What is Ketosis and How Does It Effect Weight Loss?

Everywhere I turn these days, I am hearing about ketosis and how it effects weight loss. Before I started the keto diet, I did a lot of research about it. I wanted to know if being in ketosis was safe, how long it was safe, and most importantly, would I lose weight?

Ketosis

The definition of ketosis is a metabolic state characterized by raised levels of ketones in the body. Ketones are molecules in the body that can be used as fuel. Our body’s normally use glucose as fuel however, if glucose is in short supply, the body will use ketones to fuel it. When your body is in a state of ketosis, fat is converted in the liver to ketones. Ketones are produced by the body when you eat a diet of very low carb and moderate protein. This is why you will hear people say you are running on fat, or burning fat when you are in ketosis. Simply said, ketosis equals weight loss.

Is Ketosis Safe?

Ketosis is a completely safe and natural state for the body to be in. I have heard several people claim that it is not safe to be in ketosis long term but this is not true at all for most people.

Our bodies were made to go without food for certain periods of time. Remember back when the human race were all hunter and gatherers? They didn’t have grocery stores they could run to if they ran out of food. It was common for them to fast for days and sometimes weeks at a time. Our bodies were made to store fat in times of abundance so that we had that fat to convert into ketones and use as fuel in times when food was scarce.

A common worry I have heard is that the brain can’t function correctly without carbohyrates. This is a completely false statement. The human race would not have survived if the brain could only use carbs as fuel. The brain can run perfectly fine without any carbs being ingested.

How Does Ketosis Effect Weight Loss?

Once you are in a state of ketosis, your body is a lean, mean fat burning machine! You are literally running off the fat stores in your body. This results in rapid weight loss. Ketosis is a great way to naturally help your body let go of excess weight. Now, I do want to be clear that losing body fat will not happen over night, but in my personal expeirence, I lost about 8 pounds per month and am still losing weight. The first week your body is in ketosis, you will lose quite a bit of water weight. As you stop consuming carbs, your body will start to dump excess water it was holding onto to help digest the carbohydrates.

Being in a state of ketosis is very natural and will help you lose weight in a steady manner. Once you stop eating carbs, your body will stop craving carbs and it makes it very easy to stick to a low carb lifestyle and lose weight and keep it off.

**Always check with your doctor before you begin any type of major change to your eating habits.

Xo-Haylee

What Exactly is The Keto Diet?

You have probably heard of the keto diet or eating keto recently but you may be wondering “What exactly is the keto diet?” The ketogenic diet, which is often referred to as the keto diet, is a low carb, high fat diet. Eating a diet high in fat, moderate in protein and low in carbs puts your body into a state of ketosis. When your body is in ketosis, it is burning fat for fuel which results in weight loss.

What Can You Eat on the Keto Diet?

There are so many things you can eat on the keto diet that it really doesn’t feel like a diet at all… Okay, maybe for the first two weeks it does feel like you are on a diet but after that, your carb cravings go away and it really is such an easy plan to stick to. So what exactly should you eat on the keto diet?

Protein

You can eat beef, chicken, turkey, seafood and eggs as your protein sources.

Dairy

Most dairy is acceptable to eat on the keto diet, just watch the carb content. Good dairy choices are butter, cheddar cheese, cream cheese, goat cheese, mozzarella cheese and heavy cream.

Vegetables

Good choices for picking vegetables while eating keto are any green leaf vegetables, cucumbers, green beans, mushrooms, squash, tomatoes and zucchini. Stay away from starchy vegetables like potatoes and yams.

Oils & Fats

This category is important as you will need healthy sources of fats in your diet every day. Some of my favorites are butter or ghee, coconut oil, olive oil, avocado oil and MTC oil.

Nuts & Seeds

I really missed chips when I first started the ketogenic diet. I am not going to even lie about it, I missed them so much!! The salt, the crunch… it was the absolute hardest thing I had to give up! Adding nuts and seeds to my diet really helped when I got the craving for a salty potato chip! All types of nuts are approved on this diet! Almonds, cashews, hazelnuts, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, chia seeds.. just to name a few!

