Are You Making These 10 Terrible Keto Mistakes

Looking good is everyone’s desire. There is no way you’d want to look bad. And good looks don’t come easy. Some part of it is God’s gift, while the other part can be worked upon by us. Having a good physique is one of those aspects that can contribute to your good looks. A smart, well-built body goes a long way in exhibiting your charisma.

Keto diet (also known as Ketogenic diet) is a low carb, average protein and high-fat diet that instructs the human body to burn fat rather than carbs. This is often not done right by amateurs and so here are 10 mistakes that you might be doing while pursuing the Keto diet.

1. Lack of Minerals and Vitamins

Dry Skin, Depression, Weight gain and Fatigue are a few health issues that might knock on your door when your diet is low on minerals and vitamins.

A good ketogenic diet must include a good amount of vegetables which are considered as low carbohydrate foods and rich in nutrients. Remember, not everything that you eat is bringing to you all the minerals and vitamins that your body deserves.

The only want to handle this is to prioritize what you have. Prefer leafy greens and veggies such as leeks, mushrooms, and pumpkins for solids while Powerade Zero Keto can be one of your preferred keto liquids.

2. Not Planning Your Diet

Following a ketogenic diet is a lot more difficult when you don’t have a solid plan in place. You will start good, maybe carry on for a few days but then you are bound to fall apart.

Instead, if you have a list of actions you can stick you probably you’d be at a much better place. It is always better to have some keto-friendly food in your hand than to start your day with an empty refrigerator.

3. Your body is Not Getting Enough Sleep

Stress hormones get a reason to rise when your body is not getting enough rest and sleep. And when this happens, the human body gains unwanted fat and disrupts sex hormones.
So, make it a point to get adequate sleep. Although the number of hours you sleep matters to some extent, what is more critical is the quality of sleep you gift your body. Here are a few tips to consider when you decide to doze off next:

  • Sleep in a very dark room.
  • Put away gadgets at least 2 hours before you sleep
  • Use earplugs if there are disturbances around you
  • Sleep in a cold room
  • Consuming Artificial Sweeteners

Most artificial sweeteners such as sucralose, aspartame, and saccharin have the potential to mess with your good bacteria and cause gut inflammation and irritation.

Also, for your information, the sugar substitutes are perceived the same by your brain as it perceives normal sugar or cocaine. Therefore, all this might increase your craving and make it harder for you to stick to your keto diet.

5. Avoiding Low-Carb Veggies

Since vegetables are high in carbs, many people on a keto diet form an opinion that they must ignore veggies. This is hardly true.

Vegetables supply fiber, micronutrients, and nutrients to your body and are always to be taken. It is crucial that you include a lot of veggies in your diet plan. Some of the best options for you are:

  • Spinach
  • Broccoli
  • Asparagus
  • Cauliflower
  • Avocado
  • Cabbage

Apart from these, you must also make it a habit to consume reliable energy aid keto-compliant drinks such as Powerade Zero Keto, since it is free of calories and sugar and contains only 35mg of potassium and 100mg of sodium.

6. Taking a Lot of Stress

Cortisol levels rise whenever we are in stress. This affects normal hormone production and contributes to unwanted weight gain.

Plus, when you adopt the low-carb diet plan it is bound to place a good amount of stress on you at the start. So, it is advisable that you don’t make additional changes to your lifestyle and sleeping patterns such that your body gets used to ketosis.

Ultimately, stress is never good for your health and should you wish to achieve a life with minimum / no stress, try yoga. It works.

7. Restricting Your Water Intake

Dehydration is highly probable when you are on a keto diet. Most people are very conscious about what they chew, but very few focus on what they sip.

Drinking up is a great idea. Waking up to have a glass of water is the best way forward. Also, sipping water throughout the day can help you consume half your body weight in measures of water.
Apart from that, there are many other liquid keto supplements in the market that can work wonders for you. Powerade Zero Keto is one of them. Try it.

8. Have a Lot of Dairy Products

Since the Keto diet shouts in favor of having high-fat products, you might end up having a lot of dairy products. After all, they are high in fat content.
But there are a few downsides to heavy consumption of dairy products too. You must be aware of the following:

  • Milk and Yogurt are high in carb content
  • Having uncontrolled amounts of dairy can lead to a reverse effect in your pursuit of weight loss

So, keep a check on what you are eating/drinking and in what quantities. This is where having a plan again helps.

9. Not Taking Enough Electrolytes

Although this falls under the micronutrient category, this is being covered under a separate category for its importance.

