Ketogenic Diet on a Future Bride’s Perspective

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Getting into shape before tying the knot is something that a future bride would do to perfectly fit in her wedding gown(also goes with men in their tux). Of course, as a future bride, my wedding day would be one of best and memorable milestones in my life and I would want to look good and feel good not just for myself, but also for my future husband.

Looking back, I have tried a lot of weight loss regimen- 3-Day Diet, South Beach, Vegan Diet, I even tried some weight loss supplements and forced myself to exercise. Believe me, i’ve tried a lot even the not so healthy ones specifically during my teenage years where i’m at the peak of being critical and conscious with my self image.

As I grow older, I managed to to maintain my weight. Not until I left my job as a nurse and went full time blogging. So imagine me from physically heavy work load to a sedentary-type work. My weight jump off from 119lbs to 132lbs(as of recent weighing- my ideal weight should be at 115 lbs). And for a bride-to-be like me, it’s not good news!

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I know my fiancè, Rey, loves me no matter what I look. I always ask him “Hon, kapag ba tumaba ako love mo pa rin ako?” And he would always reply “Oo naman!, you’re still you”. But of course, at the back of my mind I know that men are visual and Rey is a man, so I wanted to look good for him even if he’s not asking me to.

And now that I’m gaining weight, and our wedding coming soon. I need to get back in shape. I wanna reach my ideal weight and find a dietary regimen that I can commitedly do. And so I found one to try… The Ketogenic Diet or Keto diet.

Ok. So I will try to explain this matter as simple as possible. Please be warned that if you have Diabetes, malnutrition and other medical conditions, please consult your doctor first before doing any dietary regimen. Saftey first ok?

What is Ketogenic Diet?

The Ketogenic diet is a low-carbohydrates, moderate protein, and high fat intake diet which puts the body into a metabolic state called  “ketosis”.

How does Ketosis works?

When you limit your food intake, your blood sugar level in the blood will drop, which directly affects the production of your fat-storing hormone which is “insulin”. When this happens, your body will begin to look for an alternative source of energy. Where? In your liver! Low blood sugar level signals the fat cells to go to your liver and be converted to ketones. When your body produces ketones, this means that it is in the state of ketosis. And when ketosis is happening, fat-burning process also occurs.

You don’t need to starve yourself to death ok? You still need to eat. Preferrably healthy food choices. You just need to limit or refrain yourself from taking carbohydrates. And since you are burning fats, you need to also take fats. Healthy fats.

Is Ketogenic Diet effective? 

I believe so. And for sure you would believe that it works too when you watch this video of Mae Paner a.k.a Juana Change sharing her weight loss journey through Ketogenic Diet at Minola-Ketogenic Diet Symposium event.

Juanahange’s weight loss story is such an inspiration for those who wanted to lose weight. Imagine yourself shedding those unwanted fats and excess weight. Just amazing.

SPMC Minola VP for Sales & Marketing Mr. Mertz Bernardo was also present during the event and explained the importance of coconut oil in Ketogenic diet and how the local coconut farmers are benefiting from this big industry.

What to eat when on Keto Diet?

With the food list below, it wouldn’t be so hard to find and prepare your ketogenic meals. Most of these you can easily find in a local supermarket and public markets here in the Philippines.

Source: Ketodash.com

Cheese

Seafood

Dairy & Dairy Substitutes

Dressings

  • American
  • Bleu Cheese
  • Cheddar
  • Cottage Cheese
  • Cream Cheese
  • Feta
  • Gouda
  • Mozzarella
  • Parmesan
  • Provolone
  • Ricotta Cheese
  • Swiss
  • Anchovies
  • Fresh Fish
    • Bass
    • Carp
    • Flounder
    • Haddock
    • Halibut
    • Mackerel
    • Salmon
    • Sardines
    • Sole
    • Tilapia
    • Trout
    • Tuna
  • Clams
  • Crab Meat
  • Lobster
  • Mussels
  • Oysters
  • Shrimp
  • Squid
  • Almond Milk (unsweetened)
  • Coconut Cream
  • Coconut Milk (unsweetened)
  • Greek Yogurt
  • Heavy Cream
  • Sour Cream (full fat)
  • Soy Milk (unsweetened)
  • Whipped Cream
  • Grass Fed Butter
 

