All About The Ketogenic Diet

What is it?

The ketogenic diet, also known as the keto diet, is a low carb, high fat diet. It is also that thing you heard about and have been meaning to learn about, but never get around to it. The important thing is that you are here right now and ready to learn.

The keto diet causes your body to go into ketosis. Ketosis is the state that makes your body use fat for primary fuel instead of carbohydrates.

Why Should I Care?

The ketogenic diet has quite a few health benefits. When on this diet, ketones are produced from the low amount of carbs being consumed. Ketones, which are produced in the liver, will be the fuel for your body and more importantly, your brain.

Weight loss, lower blood sugar, lower insulin levels, and lower glucose levels are all results of the keto diet. These are also all good things if you are not familiar with some of the terminology.

The ketogenic diet helps lower the risks of prediabetes and type 2 diabetes. It also helps people who are prediabetic and have type 2 diabetes.

Keto Diet

Are There More Types Of Keto Diets?

There are more types of ketogenic diets. The one you are currently reading about is the standard version. Another that may interest you is the high protein keto diet. This is for those of you trying to target and get rid of a lot of fat. There is also the cyclical keto diet that is more for athletes. There are more, but I think I will go ahead and spare your brain from all of this info by getting back to the standard keto diet.

What Foods/Drinks Should I Avoid?

  • Bread
  • Pasta
  • Rice
  • Potatoes
  • Candy
  • Cake
  • Beer
  • Soda
  • Juice

You should avoid things that invite you to the land of starch and sugar.

What Should I Eat/Drink?

  • Meat
  • Fish
  • Eggs
  • Vegetables like broccoli, tomatoes, kale, cabbage, and cauliflower. If it grows above the ground, it is okay.
  • Cheese
  • Water
  • Tea
  • Coffee

All of these things are low in carbs and are perfect for this diet.

What About Snacks?

  • Peanut Butter
  • Pork Rinds
  • Guacamole
  • Hard Boiled Eggs
  • Zucchini Chips
  • Seaweed Snacks

Remember, low carbs. Some of the snacks you find will seem keto friendly, but you have to make sure they fit the goal of the diet.

Can This Diet Do Any Harm?

There is a bad side to everything in the world and the keto diet is not excluded from that fact. First, this might be a hard diet to stick to for some people. This is common in multiple types of diets, but this one has its own reasons. You need to consider your lifestyle before and what you will need to do in order to maintain your new lifestyle as you move forward.

Next, you may face flu-like symptoms in the beginning. This experience you may go through is actually called keto flu because lots of people have gone through it.

Keto flu could make you feel tired, weak, and hungrier. You could also have trouble sleeping, decreased focus, and not so good of a workout at the gym.

If you have not already figured it out, a way to decrease some of these effects would be to ease into the diet. Try consuming less and less carbs before finally saying goodbye to them for the most part.


Keto diets have many health benefits. They are good for weight loss, diabetics, and reducing the risk for various types of diseases.

The bad outweighs the good by far and that alone is an amazing upside of a keto diet. Make sure to stay consistent on this journey to a better lifestyle.

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Liberty University Adjunct Professor Resigns Over Jerry Falwell’s Blackface & KKK Mask

In normal times, this story would rock the evangelical world. As things stand, it barely registered. However, examining the situation, it is incredible that Jerry Falwell is still president at Liberty University.

On May 27, Falwell tweeted:

In response, one of Liberty’s online professors, Christopher House, resigned. Dr. House, an African-American pastor and scholar rejected Falwell’s justification for the tweet. His full explanation is at his Facebook page.

Yes, the picture on the mask was taken from Gov. Northam’s medical school yearbook. It is also true that Gov. Northam is many years removed from medical school and apologized for his participation in the photo. He also faced widespread condemnation from his own party with numerous calls for his resignation. He disavowed it and is obviously ashamed of it.

Thus, Falwell’s use of the pic is opportunistic. He knows Northam doesn’t stand by the photo, and he knows numerous Democratic leaders called for Northam’s resignation. His use of that photo is now on him. He has to own it because he chose to use it. About the mask, he said he “designed my own.” He chose to use a photo of blackface and a KKK hood to make his silly political point.

So here we are. A Christian college president used some of the most painful imagery for African-American people that can be used to make his point. Apparently, it doesn’t matter who he hurts, offends, or angers, Jerry Falwell, Jr., large and in charge, must express his opposition to the inconvenience of a little mask on his face.

