creates magnetic energy and brings joy to the heart. When worn as cologne or perfume, Joy exudes an alluring and irresistible fragrance that inspires romance and togetherness. When diffused, it can be refreshing and uplifting.”

Ingredients

Bergamot (Citrus bergamia), ylang ylang (Cananga odorata), geranium (Pelargonium graveolens), rosewood (Aniba rosaeodora), lemon (Citrus limon), mandarin (Citrus reticulata), jasmine (Jasminum officinale), Roman chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile), palmarosa (Cymbopogon martinii), and rose (Rosa damascena).

While I’m at it, I want to share this article that actually made me cry. I have been saying this for years, I have been trying to persuade friends and family to understand this. I am begging you – please read it. We are becoming a drugged society.. zombies. People who can’t feel anything, kids who can’t COPE without a crutch. ANYTHING that you use to cope, is a DEPENDENCY. Please please please…. consider the discussion with your doctor about quitting these meds.
http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-11688/want-to-stop-your-antidepressant-heres-how.html

This isn’t my image, but it’s adorable:
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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!?!

I have found something.

Here we are, 2013. It’s been four years since I started my blog of three posts under another name. Fast forward to August 2013 – what happened to me, you ask? Where have I been? I know, so many of none of you had been missing me – three posts does not a blogger make. Let’s try again!

Hi, I’m new!

I just finished a 4 mile walk on this beautiful day, which always forces me to reflect. It was interesting when I logged in to WordPress to see if I even remembered my password, let alone user name; I felt like I wanted to talk. Often times, when that happens, I just want to talk and be heard, acknowledged, appreciated. I don’t want you to talk back, because in this mood, I don’t care what you have to say. Isn’t that bitchy? Kind of, and that’s honest. But that’s how I get sometimes, and I know I’m not alone. When I’m finished talking, I’m always happy to listen!

Although this “mood” seems to garner feelings of discontent, unhappiness, sarcasm… I am truly in a grateful place. The trees are majestic, the sky infinite, the path ahead of me carved and I feel ready. Ready for what, though? I don’t know. I’ve discovered something new and miraculous (for lack of a better term, and appropriate, in my opinion) and I want to shout it from the mountain tops.

I have found something!

Something that relieves my chronic pain. Something that makes me sleep better. Something that helps my diet. Something that makes my husband sleep more quietly. All from God’s creation, not man’s poor, synthetic attempt to copy His great work.

Now I am a religious person, but I am a little more private about it than some… I believe, completely, in God and am a very strong Catholic woman. However, I also believe in giving people space and respect that not everyone believes how I do. I believe in quietly being an example to those around me. I float from my Christian behavior from time to time – sometimes you may even wonder if I AM Christian with the way I talk, gossip, cuss and carry on; be assured, I am. I also happen to be human, and a sinner. Don’t judge me because I sin differently than you. All of that being said, I truly believe my prayers are being answered in  what I’ve found. My mother in law passed this summer. Before she died, I asked her to ask God if He would please help me with my pain.

I believe she asked Him. And I believe He answered.

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Rest in Peace, May. I know you are still watching over and taking care of us. I love you.