ButcherBox Review – The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

ButcherBox Review

Name: ButcherBox Meat Delivery Service

Website: Butcherbox.com

Price: $129

Overall Rank: 75 out of 100

Butcherbox, Product Overview

Butcherbox is a meat delivery system for those of us who don’t live particularly close to farms, but want meat from sustainably raised, grassfed, healthy animals.

The service will deliver a box of 8-11 pounds of meat per month to your doorstep. The meat is frozen and delivered with dry ice to ensure that is stays frozen until you get home and put it in your freezer.

The Good & the Bad

The Good:

Pro #1: The meat was very flavorful. It didn’t taste gamey like some grassfed meat does.

Pro #2: There were a variety of cuts included. While I received four pounds of ground beef and only two steaks, I also got a roast and some sirloin tips. It was kind of fun to have someone else select my meat cuts for me. It challenged me to look up some new recipes.

Pro #3: It is super convenient to have things delivered to your house.

The Bad:

Con #1: I received an email asking me to evaluate the meat before I received it. This freaked me out a bit that someone stole the meat from my front porch. (They didn’t. It came 10 hours later…) 


Con #2:
The price is just okay. The local farmers market has some grassfed meat that is comparable. You can also choose cheaper cuts and pick ones that have more marbling when you are at the farmers market.

Con #3: Not all the cuts will be processed to your liking. For example, the “free bacon” that I received as a promo was thick cut bacon. It was so thick that it never crisped up when cooked. I prefer thinner bacon that crisps on the edges.

Who is ButcherBox For?

Butcherbox is great for someone who is insanely busy, but interested in eating healthier. It is great for people who already use a grocery delivery service. Butcherbox is ideal for people who have more money than time. They will enjoy the convenience of receiving their high quality meat in a box every month.

It is NOT for people who want to bargain shop and get the lowest price. It is NOT for people following the GAPS diet or the PKD diet and want the unusual cuts of meat like organs and offal.

ButcherBox Support

The support offered with the product is great. I emailed them regarding my order and the weird email I received prior to getting my box. They assured me the box was on the way through a chat. I didn’t have to wait hours for them to respond.

When I sent them an email, they were responsive as well, they responded within 24 hours.

ButcherBox Price

The price of meat ordered from Butcherbox comes to about $10-$12 per pound. This is a bit pricey for grassfed ground beef, but a good deal for NY strip steak.

To compare, the local grocery store sells grassfed ground beef for about $6 per pound. The local farmer’s market sells ground beef for $7 per pound. It is important to keep in mind that grassfed beef will always be more expensive than conventionally raised meat. The quality and omega 3 to omega 6 ration will be better because the animals are raised on a natural diet.

My Final Opinion of Butcherbox

My opinion of Butcherbox is rather neutral. While the quality and convenience were good, I didn’t love using the service. Sadly, I am not going to recommend the product or continue to use it on a regular basis. I wanted to love it and recommend it. I really did!

The prices at the farmers market and grocery store are often much better than Butcherbox. For me, the grocery store is only a mile away, so it isn’t very inconvenient to go to the grocery store. The same is true with our farmer’s market. 

If you truly don’t have the time to swing by a farmer’s market or stop by the grocery store and money isn’t a factor, Butcherbox is a great option. You get popular cuts of grassfed beef and it is conveniently delivered to your door. 

Butcherbox at a Glance…

Website: Butcherbox.com

Price: $129-$169/month

Rank: 75 out of 100

VERDICT: LEGIT! They delivered meat. It did taste good. My family enjoyed eating the meat. However, I just like picking out my meat and talking to local farmers more than stressing out about whether or not someone stole my order from my front porch!

My 5 Month Review of the GAPS Diet

I learned about the GAPS diet about ten years ago. This is not the first time that I have tried it and I should mention that I have yet to do the GAPS introductory diet just yet. I do plan on doing that in January.

GAPS stands for the Gut and Psychology Diet. It was created by Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride, a neurologist who created the diet after her son was diagnosed with autism. She based the bulk of the dietary recommendations on the Specific Carbohydrate Diet. She adjusted it to target healing and sealing the gut. The goal is to reduce intestinal permeability and the toxins from herbicides and pesticides from wreaking havoc on our bodies.

There is anecdotal evidence that the GAPS diet has helped individuals with autism, epilepsy, autoimmune disorders, allergies and more. As someone who has epilepsy and autoimmune conditions, I decided to give it a whirl.

My GAPS Diet Results

I must admit that my seizures were pretty much under control when I started the GAPS diet this time around. I had fallen off the bandwagon around July when I traveled and went out to Independence Day parties and indulged on pizza and cake. That brought on a seizure and the realization that I needed to clean up the diet again. I had been eating the Standard American Diet for a few months and my teeth sensitivity had come back along with some allergies.

From past diets, I knew that it would take a few weeks of discipline to eliminate the carbohydrate addiction to the gluten and casein that had been in my diet. The first month was mainly and adjustment phase. I took all the grains, nuts and legumes out of my diet. I focused in on eating vegetables, meat and one serving of fruit per day.

While bacon from the grocery store is technically off the GAPS diet, it has lots of dietary fat which helps to keep me full. I created a somewhat ketogenic version of the GAPS diet with a focus on animal fats. This helped me look forward to breakfast every morning and gave me a food that I enjoyed so much that I looked forward to it. In a few weeks, I didn’t mind being on the diet.