What Foods Should You Stay Away From?

Do not eat foods high in carbs or sugar. If you eat a lot of carbs, it will kick your body right out of ketosis and your weigh loss will stall. No breads, bagels, cupcakes, chips, tortillas, pizza. Regular soda, ice cream, high carb coffee drinks and smoothies are also not to be eaten.

What Should Your Macros Be While On The Ketogenic Diet?

Getting the right amount of each macronutrient is very important and will directly effect the success of your diet. Your aim everyday should be to eat 70% Fats, 25% Protein and 5% Carbohydrates. I can not say this enough, get a macro calculator and track your macros! I recommend using the My Fitness Pal App. It makes tracking your macros so quick and easy.

Fats- 70% * Protein- 24% *Carbohydrates- 5%

I have been on the ketogenic diet for the last four months and I can say I have never felt better in my life. I have lost 40 pounds. My hair and nails are healthy and shiny. My skin is clearer then it has ever been in my life and I have finally won my battle with adult acne! I have only good things to say about eating keto. I actually took my body out of ketosis for a few weeks and was shocked at the side effects that I went through!

Let me know your if you have tried the keto diet and what you think!

Xo-Haylee

Water Fasting to Help Enter Ketosis Quickly

Water fasting is a great way to help your body enter into ketosis quickly. The quicker you can get your body into ketosis, the quicker your body starts burning fat as fuel. Every year, I do a water fast for a few days to reboot my system. You can read about the benefits of water fasting on this post I wrote last year.

Why A Water Fast

I wanted to restart my keto lifestyle right after Christmas. I really loved the way I felt while eating keto. The first time I started eating keto, it took my body about five days to enter ketosis. I used these strips to monitor my ketone levels. I wanted to get into ketosis quickly so my cravings for carbs wouldn’t be an issue. I have read so many wonderful things about water fasts and have the goal to do a big water fast every year. A water fast is a sure fire way to get into ketosis quickly.

I decided to share my water fasting journey day by day with everyone this year. If you decide you want to do a water fast, please check with your doctor before hand and have a doctor monitor you all the way through a fast. Water fasts can be very safe if done correctly. Water fasts are not for weight loss. You will of course lose a little bit of weight while not eating but it will return once you begin eating again.

Day 1 of My Water Fast

“Today really hasn’t been too bad. I slept late which always helps me eat less. I woke up and drank some water and kept busy most of the day. I was hungry most of the day but it wasn’t anything I couldn’t deal with. I tried to drink when i was thirsty but didn’t pay much attention to how much water I was drinking. It is very important to listen to your body during a water fast. I tried to avoid the kitchen. My head started to hurt a little bit before bed but wasn’t a full flown headache. I went to bed really early, I was tired and hungry and sleep sounded delightful. I actually didn’t sleep well the first night at all, I had very strange dreams throughout the night. “

I will be back tomorrow with another water fast update! Has anyone ever done a water fast? I would love to hear about your experience!

XO- Haylee

What Happens When You Stop the Keto Diet?

What Happens When You Stop the Keto Diet?

What happens when you stop the keto diet? It is a question I wondered about during my time in ketosis. I have been on a very strict ketogenic diet for four months and recently stopped the keto diet. I was slightly panicked at what would happen when I stopped eating keto. Would I gain all of the weight back? How quickly would the carb cravings return? How hard would it be to return to my low carb- high fat diet? I searched the internet for answers to my questions. I really couldn’t find anything helpful so I wrote this post for all of you who are currently on the keto diet and wondering how your body will be effected once you are no longer eating keto.

I Planned to Stop The Keto Diet

Before I ever started the ketogenic diet, I did a lot of research. One of the books I read was called The Keto Reset Diet by Mark Sisson. In the book, he talks about the importance of taking yourself out of ketosis a few times a year. I started the keto diet on July 5th and wanted to give myself plenty of time to be in nutritional ketosis before I went off the diet. I decided I would be very strict with the diet until Thanksgiving.

