Berberine – Worth It or Mythical Unicorn?

Metformin has been the first-line treatment drug for many years for people with a Type 2 Diabetes (DM2) diagnosis; over recent years, it is becoming common to use it “off-label” for a variety of metabolic syndrome symptoms as well, including weight loss, polycystic ovary syndrome(PCOS), and insulin resistance (IR) as calculated by the Homeostatic Model Assessment of Insulin Resistance (HOMA-IR) method. However, studies continue to show that significant  numbersContinue reading “Berberine – Worth It or Mythical Unicorn?”

Do you check your glucose?

For any of you who have never checked your glucose, maybe it’s worth a try. It is truly the only way to know how food directly impacts glucose. Use a glucometer to check and monitor your glucose level. They can be purchased over the counter. For inexpensive ones, ask your local pharmacy about the leastContinue reading “Do you check your glucose?”

Keto Cauli-Taters

1 head of cauliflower, cut into florets 1/2 stick of butter, softened 3-4 ounces of cream cheese 1 cup grated white cheddar 1 tsp garlic powder 1/4 cup (or less) heavy cream ( optional) Salt & pepper to taste Preheat oven to 350 degrees, and grease or butter casserole dish. Place chopped cauliflower into microwaveableContinue reading “Keto Cauli-Taters”

Reversing Dementia IS Possible

This is the story of a friend who wishes to remain anonymous. His words. His experiences. And they are amazing! “I joined this group (a FB group) to help my mother who is 69 years old, has had type 2 diabetes for about twenty years now and has developed many complications although none of themContinue reading “Reversing Dementia IS Possible”

One Person at a Time – We CAN Change the World

  It is truly a shame that mainstream medical providers, highly trained and well-educated professionals, continue to encourage hundreds of grams of carbohydrate intake on a daily basis when simple logic shows that the approach is not helping to reduce elevated glucose, decrease weight, lower blood pressure, or improve health in any form at all.Continue reading “One Person at a Time – We CAN Change the World”

Keto Pepper Poppers

Just in time for the big game, we have a delicious low carb finger food to add to the table! 12 jalapeños, seeded and halved 8 ounces of softened cream cheese 3 tbsp. sour cream 1/2 cup grated cheese (any type or combo) 2 tsp minced garlic (More can be used) 1/2 tsp onion powderContinue reading “Keto Pepper Poppers”

Do the Math – Calculate Your Macro Goals

I use the simplest keto calculator available, using IDEAL body weight NOT current body weight – as many calculators do. First, determine your ideal weight. There are many ranges and charts available, but I use the simplest version from nursing school many years ago. We use ideal weight because we want to lose weight orContinue reading “Do the Math – Calculate Your Macro Goals”

Creamy Keto Soup

This recipe is a great base for most any type of creamed soup you enjoy. I used frozen spinach in my batch, but sautéed Brussels sprouts,  mushrooms, or asparagus would work just fine instead. Creamy Keto Soup 32 oz heavy cream 1 1/2 cup water or broth 6 oz cream cheese 1 cup shredded whiteContinue reading “Creamy Keto Soup”

Measures of “Improving Health”

Recently, another health care provider mocked my use of the phrase, “improving the health of my patients”, saying that it’s vague and not measurable. Her comments gave me pause, because the goal of every nurse I’ve ever met has been to help people improve their health. Ask any nurse why he or she became aContinue reading “Measures of “Improving Health””

Tips & Tricks to Master LCHF 

Sometimes life impacts our food choices and our intake of processed foods increases, although they may be higher in fat or lower carb. Many times, I get messages, asking for our “approval” to consume off-plan foods like keto breads and ice creams. While some of these foods’ ingredients may be included on the LCHF foodContinue reading “Tips & Tricks to Master LCHF “

What is Vitamin D & Why Do I Need It?

Vitamin D is called a vitamin; it’s often called a hormone. It’s often called a vitamin that acts like a hormone.  So, which is it?  It’s actually all of the above.  Vitamin D is a fat-soluble agent with a chemical structure similar to a steroid.  Which makes sense, as Vitamin D is one of theContinue reading “What is Vitamin D & Why Do I Need It?”

The Truth About Grains

10 Facts You MUST Know About Grains Whole grains, like wheat, corn, and oats, have been touted for many years as healthy and nutritious, but over the past decade, grains have come under attack. Are whole grains healthy or not? If not, what makes them unhealthy? Looking back over history, grains were never a majorContinue reading “The Truth About Grains”

Fats Got a Bad Rap…

For the past 50 years or so, we’ve all been taught that fats are unhealthy for us; we believed these “experts” because they seemed to be honest and respectable scientists and doctors.  However, most of these experts had very strong personalities and pushed their way to the forefront of nutrition advisory councils, various dietary boards,Continue reading “Fats Got a Bad Rap…”

Does Cholesterol Cause Heart Attacks? Is fat bad for me?

For the past 50+ years, many agencies and experts have recommended a low fat, low cholesterol diet to manage diabetes, heart disease, and just overall good health.  However, much of this advice began as one man, Ancel Keys, decided that fat “must” be the cause of heart attacks.  More information on Keys’ influence can beContinue reading “Does Cholesterol Cause Heart Attacks? Is fat bad for me?”

What is Bulletproof Coffee?

Bulletproof coffee is gaining popularity among dieters and those seeking to improve energy levels,  metabolism and brain function.  About 5 or 6 years ago, a visit to Tibet resulted in the development of the new recipe for coffee; Dave Asprey created the coffee with “upgraded” coffee beans with lower amounts of mycotoxins.  Mycotoxins are toxicContinue reading “What is Bulletproof Coffee?”