If at times you feel muscle ache, fatigue, nausea, brain fog, etc., your body is indicating lack of electrolytes. Here is why this happens.

When you start your keto diet, your body is burning up existing glucose. This might result in a drastic fall of electrolytes in your body and you must not let this happen. Therefore, consume appropriate amounts of electrolytes.

10. Avoiding Proteins

The ideology that consuming too many proteins would start a metabolic action to raise your blood sugar and knock you out of ketosis is not true.

The concept is known as gluconeogenesis and is contrary to many opinions. You simply don’t need to worry about having excess protein in your ketogenic diet.

So, instead of avoiding proteins invite them to your diet. The amino acids in proteins help repair and build muscles and other body tissues. It would also help you in weight since it will make you full always.


Overall, the only way to have a successful ketogenic diet is to ensure that you don’t commit the above 10 mistakes. Try to accommodate these considerations and you would be off to exercising a very successful keto diet.…

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Can I Get Approved for Medical Marijuana in Ohio?

Even though marijuana has been legalized in the state of Ohio, a lot of people are still hesitant about the idea of using it for medical purposes. The stigma with marijuana has been around for a long time and it’s quite difficult to shake off.

Luckily, the state has established a great medical marijuana program that assures aspiring medical marijuana patients that they can be approved. Of course, the program also has its own requirements and qualifications but for as long you follow these steps, your chances of getting approved will improve.

Application Process

Ever since the bill was approved summer of 2016, the medical marijuana program in the state has been up and running. However, unlike other states, the program’s application process doesn’t seem to be pretty easy. In fact, it’s quite challenging that most people don’t really expect to get approved.

But don’t worry. The following steps will guide you through the process and will increase your chances of winning their approval.

Find a Doctor

By now, you must be aware that for you to get a medical marijuana card, you need to have a qualifying condition. With this, it’s so much easier looking for a doctor to recommend medical marijuana as a form of treatment.

First thing you need to do is find a doctor who has been certified by the State Medical Board. These doctors are certified that they can recommend to patients. Fortunately, here’s a list of doctors that you can scan through to find the most suitable one for you.

Once you find a doctor, book an appointment and prepare yourself for that appointment. By preparations, we mean both financial and mental preparations. The visit won’t come cheap because these doctors have their own set of specialties; prepare around $100-$200 for the session.

Second, mentally prepare for one of the longest sessions of your life. You and your doctor will be discussing marijuana and your condition extensively to see if you do really qualify for that form of treatment.

This doctor will also be the one to submit a complete patient’s registration to the Ohio’s Board of Pharmacy. This registration will have lots of information to be filled up by your doctor.

Application Fee

Along with the submission of the doctor’s recommendation to the Ohio Board of Pharmacy, you will be required to pay the application fee. The doctor will tell you how much so prepare an additional $50 for that.

Don’t be surprised with the amount you spend for your application alone because this is such a controlled industry and the state wants to maintain its integrity all the way.

Additional Information

Don’t forget to submit anything that will prove that you live in Ohio. The Board of Pharmacy will recognize your state-issued driver’s license, ID card, or your passport. All of these valid IDs will be needed before you submit your application.

Waiting Time

After the submission, you will have to wait for the approval of the Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program. The waiting time is only usually two weeks to a month. If you haven’t received anything, you can personally contact them through their website or phone number.

The process is fairly simple and you can also look it up here on Veriheal’s website: The websites has simplified the process and also shortened it. Another great service the website has offered is that it ge………..2ts in touch with patients whose cards will be expiring soon.

It aims to help the patients renew their medical marijuana cards without all the hassle. The patients will be re-certified by approved physicians and will only pay the $50 fee to be approved again.

What’s Next?

Once you get approved and receive your card, you can now head on over to the most convenient dispensary near you. Just don’t forget to bring another valid ID card and enough cash to buy everything you want at the dispensary.

In Ohio, there are already over 13 dispensaries in Ohio that have been operating. Although there have been 56 licenses released for dispensaries, only one-fourth of the dispensaries are actually operating.

But that doesn’t have to be bad news for you because you still have lots of dispensaries to choose from. Buckeye Botanicals and Clubhouse Dispensary are just two of the most famous ones in Ohio that you can visit. The dispensaries are relatively close to each other so they’re not hard to reach.

