There is no such thing as a stupid question, especially if it has to do with your body or health. This is a list of the most frequently asked questions at The KETO Kitchen.
Frequently Asked Questions
Keto is a confusing new “fad” to many people when in reality it is just the new leading edge of science and health. The two main things you look at when deciding on if something is “Keto” or not is; “will this help or hurt my brain” and “does this spike insulin and cause inflammation”. These two questions have led many people to the low carb high fat diet due to its benefits in both reducing insulin and helping with brain development and repair. The common misconception with keto is that you can’t have your cake and eat it too. I can tell you after years of eating Keto that is simply not the case. There is a way to make almost any dish and convert it to a healthy keto version. Mitochondria are the “energy factories” of our cells and are critical to our overall health and wellness. One of the key benefits of ketosis is that using ketones as fuel increases the number of mitochondria which enables enhanced expression of genes encoding for mitochondrial enzymes and energy metabolism in the hippocampus, a part of the brain important for learning and memory. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/30027365/ Difference between Strict Keto and normal Keto.
Many people report feeling sick and tired during the first week to 10 days of the keto diet. As your body begins shifting into fat-burning mode, it will continue to use some sugar (carbs) for energy. This in-between phase is known as the keto flu. Common symptoms you may experience with the keto flu include:
- Feeling sluggish
- Achy muscles
- Muscle cramps
- Sugar cravings
- Difficulty concentrating
So how do you actually know when you’re in ketosis? The first few days of the diet your body will be in a phase called fat-adaptation, which is where your body starts to produce ketones instead of glucose for fuel. After the adaptation phase most people in ketosis report feeling energized, like their energy levels are more even throughout the day, sugar cravings are less, and they are able to focus more.
A LOT of issues may occur when starting keto incorrectly , the easiest way to avoid any negative health issues is making sure you’re eating primarily healthy fats (Eggs, Avocados, Nuts, ETC..) and accommodating to your daily recommended amount of potassium and other important minerals.
The first few weeks of keto are typically the hardest. Your body is turning into fat burning machine, you may experience what they call the keto flu aka mineral deficiency. What helped us out was eating a teaspoon of Celtic sea salt or pink Himalayan sea salt (organic).
These negative symptoms are because of the changes happening in your body as a result of your changed habits. The keto diet changes the way your body fuels itself and part of that change involves the loss of water and electrolytes that were being stored in your body before from your high-carb diet. Many of the symptoms you’ll experience during this transition are because of your body’s withdrawal symptoms of the keto flu can be avoided by:
- Drinking plenty of water
- Supplementing your diet with electrolytes
- Starting your keto diet with a fast
- Managing your stress levels
- Getting adequate sleep
The term “net carbs” simply refers to carbs that are absorbed by the body. To calculate the net carbs in whole foods, subtract the fiber from the total number of carbs. To calculate the net carbs in processed foods, subtract the fiber and a portion of the sugar alcohols.
30 grams of carbohydrates is the highest amount of carbs recommended to consume per day while maintaining a ketogenic diet.
Ketosis can be monitored by observing common symptoms or actually measuring the amount of ketones that are present in your body.
- Blood Testing – A simple finger prick can measure the levels of serum betahydroxy butyrate (BHB) in your blood, much like an ordinary blood glucose monitor.
- Breath Testing – By blowing into a keto breath analyzer, you can measure the levels of acetone present on your breath.
- Urine Testing – Acetoacetate can be detected and measured in your urine by simply peeing on a keto urine test trip. This testing is most accurate when you are in the beginning stages of ketosis. The best time of day to test your urinary ketones is first thing in the morning or right after dinner.
A test reading of 0.5-3 mmol/L is considered positive for ketosis.
Through gluconeogenesis, your body creates its own necessary glucose for your brain and liver.
There are a wide range of reported health benefits that research is starting to explore. Epilepsy is a major example of how the keto diet benefits epilepic patients. In Fact the keto diet evolved after fasting was shown to reduce seizures in epileptic patients. The keto diet is still used today in both the pediatric and adult populations as a therapy for epilepsy.While epilepsy and obesity are by far the most common medical uses of the keto diet, research is now suggesting a number of new uses for the diet including:
- Complementary cancer and dementia care
- Treatment of diabetes and prediabetes
- Reducing inflammation
- Potential treatment of PCOS, Acne and other neurological conditions
- Improvements in cognitive functioning
The average weight loss people can expect when they follow the keto diet varies significantly from person to person. However, typical results can range from 5 to 10 pounds per week.
We source locally-grown, whole-food, and organic ingredients. In our menu, you’ll find grass-fed meat and free-range poultry. The compassionate treatment and welfare of farmed animals are very important to us at The KETO Kitchen. We partner with suppliers who are equally committed to ensuring farm animals have a humane life.
We absolutely do! The KETO Kitchen is supporting local farmland, family farms, and local business With each meal you receive, you are helping dozens of suppliers that are benefitting from your choice. Thank You!
Yes! All of our packaging is made from recyclable, reusable, and/or compostable materials.
We work very hard to keep all our food items very low carb as many of us have been on strict on keto for 3+ years. We are trying our best to perfect every item every time for mass production. When we can finalize our full recipes we will get all the numbers and get them on our site and menus. Our highest carb item is our desserts and specifically the donuts at approximately 15g net carbs. Thank you for your understanding and patience!