I like this topic. I think that the keto lifestyle is the way most of us should be living and I do call it a lifestyle. I call it a lifestyle because it encompasses a certain way of thinking and living and eating.
I think that all post bariatric clients should give this lifestyle a try. If they choose to return to their old way of eating, that’s fine but at least they will have been able to experience the benefits if they stick it out for a few weeks.
Those benefits include weight loss, better energy, improved sleep, less hunger, and the list goes on and on. What’s not to like?
Keto gets a bad rap nowadays because we all see the pictures on Instagram and Facebook, where plates are loaded with eggs and bacon, or steak and cheese. Sure, that’s the bonus of eating keto but there is something I like to call Lazy Keto. Lazy Keto is the style of keto which worries about nothing else but eating food which is processed, greasy, and easy to grab.
Sure, on keto you can eat bacon but is bacon super healthy for you to eat every day? No. Sure, you can eat ground beef but is a double cheeseburger (minus the bun) healthy for you? No.
When I think of a ketogenic plate, I see a serving of salmon with a smidge of avocado served with some cauliflower or broccoli. I also see scrambled eggs cooked in grass-fed butter with some sautéed vegetables. We need to think “nutrients” also when we think “keto”. It’s not just about cheese, burgers and bacon.
I think that most of us can see this picture – the ketogenic diet is turning into a free-for-all. This is not what it is designed to be.
When I work with bariatric clients, I give them a list of approved foods, in the beginning, to help them get a good idea of what we are trying to achieve. I also give a menu of approved meals and how to put a ketogenic plate together.
What I want to achieve is to drastically reduce the number of refined and processed carbohydrates that my clients are eating. I want to get them off the sugar and I want to get them on a more natural way of eating.
I introduce high-quality protein, healthy fats, and tons of low carb veggies. I show them how they can cook for their whole family without disrupting their regular meal patterns.
Does this mean that a burger with cheese is off the menu? Of course not. But, on a daily basis, we need to expand our food repertoire. We need to try new things and find foods which fit into the keto lifestyle but at the same time offer us the biggest bang for our buck.
If you are interested in embracing a ketogenic lifestyle, reach out to me.
About the Author: Sheri Burke is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist and Bariatric Surgery Coordinator at International Patient Facilitators in Tijuana and Cancun, Mexico. She has worked with bariatric surgery clients for over 10 years and especially enjoys providing nutritional guidance to pre and post bariatric clients. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two teens and cooking up a nutritional storm in the kitchen.
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