I’m trying to grow my hair back. I have alopecia universalis. I have heard of people with alopecia universalis getting some fine hairs after a month on the introduction diet. However, in the past when I have altered my diet so quickly I have triggered seizures. For that reason, I chose to do a few months of the full GAPS diet and then transition into the introductory diet at the beginning of the New Year.

Alopecia

I really haven’t seen any hair growth. This is discouraging to admit. However, you have to take into consideration that for hair to grow to the top of the skin, it takes about a month. Before hair can appear, you have to reduce or eliminate the inflammation within the follicle that is preventing it from growing. I would imagine that I may start seeing some hairs emerge within another month or two.

Alopecia universalis also impacts the fingernails and mine are awful. I have the vertical ridges and weakened nails that are associated with severe forms of alopecia universalis. The nails seem slightly stronger than they were in the summer. In the summer they would break all the time. It was so painful. So, I may be on the right track with the diet, but it is a SLOW process of healing.

Psoriasis

I started out with a bit of psoriasis between my butt cheeks. I would post a photo if it were in a different location. Within the first month, I was pretty excited that the redness had decreased. This is something that I don’t see and neither does anyone else, but it can cause some discomfort. At 5 months on the GAPS diet, the skin is almost to its normal color. There is no itchiness. I did notice this morning after eating more fruit on Christmas eve that there was a tiny bit of inflammation.

I am optimistic that this will go away within a few months.

Epilepsy

The first couple months on the GAPS diet, I did experience a slight increase in auras. I noticed that the GAPS protocol also included Epsom salt baths. Incorporating Epsom salt foot baths while I showered and taking a magnesium supplement helped to reduce the auras.

I did have a seizure at 4 months into the diet, but I felt like this was probably a detoxification type of seizure. I read other testimonials of people who used the GAPS diet for seizures and they had their final seizure at 5 months into the diet. My cognitive function felt much better after the last seizure, so I’m not terribly concerned about it.

Going Forward with GAPS

My plan is to do the GAPS intro diet after the New Year. So far, I made it though Thanksgiving and Christmas and mainly stuck to GAPS foods. There were a few instances where I had a piece of cheese or ate out at a restaurant where I wasn’t 100% sure what oils they used in the vinegrette, but other than that I was pretty strict with it.

At this point, I feel confident that I can complete an Intro diet with good planning. I am planning on doing broth and meat for the first week and then add in eggs and a butternut squash. I will slowly test out other vegetables and keep a dietary record of what I react to and what seems fine. 

One of the things that seems to cause me trouble is too much fruit. My mother and I bought a batch of seconds from the local orchard and made some wonderful applesauce. After a few days of eating a few servings that would equate to 2 apples per day, I started getting cracks in the corners of my mouth (angular cheilitis). It tends to go away in a week and it did after I got back to my normal diet. However, a few days ago, I increased my fruit consumption with tangerines and berries to celebrate Christmas. I notice some cracking this morning, so I backed off the fruit. 


Why You Need Epsom Salt Detox Baths

Epsom salt detox baths are not popular or common, but they should be! As our modern agriculture is stripping the land of minerals, our diets are becoming more and more magnesium deficient. However, magnesium is an essential element for virtually all of our body’s functions.

It is just as necessary as water!

Epsom salt baths can help supply your body with magnesium as it absorbs through your skin.

Benefits of An Epsom Salt Detox

Magnesium absorption is the main benefit of an Epsom salt bath. There aren’t many studies that confirm this, but a 2004 study examined 19 participants. It found increased levels of magnesium and sulfate in the blood after the baths

  1. Improves Sleep – High magnesium levels are essential for sleep. This is due to the fact that magnesium helps your brain to produce neurotransmitters which induce sleep. Epsom salt baths have a calming and relaxing effect.
  2. Reduces Stress – Magnesium helps to produce the neurotransmitters needed for stress reduction.
  3. Eliminates Constipation – Magnesium is commonly used to treat constipation. It will draw water into the colon and promote bowel movements.
  4. Improved Exercise Recovery – Epsom salt has been known to improve muscle soreness and relieve cramps.
  5. Better Exercise Performance – Magnesium helps your body use glucose and lactic acid. This can help your exercise performance because your body will be efficiently using fuel and not building up lactic acid to cause muscle soreness.
  6. Reduced Pain and Swelling – Epsom salt baths have been known to reduce pain and swelling. Many individuals have reported symptom improvement with arthritis as well. This could be due to the fact that these people are often deficient in magnesium.
  7. Fibromyalgia Relief – A study conducted by the Journal of Integrated medicine concluded that applying magnesium chloride to the skin can help reduce symptoms of Fibromyalgia.
  8. Cholesterol LevelsA high magnesium diet or supplementation can improve HDL levels.

Whether you simply want to relax or are looking to prevent sore muscles, epsom salt baths can help. They will gently increase your magnesium levels in an enjoyable bath. The right temperature water can help you calm down and prepare for a great night’s rest.

How To Create an Epsom Salt Detox Bath

Epsom salt detox baths are simple to set up. You’ll need about 2 cups of Epsom salt for a standard-sized bathtub and warm water (do not exceed 102 degrees Fahrenheit).

Pour the Epsom salt under the water spout of the tub. This will ensure that the salts dissove faster and mix into the bath. The water mixture will feel a bit silky.

Soak in the bath water for at least 12 minutes. To relieve constipation, soak for at least twenty minutes.

If you want to add some aromatherapy benefits, you can use essential oils with the bath. Add in a few drops of lavender, peppermint or tea tree oil to the bath.

