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  • January 2016
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A ketogenic diet for health and weight loss

Over half of your brain is made up of healthy fat. With your brain being a vital organ of your body, why are we hearing so much about low fat diets? Could a low fat diet be detrimental to your health and brain function? Back in 1923 a group of nutrients was discovered called essential fatty acids (EFAs). These EFAs cannot be synthesized by your body, so it is essential that you consume them in your daily diet.

Essential fatty acids are a component of each cell membrane. With trillions of cells in the body we might understand why a person on a low fat diet might feel like they are falling apart at the seams. When you don’t consume adequate healthy fats in your diet, strong cell walls cannot be produced.

EFAs are also needed to form prostaglandins, which perform a variety of functions. These include regulating hormones, pain, blood clotting, calcium movement, cell growth, body temperature, kidney filtration, muscle contraction, etc. Consuming inadequate EFAs contributes to a wide variety of health issues.

One year after EFAs were discovered, Dr. Russell Wilder at the Mayo Clinic popularized the ketogenic diet in 1924, using it as a treatment for epilepsy patients. Many facilities are still advocating the ketogenic diet as a natural remedy for epilepsy. The Charlie Foundation has promoted ketogenic therapy since 1994. This is when Charlie Abraham gained complete recovery from daily seizures, despite trying all available anti-seizure medications and brain surgery. He remains seizure free on the ketogenic diet.

The ketogenic diet consists of healthy fats, proteins, vegetables, and is low in carbohydrates. The body is able to use fat as a fuel source, which is created in the liver in the form of ketones. These ketones provide energy for the functions of the body including the heart and brain instead of glucose, which is derived from carbohydrates. This diet lowers glucose levels and improves insulin resistance for diabetics.

The primary focus of a healthy diet is a variety of non-starchy vegetables. Leafy greens, carrots, onion, celery, squash, green beans, zucchini, peas, broccoli, cauliflower, etc. provide an abundance of vitamins, minerals and fiber. In addition to this, eat plenty of raw nuts and seeds like pecans, almonds, walnuts, sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds. There are many great sources of protein available. The healthiest animals are organically raised and grass fed. Even though dairy and eggs are allowed on the ketogenic diet, they must be avoided if you are allergic to them.

Breakfast could consist of a scrambled egg or two along with a bowl of steamed or sautéed mixed vegetables with a pat of butter. A large leafy green salad topped with avocado and sunflower seeds along with a grilled chicken breast is a great lunch. Cream of squash soup, green beans and fish might finish the day for a nutritious supper. These are a few examples of ketogenic diet meal plans. Increase your serving size according to your caloric needs.

There are many wonderful ketogenic diet recipe books and meal ideas on the Internet. For example, tasty crackers are made from almond flour, olive oil and salt. The main idea is to avoid simple sugars and grains, which burn as glucose while the ketogenic diet is designed to burn fat as a fuel source and to keep extra fat off the body. A lean body is a healthy body. The ketogenic diet is very satisfying since fats are a slow burning fuel source while sugars are quickly burned usually triggering excessive appetite.

Once you are at your ideal weight, a small amount of fruit may be added to your diet. For example, an apple may be combined with a handful of raw nuts or seeds to maintain the fat burning process. Concentrated sweets should be avoided, otherwise the fat burning mechanism will turn off and switch over to using glucose as your fuel source.

References: “Omega-3 What Are They?” History of Omega-3s.

“What is the Ketogenic Diet?” The Charlie Foundation.

Pam Wellbrock

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