To Keto Or Not To Keto (Part 2)
This article is a spin off from “To Keto or Not to Keto (Part 1). The keto diet dates back to the 1920s, which was originally created by Dr. Russell Wilder. Its initial use was for children that suffered from epilepsy who were unresponsive to drugs. Today, Dr. Gianfranco Cappello, an associate professor of surgery at the Sapienza University in Rome, Italy, plays a vital role in its advocacy. There are plenty of critics, but probably just as many supporters. I am only here to present the information, studies, and supply you with resources to help you do your own research; beyond living a gluten-free lifestyle, I am not currently supporting nor opposing any specific diet. Here are the different arguments regarding the pros and cons when researching the keto diet:
You may notice the contradiction in some of the pros and cons. Again I just deliver the information. I don’t believe there is a final verdict or will there ever be. Our bodies are not a one size fits all and each person is going to have to find what works for them and gives them the desired results; while still giving the body the nutrients that it needs to thrive. Sufferers of celiac disease have been deprived of vital nutrients for possibly years and it is extremely important to make sure you are replenishing those properly. The best first step for any individual, whether you have celiac disease or not, is to simply get off the gluten. There are no benefits your body receives from eating gluten. For those with celiac disease or gluten intolerance, it is your only choice. Whether it is keto, paleo, or most importantly eating a balanced diet, all of those can be obtained by going gluten-free.
To learn some additional history on the ketogenic diet, click here.
HIIT stands for High Intensity Interval Training. It is a type of workout that has caught fire. That is because of the great results people see. It is a cardiovascular exercise with brief intense workout periods (ranging from 30 seconds to 2 minutes at a time) followed by periods of rest that you desire to last just a little longer. It definitely isn’t for the faint of heart, but can be modified to make it achievable for all ages and ability levels. I recently reached out to Chelsey Stewart, the owner, operator, and lead trainer of Chelsey Fit Factory. She specializes in HIIT classes and provides Heart rate monitored HIIT training at 400 Edgar Street in Evansville Indiana. I asked her to elaborate on the HIIT classes that she provides and this is what she said, “Typically in a HIIT workout you want to be at 80% of your max heart rate to be in your fat burning state. In my classes it varies: We focus on strength, cardio, and plyometrics. During these classes people typically burn 400-700 calories which is perfect. I would say it’s not all true in my opinion when it comes to who can burn the most. It matters most that you stay in that fat burning zone to see the most results (80% of max heart rate for at least half of the workout).” After personally participating in Chelsey’s HIIT class, I found it to be challenging, rewarding, and effective. One great thing about her workouts is you aren’t hanging around the gym for long periods of time, you know your results immediately (they even focus on keeping you in that fat burning range), but you also build a comradery with the fellow participants. A HIIT workout typically last about 30 minutes or so. During that time you are not only burning a large amount of calories, but you have kicked your metabolism into overdrive for the rest of the day. If you have the opportunity to participate in a HIIT class I highly recommend it. It is grueling and invigorating all that the same time!
Here is a great article, What Is The Best HIIT Workout?, that breaks down the different types of workouts, schedules, and what results you can expect to see. To check out more of what Chelsey Fit Factory has to offer click HERE or find her on Facebook HERE!
Wait! My Liver Does What...?
I came across an article that caught my eye regarding celiac disease and liver abnormalities. Liver abnormalities can refer to elevated liver enzymes that can be caused from multiple liver conditions. In celiac disease, those liver conditions can range from a mild inflammation of the liver, know as celiac hepatitis, to fatty liver disease, and even chronic liver failure. The liver plays an important role to the body and has hundreds of functions; some of those include:
According to Ruba Azzam, MD, a modest elevation of liver enzymes (AST, ALT) is found to be common in untreated celiac disease, occurring in 15%-55% of patients. Also, it is important to note that celiac disease has been found in as many as 9% of patients with elevated liver enzymes. Although more research needs to be done it is expected that liver enzymes will normalize on a gluten-free diet in 6-12 months with certain liver conditions, but has not been proven for all. Celiac disease patients should follow up with their physician if liver enzymes have not begun to normalize after 6 months. If you have unexplained liver enzymes that are elevated and have not been diagnosed with celiac disease, it would be beneficial to have further testing.
To go into greater detail regarding this topic, click on the link below and read the entire article.
Are Restaurants The Place To Be?
Wow! I shouldn't have been so surprised when I read the article below. A recent study of over 800 restaurants involving 4,723 menu items resulted in 32% of those items (1511 items) contained higher levels of gluten than FDA standards allot for an item being labeled "gluten-free." Keep in mind the FDA standards allows 20ppm of gluten. To learn more about the FDA standards you can visit my video, FDA Regulations.
To read the entire article, click on the link below.
Hello, my name is Rachel. I am a wife, mother of four beautiful children, and a registered nurse. I have a passion for educating people on nutrition. I strive to "Put life back into your lifestyle," by connecting you to the most up-to-date and accurate information regarding gluten-free living and other topics on nutrition. Check out my blog, website, and feel free to drop me a line!