Don’t be intimidated by the process for applying to the state’s marijuana program. Just prepare enough cash to pay for the doctor and application and you’ll be fine. Don’t hesitate just because it can be quite expensive, just think of it as an investment. What are you waiting for? Book an appointment with your doctor now and be a step closer to using medical marijuana.…

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Summer Reading

Fall is here. The weight of our own mortality complements the length of our shadows. Pumpkin spice pop-tarts and gingerbread shoelaces for breakfast, dead-leaves-and-butternut-squash casserole for dinner. What did TCR staff read this past summer, aside from thousands of submissions?

I’m a big believer in the therapeutic benefits of sunlight and, because I live in New England, I take warm weather very seriously. I began the summer hoping I would spend it lying on the various beaches of Rhode Island, reading a novel a day, and returning home in the evenings happy and without sunburn. Unfortunately, that’s not what happened, and because of my busy work schedule and a few other unpleasant realities, I had to do most of my reading in short twenty-to-thirty minute intervals. While I’d much rather read on sand, or water, or fluffy green grass, I typically did it in the front seat of my car or at a plastic table in the break room.

Because having to stop in the middle of a chapter when your break time is up isn’t all that fun, I chose short stories and essay collections over novels. An essay collection I liked, and am a little late in finding, was Unspeakable by Meghan Daum. A short story collection I tried really hard to like, but didn’t, was Barbara the Slut and Other People by Lauren Holmes. I also read back issues of literary magazines, picked up from local bookstores and online, which I enjoyed the most and found was a better fit for my crazy schedule. It felt nice to finish a whole story, along with one or two poems, before an interruption. I found a poem—his only published poem—written by a musician I like named Will Butler (frontman of the band Arcade Fire) in last summer’s issue of Tin House. I recommend that poem, titled Oyster Bar, and all music by Arcade Fire as well. –Emily Chase, Fiction Reader

I knew I would be going into working on my poetry thesis this fall, so the the logical choice for summer reading might have been books by poets I admire. Nope. I needed a break, so I reread a few favorite novels. In addition to those, my most interesting read was Einstein’s Jewish Science by Steven Gimbel. Gimbel follows Einstein’s career through the lens of his Jewish ethnicity and young fervor for the faith. Sometimes Gimbel gets too bogged down in definitions as he tries to suggest Einstein approached science with a particularly Jewish outlook. Despite the slower portions, I would recommend it to anyone with a particular interest in Einstein or Jewish cultural figures.
–Randall Weiss, Poetry Reader

This summer I moved to Chicago, where I work at the third-busiest Starbucks in the city. I no longer have a book budget. When I do buy one, I feel guilty. Also, the amount of time I have to read is drastically reduced. As soon as I am in the store, my time is no longer my own. I am constantly on the go. Being a supervisor means that my breaks are not even time to myself. I must constantly be available to answer questions, to ensure things run smoothly. It is a lot of physical and mental work. My schedule is not consistent. I can close one night and have to be back first thing in the morning to open the store. I would love to come home and read. I have a stack of books waiting for me. Often, I’ll pick one up with every intention to read it only to fall asleep after a few pages. I always want to say to them: it’s not you, it’s me. Being behind on what I want to read. Not reading as much as I want, as much as I should, feels like a failure. This angers me sometimes because it’s not like I’m not doing anything. But when my time is limited, something had to give, and it was reading. I hear myself saying: if you wanted to do it, you would find the time. The desire is there. However, when I have time, I want to spend it writing my own book. I want to see friends. I want to explore the city that is my new home.

I’ve reread, in short bursts, some of my favorite books like Paul Monette’s Becoming a Man, Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House, Wendy Ortiz’s Excavation, Jesmyn Ward’s Salvage the Bones, and the Dover Thrift Editions of Great Ghost Stories. I’ve made very slow progress on Cheryl Strayed’s Wild, Sarah Einstein’s Mot, Paul Lisicky’s Unbuilt Projects, Wendy C. Ortiz’s Hollywood Notebook, not to mention all the queer theory books I’ve wanted to read. I’m trying to restructure my life so I get to a point where I have the time and energy to read. And this time I’ll appreciate it more because I know what it is like not to have it. It’s a promise I must keep to myself, it’s a promise I must keep to all the possibilities waiting for me in those unread books.
–Brian Kornell, Interviews Editor

I don’t get outside much. I also have three books I’d planned on reading this summer. A list: Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy, The Pig Who Wants to Be Eaten by Julian Baggini, and The Business of Naming Things by Michael Coffey.

