Grab a cup of tea and sit down for some good reads. It’s the Wholesome Weekend Roundup featuring my top health and wellness links from around the web this week.

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Artificially Sweetened Beverages and the Risk of Stroke and Dementia – Don’t let this article fool you into thinking it’s better to consume sugary drinks. Both are detrimental to your health.

National Medical Marijuana Laws Would Save Lives and A Billion Taxpayer Dollars – I’m all for saving lives and $1.1 billion in taxes nationwide. If people want to smoke, why should the government stop them? It’s way safer than drinking alcohol and/or popping rx drugs.

Global Warming and Outdoor Allergies – I don’t know where it was ‘warmer than average’ this winter. Certainly not in Boise. But my allergies are worse than they’ve ever been. I kind of suspected a link to global warming, and I’m not surprised. My hay fever symptoms were extremely terrible mid-April but they’ve gotten much better. Or I just kind of got used to them.

Soda Linked to Faster Brain Aging – My brain must be anti-aged since I haven’t had soda since 1998. Maybe that’s why people think I look like I’m 22 when I’m really 34.

Dark Chocolate May Protect Your Brain From Ageing – No you cannot eat dark chocolate with your soda to cancel out its negative effects. Also, what’s the right way to spell ‘aging’. These two articles spell it differently but both seem to be correct. I’m a spelling nazi also in case you didn’t know.

Vitamin D Improves Thyroid Autoimmunity – We need to spend more time in the sun, not less.

Best Foods and Nutrients for Acne – I wish I would have known as a teenager that acne is almost entirely caused by what you put in your body. No amount of face cream is going to help you if you’re not eating well.

11 Hidden Causes of Insomnia – I make sleep a priority. You definitely don’t want to be around me if I didn’t sleep well the night before. Some people try to sleep well but they just can’t. Here are 11 reasons why.

Study Shows Gut-Calming Effects of Chili Peppers and Marijuana – Oooh, spicy!

6 Foods that are High in Lectins – The lectins in legumes and wheat are extremely problematic for me.

Just How Bad are Energy Drinks for Your Health? – Not only are they incredibly disgusting, but it turns out they do your body a ton of harm.

The Best Thing to Eat Before a Workout? Maybe Nothing at All – Fasted workouts keep proving to be beneficial. There’s absolutely no need to ‘carbo-load’ before working out.

I hope you get to enjoy some sunshine this weekend.

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I thought I was clever in coming up with a new hashtag #100ketodays. But it turns out someone else thought of it, and has been doing a 100-day keto challenge since the beginning of the year. You can follow along with me on Instagram using that hashtag, but you’ll have to sort through other peoples’ posts. I can’t promise I’ll post a bunch of stuff though. I’m not a huge fan of social media. I see it as a weapon of mass distraction, and I just don’t need to be obsessive about it like some people are. Committing to blogging 100 days in a row is distraction enough for me.

Anyway, I started today out with a cup of green tea and my new toy.

I bought a diabetes testing kit off of Amazon with the $200 gift card I received from my health insurance company (if they tell you to fill out a health survey, do it because they might reward you!). I hate needles so it took a bunch of courage for me to prick my finger. I used to watch my dad do this all of the time and I also had several students with diabetes in the past who would have to test daily. So I thought if they could do it so can I. It’s not that bad. But I don’t think I’ll be doing this every single day. I did it this morning and also on Tuesday and got 81 for my fasting blood glucose both times. This picture is from Tuesday because the glare on the screen made it too hard to see today’s reading. And by the time I noticed, I had already pulled out the test strip and the reading was gone. No diabetes here though! What I’d really like is a home cholesterol testing kit. Because that’s my main problem I’m trying to remedy.

Breakfast

My omelet contained green onions, sliced pepperoni, and tons of butter in case you’re wondering. And that’s Trader Joe’s everything bagel seasoning on the avocado. Yum! I didn’t eat breakfast until almost 9:30am, which was about 3 hours after I got up, because I wasn’t hungry first thing this morning.

I had to go to the eye doctor after breakfast, which rendered me useless until my eyes became un-dialated around 3pm. I spent the middle of the day food prepping in the dark because my eyes were way too sensitive to do it in the light.

I made beef bone broth in my Instant Pot.

Plus I chopped up some broccoli, cauliflower, red cabbage and kale. Gotta have those non-starchy veggies prepared. Because failing to prepare is preparing to fail.

Lunch

I wasn’t failing at all with this one.

I also had a few macadamia nuts while the sausage and kale chips were cooking.

Dinner

I had to spend the majority of the afternoon cleaning up my kitchen after doing a bunch of food prep. It was worth it but I was tired and didn’t feel like eating a lot. This bowl of mixed greens topped with homemade avocado oil dressing and chicken salad was perfect.

I finished my day with some tea and Netflix.

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Aloha! If you don’t already own Leanne‘s book The Keto Diet go buy it. Now!

I finished reading it the other day and then set an intention to follow the classic keto approach for 100 days. Today is day one. I’m documenting it strictly for me. But if you want to follow along with me, be my guest. I welcome support and constructive feedback but I do not welcome negativity, criticism and vegans who think they know better. I’m doing this because I think it’s what’s best for me. It’s what my body needs right now.

Here’s a little background. I have been dabbling with the keto lifestyle off and on since 2013. I know it works to heal when it’s done right. I have never been overweight, but I did gain quite a few pounds when I lived on Kauai. Here’s a picture of me when I first moved back to the mainland.

This was the heaviest I had ever been. Not ‘heavy’ but also not healthy. Although I wouldn’t mind being that tan again.

Fast forward to last Saturday when I caught a glimpse of myself in my mom’s hotel room mirror.

This is me 15 lbs. lighter and feeling much more healthy. I wasn’t full-time keto but I had definitely started eating more fat. I still have some ways to go but I’m getting there.

I would like to note that this is not about weight loss at all. That will come as a side effect. This is about healing and being optimally healthy. I have had high cholesterol since my early 20’s and have been suffering from PCOS symptoms most of my adult life. Extreme gluten sensitivity is also something that plagues me. I have had mild anxiety and depression for as long as I can remember. Because I have dabbled in keto before, I know that following a ketogenic lifestyle improves those things for me. I’m also hoping to shake the brain fog I experience every now and then.

So what’s the plan? My intention is to document what I eat and how I feel for the next 100 days. Let’s start with today.

Breakfast

I was planning to go grocery shopping after work yesterday but it was pouring rain and I knew I still had this stuff in my fridge. I think this might be too much protein, but I’m not using a macronutrient app to keep track of stuff like that. Nor am I going to be counting calories. Because I don’t believe in counting calories.

I ate a handful of mac nuts right before heading to the gym for an upper body workout.

I met up with my boyfriend on his lunch break post-gym and he bought me this sparkling water.

Lunch

I didn’t get to eat lunch until almost 3:00pm. But I wasn’t even starving or anything. Here’s what I had.

Dinner

I had a work training today so I took my dinner to the training with me.

I came home and had a spoonful of coconut butter and some tea before bed.

I don’t plan to make the next 99 posts as thorough as this one. But I do plan to post an update each night for the next 99 days. So if you’re interested to find out what it’s like to become keto adapted, please follow along. So far I’m finding it to be extremely easy. This is similar to how I eat most days, minus pieces of dark chocolate.

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