For four months, I ate strictly keto and it is honestly the best thing I have ever done for my health. The point is, I knew that being on the Keto Diet forever wasn’t going to happen and I picked a time I would take myself out of ketosis. I didn’t just wake up one day and cheat on my diet, I had the day marked on my calendar.I knew ahead of time that I would be stopping the diet, at least for a short persiod of time. For me, that made the whole process easier and I knew I wasn’t going to miss out on all the yummy holiday food.

The Dreaded Weight Gain

I was scared to gain weight when I came off the keto diet. Like, so scared when the end of November hit, I thought about maybe not taking my body out of ketosis. I didn’t want to gain the weight back. I was so worried that I would gain back all of the weight. Most of the things I had read up until that point said that once you start eating carbs, you will gain back the weight, and quickly.

Well, I am happy to report that I did not gain any weight back at all when I went off the Keto Diet. I actually continued to lose weight throughout the holiday season. I ate whatever I wanted, cinnamon rolls, candy, pumpkin spice latte’s.. I ate it all. I was more careful though. I still tried to eat a lot of healthy foods and practiced intermittent fasting as well as portion control. I didn’t exercise at all during the ending of the year because I was so busy with my photography business that I just didn’t have time.

I knew how long and hard those first weeks of the Keto Diet were and I also remember how horrible I felt 35 pounds ago so while I did indulge over the holidays, I kept my eating under control.

The Cravings

The carb cravings came back in full force almost immediately. I had gone months without craving sugar or carbs and as soon as I started eating them again, it was all I wanted. All day, every day, I wanted bread and chocolate and Dr Pepper. Cravings are a hard thing to combat and they will 100 percent come back as soon as you stop the keto diet.

Headaches

When I stopped the keto diet, my headaches came back in full force. I woke up with a headache almost every single day. Headaches are something I have suffered from most of my life. I honestly didn’t have any headaches while my body was in ketosis. While I was enjoying all that the holiday season had to offer food wise, I was suffering from headaches a lot.

My Skin

As soon as I stopped the Keto Diet, my skin broke out so bad I felt like I was fourteen again. It wasn’t just my face, although my face was bad. The skin on my entire body was effected! My back and arms had pimples. I broke out in a weird dry skin rash on my hips. It has been the worst symptom by far!

I noticed while eating strictly keto, that my skin looked great. I attributed the clearer skin to all the vegetables I was eating. I also started drinking a lot more water while on the diet since my beloved Dr Pepper was way to high in carbs. What I didn’t realize was that my skin was looking better because of what I wasn’t eating. I wasn’t eating sugar and sugar my friends, reeks havoc on your body, especially your skin.

The Bloat

When I started eating carbs, I didn’t gain weight as I had expected. In fact, after one month of being off the keto diet, I am down three pounds. The boating still happened though, no matter what my scale says. My clothes feel tighter, my face looks rounder and when I wake up in the morning, my feet feel slightly swollen. When you start adding carbs back into your diet, just know this is a side effect that will happen. Your body will get use to your new way of eating and this side effect will be minimized after a few weeks.

What Now?

I have been out of nutritional ketosis for over a month. It is the end of December and I can honestly say, I lived my best life in December, no regrets. That being said, I am ready to purge my body of all the sugar and say goodbye to my high carb, high sugar diet. I am planning on resuming the ketogenic diet to lose the last 20 pounds I have been carrying around since having my fourth baby two years ago. Today I have started a water fast to help kick start my body into ketosis. I’m not sure how many days of the water fast I will do. I did a water fast last year for four days. I really just try and listen to my body when it comes to water fasting. You can read all about the benefits to water fasting here.

Have any of you had similar experiences coming out of ketosis? Let me know how your body was effected!

