I keep hearing more and more people talking about being on a Ketogenic Diet or “Keto Diet” and wanted to discuss it here.
Honestly, the only reason I have any idea what the Keto Diet is all about is because I use to work at a weight loss company called Medifast where we put clients on a very low carb diet to get their bodies into ketosis (fat burning state). Once my clients were in ketosis their bodies could burn fat more efficiently helping them to lose weight quickly.
I was 100% supportive of this because #1 they were doing it with scientifically designed foods that offered all necessary nutrients, #2 had someone monitoring their diets/body composition and #3 these were people with pretty significant amounts of weight to lose.
So I was kind of shocked to hear that fellow runners, CrossFit athletes and just regular people were doing a Keto Diet and immediately started doing some research to share with you all.
I’m assuming if you’re reading my blog you’ve heard of Bulletproof Coffee before but just in case you haven’t lets back up for a sec to explain what this drink is all about.
Creator of the Bulletproof brand, Dave Asprey, says Bulletproof Coffee should be made up of low-mold coffee beans; at least two tablespoons of unsalted butter (grass-fed, which is higher in Omega 3s and vitamins); and one to two tablespoons of medium-chain triglyceride (MCT) oil, a type of easily digestible fat.
Apparently having this high fat, 450+ calorie cup of coffee instead of breakfast can lead to weight loss, suppress hunger, increased energy throughout the day and helps with mental clarity and focus.
Naturally, I was very intrigued.
A few months ago I shared my thoughts about some of the most popular nutrition bars on the market and it quickly became one of my most popular blog posts to date.
The bars I included in that post were all healthy options and I never even thought to talk about the bad options until my friend Ashley suggested it.
Ashley confessed she was confused by all the protein/nutrition bars found at conventional grocery stores, drug stores, airports, gas stations, Target…etc and wanted to know which were good options and which to stay away from.
It’s hard to keep up with all the health trends out there, like: coconut oil, green juices, sensory deprivation tanks, cupping, bullet-proof coffee…etc.
Most of these trends lose their luster pretty quickly but one trend that I don’t see going away anytime soon is kombucha!
I find this fizzy drink absolutely delicious and it also has some pretty impressive health benefits. BUT even I, a self proclaimed health and nutrition fanatic, hadn’t tried kombucha until recently… mostly because I didn’t know WTF it was.
So today I’m breaking down everything you need to know about kombucha. Cheers and go get yourself a bottle of “booch” after this!
I mentioned on my blog before that I use to work at a weight loss clinic. The program I helped clients do had 3 parts: weight loss, transition then maintenance. Basically, I helped people lose weight using pre portioned diet food then taught them how to transition back into eating real food to keep their weight off for good!
In this maintenance phase I covered topics like how to approach the grocery store, what your plate should look like, what proper serving sizes look like and most importantly how to read a nutrition label.
Instead of boring my clients to death breaking down a nutrition label into every single teeny tiny part I would always highlight the 5 things I personally thought were the most important to check.
I believe it is so incredibly beneficial to know what to look for on a nutrition label and hope you find this post educational!
Please feel free to weigh in and discuss your thoughts and opinions on this very important subject and just remember these are my personal thoughts and opinions–I’m not a doctor.