How to Soothe Anxiety of Eating and Anxiety for Sweetness in the Ketogenic Diet

Many of us can agree with the fact that the most challenging thing when wanting to lose weight may be cravings. Not knowing how to calm the anxiety of eating and anxiety for sweets is one of the biggest reasons why most women do not reach their goals.

The flood of cravings attacks us a few days after starting the ketogenic diet. This is because when we stop eating carbohydrates, our body uses its glucose stores, and at the end of this reserve, it starts asking us to give it more glucose in the form of carbohydrate foods.

And the worst of all is that in the middle of the ketogenic diet when you are more excited about the change of life that you are beginning to do, there is always someone offering you food that you should not eat. You feel that you don’t have enough willpower to resist. You doubt your ability to achieve it. And you give up!

And then come to the feelings of guilt and abandoning your plan because you think you simply don’t have enough willpower.

It is NOT about having willpower. It’s about knowing what to do to PREVENT cravings and fight them in case they are very strong. So today, I want to share with you 3 things you can do to resist cravings when making a ketogenic diet.

1. Keep you full

You must understand that doing a ketogenic diet does not mean that you have to go hungry. This is not a diet where you are going to reduce calories or the amount of food you are going to consume. It is a diet where you will only change the type of food you eat.

Therefore, the first mistake many people make when doing the ketogenic diet is eating very little because they are on a diet.

The word “diet” is nothing more than a term used to describe a style of eating, NOT a food restriction.

So DON’T STAY hungry. Eat the allowed foods until you are satisfied, and if you are hungry again, eat again. This will prevent you from being too hungry during the day and that your body starts asking you for food that you should not consume.

2. Choose Foods You Like 

Many times people make the mistake of just eating salads or unsafe foods that they DON’T LIKE because they have the misconception that being on a diet means eating salads, broccoli with chicken, or boring and tasteless foods.

And when you are eating only foods that you don’t like, you will naturally want to eat foods that you feel like. Therefore, modify your own dishes to those that are keto compatible. Replace vegetables that are high in carbohydrates with some low in carbohydrates, white flour with coconut flour and almond flour, sugar with stevia, monk fruit or erythritol, or add sauces, butter, cheeses, and many spices.

And from time to time, look for keto recipes on the internet that look delicious, and you want to eat. Eat keto dishes that taste really tasty, and you like to eat, so you don’t feel that you are in restriction.

3. Have Keto Snacks and Desserts on Hand

The same happens when we go on a diet, we think we have to stop eating. We think we can only eat 3 times a day. That snacks are not allowed, and that desserts are out of limits. That to succeed, we have to leave EVERYTHING at once and be completely PERFECT all the time. However, this is completely false, especially when you are just beginning to make changes in your diet.

Success is achieved by making small and gradual changes. If eating keto snacks or desserts helps you fight the craving to eat processed foods high in sugars, then why not eat them?

So it is a good idea that when you get unstoppable cravings, you have the freedom to eat a snack or some keto dessert from time to time, even if you do not lose weight immediately or get off at a slower pace.

IT IS ALSO VERY IMPORTANT that you remember to have them READY ALREADY IN HAND so that when you grab a craving, you can immediately consume it without accommodating the temptation to eat carbohydrates.

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MCT Oil: What it is and How to Take It to Accelerate Weight Loss with Keto

What is MCT oil, and why is it the best ally of keto-ers? Do you know how MCT oil can accelerate your weight loss? Well, the magic of MCT oil is that it can be converted into ketones very easily and quickly. 

But before going into details about why it helps with weight loss and how to use it, let’s talk about what it is.

What is MCT oil?

The MCT oil is a supplement that is often added to the bulletproof coffee, salad dressings, ketogenic shakes, and teas on the ketogenic diet.

It is a medium-chain triglyceride oil (MCT) that is most commonly extracted from coconut oil.

As the name implies, this type of oil contains medium-length fat chains called triglycerides. Due to their shorter length, MCTs are easily digested and converted into fuel (ketones) almost immediately after ingestion. 

Benefits

Although this article focuses more on the benefit of weight loss, MCT oil also offers many other health benefits that are extremely important that you know.

Among the benefits of MCT oil are the following: 

1. It can reduce the risk factors for heart disease, such as weight and cholesterol.

2. It is an instant source of energy that can also be used to power the brain. 

3. It could help control epilepsy, Alzheimer’s disease, and autism.

4. It contains powerful fatty acids that fight fungal infections and the growth of bacteria.

5. It can help control blood sugar levels and help with diabetes management.

6. It helps the body to enter ketosis to use body fat as energy.

As you can see, MCT oil offers many fabulous benefits apart from weight loss.

