The Keto Diet
This diet or “Way of Eating” has been in the limelight lately and has attracted a lot of attention both good and bad.
My son chose this diet a few years back and trust me on this, when he does something he THOROUGHLY investigates it. He lost 75 pounds and felt more energetic and wonderful! I had my concerns because of the high fat content because, yes, I had been brainwashed into believing in the low fat, low salt, low everything lifestyle.
Many years passed and I was getting discouraged because my weight, no matter what I ate or did seemed to stagnate and I was getting more and more discouraged with my expanding waist line. I read up on the Keto diet and decided back in May of 2018 to give it a go. I had heard that the Carb Manager App was the best way of tracking all my macros so I downloaded it on my phone. (Are you totally confused now with the terminology??!!) The Keto diet is – High Fat, Moderate Protein and Low Carb. One has to calculate what their needs are and the App does this for you. You input your age, weight, exercise profile and it tells you what percentage of the foods you should eat or in other words…. your macros! It’s based on 70% Fat, 20% Protein and 5% Carbohydrates. Ok, so now what!
Well, the protein was easy…. the fat though….I really didn’t like the idea of eating so much fat but you know what! It is really yummy! BUT please choose the ‘healthy’ fats like: avocado, avocado oil, olive oil, coconut oil, butter (yes butter!), ghee and nuts and seeds.
Don’t like avocado…. I got pretty tired of it pretty fast but now I slather it with Frank’s Red Hot sauce and it is very palatable! Avocado oil does not taste like avocados so feel free to use it in everything. Butter should be the one without colour or modified milk ingredients; look instead for those with just 2 ingredients! Cream and Salt. Period! The very best butter is from Grass Fed cows so be on the lookout for that (Kerrygold)! Ghee is just butter that has the milk solids removed and this can be used in cooking at high heats unlike straight butter. Macadamia nuts are high in fat and Cashews have more carbs so check those labels people!
Next time I will blog about my struggles and successes! Till then please do your own research!!!