Falwell might protest that he is attacking the racist Northam. This is bogus. Northam disavowed it and is attempting to atone for his sins. Falwell appears to be oblivious to the pain this causes. He sins to make a point that could be made in so many other ways. In fact, his actions have now obscured the point he wanted to make.

Clearly, Dr. House experienced pain from Falwell’s choice:

There is very little that one can teach in an Intercultural class that can be taken seriously by students who seek to engage in a meaningful cross cultural, bridge building and improving race relations in the world when the President of the very same institution draws upon images of racial terror for political expedience, and without regard for people who look like me who will have to deal with the very real, social, economic and physical implications of those negative stereotypes long after his post is removed (or not as such is the case).

Symbols of racism are just that: symbols of racism. They aren’t analogies for perceived slights by white people. A mask using painful images of racism isn’t — will never be — an appropriate advertisement for your political grievances.

Good for Dr. House. I wish him well.

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10 Ways To Make You Feel Happy

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Will Sleeping in Separate Beds Kill My Sex Life? And Other FAQs

I want to go over a few more frequently asked questions that I often run into. We reviewed a few FAQs about a month ago, which included a couple tips on how to get to sleep faster. (You can read the full post here if you missed it.) I received some great feedback afterwards, so I felt compelled to review a few more questions — questions you may have even emailed to me in the past. So without further ado, let’s get to it:

Can Sleeping in Separate Beds Ruin My Sex Life?

I get this question all the time.Everyone is relieved when I tell them no, sleeping in separate beds is not a romantic death sentence. It might even offer a much-needed boost to your relationship.

Okay, I know that might sound a little crazy. But getting a “sleep divorce,” as it’s called, offers a great opportunity to reset your sex life.

It’s also much more common than you might expect. Roughly 25% of American couples sleep in separate beds.

When one partner moves to another room, nine times out of 10 it’s because the other person is snoring. Other times it has to do with one partner having a different work schedule, or one person liking to watch TV before falling asleep.

If you opt to sleep in separate beds, that’s fine. The key factor, though, is putting in the effort to maintain that same level of intimacy you had while sharing a bed. But that’s easier to accomplish than couples expect. In many cases, sleeping in separate beds turns out to enhances their sex lives, not decrease it.

That’s because the times they’re intimate while sharing a bed tend to happen out of convenience. It’s the kind of thing where you go “hey, it’s late, and I’m here, you’re here, so why not?” What ends up happening, though, is there isn’t much regularity to it. The sexual dynamic between the partners essentially depends on who has the bigger sexual appetite and initiates sex.

On the other hand, when you have a sleep divorce, it presents a real opportunity to make sex a priority once again. You can set aside certain days for making love: every Thursday at noon, meet me in the guest room.

Partners end up looking forward to it, there’s less pressure on the partner who may not have as much of a sexual appetite, and from what I’ve seen, it tends to reignite sex lives that were borderline dormant.

Getting better sleep in a separate bed can also help improve your overall relationship; researchers from Penn State University a few years ago found that if even one partner is sleep deprived, it will lead to more negative emotions and less success at conflict resolution. Simply being on better terms with your partner helps create a healthy foundation for your sex lives to build from.

If you’d like to find out more about when to be intimate, I have an entire chapter on the subject in my book, The Power of When. If you’re sleeping in separate rooms, I mention that the best time for sex is often in the morning — right when one partner walks into the other room. Both partners are usually fresh, relaxed, and rejuvenated from a good night of sleep.

How Important Is My Pillow When It Comes to Sleep?

When it comes to the bedroom, people are confused by mattresses and pillows. Your pillow is essential when it comes to getting quality sleep. I would argue pillows are even more important than mattresses.

Here’s why: first, from an economic standpoint, you can change your pillow fairly easily. It’s anywhere from $40 to $100 — that’s a quick and simple replacement that won’t break the bank like a $1,500-$5000.00 mattress.

How To Know If You Need A New Pillow
The telltale sign you need a new pillow is when you’re noticing upper neck or back pain — if you’re experiencing either of those, you need to change your pillow ASAP.

Secondly, I recommend everyone change their pillow every 18-24 months. That’s especially true if you have a natural fill pillow made from cotton, silk, wool or down feathers. The structural integrity of your pillow, which needs to keep your head and neck aligned, starts to give out over time.

This is normal. Every head weighs about 8-9 pounds, and if you were to sit a bowling ball on a pile of feathers for 6-8 hours each night, you’d expect it to wear down.

