Since about 2 months ago, my family and I embarked on ketogenic meals, meals that consist of low carbohydrates and high fats, mainly obtained from whole foods. I am so eager to share this new lifestyle with you as it has brought us plentiful amounts of benefits.
The rationale of this way of eating is to allow the body release energy through the burning of fats and not carbohydrates. In our modern society, the largest portion of our dietary consumption consists of carbohydrates. They come mainly in the form of our staples, such as rice, potatoes, noodles, pasta and grains. Though they make us full, it is hardly nutrition dense. Our body would need to process and burn off these carbs as energy first, in order to start burning fats. In the case where our meals consists mainly of our staples, there is usually an excess of carbs and hence, or bodies find it hard to even start burning off any fat (with exercise), so long as we keep feeding it with carbs whenever we are hungry.
What is the way around? In order to burn fats, we could play around with the numbers by reducing the portion of carbohydrates consumed and increasing the fat content of our meals. We would then want to consider what kinds of carbohydrates are great for our bodies so that we reap maximum benefits for our nutrition sake. These would include plenty of green leafy vegetables, certain low sugared fruits such as berries (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries), avocadoes and apricots, nuts like almond and macadamia. Selecting what type of food goes into our diet is necessary since everything we eat literally contains carbohydrates! 😌
So what are the benefits that came our way?
My Husband and I, for once, experienced weight loss. We didn’t cut back on food portions, but ate our three meals whole, and stop when we are full. Surprisingly, I cut back close to 5kg in 2 months, and am definitely not on a diet.
For my children and I, our hunger pangs stopped. I try to provide 5% carbs, 20% protein and 75% fat in our meals. With an increased amount of fat in our diet, they took to it well and requested less of snacks and additional portions of food. I had no more power struggles with them on finishing their food, and because of the high fat content of the meals, almost every meal was yummy! I use healthy fats to plan our meals around, like cooking with olive oil or butter, trying to be generous on fatty meat like salmon, bacon, pork belly and chicken skin and encourage eating fatty fruit like avocadoes.
We became more conscious of food in the process. We took to reading food labels, making as conscious an effort as possible, before any purchase. Soy sauce is a passé and I’m using liquid aminos now to replace sauces.
This the book that inspired most of my cooking and learning.
Every day, I’m learning so much in how to prepare nutrition dense meals for the family. Cooking doesn’t become a chore anymore, maybe for the first week or so, when we first started on this journey. These days, I cook all the meals by choice. Planning ahead helps me and it sets the pace right for the day with a mental picture of how the meals will turn out.
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