Sticking to our January theme – January is ketogenic month!
It is a delight for me when clients reach out because they are interested in starting keto. Sure, in the beginning it may be a bit of a “fad diet” that peaked their interest but I know that over time, if they adhere to the ground rules, they will feel so much better and it will turn into a long-term lifestyle.
It doesn’t matter to me “why” they want to jump on the keto-band-wagon. What matters to me is that they will most certainly improve their health and start to feel more energy and see the scale move and have a better nights sleep.
When all these benefits are discovered, weight loss will be a side-effect of cleaning up the diet and eating real food again. For a deeper understanding of ketogenic lifestyle check out this link: https://international-patient-facilitators.com/keto-it-is-right-for-me-bariatric-edition/
Nobody comes to me asking about keto because they want to lower inflammation in their body or prevent age related diseases. They come to me to ask about keto because they have stopped losing weight or they have had a regain.
Keto may be a “fad” word right now but it is also a real way to eat where people experience fantastic results. What happens overtime is that we stop thinking about “keto” and we start thinking “low processed carbs”.
The more we can get these “food-like” substances out of our diet, the better our health will be. When people feel better, they start to understand the amount of inflammation was in their body when eating the Standard American Diet (SAD).
Who wants to go back to feeling bloated and depressed and heavy and tired? when they can feel happier with a flatter tummy and a better energy level.
Who wants to go back to being chained to the refrigerator all day long because we cannot stabilize our blood sugar levels and we feel hungry constantly? Here is some more information on foods that keep us overweight: https://international-patient-facilitators.com/foods-keeping-you-overweight-bariatric-edition/
Even if you don’t like the buzz word “keto”, give the plan a try on your own terms for 21 days. Do the comparison for yourself before saying that it’s just a fad diet. Give yourself a chance to feel better through food and nutrition.
Call it whatever you want to call it ,,, change the name from “keto” to “eating intuitively”. If it comes in a package, don’t eat it. Eat fresh, live, natural, good quality food. This is sustainable.
Sometimes we just need to start somewhere and these are some steps to get you on the path to eating in a better way.
Eat carbs only in the form of “low carb veggies and berries”. By getting your carbohydrate levels lowered, you are more than half way there!
Eat protein but not too much. Eat a 5 ounce chicken breast or two scrambled eggs or a serving of shrimp or a protein shake but you don’t need to over-do it with the protein. A regular serving of protein is all you need.
Eat healthy fat with each meal. See how I said “healthy fat”? Eat avocados and olives. Eat coconut and olive oil. Don’t be afraid of nuts and seeds. Pass the avocado please. Fat is our source of energy and it also keeps us satisfied for a longer period of time. You don’t need to “get your fats in” when you are feeling satisfied. Just don’t be afraid to eat them. Don’t eat any low-fat items.
Drink a ton of water. Your body stores glycogen in your liven when you eat carbohydrates. When you are living a low carb lifestyle, the glycogen is depleted from the liver and fat burning begins. When you are storing less water, it can be easy to become dehydrated. When living low carb, drink more water please.
This is a really good beginning for anybody wanting to start living a healthier life-style. You can call it keto or you can call it intuitive eating or you can call it eating sensibly. Forget all the hype and do it for you.
If you need additional help, you can purchase the bariatric keto plan designed for bariatric clients. There you will find smaller portions, correctly laid out for a smaller eater with a bariatric pouch in tact.
Here’s to you and your health in 2019!
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About the Author: Sheri Burke is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist and Bariatric Surgery Coordinator at International Patient Facilitators in Tijuana and Cancun, Mexico. She has worked with bariatric surgery clients for over 10 years and especially enjoys providing nutritional guidance to pre and post bariatric clients. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two teens and cooking up a nutritional storm in the kitchen.
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