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National Keto Day!

Today we celebrate a type of diet that is slowly being popular and recognized, it is National Keto Day.  This day is observed annually and started by The Vitamin Shoppe since January 5, 2019.

When the new year starts, everyone is looking for ways to lose weight, whether changing their lifestyles and started going to the gym or changing their diet to lose weight and for others is changing the way they eat for health reasons.

The Vitamin Shoppe, a specialty retailer of nutritional products, announced today that it has officially designated January 5th National Keto Day.  The event is an annual observance of the popular high-fat, low carb ketogenic (keto) diet that has been shown to offer a number of health benefits, including weight loss, blood sugar maintenance, and cognitive support.

Many are not familiar with the Keto Diet so I will describe it for the sake of others and to the best of my knowledge since I have been on this diet and I can say it works if you do it the right way.  The Ketogenic diet or the Keto diet is a way of eating food that is rich in fat and protein, and very low carbohydrates.  Most American diets contain 50% carbohydrates, and with the Keto diet, the carbs are replaced by eating foods high in fat.

The main idea behind the Keto diet is to lose weight by changing how you approach food and shift your body’s metabolism.  Instead of burning mostly carbohydrates to obtain energy, your body will be switching to burning fats and ketones.  In order to achieve this effect, you will need to change the proportion of your food’s macronutrients.  The typical keto macros ratio is 70% fats, 25% protein, and 5% carbohydrates.

Two of the most significant perks seen with the keto diet are weight loss and healthy blood sugar support, which is good for people planning to change their way of eating due to diabetes.  Studies have shown improved glycemic control for those with type 2 diabetes while adhering to a ketogenic diet.

Other health benefits of a keto diet may include healthy cholesterol and blood pressure support. It also has shown to reduce epilepsy and seizures, particularly with children.  It may also be beneficial for those with Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases.

So, today, if you are looking forward to losing weight this year, you can try the Ketogenic diet but make sure to consult your doctors first before diving into any type of diet.  Share some photos of your progress on social media using #NationalKetoDay.

1531 Pope Clement VII forbids King Henry VIII from remarrying

On January 5, 1531, Pope Clement VII sends a letter to King Henry VIII of England forbidding him to remarry under penalty of ex-communication. Henry, who was looking for a way out of his marriage to his first wife, Catherine of Aragon, ignored the pope’s warning. He went on to marry Anne Boleyn (and five subsequent wives), leading to his ex-communication and one of the most significant schisms in the history of Christianity.

Catherine was the daughter of Ferdinand and Isabella of Spain and the aunt of Holy Roman Emperor Charles V, in addition to being the widow of Henry’s brother, Arthur. Increasingly concerned by his failure to produce a legitimate heir—although he publicly acknowledged an illegitimate son, Henry Fitzroy—Henry searched for a way to end his marriage in a manner consistent with his Catholic faith. This was necessary for political reasons, as a monarch violating Catholic doctrine risked disgrace and condemnation by the pope. Henry was also by all accounts a fairly devout Catholic. He was a known opponent of the Protestant Reformation that was taking shape on the continent, earning the title of Defender of the Faith from Pope Leo X for a treatise he wrote attacking Martin Luther.

(excerpted from https://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/pope-clement-vii-forbids-king-henry-viii-from-remarrying)