Side note: You may want to avoid using epsom salt in baths with jetted tubs unless the manufacturer has said that it is okay. The clean up may be very difficult.

Risks with Epsom Salt Detox Baths

Epsom Salt baths are relatively safe. However, if you have a health condition, you may want to check with your doctor. The risks are very low, but precautions should be taken for infants, children and pregnant women.

Pregnant women, children and individuals with kidney function should not take oral magnesium. Poorly functioning kidneys may not be able to eliminate excess magnesium. This can put an individual at risk for serious complications.

The side effects of an oral magnesium overdose include:

  • dizziness
  • fainting
  • breathing problems
  • increased urination
  • slow heartbeat
  • lethargy
  • blurred vision
  • muscle weakness

These side effects are rare in people with normal kidney function. It is unlikely that an epsom salt bath will trigger these symptoms of excess magnesium, but it is good to be aware of them.

 

Conclusion

Magnesium deficiency is associated with structural and functional abnormalities of cells, organs and systems in the body. The changes that are caused by magnesium deficiency depend upon its extent and duration.

Epsom salt baths are a great way to increase your magnesium levels and prevent diseases that are caused by magnesium deficiency.

How To Increase Your Energy Levels Naturally

We all need energy to accomplish tasks at work and the activities that we enjoy. There are plenty of pills and potions that tout an ability to increase your energy levels, but they may not be natural. This can cause drastic health problems. There are ways to increase your energy levels naturally!

1. Drink Water

When your body gets dehydrated, it can leave you feeling drained. Don’t worry about following the “eight glasses a day” recommendation. However, you do want to drink enough to keep you body hydrated. A good indicator of dehydration is dark colored urine. If your urine is light-colored, it is unlikely that you are dehydrated.

Drink water when you are thirsty. Aim to have a drink of water every few hours.

2. Get Moving

Exercise invigorates the body. It is a natural energy booster. As you exercise, oxygen-rich blood circulates to your heart, muscles and brain. Schedule regular exercise into your day even if it is only 10 minutes at a time. This will keep your energy levels high.

Stand up and move around whenever you have the chance. Find an excuse to leave your desk and run an errand or use the restroom. You’ll come back to work a bit more energized and focused.

3. Get Sunshine

The sun provides us with vitamin D. It has been shown to enhance your mood, memory and your own ability to absorb new information. Sunshine also has been known to improve self-esteem.

Get outside on your lunch break and walk around a bit. You’ll feel better in the natural environment, your body will create the much-needed vitamin D, and you’ll get energized.

4. Reduce Stress

Stress can result from busy lifestyles. It typically manifests in anxious thoughts, overwhelmed feelings and an inability to concentrate. Feeling stressed is also linked to tiredness.

You may not be able to completely remove sources of stress, but you can minimize lifestyle stress. Take some time for yourself to relax, read or go for a walk.

Mindfulness and meditation techniques also help to combat stress. Many people report feeling more energized after yoga or meditation.

5. Eat a Nutritious Diet

Foods will deplete your energy levels. While your body does need fuel to keep going, many of our modern foods deplete the nutrients in our bodies because they are deficient in nutrition.

Select whole, nutritious foods, such as meat, vegetables and fruits. Avoid eating processed foods and foods high in sugar. These will affect your energy levels.

Try not to skip meals as this may cause you to miss out on necessary nutrients.

6. Avoid Sugar

It is always tempting to indulge in the donuts that your co-worker brought as a treat. However, that treat will deplete your magnesium levels and zap your energy. The short-term energy boost wears off fast.

Foods high in sugar spike your blood sugar. The body then needs to release large amounts of insulin to bring the blood sugar back down.

The blood sugar spike is what creates the rush of energy. It is followed by a slump of energy because your body needs to use its magnesium reserves to process the sugar.

Large amounts of sugar also put you at risk for diabetes, heart disease and obesity. Therefore, it is good for everyone to avoid too much sugar.

 

7. Supplement with Magnesium

Modern agriculture has depleted soils of the essential element, magnesium. Most Americans are magnesium deficient. When you have a magnesium deficiency, your heart beats faster. It requires more energy to get things done.

A deficiency in magnesium will leave you feeling physically exhausted most of the time. One natural source of magnesium is fish. Eating more fish can help you address your magnesium deficiency.

Other methods of countering a magnesium deficiency include taking Epsom salt baths, supplementing with 350 milligrams per day, and eating organic vegetables.

8.

Meditate

Yoga is a great way to reduce fatigue. The Savasana pose (also known as the corpse pose) is highly beneficial in eliminating fatigue. Savasana pose is usually done at the end of a yoga session. It looks like a quiet nap on the floor. However, you are conscious and restoring your energy.

As you lay awake and conscious, focus on slowing down your breathing. Make sure that you are allowing the air to flow in and out of your nasal passages. (See Buteyko Breathing technique)

These methods of increasing your energy levels can be incorporated throughout the day to ensure that you have high energy levels. None of them take up too much time or money, so you can start incorporating these energy boosters today!

Ketogenic and GAPS Diet Breakfast Ideas

When you are trying to follow a healing diet like the GAPS diet, it can be difficult to come up with breakfast ideas. If you have made it through the long introductory phase of mostly meat stock and bone broth, you can start introducing some fun GAPS diet breakfast foods.

Keeping the breakfasts ketogenic for me has increased the satiety and helped to reduce inflammation that can come from carbohydrates.

