The ketogenic diet is getting more and more popular, and for good reason – it’s helped a lot of people lose weight, get healthier, and get more energy.
So, in this article, I’ll detail what the ketogenic diet is, what do you eat, what don’t you eat, who should do it, and how best to get started on a ketogenic diet.
I’ll answer a lot of frequently answered questions in this post, from how it’s different to Atkins and Paleo to whether you need to take exogenous ketones and how to measure your ketone levels.
A ketogenic diet can be a fantastic tool, but just like the handy hammer, it’s important to understand what it is, when to use it, how you can use it properly, and what to do when it doesn’t work.
If you want to skip to a specific section, then just use the table of contents below:
A keto or ketogenic diet is a diet that causes your body to burn fat (in the form of ketones) rather than sugar (in the form of glucose/glycogen). I’ll explain a little more in detail below, but you basically do this by eating a lot of fat and very little carbohydrates.
There’s a lot of confusion about just how much fat, protein, and carbohydrates you should eat on a ketogenic diet, and that’s because there are now several types of ketogenic diets. Most of the research has focused on the very high fat (standard) ketogenic diet. But if you’re looking for weight loss benefits then a high-protein ketogenic diet might help more.
Cape gooseberries look like an orange cherry tomato and taste like a sweet version of a cherry tomato. They also have a paper-like cape on the outside that should be removed before eating.
They’re known by various names throughout the world (e.g., Physalis, Physalis peruviana, Inca berry, Aztec berry, golden berry, giant ground cherry, African ground cherry, Peruvian groundcherry, Peruvian cherry, or amour en cage). Cape gooseberries are now grown in many countries with Columbia being the major producer.
In particular, you might find that the dried fruit is often called goldenberry (and sometimes Pichuberry to associate them with Peru). You can even buy dried goldenberries to eat as a snack on Amazon.com.
While gooseberry is in the name of this fruit, cape gooseberries are not gooseberries. Instead they are a nightshade and are closely related to the tomatillo. Because the cape gooseberry is a nightshade (click here to see a list of nightshades), they are not permitted on the AIP (Paleo autoimmune protocol) diet. Note, however, that since the typical gooseberry is NOT a nightshade, they are permitted on the AIP diet.
I found this strange fruit while traveling through Thailand a few weeks ago. It’s so odd looking that I was worried it was fake and plastic at first!
As the sign I saw pointed out, gac fruit juice is often known as a fruit from heaven and it is a pretty rare fruit.
So, what is gac fruit? And is gac fruit healthy to eat?
I spent an entire afternoon testing and perfecting this recipe (you can see all the photos of my tests at the bottom of the post), and this recipe came out the clear winner. So, enjoy!
Like the name suggests, this 5-Min Microwave Paleo Chocolate Cake recipe is super fast and easy to make – in 5 minutes, you can enjoy Paleo chocolate cake again! And if you love this recipe, check out my microwave Paleo bread recipe as well (it’s also really easy!).
This is one of the many super quick recipes in my new cookbook, 30 Paleo Meals in Under 30 Minutes.
I eat a fair number of eggs – it’s a super fast and easy breakfast (especially with a few strips of bacon). But I’ve always had trouble making perfect over easy eggs (which is how I like them) until Jeremy’s mom taught me this simple trick!
I used to love bacon wrapped dates stuffed with cheese – we would always make them as an appetizer when guests came over. But since going Paleo, I’ve had to change the recipe to get rid of the regular dairy cheese. Instead, I’ve replaced it with this amazing cashew cheese.
For steps on how to make cashew cheese, take a look at this recipe.
George Bryant of Civilized Caveman is one of our favorite people in Paleo – he’s compassionate, down-to-earth, always willing to help, and, of course, he cooks amazing food (and takes beautiful photos of them)! And that’s why I’m sure you’ll love reading this interview we did with George.
In particular, his answer to question #6 is my favorite, and it’s something Jeremy and I agree with strongly!
Vivian Cheng is the founder/editor/writer/designer behind The Real Food Guide. You’ve probably seen our review of her fantastic Paleo ice cream recipe book, and you’ve probably also seen (and maybe already tried) her guest recipe – Not my Mama’s Cha Siu (Chinese BBQ Pork). So, we thought you’d like to know a bit more about this amazing woman!
