Happy Monday, friends! If you’ve been following along on my Instagram stories the past week, you’ve probably noticed I’ve been talking a lot about the keto diet. Keto is the hottest thing in weight loss right now, and I’ve been getting a lot of questions asking my opinion on whether or not it’s worth a try. You might think, as the denouncer of ALL diets, that I would say, NO! No keto! But actually, I don’t view keto as a diet at all. When done the right way, keto can be used as a total reset for your body’s metabolism, and a tool you can rely on for a weight loss boost if and when you need it in the future.
Much like The Whole30, if you tried to do keto forever, it would eventually start to feel restrictive and unsustainable. Most people do a strict Whole30 reset once, then integrate the main principles into a less rigid lifestyle called the Food Freedom phase. Keto can work the same way, but the benefits, in my opinion, are greater than Whole30, especially if you're trying to lose weight. While it's perfectly healthy to be on keto long term, for 99 percent of people it's just not necessary. Even so, most people are surprised to find they can sustain keto longer than they thought. I’ll talk about why that’s true later in the post, plus I have an exciting announcement, so make sure you read to the end!
For now, let’s back up and talk about how confusing it can be to figure out the best way to eat period. I constantly get asked, “What should I eat?” With so much conflicting information out there, that’s not surprising! I really feel for the average person who doesn’t have the time or interest to dig into this type of information or keep up with the latest research, much less be able to figure out what it means for them. Every day a new health guru is saying something different and it can be so hard to know who to trust or what to believe.
For that reason, I wanted to share the books that have helped shaped my views on food. These books cut through the confusion and make complicated nutrition information easy to understand and apply to your life. The authors are just a few of my own trusted sources for all things health and nutrition. Each book shares a perspective that has changed the way I eat and live for the better, and I think they will for you too!
THE NEW PRIMAL BLUEPRINT - REPROGRAM YOUR GENES FOR EFFORTLESS WEIGHT LOSS, VIBRANT HEALTH, AND BOUNDLESS ENERGY by Mark Sisson.
This is the book that started it all for me. Mark is the OG of ancestral health blogging and the master of putting things into perspective. I read the original Primal Blueprint in 2015 and I’m not saying this to be funny - it pretty much made my head explode. It challenged everything I thought I knew about food and I realized pretty quickly why so many of my efforts were failing. It was, for me, revolutionary.
Not only did everything in the book make SO MUCH SENSE, the wisdom of Mark's 10 Primal Blueprint Laws resonated on a deep level. I wasn't eating enough, sleeping enough, relaxing enough, and I was definitely over-exercising. It was the first time I felt like someone was telling me, "Hey, you can relax. It doesn't have to be this hard."
I finally began to understand why none of my diets had never worked longer than a few weeks. I began understanding the difference between weight loss and fat loss. I had never considered how the food I was eating was working for or against my hormones. I had no idea I was "addicted" to sugar or carbs or how amazing I'd feel once I wasn't. I immediately started implementing an 80/20 lifestyle instead of blowing an entire week of clean eating for a cheat day. After years of not really wanting to believe that gluten was affecting my health, Mark finally convinced me to go without it for 30 days, just to see what happened. The results were major. My recurring headaches and crazy joint pain in my left knee disappeared in just a few weeks. I