Bacon and Eggs

This is a standard on the ketogenic diet. It can get a bit old, but most people love the savory taste of bacon and eggs. Eggs are allowed on a GAPS diet once you have introduced them and shown that you don’t react to them.

When selecting bacon, keep in mind that the regular store-bought bacon often has some additives that may not fit into a GAPS diet. You may want to opt for higher quality uncured bacon and cure it yourself. If you’re like me, you’ll throw all caution to the wind and consume the small amount of nitrates and nitrites in conventional bacon and hope for the best.

Berries

Berries are low carbohydrate and fit into both a ketogenic diet and a GAPS diet for healing and sealing the gut. Berries are a great addition to breakfasts. They add color and flavor to your plate and tantalize the palate.



For the ketogenic and GAPS diet, the best options for berries will be strawberries and blueberries. They are the lowest in carbohydrates and easily found in most grocery stores.

Berries can be combined with homemade yogurt for additional fat and protein.

GAPS Greek Yogurt Recipe

All dairy can be problematic for people who have autoimmune conditions. The GAPS diet recommends waiting until you have completed the introductory diet to test out your sensitivity to dairy. However, usually after a few months on the GAPS diet, dairy allergies subside and you can safely eat them. It is still recommended fermenting your own dairy.

The ketogenic diet allows for about 20 grams of carbohydrates. In a serving of Greek yogurt there are only 6 carbohydrates, so you can safely eat Greek yogurt without throwing yourself into ketosis.

This recipe is from Jeanette’sHealthyLiving:

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 gallon grass-fed organic whole milk
  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt containing Lactobacillus bulgaricus L. acidophilus and S. thermophilus

Instructions:

  1. Heat milk in a large pot until it reaches a simmer. This will be at about 180 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Let milk cool to room temperature.
  3. Remove 1 cup of cooled milk and place in a bowl. Stir in yogurt until blended. Stir mixture into a pot and mix until it is well blended. Portion milk into mason jars.
  4. Place in dehydrator and set to 105 degrees Fahrenheit. Leave for 24 hours. Remove. Refrigerate until ready to eat.
  5. Good for 2 weeks.

Recipe Notes:

Adapted from Elaine Gottschall’s Breaking The Vicious Cycle

Chaffles

The word chaffle is a combination of cheese and waffles. It really is a crunchy form of a cheese omelet, but it comes out in the shape of a waffle and has a nice crunch to it! People have been using chaffles for hamburger buns, waffles, desserts and breakfasts on the ketogenic diet. They can be made GAPS friendly if you use a high-quality raw cheese.

Image source: That Low Carb Life

Recipe from That Low Carb Life

Ingredients:

  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup of shredded mozzarella

Instructions:

  1. Whisk the egg. Stir in the cheese.
  2. Place half the batter in a mini waffle maker for 2-3 minutes. Repeat with remaining batter.
  3. Waffles crisp up like a normal waffle in 1-2 minutes after removing from the waffle maker.

Optional: Add 1 teaspoon coconut flour or almond flour for a more bread-like texture.

Berry Smoothies

To adapt this berry smoothie recipe to the GAPS diet, eliminate the swerve sweetener and use a little honey.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup coconut milk kefir
  • 1/2 cup frozen berries
  • 1-2 tablespoons melted coconut oil (for healthy fats and energy)
  • 1 teaspoon Swerve

Directions:

Blend it together in a blender for 30 seconds to 1 minute or until it looks smooth. Enjoy!

Final Thoughts on Ketogenic and GAPS Breakfast Ideas

I love breakfast foods and these breakfast ideas have all been very quick to make in the morning and kept me satiated for hours. Some people will still want to bake up ketogenic and GAPS legal muffins, but that takes quite a bit more planning, time and effort. I haven’t gotten sick for scrambled eggs and bacon and I’ve been eating that for months now!

To get 10 breakfast recipes, 14 lunch recipes and 14 dinner recipes, check out the 28-Day Keto Challenge! 

In the comment section below, let me know what your favorite low carb breakfast ideas are! 

28-Day Keto Challenge Review

28-Day Keto Challenge Review

Name: 28-Day Keto Challenge

Website: 28dayketo.com

Price: $37

Owners: Keto Resources

Overall Rank: 85 out of 100

28-Day Keto Challenge, Product Overview

This digital product consists of seven books to help you conquer the ketogenic diet and see results. You’ll not only learn the basics and mechanics of the ketogenic diet, but you’ll also discover effective ways to tackle the social situations that may make you cave into carbohydrates.

The 28-Day Keto challenge includes:

  1. Keto Diet Basics – This book helps you understand the foundation of the diet.
  2. Eating Well on Keto – You’ll get 10 breakfast recipes, 14 lunch recipes and 14 dinner recipes and a 28-day meal planning calendar.
  3. Staying in Ketosis – Discover how to get into ketosis in 3 days and how to know if you’re in ketosis.
  4. Mastering Macros – Learn to calculate macronutrients and discover the proper ratios for ketosis.
  5. Beating the Keto Flu – Don’t freak out when the “keto flu” hits. Learn how to make it go away.
  6. Intermittent Fasting – Explore 5 different types of intermittent fasting to jump start ketosis and speed up fat loss.
  7. Social Situations – Uncover healthy ways of handling the social eating pressures. Tips for eating out and guidelines for alcohol consumption.
  8. Guilt- Free Desserts – 36 mouth-watering “fat bomb” recipes to satisfy your sweet tooth!
  9. Yummy Avocado Recipes – Delicious and unique ketogenic friendly ways to prepare an avocado.
  10. Keto Supplements Guide – Learn the 12 recommended Keto supplements to transition to ketosis and make the diet more effective.

