Harry Potter and the Life Lessons of Disappointment and Self-Discovery

When I was in first grade, my mom bought me the Harry Potter series because I was a little nearsighted nerd with a hyperactive imagination. As a little kid, I became obsessed with magic, spells, Hermione, and broomsticks. They were real in my mind and no one could convince me that my friends at Hogwarts were brilliantly conjured up by J.K. Rowling. I knew I was secretly a witch, and I held on to that knowledge for years.hand with a sparkler

My eleventh birthday was the day I learned the truth about myself. I don’t recall the presents I got or if I had a party or what kind of cake I had that day, but I do remember expecting my Hogwarts letter to show up any minute. I didn’t tell anyone about my secret hope, because my logical side knew that Harry Potter was fictional, but I still searched the skies every hour or so, looking for some sign of an owl. I even ran to the mailbox multiple times a day in hopes that maybe Hogwarts was in cahoots with the US Postal Service.Read More »

The First Step Toward Change: What’s Your Why?

When you look at a flight of stairs, do you feel a lumpy dread hit your stomach? Do you pull out every piece of clothing you own each morning, just looking for something that fits and doesn’t make you feel chunky? Does your morning routine include handfuls of pills that only mask symptoms that plague you every day? Finally, does your doctor look over your charts with worry and plead with you to make changes?Read More »

The Secret Weapon to Weight Loss: Measuring the Right Way

As a society, we really like to measure things. We like to compare our own situations to the national average, our friends, or even imaginary ideals that are seriously impossible to reach. The weight loss industry capitalizes on this. Look around! They tell you to be within a certain weight range for your demographic. To lose it all because Marie Osmond could, or because the results on the Pinterest image are soooo impressive! That could be you–that ought to be you, right? No way.feet on a bathroom scale

Many different methods have been developed for measuring your overall fitness. One of them, the Body Mass Index (BMI), categorizes you as healthy, overweight, or obese based on your height-to-weight ratio. This index has been pretty widely accepted, but there’s a problem: it’s WRONG.Read More »

Ketosis and the “Keto-Flu”

Our AMAZING nutritionist wrote this article on the keto-flu–a common result of entering ketosis. Check it out!

By: Meghan Doherty, Prolean Nutritionist/Trainer

Ketosis InfographicIn Phase 1 of the Prolean program, like many ketogenic diets, you may initially experience symptoms that feel unpleasant or uncomfortable. As time persists, your body will adapt to your new dietary intake and the production of ketones.
What is ketosis, anyways? After taking sugar out of your diet for about a week, the body burns up all of its stored glucose for energy, and then turns to stored fats instead; which results in a build-up of acids called ketones within the body. While the body still has glycogen stores primarily in the liver and muscle, the lack of carbohydrates begins to drain those stores and can cause “Keto-Flu”.

Keto-Flu 101: Everything You Need to Know

The “keto flu” is what we commonly call carbohydrate withdrawal symptoms. These withdrawal side effects usually occur in people who start a low carb diet that alters their hormones and causes electrolyte imbalances. Don’t let this alarm you; this is a GREAT thing! In other words, it describes a cycle in the body which is adapting to a lower carb intake. Your body is so accustomed to living off of carbs that both your body and your mind think you need it to survive. Just like withdrawal from a drug, carbs (and sugar found in those carbs) can be very addicting and cause withdrawal symptoms that only last as long as those carbs stay in your system. It usually takes about a week before your body begins using fat for fuel.

On most diets you’ve tried in the past, your mind was probably much harder to fight than your body. Maybe you’ve never been on a diet that caused you to go through any form of withdrawal, and that’s where you’ll find the greatest source of power when it comes to Keto! With Keto, once your body goes through withdrawal, you’ll find that the temptations you used to face (thoughts of wanting to cheat, cravings, starving) will not be a problem for you.

Keto-Flu Symptoms

No two people experience the keto flu, in the same way, so the symptoms can range from nothing to mild to a full-blown flu-like condition, and include:

  • Lightheadedness
  • Nausea
  • Fatigue/tiredness
  • Lack of OR extreme appetite
  • Mental fog
  • Cramps
  • Headaches/migraines
  • Irritability
  • Cravings (for sugar and/or salt)
  • Diarrhea or constipation or loose dark stools
  • In some extreme cases, high blood pressure and arrhythmia

Here’s what you MAY expect within the first 2-3 days:

  • Fatigue & weakness (lack of concentration) Tired
  • Headaches/migraine
  • Metallic taste or sweet taste in mouth
  • Lightheaded /dizzy upon standing
  • Heightened thirst
  • Hunger/sweet or carb cravings
  • Dry mouth possibly paired with “keto breath”
  • Stomach discomfort/mild nausea/cramping
  • Trouble sleeping or staying asleep (early waking)
  • Water weight loss (perhaps an excessive loss of weight within the first two weeks)
  • Frequent urination
  • Allergies or cold like symptoms may flair up

Man with Arms RaisedAfter Your Body Adapts to Ketosis

Once your body adapts to running on ketones, you can expect to experience any of the following:

  • Increased awareness/concentration
  • More energy
  • Better and more consistent sleep cycle
  • Euphoria
  • Fat loss (in pounds and inches)
  • Increased muscle mass
  • Better muscle recovery
  • Reduced appetite
  • Reduced cravings

Smiling womanHow Long Does Keto-Flu Last?

The duration of keto flu varies for each person. While some may have slight and even unnoticeable symptoms for a day or two, others might have an over the top symptom for a week or more; it depends on how quickly your body adapts to a reduction in carbs. Once keto flu is over, you can expect a huge surge in energy levels, and once that sugar habit is fully kicked, you will likely feel better than ever.

Note: Being patient as your body adapts is key, and know that it will pass, and if it does not you should seek the attention of a qualified medical professional. For most people any symptoms that occur end within two weeks’ time.

How to Combat Emotion-Driven Eating

Mindless eating is a major culprit in the obesity epidemic in the United States.toy teeth eating food

Picture this:

If you are tired, bored, stressed, anxious, mad, lazy, sad or even happy, you probably reach for the bag of potato chips that has been calling your name all afternoon. You decide to eat it while watching TV and before you know it, you’ve eaten a whole bag of Cheetos!

Cheetos

Sound familiar? You are not alone!

Many people emotionally (over)eat (triggered by hormones) and don’t actually listen to their physical cues for hunger, such as needing fuel to begin your day, energy to have a productive day at work, and nutrients to power through your workout. Read More »

5 Ways to Lose Weight without Going Hungry

There’s a lot more to weight loss than a “calories in/calories out” mentality. Many people feel like trying to lose weight is resigning themselves to a lifestyle of misery, at least for 90 days or however long they think they need. The truth is that there are plenty of healthy ways to lose weight without starving yourself or even going hungry! If you go about it correctly, weight loss and maintenance will soon become part of your daily routine.girl in a swingRead More »