I’ve heard so many people form opinions about keto without ever trying it. “Isn’t it like Atkins?” “Do you eat bacon all the time?” “Isn’t it too acidic? Like ketoacidosis?” “You can’t eat a keto diet for more than a few weeks right? It’s not sustainable.”
My questions would be, “have you tried keto?” “Have you seen the benefits of eating high fats, moderate proteins and low carbs?” “Have you felt the more sustainable energy and focus from eating more satiating fats rather than the crash after consuming high carbs?”
Could we actually change our brain function just by the food we eat?
The first time I heard about a ketogenic lifestyle was from the parents of a patient we served on our pediatric rehab unit at the hospital. It was a challenge for our doctors, dietitians and kitchen service because of the big changes in percentage of macronutrients and how his parents scheduled his intermittent fasting: breaking his fast around 11am-12pm, rather than the typically served 3 meals a day, starting with a sugary cereal on the 7:30am pedi breakfast tray line. But the goal for ketogenics was to help manage the child’s brain function due to seizures.
Whoa... Could we actually change our brain function just by the food we eat? Just think about the morning after you decided to eat a chocolate croissant for breakfast, or a sugary venti coffee drink. There’s that initial “high,” then a big fat crash soon after, or even prompting cravings for more sugar. Then the dreaded bloated feeling for hours. Sugar/carbs = quick burn = left over storage of FAT = inflammation. Yuck!
But how do we get more healthy fats into our diet? How can we really eat more fat to burn fat?
First things first - reduce your carbs to <10% of your plate. Then add extra fats. Like on my plate in this picture, I seared the steak in healthy avocado oil and browned the peaches, onions and shishito peppers in clarified butter. Simple seasonings with Himalayan pink salt for healthy electrolytes and a sprinkling of heat to boost metabolism from the ground chili pepper seasonings from Sun Basket.
Another healthy way to boost the fat burn, aka “ketosis,” is to drink Ketones first thing in the morning or right before a work out. Then, sip on a tall Keto Coffee, loaded with MCT oil, grass fed butter and collagen for protein. Even better, add a scoop or two of alkalizing Greens Chocolate to your Keto Coffee to get that balance of magnesium and potassium from the nutrient rich 52 herbs and superfoods. Lastly, take an Omega-3 Fatty Acid every day to supplement the healthy fat we lack from the American diet. Are you taking notes yet? Grab a pen.
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Although nutrition is the key to get fit, we still must find time for exercise. Our bodies need to feel alive and take advantage of the fat burn. We need to challenge ourselves physically so we are not just surviving, but rather thriving. I realized this recently and started a #GetOffYourAssChallenge - 30 days of daily fitness with no excuses. Even through the pain in my foot, I found time to improve my strength, flexibility and endurance through different yoga series that challenged me both physically and mentally. To this day, my daughters will ask, “mommy are you doing your yoga today?” This body is still blessed with the ability to take on a daily challenge. No excuses. Keep thriving.