The Good & the Bad

The Good:

  • This is a well-structured 28-day program. It is great for the person who is very new to keto and doesn’t have a clue what they’ll be eating in the morning. Lots of recipes to help you get through the month.
  • The books are well laid out and easy to understand.
  • This program helps you to avoid the dreaded Keto flu, which can occur when your body adapts too quickly to a new diet.
  • Recipes are printable and you can take them with you to the store to buy the ingredients.
  • 60-day Money-back Guarantee.

The Bad:

  • Recipes don’t discourage you from using unhealthy fats, such as margarine.
  • Focuses on the weight loss aspect of the ketogenic diet and now the health benefits – such as seizure prevention, etc.
  • It is digital. Many people prefer books.

Who is 28-Day Keto Challenge For?

The 28-day keto challenge is for beginners to the ketogenic diet who are focused on weight loss. It provides them with great recipe options to get started, the tips and tricks necessary to stay on the diet, and ways to avoid the ketogenic flu.

The combination of excellent recipes and a meal planner will help you stay on track. The book on dealing with Social Situations will help you get through those happy hours and networking events where it seems too easy to try the free drinks and food.

While all the information contained in the books can be searched online, it is nice to have it all in one place. Purchasing the program will elevate your commitment to sticking with it for 28 days. Once you have 28 days of the diet under you belt, it becomes easy!

Reasons to try the 28-Day Keto Challenge

Those who have tried the 28-day keto challenge report the following:

  • Be lighter and thinner… common to lose12+ pounds!
  • An increase in energy
  • Better sleep…wake up more rested
  • Improvement in skin and hair texture
  • Feel a sense of accomplishment
  • Who doesn’t love eating bacon and eggs for breakfast everyday!

Most importantly…GAIN MOMENTUM with your new Keto lifestyle.

28-Day Keto Challenge Support

The 28-Day Keto Challenge doesn’t come with support in the form of a counselor or someone to consult with. However, the resources that you are provided with are fairly comprehensive and you probably won’t need it.

28-Day Keto Challenge Price

The cost of the program is reasonable. It is $37, which is comparable to the cost of a ketogenic recipe book. However, with this you not only get the recipes, you also get the additional books on coping with being on a diet, the pitfalls to avoid with the ketogenic diet and how to master the macronutrients.

For a month long challenge, it costs you a little over a dollar a day. This is very affordable and can be life-changing if you use the meal planner to plan out your meals and stick with the ketogenic diet. The ketogenic diet will not only help you lose weight, but it will decrease inflammation in the body. This results in eliminating chronic health conditions.

My Final Opinion of 28-Day Keto Challenge

I just finished a month on the ketogenic diet. I feel great. For me, it wasn’t the first time I had done the ketogenic diet, so I knew a lot of the information in the 28-day keto challenge. However, there were great recipes that I will continue to incorporate.

I absolutely love that they have ways to handle social situations. I am great at staying on the diet when I’m at home because it is so satiating. However, when I go out, I tend to succumb to temptation. For me, the book on handling social situations was the most valuable.

My results after 28 days on the ketogenic diet are an increase in mental clarity, increase in energy. I did not experience weight loss, but I am at my ideal weight. I have done the ketogenic diet for health improvement and seizure prevention.

28-Day Keto Challenge at a Glance…

Name: 28-Day Keto Challenge

Website: 28dayketo.com

Owners: Ketoresource.org

Price: $37

Overall Scam Rank: 85 out of 100

VERDICT: LEGIT! It is a great product. I recommend it to those people who are getting started with the ketogenic diet and don’t know where to begin. It will provide you with the recipes that you need for the whole month.

28 Day Keto Challenge

The GAPS diet and Epilepsy – Should You Try It?

The Ketogenic diet is well-known for helping people lose weight and eliminating seizures. However, another great diet on the scene that was created by a neurologist, Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride, is helping people with epilepsy as well. It is the GAPS diet or the Gut and Psychology Syndrome Diet.

There are a few advantages to doing the GAPS diet for epilepsy over the ketogenic diet. There is a lot of overlap in the food recommendations between the GAPS diet and the ketogenic diet as well.

Let’s dive in to why you might want to consider the GAPS diet or a ketogenic version of the GAPS diet.

Nutrient Density

The GAPS diet is very nutrient dense. It focuses intensely on healing and sealing the gut. In order to heal the gut, you need lots of nutrients.

Certain nutrients are vital to brain health. For example, B vitamins are essential for brain function. The brain can not function well without essential amino acids and vital nutrients.

Vitamin B12 helps with faster and better cognition. It assists with electrical signaling between neurons. Even a slight vitamin B12 deficiency, which often occurs in patients with epilepsy, will result in poorer quality of myelination. When this occurs, the electrical signaling is poor and could be the cause of seizures.

A vitamin B12 deficiency is known to cause fatigue, fogginess and depression. Chronic deficiency can result in permanent damage and dementia.

Vitamin A is another important vitamin for brain functioning. It is helpful in spatial memory. Although, researchers are still looking into the reasons behind this.

Magnesium is a mineral with an essential role in nerve transmission and neuromuscular conduction. Magnesium functions in a protective role against the excessive excitation that can result in seizures and neuronal cell death.

