It’s been almost 4 months since I switched my dietary lifestyle to one I never thought was considered within the realms of health and fitness. I eat a lot of fat these days (like a lot!!) and I have been feeling the best I’ve felt in a while.  How is this possible? I thought too much fat was not good for you? That was my first thought and as as dietitian that’s what we have led to believe it is the definition of a healthy diet. Clearly my perspectives and beliefs have changed. Why? Because science said so.

So what does my day look like? I will walk you through it:

  • Wake up at 4:30 – Drink Coffee and Water

  • Lunch at 1:00 which consists of a large salad with mixed vegetables (mushrooms, spinach, tomatoes, zucchini, cucumbers, ranch dressing, cauliflower rice, and chicken thighs)

  • Snack at 5PM: Fat Shake with 1 scoop of Protein Powder, 4 oz of Coconut Cream, 6 oz of Coconut Milk, 1-2 Tablespoons of Almond Butter

  • Dinner at 9PM: 5 oz of Salmon cooked in 2 Tablespoons of Butter, on a bed of asparagus, a handful of walnuts and usually some sort of low-carb dessert we made (today we have keto muffins)

  • Bed by 11PM

Crazy right? I technically only eat twice per day yet I meet all my needs. This is not a reason for you to follow exactly what I am doing so please don’t without getting proper counsel. Remember everyone is different. In this blog post I extended a bit to explain a preamble introduction what this lifestyle (because I refuse to call it diet) is. I wrote a lengthy starting guide that you can get HERE if you would like to learn more after you finish this reading this post.

WHAT IS A KETOGENIC DIET?

A Ketogenic diet is described as a high fat, low carbohydrate, and moderate in protein that seeks to push your body to rely mainly on fat as the main source of fuel through the production of ketone bodies. Ketone bodies are the byproducts of fat metabolism or oxidation (or the sexy term “Fat burning”). It turns out ketone bodies are very clean and alternative fuel sources for your brain and muscle tissue. In fact ketogenic diets have been used for decades for the treatment of childhood epilepsy, a condition associated with brain glucose metabolism impairment (Keene, 2016)