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A Rebuttal, Part 3 — My Keto Guru, Dr. Eric Berg

This will be my last rebuttal post to Debi’s posts in which she uses me as a “case study” to steer people away from the ketogenic diet. If you missed my first two posts, you might want to go back and catch up — Part 1 and Part 2. I’m not going to address Debi’s third post, because there’s really no substance there. So I’ll just skip to the fourth post.

This fourth post of Debi’s case study is the reason you’re reading this blog right now. This is the post that lit a fire under me to stop dragging my feet, and start sharing my story. Because this is the post in which Debi tries her hardest to discredit one of the main voices in this keto revolution, Dr. Eric Berg, while also calling me “blind” and “gullible.”

As soon as I finished reading that fourth post, I closed my laptop, turned to Matt and said, “I’m going to need you to find a domain name for me. I’m starting a keto blog.” And about five minutes later, he said, “Ummm, hello? Addicted 2 Keto, of course!” (I’ve been blogging at Addicted 2 Decorating for 12 years now, so this just made sense. 😀 )

Debi tries to discredit Dr. Eric Berg in three ways:

  1. By insinuating that he’s being sketchy by calling himself “Dr.” when, and I quote, “HE IS NOT A MEDICAL DOCTOR.”
  2. By insinuating he’s unethical because he was fined $1500 by the state of Virginia 11 years ago for doing something that was evidently very common in chiropractic back then (i.e., something used by over 40% of chiropractors at the time), and
  3. Because he dares to sell products that Debi deems are “an assortment of ridiculously-overpriced thinga-ma-doobies.”

But let’s start with the title of Debi’s post…

Stay Away From Gurus!

Well, if we need to stay away from something, then we need to know what it is first, right? So let’s see how Merriam-Webster defines the term “guru.” And since this isn’t a discussion about Hinduism, let’s skip to the second definition:

a: a teacher and especially intellectual guide in matters of fundamental concern

b: one who is an acknowledged leader or chief proponent

c: a person with knowledge or expertise EXPERT

So right off the bat, Debi admonishes us to stay away from teachers, leaders, and people with knowledge and expertise about keto.

Does that sound like reasonable advice?

He’s not a medical doctor!

And then there’s this nugget of nonsense:

Today I’m addressing some issues I’ve discovered with one of the leading keto gurus, Eric Berg DC. Note that I don’t call him “Dr.” Berg, even though that’s what his YouTube channel, his books, his website and his ads call him. HE IS NOT A MEDICAL DOCTOR. HE’S A CHIROPRACTOR. Sorry. I try to steer clear of all-caps ranting, but sometimes it’s just necessary.

This made me laugh. I can’t help but wonder what Debi would have done had she had the opportunity to meet Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., face to face. Would she have shaken his hand and said, “Dr. King, it’s an honor to meet you,” or would she have yelled at him, “I will NOT call you Dr.! YOU’RE NOT A MEDICAL DOCTOR!”

(Random fact: Dr. King earned his doctorate in systematic theology from Boston University.)

I mean, really. Come on. I think most adults understand that the prefix “Dr.” before a person’s name is an academic title to indicate that the person has obtained the highest degree of education in his or her field of study.

In no way does the prefix “Dr.” mean that the person is a medical doctor. In order to know what type of doctoral degree a person holds, you have to look at the letters AFTER their name.

The Doctor of Medicine degree (M.D.) is only one of about 75 doctorates one can obtain in the United States. And yet, with only a few exceptions (like lawyers, or people with a Doctor of Nursing Practice (D.N.P.) who work in a hospital setting, and maybe a couple of others), we address people who obtain these doctoral degrees as “Dr.” Almost all of them.

  • Dentists are not medical doctors, but we still address them as “Dr.”
  • Veterinarians are not medical doctors, but we still address them as “Dr.”
  • Optometrists aren’t medical doctors, but we still address them as “Dr.”

You get it. Most people understand this very basic concept, right? You can see all of the doctorate degrees one can obtain in the United States right here. And yes, right there on that list, you will find Doctor of Chiropractic Medicine (D.C.).

But Debi tries to twist this as a way to discredit Dr. Berg. She says:

Note that I don’t call him “Dr.” Berg, even though that’s what his YouTube channel, his books, his website and his ads call him.

Well, let’s take a look at a few places you can find Dr. Berg online. Here’s his YouTube channel

See those letters after his name? Here are his books

Again, see those letters after his name? Here’s his Twitter page

I see “dc” and the actual word “Chiropractor” on there.

So does Dr. Berg appear to be a man who is trying to fool people into believing he’s an M.D.? No. But he is a Doctor of Chiropractic, and therefore, we refer to him as “Dr.” because he’s earned that academic title, just like your veterinarian, or your dentist, or your podiatrist, or your optometrist, or the Ph.D. who spends her days teaching your children in college.

You give them the respect they deserve for being one of only about 5% of the population of this country who obtains the highest degree of education in their respective fields of study by addressing them as “Dr.” You don’t have to like it, but you do it because they earned it.

Anyway, moving on…

What about that fine?

So Dr. Berg was fined $1500 by the state of Virginia eleven years ago for using some sort of treatment that the state didn’t like.

Ummmm…okay. And?

Debi tries to make it sound so nefarious, like Dr. Berg should be placed right there alongside actual psychotic creeps like Dr. Christopher Duntsch (a.k.a., Dr. Death).

Well, hold up there, Debi. You conveniently left out the fact that this treatment that the state didn’t like was something that was being used by over 40% of chiropractors at the time. You can read about it here. And again, that was eleven years ago.

Dr. Berg, the snake oil salesman?

Debi really seems to have an issue with the fact that Dr. Berg sells products. She refers to them as “an assortment of ridiculously-overpriced thinga-ma-doobies.” And it is true that Dr. Berg sells supplements, like a wheat grass powder, and an electrolyte powder (which, by the way, got rid of my leg cramps that I was waking up with during the night, so I’m perfectly happy to pay the price), nutritional yeast capsules, and more. Here’s my take on this…

Dr. Berg has over 2000 videos on YouTube that you can watch FOR FREE. He will literally walk you through everything you need to know about doing the ketogenic diet and any problems that may arise FOR FREE. But you know what?

He’s allowed to make a living, too.

So if he wants to sell books and products so he can actually make a living, does that make him a jerk? I think a reasonable person would think it’s pretty normal to try to make an actual living.

But you know what? You don’t even have to purchase a single thing from him in order to be successful doing the ketogenic diet. He gives you everything you need to know completely free of charge!

I know…what a sketchy jerk, right? 😀

The fact of the matter is that Debi read some click bait article in Popular Science about keto (and maybe even supplemented that with some deeper research in publications like Woman’s World and Cosmopolitan), and thought herself to be knowledgeable about keto and how “dangerous” it is.

And then with that newfound knowledge, decided to attempt to discredit one of the main keto voices out there by beginning her look into Dr. Berg with very clear and undeniable confirmation bias (i.e., I know he’s a jerk, so I’m going to prove it.)

