Do you have a question about going ketogenic? Just what is the ketogenic diet? You may have heard of it; there’s a lot of buzz about going “keto” right now. It is on our radar here at Sheehan Natural Health Improvement Center as a safe, effective, and health-promoting diet, which is great if you want to lose weight or have high blood sugar.

Here is a good article about the keto diet. It is basically a very low carb (5% of total calories), moderate protein (20%) and high fat (75%) diet. Carbohydrates, protein, and fat are macronutrients, also called “macros”. So yes, you do have to set a calorie target and make sure that you meet your correct percentages of macros. It’s a little more work than what I really prefer in a food plan. But it’s getting such rave reviews, I wanted to share the information.  I found a great calculator online to calculate your macros.

Our experience at the office with the ketogenic diet is that it works very well. It works especially well for people who are having trouble losing weight. If people aren’t able to lose weight by simply going paleo or cutting down on their sugar intake, then keto may be for them. We have also seen people fix their diabetes or pre-diabetes with this diet. And they thought it couldn’t be done! But we see our patients do it routinely!

The important thing with the keto diet is to not cheat. Cheating will completely defeat the biochemical processes you are causing by eating this way. So don’t do it. There are excellent low carb web sites out there, so you can pretty much find any food you have a hankering for in a modified keto form. So no excuses! Really! Don’t cheat–it’s not worth it! Instead, check out the following web sites:

Elana’s Pantry – Keto Diets

And there are many others.

Dr. Sheehan and I have seen such amazing results with our patients that we are about to embark on our own keto adventure! So stay tuned!

I am feeling really grumpy about my food log right now. I’m very uninspired regarding my food. I have been filling it out but I don’t want to post it. Okay, okay, I’ll do it.

Monday, August 18, 2016

Breakfast – Coffee with butter, 1 hamburger, ketchup, carrots and hummus

Lunch – chicken meatballs, carrots and hummus

Dinner – 1 beer, carrots and hummus, celery and peanut butter

Tuesday, August 19, 2016

Breakfast – coffee and butter, 4 pieces pork breakfast sausage

Lunch – whey protein powder in water, peanuts (a lot), carrots and hummus

Dinner – 1 beer, carrots and hummus, celery and peanut butter