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    January Carnivore Experiment – The Results

    I started on my Carnivore Experiment on January 2nd, sort of. On New Years Day, I ate nothing but meat – oh, and one enormous piece of my husband’s mile-high, nut-loaded, home-made baklava. But up until that day, I had been pretty loosie-goosie with my diet for the past 2 months. We were involved in the big fall musical in our little theatre. Our performance run was 3-4 nights each week for three weeks, followed by a huge after party for cast and crew. Each night, the kitchen in the green room was loaded with sweets and treats. Lots of unrestrained snacking went on… Although I tried to exercise restraint,…

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    Carnivore January Experiment – My Impressions

    Well, it’s Feb 2, the groundhog has not seen his shadow and spring is right around the corner. And for the last 2 days, I have not been 100% carnivore. Only about 95%… It’s actually hard to think about messing with the absolute peace that I have been experiencing on this way of eating. I have had a small amount of low carb vegetable intake at supper only for the past 2 days, mainly because I’m away from home, visiting in another home. No intolerance issues at all – GI tract continues to function pretty well as it was during the past month. In particular, I had about a half…

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    Carnivore January Experiment – all meat month!

    January is considered World Carnivore Month by those in the Carnivore community. For those outside that community, it seems downright weird that anyone would choose to remove all plant materials and plant-based foods from their diet, but it’s a real thing. And has some real rationale behind it. Of course, not much evidence in the form of research – it’s too new a concept for that – but lots of anecdotal evidence of it’s positive effect on many who try it out. In human history, there has never been a culture that existed solely on plant foods. Some cultures ate mostly plants because of their location and the rich availability…

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    Minimalism Keto

    If you were to google “Keto Diet” today, you would be overwhelmed with the search results. Literally millions of hits, covering everything from books to videos to blogs to products to supplements to courses to coaching to recipes and on and on. It’s one of the most popular Google searches in the last few years. And there are so many apparent variations. People have given names to these variations like lazy keto, dirty keto, clean keto, strict keto. And each of these seems to have it’s own set of rules and restrictions. There’s also all kinds of supplements that are discussed and recommended, both nutrients such as vitamins and minerals,…

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    To Snack or Not to Snack…

    With apologies to Shakespeare… Happy New Year! I’m glad to say goodbye to 2019 and look ahead to 2020. This year is my 60th – a milestone made more memorable by my recent cancer journey and by the fact that my mother never lived to celebrate her 60th. She died three days before her 55th birthday of end-stage metastatic breast cancer that she had carried for 10 years. I’m determined to make 2020 a kickass year – a year long project called Martha 6.0. This involves several major goals, one of which is to get my book published. That means that I have to buckle down and write it… January’s…

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    The Great Canadian Keto Conference 2019

    I attended my first ever Keto event in August. One thing that I discovered by attending my first ever Keto Conference was that keto baking is a big thing, and big business. Over half of the booths on the trade show floor were full of keto baking. Almond flour, erythritol and eggs in every possible sweet combination known to man. Cookies, squares, cakes, even “sugar” coated cinnamon donuts! Holy crap, Batman!! To me, that’s not real keto. Not real food. Not a healthy approach to what should be a health-promoting way of eating. I realize that whole foods such as vegetables and non-processed meats do not make flashy content for…

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    Happy Solstice! Raise a glass…

    Well, in my part of the world (Central Ontario Canada), we are about a month behind in the weather but despite that, it’s the Solstice – the longest day of the year, the first day of summer! Although we seldom get a high temp above 20C (68F) yet, the long evenings and sunny days (in between the rainy ones…) entice us to sit around with a cold beverage. Lots of socializing happens at this time of year, often involving barbecues and long cold drinks. You can do this very easily while keeping it keto. There are more and more great sugar-free and low carb options available this summer. As an…