You know how you avoid the pitfall of confirmation bias? You set out to prove yourself wrong instead of setting out to prove yourself right. And if Debi would have done that, she probably could have avoided some embarrassment.

Here’s the truth that Debi missed because of her confirmation bias…

Remember all of those testimonials I shared with you on my last post about how keto has affected people’s lives in ways other than just weight loss (which you can read here)? Those all came from Dr. Berg’s Facebook group (which you can join here).

Had Debi put aside her confirmation bias, she may have seen this…

Why, yes, that is Dr. Berg’s Google listing (with the very clear “DC” after his name, indicating he’s a Doctor of Chiropractic) which shows 2,476 reviews with a 4.9 star rating. And if you read them, you’ll see that a very large percentage of them are people whose lives have been completely changed (and dare I say, saved) by the keto information that Dr. Berg has provided.

Had Debi not been set on her self-serving quest to prove herself right, she may have taken some time to read the thousands upon thousands of comments on Dr. Berg’s YouTube channel from grateful people who credit Dr. Berg (and other keto gurus) for changing (and in some cases, saving) their lives.

And had that darned confirmation bias not gotten in the way, Debi may have taken some time to peruse Dr. Berg’s YouTube channel to see that this man isn’t operating in a vacuum. He has some incredibly educational interviews with people like

  • Andreas Eenfeldt, MD — a Swedish medical doctor who is helping patients transform their lives with a ketogenic diet.
  • Eric Westman, MD, MHS — a board certified physician in internal and obesity medicine, whose clinical research has led to over 45 peer reviewed papers on the efficacy of a ketogenic diet, and whose clinic is helping people transform their lives by reversing type 2 diabetes with a ketogenic diet.
  • Jason Fung, MD — a Canadian nephrologist who specializes in helping people reverse their type 2 diabetes using a ketogenic diet.
  • Thomas Seyfried, PhDProfessor at Boston College and researcher in areas of metabolic therapy (including the ketogenic diet) as a way to manage and reverse chronic diseases, and whose research culminated in his book Cancer as a Metabolic Disease: On the Origin, Management, and Prevention of Cancer.
  • Amy Berger, MS, CNS, NTP — A Certified Nutrition Specialist and Nutritional Therapy Practitioner who researches the effect of the ketogenic diet and exogenous ketones on brains affected by neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s, and who helps people reclaim their lives with ketogenic and low carb diets.
  • Timothy Noakes, MD, DSc — A South African doctor and founder of The Noakes Foundation, which researches low carb/high fat diets, and seeks to educate the public on the mistakes in dietary shift that society has made over the last 50 years, and seeks to help people improve their life and health through a LC/HF diet.

Those are some of the highlights, but I’m sure there are more. Like I said, Dr. Berg has over 2000 videos. Of course, not all of them are interviews, and he also has some interviews with very interesting people who aren’t in the medical field, like a past contestant on The Biggest Loser who now follows a ketogenic diet in order to keep his weight down (after gaining back quite a bit of what he lost on the show). And there are so many other amazing interviews and educational videos.

You just barely have to scratch the surface to find this stuff. But when your goal is to discredit someone and prove yourself right, confirmation bias will get in your way and you’ll miss all of this stuff that comprises the mountain, and instead just focus on the one dead blade of grass at the base of the mountain.

And here’s why this bothered me so much…

The reason I was so perturbed with Debi’s last post of her “case study” on me is because she’s just one of many voices out there shouting about how bad the keto diet is. Debi has clearly done zero actual research (other than reading a click bait Popular Science article), and yet she uses her blog (and probably her mouth when talking to people in person) to try to discredit the keto diet. I have no idea why she does this.

With other people, the reason is glaringly obvious. When Jillian Michaels makes a video trying to discredit the keto diet, it’s obvious that she’s trying to protect her bottom line, because this diet revolution is probably having a huge effect on her “fat pills” that she sells at WalMart, and her “eat less, exercise more” books that she keeps publishing, and her “eat less, exercise more” app that she’s trying to sell, and all of the other crap she’s trying to make money off of. And I’m sure that the revelations about the contestants of The Biggest Loser (most gained the weight back, and they had lower resting metabolism rates than they did before they even started the show) didn’t help any, and now along comes the keto diet to make things even worse for her. So yeah, Jillian is trying to protect her bottom line. She couldn’t be more transparent if she tried.

But I have no idea why Debi would do this without educating herself first.

What I do know is that literally millions of Americans desperately need the keto diet. I talked a bit in my last post about type 2 diabetes, but here are some hard numbers…

  • 30.3 million Americans have diabetes.
  • Another 84.1 million Americans are pre-diabetic. (source)

That right there is 114.4 million Americans (over one-third of the entire population of this country) who could benefit from, and see their diabetes either greatly improved or completely reversed by, a ketogenic diet.

Can you even imagine the burden that would be lifted from our healthcare system just by that alone?!

Can you imagine the lives improved? The lives saved? The diabetes-related conditions (like blindness, neuropathy, amputation, heart disease, and the whole host of other things caused by diabetes) that could be avoided?

And that’s just diabetes! Think of what the research is showing us about the effect of the keto diet and ketones on neurodegerative diseases, and on cancer, and on SO MUCH MORE that plagues our society today.

The bottom line is this…

DO NOT LET ANYONE SCARE YOU AWAY FROM LOOKING INTO THE KETOGENIC DIET…

…and seeing if it’s something you could benefit from. And that includes your medical doctor. If your medical doctor has not researched the ketogenic diet, or doesn’t even know the difference between ketoacidosis and ketosis, or tells you that saturated fat is bad for you, or that low calorie diets are the best way to lose weight, or any of that other outdated 20th century “medical” nonsense that we now know isn’t true, then…

FIND ANOTHER DOCTOR.

And take back control of your life.

When I shared Debi’s “case study” of me with my family, my brother shared a quote that I had never heard before. I don’t know from whom the original quote comes, but I’ll paraphrase it like this:

A person with an experience is never at the mercy of a person with an argument.

So that’s where I’m going to go from here with this blog. My experience.

I’m only six months into my keto experience, and I’ve only lost 40 pounds (and I have about 85 to go), but this is about so much more than just a number on a scale. And I can’t wait to share what I’ve experienced so far with you.

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52 Comments

  • Reply
    Jacky
    February 3, 2019 at 5:55 pm

    I follow you on A2D, just became aware of this Keto situation rant today. What’s her problem? Really. All I know is my son, 50s, 6’2”, has been on this Keto for 2 months, lost 22lbs, down from 250 lbs, suffered from depression, that has lifted, so much energy, feels good, looks good. Keep up the great work Kristi, you’re an inspiration.

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      Grace
      February 10, 2019 at 7:12 pm

      What Debi Simons is doing is not nice at all!
      It took me a while to find her blog but google did a great job!

  • Reply
    Rose
    February 3, 2019 at 6:24 pm

    So very well spoken and well researched. I hope Debi reads carefully and follows the research you so skillfully presented.