In short: there’s a greater likelihood your pillow is ruining your sleep than your mattress. If you’re not sleeping well, it’s time to look at a new pillow. My pillow of choice, by the way, is the Everpillow. Not only is it comfortable, but the fill is customizable, making it a great pick whether you sleep on your stomach, back, or side.

Choose the curve if you sleep on your side or standard if you sleep on your back. Once you choose your fill and receive the pillow, simply unzip it and remove or add fill until you are comfortable.

My Dreams During the Coronavirus Pandemic Have Been Bizarre; Is This Normal?

If you’ve been experiencing more obscure, crazy dreams of late, don’t be alarmed. This is something millions of others are dealing with right now, due to the stress tied to the coronavirus outbreak.

These “quarandreams,” as they’ve been dubbed, are a byproduct of the anxiety stemming from so many recent changes: the widespread stay-at-home orders, travel plans that are now ruined, a surge in unemployment, and obviously the health concerns related to the coronavirus.

Again, if you’ve been dealing with vivid dreams and nightmares lately, that’s completely normal. But to try and curb these bad dreams, consider these two simple steps:

Media diet: Don’t overload on coronavirus news, especially before sleep. Take a media diet about 90 minutes before bed, where you avoid all TV news and social media posts related to the pandemic. (You might have seen me mention this on “Live With Kelly and Ryan” earlier this week.) Instead, use that time to calmly prepare yourself for sleep. Reading a book is a classic option, of course, or you can set aside 10-15 minutes for meditation.
Exercise: Many people are overwhelmed right now simply because they’re cooped up inside all day. That lack of activity impacts their sleep at night, because they’re not doing enough during the day to alleviate their stress. I know this is tricky right now, with most gyms closed. But just getting your body moving around outside, while soaking up Vitamin D, for a half hour each day will burn off some of the baggage you’re taking to bed.

Start with those two tweaks, and you’ll give yourself a great jumping off point for getting good sleep. Thanks as always for reading and we’ll touch base again next week!

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Neither Fame Nor Fortune Protects Against Hep C

Healthcare education campaigns have made great progress in increasing the public’s awareness of Hepatitis C, but we still have a long way to go. Even though Hepatitis C affects people of all ages, races and socioeconomic levels, a derogatory stigma is frequently still associated with this common, infectious, liver virus. Nothing deflates an illness-related stigma like recognition that plenty of prominent celebrities have contracted the illness.

Hepatitis C affects people from all walks of life. Confirming this illness spares nobody, below is a list of famous people who fell victim to the Hepatitis C virus.

  1. Steven Tyler – Frontman for Aerosmith and American Idol judge Steven Tyler was diagnosed with Hepatitis C in 2003. After persevering through 11 months of anti-viral therapy which he reported to have “about killed” him, Tyler’s blood shows no signs of Hepatitis C.
  2. Mickey Mantle – Superstar slugging center fielder of the New York Yankees of the 1950s and 1960s, Mickey Mantle died at the age of 63 from liver cancer. Despite a liver transplant, Mantle’s condition was fueled by alcoholism and Hepatitis C.
  3. Natalie Cole – Multi Grammy-winning singer Natalie Cole found out she was infected with Hepatitis C after some routine bloodwork. Having lived with HCV for 20 years without knowing it, Cole decided to go public with her illness to help bring awareness to Hepatitis C and change the stigma that frequently surrounds it. Natalie Cole passed away in 2015 from congestive heart failusre that may have been related to her having Hepatitis C.
  4. Anthony Kiedis – Lead singer of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Kiedis was diagnosed in the 1990s with Hepatitis C which he contracted through IV drug use. In his autobiography, Scar Tissue, he states that upon receiving his diagnosis he researched and found an herbal regimen that he feels cleansed his liver and eradicated the virus.
  5. Naomi Judd – Country music singer Naomi Judd was infected with Hepatitis C from a needlestick injury when she was a nurse. Judd has credited meditation with helping her overcome the Hepatitis C virus after doctors declared in 1990 that she only had three years to live.
  6. Rolf Benirschke – Record-breaking football place-kicker for the San Diego Chargers, Rolf Benirschke was infected with Hepatitis C from a blood transfusion. Now clear of the virus, Benirschke started a national awareness and patient support program called Kick Hep C.
  7. Pamela Anderson – Former Baywatch star Pamela Anderson was infected with Hepatitis C by sharing a tattoo needle with her ex-husband Tommy Lee, former drummer for the band Motley Crue.
  8. Dusty Hill – Bassist and vocalist for ZZ Top, Dusty was diagnosed with HCV in 2000 and after successful treatment was in remission by 2002.
  9. Devon Nicholson – Professional wrestler Devon Nicholson had his contract with the worldwide empire of the WWE® cancelled when he tested positive for Hepatitis C. After treatment with Incivek in 2013, Nicholson achieved SVR and is now free of the virus.
  10. Anita Roddick – Businesswoman and founder of The Body Shop chain of cosmetic stores, Anita Roddick was diagnosed with Hepatitis C in 2004 following a routine blood test. She was infected during a blood transfusion in 1971and died from Hepatitis C-related complications in 2007.
  11. Ray Charles – When he was 73 years old, legendary music icon Ray Charles died. The cause of his death was liver failure – fueled by alcoholic liver disease and Hepatitis C infection. Charles had a long history of drug abuse and proclaimed, “If I knew I was going to live this long, I would have taken better care of myself.”
  12. Christopher Kennedy Lawford – Nephew of President John F. Kennedy, accomplished author, actor, lawyer and activist, Christopher Kennedy Lawford struggled with drug and alcohol dependency and spent more than 24 years in recovery. Diagnosed with Hepatitis C in 2000, successfully treated, and currently virus free, Lawford campaigns worldwide to raise awareness of addiction and Hepatitis C.

