I decided to “go keto” a few weeks ago. The ketogenic way of eating is high-fat, moderate protein, low-carb. I will be talking a lot more about the ketogenic diet as my journey continues, but in short, the goal is to (re-train) your body to burn fat for fuel, versus burn sugar. You do this by giving your body lots of healthy fats, and your body will eventually “remember” that fat is actually a FAR more efficient fuel source than carbs.
Sans the quick-burning fuel, glucose, that we get in large part from the carbohydrates we ingest, your body will begin to recognize that it can actually begin to tap into a far more efficient, steady-burning fuel source – FAT! Our liver begins converting fat molecules into fatty acids and ketones – and the cells in our body begin to use ketone bodies instead of glucose molecules for energy.
This way of eating as a therapeutic approach has tremendous rapport in the Functional Medicine and Functional Nutrition world! The primary reason I believe it to be such an effective approach is because when we learn how to burn fat for fuel, our blood sugars normalize and we have healthy blood sugar regulation. Which means we get to put more energy into healing our bodies – organs, tissues, neurotransmitters, and cells – versus constantly be putting energy into blood sugar regulation.
Many people don’t realize just HOW MUCH energy our bodies expend with blood sugar regulation. It is THE number one priority of our bodies to regulate blood sugar, and our bodies will put this as a priority over all other physiological functions. Which means when we eat a high-carb, high-sugar meal, our bodies are working overtime just to make sure our blood sugars don’t spike too high, or go too low – for hours afterwards! This leaves our bodies little energy to carry out the million-and-one other physiological functions that it could be doing if it wasn’t so wrapped up in managing it’s blood sugar response.
In other words, when we eat in a way that naturally controls our blood sugar – which is the ketogenic diet – our bodies get to spend more time on cellular and tissue repair, appropriate neurological function, healthy hormone production, fighting off pathogens, efficient detoxification, etc.
Eating keto may or may not be for you, but even if you don’t go all the way Keto, eating a high-fat diet, and focusing on eating high-quality fats, is advisable for anyone looking to improve their bodies healing and regeneration. Fats have so many roles in the body and most of us are deprived of all the fatty acids we need for a fully healthy body.
If you would like to know more about the ketogenic diet and how it can help with blood sugar regulation, hormone balance, brain health, weight loss, detoxification, inflammation, and more – CONTACT ME and let’s talk about it!
Here is my recipe for a seasonally-inspired, high-fat, no-sugar, nutrient-dense, super-fuel drink: Eggnog Latte. This drink will help you start your day with sustained energy, delicious flavor, and Holiday love!
1 cup brewed coffee or tea (decaf or regular)
¼ cup full-fat organic coconut milk
1 tbsp coconut oil or grass-fed butter
1-2 egg yolks (from organic, free range eggs)
2 tbsp grass-fed collagen – like Collagen Peptides from Vital Proteins
⅛ tsp ground allspice
⅛ tsp ground nutmeg
1/8 tsp. ground star anise
¼ tsp ground cinnamon
2-3 drops alcohol-free stevia (optional)
Brew the coffee or tea. You can use a high-powered blender or an immersion blender (my favorite), to whip all ingredients together. The drink will be smooth and creamy. Sprinkle with a dash of nutmeg, a cinnamon stick, and a whole star anise for some fun holiday flare. Enjoy your sustained energy and full belly – your body will thank you for starting the day this way!