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    Kim May
    February 3, 2019 at 6:30 pm

    Kristi,
    I have thourghly enjoyed reading your well written rebuttals. In another lifetime perhaps you can be a Dr. of English or writing!😊 I am curious about the Keto lifestyle. I have done some skim the surface research. I don’t wish to take away any topics from your blog, but where did you or where would you suggest is a good place to start?I have followed your A2D blog for years. You have become a ‘friend’ I admire. Looking forward to more useful information on both blogs.

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    Lisa E
    February 3, 2019 at 6:33 pm

    Ok first of all, let me correct you. You “only” lost 40 lbs? Seriously? That’s awesome, so plz don’t downplay. I am happy for you! I have been wanting to do keto for a while, since last year in fact and even bought a book but for some reason I just can’t seem to get motivated. You know to move forward on anything is so much mental. Thank you very much for this very informative and well-thought-out rebuttal. People continue to amaze, don’t they? I do have a question about something that confuses me, however and it’s not a criticism. You say you’re only eating one meal a day and I didn’t realize some people do that on the keto diet. I always learned and please tell me if this is incorrect, that if you restrict calories too much, your body goes into starvation mode. Then if you start to eat more food, you quickly gain it back and then some. Plz excuse grammatical errors, writing and composition were never my forte.

    • Reply
      Carol
      February 3, 2019 at 7:38 pm

      Agreed! Forty pounds lost is amazing!

    • Reply
      Jean
      February 3, 2019 at 9:32 pm

      Lisa, Dr. Berg has several videos on YouTube about intermittent fasting and explains why. This is one of them: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lwCRjwDs1Ek. I don’t think it has to do with cutting back on calories, just going for longer periods of time between meals. He explains on this video why that is a good thing.

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        Lisa E
        February 4, 2019 at 1:04 am

        Ok, thx. Will ck it out. 😁

    • Reply
      Kristi
      February 4, 2019 at 7:53 pm

      Hi Lisa~
      The main thing to keep in mind about keto is that it isn’t a calorie restrictive diet. So while Matt and I do eat only one meal per day, we’re not limiting calories in any way. We’re just getting ALL of our calories in at one meal. We eat anywhere from 1200 to 1700 calories a day, just depending on what I decide to make. Eating that much in one meal sounds difficult, or even impossible, but again you have to realize that 80% of the calories are coming from fat. And fat has a LOT of calories in it, so it’s not really too hard to get to that many calories in one sitting as long as you’re doing it right.

      The whole purpose of intermittent fasting is autophagy, which is your body’s process of “cleaning house,” where it cleans out dead cells, generates new cells, etc. Every time you eat, your body is having to work on creating enough insulin to deal with the food you’ve eaten. It’s not working on autophagy during that time. So eating constantly throughout the day means that you’re continually spiking your insulin. When you just eat once a day, your body has all of those other hours of the day to work on cleaning up and clearing out.

      That Dr. Berg video explains more about insulin vs. growth hormone. Great info in there.

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      Kristi
      February 4, 2019 at 8:22 pm

      This is a great explanation of autophagy:

    • Reply
      Erin E Yang
      February 13, 2019 at 7:19 pm

      Lisa, you may find this interesting, especially the section on starvation. http://physiqonomics.com/eating-too-much/

      Great job Kristi & don’t let the b@stards get you down! You are such an inspiration.

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    Lindia Friedman
    February 3, 2019 at 8:01 pm

    My very well- educated internist (read: M.D.) sells skin care products in her office. Does that make her a quack? No, it makes her a doctor with an interest in skin care. She swears by the products she uses and is selling and, if a patient felt the need, they could purchase them from her. If they didn’t feel the need for skin care products (me) they simply don’t purchase them. I completed my PhD in 1996 and I have been called “Dr” since then. (In fact, your advisor makes a big deal out of introducing you as DOCTOR upon graduation). Does it make me quack because I did not attend medical school yet I am addressed as “Doctor?” Nope. It simply denotes my level of education and expertise in my field. I have actually had someone introduce me and add, “…but she’s not a real doctor.” LOL, I just chalk it up to their ignorance.

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      Lindia
      February 4, 2019 at 2:06 am

      I just wanted to add… my dearly departed mother was famous for saying, “You can call me anything you like, as long as it’s not late to dinner!”
      😂

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    Patricia
    February 3, 2019 at 9:19 pm

    I’m so glad you’re doing this blog Kristi . It will be good for us and good for you. I’m so appreciative of the hours you put into your responses and how thoughtfully you have treated a critic. I just didn’t want anyone to derail you and I’m glad you seem very determined and won’t get pushed off course, especially from someone who does not have a good grasp of the science.
    I’d like to add that eating one meal a day is not mandatory with keto, in fact it’s probably more the exception. An eating window of say, six hours or so is more common. Kristi and Matt are doing what works for them and it’s hard to imagine they wouldn’t get enough calories when in ketosis and consuming healthy fats.

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      Kristi
      February 4, 2019 at 7:40 pm

      Right, IF is definitely not mandatory. A lot of people eat two meals a day, and some stick with three smaller meals within a window of six or eight hours. The main thing that I think all keto doctors/researcher/teachers will stress is to avoid the continual eating from the time you wake up until you go to bed. Because regardless of how low carb the food is that you’re eating, you spike insulin every single time you eat. And spiking your insulin all throughout the day, from the time you wake up until you go to bed, is just not a good thing.

      One meal a day does seem work perfectly for us, though.

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    Darlene Faye Ray
    February 3, 2019 at 10:03 pm

    What’s her problem ? My Dr. was very impressed with my goals. He has already cautioned me not to lose to much because of my age and bone brittle and monitoring me as I go. I feel so much better at this point in my life. Blood pressure very good. Might be able to come off of some blood pressure medicine.

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    Elise Grete
    February 3, 2019 at 10:17 pm

    I am very appreciative of what you are doing here, Kristi! The quandary that seems to be afoot these days regarding use of the title “Doctor” is a little dumbfounding. I’ve seen similar comments on Dr. Berg’s videos on YouTube about “real doctors”. Anyone who has been awarded a doctorate has put in years of study in the area of their expertise and deserve respect. (While I am not disrespecting anyone who’s been awarded an honorary doctorate, I don’t think they should walk around calling themselves Doctors unless they have been awarded a doctorate which they’ve earned after the completion of a doctoral program.)

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    Jayla
    February 3, 2019 at 10:40 pm

    I’m a firm advocate of keto. Husband and I started a few months ago (he having previously had great success with the Atkins diet), and have both reaped the benefits. I hit my 15# loss goal quickly and easily, he dropped 20# almost effortlessly. Most importantly, his blood pressure is very well managed now with ONE 5mg pharma pill, whereas before he was taking 3 different drugs. The goal is zero pharma intervention. I’ll be following you here, too, Kristi. You’re a smart cookie.

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    M. Mason-Leskowitz
    February 4, 2019 at 12:11 am

    Love A2D and am so glad you now have A2K!