The Gut and Psychology Syndrome diet emphasizes eating foods that are rich in vitamins and minerals including organ meats, bone broths and cooked vegetables.

Eliminates Toxins

The toxins that are found in modern foods include artificial flavorings, artificial colors, pesticides, and preservatives. The ketogenic diet does not focus too intently on the quality of the foods. The GAPS diet is much more particular about which foods are safe to eat.

The GAPS diet requires you to eliminate processed foods and make all of your own foods from scratch. This is a huge undertaking, but if you focus on simple foods like eating a piece of meat, bone broth soups and simply cooked vegetables, it can be very manageable.

By eliminating the toxins and increasing the food quality, not only will you reduce the chances of seizures, but you may also heal from other disorders. The GAPS diet has helped heal many people with autoimmune conditions, ADHD, and autism.

Greater Variety of Foods

Many people mistakenly believe that it is ketosis that leads to seizure control. While ketosis provides the body with many health benefits, it is not the only element in the ketogenic diet that is supporting seizure control.

The Gut and Psychology Syndrome diet allows for more carbohydrates than the ketogenic diet. It allows for a limited amount of fresh fruit, which the ketogenic diet permits.

The GAPS diet is designed to be extremely restrictive in the early stages and lead you to healing the gut and allowing an assortment of foods. Many people only do the GAPS diet for two years and then incorporate a standard American diet.

When compared to the ketogenic diet, it is often prescribed for children and used for about 3 years to control seizures. Some patients may stay on it indefinitely.

Healing the Gut

The GAPS diet aims at healing the gut to eliminate the cause of seizures. If a leaky gut is the cause of your seizures, the GAPS diet will cure you of your seizures when done correctly.

Healing the gut will also improve digestion, increase nutrient absorption, eliminate allergies, and cure autoimmune conditions.

Conclusion

The GAPS diet is a great diet for people with epilepsy. I am doing a combination of GAPS diet and ketogenic diet now. In the past, I have done the GAPS diet, but just stuck with it long enough for my seizures to get under control. I got frustrated when I didn’t see new hair regrowth. (Alopecia is my main reason for trying any diet.)

So, if you have epilepsy, I highly recommend a ketogenic version of the GAPS diet. This will mean that you buy higher quality meats and skip the sugar free jello snacks, but it will give you a much better chance to heal all of your health conditions.

I recommend a ketogenic version of the GAPS diet. Check out the ketogenic cookbook for some recipe ideas today and make sure that you are using GAPS friendly ingredients!

What is the Ketogenic Diet for Epilepsy?

Doctors have moved away from prescribing the ketogenic diet for epilepsy due to the convenience of prescribing an anti-convulsant. Medication is easier for a doctor to monitor and implement than dietary changes. It can also have a more immediate effect than a dietary change. But the ketogenic diet for epilepsy is really effective when done correctly!

The ketogenic diet for epilepsy is an extremely low carbohydrate diet that focuses on healthy fats. The ketogenic diet has recently become more accepted within the weight loss community, but there are often some key differences between the two diets.

First and foremost, the weight loss ketogenic dieters will often eat processed or unhealthy foods as long as they are under the macronutrient levels that are prescribed. People don’t always focus on eating healthy foods when they are concerned about weight loss.

What to Eat on the Ketogenic Diet?

When prescribed for epilepsy, the ketogenic diet focuses on maintaining a high fat to carbohydrate ratio. The main goal is to get the body into ketosis and keep it there.

The classical ketogenic diet is about 80% fats, 15% protein and 5% carbohydrates. Any foods that fit into the these macronutrient levels tend to be generally accepted on the ketogenic diet.

Most of the foods that are less than 20 grams of carbohydrates will be vegetables. Fatty cuts of meat such as rib-eye steak, high fat ground beef and bacon are encouraged. Additional fats such as mayonnaise and butter are encouraged.

Why Does the Ketogenic For Epilepsy Work?

There isn’t actually one accepted reason why the ketogenic diet works in preventing seizures. The best we can do is examine the diet and hypothesize why it may be preventing seizures. Some of the key concepts taken from Frontiers in Neuroscience include:

  • Glucose produces rapidly available energy that is necessary for seizure activity. In the ketogenic diet, the blood glucose energy levels are low, reducing the availability of glucose as an energy fuel for seizures.
  • Chronic ketosis elevates the brain energy reserve through the stabilization and reduction of excitability of the synapses.
  • The Ketogenic diet induced stabilization is also due to critical changes in the amino acids due to ketone metabolism.
  • The ketogenic diet interferes with the concentration of gamma-aminobutryic acid, which is the major inhibitory neurotransmitter.
  • The gut microbiota can have an anti-seizure effect on the ketogenic diet. It increases the beneficial bacteria Akkermansia muciniphila and Parabacteroides spp. This leads to changes in the colonic luminal metabolome with a decrease in gamma-glutamyl amino acids.
  • The ketogenic diet interferes with pro-inflammatory cytokines which could cause seizures.
  • The ketogenic diet eliminates many foods that contains toxins that could trigger seizures.

The ketogenic diet for epilepsy has a different mechanism than anti-epileptic drugs. It functions on a metabolic theory that suggests seizure control is realized through natural restoration of the metabolic state. This includes the mitochondrial pathways and energy metabolism.

The ketogenic diet requires systemic modifications and a dynamic metabolic homeostasis. The interplay between ketone bodies, glucose levels, mitochondrial function, and synaptic neurotransmitters can lead to changes in seizure threshold. These changes are what lead to the anti-convulsant properties of the ketogenic diet.

