I’ve Gone Ketogenic, and I’m Not Coming Back

I’ve Gone Ketogenic, and I’m Not Coming Back

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Ketogenic nutrition plans were first designed in the early 1920s as treatment for epilepsy. Today, there is a growing body of research indicating the ketogenic diet (KD) improves mental, emotional, and physical health, likely due to the impact it seems to have on the neurological networks of the body. Illnesses that medical professionals believe to be effectively managed/prevented by KD include cancer, stroke, autism, Alzheimer’s disease, and Parkinson’s disease (source).

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Please note: This article is not meant to give medical advice. Always consult a physician prior to making any change in your diet or exercise regimen.

Why I’m Going Keto

If you are like most Americans, you want a diet that will make you feel full, focused, and happy. Most of all, you want a diet that doesn’t feel like a “diet” so much as a normal way of life. At least, that’s what I’ve been looking for. After experimenting with the ketogenic diet for 8 days, I’m hopeful I finally found the perfect match for my hectic life. Below are just a few of the reasons I’m going keto:

It’s healthy. Ketogenic diets are associated with significant weight loss, reduced LDL (bad) cholesterol, increased HDL (good) cholesterol, improved insulin resistance, and no long-term side effects (source). 

I love fatty foods. Avocados, cashews, Brazil nuts—stack them up, and I’ll take them down. Healthy fats just happen to be one of my favorite types of macronutrients, so ketogenic meal planning actually puts a smile on my face. Here are just a few examples of keto-approved fat sources that are paired with protein during each meal:

  • Avocados
  • Coconut oil
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Almonds, cashews, Brazil nuts, walnuts, & peanuts
  • Salmon skin (wild, never farmed)

I dig the morning fast. If the thought of skipping breakfast makes you recoil, you are not alone. Personally, learning that ketogenic diets demand a morning fast was almost a deal breaker for me, until I realized that breakfast usually makes me stressed, anxious, and tired. Now, breakfast is a streamlined routine consisting of a liquid amino acid supplement and a tablespoon of coconut oil. If you prefer a more serious morning pick-me-up, I recommend this morning tea.

Bone broth is no longer inconvenient. I know from working with medical professionals that a bone broth fast is a great way to improve gastrointestinal health. I also know that elite athletes like Kobe Bryant and Manny Pacquiao rely on bone broth to keep strength, stamina, and immunity off the charts during periods of intense training and competition. The problem? The biggest benefits of bone broth are realized on an empty stomach, making it incredibly inconvenient to integrate with a traditional nutrition plan. On the ketogenic diet, a bone broth fast fits perfectly within the first 5 hours of every day.

Most restaurants are keto-friendly. Over the past 4 weeks, I’ve been lucky to experience a broad cross-section of American culture, and an equally diverse assortment of food and dining customs. From the Northeast to the Pacific Northwest and Southern California, I found one thing to be consistent: Most meals are built around a lean protein, and healthy fats are usually within reach. In my experience, chicken entrees, salmon fillets, whole eggs, and avocado salads are just a few of the keto-approved menu items typically available at restaurants across the U.S. 

I do it for the bacon. Ketogenic diets are totally bacon-friendly. Need I say more?

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