A Keto Diet, a Low Carb Diet

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    • amarynth on: July 30, 2018 at 1:25 pm #1122

      My husband has been on a low carb diet forever. But this caused us as a family to have to prepare 2 meals and it became just too much. So, I fell for the story and started eating low carb. There was not much to adjust in my own diet, just up the fatty content and lower the fruit content, and adjust the vegetables somewhat (and reduce honey). So this weekend I went exploring and must say that any kind of Low Carb or Keto diet has now become a full-contact sport. There are thousands of sites, hundreds of thousands of recipes and what struck me, is that the health component from this diet has completely disappeared. I found recipes that use microwaves, which we don’t do, recipes that use non stick pans, which we don’t do, and recipes that use all kinds of chemical concoctions to bring up the sweet content and to not make this too hard for anyone. So, something that people did for health has now become like Yoga, which initially was Life, and is now denatured and you can go into most yoga classes to find no Life, but just bodily exercise. If one does not seek out the real healthful components of this kind of diet, you will again be immersed in something like hubris. There is also the spiritual aspect and I really hope we can learn sometime to stop eating our fellow earth dwellers and they can stop eating us.

      So a keto diet is usually described as a high protein diet. This is wrong. A keto diet is a high fat diet – one is meant to get around 70% of your meal via fat of some kind. (Of course no processed oils). That is something that most practitioners of a keto lifestyle just forget.

      The best two sites that I found for preparing food (and of course, everyone is preparing food and not eating sufficient raw) are these two. Be aware of chemical components and swop those out for natural components.

      This one has excellent sweets and pastries, of course with alternative flours like almond or coconut flours.

      I’m fixing to make these chocolate truffles as a treat: http://www.ketovangelistkitchen.com/chocolate-orange-truffles/

      And this one is too funny but if you like Indian food (which I do), you’ll find good stuff here: https://headbangerskitchen.com/

      The idea of a low carb diet or lifestyle is of course first to lose weight. But secondary also to lose a sweet tooth and increase the value of food eaten so that it is healthier at the end of the day. In today’s ‘keto’ environment, the health is completely forgotten. The other thing that struck me going to hundreds of sites with recipes, is that recipes are being used with no understanding of real food. I’m a foodie, and like to treat food right. I’ve come across recipes that goes diametrically in opposition of what food is. And even if you see a recipe, that should just be some ingredients, food preparation is a process, and not a recipe.

      So it was a fun weekend absorbing all keto or low carb type lore but it was a dissapointing weekend from the perspective a following a eating plan that truly supports health.

      • This topic was modified 2 years, 5 months ago by amarynth.
    • amarynth on: August 3, 2018 at 10:16 am #1165

      A little more about a Ketogenic Diet. This website is imv one of the best as to the mechanics of the diet for beginners. https://www.dietdoctor.com/

      While in general searches about this kind of diet, one is presented with a whole bunch of strange information, there are the gems if enough time is spent. This flatbread I made and it is a gem and satisfies the craving for a piece of bread dammit! It is also easy to store and even to freeze. There are a bunch of similar recipes on the interwebs but I chose this one because they don’t use a microwave. You can search for this under fathead pizza or fat head pizza.

      This flatbread one uses vinegar, but the one I made actually only calls for the 2 tablespoons of cream cheese. It was yummy and today I need to get a few more baking in the oven to have it available as a staple in the fridge.

      Bear in mind with a bit of alternative sweetener you can easily change this into a sweeter pie crust – a versatile little process that one can keep in your head and make just very quickly. The easiest way to roll this into a thin dough ready for the oven, is between 2 sheets of parchment paper.

      Compare the two recipes from here, and see another 4 treatments for this very versatile flatbread. Pizza, Bagels, Garlic Bread and Pizza Scrolls – https://www.ditchthecarbs.com/low-carb-mozzarella-dough-4-ways/

    • sean the leprechaun on: June 17, 2019 at 4:29 pm #2597

      Having a Keto’er and a Low carber in the house has made meal prep very interesting for the past 12 months. I’m not at the ‘join them’ phase yet, but they are breaking me down. The weight loss being one of the better outcomes. And yes, sometimes they spoil themselves and join me in a carbfeast.

      Cheers, M

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