XO- Haylee

How to Pick the Perfect Outfits for Family Pictures

How to Pick the Perfect Outfits for Family Pictures

Figuring out what to wear for family pictures is on everyone’s mind right now. Picking out the perfect family outfits for pictures can be a bit tricky, so I have made a list to help! We had our family pictures taken this year while in Arizona by the amazing Jasmine Amber Photography. I spent a good chunk of the fall months in Arizona photographing my own amazing clients and decided I wanted my own desert landscape pictures. I have linked the outfits below.

It’s All About The Color Scheme

Every year, the number one question I get asked from my photo clients is “What should we wear?”. I always tell them to pick a color scheme and go from there. There really is no secret formula to picking the perfect outfits for family pictures. As long as the colors look nice together, you are golden!

Start With Just One Outfit

This year, I bought Alexa’s dress first. I loved the camel color and the black polka dots. Then, I looked around online A LOT! It took me another two months to figure out everyone’s looks for our pictures this year. I would order a shirt or jeans for another kid and when everything came, I would always lay everything out on my bed to see if it all pulled together nicely.

You Don’t Have To Match

Everyone does not need to be in the same exact shade of red or the same patterns either. I decided to go with a very neutral color scheme this year. Once I had Alexas dress, I looked around for other camel/tan/browns that would compliment her dress, without matching exactly.

Wear Layers

It’s much easier to wear layers in the fall and winter months, but even in the summer, you can layer to add a little pop to your photos. I love the look of layers in photos. T-shirts under button downs, vests, etc. It brings dimension to your photos.

Make Sure Everyone is Comfortable

Guys, this is a big one. If you or your children are not comfortable in their clothes, it will show in the pictures. I promise.

Alexa’s Outfit

Dress: Roolee Boutique

Boots: Old Navy

Max’s Outfit

Sweater: Zara

Vest: Gap

Jeans: Abercrombie and Fitch

Owen’s Outfit

Sweater: Zara

Jeans: Abercrombie and Fitch

Ezra’s Outfit

T-Shirt: Baby Gap

Shirt: Old Navy

Jeans: Target

Shoes: Old Navy

Scotts Outfit

T-Shirt: Gap

Shirt: Target

Jeans: Gap

My Outfit

Dress: {Old} Similar from Lulu’s Fashion Lounge

Shoes: Nordstrom

I hope these tips help! Check out this post for some great Christmas pajama photo ideas.

Have a beautiful day!

Xo-Haylee

IncrediBundles Diaper Subscription

I was gifted this product in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you, Incredibundles, for supporting this blog.

This summer has felt like baby season. Right now, I have four baby shower invitations on my fridge. I love shopping for baby products. Everything is so small. Everything is so soft.  I want to buy it all.  As a mother of four, I know that the best baby shower gift you will ever get is diapers. Let’s be real, every baby needs them, and they are by far one of the most useful baby gifts you can give.

This is where IncrediBundles comes in! IncrediBundles is an online company that has the best baby shower gifts around. They have different bundles to choose from. You can get a Toy Bundle, or a Book Bundle, Sleep or even a Bath Bundle. You also have the option to create your own Custom Bundle.

By far, my favorite product they offer is the Diaper Subscription, although they also have a Wipes Subscription that comes in a close second.

Whether you are ordering for yourself or a friend, ordering is quick and easy and your order will be shipped right to your front door.

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To order, go to their website IncrediBundles.com.

YOU select the subscription length {3,6,9 or 12 month diaper subscription)

IncrediBundles will send out an announcement package.

Guys, this package is adorable! It contains a reusable storage container, which is perfect for storing diapers, wipes or even toys. A premium quality teddy bear, which is the softest teddy bear you have ever felt. It will come with a few diapers and a certificate for the parents-to-be to redeem their gift.

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I really love this gift idea because the parents can decide which brand and size of diapers they would like, and they are delivered right to their door.

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IncrediBundles sent me a Welcome Package, to review.   I was able to look through the package as well as get online and place an order with the certificate that was included. The website was extremely easy to navigate and it took me maybe a total of five minutes to go through the process.