Despite their accomplishments, fame, and fortune, these celebrities are eternally united by their battle against Hepatitis C. Hopefully, recognizing just a few names on this list will help people understand that Hepatitis C does not only infect one type of person, causing the derogatory stigma associated with Hepatitis C to fade away.

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The first thing that comes to your mind when you hear of clean eating is the cleanliness of food right? Well, clean eating is simply settling for a life of a healthy diet, going for the healthiest food options and getting rid of the unhealthy foods completely. Clean eating requires an individual to go for proteins and fats which are healthy, whole grain meals, vegetables, and fruits. At this point, you know better than to grab the refined grains, foods with additives and preservatives, huge amounts of sugar and salt, and all the fats which are not healthy.

There are precise and clear tips to guide you through this journey because we already got you covered.

  •    Make starchy carbohydrates part and parcel of your meal.

With all the information going around that starchy foods are fattening, the number of carbohydrates they contain provide way lesser calories than the calories obtained from fats. With this in mind, do not miss to include at least a single starchy food in your meals. Foods like potatoes, rice, bread, cereals, and pasta should be at least one-third of your daily meals. When eating potatoes, ensure that you eat them with their skin, the fiber it contains will play an important role in keeping you full for a longer period during the day. As you prepare these meals, keep an eye on the amount of fat you add because that will increase their calorie content, for example, oil on chips.

  •    Your body needs lots of fruits and vegetables.

This may sound very hard but it is actually easy. In a day ensure that you take at least four to five portions of fruits and vegetables, a variety of the two. Why can’t you just make a fresh fruit or fresh fruit juice part of your midday snack? Why can’t you make it a commitment to take an apple or a banana during your breakfast?

  •    What about more fish?

Fish will supply your body with proteins as well as minerals and vitamins. Two portions of fish and one portion of an oily fish in a week will unbelievably transform your life and body. Oily fish will supply your body with the omega-3 fats and these elements are very essential because they prevent diseases. Try to avoid canned or smoked fish because they may contain the high amount of salt.

  •    Forget about the saturated sugar and fat.

It is very normal to have fats in our diet, but it is also very important to keep an eye on the amount and its type. Saturated fat is very fatal since it increases the risk of developing heart diseases. Too much sugar in our diet also increases the risk of obesity and tooth decay. They can also lead to massive weight gain which is not healthy for our body.


Make it a point every single day to eat a healthy and balanced diet. A balanced diet and a healthy meal play a very important role in the body by ensuring an overall good health. Always remember to drink as much water as possible.

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Are STDs Common?


Is it normal to have an STD?

Yes! Millions and millions of people have an STD or have been treated for an STD. In fact, 19 million new STD cases are reported in the U.S. each year. But millions more go undetected and unreported. Why? Many people who are infected may not be aware they have an STD.

The only way to know for sure if you have an STD is to get tested. It is normal and can happen to anyone, not just people who engage in “high risk” sex. Even those who have one unsafe experience are at risk for STDs.

Why don’t people talk about STDs or STD testing?

