I am just off of the 3-week jaunt of a ketogenic diet (high fat, medium protein, very low carb–to stay in ketosis) and I have to say that felt really GREAT on it! I had more energy, less brain fogginess, and it curbed the hunger. I mention these things in comparison with the vegan diet, which after 5 days I was done, because I stayed too hungry.
In a minute I will share some of my favorite recipes with you!
I’m talking about biscuits and gravy, yum yum! Plus fat bomb snacks, and my-oh-my, keto buns (yes, you can have cheeseburgers and sandwiches on a very low carb diet! Woo hoo)!
And please don’t forget the chia seed pudding (I will share three of my favorite versions of this with you!), which in my opinion is one of the best and easiest dessert recipes that I’ve ever made, and I still plan to eat this 2-3 times per week!
I have to say that the ketogenic diet has been one of the best things I ever did, except for the diuretic response, which causes constipation (I know, I know, TMI!).
But I didn’t go on the ‘keto diet’ for weight loss…
I did it to see how I felt in comparison to eating carbs, which I noticed were making me fatigued and giving me an insulin response, blood sugar wise (my body is prone towards type 2 diabetes, although I stave off symptoms through a healthy diet and all the weight I lost).
I have noticed right away that these carbohydrates are, in just two days of being off the ketogenic diet, making me feel so tired, sleepy, fatigued, brain-foggy-like, and with no energy. I had to lie down and take a nap earlier because I ate a sandwich! I also could not focus without coffee this morning due to eating a ½ banana and a couple strawberries for breakfast. This is not good!
So even though I will add energy-improving and good-brain-functioning KETONE producing foods to my diet through things like extra virgin organic coconut oil, I will not have to remain in ketosis to enjoy those benefits (so they say).
So I’ve learned that carbs are the enemy
At least this is true for me. Carbohydrates really weight me down, mentally, energy-wise, and literally with weight gain. This might be true for you too?
I’m figuring that a low-carb diet is the way to go for me… not very low carb because I do NOT want to be in ketosis due to the bound-up intestinal issues it was causing, despite everything I tried (eating more coconut oil, drinking at least a gallon per day of water, eating more fiber, eating less fiber (especially nuts), adding more chia seeds to my diet, etc.).
But I will keep medium-chain-triglyceride fats like coconut oil (studies are showing it helps prevent Alzheimer’s too!) because I feel better when they are higher in my body rather than my system relying on just glucose for fuel.
I always recommend trying different things to see how your body responds, and what is HEALTHY for you, because everyone’s bodies are different. Your body may respond in an opposite way than mine.
Elimination diets, and finding out what you are allergic to (or not) is also important in personal health.
Anyway, these keto recipes are exactly what fits the bill for me, so I will keep them in my diet. Plus they are delicious! I will also keep *some* carbs in my diet because I believe fruit is good for you (just in small amounts, and with other foods rather than alone).
I think you will enjoy these recipes… the keto buns are especially versatile as bread, and incredibly easy. Believe me, bread is the ONE THING I’ve never been able to master, and these are fantastic, without any kneading or yeast—and they are fast to make.
Then the biscuits and gravy… OMG!
Oh, the fat bombs… and the chia seed pudding, don’t forget the chia seed pudding!!!
Please share your favorite ketogenic recipes below!