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Keto For Women Show

The Keto For Women Show is designed to help women thrive on a high-fat, low-carb ketogenic diet in a safe and effective approach. The keto diet can be an extremely powerful and healing diet for women, but needs to be approached differently than men in order to get these benefits! Holistic nutritionist and passionate health-seeker, Shawn Mynar of shawnmynar.com, provides you with the tips and tricks you need to feel amazing, have great energy, find your happy weight, and heal your body.

Podcast Episodes


BEST OF: 22 Signs You're Keto-ing Too Hard -- #096

Do you sometimes feel like you’re not doing keto correctly or that things aren’t going as well as you thought they would and you’re not feeling as great as you expected? This time in the BEST OF Keto for Women series, we’re taking it back to Episode 60 where I talk about the things I see women do to themselves or their bodies or their diets and how maybe you just need to back off a little bit and make some changes.

Topics Discussed in this Episode:

  • How to deal with social gatherings while staying on keto
  • Why and when you might need to take a breather or a little step back from keto
  • The 22 signs that you’re keto-ing too hard

Key Takeaways:

  • We put so much effort in trying to be healthy and doing all of the things to optimize our health. But a lot of times, all that effort just keeps us in this cycle of not being truly healthy, because it’s hard on our body, it’s stressful, and it’s just too much.
  • Don’t let keto take over everything in your life -- your thoughts, your time, your energy. Don’t let it be as much in the forefront as it may currently be for you.

    Find the full shownotes here.

BEST OF: Keto For Healthy Hormones At Every Age with Jackie Eberstein, RN -- #095

What strategies can we implement to keep our hormones healthy at every age? Find out how we can maximize our female health and use a keto diet to do so as we kick off our BEST OF Keto for Women Show episodes by throwing it all the way to Episode 7 with Jackie Eberstein.

Topics Discussed in this Episode:

  • How a woman’s hormonal changes throughout life affect metabolism and weight
  • Why it’s so important to support your adrenals, pancreas, and liver as a woman
  • The importance of cholesterol for female hormone health
  • The blood sugar/hormone connection
  • Keto for menopause
  • The impact of stress in every stage
  • Weight loss resistance and hormones

Key Takeaways:

  • When there are significant hormone changes, there can be an increase in insulin resistance, which is the first stage of what can ultimately become type II diabetes and a sign of carbohydrate intolerance.
  • Ketones have had such a bad rep especially in the medical profession because they don’t understand the difference between ketoacidosis and nutritional ketosis, but nutritional ketosis has so many benefits.
  • Almost every chronic illness such as cancer and Alzheimer’s disease has an inflammatory component, so cutting carbs enough and keeping your blood sugar stable play a role in anti-inflammatory processes in the body.
  • Cholesterol is the first building block of your hormones. And interestingly enough, there is research that shows that elderly women live longer if their cholesterol is higher.
  • Having high cholesterol is not a disease, it’s actually more of a symptom of your body needing something.

 

Action Steps:

  • Have a healthy lifestyle and normalize your weight.
  • Support your adrenals, pancreas, and liver.
  • Keep your blood sugar stable.

    Find the full shownotes here.

Things I'm Afraid To Tell You -- #094

Do you know what I’ve been afraid to tell you until now? If you’re curious and you want to get to know me on a different level, make sure to listen in and find out!

Topics Discussed in this Episode:

  • 10 things that I’ve been afraid to tell you
  1. I look in the mirror and I don’t always love what I see.
  2. When I feel fat, my first instinct is to eat less and work out harder.
  3. I still use toxic products.
  4. I stop doing pretty much all stress-relieving techniques when I get stressed.
  5. I have been out of ketosis way more than I’ve been in over the past few months, and I’ve been feeling really good not being in ketosis.
  6. Keto is a stepping stone for me to do something even greater.
  7. I think you’re trying so hard.
  8. I think many of you are missing the bigger picture.
  9. The stress of keto is making you worse.
  10. You might not ever lose weight.