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    M
    February 4, 2019 at 12:20 am

    Interesting to read about Dr.B and the state of VA, especially;

    ” ii. Nambudripad’s Allergy Elimination Technique (“NAET”), a technique that uses pressure points in certain locations of the body allegedly to improve food allergies and environmental and chemical sensitivities;”

    Here in Calgary, Alberta, Canada my two sons and I have all successfully and legally! received NAET treatments from our homeopath/naturopath DR along with many, many other patients. So, maybe not practiced in the state of VA, but totally legal and practiced here in the country of CANADA.

    Loving Keto, love Dr. Berg, wishing you all success on your new blog!

  • Reply
    Cheryl Young
    February 4, 2019 at 2:24 am

    You go Girl! I love your decorating blog and am finding this one very interesting.

  • Reply
    Sabrina
    February 4, 2019 at 4:00 am

    Rock on, Kristi!
    An articulate rebuttal.
    It is also right to address Dr. Berg (if he were in Japan) as Sensei Berg, a title reserved for doctors, teachers and experts.

    So he is a Keto Sensei. 😁

    I thought you were following Dr. Jockers too. (I saw his recipes, they look good and will work for Trim Healthy Mama fat+protein based meals.

    And her claim about Drs. selling things is silly, indeed. The THM ladies sell stevia, whey powder and a low carb baking mix, but one can find plenty of free information via blogs, you tube or their book from the library. Same for the “gurus” of the Paleo diet, vegans, et. Al.

    Congrats on the 40lb!

    • Reply
      Kristi
      February 4, 2019 at 7:35 pm

      I’ve never heard of Dr. Jockers until now. Thanks for sharing a new resource!

      • Reply
        Sabrina
        February 5, 2019 at 4:44 am

        You are welcome! I tried a smoothie today, it was good!

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    Anna
    February 4, 2019 at 10:15 am

    Perfect, Kristi!
    Very informative, well researched articles !
    I have been doing keto on and off for 5 years and going to start over again inspired by you!

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    Sherre
    February 4, 2019 at 12:44 pm

    I hope that this can be an open discussion and I’m not out of line saying an of this. If so, please tell me and I will leave and stick to the decorating page 🙂

    I think maybe I was too young when the government insisted we all eat cereal, pasta, or rice as our main meals, because I’ve never thought that. Those three things are all good sources of carbs, or fuel (and vitamins if you stick with whole grain), but America’s problem is excess. Do you have an antique set of dishes from the 50s? Have you ever compared them to a normal dinner plate you would buy now? They’ve increased in size by at least 40%.
    Pasta serving – 1 cup uncooked. Rice – 1/2 cup uncooked. Cereal, 1/2 cup to 1 cup, depending on the type. What American follows this? Nearly no one. Those things are not meant to be the main course, but a small side next to a healthy portion of good protein and vegetables!

    I think Keto is great in that the intention is to have people focus on good sources of fuel, like vegetables, and to eliminate bad things, like sugar. And I also think it’s great that it limits cheeses and fatty meats, which are high in cholesterol and other bad things (I had a coworker who would eat a triple whopper without a bun while on the Atkins diet. She lost weight but I could hear her organs crying). BUT, now most of what I see are Keto-approved replacements for all of the foods that are bad for you- Keto bread, Keto ice cream, etc. So, is it really doing much to break the habit of eating bad stuff, if you are replacing it with zero-cal versions? There are a whole slew of health issues associated with artificial or zero-cal sweeteners, including increased risk of cancer, problems with insulin, increased hunger… We all need to give in to sweet cravings or bread cravings every now and then, but in moderation. And that’s where I think this diet loses me. I REALLY hope I’m not being offensive!

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      Kristi
      February 4, 2019 at 4:09 pm

      Sherre, I would love for this to be an open discussion! 🙂 But I will admit that your comment is going to be hard to address in this type of forum because I see a lot of 20th century “medicine” type of thinking (that unfortunately, so many medical doctors today are holding onto because they’re uneducated on current research) just in your questions alone. But I”ll do my best. 🙂

      The government’s dietary recommendations, where 60% were from bread, pasta, etc., came out in the mid-90s. You can see it here.

      Grains are not good for your brain. It doesn’t matter if it’s “whole grain” or other. It’s just bad for your overall health, and especially your brain. I would encourage you to look into Dr. David Perlmutter, a board-certified neurologist, who has basically committed his life to the study and research of the effect of grains on the human brain. You can read his book, Grain Brain, which has just been updated and re-released, where he explains in (understandable) detail the effect of eating grains on your brain health. Here’s a very short primer: https://www.drperlmutter.com/must-entirely-grain-free/

      As far as what we’re eating today, the problem isn’t JUST portion. The problem with Americans today is that we’re eating more, but our bodies are starving. It’s not a matter of portion size. It’s a matter of the quality of the food we’re eating. I don’t know if you watched the video that I included in Part 2 (you can find that here), but Dr. David Ludwig says, “Overeating doesn’t make you fat. Being fat makes you overeat.” He goes on (around the 19:00 point) to explain that on a physiological level, obesity isn’t a state of excess, but instead, it’s more akin to a state of starvation. I encourage you to go back and listen to that, because he explains it quite simply in a way that those of us without a biology/medical background can understand it.

      On sugar, I think everyone agrees. It’s the devil of our food supply. 😀 But what few people recognize is that sugar has about 100 names, and is so easily hidden that so many people think they’re eating a food that doesn’t have sugar because the label doesn’t specifically say “sugar,” but they’re unaware of the other names that sugar can be disguised as in our food. I didn’t read this entire article, but I did quickly scan this list, and every one of these is bad and should be avoided: https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/56-different-names-for-sugar#section9

      Fructose is an especially tricky one. People generally understand fructose to be “fruit sugar” and therefore think, “Oh, it’s natural. It comes from fruit, so it’s fine.” Fructose is among the worst sugars because it bypasses the processes in your body that other sugars take, and goes straight to the liver, which the liver turns directly into fat through a process called lypogenesis. If the liver can’t keep up with this process (i.e., turning the fructose into stored fat), then fat will start to accumulate in the liver and cause nonalcoholic fatty liver disease. Before recent decades, fatty liver disease was something only associated with alcoholics. But now with the prevalence of fructose in its various forms, especially high fructose corn syrup, we’re seeing an explosion of fatty liver disease in people who aren’t alcoholics.

      The point being that it’s a little to simple to say, “Avoid sugar.” Because one needs to be aware of the other hundred names that this enemy is diguised as in our food.

      Also, the idea that fatty meats are bad, and cholesterol is bad, is outdated. Throw those notions on the 20th century “medicine” garbage heap as well. 🙂 Fatty meats are perfectly healthy as long as they’re coming from good sources. And the problem is that our food supply has been filled with the most disgusting pseudo food substances that we call “meat” in our grocery stores.

      Imagine, if you will, a cow. She’s living a natural life as God intended. She spends her days out in the pasture, under the sun, grazing on her natural food of grasses. She’s living a pretty stress-free life, because she’s living the life she was intended to live, so her body seldom gets stressed and releases stress hormones. She just has an overall great life for a cow.

