What is a Ketogenic Diet?

As a Nutritional Therapist I hear about a lot of different ways of eating. One way that has always intrigued me was the ketogenic diet. I heard so many people talking about its amazing benefits, but to tell you the truth, I was a little scared to take the leap. However, I finally did with the help of Shawn Mynar’s Fat Burning Female Project (link) and I have to say I am thrilled with the results. Now, this doesn’t mean that every single health issue I have was magically solved overnight. Like most health changes, time is one of the greatest healers. And if you keep up a ketogenic diet for a substantial period of time, you reap the most benefits.

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Understanding Cravings

Ah, cravings. We all get them. And sometimes cravings can be a really good thing, like when after a few weeks we crave a steak or red meat because our body wants those b vitamins and iron. But cravings can often get out of control, and sometimes it’s not even really not our fault. A lot of us immediately start to blame ourselves and say that we have no will power or self-restraint if we can’t resist a craving, but I think it’s much more important to figure out why we would be craving foods that we know aren’t good for us in the first place. So here are some of the top reasons why cravings are occurring.

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A “Salty” Debate

When I was growing up, I hardly ever ate salt. Sure, sometimes I would eat chips but my parents never used salt while cooking food and most of my meals were in fact, home cooked (too bad I didn’t appreciate it then!) My parents grew up using salt in their meals, but then all these crazy studies came out saying that salt was pretty much terrible for you as it could contribute to high blood pressure and hypertension and so table salt disappeared from the house.

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