Efficacy of the Ketogenic Diet for Epilepsy

What kind of results can you expect from the ketogenic diet? This will definitely be influenced by your ability to comply with the diet.

Kossof studied 20 children on 10 grams of carbohydrates a day. 65% had a greater than 50% reduction in their seizure activity and 35% had over 90% reduction. Four of the children were seizure free at six months on the diet.

Kang studied children in South Korea. 36% of 14 children on the Modified Atkins Diet for seizures (slightly more carbohydrates than the ketogenic diet) demonstrated a greater than 50% improvement in seizures. 12% became seizure-free.

In a study in South Korea, 36% of 14 children treated with the MAD showed improvement of >50% in seizures and 12% were seizure-free ()

A meta-analysis of studies on the ketogenic diet showed that the number of patients who achieve greater than 50% seizure reduction ranges from 20-70%. The diet is abandoned between 12-82% of patients.

It does require quite a bit of discipline to stay on a ketogenic diet, which may be why many of the patients are abandoning the diet. However, achieving greater than 50% reduction in seizures is quite good. Many patients who take anti-convulsants don’t get full control on the anti-convulsant.

How Do Your Begin the Diet?

The ketogenic diet for epilepsy is started under close medical supervision especially when being used as a mono therapy. It is begun gradually over a 3 to 4 day period. The blood sugar and ketone levels are monitored.

Carbohdyrates are reduced to less than 20 carbohydrates per day. Fats will be 80% of the diet, while Protein will be about 15% of the diet and the remaining 5% of the diet will be carbohydrates from vegetables.

For epilepsy patients that are currently on medication, it is safe to start the ketogenic diet simply by reducing your carbohydrate intake and increasing your fat intake gradually. Start by eliminating processed junk foods like candy, soda, and chips.

Similar Dietary Approaches to Epilepsy

The classical ketogenic diet can be very restrictive. Some patients may want to adopt a diet that is more flexible or even one that is a bit more strict.

  • Modified Atkins Diet – Uses a high proportion of fats and strict control of carbohydrates. Approximate portion sizes can be used in place of weighed out recipes.
  • Low glycemic index treatment – This diet focuses on how carbohydrates affect the level of glucose in the patient’s blood. It restricts the amount of carbohydrates eaten. Approximate portion sizes are used as well.
  • GAPS Diet – A diet focusing on healing the intestinal lining of the gut in order to prevent seizures. It was created by Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride and helps to address neurological symptoms that arise due to a leaky gut.
  • Paleolithic Ketogenic Diet – An approach from the Paleomedicina group in Hungary led by Zsofia Clemens to treat seizures. The diet focuses on only eating paleolithic food and organ meat in a ketogenic ratio. It is a much stricter diet with greater success rates.

 

Conclusion

The ketogenic diet can be an effective way to get your seizure under control whether you are taking an anti-convulsant or not. There are many benefits to the ketogenic diet when it comes to reducing inflammation in the body as well. If you haven’t tried the ketogenic diet, click here to get a free digital cookbook.

Dr. Carolyn Dean’s ReMyte Review

ReMyte Mineral Solution Review

Name: ReMyte Mineral Solution – Dr. Carolyn Dean’s PicoMeter Multiple Minerals from RnA ReSet

Website: Available at Amazon.com

Price: $39.99

Owners: Dr. Carolyn Dean

Overall Rank: 80 out of 100 (4/5 star rating on Amazon)

ReMyte Mineral Solution, Product Overview

This is Dr. Carolyn Dean’s pico-meter mineral formula supplement. It is a concentrated solution of twelve different minerals that you add to water. ReMyte is recommended by doctors and naturopaths for its quality and bio-availability. ReMyte includes boron, iodine, selenium, zinc, magnesium and more.

The product was designed to boost the electrolytes in the body. Electrolytes are ionic conductors of the body’s electrical current. The electrolytes are dissolved into bodily fluids and travel through the body to activate nerve and muscle cells during physical activity. ReMyte balances these electrolytes for complete hydration.

ReMyte provides the body with a dozen minerals in a unique picometer size for fast absorption into the body at the cellular level. The potency of the minerals can be very low. This eliminates the chance of toxicity.

The minerals included in ReMyte all have specific roles to play in bone health, blood vessel integrity, immune regulation, blood sugar balance and thyroid support.

The ReMyte mineral solution works in conjunction with Dr. Carolyn Dean’s ReMag, which stabilizes both lipid cell membranes. ReMyte allows the mineral ions to properly enter the cells and perform their cellular functions.

The Good & the Bad

The Good:

  1. Provides the body with 12 minerals.
  2. Fast absorption due to picometer size.
  3. The taste is not strong when combined with water.

The Bad:

  1. Pricing seems a bit high when you add an extra $7 for shipping.
  2. Don’t notice any difference in my own health and blood levels after taking it for six months.

Who is ReMyte For?

Due to the fact that the soils are severely mineral deficient, the entire population is becoming mineral deficient. The quality of our foods is going down with each new processed food and the chemical flavorings that are being added.

ReMyte is a supplement that will help to restore the mineral levels in your body so that it can perform its functions properly.

 

ReMyte Mineral Solution Support

You can contact Carolyn Dean through her website at RNAreset.com. She also has a YouTube channel where she will answer questions and discuss the completement formulas that she has created.

ReMyte Mineral Solution Price

I feel the ReMyte Mineral Solution price is a bit high at almost $40 per bottle. However, the bottles tend to last me about two months. For $20 per month, I can supplement and receive the minerals that my body needs.

