Keto Crazy? (Yes, That’s a Thing!) Here’s the Missing Link to Optimize Fat Loss & More
By Dr. Anna Cabeca
“I just snapped one day at a coworker over a silly little mistake, and I knew at that point it was time to jump ship,” a 49-year-old client recently confessed.
She’d been on a ketogenic diet for about three months. The first two were smooth sailing. She consistently lost about three pounds a week, many of her menopausal symptoms vanished, and she had a renewed energy.
And then, the weight plateaued. Her energy levels took a nosedive. Her mood swings were all over the place.
That spike-and-crash situation occurs often with keto diets.
It’s unfortunate because keto gets such fantastic results initially. When, as a physician, I put my women patients on a low carb or ketogenic diet -- high in fat, moderate in protein, and low in carbohydrates -- they often got great results including better ability to regulate insulin and blood sugar.
Until they don’t.
Invariably, my perimenopausal and menopausal clients would complain about feeling miserable and cranky, and they’d go off the diet. I understood why. I felt the same way on a keto diet—I call it going “keto crazy.”
This told me that something was clearly missing from keto diets. Being naturally curious, I wanted to know what is was. Raising four daughters and running a busy practice, I certainly couldn’t afford brain fog nor keto-craziness!
I became determined to find out why. Why did keto diets provide such fabulous results that felt impossible to sustain because of derailing symptoms like irritability? When I did a keto diet, I called this feeling “keto crazy.”
I wanted to find Keto 2.0, which yielded weight loss and other benefits without keto’s crash.
Interestingly, my answer came not from cutting-edge science but from an obscure journal article published nearly 100 years ago!
Even a century ago, researchers knew something that many don’t today: To make a ketogenic diet work long-term, you need to make it more alkaline. While it was a rat study, I interpreted their findings (nearly a century old) as the missing link in traditional keto diets.
This made sense. As I’d seen among many clients and myself, staying in ketosis too long makes you more acidic. The resulting chronic inflammation means your body clings to belly fat like a life raft. Bye bye, weight loss!
Yet when I added more alkaline foods into a keto plan, results improved remarkably. My clients finally hit their weight loss goals. They had stronger bones and more lean muscle. Their bodies detoxified better and they had more energy.
Based on that understanding, I made a few tweaks to the traditional keto diet. I decided to completely revamp my keto diet. I added more alkalizing low-carbohydrate foods into the mix: Foods like beet greens, kale, chard, dandelion leaves, parsley, most other non-starchy vegetables, and especially the breast-healthy cruciferous vegetables.
I also added herbs like maca, and some occasional fruits. And I tested urinary pH to make sure we were seeing the beneficial alkalinizing effects in our urine (a marker of health).
Nothing like this had ever been done before.
I never saw results like this, and so quickly.
I decided to call the plan Keto-Green™, which forms the foundation of my new book The Hormone Fix.
Even my clients who suffered through the worst hormonal miseries suddenly hit the reset button on those hormones with my plan. (If you’re wondering what’s going on with those hormones and how can you fix them, you’ve got to read my free e-book here.)
I want to show you how to maintain keto and stay alkaline simultaneously. That’s what The Hormone Fix is all about.
My book gives you a 10-day detox plan to hit your goals quickly. I’ve seen clients lose weight, feel better, and reclaim their libido within the first week of this plan.
And now, I want to help you. Whether you’re currently struggling with a ketogenic diet or have been curious but hesitant to try one, my Keto-Green™ plan is for you. You can start getting weight loss and all the other benefits right away with these eight tips.
Drink a large glass of warm water. Do this first thing in the morning to stimulate alkalinity and detoxification. Add ½ teaspoon lemon juice, ½ teaspoon baking soda, ½ to 1 tablespoon unfiltered apple cider vinegar, and 1 pinch cayenne pepper. For an added boost I drink a shot of Mighty Maca® Plus for it’s delicious superfood combo, liver support and alkalizing boost.
Eat more non-starchy vegetables.Especially green leafy and other non-starchy veggies including beet greens, kales, chard, dandelion leaves, and parsley. Don’t forget microgreens too like broccoli sprouts, a powerful nutritious boost! You can double up on these by slipping them into shakes, salads, and soups.
Drink bone broth.Most clients love bone broth, which hits the spot on a cold winter day (or any time). If you’re vegan, vegetarian, or not a fan of bone broth, you’ll want to make my alkaline broth (with only alkalizing vegetables) instead. You’ll find both delicious recipes in The Hormone Fix.
Constipated? Try this.Constipation often signals acidity. I find a probiotic supplement almost always helps. I’m also a big fan of magnesium, vitamin C, and a fiber supplement to get things moving. This is so important for detoxification and hormone balance.
Dial in your sleep. Good sleep really does impact everything. And it keeps your body alkaline. Aim for eight hours nightly. No excuses!
Boost your bonding hormone. Oxytocin is so fabulous that I devoted a whole chapter in The Hormone Fix to this hormone. Hugs, feeling love through healthy relationships and having an orgasm can all boost alkalizing oxytocin.
Test, don’t guess. Remember, our blood pH is constant and rarely fluctuates. Urinary pH, on the other hand, is like a thermostat telling us what is working for or against us. Testing your urinary pH can tell how successful you’re doing on the plan. Do this first thing in the morning and periodically throughout the day. Keep that number at or above 7.0, which means your body is alkaline. You can order my Keto-pH Urine Test Strips here.
More alkaline = better results. Keeping your body alkaline helps balance your hormones so you become your slimmest, sexiest, most energetic self. The more alkaline you are, the healthier you’ll feel. Then get into ketosis with the strategies I teach in my book.
If you’re ready to bid adieu to dieting and curate the most fabulous version of you, I’ve got a powerfully effective blueprint that gets results quickly in The Hormone Fix.
I wrote this book for you: To find your perfect weight, maintain steady energy and confidence, find your vrroom in the bedroom, and uplevel the best version of sexy at any age. You can preorder The Hormone Fix here. PLUS, you 9 great bonuses (valued at over $200) when you pre-order today, including:
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Dr. Anna Cabeca Bio
Dr. Anna Cabeca, a triple board certified, Emory University trained physician and hormone expert, was diagnosed with early menopause at age 38. Devastated, she set out on a personal wellness journey to reverse her menopause side effects, which resulted in her delivery of a healthy baby girl at the age of 41.
After experiencing her own health successes, Dr. Cabeca began counseling others, ultimately changing the lives of thousands of women across the globe. Her new book “The Hormone Fix” and other empowering transformation programs have helped women of all ages become their best selves again. Her successful line of all-natural products features the alkaline superfoods drink Mighty Maca® PLUS and the rejuvenating vulvar cream Julva®.