In this post, Vivian shares with us some of her Paleo story, including how she came to Paleo, what she found most challenging about Paleo, and her best tip for maintaining a Paleo lifestyle. And please visit The Real Food Guide for more of Vivian’s fantastic recipes and articles.
One of my biggest weaknesses is chocolate. This probably started off during childhood…
I lived a few miles away from the Cadbury’s chocolate factory (which some claim is similar to Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory), and ended up eating quite a lot of Cadbury’s chocolates. (The original story by Roald Dahl was partially inspired by Cadbury’s.)
But this post is not about me or my chocolates. This post is all about Devin Plaut and his drive to make delicious Paleo chocolate truffles.
People often wonder what Jeremy and I eat on a daily basis, so here it is! We’re going to keep track of what we eat and drink daily here as a sort of photo food diary (I already forgot to photography the sides at dinner, but hopefully I’ll get better about remembering)!!
We slept in today (too tired from so much traveling over the past few weeks). Jeremy slept around 13 hours, and I slept 11 hours! So, it was pretty much lunchtime when we got up.
I was at one of Nom Nom Paleo’s book signings recently, and an audience member asked what was the best way of preventing egg muffins from sticking to the muffin pan. Diane Rodgers and Melissa Joulwan were also there, and some interesting answers came up.
I had my own thoughts about what would work to prevent sticking, but I went ahead and did some experiments (i.e., I made some egg muffins under various conditions)! And since egg muffins are a fantastic pre-prepared Paleo breakfast/snack, I thought I’d share my findings here so no one has to scrub their muffin pan again.
Below are my 3 best methods for preventing egg muffins from sticking to the muffin pan:
I love cooking. It keeps me healthier, it means that pretty much everything I eat is delicious, and it’s fun.
But this wasn’t always the case. I didn’t always like cooking, and, in fact, it was only a few years ago when my most common cooking experience consisted of throwing some noodles into some water. (Not exactly healthy or delicious.)
That all changed when I decided to get serious about being Paleo. It wasn’t easy at first, especially since I had a busy job. But I’ve learned a lot, and I can now say that learning to cook well is totally worth it, both in terms of health and taste.
Here are my 3 secret steps to becoming a better Paleo cook:
If you’ve ever planned any large party or event, then you’ll know just how tough it can be.
There are so many moving parts to organize, so many different people to please, and always some last minute glitches! So just imagine when you also have to add in Paleo/Gluten-Free/Dietary Restrictions into the mix!
From the start, Jeremy and I were worried about the food at our wedding, and we found a caterer months before we did anything else (I wrote about our wedding menu just before the wedding in this post)!
Our caterer (Joshua Charles) was fantastic, but all sorts of other food and drink issues come up nearer the time (should we serve a cake, what about desserts, what oils should the food be cooked in, was there enough variety for everyone, what party favors would our guests like, what alcohols should we serve, should we serve soda???). And this was outside of the technical issues we encountered with our RSVP website (we wanted to go high tech) or our uncertainty as to whether the taxi service would be able to drop people at the location or our last minute decision to install a dance floor into the courtyard (and yes, the police did stop by for a friendly chat with me about the noise!).
It would have been easy just to give up on my diet for one day, but this was the biggest opportunity I had for demonstrating to my closest family and friends just how fantastic Paleo food is and can make them feel! And it turned out to be not difficult at all because we paid attention to the five areas below.
This post could actually be titled “BEST BRISKET IN AUSTIN”…but I thought I would save that for next year when I’ll hopefully get to drive down to Lockhart again (the brisket center of the world)!
This weekend (Thursday through Saturday) was PaleoFX in Austin, TX – a gathering of cool Paleo peeps from all walks of life and some from abroad too (I met lots of Canadians and Brits). It was also a weekend filled with lots of fun, eating, drinking, and occasional Paleo-cheats (like 2 Mac Attacks from Paleo Treats, a few scoops of Lick coconut ice-cream, and a delicious frozen banana from Bananarchy – more on these later!).
In between the bouts of eating, there were informative talks on the cutting-edge science behind Paleo, fitness training sessions by some of the best trainers around, cooking demos from fabulous Paleo bloggers and chefs, and of course lots of hugs and handshakes from old and new friends.
So who did I get to listen to, who did I get to meet, and most importantly, WHAT DID I GET TO EAT?