      Now imagine another cow. This one, from the first day of life, is packed inside a metal building with a concrete floor with hundreds of other cows. This cow doesn’t see the sun even one single day of its life. It never knows what it’s like to eat a blade of grass, because this cow is fed a diet of only GMO corn and soy, neither of which are its natural diet. (You may as well feed them a steady diet of Doritos and ice cream.) This cow is so packed in with other animals that it doesn’t have any space to move, so its entire life is just standing. And because it’s packed into this type of environment, its body is continually producing stress hormones. And then there are all of the injections of hormones and antibiotics that it must get because it’s living in such close quarters with a hundred other cows.

      Which cow would you choose to eat? The first one, of course. The second one, by the time it’s slaughtered and sent to the grocery store, can barely be considered beef. It’s some sort of pseudo beef that’s filled with Omega-6 fatty acids, which is way too abundant in Americans’ diets, and cause all kind of health issues.

      But the meat that comes from the first cow is actual beef. The real thing. Filled with Omega-3 fatty acids that your body loves. And your body LOVES the fat from that cow, as well.

      So this idea that meat is bad, or that we need lean protein, is not accurate. The important thing is to know WHERE your meat is coming from. If you’re going to have animal-based protein in your diet, it needs to come from animals that have been allowed to live a life as close to nature as possible. Factory-farmed animals produce pseudo-meat that harms your body.

      And now about cholesterol. 🙂

      Repeat after me: Cholesterol is good. Cholesterol is good. Cholesterol is good. 🙂

      This idea that we need low cholesterol, or that there’s any such thing as “bad” cholesterol (i.e., LDL) is simply false. I don’t know where this notion even came from, but it’s just wrong. Getting your cholesterol levels checked is virtually useless in determining the health of your body. Dr. Perlmutter explains cholesterol here, starting around the 42:00 mark: https://blog.bulletproof.com/david-perlmutter-553/

      Your body loves and needs cholesterol. In fact, 25% of the cholesterol in your body is in your BRAIN. The brain LOVES and NEEDS cholesterol. Dr. Perlmutter (a neurologist) explains how the brain uses cholesterol.

      So let me explain…

      We’ve been told that LDL is a “bad” cholesterol, and it needs to remain low. The fact is that there’s no such thing as “bad” cholesterol. LDL isn’t even a cholesterol. LDL is a protein that carries cholesterol, and it’s the protein that carries cholesterol TO YOUR BRAIN. And again, your brain loves and needs cholesterol. So the issue is not the amount of cholesterol you have in your body.

      The problem with LDL is when it becomes damaged. If your LDL becomes oxidated or glyconated, that is when the problem arises. LDL is not bad for you. Damaged LDL is bad for you. The problem is that if you go to your doctor and ask to have your glyconated LDL tested, they’re probably going to look at you like you’re crazy. BUT…your glyconated LDL levels are directly correlated to another very COMMON test that doctors do, and that’s the A1C test, as in, the test they do to see if you’re diabetic. Glyconated LDL levels are directly correlated to your A1C levels, so if your A1C is normal, then you can almost guarantee that your LDL is perfectly fine, no matter what the numbers are that come back on a “cholesterol test.”

      And again, that brings us back to the culprits — sugar and processed carbohydrates (including grains). Because those are what will affect your A1C levels, and therefore, will damage your LDL that carries cholesterol to your brain.

      So as far as that coworker goes, what she ate would have been perfectly fine had those beef patties come from grass-fed, grass-finished “free range” cows. She would have gotten healthy protein, healthy fats, and good Omega-3 fatty acids into her body. But I can assure you that no fast food restaurants are serving grass-fed beef. What she ate came from industrialized factory farms, and could therefore be called nothing more than “pseudo-meat”, filled with (among other things) way too much Omega-6 fatty acids, which does her body no favors.

      Now as far as keto replacement foods. there’s a lot to unpack here as well.

      Again, keep in mind that being obese has nothing to do with “habit”. There’s a whole host of things that go into obesity. So the idea isn’t necessarily to completely cut off a habit (i.e., eating ice cream or cookies). The idea is to cut off the steady stream of carbohydrates into the body. Fortunately, there are ways to do that on keto, while still enjoying some sweet treats. And also fortunate for us, there are plenty of ways to do that without using unnatural chemicals. I, like you, believe that unnatural chemicals used as substitute sweeteners aren’t a good thing. Aspartame is the worst, in my humble opinion, so I avoid it like the plague. Others are bad as well, so I do try to steer clear.

      So the key with keto isn’t to find a “zero cal” sweetener, because remember, keto isn’t a low calorie diet. Just banish the thought of calories from your mind in relation to keto. Calories are not our enemies.

      They key is to find sweeteners that don’t spike insulin. And there are several to choose from. Stevia, which comes from the stevia plant, is a good one as long as you make sure it doesn’t include hidden sugars (like maltodextrine, or any of those other sneaky sugars). Monkfruit is another great one. This sweetener literally comes from a monk fruit, and for reasons I can’t explain, it has almost no effect on a person’s insulin levels. So you can sweeten your treats with it without spiking your insulin levels. Another good one is erythritol. This one scares some people because the name sounds like a man-made chemical, and it’s a “sugar alcohol.” But erythritol is actually natural (comes from plants), and it’s not actually an alcohol.

      But let me share my personal experience with this.

      First, I eat dessert every single day. But the difference in what I eat (and what I want) is remarkable.

      Before keto, I wanted to eat sugar every day all day long. In fact, it wouldn’t be unusual for me to go to Sonic in the morning for my unsweet tea, and order a hot fudge sundae along with it. Then if I went to Home Depot later in the day, I might get a package of Grandma’s cookies in the checkout line. And then later in the evening, I was still craving sugar, so I might get another dessert of some sort. My body (and my mind) were ALWAYS craving sugar, and it didn’t matter how much I ate, because my body (and mind) always wanted more. There was never a point at which I became “satisfied” with the amount of sweets, because eating them just increased my desire for eating more of them. I could eat an entire quart of ice cream in one sitting, and still want more.

      Cut to me on the keto diet. These days, I make my own desserts at home, using one of the sweeteners I mentioned above (all of which have plenty of calories, but are very low carb, and so they don’t spike insulin). As an example, the dessert I have in the refrigerator right now is a chocolate peanut coconut ball with pecans. And I used the good cocoa powder (i.e., black onyx, which is what Nabisco uses to make Oreos, and IT.IS.AMAZING.) So these little delectable balls of amazingness sit in my refrigerator for when I want a sweet treat. They’re low carb, high in fat, and amazing. They’re probably two bites per ball, so they’re only around 1.5 inches in diameter. They’re probably about the size of a snowball cookie.

      I eat one a day. That’s it. Just one. And that takes absolutely no will power at all, because this isn’t about willpower. If it were, I would have failed a very long time ago. But one a day is literally all I need to feel like I’ve had a treat and be satisfied. Or rather, to be satiated. That’s a feeling I’ve literally never felt in my entire life before keto. In fact, I can go to the refrigerator late at night, see those little delectable balls of goodness sitting in there, and because my body is satisfied, I don’t even think about eating them and gorging myself on them. One a day literally satisfies me completely. And in fact, some days I don’t even want one at all.

