The Ketogenic Lifestyle is the Bomb!
I want to share with you the Ketogenic Lifestyle that my amazingly beautiful wife, Amy, and I have been doing for nearly a year now. We have tried a lot of different diets over the years with little success. Part of that reason is that diets usually have a deadline. So, you eat well for a few weeks or months begrudgingly and then return to the crap menu of hyper-palatable food losing all those gains nearly overnight. That is one reason a diet is nothing more than DIE with a T.
The ketogenic lifestyle is the plan many athletes like Brandon Carter swear by because it helps them stay cut and lean. So, you may want to consider the lifestyle that the professional health nuts follow as a way of life because you can tell by looking at them that it is working.
With the ketogenic lifestyle, you are looking at minimal carbohydrates but you are including moderate amounts of protein and high healthy fats which are the three things to making it all work with success. I find it is very similar to the Phase 3 diet plan encouraged in DDP Yoga!
We have been conditioned to desire delicious food. We want our taste buds to feel like we have won the lottery every time we put a morsel in our mouths. Unfortunately, many of the foods that we crave have been flavor enhanced with chemicals, sugars, and at times even aborted baby tissue for flavor enhancement under the elusive title of HEK (Human Embryonic Kidney). But so long as it tastes great what does it matter? That is the question the typical carboholic usually asks right out of the gate!
It is the Carbs That Are Killing You, Not the Calories!!
In the Ketogenic lifestyle, you eliminate nearly all carbs. That means sugars because that is the real beast that is killing us. As important as calories are I believe that counting calories have become a misdirection from the real concern which is carbs. Those carbohydrates are nothing more than empty calories produced by sugars which help promote inflammation in the body which in turn is the fire which leads to sickness and disease. This includes obesity, diabetes, cancer, and nearly every other form of sickness you can think of.
“Many Americans suffer from various chronic diseases such as diabetes and obesity, and the main culprit is usually the food they eat. The standard American diet contains excessive amounts of protein and carbohydrates, neither of which is good for your health because it eventually causes you to develop insulin and leptin resistance.
“As a result, you gain excess weight, develop inflammation and become prone to cellular damage.” Dr. Mercola
On the Ketogenic lifestyle, you want high levels of good saturated fats like those found in coconut oil, real butter, cheese, avocados, etc. The carb level is nearly non-existent. Except for what few carbs are found in good meat and delicious green vegetables.
“Nutritional ketosis, which involves eating a high-quality, high-fat diet that is low in net carbs, may be one of the most useful interventions for many chronic diseases, including obesity and type 2 diabetes.” Dr. Mercola
“Essentially, the good fats are saturated and monounsaturated. They have the greatest health impact on body fat, cholesterol, blood triglycerides, and joint and brain health. The bad fats are trans fats and most vegetable oils.” Good Fats and Bad Fats
My wife and I have experienced phenomenal results on the Ketogenic lifestyle.
We are losing weight steadily. We have more energy. We are both sleeping better. Bottom line is that we both feel vibrantly healthy following the keto lifestyle. Why lifestyle? Diets have a deadline, lifestyles don’t!
I was borderline diabetic before I began this even though I was following a gluten free, lactose-free lifestyle. It was not good enough because most gluten free foods are loaded super high with carbs and sugars. Remember that sugars do nothing but promote inflammation which in turn is the origin of most sickness and disease!
If you are like me then at some point you are going to ask, “Why can’t I stop eating foods and drinks laced with sugar?” The answer may surprise you! National Center for Biotechnology Information says, “At the neurobiological level, the neural substrates of sugar and sweet reward appear to be more robust than those of cocaine!”
It does not matter what kind of exercise you do. If sugar is still in your diet than your results are null and void! I have a blog post written about that which you should consider reading.
My sugar levels are no longer spiking into the red and Amy and I know several people who are diabetic 1 and diabetic 2 who just by adopting the Ketogenic lifestyle are managing their diabetes with surprising results.
There are so many amazing delicious recipes out there for the Ketogenic individual as well. Foods that you can easily make at home which tastes sinfully delightful but is healthy. One of my favorites is the fat bombs which are simply coconut oil, butter, 100% dark chocolate powder, almond butter all melted and whipped together nicely then set into a mini cupcake tray and placed into the freezer. The pure good fat that is fantastic for you. Just don’t eat too many at once!
These fat bombs taste like fudge brownies! We make a batch up almost weekly!
There are so many benefits to this lifestyle that support the fact that nutritional ketosis is the key to living the experience of vibrant health.
The key to considering whether the Ketogenic diet is good for you is research and I have provided several hyper links throughout this article to help you get started in that direction.