So, confession time. I’m not really eating “keto” anymore. While I whole heartedly agree with the benefits of a ketogenic diet, being so strict wasn’t really working for me. You see, I’ve done a lot of work over the years trying to be less restrictive and less “black and white” and “one size fits all” when it comes to food. And, as I learned as a Nutritional Therapist, I think a variety of diets can be healthy for a variety of people. Not everyone feels their best eating one particular way. And so while I learned a lot of great lessons from eating keto, and a lot that I will still incorporate, I’m going to move back towards my “real food” approach and not put as many labels on what I eat.
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.
I gave up coffee in September of 2016. It was a slow transition and one that I was extremely skeptical of. I knew I was suffering with some adrenal fatigue and blood sugar issues though and coffee doesn’t help those situations. You see, when you use coffee to pick you up, your body has to pour out cortisol in response to the caffeine, which in turn stimulates a blood sugar increase. Too much cortisol leaves to a whole host of problems including fatigue, weight gain, hormonal issues, anxiety, etc. I’m not saying that everyone needs to go give up coffee right now, but if you are dealing with any of the above issues you might want to experiment for a couple of weeks and then try that beloved cup of coffee and see how you feel.
Another Whole30 in the books! I have to say that this one was significantly easier than my first Whole30. I knew what to expect since I had did one before and I was just so ready to make a change. The holidays definitely brought more sweets around than usual and I’ve found that once I start eating sugar, it’s hard for me to stop. And it’s healthy sugar too (at least for the most part!) like Paleo cookies or some dark chocolate after meals. I don’t regret having these things at all, but I think it’s good to give your body a re-set when you find these items creeping into your diet more often than you would prefer.
To start off, this isn’t a post against Whole Foods. I absolutely love Whole Foods and they are one of the main reason I love grocery shopping so much. I think they have an abundance of amazing products and I respect their overall mission. This article could also have been titled, “Not Everything at Trader Joe’s, Wegmans, etc. is healthy” but because Whole Foods is known as the “natural” grocery store, I thought this title was fitting. So, while I am still absolutely espousing the benefits of eating so many of Whole Foods’s organic/local/ natural foods, that doesn’t mean that every food/ product that is carried there fits this criteria.