Diets come and go, and right now a keto diet is all the rage. I'm not personally a fan of any diet, but I thought I'd explain this one so you know what is involved..
A keto diet is where you eat a very low amount of carbohydrate. When you do this, your body needs to find a new source of energy. Since it can't use carb anymore, it turns to fat. Your body takes the fat in your liver, converts it to ketones, and burns those to provide that energy source.
Sounds good, right? You're burning through those pesky fat cells, and yes, people do lose weight on this program. The problem is most of that weight loss is from water. You may also be losing nutrients. Why? Because carbohydrates are our main source of vitamins and minerals. When you cut them out, you're also cutting out those nutrients.
Another issue is the byproduct of burning ketones. It makes the acidity in your body too high, and that can lead to kidney and liver damage. Dehydration, constipation, and kidney stones are also risks with this type of diet. That's why diabetics, pregnant women, and hypertensives should never go on a ketogenic diet.
If you are considering trying this, please speak to your doctor first. Make sure you are drinking plenty of water, and make sure you are still getting all the necessary vitamins and minerals you need.
If you're like me and over 50, then you might have noticed you can't eat like you used to. Gone are the days where you can eat what you want and not feel the effects.
Here are some tips on tweaking your diet as you get older:
I heart coffee. It never lets me down and usually boosts me up. But as I was having my habitual cup this morning, I began to wonder how coffee impacts our health. Certainly there has been a lot of press about it lately, both good and bad. I decided to do some investigating, and this is what I found:
My doctor has me on an organic diet, but that can get expensive in a hurry. That's why I decided to take matters into my own hands this year and set up a veggie garden. Now mind you, it would have to be a HUGE one to cover all of my dietary needs. I didn't have the space or time for that nonsense. Instead I started with a smaller variety, and if that works well I can expand my planting the following year.
It's easy to set up a mini garden at home, even if you live in the smallest of apartments. Containers can be set in sunny spots and can grow the items you use most often. For me that included basil, tomatoes, onions, lettuce, and cilantro. When using containers, make sure you add a good plant food to the mix. You will also need to water more often than when planting directly in the ground.
Another tip to keep in mind is to place your containers close to a water source. If you have to walk a distance or lug heavy watering cans, you are less likely to tend to your thirsty plants. I put my garden right next to a hose because I am one LAZY girl.
Finally, you'll want to make sure the "critters" in your neighborhood can't get at your plants. For me that meant keeping rabbits, deer, and raccoons out. An affordable mesh barrier can be purchased at your local hardware store. These work well and are easy to install.
Once your veggies start coming in, you'll want to harvest them quickly. This encourages new growth and also allows you to enjoy the "fruits" of your labor.
As I threw away several moldy, mushy, and expired items from my fridge, I decided that I needed a new plan. I have a household of two adults and while I love to eat healthy, I tend to throw away a lot of food every week on trash day. Healthy foods tend to be more expensive and usually we have to purchase more than we need or would like to eat in the time frame before it goes bad. I looked into my options and tried a meal delivery program. There are several meal delivery programs available and many with great discounts or even free starter kits.
The program I chose has meal preference options to meet our needs. For example, you can choose vegetarian, low calorie, quick meals, or eliminate a certain kind of meat. We get a box delivered once a week (on Tuesdays) with 3 meals. The packaging is perfect and has plenty of sturdy ice packs.
There are many aspects about this program that I love! First, we are getting healthy, portion controlled foods. We are trying new recipes that we may not have before and they do not repeat meals. But they do give an easy to follow recipe card and a list of all of the ingredients to reproduce the dish should you choose. All of the ingredients are fresh. We have tried many new food items and learned how to cook with fresh herbs and new grains that we have not tried before.
This routine has become great for my lifestyle. I grocery shop on the weekend and make meals for the weekend and the beginning of the week while the items I purchased are still fresh. Then our box comes on Tuesday and we have meals for the remainder of the week. We found that we are cutting back significantly on our weekly grocery bill and are wasting very little food now.
I encourage you to give food delivery services a try if you have a smaller family like mine, want to try new healthy, portion-controlled recipes and cook with new ingredients.
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