  • Red Wine Vinegar
  • Bleu Cheese
  • Creamy Caesar
  • Ranch
  • Olive Oil

 

Meat

Flours & Powders

Seeds

Eggs, Poultry & Fowl

  • Beef
    • Tongue
    • Ribs
    • Roast
    • Pastrami
    • Sausage
    • Corned
    • Ground 70%-90% Lean
    • Hot Dog / Frankfurter
    • Steak
  • Bologna
  • Lamb
  • Pepperoni
  • Pork
    • Bacon
    • Chops
    • Ham
    • Liverwurst
    • Loin
    • Proscuitto
    • Sausage
  • Veal
  • Venison

  • Acorn Flour
  • Almond Flour
  • Almond Meal
  • Cocoa Powder
  • Coconut Flour
  • Flax Seed Meal
  • Protein Powder
  • Psyllium Husk
  • Sesame Seed Flour
  • Splenda

  • Chia
  • Flax
  • Hemp
  • Pumpkin
  • Safflower
  • Sesame
  • Sunflower

  • Eggs
  • Chicken
  • Duck
  • Goose
  • Quail
  • Turkey

 

Vegetables

Fruits & Berries

Nuts & Legumes

Fats & Oils

  • Arugula
  • Asparagus
  • Bok Choy
  • Broccoli
  • Broccoli Rabe
  • Cabbage
  • Cauliflower
  • Celery
  • Chard
  • Chicory Greens
  • Cucumber
  • Eggplant
  • Endive
  • Fennel
  • Garlic
  • Green Bean
  • Jalapeño
  • Lettuce (Green Leaf, Romaine)
  • Parsley
  • Radish
  • Spinach
  • Soy Bean
  • Zucchini

  • Avocado
  • Blackberry
  • Blueberry
  • Cranberry
  • Lemon
  • Lime
  • Green Olive
  • Raspberry
  • Strawberry
  • Rhubarb
  • Tomato
  • Almonds
  • Brazil Nuts
  • Coconut
  • Hazelnuts
  • Macadamias
  • Pecans
  • Pistachios
  • Walnuts

  • Almond Butter
  • Avocado Oil
  • Butter
  • Cocoa Butter
  • Coconut Oil
  • Fish Oil
  • Flax Seed Oil
  • Grape Seed Oil
  • Hemp Seed Oil
  • Macadamia Oil
  • MCT Oil
  • Full Fat Mayonnaise
  • Olive Oil
  • Walnut Oil

I noticed above that coconut oil is included in the list. We all know that coconut oil can do wonders in our body and that includes weight loss.

Coconut oil is a tropical oil that’s made from the dried fruit (nut) of the coconut palm tree. Proponents say that it contains a healthy type of saturated fatty acid (lauric acid) that your body quickly burns for energy. The oil extracted from fresh coconut contains a relatively large amount of medium-chain fatty acids, which don’t appear to be stored in adipose tissue as readily as do long-chain fatty acids. This in part is why some people started looking at coconut oil as a weight-loss aid.- Source:Mayo Cilinic

Culinary wise, we should be careful to what oil we should use when we cook our meals. We should always choose and use which is healthier. To my family, it’s Coconut Oil. And it’s nice to know that there’s a local cooking oil brand that has one. MINOLA Coconut Cooking Oil. It’s “Cholesterol-free” and it is good for the heart. Minola Premium Coconut Cooking Oil also makes immune system stronger and has been found rich with lauric oil, the same substance found in mother’s milk.

WoW! How’s that for a healthier choice! It would be a great culinary partner for my Keto diet meals. And as a future wife, this would also be my choice when I cook later on for my future husband. 😊

 

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