Are You Making These Paleo & Keto Mistakes?

Are You Making These Paleo & Keto Mistakes?

August 13, 2019 0 By William Morgan


There’s some significant
benefits to eating a paleo diet
or even a keto diet.
However, what I find is
that a lot of people are
misguided in how they’re implementing it,
and it can actually be
harmful for their health.
So, with the keto diet, really
what we want to do with that,
is be able to both burn
carbohydrates and burn fat.
So it’s basically having a hybrid engine.
With the paleo diet, what
we want to do is be eating
the foods that help our
genes to express themselves
in the best way possible.
So what happens a lot of
times is that people aren’t
getting the right proportion of foods,
and then that’s doing
harm in their bodies.
There is a way that you can
tell if the way that you’re
implementing these dietary
changes are beneficial
or optimal for your health,
and that’s with some
extensive laboratory testing.
Some of the lab testing you can do
through a traditional lab in your city,
and then some have to be
sent off for special testing,
but some labs can do that
and then some are even more special
that you need a test kit
and send it to a particular lab or two.
This is near and dear to
my heart because this week
I had a patient whose
cholesterol readings looked like
they were perfect,
like the ones that you probably do on,
with your annual physical.
He had a heart attack in his 30’s
and then had just had one again at 42
and really severe blockage
that caused him to have to
have open heart surgery,
and here he had been thinking
his cholesterol was just fine.
So the problem is, a lot
of the foods that we eat
can cause the distribution
of the more detailed
cholesterol molecules
to be in a harmful way.
So what I like to do with patients is,
run an experiment.
It takes about a month for
those numbers to change,
and then in a month we can see
by making a particular
change in their diet,
are we moving the needle
on having a healthier cholesterol profile,
as well as some of the
inflammatory markers that are
really good indication of
how the diet is working.
So, we can see for that particular patient
what is their optimal diet.
So, one of the mistakes
that I see happening with
either keto or with paleo
is that people aren’t eating
enough vegetables.
That moves the needle so
much with these lab tests.
By adding in more of the
really healthy vegetables,
not just the corn and peas,
but the broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage,
kale, asparagus, squash.
That though eating lots
of those vegetables
really helped the inflammatory markers
and the cholesterol markers
and the blood sugar markers
to be better.
Then sometimes, people are
eating too much of things,
like eating too much
meat, or too much fat.
Especially with the keto,
they’re really pushing their bodies
to be able to handle a lot more fat
than what is optimal for them
to actually be able to burn fat.
Then the other thing
is that for most people
dairy is very inflammatory.
So we can try a month with
no dairy, not even ghee,
no cheese, no milk,
and see what happens with these readings,
and it’s pretty remarkable.
Most people have a better panel,
if they don’t have any dairy,
and then the last thing
that I want to share is
just how harmful sugar is.
Sugar increases all these
detailed inflammatory markers
and causes fluctuations
in insulin and blood sugar
and it really is super
helpful to not have any
and to just limit your diet
to a little bit of the natural sweeteners,
like fruit or a little bit
of honey or maple syrup.
And then these copy cat
foods, that I call them,
so making paleo bread and keto cookies,
those kinds of things you have to be
really careful about that as well.
Because we want to be really
sticking to what the
hunter-gatherers would have been eating,
so that we can optimize our genes.
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