      Now if I were were still fueling my body on carbs, and those little balls were made of sugar, I’d eat the whole batch in one sitting and crave more.

      Now I will say that buying prepared/boxed keto treats is a dangerous thing, because just like other boxed foods, you never know what hidden ingredients are in there. And some of them even have sugar (in one of its various forms, like maltodextrine) hidden in them. Atkins meal replacement bars and sweet treats have this junk in them. So my advice to anyone doing keto is to skip the boxed prepared stuff, make your own at home so you can know exactly what’s going into them.

      Phew! I wrote a novel there, but hopefully I cleared up some questions you had. 🙂

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      Sabrina (recoving bread lover)
      February 5, 2019 at 4:42 am

      I’m glad there is room for discussion! I see a lot of overlap between Keto, Paleo, THM (trim healthy mama) the traditional foods movement (Nourishing Traditions/Weston A Price) and even vegetarianism (if you ignore the high carb part) all have a lot of overlap.

      The only thing that I do not agree with is “grains are bad.” Maybe not. Maybe it’s more how they were prepared/eaten.

      It’s probably influenced by my reading on Weston A Price, a 1930s researcher who researched many traditional cultural diets to see what they had in common and why those who ate them were healthy. He found they ate whole, natural minimally processed foods (no CAFO fac farm beef-grass fed goodness!) ate fat, ate cultured foods and soaked/sprouted their beans and grains, for it made them easier to digest.

      I cannot buy that “grains are bad for our brains” because we have centuries of world cultures who made all sorts of art and discoveries, and they WERE eating wheat, corn , and rice.

      But they soaked those grains, and prepared them in traditional ways that made them easier to digest.

      Some grain has been modified a lot. And many people don’t eat it sprouted or soaked. So that could have an effect.

      I’d say the jury is out on grains.

      See these articles:

      https://www.precisionnutrition.com/grain-wheat-debate

      https://www.precisionnutrition.com/should-you-avoid-grains

      https://www.precisionnutrition.com/all-about-grains

      And for fun, a detailed article about the ketogenic diet, which says much of the same things Kristi’s shared.

      https://www.precisionnutrition.com/ketogenic-diet

      If avoiding grains works for one, go for it. Enjoy your almond meal goodies!

      I make nut flour baked goods sometimes (sweetened with stevia/erythritol etc) and they are tasty.

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        Julie S.
        February 5, 2019 at 8:40 pm

        Grains are bad for ME. I’m a type 2 diabetic and grains (and virtually all carbs) turn into sugar once ingested. My blood sugars go crazy after 1 slice of bread. I was hospitalized a while back (not diabetes related) and they fed me apple sauce, bread and butter, ham slices, and some rice. Then they came in and read my blood sugars and they were in the 240-250 range (90s – 120s are optimum range). They wanted to give me a shot of insulin because they were so high. I had not yet been diagnosed as a diabetic at that time in my life.

        So for people with diabetes (and there are many, many, many of us), grains are not good and most carbs too. That’s why I’ve adopted this way of eating, to help keep my blood sugars where they are supposed to be and not let this disease progress.

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    Sherre
    February 4, 2019 at 4:58 pm

    Haha, I saw your comment back and thought maybe I was still scrolling through your blog post! 😉

    I definitely should not have brought up cholesterol- I know nothing about it except my experience with friends and coworkers who had heart problems due to it, and also consumed crappy food constantly.

    And you certainly do not have to argue with me on fat. I am team fat all the way. I prefer t-bones to filets, dark meat chicken to white, salmon to white fish, butter to evoo, 80% fatty beef, the list goes on. It makes me feel full and satisfied, energetic, and clearer-headed. But I think moderation is key.

    I admittedly did not watch the video about obesity (I check your blog at work), but will have to because I fail to see how obesity does not initially stem from excess- simply put, if you consume more calories than you burn, you gain weight. Isn’t that the basic science of it? And you say keto has nothing to do with calories, which I completely agree that it’s focus is not calories and that may largely contribute to it’s success (every time I’ve ever tried to count calories, it’s made me hungrier because I was thinking about calories all the time)…but again, eating less calories than you burn in a day is what ultimately leads to weight loss. Calories ARE are friends, but they have to be the right ones, from whole and natural sources that make us feel fuller on less. 200 calories of a donut is not going to satiate you in the way 200 calories of vegetables or steak would.

    Each person is so different, individuals have to find the way of eating that does their body best. And at the heart of it, I think generally keto gives great advice. https://www.dietdoctor.com/low-carb/keto/foods
    This was the first website I saw when I looked up what you should and should not eat while on keto. It’s common sensical- whole, natural foods, no processed foods. I’d always, no matter what, argue for the case of potatoes and carrots, though 🙂 It sounds like keto has really helped you become an intuitive eater and pay attention to what your body wants and needs, and no one can look down on that!

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    Chelle Ellis
    February 4, 2019 at 11:10 pm

    BOOM! :mic drop:

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    sarah
    February 5, 2019 at 6:44 pm

    I did a version of the keto diet (IP) two years ago and it made me sick. I was on the diet for a month and had painful migraines, stomach cramps, felt groggy and had no energy. I only lost 5 pounds during that time. It was an awful experience. However, I still think keto is a great diet, especially for people who have trouble controlling their blood sugar. I also think the “keto flu” symptoms would have gone away if I would have pushed through but I was so sick of eating meat and fats at that point that I just gave up. I don’t know why that Debbie needed to say bad things about this diet though. Even though I had a bad experience with it, I don’t think it’s a bad diet at all. Different diets work for different people. Everyone’s body reacts differently to different foods. A lot of people benefit from the keto diet and have lost a lot of weight from it.

    I started doing calorie counting in November and have lost 25 lbs. I don’t do much exercise – a 30 minute walk in the morning and evening. I do a form of intermittent fasting as well, however, I didn’t realize it had a name when I started doing it. I always used to overeat at night while watching TV so I decided that the kitchen is closed after supper, around 6 PM. I don’t eat again until breakfast which is usually between 11AM-noon (mornings are so busy I usually forget about breakfast until then. That’s a 18 hour fast and a 6 hour eating window. I don’t know if it helped with the weight loss directly but it has stopped me from binging at night.

    CICO has worked well for me but it is definitely not right for everyone. Not everyone wants to deal with counting calories (it takes a lot of work & planning at the beginning) and some people can’t lose weight while eating carbs (which are the people who benefit the most from the keto diet). For some people, a low carb might work fine without going full keto. I’m currently considering lowing my carb intake to speed up my weight loss. All that to say that people need to do the diet that works best for their body and their lifestyle whether that’s IF, Keto, CICO, Medifast, Jenny Craig, Weight Watchers, Nutrisystem, Slimfast, etc. There’s dozens of diet programs out there and each has their success stories. Debbie is wrong for shaming any diet program, especially keto. I think she’s just being mean because it is one of the more successful & popular diets out there so it’s an easy target.

    Thank you so much for posting these rebuttals. Debbie does not know what she’s talking about.

