I fasted for 48 hours this weekend. Yeap, you read that right. Since when fasting became trendy? Well as a progressive dietitian that I am, I spend my days learning about nutrition and the new strategies to optimize health, improve my body composition, and get the best out of life. Then I take that knowledge and share it with the world in a practical way. This time, insert Ketogenic dieting and fasting.

Fasting is simply the absence of food for a period of time that can go anywhere from 8 up to dozens of hours (sometimes even days). Fasting is nothing new. It has been around for hundreds of years. Remember our dude Jesus who fasted for 40 days and 40 nights? Well it turns out that fasting does have its therapeutic benefit. The way I explain fasting is just a way to reset your cells in a way. People fear of fasting because they believe they will pass out. That only happens because you tell yourself you will so you do. Hunger can be a pretty psychological state, and learning to control the mind is something that you learn when you start fasting from time to time.

From fasting I went on to a Ketogenic Diet, which is essentially a very low carbohydrate, high fat diet, moderate in protein. This sets the stage to change the way your body uses fuel, where fat becomes your main gas tank, and carbohydrates do not. Did you know you have over 30K calories worth of energy in your fat stores (this is an average 170 lb dude). Problem is you cannot access these easily. Why? Well because of Carbs. Not that this is a bad thing, our bodies have evolved to use carbs as main sources of fuel, but guess how many calories worth of carbs you have? Only 3,500 calories worth of energy (if you eat plenty of carbs). Why do you think you crave sweets so much? They are by default a carbohydrate source which you associate with pleasure and of course it becomes what you want. I digress. A ketogenic lifestyle can be fun and defies all the scientific community has taught us for the past 20 years… Fat is bad for you! WRONG, and now the same guys that published all that research (backed by big food companies, who sold sugar packed products by the way) are scratching their heads and I am sure their reactions are similar to Joey’s.

I fasted for 48 hours this weekend. Yeap, you read that right. Since when fasting became trendy? Well as a progressive dietitian that I am, I spend my days learning about nutrition and the new strategies to optimize health, improve my body composition, and get the best out of life. Then I take that knowledge and share it with the world in a practical way. This time, insert Ketogenic dieting and fasting.

Fasting is simply the absence of food for a period of time that can go anywhere from 8 up to dozens of hours (sometimes even days). Fasting is nothing new. It has been around for hundreds of years. Remember our dude Jesus who fasted for 40 days and 40 nights? Well it turns out that fasting does have its therapeutic benefit. The way I explain fasting is just a way to reset your cells in a way. People fear of fasting because they believe they will pass out. That only happens because you tell yourself you will so you do. Hunger can be a pretty psychological state, and learning to control the mind is something that you learn when you start fasting from time to time.

From fasting I went on to a Ketogenic Diet, which is essentially a very low carbohydrate, high fat diet, moderate in protein. This sets the stage to change the way your body uses fuel, where fat becomes your main gas tank, and carbohydrates do not. Did you know you have over 30K calories worth of energy in your fat stores (this is an average 170 lb dude). Problem is you cannot access these easily. Why? Well because of Carbs. Not that this is a bad thing, our bodies have evolved to use carbs as main sources of fuel, but guess how many calories worth of carbs you have? Only 3,500 calories worth of energy (if you eat plenty of carbs). Why do you think you crave sweets so much? They are by default a carbohydrate source which you associate with pleasure and of course it becomes what you want. I digress. A ketogenic lifestyle can be fun and defies all the scientific community has taught us for the past 20 years… Fat is bad for you! WRONG, and now the same guys that published all that research (backed by big food companies, who sold sugar packed products by the way) are scratching their heads and I am sure their reactions are similar to Joey’s.

Starting a ketogenic lifestyle requires education and guidance, and I do not recommend anyone to start it without really studying it. This is where I come in to advertise my services 🙂 I offer nutrition coaching for any lifestyle (not only ketogenic). If you want to get coached on your nutrition to better your life click here. If the link doesn’t convince you, maybe this picture will? 🙂

Ok so that was a long preamble to the start of my Keto journey which ironically starts with BREAD! A low carb bread that is. But first CHECK OUT THE VIDEO RECIPE by my beautiful Gb Hernandez!

 And of course here is the full recipe and a PDF version that you can download for FREE here

Keto Bread

Recipe by: Gb Hernandez

Servings: 14 slices

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 35 minutes

Ready in: 45 minutes

Ingredients:

1 ¼ cups of Almond Flour

5 Egg whites

1 Large egg

¼ cup of Coconut Milk, unsweetened

2 Tablespoons of Coconut Oil

1 Tablespoon of Ghee Butter

1 Tablespoon of Sesame Seeds

1 Teaspoon of Baking Powder

½ tsp Salt

Pinch of Pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees

  2. You will need three separate bowls for this recipes

    1. In bowl #1 add all dry ingredients (Almond flour, Baking Powder, Salt and Pepper). Mix with spoon. Set aside

    2. In bowl #2 add large egg, coconut milk, coconut oil, and ghee butter. Mix well and set aside.

    3. In bowl #3 add egg whites, and using an electric mixer, whip egg whites until they become foamy and frothy. Increase the speed gradually until reach full speed to reach desired stage. This should take about 2 minutes.

  3. Add contents of bowl #2 in bowl#1 and mix well.

  4. Add whipped eggs (bowl #3) in Bowl #1 with the rest of the ingredients and continue mixing until your bread batter is formed.

  5. In a rectangular loaf pan, spray with coconut oil, or use a brush.

  6. Add bread mixture to loaf pan

  7. Sprinkle with sesame seeds on top

  8. Bake for ~35 minutes. Check for doneness by inserting a toothpick. If it comes out clean, remove and let it cool. Otherwise leave another 5 minutes and repeat this step.

  9. After bread has cooled, cut in slices, and enjoy with your favorite spread.