In a grand stroke of economic thinking, I decided I would read outdoors any chance I got, and in an effort to fight my concerningly milky complexion, I would do so with my shirt off. Things went well at the beginning; McCarthy and I started strong, but sitting in the backyard naked from the waist up felt weird, especially considering I wasn’t sure if my neighbors had gone to work, or if they even work at all. At first, I was resolute: I was determined not to let my anxiousness keep me from finishing what I’d set out to do and more importantly, from perfecting my tan. Eventually, this determination crumbled under the weight of my self-consciousness and I gave it up.

Besides, I figured, there was still the weekend at the beach house. It was the perfect opportunity. Two full days with a clear schedule and no distractions, the soft crash of waves, and direct, unfiltered contact between UV radiation and my upper body in a socially acceptable setting. About ten pages of Coffey fell away before I realized how much I missed swimming in the ocean. I became consumed with the thought of how wasted it would all feel if buried my nose in some melodrama about sad drunks, when I could be falling headfirst into the sensory wormhole of summer.

So: I had some drinks, I swam, I ate oysters.

I’m almost finished with The Business of Naming Things. I’ve promised myself I’d pick up Blood Meridian again, but that’s what I said that about Cities of the Red Night and Ulysses last summer. Oh, and it turns out I don’t really tan. I just burn real easily.
–Christopher Walker, Fiction Reader

This summer I read as many things as I could, which is to say I read almost nothing, unless you consider holding a baby and staring off into space reading. I did read some novels from the Library of America’s new Women Crime Writers of the 1940s, both of which were very good, and which I hope to write about soon. I read A House Made of Stars, by Tawnysha Greene. I read Citizen, by Claudia Rankine, on an iPad, which was new for me, and which wasn’t good for the book, because the photos in it took up two pages each, which made as much sense as calling holding a baby reading.

I read a Philip K. Dick novel (Martian Time-Slip) and short stories by Elizabeth Hardwick, Daphne Du Maurier, William H. Gass, Elizabeth McCracken, and Jim Shepard. I read in bed, and I read in the basement. I had trouble focusing on reading, so I read briefly, and quickly, because the baby was calling me away, and the sky wasn’t falling, but I had to check, and check often, to see that it wasn’t. I read some of a book by Helen Caldicott, and had to stop because it was only helping to clarify my dread and premonition of impending loss.

I’ve been reading Robin McLean’s Reptile House, which is very good. It makes me want to write more, and better.

I’ve been reading The Locusts Have No King, by Dawn Powell.

I am not reading enough, not quite as much as I’d like to.
–Robert Long Foreman, Fiction Editor

At the beginning of the summer, I finished Volume I (Swann’s Way) of In Search of Lost Time and about two hundred pages of Volume II. I did all of this reading on the Hawaiian island of Molokai, mostly in a bathtub full of cold water or under a diseased looking coconut tree, because it was very hot and there was no other way to cool down. When I returned home, I found that I could no longer read Proust, because I like it too much, and it was beginning to upset me. I cried, for the only time this summer. This is how I always get. I have been working on a lot of very good books, this way, for years.

Almost all of the following reading I did in bed at home, because I can only really, truly read when I am lying down on my right side. I read some stories by Chekhov and Mikhail Zoshchenko, and I started to read The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov, but I got distracted when my daughter spilled her chocolate milk, and I forgot about the book, and then it disappeared. I still haven’t found it. I read part of The Little Magazine in Contemporary America. I read two books by Anne Fadiman, Ex Libris and At Large and at Small, which are two of the best books I can remember reading, and I recommend them for and to everyone far and wide. I read some essays by Montaigne, and I read two Best American Essays collections (2012 and 2003). I re-read Theodore Roethke’s The Far Field and all of Louise Bogan’s poems, and a book called A Poet’s Prose, which is a collection of all the non-poetry Louise Bogan wrote, and which I enthusiastically recommend. I read several literary magazines, but I didn’t really get into any of them. I started reading Emily Dickinson chronologically, which I will now continue through the fall and winter. I read John Donne enthusiastically. I read a lot of poems from here and there. I read How to be Drawn by Terrance Hayes, which I liked even more than Lighthead. I re-read The Trumpet of the Swan because my daughter started it. I read Margaret Atwood’s upcoming novel The Heart Goes Last for a book review. I read A Manual for Cleaning Women: Selected Stories of Lucia Berlin, which is outstanding, and contains a very strange introduction by Lydia Davis. I read a bunch of Hilton Als essays that I found online. I started reading The Book of Disquiet “by” Fernando Pessoa. I can tell that this is one of those books that I will work on for years. It’s very good.
–Christine Gosnay, Editor

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