What is it? The ketogenic diet is a diet that severely restricts carbohydrate consumption to about 20-50 g/day in order to establish a state of ketosis. (For reference. The recommended consumption of carbs for a 1500 calorie diet is about 150-200 g/day). Our cells preferred source of energy is glucose (aka blood sugar), which comes from the carbs we eat in our diet. In the absence of carbs, glucose will deplete after about 2-3 days and the body will start to break down fat stores to produce ketone bodies and use that as the main source of energy. It’s at this point the body is in a state of ketosis and solely burning fat for energy. It's this "fat burning" mechanism that is the draw for the weight loss industry.
History: The keto diet started as a therapeutic diet in the clinical setting to treat children with epilepsy. Since our brains prefer and almost exclusively use glucose for energy, researchers found episodes of seizures went down significantly when carbs were nearly eliminated i...
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There are clear documented benefits to eating organic food, but it is not as black and white as it can sometimes be portrayed. There are local farms producing safe and healthy non-organic foods that compare very closely to their certified organic counterparts. There are also big brand food companies producing certified organic foods that might be questionable. You have to do your research before buying organic and evaluate your own personal situation to determine if it is worth it or not
There is a lot of debate, confusion and opinions lately about whether or not we "should" eat organic. The debate stems from questioning whether the benefits of eating organic justifies the extra cost. I've seen both sides of the argument with several factors coming into play including nutritional value, harmful chemicals, environmental concerns and of course politics. The truth is there's a lo...
In this crazy busy world we tend to over complicate, over think and over stress. Our daily life obligations sometimes feels like enough to get through, without thinking about meal planning, eating right and fitting activity in!
I totally get it! I’ve been there too. But I’m here to tell you today that building healthy habits doesn’t have to be complicated. In fact it’s actually really simple, you only need 3 things.
Seriously, only 3 things to start building a healthy habit and they are 3 things that you can start doing easily, today!
I’ve spent years reviewing research, reading books from the experts, listening to podcasts about the latest studies and of course working directly with clients to see what works and what doesn’t.
Most importantly, I’m a Registered Dietitian, and by definition we are evidence based practitioners held to a high standard. This means, whatever I share with you is 100% back up by science. Cold hard facts of what works and what doesn’t. A major reason that when it...