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    Melanie
    February 5, 2019 at 6:56 pm

    The thing that I think people don’t understand about grains is that no actually we haven’t been eating them that long. When someone says, “oh people have been eating grains for 10,000 years” and have done just fine well actually that is about a half of 1% of our evolutionary history. Our bodies weren’t designed to eat grains as a main source of food because while we were evolving they didn’t exist.
    Also these grains that are in most foods today barely resemble (genetically) the early wild grains of our experimental agricultural ancestors. Haha say that three times 😀
    And we are feeding these same grains to our livestock. So the meat isn’t as healthy for us
    I could go on all day but instead I’ll just thank Kristi for her awesomeness 😀

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      Kristi
      February 5, 2019 at 7:13 pm

      This is precisely right. Can you even imagine the amount of time it would have taken to make a loaf of bread 2000 years ago? You’d have to gather the grains by hand, grind them by hand with a stone, and separate out the useless parts by hand.

      That’s a far cry from what we have today. Now everything is done on an industrial scale, with half of the grocery store (if not more) filled with things made out of wheat, oats, and various grains. Before 1870, when the first industrial grain grinder/separator machine (I can’t think of what it’s called 😀 ) was invented, bread and grains just simply did not comprise a big part of humans’ diets.

      And yes, what we eat today is so different genetically from what was eating even 150 years ago.

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    Laurie
    February 5, 2019 at 8:32 pm

    I started the Keto diet a few months ago and love it. I lost 20 lbs so far (30 to go) and have more energy and never feel hungry or get those nasty blood sugar drops before meal times. (My blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood sugar levels were fine before I began. We will see if they dropped at all when I go for my next physical in the spring. ) but I was lethargic and overweight. (I am in my mid-fifties and saw my weight go up over the last ten years).

    My godson who is about to graduate with a degree in the medical field (a P.A.) got me on it when he started it to lose weight. He grew up on a high carb diet. He lost weight and feels better himself.

    I find it a very natural way to eat–it’s not too different from how I used to eat in my 20s and 30s when I was very active and slim. After getting married and eating fast food to save time after a long day at work/long commute plus going out to eat a lot when we didn’t feel like cooking put the weight on. I don’t miss sugar and most carbs (occasionally like on the holidays I let myself cheat some by having some carbs) but then I get back on track. Being able to eat cheese, dairy, bacon, onions, and all those leafy veggies I love makes it easy for me. I do miss rice, but riced veggies like cauliflower make a great substitute. And I just eat sandwiches without bread using sliced cheese as the bread. And I always was a big seafood/fish lover so the more salmon the better.

    Maybe Debbie should try it and see for herself before slamming it. It sounds like other diets have failed her so she’s bitter and is angered by other’s success with Keto.

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    KW
    February 5, 2019 at 10:47 pm

    Your rebuttals were incredibly well researched and thoughtfully written! I personally did not feel well on the keto diet, but I have seen it work really well for a few friends and family members. I did do Weight Watchers for a year and a half and used 14 of my 30 daily points to eat 2 tbs. of coconut daily and I lost more weight and had fewer cravings than I’ve ever had on another diet. It obviously wasn’t a keto diet but I definitely felt the benefits of introducing more healthy fats and using my remaining points to eat as healthy as possible.

    I have a friend that started at nearly 500 pounds (a perfect example of the fact that food is absolutely an addiction — no one gets to 450+ pounds by having a normal relationship with food or eating!) and within a year was around 200 pounds and in UNBELIEVABLE shape. He was also exercising and didn’t end up with a ton of excess skin despite the dramatic weight loss. Because of his unhealthy relationship with food, there’s no question if another diet would have worked for him. Diets that allow junky food (like Weight Watchers) don’t work when you obviously have issues with self control and can use your daily points to eat a bunch of processed sweets if you want to.

    I will say that one of the reasons I think keto may make some people roll their eyes or discredit its value is that when a diet or lifestyle becomes a trend or fad (maybe what Debi was alluding to…) is that hordes of people adopt that diet without doing their research or understanding what the diet is really about. They see others losing weight and half-heartedly start eating “fat bombs” or a heaping plate of bacon and eggs for breakfast. Just this week I saw a friend share that she’s lost 80 lbs. doing the keto diet while posting a big bowl of fruit she was eating for breakfast. Huh? Just say you’re eating low carb, or avoiding bread and grains, but don’t say keto when you obviously don’t know the particulars of what that lifestyle entails! Whenever something becomes increasingly prevalent and popular, it gets distorted by the masses and causes others to become doubtful or distrusting of its virtues.

    All that to say — I am happy for you and Matt that you’ve found something that works for you. You look wonderful and, even more importantly, it sounds like you FEEL good which is all that really matters!

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    Lisa
    February 6, 2019 at 6:32 am

    I have been doing keto for the last 2 1/2 years. I lost 35 lbs. within six months. My main motivation for getting off sugar and other carbs was to improve my health. I had just made contact with my biological parents and found out my maternal grandmother had early onset Alzheimer’s. That really scared me! Alzheimer’s is now referred to as Type 3 diabetes. I knew I needed to make a change in my eating habits. Keto has saved me and I’ll never go back to eating like I did before.
    Dr. Berg, The Diet Doctor website and Dr. Jason Fung are good sources of information.

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    Guerrina Hernandez
    February 8, 2019 at 6:54 pm

    Well written rebuttal, Kristi. I have to wonder if the other blogger confuses ketosis (good) with ketoacidosis (bad).

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    Linda
    February 8, 2019 at 7:47 pm

    Kristi, I have followed Dr Mercola(a DC) gasp😂 for years! He also believes in keto, has many Drs on his blog from time to time. Oh, he also sells “thingamabobbies” on his site. I buy from him quite regularly. I am also part of another group with the “leader” being a DC. She also sells things that I buy. Her first degree is anthropology! Then chiropractic!
    2 things here:1. I have a niece who is aDr. She NOT a medical Dr but she’s a “Dr of audiology”. That’s what she’s called.
    2. I have a nephew who is a Dr, NOT a medical Dr, but has a PhD in economics. He’s the chair of said studies at a university in CO, who has worked for the gov the past few years. He is called Dr.
    I think this Debi needs to get out into the world more!😂😂

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      Linda
      February 8, 2019 at 7:54 pm

      Oh and DO’s are medical Drs as well, but they’re not MD,’s so miss Debi probably doesn’t believe they’re real Drs either.😂😂

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        Linda
        February 8, 2019 at 8:12 pm

        Plus my hubby’s (Dr) at the VA is an LRNP! VA uses many NP’s as there’s not enough MDs for general practice. They’re usually in specialized fields.

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      Kristi
      February 8, 2019 at 8:12 pm

      I love Mercola! I’m pretty sure he’s not a DC, though. He is a DO (Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine). And yep, they can even do surgery, prescribe medicine, run the tests, diagnose, and on, and on. But they don’t have that M.D. after their name. D.C.’s just have a different approach to medicine than M.D.s, but they’re actual, valid doctors.

