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I was in a yoga class recently where the instructor repeated this mantra, “ask for guidance.”
I’ve had plenty of experiences when I felt like I knew everything, only to fall flat on my face. I suppose that’s why this idea of seeking help hit home with me; I know I can’t survive in this crazy world alone.
When I knew it was time to modify my diet to try and fix my health, I turned to the experts. I read books, I listened to podcasts, and I researched. There were many days when I felt lost and confused, so I asked for more help. I worked with a naturopathic doctor, a dietitian, and, most recently, a functional medicine doctor.
More tests meant more questions, experiments, and, always, more research. And, I can’t emphasize this enough, it all comes down to figuring out what foods make the most sense for my needs right now. With that in mind, I’d love to share with you some of the resources that have gotten me to this point in my journey. I have to remind you that I’m not a health professional, more like a professional health hobbyist (ha), so please consult your medical practitioner before making any changes to your diet or supplements.
Carrie on Living’s High-Nutrient, Low-Carb Diet Resources (contains some affiliate links):
- Keto Clarity: Your Definitive Guide to the Benefits of a Low-Carb, High-Fat Diet book by Jimmy Moore
- KetoDiet Blog featuring beautiful, whole-food recipes (check out the app, too!)
- Live to 110 podcast #104 The Low Carb Guide to Health and Beauty with Franziska Spritzler <—-two very smart women discussion a very interesting topic, I highly recommend listening to this if you are new to the idea of low-carbohydrate living.
- Living La Vida Low-Carb podcasts. I’ve listened to at least 50 of these (and counting!) and have learned something from each of them.
- Precision Xtra NFR Blood Glucose Monitoring System (also measures ketone bodies)
- The Big Fat Surprise: Why Butter, Meat and Cheese Belong in a Healthy Diet book by Nina Teicholz
- The Bulletproof Diet: Lose up to a Pound a Day, Reclaim Energy and Focus, Upgrade Your Life book by Dave Asprey, read my review here.
- The Keto Beginning e-book from the Healthful Pursuit website. Leanne offers advice for vegans on her site.
- The Low Carb Dietitian’s Guide to Health and Beauty: How a Whole-Foods, Low-Carbohydrate Lifestyle Can Help You Look and Feel Better Than Ever book by Franziska Spritzler. This book offers a really balanced approach (with a vegetarian option) and emphasizes the importance of eating high-nutrient foods; I highly recommend it!!!
- The Low Down on Low Carb by Chris Kresser (free e-book, requires mailing list sign-up). Chris has been influential in my health recovery, he is brilliant and open-minded. His associate, Dr. Amy Nett, is my functional medicine doctor.
I hope this list helps, I have learned so much from the hard work that others have done to help spread the word about whole food, low-carb diets.
“Ask for guidance, seek guidance, receive guidance.”
Feel free to leave a comment below, I’d especially love to hear your suggestions for learning more about this diet and managing blood sugar.
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