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Our food budget is big. But our eating out budget — when we are eating properly — drops to basically zero. Black tea and coffee are keto: most other things are not. Read the whole thing, and note that many of the tricks there work in the USA and less so here.

Despite the naysaying, it’s not only possible to do keto on a budget, but sometimes going keto actually saves you money. First, many people are able to reduce or eliminate certain medications—insulin, blood pressure meds—which can be a significant monthly savings. Second, once you’ve become keto-adapted, you might find that you’re eating fewer calories overall for the same amount of energy. Mark touts this benefit all the time.
Also, your “non-essentials” budget usually goes down. I’m talking things like frappuccinos, restaurant desserts, and alcohol. The cost of a night on the town decreases significantly when you’re fully buzzed off a glass and a half of wine once you go keto! (And when you’re not ordering 2 a.m. pizza.)   

Mark’s Daily Apple

Last Sunday the sermon was about the opposition or resistance we face when trying to do good. And this week has been a doozy. We have not been eating as tightly as I like, and this confirmed my experience: the standard kiwi diet is bad for my sugars. I have to eat low carb.

Medication and insulin dose changes from baseline to 2 years for CCI and UC group completers. (A) Percent of completers taking diabetes medications, excluding metformin. (B) Mean ± SE prescribed insulin dose among baseline users. (C) Frequency of medication dosage and use change among prescribed users by diabetes medication class.

Two groups of type 2 diabetics were placed either on a very low carb ketogenic diet or a standard diet for two years. The ketogenic group:
Lowered their HbA1c, Reduced their diabetes medication usage. Lost visceral body fat.
The control group experienced none of these benefits.
Furthermore, 55% of the keto group reversed their diabetes and 18% went into remission.
I’ve heard some people make the point that because keto doesn’t necessarily give a type 2 diabetic the ability to eat a big baked potato and have normal blood glucose, it’s not actually a “cure.” Maybe. But would you say the same thing to an alcoholic who no longer drinks? Is sobriety not a viable treatment for alcoholism because if the alcoholic took a drink he’d fall off the wagon? No. That’s ridiculous.

Marks Daily Apple