The first time I read an article on the keto diet, I couldn’t help but think that it sounded awfully familiar to the way I was cooking at home, the reasoning behind my food choices in restaurants as well as my snack choices when going grocery shopping or picking up a quick lunch. As I scrolled down to the section where the mentioned nutritionist tells you what you can eat and what you can’t, it basically jotted down all my favorite foods and drinks.

Needless to say, I was glad to finally stumble upon a ‘diet’ that perfectly described my eating regime. What’s more? You’re able to indulge in your favorite foods without feeling guilty. I’ve always been an aficionado of cheese and meat platters and using as little bread as I possibly could. If I have to use bread, I’ll try to smear as much goat cheese onto the tiniest piece of bread. Not to mention meats – hello to eating endless slices of salami, prosciutto and bresaola without a grissini stick in sight. The after taste of oil from the meat or strong flavour of the cheese leaves more room for raw taste and truly savoring the food.

Interested in following a ketogenic diet?

To kick-start this new lifestyle, start by incorporating more healthy fats into your diet. Whether slicing half an avocado into your salad, or drizzling any type of oil over some oven-roasted vegetables. Many people consider themselves dairy intolerant these days, but if this misfortune hasn’t yet stumbled upon yourself, then feel free to stack up on some cheese. Add some crumbles of blue cheese over an endive and pecans salad, or smear it over some crackers. The goal of any ketogenic diets is to eat very low-carb; roughly 20g per day and relatively high in fat. This leads to lower blood sugar and insulin levels, so that when they become nice and low, the body transforms them into fat as a primary source of energy.

For an exact breakdown of what to eat and what to avoid, have a look here.

What does it have to do with mental health?

With each passing month, new trends and diets are being revisited. What was once considered bad for you is suddenly a must and should be added to your diet for a variety of reasons. Think mental, overall well-being and brain productivity to be factors that nutritionists relate to when suggesting to add certain foods to our diets. But what becomes interesting is when studies conducted around the world prove that eating the right foods can have an impact on psychiatric disorders or brain diseases such as Alzheimer’s, bipolar moods and epilepsy. Since many of those are still not sufficiently diagnosed, treated correctly or studied in depth to actually find out their origins, some doctors and scientists reach to recommending their patients follow plant-based, whole foods and ketogenic diets as alternatives to medicine and medical treatments.

But don’t forget that…

As the adage goes, the more things change, the more things stay the same. The fashion and food industry are prime targets of this fact. Trends in fashion make comebacks on a seasonal basis and certain foods once deemed healthy and no consequences are suddenly considered to affect your brain, heart, overall well-being and physical performance.First and foremost, it is vital to eat balanced meals, whole grains, lots of fresh fruits and vegetables, healthy fats and lean proteins. If this diet works for you, great! And if not, adapt it to your liking, but most importantly don’t beat yourself up, because at the end of the day all that matters is that you’re happy, whether that’s with a plate of braised beef tacos or fresh greens from the farmer’s market!

Now, what do you eat? What do you cut out? What do you snack on? Meet us in the comments!

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