 

Key Takeaways:

  • It doesn’t always have to be hatred that you feel when you look into the mirror, and that’s actually something very powerful and therapeutic for you to start approaching in your own life.
  • Every time you go through something stressful, it will get easier and easier for you to call up stress-relieving techniques when you need it most.
  • It’s very hard to be a health practitioner in a strong diet community.
  • Trying too hard to do keto can backfire. You’re failing because you’re trying too hard. You’re sabotaging because you’re trying too hard. You’re not seeing results because you’re trying too hard.
  • A big part of healthy eating is not obsessing over your plate of food.
  • If you’re stressing out about keto, it’s not going to do you any favors.
  • You can be healthy and not skinny. It is much easier to maintain your health with a little bit of extra weight than it is to maintain your health while being underweight.

 

Action Steps:

  • Change how you view yourself. Stop being mean to yourself when you look at yourself in the mirror.

    Find the full shownotes here.

Weight Gain On Keto: Your Questions Answered - Part 2 -- #093

 

What could be the reason that you’re not losing weight while following a keto diet? I answer all your questions regarding weight gain on keto in this installment of the Keto Hot Seat.

Keto Hot Seat Questions Answered in This Episode:

  • Can I still do keto even when I have all the fat genes or is the diet just not suitable for everybody?
  • Does going through menopause affect one’s ability to lose weight while on keto?
  • Why is it that, after trying everything else, the only way I’ve been able to lose weight is by keeping my calories at or below 1,200?
  • What could be the reason why you plateau on weight loss?
  • Is a keto diet suitable to cure prediabetes?
  • Why does intermittent fasting seem to really spike my fasting blood glucose and also hold weight? Is this my body’s way of saying that I’m at the weight it wants to be?
  • What are the differences, if any, between weight gain and systemic inflammation and weight gain during perimenopause?
  • How can I maintain my weight loss after reaching my goal weight without staying in ketosis?

Key Takeaways:

  • Menopause is a huge change in your hormones. It’s also something that your body hasn’t gone through before so it’s a very different trend than the usual cycle that your hormones go through. A lot of times, these hormonal fluctuation cause weight gain.
  • 30% body fat for a female is completely normal and really healthy.
  • Even though we don’t think we have stress, it doesn’t mean we don’t have stress or that our body thinks we are not stressed.
  • The main goal of your body is to keep you safe. So it really wants to make sure that when it comes to weight loss, that it’s happening from a safe place.
  • It is nearly impossible to lose healthy weight if your blood sugar is out of whack, especially if you have high insulin.
  • Weight loss does not equal a balanced blood sugar. Just because you lose weight, it does not mean that your blood sugar is great all of a sudden.
  • Weight gain from inflammation is essentially water retention, and it feels that way.
  • Inflammatory weight gain is distributed pretty evenly throughout the body, whereas actual fat gain is kind of focused on key areas of the body.

Action Steps:

  • When you’re doing the keto diet, make sure you’re getting a good variety of fats.

    Find the full shownotes here.

Should You Go Dairy-Free Keto? Everything You Need To Know To Decide For Yourself -- #092

Why should you consider going dairy-free? And if you think you can’t go without it, what are your options to be the healthiest version of you while still consuming it? Take a listen and be informed as I share all that I know about dairy.

Visit http://www.shawnmynar.com/ketoforwomen/ for the complete show notes of every podcast episode.

 

Topics Discussed in this Episode:

  • The history of dairy consumption and how it has evolved over the years
  • Pasteurization -- why it’s being done and why it’s concerning
  • The health complications involving dairy consumption
  • The addictive effect of dairy
  • Lactose intolerance, dairy allergy, and dairy sensitivity
  • The benefits of raw pasture-raised dairy
  • Dairy alternatives and alternative sources of calcium

 

Key Takeaways:

  • Pasteurization is a process that involves putting the milk under high heat, which destroys enzymes and results in diminished vitamin content.

    Find the full shownotes here.

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