My Final Opinion of ReMyte Mineral Solution

Despite some great sales and marketing, I haven’t seen a major increase in my health and wellness over the past six months that I have been taking this product. While the picometer size may make a big difference in absorption, I’m questioning whether it does.

The product supposedly supports thyroid health, but my last thyroid test was still a bit elevated. There was no change there. I’m looking into trying some other trace mineral supplements.

ReMyte Mineral Solution at a Glance…

Name: Dr. Carolyn Dean’s ReMyte Mineral Solution

Website: Available at Amazon.com or RNAreset.com

Owners: Dr. Carolyn Dean

Price: $39.99

Overall Scam Rank: 80 out of 100

VERDICT: LEGIT – The product contains the minerals that the body needs. Many people are seeing great results based on the customer reviews from Amazon. My experience with the product was just satisfactory. I didn’t see amazing changes in my health.

ReMyte Reviews (from Amazon):

Helps with AFib

“My Afib has improved 90% and its only been 2 months. Highly recommend.” – diane

Helps with Leg Cramps

“Had a really persistent leg muscle cramp overnight recently that kept me up all night until I made myself a 2oz swig of a prorated mix of Remag pick-ionic magnesium with the salted water, cramps stopped immediately.” – test tech

Reduced Migraines

“My migraines have been reduced by 95% after suffering with them for 45 years.” -Lois

Dr. Caroloyn Dean’s ReMag Magnesium Solution Review

ReMag Magnesium by RnA ReSet Review

Name: ReMag Pico-Ionic Liquid Magnesium by RnA ReSet

Website: Available at Amazon.com

Price: $29.99 + 7.32 shipping (8 ounce bottle)

Owners: Dr. Carolyn Dean

Overall Rank: 90 out of 100


ReMag Magnesium Solution, Product Overview

ReMag Pico-Ionic Liquid Magnesium is a magnesium supplement that is intended to eliminate symptoms of magnesium deficiency. ReMag is different from other magnesium due to its increased absorption. It doesn’t have the common laxative effect that many magnesium solutions have.

ReMag features:

  • Highly concentrated. 60,000ppm concentration of 99.99% pure elemental magnesium.
  • Strong taste. Dilute with water.
  • Promotes strong bones, muscles, cardiovascular health and nervous system function.
  • Increased absorption. The pico-ionic form allows absorption at the cellular level.

The ReMag minerals are sourced from a pure source of magnesium chloride. The product was developed with a small ion size that is similar in size to plant magnesium. This helps to deliver stabilized magnesium ions to your cells. The ReMag picometer-ionic form of magnesium allows for direct and complete absorption into your body’s cells. This prevents a diarrhea response to magnesium because it is absorbed before it reaches the large intestine.

 

The Good & the Bad

The Good:

  1. This does not seem to cause much of a laxative effect at all. You can take it without worrying about running to the bathroom.
  2. It is in liquid form and easy to swallow.
  3. Due to the pico-ionic size, you are more likely to absorb the magnesium.
  4. When diluted the taste is unnoticeable.
  5. Sourced from pure magnesium chloride.

The Bad:

  1. The cost is competitive for a magnesium supplement, but you have to pay extra for shipping.
  2. On its own, it tastes very bad. Must dilute the concentrate.
  3. Some customers did experience a laxative effect.

Who is ReMag For?

According to Dr. Carolyn Dean, a magnesium supplement is for everyone now that we have reduced the mineral content in our food due to poor agricultural practices. This may be an essential supplement if you aren’t eating beef liver or drinking mineral water.

Magnesium is important to almost every bodily function that we have. When magnesium levels are low, you will start to experience muscle cramps, fatigue, aches and pains, mood problems, PMS, heart irregularities, anxiety, digestive issues, constipation and ADHD.

ReMag Magnesium Support

Dr. Carolyn Dean and her team at RNA reset have fairly good customer service. They also have an informative YouTube channel where they discuss how to use the ReMag and other formulas.

 

ReMag Price

The cost of 8 ounces of ReMag concentrated magnesium solution is $29,99. Other brands of magnesium are less expensive and include shipping. However, if more of the magnesium in the ReMag really is getting absorbed into your body than the other less expensive brands, I would definitely consider the price competitive and fair.

I do wish that shipping was included in the cost as it is for many other brands on Amazon.

 

My Final Opinion of ReMag

I think this is a good product. I have actually been taking it for about 8 months now. The last time I checked my magnesium levels, they were in the normal range, so that is good.

I do like that the product comes in a liquid form and is theoretically more absorbable than other forms of magnesium (or so they claim. Not sure how to prove that claim).

ReMag Magnesium Solution at a Glance…

Name: ReMag Liquid Magnesium Solution

Website: Available at Amazon.com

Owners: Dr. Carolyn Dean

Price: $29.99

Overall Scam Rank: 90 out of 100 (4.5/5 stars – An A rating!)

VERDICT: LEGIT – This is a great magnesium supplement at a fair price. It has kept my magnesium levels in the normal range.

Other Amazon ReMag Reviews (from Amazon):

“If I could give this ten stars, I would.” – rnaple

“The biggest difference I have seen in myself is no more leg cramps at night.” – Beth

 

“My blood pressure has normalized. Great product!” – Delores A. Young

“This stuff works, no more heart palpitations!” – Sandra Wade

Overall Amazon 5 star ratings: 69%