The Sweet Life of Keto

Stevia 

Derived from the leaves of a South American plant, which is a part of the sunflower family, the active sweet compounds, called stevia glyosides, are extracted and refined. Liquid Stevia is one of the most popular keto sweeteners.

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"Good" Fats Vs. "Bad" Fats

Many people start the keto diet with the false assumption that eating tons and tons of fat will get you into ketosis faster. But if you eat too much fat, your body will burn that dietary fat first and it will not burn your body’s fat, which is the goal, isn't it? 

So, we get it that fats have gotten a bad rap in the past, right? But, there’s another IMPORTANT thing to note…. Not all fats are created equal. You want to make sure you are feeding your body good, high-quality fats, not the harmful, unhealthy ones! There is a huge difference between good and bad fats.

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Keto, Ketosis, & the Keto Flu | What You Need to Know

The keto diet is a low carb, moderate protein, high fat diet which helps the body to produce ketones in the liver to be used for energy. When you eat something high in carbs, your body will produce glucose and insulin. Glucose is the easiest molecule for your body to convert and use as energy. The body will choose glucose over any other energy source. Insulin is produced to process the glucose in the blood by moving it around the body. Because glucose is being used as a primary energy source, fats are not needed and are, therefore stored as body fat. On a normal, high carb diet, that most Americans eat, the body will use glucose as the main form of energy. By lowering the intake of carbs, the body is forced to use fat as its energy source. This process is known as ketosis

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Grocery Shopping on Keto

Getting started on the keto diet takes some good, solid planning. There's a shopping shift that needs to happen initially to begin your ketogenic journey. Since the "rules" of the keto diet fly in the face of every other diet, you'll have to also retrain your brain to understand the way keto works.

Keto is a low carb, moderate protein and high fat diet, so you'll need to stock up on some key foods and pantry items. The best food choices for the keto diet can be found on the outer perimeter of traditional grocery stores; the produce, dairy and meat sections, avoiding all "junk foods “and grains of any kind.

Living the keto lifestyle, whether it's a holiday, a weekend or a special occasion, means sticking to your meal plan no matter what. And it all starts with making sure you have all the tools (foods) you need in your toolbox.

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The Skinny on Fat - Fats are the New Skinny

If you grew up in the ’60s, ’70s or ’80s, your brain was washed to believe that eating fats equaled being fat. The myth was that the fat we consumed would become the body fat we’d carry on our tummies and hips. That's about when the reduced-fat diet fad was born. Low-fat, non-fat and skim were the buzz words of the day and foods like yogurt, milk, cheese, mayonnaise, snack foods and salad dressing with these false promises began to line the store shelves. Labels promising weight loss due to fat reduction became the industry norm and consumers, excited at the thought of easy weight-loss, bought it like hotcakes. (Low-fat ones, of course.... ha!)

Popular brands of "Fat-Free" salad dressing appear to be “diet” foods, and the calories are not surprisingly low, but take a look at the carbs... 11 grams in just one serving for many brands! Then, look closely at the list of ingredients. Pretty long, huh? But, here’s the kicker… high fructose corn syrup is number 2 on the list... otherwise known as pure sugar!

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The Best Keto Vegetables

While the keto diet is crystal clear about some food groups such as breads, meats, and dairy, other diverse groups like vegetables and fruits can feel a bit confusing. The body treats some fruits like sugar, and some root vegetables can be high in starches and carbohydrates. To clear the air, we’re offering the 411 on the best keto vegetables to use in your everyday life.

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5 Day Keto Guide - 15 Keto-Friendly Recipes for Spring

It can sometimes be difficult to stay consistent in your health goals, especially as seasons change and we get busier. We wanted to offer a helping hand by inviting you to try our 5 Day Keto Guide for 15 keto-friendly meals using our versatile Keto Crusts!

One of the best ways to stay on track is by starting your day off on the right foot.

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6 Keto Snacks that will help you stay on track, and delightfully satiated between meals.

One of the best things about a ketogenic diet is the abundance of rich flavor profiles to choose from. These flavorful afternoon pick-me-ups are easy to make and sure to keep you feeling full until your next meal.

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Dress up any Keto Meal with these Keto-Friendly Condiments & Sauces

A great way to add flavor to your meals while maintaining a ketogenic diet is by adding keto-friendly condiments & sauces! We’ve compiled 5 classic condiments and sauces that will lovingly drape over whatever low-carb, no-sugar meals make their way onto your plate.

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