Keto and Clueless. Yes I’m talking to you, Cheesecake Lover!
When 80-year old’s start saying they are ‘keto’ then you know this new/old lifestyle plan has hit a crescendo. Keto is an eating plan that is high in fat and low in carbs. Research is showing that Keto has a significant number of health benefits. The problem is that most keto-adherents are coming from the standard American diet (S.A.D.) and think they can eat anything they want – as long as they stay under 20 – 30 grams of carbs/day. For a clean eater this is lunacy!
The clueless keto person I’m describing is buying the majority of their food from the Industrial Food category. Furthermore, they are consuming way too much industrial protein, dairy, and artificial sweeteners. Are you doing any of the following:
- Ingesting a 16oz industrial steak with a stick of land-o-lakes butter?
- Going through drive-through or fast food options and ordering a cheeseburger without the bun?
- Using artificial sweeteners?
- Making cheesecake?
- Drinking diet soda?
- Using Hot Cheetos as a topper for your burrito?
If so, then you are Keto and Clueless! #sorrynotsorry Want to be fat-adapted and healthy? Read on…
Keto – Not a Diet, Not a Fad
First, let’s be frank, Keto is NOT a FAD. If we go way back in time, we know that humans foraged for our food and ate whatever was available based on geography and seasons. We would go days without eating and we would go many days/weeks/months without eating animal protein. The idea of eating industrial protein at every meal is relatively a new concept. Eating 3 meals/day or eating 6 times/day are also relatively new concepts. Our bodies are used to fasting and will actually function better when we know how and why to fast.
If you just started Keto and the first thing you are thinking about is how to make a cheesecake, then you are probably setting yourself up for failure. The point is that you’re not in the right mindset to make a sustainable lifestyle change. If you choose any lifestyle eating plan (keto, vegan, plant-based, paleo, primal etc.) but are thinking about all the ‘cheat’ style foods that you can eat, then your journey will be a merry-go-round. It will be something you get on and off. It will not be a true lifestyle change where you eat clean 365 days/year, no matter the national holiday or family celebration.
The number of people I talk to and say they are following a keto lifestyle is definitely astounding. What’s shocking to me is that many of them are not aware of MCT oil and/or Ghee. These are two fantastic fats that should be ingested daily (no matter if you’re keto or not). MCT oil is great for brain health, digestion, and inflammation while ghee is delicious and an excellent source of Vitamin K2 which helps carry calcium.
Aim for a Sustainable Lifestyle Plan
If you want to have a sustainable lifestyle plan then consider the following tips:
- Read, understand and follow the 10 Commandments for Clean Eating.
- Really understand the What are you buying? pyramid and see that pyramid as a ladder. Start with eliminating processed foods and artificial ingredients from the Industrial Food level and then start choosing items from the Industrial Organic level. As you continue on your journey move up the pyramid.
- Introduce good fats like MCT oil and Ghee. Here are some of our favorites – FBomb, Caveman, Ghee.
- See animal protein as a condiment not the main event. Try to only eat local, pastured options.
- Know what you can grow in your geographic location and start to eat foods primarily that grow local to your area.
One of my favorite resources for following the keto lifestyle is The Keto Reset Diet by Mark Sisson and Brad Kearns. You might decide to follow a keto lifestyle plan by simply doing Google searches. If so, then move on to the next link if the article you find suggests artificial sweeteners, doesn’t mention using better ingredients and doesn’t mention MCT oil.
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