Month: July 2020
Research of the Week
Some modifiable risk factors for dementia.
35% of healthy, unexposed donors had evidence of T-cell reactivity to the coronavirus.
We can handle one-off feasts pretty well.
Genetic variants that may predict severe coronavirus outcomes.
Over the first few days (up to two weeks) of eating low-carb, you may run into some frustration. Where is all of this energy I’m supposed to have? Why do I want to mow through that bag of chips right now? Am I coming down with a cold? For some people, the transition from burning glucose to burning fat comes with unwanted symptoms that range from slightly uncomfortable to miserable. This transition period is known as keto flu, or low-carb flu. It’s real, and it can be pretty terrible.
But, it’s temporary.
What is Low-Carb Flu?
Low-carb flu, or keto flu, is a set of symptoms that you may feel over the first few days of limiting carbohydrates. Low-carb flu isn’t a flu or infection at all, and it’s not a medical term. It got its name because some of the symptoms of carb restriction can feel like you’re sick with the flu.
Low-carb flu has dissuaded millions of people from pursuing and sticking to a healthy diet. You can laugh now that you’re fat-adapted and humming along on stored body fat, but you’ve forgotten just how terrible the transition from sugar-burning to fat-burning can be.
Symptoms of Keto Flu, or Low-Carb Flu
There is an epidemic of chronic lower back pain. It’s one of the leading causes of “Years Lived with Disability” (YLD), is responsible for over 7 million ER room visits each year, and costs us both time (hard to do much of anything when our lower back is hurting) and money (people with lower back pain end up spending thousands of dollars a year on average to treat it). I can’t think of anything that degrades overall quality of life more than persistent lower back pain.
And as is so often the case, our attempts to treat the condition often make it worse. What does the average person do when their back hurts?
Summer is for grillin’ and smokin’ meats. Brisket, ribs, tri-tip, sausages, pork shoulder, chicken, salmon… I’m making myself hungry. What goes perfectly with grilled and smoked meats? BBQ sauce. Whenever I mention how much I enjoy barbecue, someone says to me, “Wait, Mark, can you have BBQ sauce?” I get it. BBQ sauce is often on the list of condiments to avoid on low-carb, Primal/paleo, or keto diets. People are surprised to find out I can and do eat BBQ sauce regularly. I’m not just being rebellious and ignoring my own rules here. Although there is some important nuance that I’ll cover in this post, it’s definitely possible to enjoy BBQ sauce even on low-carb and keto diets. Stay on track no matter where you are. Instantly download your Primal and Keto Guide to Eating Out Is BBQ Sauce Keto? There’s nothing inherently un-keto about BBQ sauce. It’s basically tomatoes, vinegar, and spices. No problems there. I know some keto folks will say tomatoes aren’t allowed on keto, but I think that’s nonsense. No vegetable is de facto forbidden on a healthy keto diet if you ask me. “But tomatoes are fruit.” Okay, fine. You can still eat them on keto. Some people can’t do nightshades, so they would want to avoid tomatoes, but that’s an issue of intolerance, not carbs or ketosis. Separate issue. The biggest considerations here are how many carbs are in BBQ sauce and whether it’s a good way to way to spend your carb allotment. Already this is a nuanced question. There’s a lot of individual variation in carb tolerance and what constitutes an optimal keto diet for a given person. As a starting point, the Keto Reset recommends that most people aim for 50 grams of carbs per day without counting above-ground, non-starchy vegetables. For some people, this might be too high; for others, it’s too low. I’ve also recommended a flexible limit of 18 grams of carbs per meal (unless you’re doing OMAD). Some brands of BBQ sauce have 18 grams of carbs in a single two-tablespoon serving. I wouldn’t necessarily recommend devoting your entire carb allowance to a small ramekin of sauce. On the other hand, Primal Kitchen Classic BBQ Sauce only has 3 grams of carbs per two tablespoons. Other brands are somewhere in the middle. You can easily stay under your carb limit and enjoy a big plate of meat, a side of grilled zucchini, and a generous pour of a lower-carb BBQ sauce. Given that most of the carbs in a sauce like Primal Kitchen’s come from tomatoes, I see no reason to avoid it. Aren’t Sweeteners Prohibited on Keto? Again, this isn’t a straightforward question. On principle, most keto folks choose to abstain from sugar altogether. A small amount of sugar won’t necessarily knock you out of ketosis, but it’s certainly wise to limit consumption of sugar-sweetened BBQ sauces. There are more keto-friendly options anyway. Some brands use “natural” sweeteners like date paste or molasses. These aren’t inherently … Continue reading “Is BBQ Sauce Keto?”
