Eating for a vibrant, healthy, long life!
The ketogenic diet is a high-fat, moderate protein, low-carbohydrate diet. This diets main purpose is to shift the body’s metabolism away from burning glucose for fuel, to burning fat. Glucose is typically the main source of fuel as it is the easiest molecule for your body to convert into energy. The shift of the body’s metabolism to burn fat as fuel by reducing carbs and increasing fat induces the body into a state of ketosis.In this state the liver has taken fat and select amino acids and transformed them into ketones.
What Can you Eat?
Fat: Grass fed butter, ghee, cultured butter, cream, lard, tallow, duck fat, extra-virgin olive oil, avocado and its oil, full fat dairy products, etc.
Protein: Beef, vision, elk, caribou, chicken, turkey, duck, quail, wild fish; sardines, mackerel, anchovies, salmon, herring, eggs, organ meats.
Carbohydrates: Sources: vegetables, nuts, seeds and dairy. Ex; dark leafy greens, asparagus, cucumber, walnuts, macadamia nuts, hard cheeses, high fat cream.
Occasionally: Fruit such as; raspberries, black berries, other low-glycemic fruits. Root vegetables like yams, tomatoes, rutabaga, etc.
Who Can it Help?
Highly effective for:
- Managing a healthy weight
- managing epilepsy and diabetes
- Brain health( managing Alzheimers, Parkinson’s, brain trauma, MS, depression, migraines, etc.)
- Cancer treatment and prevention
- Cardiovascular conditions
What are the Benefits?
stabilised blood sugar & restored insulin sensitivity
improved blood pressure
improved cholesterol levels
improved brain function
improvement in sleep quality
reduced joint pain & arthritis
Possible Side Effects
- ‘Keto flu’ – headaches, mental fogginess, dizziness, and aggravation
- hair loss
- heart palpitations
- ‘keto rash’
- kidney stones
- gastrointestinal disturbances – diarrhea, nausea, constipation, GERD
- muscle cramps or weakness
- nutrient deficiency
- Work with a healthcare professional who has experience in working with the ketogenic diet
- Drink lots of water and replenish electrolytes
- Exercise at least 20-30 minutes a day
- Include intermittent fasting
- Continue to make healthy lifestyle changes like reducing stress, strengthening relationships and taking time to do things that make you truly happy!