I always struggle with giving out "advice" (if you can even call it that) in blog form because I basically wouldn't call myself super knowledgeable, let alone an expert, on any area of life, except for maybe Gilmore Girls trivia. So I approach topics like this with a lot of hesitancy because the internet can be mean sometimes and I would hate for 8 out of the 10 people that read my blog to leave me mean comments about what an idiot I am. That being said, it's the new year, and we all (well except for my husband) want that "new me" or at least a better me. I feel confident that with this new year I'm not really starting a new diet, but picking back up on one. I've posted several times about the Keto diet and, surprisingly, I have had a lot of people ask me questions about it as if I were knowledgeable, sillies. So I thought I would give a little synopsis of it here as well as some food products that have helped me stay on it.
I have felt stuck and honestly just helpless SOOO many times in the world of losing weight that I usually scoff at any new diet trend, but this one is truly different. There aren't any pills, weird powders or supplements that you have to take. It's just food. I will say again that I have NEVER had success with a diet before this one, but I like it so much that I am considering it as more of a lifestyle change then a diet. The word diet for me and I think with a lot of others is associated with restrictive rules, failure, and basically starvation, so I hate even calling it a diet, but whatever, it is. Seriously this is feeling so cheesy writing this, because I am so not the promotional type of person, but it's 2018 and I'm doing it! OKAY!? okay.
ehem. The Keto diet. Through many scientific words, that I should probably know at least to some degree because I'm a HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL, is basically a super low carb diet to get your body into the state of ketosis in which instead of your body using sugar for energy it actually burns fat instead. Because if you didn't know, I did not (again, really qualified healthcare professional that took many anatomy and physiology classes as well as nutrition, but whatever) sugar is just straight up carbs, so by being super low carb, it's also obviously super, basically no sugar. You can however have lots of good, wholesome fats. So no more buying low fat anything because that crap is all processed in a way that your body does not metabolize it properly. Fats are not bad! Just the poly, mono, super-saturated fats are. Cheeses, butter, heavy whipping cream, bacon, avocado- all of these are examples of good fats that you can eat on this diet, pretty cool right?! Pretty much being able to have lots of cheese on any diet was the deciding factor for me to give it a try. Following any? For a better explanation, please follow this link to what I'm sure is a very reputable website that explains it all better-https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/180858.php.
Besides losing weight and inches, I have felt so much better on this. With my seasonal allergies I always have had kind of this super annoying chronic cough and that completely went away as well as my allergies in general. I sleep better, I don't have any kind of heartburn, I just feel better. I've gotten more consistent about just cooking at home and disciplining myself to prepare grocery lists and meal plans instead of picking up fast food on the way home from work. In researching it A LOT I have learned about eating well in general in terms of how our bodies process things properly and how just whole foods in their original form really are the best (again, I'm sure I learned that in college, but was pretty much just trying to survive at the time). I'm basically a crazy government skeptic (as if House of Cards didn't already do that to me) and have sincere feelings that the government is trying to get us all to be diabetics by giving us crappy processed foods and telling us all that we're gluten intolerant so that we rely on medicine more because insurance companies are THE WORST and pretty much control everything. In a very strange and unexpected way it all came kind of full circle to me in reading Julia Child's book "My Life in France" in which she explains all of the wonderful, rich, full fat foods she enjoys and learns to cook in Paris and the struggle it was to acclimate those recipes to be used in the American kitchen with all of the super processed American products and then again when I watched the Netflix documentary Cooked. It's a four part series that will solidify your skepticism in the government, but basically encourages getting back to using quality, and again, unprocessed food products and actually cooking at home. Both were enjoyed by me after a friend referred me to them, being totally unrelated to Keto, but ended up making me much more of a believer in it's ideal. Therefore, I too recommend them.
All of that ranting to say, I am a total skeptic at heart when it comes to anyone trying to push a product on me, so I was as well to Keto, even though it's not really a product. I have turned a corner, however, and I highly recommend it. So, if you have considered it or want to give it a try, my suggestions are to utilize so so many pinterest recipes, get the Keto Diet app on your phone so you can track your carbs, at least for a little while until you get the hang of it, and join some Keto Facebook groups. I could go on more, but I did promise sharing some of my favorite low carb products so now I will do just that!
1. When you are jonesing for some kind of bread SOMETHING these tortillas are truly a life-saver. I honestly can't tell the difference in these and regular tortillas and they are only 4 carbs a tortilla! I buy them at my local Ventures grocery store, but I believe I've seen them at United before. I buy like 10 packages at a time, so if I beat you to them, there might not be any left. You can use them for wraps, cut them up to make chips, tacos and burritos obviously, I even use them to make pizza. Seriously love these things.
2. I once quit pop for like 3 years, but sadly I hopped back on that fizzy train. Enter in Zevia. I don't drink but maybe two a week, but just having something different to drink really helps me. I won't lie, these are expensive, but worth it to not give in to a pop craving. To me, there is a little bit of that artificial sugar taste, but tastes almost identical to the original. Thank you, Zevia!
3. Nutilight is again just a super versatile option that helps beat the sweet cravings. I use it like you would nutella but also in baking or for dipping strawberries in. It's good stuff, my friends!
4. I have tried several of these Diabetic Kitchen mixes and so far have liked them all! I am not a diabetic, but have found if you are looking for some low carb/keto friendly products, since the Keto diet is sugar free and basically a diabetic's best friend, many diabetic products will obviously work well, but you still have to watch carbs. Just because it's diabetic friendly doesn't mean it's as low in carbs as Ketosis requires. So far in the ones I have tried, the texture of these products is very similar to bready foods. Again, they are a bit expensive, but for me, it's worth it.
There really are a lot of options with Keto and it doesn't have to be as restrictive as it may seem at the beginning. Really, Pinterest is your friend and has so many versatile recipes! In whatever your goals are for this year, I wish you the best! If you are going to try out Keto and you have any more questions feel free to ask! It can be intimidating, but just maybe you'll be like me and feel like you're a full on nutritionist once you get the hang of it! And if you get stuck or discouraged, just remember, you can have all of the queso!!! Whew! I can't believe I made it through typing out a full diet post. This really is a new year!