  • You simply register and create an account.
  • Once the account is created, click on the diaper bundle.
  • Put in the activation code and order number.

TaDa! A few simple steps and you have just ordered the best baby shower gift of all time!

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Giveaway Time!!!

I have teamed up with IncrediBundles to giveaway a 3-month diaper subscription!!! THREE MONTHS!!! How amazing is that?!?

To enter for a chance to win, follow these steps

  1. Follow @incredibundles_babygifts and @haylee_and_co on Instagram.
  2. Like and tag two friends in the comments of @Haylee_and_Co’s giveaway post
  3. Bonus entry, leave a comment on this blog post.

The winner will be chosen June 25th

Good Luck!

XOXO-Haylee

 

Do I Like My Child’s Teacher? Not Really.

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I knew my sweet little Max would have a hard time transitioning into a full-time student his  kindergarten year. He was the kind of kid who loved arts and crafts, sports and games. Sitting still and being quiet was not his thing. Being told he was doing something wrong hurt his feelings, which in turn made him angry. The entire summer before school started I worried.

The school year started and I signed up to be the room mom  hoping my constant  presence in the classroom would help him. I tried everything I knew how to do to help him like school. I read all the books. I read all the blogs. I asked advice from my friends. Nothing seemed to help.

A typical day in the life of kindergarten Max went something like this:

I would try to get him dressed for school, but he would hide under his bed, just out of my reach. I would beg and plead and bribe him to get dressed. I would go to the kitchen to get his backpack and down the stairs Max would come with his pajamas back on. Some days he said he hated school and didn’t want to go. Somedays he pretended he was sick. Everyday was a battle.

He came home from school crying at least once a week saying he had had a bad day. Sometimes I got calls from his teacher saying the same thing.

He had a great teacher. I really liked her and spent so much time in the classroom, we became good friends. Even still, Max struggled.

Summer came and it felt like the weight of the world had been lifted off both of our shoulders. We enjoyed every last drop summer had to offer.  In the back of my mind was the nagging fear of what first grade had in store for us.

The first time we met Mrs. Reiber, was a week before Max started first grade. Max and I went in for a reading assessment…. he cried the entire way there. She is just one of those people who emulates warmth and kindness.  He visibly calmed in her presence. I liked her immediately.

The first day of school came and Max was pretty hesitant to go, but we had no major problems. After school he said his day was “fine”.  The next morning he was dressed and ready for school before breakfast. He never again cried before school. He never again said he hated school.

He came home everyday saying his day had been “really good”. He always told me the funny things Mrs. Reiber did. He told me the books she read to him. One day he came home visibly beaming because Mrs. Reiber had told him that he was a good reader. He was always drawing her pictures or making her cards. Getting homework  done was no longer a fight. He wanted to do his homework and he wanted to do it well, so Mrs Reiber would be proud of him.

At Thanksgiving that year, we went around the table saying things we were thankful for and Max’s response was his teacher. I was thankful for her too.  So thankful.

He grew leaps and bounds his first grade year. He was reading at grade level. He was happier. He loved school. He was excited to learn. He was everything I had tried so hard to help him become.

On the last day of school Max was devastated he wouldn’t get to have Mrs. Reiber as a teacher anymore. He talked about her all summer. That was the summer he started telling me he wanted to be a teacher when he grows up.

Two years later, Alexa is now in Mrs. Reibers class. Same story, different kid. She adores her teacher. She wants to cut her bangs like Mrs Reiber’s . She reads to me at night and holds the book the way Mrs Reiber holds books. Everyday, the first thing out of her mouth is “Mrs Reiber thinks this…” or “Mrs. Reiber does that…”.  She always wears her black shoes because Mrs Reiber said they were cute. One night, I was tucking Alexa into bed and she said ” I love you Mom, but I love Mrs. Reiber too”.

So why would I not like this Mother Teresa of a teacher? Because saying I like her seems too  inadequate of a statement for someone who has had such a deep impact on my children.  I have so much love in my heart for this teacher who taught Max the only thing I have ever truly wanted him to learn… to love school, to love learning and to love himself.

