First of all, for those of you who haven’t yet heard of this popular diet, what is the Keto diet? I’d also like to say right now that I hate the word diet. The word diet suggests that it is something to follow temporarily in order to lose weight, instead of adapting to a style of eating as a healthy lifestyle choice. I prefer to say Keto lifestyle and I myself follow it, but my eating preference is more Mediterranean Keto; less meat and more of a concentration on fish, free range eggs and low-carb vegetables with full fat cheeses, grass fed butter, olive, coconut and avocado oils. I don’t believe in eating large amounts of meat, especially pork products. I don’t believe those poor pigs are being fed very healthy; most eat a diet of gmo soy which makes the pigs and their meat very unhealthy. Protein intake on the Keto diet should be moderate, so a small portion of free range meat daily should be enough, for me it is at least. To be successful for weight loss and/or healing from autoimmune disease or other inflammatory diseases, you must concentrate on high amounts of healthy fats. Completely omitting inflammatory (and Round-Up doused) omega 6 oils such as canola, corn, cotton seed, soy, safflower and sunflower oils and eating plenty of low-carb vegetables drizzled with grass fed butter, coconut, olive and avocado oils is what works best for weight loss, regaining health, reducing inflammation and healing. As a huge bonus, all these healthy oils nourish and smooth your skin, slowing down the aging process.
As a person with an autoimmune disease (celiac disease), eating Keto has completely eliminated my symptoms for the first time in 24 years!
Eating Keto keeps me healthy, keeps me energetic and keeps my weight in check. And as a working mother in my mid 40’s with two young kids, I need to be healthy and energetic! If I grab for a protein bar, even though it’s always gluten free, instead of say an avocado stuffed with tuna, I will later crash to a state of low energy. When I get myself out of ketosis my body then stops burning fat for energy. And I’m sure everyone would agree, burning fat for energy is a very good thing. Let me explain…
THE KETO DIET
It turns out that ramping up your fat intake and eliminating most carbs is the quickest, most effective way to get lean. Unlike many diets, the ketogenic diet is backed by science and The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism found that weight loss on a keto diet is mainly body fat, including visceral fat. The Keto lifestyle is a low-carb diet that, after consistently depriving yourself of all sugar, grains, bread, pasta, donuts, and any carb source (including high sugar fruit), your body goes into ketosis (between a couple of days and a week). Ketosis means your body is breaking down fat and releasing large quantities of molecules called ketones into your bloodstream. Your body then uses these ketones as its primary fuel source since you’ve severely limited the body’s preferred energy source: carbs. As a result, weight loss occurs in a healthy way because cutting out carbs cuts out a whole lot of unhealthy foods.
Even if you aren’t one for doughnuts, cheeseburgers or fried chicken, you might be one for (so called) healthy breakfast cereal, whole grain breads and energy bars. Guess what? All of those foods, whether labelled healthy or not, are making us fat, unhealthy and sucking our energy from us.
There are many reasons for this but a huge one is they are all inflammatory foods and it is now known that so many of the diseases from our generation are being caused from inflammation.
Eating the Keto lifestyle teaches you to choose anti-inflammatory foods such as low-carb vegetables and leafy greens, pasture raised and grass fed meats, eggs from organic and free run chickens, wild caught fish, full fat dairy in moderation (if you can tolerate it) from grass fed cows, raw nuts, healthy fats from coconuts, olives and avocados. Add a bit of berries and you have some very healthy eating. The great thing is, you feel full and satisfied on this high fat, moderate protein, low-carb diet.
BENEFITS OF EATING KETO
- Fast initial weight loss. When you first limit carbs, your body uses the glycogen in your muscles and liver. This also causes rapid water wight loss during your first week or two as you fully transition into ketosis, making you motivated to stay on the keto diet.
- No calorie counting! You don’t have to worry about calories as long as you keep your carb count low. Keep track of your carbs in the beginning, keep them around 30. It’s amazing how quickly they add up!
- Less hunger. The production of ketone bodies lowers your levels of the hunger hormone ghrelin. Most people will spontaneously reduce their food intake when they eat a high fat diet because ketones have a damping effect on appetite. And best of all, sugar cravings completely vanish!
- Alleviates symptoms of many diseases and conditions. The ketogetic diet has actually been in use for over 80 years, primarily for the symptomatic treatment of epilepsy. As of fairly recently, studies show that being on a keto diet reduces and even eliminates the symptoms of autoimmune disease, prediabetes and diabetes, glycogen storage disease, some cancers, autism, Parkinson’s disease, obesity, traumatic brain injury, multiple sclerosis, alzheimer’s disease and migraine headaches.
If you’re thinking of trying the keto diet or have already tried it and quit, I would suggest to aim to try it for at least a week in order to get a true feel for how great you can feel. For success, it is recommended to start with a meal plan from an expert and to plan ahead, having lots of snacks available so you are not tempted to grab something non keto friendly. And remember to keep it simple so it’s easier to stick with.
Some people are concerned a Keto diet will increase your cholesterol levels, in fact, the opposite is true. The Keto diet or other low-carb diets do increase your ‘good’ but decrease your ‘bad’ cholesterol, thus lowering your risk for heart disease. Read the amazing results from recent studies on Keto and low-carb diets.
I start each day off with a Bulletproof coffee with grass-fed butter and BulletProof brain octane oil. For lunch I often have nothing more than a big piece of raw broccoli and big spoon of almond butter. The almond butter and broccoli are both high in protein and the almonds provide healthy fat. If I’m still hungry I grab a boiled egg that I always have ready in the fridge, a few olives, an avocado, a piece of hard cheese, celery sticks or cucumber slices… you get the idea. Here’s a great article explaining the best Keto foods.
Try it! And trust me, your whole body will thank you. Your head will clear, your energy will soar, your gut will heal and your complexion will glow. Now that’s what I call complete beauty.
Let’s all get healthy together!