How MCT oil helps with fat burning

Medium-chain triglycerides (MCT) produce ketones more easily (as I mentioned earlier) than long-chain triglyceride fat (LCT). In fact, certain MCTs overlook the liver and turn directly into ketones. This means that once you consume it, you don’t have to wait for the oil to go through the digestion process to be available as ketones.

It is an almost instantaneous fuel!

And as you probably already know, ketones tell our body that it should start burning fat instead of carbohydrates.

That is why people often mix MCT with their coffee or morning tea for an additional energy boost. It’s almost like a “cheat code” that allows them to stay hungry and energetic while getting the benefits of accelerated weight loss through intermittent fasting or the ketogenic diet! 

How to use MCT oil 

So what is the best way to add MCT to your Keto lifestyle?

It’s super easy!

If you have pure MCT oil, you can cook with it, add it to your food, prepare spice dressings, sprinkle it pure on your salads, or mix it in your favorite Keto drinks such as coffee, tea or milkshakes.

But before running to buy an MCT oil or take it, take the following precautions into account. 

Precautions for Beginners

MCT oil is not really harmful. However, there are 2 things I want to warn you about.

1. You should include it in your diet gradually. If you consume it in large quantities or if you are a beginner and have never taken it before, it could cause stomach pain and diarrhea. Therefore, start with a small amount (maybe 1 teaspoon) and gradually increase the dose depending on how you feel.

2. Do not buy powder versions. These usually contain maltodextrin, an ingredient that is used as a food additive but has a high glycemic index, which means that it can cause an increase in blood sugar.

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Compression Stockings: Do I need to wear them after my Vein Treatment?

If you’ve ever experienced the pain and discomfort from spider veins and varicose veins, you understand the frustration that comes with leg cramps, fatigue, and swelling. It’s crucial that you see a vein specialist for venous evaluation and effective diagnosis the moment you start experiencing the symptoms of spider veins and varicose veins. Your physician may recommend the use of compression stockings to help slow the progression of varicose veins and reduce its symptoms. 

They are one of the most widely used vein treatment methods as they help to manage pain and swelling from the unsightly vein disease. It’s, however, important to note that compression stockings alone do not treat or rather correct the underlying vein disease. If you’re looking to achieve optimal results, consider seeing a vein specialist for help on the most suitable vein treatment options for your condition. 

How Compression Stockings Work

Compression stockings usually compress and tighten the veins by applying pressure thereby promoting the venous blood flow from your feet toward the heart. With increased pressure on the veins at the feet, the blood flows without backing up or pooling thus decreasing the risk of blood clots and improving leg symptoms. Medical grade graduated compression stockings tend to be tightest and stronger in the feet and gradually loosen and diminish in pressure as they climb the leg. 

It’s recommended to consult a vein specialist before choosing or rather purchasing compression stockings. They are usually sold at different compression levels and you want to choose one that meets your needs. Using the wrong compression stockings can worsen your condition. Here’s why you should wear compression stockings.

Improve Blood Circulation and Slow Progression

Compression stockings have been proven to help improve venous blood circulation within the leg. As mentioned, they offer gradient pressure which ensures the lower leg veins keep moving the blood towards the heart without pooling. Varicose veins tend to form as a result of deteriorated, weakened, or damaged lower leg veins following pooling of blood and swollen blood vessels. By improving blood flow, compression stockings slow down the progression of varicose veins. 

Alleviate Symptoms and Prevent Complications

Symptoms associated with varicose veins include itching, pain, swelling, open sores, and skin changes. That shows this unsightly vein a disease is never just a cosmetic problem. With improved blood flow from wearing compression stockings comes relief from these uncomfortable symptoms which could impact your life. Failure to treat varicose veins often results in serious health problems such as leg ulcers, bleeding, and more. The fact that compression stockings slow the developing or rather progression of varicose veins means you won’t have to worry about these types of complications. 

In conclusion, compression stockings are customizable and a non-invasive vein treatment option that can help address the symptoms and problems associated with spider veins and varicose veins. While they are effective when it comes to managing the condition, it’s important to note that this type of treatment isn’t a cure for varicose veins. They are just an effective management tool. Seek the help of a vein specialist for effective treatment options for your varicose veins.

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