I never heard about the ketogenic diet until I came across “The 30-Day Ketogenic Cleanse” browsing cookbooks at the library. When I saw the title I thought, “Great, what kind of newfangled diet is this going to be?” As it turns out, the ketogenic diet has been around for a long time. It was a popular diet in the 1920s for controlling seizures and epilepsy.
A ketogenic diet is a fasting-type of diet that increases fat, uses moderate protein, and greatly reduces carbohydrates. It is slightly different than Atkins diet in that the focus is on higher fats, rather than protein focused.
The ketogenic diet forces the body to utilize fat as a fuel source, breaking it down into ketones; rather than carbohydrates broken down into sugars.
- This is a beautiful book. It has a terrific layout and nearly every recipe has a great photo with it. I like to see a good visual representation before applying any sweat, tears, or money towards a recipe.
- There are a lot of different recipes that I have not come across elsewhere. (Well, there are two versions of deviled eggs, but one has crab meat!) I found it all very interesting.
- I am not eating liver. I hear some folks really like it, but I cannot for the life of me get myself to try it. I can be a real food princess when it comes to some animal-based food item. I might come around to the bone broth pops.
- The beginning of the book makes a lot of claims about the ketogenic diet, what it cures and what carbohydrates cause, but has no scientific references.
You can find out more about the ketogenic diet and epilepsy at The Charlie Foundation. The foundation was named after 11 month old Charlie Abrahams who went from severe epileptic seizures to seizure free once he was put on the ketogenic diet.
If you are considering trying the ketogenic diet, know there are certain conditions that are contradictory to the ketogenic diet, so be sure to talk to your physician before trying it.
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