We wish we could change this part of our culture. Even in a modern, enlightened society, we just don’t talk about STDs and sexual health. That’s unfortunate and contributes to a massive public health problem. If we talked about STDs in an open and honest way, we could make great strides in screening and treating sexually transmitted infections and disease.

It is our mission to help people think about getting tested for STDs the way we think about recycling, eating organic food, staying fit, and all of the other things we do to make our bodies healthy and the world a healthier place.

What can I do to maintain good sexual health?

  • Use a condom or dental dam for each and every sexual encounter. Oral sex is only safe sex if it’s protected sex.
  • Get tested for STDs annually (or twice a year if you have multiple partners).
  • If you have an STD, get treatment and follow through with the complete course of treatment.
  • Be confident that people you have sex with are STD-free. If you are in an new relationship, get tested as a couple.
  • Talk about STD prevention and STD testing with your friends. STDs are common, in part, because we don’t talk about it and make it part of being a healthy person.
  • Let’s change this together!

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Why Dental Health is Good for Your Mental Health, Too

Of course, a gleaming, pearly smile doesn’t guarantee positive mental health. You never know what someone is going through and how much effort a person has to put in to hide the complexities going on inside them. However, there does exist positive evidence that good dental indeed correlates with better mental health – and it […]

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An Insight into Vein Doc Mohammed Islam

Doctor Mohammed Islam is one of the best vascular surgeons. He is licensed and has experience as a vein doc for over two decades. The doctor believes that technology has an impact that can be utilized to treat individuals who are suffering from artery and vein problems. Mohammed is committed to helping patients who are suffering from those diseases.

Besides, he has been a member of the Metro Vein Center. He could treat patients and ensure that they go back home on the same day, having made sure that the patients are contented with his service. Currently, Dr. Mohammed Islam is working with the New York branch of the Metro Vein Centers at the White Plains.

Metro Vein Company

The firm has specialized vein centers that apply the best treatment for vein disease or any other conditions involving blood vessels. It has been made possible by hiring vein doctors who are certified. Moreover, the usage of modern technology has caused patients to get access to multiple treatments, which are catered for by the insurance policies. Besides, the firm has various leading vein centers that are located in the following areas:



Rochester Hills

Clinton Township

West Bloomfield


(b)New Jersey


Florham Park



(d)New York

Forest Hills

White Plains

Treatments offered in Metro Vein Company

There are four different kinds of medications that are offered at the Metro Vein Center. They include Sclerotherapy that also results in the end to scarring, transdermal laser therapy, and endovenous laser ablation therapy.

However, some procedures are used when offering treatment for sclerotherapy. It can only be accomplished by injecting a unique solution that is meant to make the veins to swell, scar, and collapse. Transdermal Laser therapy is used in spider vein, whereby the laser is expected to move over the surface of the skin.

While Endovenous laser ablation therapy requires the placement of a very tiny laser catheter via a small incision, the catheter must be threaded inside the vein to be treated. It makes the scar closed after the vein tissue has been heated. When it comes to phlebectomy, two tiny incisions are made by the vein doc and the vein is pulled out with a unique hook through the skin.

Pros of Sclerotherapy

(a) After or during the procedure, it has been noted that patients
report that they do feel a little discomfort. However, no anesthesia is

(b) If these diseases are found in an individual, various insurance
policies are ready to cater for the hospital bill. This mode of treatment has
been recognized as one of the safest methods of treating spider veins.

(c) Between 13 and 15 minutes, the injection is booked, it does not
need any form of downtime later on.

Cons of Sclerotherapy

(A)It is only meant for spider veins and tiny varicose veins. Patients
who have got larger varicose veins are recommended by the Atlanta vein
specialist to opt for either radio or laser frequency ablation procedure.

(b) More than one treatment is required.

Pros of endovenous laser ablation

• There are a few risks that are involved during the treatment.

• In the deep system, damages are prevented

• Discoloration and deterioration of the skin is protected

• Some pain is relieved

Cons of Endovenous laser ablation

After treatment, the vein doc recommends the wearing of 30-40 Hg
Compression stockings for a whole week.

Pros of transdermal laser therapy

• During the treatment, the procedure is bloodless

• It works harmoniously with the structure of the skin

• The results are realized quickly

• It is a safe mode of treatment

• Healing time is minimal

Cons of transdermal laser therapy

• The treatment has side effects

• Some types skin does not respond to this type of therapy

• The treatment leads to the formation of tough scars when done on
black skins

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