**Disclaimer: I am not a health care professional. Everything that I write, discuss or suggest in these posts are strictly meant to journal my experiences on a ketogenic/ liw carb high fat diet, as well as to share my recipes, meal ideas and general tips about pursuing this yourself-if you so choose. My experiences may not be the same as yours, but I want to offer as much information as possible to anyone that wants to give it a try. Thank you!**
WHO AM I?: I am a 29 year old woman who had a baby just over two years ago. Having said baby-and not being strict enough with my diet during- resulting in gaining upwards of 40 pounds at my heaviest. I went on the “keto” diet about a year ago and managed to take off 10 pounds after a month of sticking to the diet. I have kept this off since then, but I am looking to try again and see what I can accomplish.
I have a cooking background- graduating from culinary school about ten years back, working in casual and fine dining restaurants for a short time, but mainly doing a lot of research and experimentation at home. I love comfort food, but I also love coming up with healthy ideas.
You can find me on Facebook and Instagram as The Dani Planet. I will be posting a lot of keto/LCHF and food in general on my pages along with my usual pop culture rants.
WHAT IS KETO?: The ketogenic diet is one that follows one simple idea: low carb, high fat. You restrict your carb intake- including pasta, rice, bread and the usual culprits, as well as any sugars. This diet is very successful because these restrictions cause a necessary expulsion of any and all artificial foods, as well as the ultimate demon-sugar. To compensate for this restriction, you supplement with a high fat component. This feels very unnatural at first, but the majority of these fats are natural ones- butter, cream, olive oil, cheese and the like. Basically, when you instill these changes in your diet, your body kicks into a whole new metabolic state called ketosis. Ketosis is defined as a buildup of ketone bodies in your blood stream. The low levels of carbohydrates cause your blood sugar to drop and results in your body breaking down fat to use as energy.
This diet is controversial, but I personally have pursued it because I have seen it work on myself and on trusted friends. This is something that I will be doing on a short term basis- it is not generally recommended as a long term lifestyle change.
WHY KETO/LCHF?: I am using this diet for weight loss. Since having my son, the extra weight has left me feeling weak, lethargic, sloppy, depressed and heavy. I have trouble sleeping through the night as is, but back pain certainly doesn’t help either. Id also like to wear my old clothes again.
I was drawn to keto/LCHF not only because of the results that I saw from friends, but because the challenge of cooking under such strange guidelines appealed to the creative side of me. Coming up with ways to cook without rice, pasta, bread, potatoes or other typical sides and starches can be daunting, but I was up for the challenge.
Today is day one for me, so I will be following up this post with a grocery list and a “menu” of what I will be creating with said groceries.
Follow along and enjoy!