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    Linda
    February 8, 2019 at 8:18 pm

    Ooops. You’re right! My bad! I have followed him for many many years . My other friend is a DC though. She and her hubby are both DC’s and I buy things from her office as well. My emulsified D is one I get thru her.
    I have been using chiropractic since I was 17 years old. So, for over 50 years now.

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    Jeanne
    February 8, 2019 at 11:18 pm

    Hi Kristi, that was a very impressive response. I read some of Debi’s blog and it seems I missed her md or other medical credentials. Does she have any? Not only did she use you as a “case” but also as an “example.” Not Christian to my way of thinking.

    I have been fat for my whole life. I always struggle. Back in the day I did the Oprah (medifast) diet which was medically supervised. I lost 95 pounds and my total cholesterol went from the 180s to the 150s. I kept that weight off for 5+ years by watching my diet and doing lots of exercise. I did 8 aerobics classes a week and 3 weight classes. I also did aerobic tapes at home. The exercise helped me burn calories and increase muscle, but more importantly, it helped keep me focused on my diet. Our vacations became active, mountain hiking and cycling. Life was wonderful. Then I switched from dance aerobics to step aerobics and developed a heel spur, plantar fasciitis. That was the end of my exercise. The pounds returned.

    Then I switched to Atkins and got within 15 pounds of my lowest. Even thought I was getting a lot of fat my total cholesterol was in the 120s! I believe that proves that it is sugar, not fat, that is bad for you.

    Gradually I’ve gained weight, but not back to my maximum weight. Now, with your inspiration I’m trying Keto. I’m older now and it’s slow going. But I’m hopeful. It’s hard to control my sugar and salty food cravings. Exercise is harder as I now have knee as well as heel pain.

    I’m eager to follow you. Please keep posting. Oh, has Matt noticed any improvements in MS while doing Keto? Kristi, I truly wish the best for both of you.

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      Kristi
      February 8, 2019 at 11:23 pm

      Matt has seen some really great improvements since doing keto. And just within the last two weeks, he’s started taking a special vitamin C supplement, and the change since then has been unbelievable. I plan to write more about that very soon.

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    Karen
    February 9, 2019 at 1:56 am

    I’ve been doing Keto for 7 months. I was a Type 2 Diabetic for 13 years. At the start of 2018 I was taking 6 prescription meds. Six months into Keto and I was down to 2 and one of them had the dose cut in half. My doctor was iffy but after he saw my weight loss and my A1c drop after 6 weeks he became interested. I gave him my copy of The Diabetes Code by Dr Jason Fung. He promised to read it. We chatted via messaging and kept lowering doses and stopping meds. My last visit (December) he was very pleased. Still a little conservative but that’s ok. I think he’s changed his eating a bit because I swear he has lost some weight. My A1c was 5.4. Technically not diabetic any longer. Now my goal is to get rid of my Insulin Resistance. Something interesting I read is the increase of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease in children. The culprit? High Fructose Corn Syrup. Goes straight to the liver. People can die from NFLD and children are being diagnosed with it. This is something y by at never happened 50 years ago. Love this blog. It’s like you’re inside my head. The weight loss is slow but as Dr Berg says you have to heal your body to lose weight. Not the other way around.

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    Andrea B
    February 11, 2019 at 5:53 pm

    I feel that so many people don’t actually understand what Keto actually is. Even the things that Jillian Michaels said in opposition to Keto didn’t actually pertain to what Keto actually is. Those who are promoting Keto don’t necessarily have the same information. That’s why it is a great idea to stick with people who are extremely knowledgeable and experts, like Dr. Berg, who are following the medical research and studies. Someone here even commented how Keto didn’t work for them and they couldn’t do all the meat. Correctly done Keto is actually moderate protein and that can come in a variety of forms in addition to meat like cheese, nuts, etc. And if we want to reference a “Medical Doctor”, Dr. Perlmutter (a neurology doctor) does a lot to promote the Keto diet. Unlike Dr. Berg and his short, concise videos, Dr. Perlmutter’s can be very lengthy and informative. I have seen videos where he interviews medical researchers and their finding regarding a keto diet. From what I have heard from them, there are a lot of researchers that are finding huge benefits of the diet to combat a bunch of different issues like diabetes and seizures.

    I will say that with Keto, I am much more aware of by body and it’s needs than I ever was before. I’m making sure that I get the correct amount of vitamins and electrolytes as well while previously I never thought about it. As long as you know how you are supposed to eat, then it is much easier to find recipes to fit your diet and there are a ton available.

    And for anyone looking for an excellent mug cake, I found this recipe that you can make chocolate or vanilla (although I have to short the cook time for the chocolate one) and with the coconut flour, it isn’t gritty. https://jenniferbanz.com/keto-mug-cake I was having problems with grittyness with other recipes. And for those who let themselves have some berries, I threw in some blueberries into the vanilla one and it was excellent.

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      Kristi
      February 14, 2019 at 3:06 am

      For some reason, your comment went to the spam folder. I just saw it! And I’m so glad I did. I can’t wait to make that keto mug cake. Have you tried her recipe for the 90 second bread? I haven’t really found a bread recipe I like yet. I did make one that was pretty good (a cauliflower-based bread) and I made some amazing grilled ham and cheese sandwiches with it. But I’d love to find a good (and easy!) one that doesn’t require cooking riced cauliflower first.

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    Amy
    February 13, 2019 at 1:22 am

    Well, where do I start? I’m kinda sold. I admittedly tried low carb in the past and it was so hard. But, I see things I did that aren’t in line with what you say. It’s definitely worth a shot. I’m in. Off to download carb manager and watch some videos, I think.

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    Erin Brown
    February 16, 2019 at 2:53 pm

    I have never commented on a blog in my life, but I love Addicted2Decorating; it is my single favorite blog because you use color, and you show real life.

    With that said, this business with the other blog using your experiences as a “case study” is ridiculous. Although she claims to be an avid fan of your other blog, I suspect the root of the situation was to increase her own blog traffic.

    Peer-reviewed research and science-based evidence. That’s where I gather my facts. I follow blogs because of the human element and the anecdotal success-stories.

    I cannot understand her motivation in any way, unless it was to simply increase her own blog’s traffic.

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    ME
    February 17, 2019 at 2:55 am

    some of the most undeducated people I’ve come across regarding healthy eating have had the initials MD after their names. I do not put a lot of faith in practicing physicians. Medical doctors practice medicine on their patients. People seem to forget this. also, there’s no money to be made in curing people. so it’s the doctors who actually care about their patients who have educated themselves. There’s a doctor who was overweight, went to all of his nutrition education from school to lose weight and the CICO didn’t help him. He lost his weight doing Keto and has a youtube channel, Ken D Berry MD Great research and links on your rebuttal.

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      Kristi
      February 17, 2019 at 4:56 am

      I’ve heard medical doctors say that they get all of about one or two weeks of education on nutrition in med school. Ha! That should comprise at least 50% of what they learn! But you’re right. There’s no money in curing people.

      And I love Dr. Ken Berry. I follow him on Instagram.

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