Thursday, January 24, 2013

Lifestyle Information on Eating

Normally on Tuesdays and Thursdays I would post a recipe, (and still will today) but I wanted to go over more of the specifics of my diet (and by diet, I mean lifestyle change, and not a temporary idea).

There are two specifics types of diets that I have incorporated into my life. The first is named Keto (short for Ketosis), and Paleo (Short for Paleolithic). Both have their advantages and disadvantages, but I try to strive for a middle ground what I consider to be Keleo (Yes, a made up word, but it is mine!).

Keto - Eat a diet consisting of 60-65% fat, 30% protein and 5% carbohydrates. For most people this is a hard limit of under 20g of carbohydrates a day, regardless if your calorie intake is much higher or not. Restriction of foods, generally includes starchy vegetables, most fruits, higher carbohydrate nuts, all wheat, sugar, rice, and corn. Dairy, meat, and mostly green vegetables are huge staples of this diet. (Green vegetables: Broccoli, Zucchini, Asparagus, Spinach, Lettuce, etc)

Paleo - Very similar to Keto, it has a higher carbohydrate limit, and incorporates more fruit, and starchy vegetables. With Paleo you strive to keep your carbohydrates under 100g a day, and generally is for more active people who aren't trying to lose as much weight, but just have more energy and feel healthier. The goal here is to eat as a "Paleolithic" man might have ate, avoiding processed foods, including sources of legumes as well (peanuts, peas, etc), as dairy products. Fruits, and vegetables, especially higher starch sources (sweet potatoes, carrots) are acceptable and even encouraged.

Keleo - A combination of both. Still we avoid legumes, and still limit some sources of dairy, focusing on creams (Heavy, Light), and dryer cheeses. In this we try to keep our carbohydrates under 50g a day, to try and focus on remaining well into ketosis, but allowing some freedoms in our diet.

Whichever form you are most comfortable with, the most important aspect is to avoid wheat, corn and rice. Those sources are very rich in dense processed carbohydrates which are typically not healthy for your system, or for your digestion.

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