Why I Drink Ketones Daily

Because they make me feel amazing.

Because they provide me with the cleanest fuel source.

Because they help keep me on track with my health & wellness goals.

Because they help tremendously with my mental health.

I’ve found they help calm my anxiety while giving me energy to combat my depression at the same time. I know…it sounds made up, but I can attest it is MY reality and my TRUTH. The mental clarity they provide me with helps me focus and block out all the “what if’s” my anxiety induces. The energy they provide me with makes me want to be active throughout the day.

Ketones are a tool to help you become the best version of yourself.

I mean….look at my journey thus far:

So, what’s the science behind it?

Pure therapeutic ketones are D-BHB (beta-hydroxybutyrate) isomer ketone salts that are bio-identical to what your liver produces when you’re in a state of nutritional ketosis.

“But Hannah, why would I want to be in ketosis?” I’m glad you asked!

Ketones are neuroprotective and higher circulating ketones calm neurons in your brain. Ketones have been shown to increase endurance in aerobic activity. Ketones are anti-inflammatory leading to less bloat & better gut health.

D-isomer BHB has been shown to decrease the hunger hormone ghrelin. Less appetite = less cravings/unhealthy choices = staying on track = weight loss.

Additionally, ketones are typically very hard to produce naturally in the beginning stages of the ketogenic diet and production differs for each individual. Even keto-adapted people may find it hard to circulate high levels of ketones in the blood.

That’s why drinking pure exogenous therapeutic ketones is so great! Drinking one serving puts your body into a state of ketosis within the hour.

I start my day with a caffeinated dose of ketones, fast until lunch (coffee is okay! As long as there’s no sugar in it) and eat a low carb meal for lunch. Lather, rinse, repeat, and wait for the results to show!

If you’re new to the ketogenic diet in general, you may experience a bit of the “keto flu” at the beginning of your journey. Ketones will help with this! Trust me, just try them. You won’t regret it.

xoxo,

HB

Simple Chocolate Chip Cookies | Dairy-free keto

Who doesn’t love homemade chocolate chip cookies?!

Growing up, I was so fortunate my mom was both a great cook and a great baker! We always had a delicious home-cooked meal on the table for supper and *almost* always had something for dessert, too. She’s also a dietician, so I had the best balance of eating all the yummy things, but staying within healthy boundaries.

Ever since the stay-at-home rule started in Dallas due to COVID-19, I’ve been eating everyyyything in my pantry. Snacks on snacks on snacks, y’all.

Thankfully, I’ve still kept those healthy boundaries I learned growing up, for the most part. C’mon, we’re all human!

Another reason I wanted to try out making cookies is because I’ve n e v e r done it before. I’ve only ever baked the tear apart ones! I know, I know. Fairly sad for a 27-year-old.

OKAY, OKAY now for the recipe.

Ingredients:
– 1 stick plant-based butter (I love the Country Crock avocado oil brand)
– 2.5 cups superfine blanched almond flour
– 1.5 cups erythritol (I love Swerve, granular)
– 1 tsp vanilla extract
– semi-sweet chocolate chips to taste (I used Lily’s brand to keep it keto)
– 1 egg

Directions:
– mix dry ingredients together thoroughly
– stir softened butter with vanilla extract
– combine wet and dry mixtures until smooth
– add egg
– fold in desired amount of choc chips
– scoop into small balls on parchment-paper-lined baking sheet
– bake at 375 for 9 – 11 min

Depending on the size of dough scoops you make, this should come out to about 2 dozen cookies.

I’m so glad I now have something sweet to reach for, and I don’t have to think twice because it’s still in line with my health goals! Staying keto and eating dairy free 95% of the time has not only helped me lose weight, it’s tremendously helped my autoimmune disease, hidradenitis suppurativa.

What kind of treats are you making these days? I’d love if you tried my recipe! Be sure to tag me @healthyhannahchristine on insta.

What’s in your health&wellness tool belt!?

You’ve heard of the ketogenic (keto) diet by now, I’m sure, and also have probably seen multiple think pieces or opinion articles on why it’s great for you or how it’s the worst diet of the decade (LOL personal experience really denying this one).

People are sharing their testimonies on losing 100+ pounds on keto, posting before-and-after photos that are honestly mind blowing.

Truth bomb: When I first heard of the keto diet, I didn’t think it was very sustainable. I was afraid of what would happen to my body when I stopped fueling it with what it’d been used to for YEARS, and started eating a higher fat content than ever before.

But, I kept seeing other people’s successes, and decided I wanted IN. And while I eat more of a low-carb than a true keto diet, simply because I don’t track my macros, I’ve reaped an insaaaane amount of benefits in the short months I’ve been on this path.

Left: June 2019; Right: Jan. 2020

Drinking exogenous ketones has played a huge role in my success. I truly don’t think I’d be where I am today without them, which is exactly why I’m telling the whole world allll about them!

I mean, look at my personal transformation…

Left: Nov. 2018; Right: Jan. 2020

Liiiike, 60 pounds less and feeling like a new person transformation!

Hit me with the facts, Hannah!

Pure therapeutic ketones are D-BHB (beta-hydroxybutyrate) isomer ketone salts that are bio-identical to what your liver produces when you’re in a state of nutritional ketosis. Typically, ketones are very hard to produce naturally in the beginning stages of the ketogenic diet and production differs for each individual. Even keto-adapted individuals may find it hard to circulate high levels of ketones in the blood.

Exogenous ketones are a powder supplement that you add to 16oz of water and drink within 15 min of mixing. They put you into a state of ketosis in under 1 hour.

*Exogenous = outside of the body, while endogenous = what your liver naturally produces*

Why would you want to be in ketosis?

D-isomer BHB has been shown to decrease the hunger hormone ghrelin. Less appetite = less cravings/unhealthy choices = weight loss. Ketones are neuroprotective and higher circulating ketones calm neurons in your brain.

Ketones have been shown to increase endurance in aerobic activity.

Ketones are also anti-inflammatory, leading to less bloat & better gut health.

Additionally, C-med 100 is the only peer-reviewed supplement shown to aide in DNA repair and help immune function. (Since my HS diagnosis last summer, any immune help I can give myself is huge).

Lastly, why KETO//OS Nat over other ketone products?

Prüvit holds the only multipatented exogenous ketone on the market.

NAT ketones are the only naturally fermented pure and bio-identical ketones.

Other ketones are “racemic” aka mixed isomer ketones. Those ketones are not identical to what your body produces and can actually end up damaging the ketone receptors.

Think of trying to jam a key (ketone) into a lock (receptor) that isn’t compatible.

Everyone gets to reap the benefits of ketosis, even if you don’t want to eat keto!

You don’t have to eat keto. That’s the best part. These exogenous ketones were created so that everyone can benefit from ketosis without the strictness of a true ketogenic diet.

This was actually a big reason why I finally took the leap to try them – I’m your average woman, who has had her fair share of body image issues, eating disorders, emotional attachment to food, you name it. So when I decided it was time to take my health back into my own hands, I got nervous, because putting myself in any sort of “box” aka “diet”, meant restriction. Meant deprivation. Meant sacrifice. Meant the possibility of bad eating habits and overall nutritional health.

*Remember* that these are just one tool in my health&wellness tool belt, though. I still take daily walks, drink an insane amount of water, eat whole foods, don’t eat gluten or dairy (because of my autoimmune disease), etc. But these are by FAR the MOST IMPORTANT tool I’ve yet to find, and I don’t think it gets better.

Want to join me on the pursuit to B E T T E R? Message me!

xoxo,

HB