This is Ros with another installment of observations and experiences from traveling America by rail. We arrived on the West Coast a few days ago where to my Mr’s great delight the wild blackberries were still producing.
These are the blackberries he picked as a child. They are Himalayans – huge, juicy and tasty. And they grow EVERYWHERE
. They were brought into the states in the late 1800’s and have out competed many plants (translated, they are invasive). Oregon considers them a noxious weed and sprays to kill them along right of ways. Peak season is July – September.
Marionberries have it better. They are a type of blackberry developed, cultivated and patented in Marion County, Oregon. Their taste is not that different from any other blackberry but they are celebrated in the region much like Slocomb tomatoes are in our area.
We were able to spend one day in the Willamette Valley. This area lies between the Coastal Range and the Cascade Mountains. I’ve often thought that if there was one place in America where a bean seed could grow to Jack and the Beanstalk porportions this would be it. The valley is lush, fertile and has many orchards. Filberts, aka hazlenut orchards were especially abundant. We passed home after home with loaded apple trees in the yard.
One of those homes belonged to long time friends who live near Pudding River. The apples and asian pears shown above were sent with us for our journey home. One of those babies with Tillamook cheese curds makes a mighty fine meal!
We’ve got more to share but this train is bouncing around too much to type much more today! We got some great meal ideas, saw and tasted items from a home freeze dryer, and visited some of your favorite brand restaurants. Will pick up with more next week!
This is part 4 of understanding the Keto Diet.
What’s the difference between low-carb and keto diets?>
Keto is a very strict low-carb diet, that also puts even more emphasis on moderating the protein intake, and relying primarily on fat to supply energy needs.
A regular strict low-carb diet will likely put most people in ketosis anyway. But a keto diet tweaks things even further to make sure it’s working and, if desired, to get even deeper into ketosis.
Keto could be called an extra strict low-carb diet.
How do you know when your body is in ketosis?
Any of these signs may indicate you are in ketosis:
Decreased appetite and increased energy levels.
Increased thirst and urination.
“Keto breath”, which may be more apparent to others than to yourself.
Dry mouth or a metallic taste in your mouth.
Beyond these signs and symptoms, you can measure your level of ketosis, using urine stips, breath analyzers or blood meters.
How long does it take to be in ketosis?
It varies, from a day or two, up to a week or more. People with more insulin resistance (e.g. people with type 2 diabetes) usually take longer, while young and lean people generally get into ketosis far more quickly. Intermettent fasting can hasten the process.
Can you be in ketosis and not lose weight?
Yes. Muscle mass often increases on ketosis which can make it seem you’re not accomplishing anything while reducing body fat.
Last of all next week’ – what you can and cannot eat on a keto diet.