The Importance of Food Quality
The Clean Keto Lifestyle is rooted in the principles of real, whole foods. Yes - you can lose weight on the ketogenic diet by eating low-carb processed foods, consuming refined oils & eating factory-farmed meat. But the key to optimal health is eliminating food toxins like chemical additives, sugar, omega-6 seed oils, trans fats, grains and starches that lead to chronic inflammation in the body, and instead centering your diet around food categories the encourage healing and weight loss. These categories are:
- Healthy Fats
- Quality Protein
- Organic Vegetables
Each of these categories provides your body with the nutrients to heal inflammation, accelerate weight loss and support both mental and physical health. These foods will heal your body! You will eat sustainably, happily & healthfully, and watch the pounds melt off. Let's discuss each category in detail!
There are many different varieties of fat in the world today ranging from super healthy to downright dangerous for you (aka trans fat & hydrogenated oil). Foods often contain a wide range of different fats such as saturated fat, omega-3 fats, omega-6 fats, and monounsaturated fats. Because the ketogenic diet is centered around fats (75% of your calories should come from fat), it is vital that you are consuming the right ones! The fats you ingest should be from whole, unrefined foods with no added ingredients. It is crucial to understand which fats are the healthy ones before starting keto.
Eating quality protein is critical for everyone regardless of what diet you are on. Conventional protein sources today (meat, poultry, eggs and seafood) that are the most widely available to consumers, are also most likely mass produced, factory farmed and completely unhealthy for you. Most of these animals (even the fish!) are raised in terrible conditions that are over-crowded, filthy and disease ridden. To control disease, the animals are pumped full of antibiotics and other pesticides. They are also fed a grain-based diet which results in inflammation, depleted nutrients, and high instances of omega-6 fatty acids (the bad kind) in the animals. Remember at the end of the day “You are what your food eats!” so it is vital to understand where your protein is coming from and how it is raised.
The term “organic” refers to the way agricultural products are grown and processed. In the USA, organic crops must be grown without the use of synthetic pesticides, bioengineered genes (GMOs), petroleum-based fertilizers, and sewage sludge-based fertilizers. All of these chemicals can have a negative impact on your physical, mental and even emotional health. In addition, organic foods have more beneficial nutrients, contain fewer pesticides, and are often fresher because they don't contain preservatives that make them last longer.
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