I am so excited about this week’s guest post! Louise Hendon, co-host of The Keto Summit and author of the Essential Keto Cookbook, explains to us The Ketogenic Diet, which frankly I have been incredibly curious about. In addition to being the latest diet trend, some are claiming it even helps cure cancer by starving the cancer cells. So what is this new diet all about? Take it away Louise…
If you’ve been following the paleo diet for a while, then you have probably seen the word “keto,” “ketogenic,” or “ketosis” mentioned in various paleo posts and recipes.
That’s because the keto diet has gotten pretty popular in recent times, and it can be confusing to know whether you should switch to keto or keep with paleo at times.
So, in this post, I’m going to give you a quick run-down of what keto is and how it’s different to paleo. Plus, I’m going to share with you a delicious chocolate coconut fat bomb recipe that’s both paleo and keto!
What is the Ketogenic diet?
The ketogenic diet is a high-fat and low-carbohydrate diet designed to put your body into the metabolic state of nutritional ketosis.
When you’re in this metabolic state, your body will use ketones (which are made in your liver from fat) rather than glucose for energy.
Many people love the ketogenic diet because it helps them lose weight and clears their brain fog. But it can also help curb hunger and cravings, stabilize blood sugar, and keep you in a better mood.
So what do you eat on the Ketogenic diet?
Eating a diet high in healthy fats, moderate in protein, and low in carbohydrates will generally get your body into nutritional ketosis.
What this means in practice is eating foods that are pretty similar to Paleo foods (just minus the sweet potatoes, sugary fruits, and paleo sugars like honey and maple syrup).
So eat lots of fish and seafood, meats, eggs, non-starchy vegetables, some berries, and some nuts and seeds.
Are Paleo and Keto the same then?
Personally, I find it easiest to think of keto as a lower carb version of paleo. That way, you will get the benefits of both diets.
Paleo focuses on eating a lot of nutrient-dense foods while keto focuses on eating foods that help put your body into nutritional ketosis.
So if you eat a keto-paleo diet then you’ll be getting all the benefits of keto plus making sure your body gets the vitamins and minerals it needs and avoiding toxins like gluten at the same time.
Should you be Paleo or keto?
A lot of people get confused between whether to go paleo or keto. There isn’t one right answer, but here are my thoughts about it.
I think of paleo as my basic healthy diet. But occasionally, I’ll switch over to keto for a bit by cutting out paleo sugars, dried fruits like dates and raisins, sweet potatoes and tubers, and sugary fruits like bananas.
This helps me lean out and gain more focus and productivity on work projects. But when I’m ready, I’ll add in some safe starches like sweet potatoes back into my diet.
Obviously this post is a very quick description of keto, so if you’d like to learn more, then check out my really detailed post about keto here.
Yields 10 bombs
Fat bombs are often desserts or snacks that are high in fat and low in sugar. They’re often made with coconut oil or coconut butter like this one and sweetened with stevia (or left unsweetened).
They’re delicious and super filling, so I hope you’ll give this recipe a try no matter which diet you’re on.
10 minPrep Time
10 minTotal Time
¼ cup coconut butter
¼ cup coconut oil
1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Stevia to taste
3 oz 100% dark chocolate
- Line a muffin pan with liner.
- Place the coconut butter and coconut oil into a saucepan and soften.
- Stir in the shredded coconut.
- Then add in the vanilla extract and stevia. Mix well.
- Divide the mixture between the muffin cups (makes approximately 10 cups).
- Place into the fridge to set for a few hours.
- When it’s set, melt the dark chocolate in a saucepan. Spoon the chocolate on top of the solid coconut cups and place them back into the fridge for a few more hours to set.
More keto recipes…
And for more keto recipes (all of which are also paleo and dairy-free), check out my keto cookbooks here https://mz164.isrefer.com/go/keto-bundle/onlytastematters/
Louise Hendon is the co-host of The Keto Summit and author of the Essential Keto Cookbook https://mz164.isrefer.com/go/keto-bundle/onlytastematters/. She loves creating easy and delicious healthy meals for busy people. And in her spare time, she loves traveling the world and reading mystery novels.