Sunday, September 17, 2017

Keto Response


     I have had many inquiries between Facebook, Twitter and my email asking about my recent posts and recipes for the Keto Diet that I have been on recently. I am going to try and answer some of your questions and put some light on why you are seeing this lately. 

     I don't usually post very personal things on my blog, as I am a firm believer that your private life should be just that, private. But I am also aware that I am in front of a lot of people daily and that you may be curious as to what exactly is going on. 

     Recently I was diagnosed with Chronic Lyme disease and Lupus. These are both things that I had no idea about. Neither are something that anyone in my family, to my knowledge have. With that being said I also have never met my biological father, so I am unsure if Lupus may run in his side of the family. Both of these conditions come with some pretty intense pain and some not so great days. 
     
  While going through testing and treatments for both conditions, I luck out and have a doctor that is very open minded to alternative treatments. I am not the type of person that runs toward anytime of prescription treatment. Yes I do understand that in some cases medication is a must. And with my initial diagnosis of Lyme I was treated with a run of antibiotics over a span of four weeks. But if I can avoid taking any type of medication I will. I have a great relationship with my doctor, as she has been my doctor since I was 10. So I have no problem approaching her about possible alternative options to help treat different ailments. When we went through all of my symptoms, we noticed that inflammation was a large issue, and was causing additional strain on my joints, causing pain that I didn't really need to have. 

     My doctor and I did a lot of research on alternative ways to deal with inflammation and pain receptors. This is when the Keto diet was presented to me by my doctor. And I was honestly willing to try just about anything to get this craziness under control.

     What is Keto?!? This was my first question, as I hadn't heard anything about it before. I had no idea what Ketosis even was or how it effected the body. I also didn't know that many of the items I was eating was contributing to me feeling horrible. I was basically being my own enemy. The more I would eat, and the different foods I would eat the worse I would feel. I had no idea what I was doing to myself. 

     My doctor explained to me that Keto is a diet/ lifestyle that combines a low carb and high fat diet. It helps place your body into a ketosis state so that fats and carbs are used in a different way. Which can assist with pain, and inflammation symptoms. As I said above, I was willing to try anything that wasn't a prescription if I could. If I had to or have to end up taking medication I will, but I really want to try and avoid that for as long as I can. 



     Since being on the Keto diet, I have much more energy. My pain is limited, yes I do still have pain, but it isn't anything like it was before starting Keto and now is much more easily controlled that it was before Keto. My inflammation has been reduced to an extreme minimum, and I have lost some weight as a bonus. Not to mention I have an extreme increase in energy and I am sleeping so much better than I was previously. I went from about an hour to two hours of sleep per night, to sleeping a solid 6 to 8 hours per night, without the sleeping medications that I used to have to take.

    The Keto diet may not be for everyone, and mine is monitored by a doctor and nutritionist. My nutritionist was extremely skeptical when I started, and even stated that she is going to start suggesting this diet to her other patients due to the results that I have had while on it. 

THE MAIN QUESTION:
      I have received so many questions, at least 500 or more between email, Facebook and Twitter about products that help me maintain Ketosis, and which products I would suggest to someone starting the Keto diet. This answer isn't an easy one, as your experience, isn't going to be what I have experience. As of right now, I haven't used ANY products to help me maintain Ketosis, but I have looked into a number of items, as well as read your requests for reviews on Keto products. I am working on pairing with a couple companies to bring you some reviews and experiences from their Keto products. Stay tuned as there is more to come soon! 

If you have suggestions or questions leave me a comment below, email me or hit me up on Facebook or Twitter, I always personally reply to each person! Or if there is a certain product you'd like to see featured on the blog, let me know!

     

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Fun With Dips Review and Giveaway


Fun With Dips

      Fun with dips is a small, family run company that also offers affiliate opportunities at low cost (as low as $5 to start). The company projects a family type image through their affiliates and are very customer driven.

     The owner mixes up each mix in small batches, to guarantee freshness and a quality product. Most mixes are vegan friendly and can be adapted to meet most dietary needs.  One thing that I absolutely love about this company is that there is not one ingredient in the mixes that you cannot pronounce. And only fresh ingredients are used to make each mix. 

    I don't know about you, but my family is dip obsessed. Anything to make it a little bit easier to have an amazing dip or an easy dessert, I am all about it. Fun with Dips doesn't just have dips, they also have some great mixes as well. Like No Bake Cheesecake!



     Their cheesecake mixes come in a variety of flavors. I have made them for work before and I continuously have co-workers asking me to bring some in. 



     Also each packet comes with an ingredient list, and a recipe on the back. You can also get more recipes that reach beyond dips and desserts, to make something phenomenal with very little effort!  

     Fun with Dips mixes are a must have in my busy household! They are literally liked by everyone living in my house, and its always an easy delicious snack. Also they are great to add to pasta and potato salads, also to many dinner and lunch dishes. I add the Roasted Garlic Butter dip to egg salad for unbelievable egg salad and have also added it to deviled eggs to take to a work function. You just can't go wrong!

I wanted a lucky winner to have a change at trying two Fun with Dips mixes. Just enter below to win! The winner will be given their choice of which two mixes they would like!

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Hello. Its been a moment!

     

     Hey Everyone! It sure has been a while since I have seen you all. Many things have happened over the last year that has kept me from you, but here I am raring and ready to go! 

     Over the next few weeks you will see a difference in the blog, as we are working on updating the look and feel of Sparkling Reviews. I will have the same type of content. Including lots of giveaways, and information where you can find some great giveaways. Product and book reviews and so much more!
     
      Let me know if there is anything you'd personally like to see on the blog, and I will do my very best to make it happen, including if it is a certain giveaway! Let me know what type of content you'd like. You can do this by shooting me an email. My email is located on the left hand side, or you can email me at mary@guthnur.net or comment below with what you'd like to see!

     I can't wait for what Sparkling Reviews has in store in the near future!
 
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