Keto & Paleo, What’s the Difference?

So what’s all the rage with the latest diets out there? If you haven’t heard of the Ketogenic or Paleolithic diet then consider yourself lucky because I’m about to school you! 😉

Ketogenic Diet AKA Keto

The Keto diet involves putting your body in a state of Ketosis. When a person eats a normal American diet which is high in grains and carbohydrates then the body burns sugar as energy. For someone is in Ketosis the body uses fat instead of sugar as it’s energy fuel. By decreasing the amount of carbohydrate intake and increasing the fat in your diet it forces your body in a state of Ketosis which is ideal for fat burning.

Fat burning = weight loss, that is why this diet has caught the eyes of so many recently. There happens to be TONS of research that shows a Ketogenic diet is helpful for various ailments from reducing your risk for Diabetes, Heart Disease, Neurological disorders, and also helps to protect you against cancer.

I wrote an entire post about the Ketogenic diet, it should be listed in the recommended articles below. An overview of the diet entails: maximum of 50 grams of carbohydrates, low sugar fruits only, no grains, no refined sugar, and no natural sugars either. There are “Keto approved” processed foods available. Another fun fact, Keto allows dairy in all of it’s various forms.

For more information regarding starting a Ketogenic diet visit DrAxe.com.

Keto + Paleo

Both the Ketogenic and Paleolithic diets focus on an intake of healthy fats, protein, and vegetables. Both of which are low carbohydrate diets. The Keto diet is higher in fat than the Paleo diet.

Paleolithic Diet AKA Paleo

The foundation of the Paleo diet involves eating as we did when cavemen were roaming around. A good rule of thumb that I’ve heard is if your great grandmother cannot recognize what you’re eating as food, then it’s not edible. Several people are drawn to this particular diet because it can help balance your gut microbiome which will improve inflammatory diseases and chronic abdominal issues among the above mentioned benefits of the Ketogenic diet.

All vegetables are pretty much fair game. Things to avoid include: all processed foods, legumes, refined sugar (but there are substitutes available), beans, peanut butter (sad face), ALL grains, refined vegetable oils, and all things soy.

Some alcoholic beverages are allowed, but in limited quantities of course.

A big thing to note in this particular diet is to purchase meat that is grass fed, cage-free, and have had no additional hormones or antibiotics (EVER).

I’m working on cleaning out my freezer to make room for some local meat from a farm within a half hour drive from here. Supporting local business is always a bonus for everyone. This instance also guarantees the quality of the meat and it’s actually a decent price. A lot less pricier than I was anticipating (wishing I would have done this a lot sooner).

I would recommend anyone look up a local farm to get their beef or poultry from, trusty ol’ Google worked well for me. I found this lovely family & their farm: https://fedfromthefarm.com/

For more information regarding starting a Paleolithic diet visit EverdayHealth.com

If you are deciding to change your diet you’ll need to discuss that with your doctor to get their input especially if you’re someone with known medical issues like Diabetes and/or Heart Disease.

I’ll be sure to give you the skinny about the Whole 30 diet next Friday, be sure to tune in! It’s like a kick start to healthier eating. Thanks for reading this and if you’ve had any success be sure to drop that in the comments below. If you’re not already a community member, you can join by clicking the red button below. Talk to y’all soon!

Chelsea

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