As we learn more about the body and the way it processes different types of food, new diets are formed to promote and enhance the health benefits of the new learnings. The Ketogenic Diet, or Keto, focuses on consuming good fats and reducing the carbs.
You’ll want to consume 75% fat, 20% protein and 5% carbs which will change the type of fuel your body uses from carbohydrates to ketones - converted from the good fats you eat! Keto can help you lose more weight than a low-fat diet and has many other health benefits, all while you don’t feel hungry. Some of the other benefits that Keto offers are improved cholesterol, blood pressure, and blood sugar levels. It can help with certain types of cancer, Alzheimer’s, epilepsy, acne, Parkinson’s and polycystic ovary syndrome and even help with brain recovery after an injury (source: Medical News Today)!
Think Keto may be beneficial to you? You’ll want to avoid high carb foods like sugar, grains, rice, beans, potatoes, alcohol and most fruits and sauces (due to their sugar content) as well as unhealthy fats. Base the majority of your diet around foods like eggs & dairy, meat & fish, nuts & seeds, healthy oils like olive, avocado or coconut oils, avocados, and low-carb vegetables. It’s easy to make some of our main dishes into a Keto friendly meal by substituting Keto-friendly vegetables instead of the carbs or visiting our fresh salad bar! For breakfast, try an egg-based dish like our New California Omelet, perfectly stuffed with chicken, avocado, tomato, pepper jack cheese and topped with sour cream (Country Pride) or our New California Benedict - substituting a sausage patty for the English muffin or any of our customer favorite omelets (Iron Skillet). Stopping in for lunch or dinner? Order a burger with bacon and cheese! Order the Atlantic salmon or one of our Steaks grilled to your liking, paired with a side of cottage cheese or broccoli! These are just some tasty examples you could use at our restaurants, but what are some ideas you’ve tried or would like to? Remember, a Ketogenic diet is great, but not for everyone. If you are not currently doing the Keto diet, you may want to check first with your doctor or physician before starting.
Check out 16 foods to eat on a keto diet here.