Mrs Reiber,

I stand in awe of you.  You have had the most important job. You have had the hardest job. You have walked the delicate line of mother, teacher, and friend everyday in your classroom.  You have been a nurturer of little spirits. For a year of his life, you were who Max  wanted to share his hopes and dreams with. You were the one he looked up to everyday.  Thank you for your dedication, your passion, your love and your stability. You have inspired thousands over the course of your career. Enjoy your retirement!!

Sincerely,

Haylee

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Top 5 Things to Do With Children Who Have Food Allergies

Top 5 Things to Do With Children Who Have Food Allergies

Eleven years ago, I sat at an allergists appointment with my two-year old, and listened as the doctor told us he was severely allergic to peanuts and tree nuts. Foreign words like anaphylaxis, Epi-Pens, and emergency action plans were being thrown at me.  I was frozen in fear looking at my sweet toddler and his red, swollen back.  I knew he could never eat peanuts or tree nuts, basically any nut ever again, but other than that, I had no idea what to do.

Over the next few months, checking ingredients on packages became second nature. I knew which brand of chocolate chips I could use and what restaurants were safe. We had Epi-Pens and Benadryl on hand everywhere we went. We educated our family members and babysitters on how to keep Owen safe. I pretty much felt we had this whole food allergy thing under control… and then he started kindergarten.

We live in an amazing school district which happens to be peanut free. Teachers and office staff are trained to administer Epi-Pens. Our Allergist gave us an emergency plan to have in place while Owen was at school. I even bought a book called Allie the Allergic Elephant and had his teacher read it to the class on the first day of school to help educate the children.

Even with all of those safety nets in place, I was still a nervous wreck every time he left the house. Food allergy scenarios flooded my mind constantly…

What if he finds a piece of candy on the playground and eats it and can’t breath?”

“What is something happens on the bus, where there is no Epi-Pen?”

“What if someone eats peanut butter for breakfast and has it on their hands and then touches him?”

The list went on and on. I would literally make sure my phone was within reach at all times while he was at school. One time the school called me (about a PTA matter) and my heart started pounding so hard when I saw the number on my caller ID. I thought something had happened to him.

The elementary school years were rough. Kids would bring treats to school to celebrate their birthdays that he couldn’t have. He would attend birthday parties were they were serving peanut butter cookies. There was even a bout of food allergy bullying.

Looking back, I wish I had a food allergy mom handbook. Ideas, tips, etc to help us along that bumpy road. I gathered together all my top tips for mammas with little ones who have food allergies. I hope this helps.

Top Five Things To Do With Children Who Have Food Allergies

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Educate, Educate, Educate

My number one tip is to educate everyone around you. Anyone who comes into contact with your child.  This includes family members, teachers,  neighbors, other parents, bus drivers. EVERYONE knew Owen was allergic to nuts. We practiced with the Epi-Pen trainer. I bought this book and had Owen’s teachers read it to his class on the first day of school so even the children in his classroom were educated. These posters hung on the doors of his classroom. The more people who are aware of the allergy, the safer the child will be.

Epi-Pens Everywhere

Every year, I order two twin packs of Epi Pens (or Epi Pen jr’s when he was small). They cost a small fortune, I know. We keep one at home, one in my purse, his school teacher always has one in her classroom, and the nurse keeps one in her office as well. Before Owen was in school, my Grandma kept one at her house because he was there a lot. In the summer, I would take the Epi-Pens  and give them to neighbors. That way, if Owen was at one of their houses playing, there would be one there as well.

Owen is now is Jr High. He wears a SPIBelt around his waist with an Epi-Pen in it.  This has been a life saver! I remember when he was younger, wondering what in the world we would do when he was a teenager. The SPIBelt is a must!