Today we’re sharing a post by guest authors Robb Wolf, New York Times Best Selling Author and one of the early advocates of the paleo lifestyle, and Diana Rodgers, RD, Real Food Dietitian and Sustainability Advocate. Robb and Diana co-authored Sacred Cow, an eye-opening book about meat, health, and sustainability, out this month.
The ancestral health community generally accepts the right type of meat as a health food. In fact, eating animals is the number one guiding principle of the Primal lifestyle. Still, some groups advise against meat consumption.
Two of the main arguments that you should give up meat are:
It’s healthier to eat vegan
You reduce your impact on the planet if you’re vegan
If your primary meat source comes predominantly from a drive-thru, then yes, these arguments probably hold true. But there’s a world of difference between mass-produced meat from large agricultural operations, and pasture-raised meat from small-scale farms. The animals’ diet and living conditions have a profound effect on what the meat does for your body and for (or against) the planet.
Here are the main reasons why eating meat the right way can benefit your health, as well as the planet’s carbon load.
There’s something about a cocktail that can turn any mundane activity into a celebration. The colorful garnish, the refreshing fizz, the pretty glass… it’s the whole package. For various reasons you just might not want alcohol. That doesn’t mean you have to skip out on the cocktail experience. These mocktails feature Ritual alcohol alternatives, which add the same bite and flavor enhancement that a shot of tequila or gin adds to a cocktail, without the boozy effects. Here are three refreshing summer mocktails using Ritual’s keto-friendly alcohol alternatives. We’ve partnered with Ritual Zero Proof to give 5 lucky winners one of each of their keto-friendly alcohol alternatives: a gin alternative, tequila alternative, and a whiskey alternative, and we’ll throw in $100 in Primal Kitchen keto friendly products too. Head on over to the Mark’s Daily Apple Instagram page for details on how to enter. Closes 7/29/2020, so enter ASAP! Refreshing Summer Mocktail Recipes Using Alcohol Alternatives Tip: For a calorie-free and sugar-free option, we use liquid monk fruit sweetener in place of simple syrups that are typically used in cocktails. Some may prefer no sweetener while others will prefer a few drops, so add sweetener to taste. Dragonfruit Margarita Serves: 1 Time in the kitchen: 2 minutes Ingredients 1 oz. Ritual Tequila Alternative 2 scoops Primal Kitchen Dragonfruit Collagen 1/2-1 oz. lime juice 1 oz. water 6 oz. club soda or seltzer 1-2 drops liquid monkfruit sweetener Slices of lime Ice Directions Pour some salt onto a small plate. Press a slice of lime around the rim of a glass and then press the rim of the glass into the salt to make the salt rim. Combine the Primal Kitchen Dragonfruit Collagen, tequila and water in a shaker or blender and mix until well combined. Pour over ice. Stir in the lime juice and pour in the club soda. Add liquid monkfruit sweetener to taste and garnish with slices of lime. Nutrition Information Calories: 70 Fat: 0g Total Carbohydrates: 5g Net Carbohydrates: 4g Protein: 10g Blackberry Gin Fizz Serves: 1 Time in the kitchen: 2 minutes Ingredients 1.5 oz. Ritual Gin Alternative 10 blackberries 4-6 oz. cucumber melon seltzer 1-2 drops liquid monkfruit sweetener 1 oz. lime juice Sliced cucumber Ice Optional: mint or basil leaves Directions Add the gin and half of the blackberries to a glass (you can add basil or mint at this time too). Muddle the gin and blackberries together. Add ice, lime juice, seltzer and cucumber slices and stir. Add in additional cucumber slices and the remaining blackberries as garnish. Nutrition Information Calories: 38 Fat: 0g Total Carbohydrates: 11g Net Carbohydrates: 6g Protein: 1g Bubbly Whiskey Cherry Lemonade Serves: 1 Time in the kitchen: 2 minutes Ingredients 1.5 oz. Ritual Whiskey Alternative 6 pitted cherries Juice from 1/2 lemon Optional: juice from ½ orange 6 oz. sparkling lemon seltzer Liquid monkfruit sweetener to taste Slices of lemon and cherries to garnish Ice Directions Muddle the cherries and whiskey together. Add the lemon juice and orange … Continue reading “Refreshing Summer Mocktail Recipes Using Alcohol Alternatives”