In my previous post about the amazing Wholesome Culture tees in Aug 17, I talked about my vegetarian/pescatarian diet. Well, for the past few months now, my diet has changed more into a vegan based diet. I wiped the butter, the milk, the sour cream, the camembert cheese, and yes, the chocolate, from my everyday eating habits. I began using coconut butter and coconut milk as dairy replacements, and having raw honey on toast every night to sooth my sweet tooth. Quitting the dairy luxury was a hard discipline at first, but has me feeling so amazingly clean inside.
As stated in my Wholesome Culture post, I don’t believe in religious eating and strict diets. This is because you will send your temptations crazy, it’s good to challenge your body to process the bad stuff every now and then, and you deserve to treat yourself if you want to for being so good! A fortnightly or monthly meal with dairy or meat in it isn’t going to rewind your efforts thus far, and definitely will only affect your ecological footprint only minimally. So, in light of this, every blue moon, I treat myself to breaking my eating rules/habits.
However, last week while listening to a Tony Robbins Podcast – ‘What does it mean to be Bulletproof?’ (free on Spotify) with Dave Asprey, I discovered the Ketone diet. If you thought veganism was ridiculous, you will definitely be challenged by the Ketone diet (I surely was!).
The Ketone diet is a high protein, high healthy fat, water rich eating regime. It’s overall purpose is to benefit the mitochondria (energy making stations) in our body to ensure that we function at our most excellent rate. That’s right, brain fog, sugar cravings, fatigue/tiredness, acne, illness, and disease, diminishing or GONE, all through the power of food. This sparked my interest as I experience immense brain fog daily when studying and working, and most days have a 2 hour nap mid-morning or mid-afternoon, and if I want to avoid napping, I resort to a sugar indulgence.
But, the Keto diet doesn’t come without sacrifice for me. No carbs, no grains, no sugar, and no processed foods. This was hard to get my head around. No bread means no more before-bed honey on sourdough toast. No more cous cous, quinoa, brown rice, or ancient grains in my salads. And worst of all, no more oats! My go to breakfast! In terms of sugar and processed foods, I only eat it occasionally (once every 3 weeks or so), so not a hard one for me to give up. But the hardest one of all for me is POTATO! I love potato in every form, and like rye sourdough and grains, eat it on a daily basis. The reason these are cut out is because they are toxic to your mitochondria, and this are the foods influencing your tiredness, brain fog, acne, etc.
But, because I am sick of being tired and living in brain fog all the time, today I bit the bullet and committed myself to the diet for the next 14 days to make my own judgements about it. This is not a hard adjustment for me as I already eat a high fruit, veg, and vegan protein diet. It is just eliminating my carb and grain luxuries, in which I love! In light of this, I don’t recommend going full-blown cold turkey on your existing eating habits if the Keto diet is one you want to try. You will send your body into shock (however, it is quite quickly adaptable), but most of all, it will be a struggle and temptation for you to break free of bad habits, so I suggest going slow and removing one thing at a time.
The Keto diet is optimally accompanied by fasting for 18 hours a day (including hours of sleep) to a schedule that suits you. For the next 2 weeks, I am just going to focus on adjusting myself to the diet, then might give fasting a crack depending on how I go.
To give you an idea of my new eating regime for the next two weeks, this is today’s meal plan:
Breakfast: sautéed mushrooms and spinach with local farmer free range scrambled eggs
Mid-morning snack: almonds
Lunch: baby spinach, cucumber, celery, black beans, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, olive oil, fresh lemon juice, soy sauce, herbs
Mid-afternoon snack: blended frozen mixed berries and banana
Dinner: steamed carrot, cauliflower, broccoli, green beans, bok choy, and tofu dressed in olive oil, garlic, and herbs
I believe food is medicine, and it’s so important to give your body what IT needs, not what you think it needs or what you want. You only have the one body, so treat it like the temple it is. It knows what you need, and still functions as it did in its primal state (2 million years ago when all we had was food sources that grew, ran, and swam on the Earth, essentially the Ketone diet concept).
My blog posting is sporadic, but I am hoping to get on top of it. If not, use my YouTube channel as my information outlet. Be sure to check out the documentary ‘The Healthy Pill’ on Netflix as well! Great explanation of the Ketone diet.
I will keep you updated sometime in the future with my experience on the Keto diet. I am also hoping to post more recipes and knowledge about treating your body as a temple for you all.
Thank you so much for reading! Have a beautiful day, and stay blessed!
Much love, Kayla Xo