By now you’ve probably seen many news headlines regarding the ketogenic diet (also commonly shortened to: ‘keto diet’). This high-fat, extremely low-carbohydrate diet promises a myriad of benefits. These include quick weight loss, metabolism reset, and blood-sugar stabilization. Perhaps more importantly, the keto diet can also help improve debilitating symptoms resulting from diseases such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s.
What is the Ketogenic Diet?
The traditional ketogenic diet, developed in the 1920s, doesn’t consider recent nutritional developments, such as the importance of fermented foods for a healthy gut microbiome or sourcing and quality of food, which are both important elements of a healthy diet. The keto diet was originally utilized (and still is today) to treat epileptic seizures, with an astonishing cure rate. In one study, one-third of patients become seizure-free or had more than a 90% reduction in seizures, after implementing this diet. The ketogenic diet can also improve athletic performance and brain health, due to the additional ketones produced.
There are five variations of the keto diet, which are explained in great detail here.
What Does a Well-Rounded Ketogenic Meal Look Like?
Organic avocado, drizzled with extra-virgin olive oil, sprinkled with sea salt and black pepper
4 oz. grass-fed meat or organic chicken
1 cup organic broccoli, topped with ⅓ cup sauerkraut or kimchi
2 pasture-raised eggs, scrambled with 1 cup organic spinach + ¼ shiitake mushrooms
Handful of macadamia nuts
1 cup Coconut Kefir
Whichever variation of the keto diet you choose to implement, make sure to include plenty of variety, fermented foods, and quality-sourced ingredients.