Soooooo previously I stated that I am switching up how I'm eating as I enter training as a CrossFit athlete. I mentioned two thing: 1) plant-based pescatarian and 2) keto-paleo. Y'all lost y'all minds and was in my DM's like what the fucks Debrina! What do you mean Keto-Paleo? So here it is...what and why.
What is keto paleo?
Keto Paleo is also known as a therapeutic ketogenic diet...a way of eating with the goal to induce nutritional ketosis by restricting carbohydrate intake and balancing daily amounts of protein and fat.
Aside from the maximum fat-burning and muscle-sparring effects, ketosis has amazing benefits that attracted me to the lifestyle:
- Reduces inflammation
- Eliminates candida
- Reduces symptoms of menopause
- Eliminates brain fog
- Reduces risk of diabetes
- and then some...
Ketosis is generally achieved by restricting carbs to under 20 grams a day...some may go as high as 40-50 grams. So far, I have explained keto, so what is keto paleo?
Now to Paleo...a paleo diet eating mimics the ways of primal days. Eating Paleo would be avoiding processed foods, grains, legumes, and diary. Benefits of Paleo:
- Avoids most food allergies
- Detoxes the toxic load
- Rich in plant enzymes
- Rich in high-quality animal protein
- Gently increases energy
- Rebalances hormones (eliminates menopause syptoms)
- Improves immune function
- And so on...
I Want It Simple
I will not consume meals loaded with cheese, cream and bacon. I will avoid processed and packaged ingredients. Fresh. Organic. And Simple. Combining the right ratio of low carbs, moderate protein and high (healthy) fat will create the necessary foundation for long-term whole body wellness.
I think this will be the trickiest for me. I love my pancakes and waffles with fresh fruit...drizzled with pure maple syrup or local honey. I will need to flip my switch from to sweet to savory. The key is to keep my insulin in check and the carbs as low as possible. Howe do I plan to accomplish this is by exploring dishes from different regions of the world, being creative with substitutes and swaps, and eat lots of eggs.
I will keep it quick and easy. I will learn to embrace leftovers...get creative. It doesn't have to be all about salads and wraps. Fats with definitely be present during this meal. My love for avocados and olives will get me through...but this is where I'll miss bread the most! Lawd!! Help me!
I must admit that I am looking sooooo forward to grilling again. Being back in So Cal, I have to get to it. I see lots of leafy greens, asparagus and artichokes in my future. I don't know about you, but grilled fruit taste amazing!! Definitely will be great when I do eat fruit. Remember, they don't call it natures candy for nothing. Fruit is still loaded with sugar. Also, I am a huge fan or sauces and marinades. Time to start experimenting. You coming over?
Now this will be easy for me. Water. Plenty of water. Lemon water. Coconut water. Just water. Also,I love herbal teas...hot or iced. I do have to work my way off of coffee. Habit picked up at my last job. Nut milks are great sources of protein and fresh juices are packed with vitamins and minerals. I see a Hurom in my future.
Sweets + Snacks
I don't have much of a sweet tooth, but when I do..I want what I want. I'm thinking frozen treats + brownies. Being a snackaholic...this will be fun. The key is to remember serving sizes and to do overindulge. Also, keep late night snacking to a minimum. Eliminate when possible.
I am looking forward to looking AND feeling better. I am excited about getting back in the kitchen.
Food is medicine.
Cooking is therapy.
Eating is LIFE!