BYOT {Bring Your Own Treats}

Every since Owen started school, I would make a huge bag of safe treats for him. They included Rice Crispi treats, Cheez-Its, Chips Ahoy, little bags of Skittles, Gold Fish, etc. I would put everything is a huge ziplock bag, write his name on it and give it to the teacher on the first day of school. That was his treat bag for the school year. If anyone brought in treats to celebrate birthdays or even class parties, he got to pick something out of his bag to eat. I knew he would still get a treat, but it was something safe for him to eat.

Always Read Labels

At the beginning of our food allergy journey, I checked and double checked everything he ate. Then, I got to the point where I knew what brands he could and could not eat.  Then, one day, I happened to notice that the label had changed on the plain chocolate Hershey bar. It use to say “Contains Milk”, but now it had a “Processed on equipment that also process almonds”. Suddenly, Hershey bars were no longer on our safe list.

Just remember, ingredients change. Companies change the way things are processed. Always double-check.

Medical Alert Bracelets

I ordered these bracelets in every color.  I also ordered some temporary tattoos. I felt more at ease knowing he never left the house without a medical alert notification of some sort. The bracelets were great because he would wear them all the time, he could switch out the colors if he wanted, and they were soft and didn’t bother him.

I hope some of these tips help all you food allergy mammas out there! Let me know if you have other ideas!

Xo-Haylee Continue reading “Top 5 Things to Do With Children Who Have Food Allergies”

Centered Sunday

Centered Sunday

Hi guys!

Sundays are a great day to rest and become centered for the following week. I really enjoy getting organized, reading, taking a bath and doing an extra long meditation session on Sundays. I have decided to add a quote to a photo I have taken and post them every Sunday as  part of my new blog segment Centered Sunday.

Happy Sunday.

XOXO-Haylee

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Always be grateful friends.

Water Fasting

Water Fasting

Recently, I was listening to one of my favorite podcasts, The Healthy Moms Podcast, and came across an episode that talked about water fasting.  As a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, I am familiar with fasting as it is something I do for religious purposes once a month. Water fasting was a  new term to me. I had never thought about fasting for health until listening to Dr Daniel Pompa on this podcast. Down the rabbit hole I went and for weeks studied and read about short and long-term water fasting. Here is some of the interesting information I found out about water fasting.

What is water fasting?

Well to put it simply, water fasting it a type of fasting in which a person only consumes water. These fasts may last a few hours or a few days.

 

Reasons to Fast:

 Insulin Control

Fasting is the very best way to control insulin and glucose.  All foods raise insulin so the most effective way to reduce insulin is to avoid food. Regular fasting, in addition to lowering insulin, has been shown to improve insulin sensitivity.

Autophagy

While in a fasting state, the body will switch over to autophagy. Autophagy  of ‘self-eating’ is a process by which the body removes cellular debris. When you have abnormal cells in your body,  they are unable to adapt in a fasting state and your body actually eats the abnormal cells. There are studies in which fasting has actually shrunk tumors and erased skin tags. These results are usually seen in fasts that last longer then four days.

Hormone Sensitivity

Hormone sensitivity also occurs during a fast. During a fast, as your body cleans itself, it helps your hormones become more receptive.

Weight Loss

Intermittent fasting as well as long water fasts have proven to help your body become a fat burner instead of a sugar burner. Many studies are showing intermittent fasting is a great way to lose weight.

Human Growth Hormone.

Human Growth Hormone or HCH is a hormone that  stimulates cell growth and regeneration. HGH levels skyrocket during a fast. HCH can help with weight loss as well as muscle gain.

Other Reasons to Fast

  1. Stimulates brain function (bye-bye brain fog)
  2. Detoxifies the body
  3. Improves longevity
  4. Boosts the immune system
  5. Rejuvenate skin

Water fasting is something I have decided to incorporate into my own life. After being diagnosed with Hashimoto’s Disease three years ago, I have been looking for ways to help improve my thyroid function as well as heal my body over all. I actually just finished a four-day water fast! I will tell you guys all about it in a post tomorrow!

XOXO-Haylee