If you have even eaten a gluten free diet using alternative flours, and you have always eaten wheat, you may think you went down the rabbit hole….I see all these gorgeous photos of gluten free baked goods online, and mine never quite taste as delicious as the photos look. But, when I find Paleo, or Ketogenic recipes, which use almond or coconut flours, I find that the results are much better. If you are like us, and MUST cut out the wheat, this is a way to cook that beats hands-down the typical gluten free diet.
If you have a child with special needs who
*Packs on the carbohydrates and fat.
*Struggles with food allergies, particularly wheat and dairy.
*Displays asthma, autistic or ADHD symptoms
*Struggles with seizures.
*Overeats and has a higher than normal food drive.
You may be able to help them improve their health.
On a Paleo or Ketogenic diet…
*Your body burns fat instead of carbs.
*You use good, clean fats such as coconut oil, grass-fed butter, grass-fed meat fat, and olive oil, which actually reduce inflammation and do not cause heart disease. Your body also uses them to produce energy in place of excessive carbohydrates.
*You eat fresh, whole and organic foods, which taste delicious!
*You consume a diet low in carbohydrates, which ensures that your body burns the fat, and helps your body burn the carbohydrates you do eat, instead of storing them.
*You actually help your body build muscle.
*In many children, seizures disappear.
*Asthma, autistic and ADD symptoms improve or even disappear.
What’s the difference?
Well, both diets are generally low in carbohydrates, but you are allowed to eat more potatoes and tubers on the Paleo diet. Paleo also focuses highly on eating bacon, grass-fed, of course is best, and natural, without all of the preservatives. Paleo removes all grains. You can find out more information about the Paleo diet at the link.
The Ketogenic diet targets very low carbohydrates and encourages more vegetables than fruit. Ketogenic does not eliminate grains, but the focus remains on lowering carbohydrates, for those people, in particular who struggle with seizures and other medical complications. This link will tell you more about the Ketogenic diet.
Is it healthy?
Actually, if your body needs it, medical studies say yes. Our bodies do not need as many carbohydrates as our modern culture pushes with fast food restaurants on the corner of every road. Plus, if you take on this challenge properly, the quality of food you will eat is better. Your body takes in more nutrients this way.
Yet, as in every diet, each person’s genetic makeup is different, and your body may respond really well on carbohydrates. Others are vegan, and then there are some of us who function really well on Paleo or Ketogenic.
As always, this post is never meant to be construed as medical advice, which really should come from a medical doctor.
Blessings to you this week~Kim