If This Post-Pregnancy Diet Has You Craving Sugar You Are Not Eating Enough Of This Food
Low carbohydrate, ketogenic diets are leaving people, more deficient and unhealthy than ever, according to several studies. New moms are particularly cautioned to eat more of the foods that work with the body and not against it.
Giving birth can take a lot of a girl. Not only is the process of creating, carrying and delivering another life into this world physically exhausting, it is also mentally emotionally and physiologically taxing, resulting in deficiencies, adrenal fatigue and weight gain.
No thanks to Kim Kardashian, the Ketogenic or “Keto” diet is all the rage among new mothers, allowing scores of people to temporarily lose weight. I say “temporarily” because the results of this diet are not permanent. In fact, people on a ketogenic diet will, over time, begin to get cravings or die, according to research.
These cravings mean you will begin to want sugar. Less dramatically, not heeding the call for more glucose may cause you to binge and put on all the weight and more.
Ketogenic Diets Weaken The Heart, Organs And Cause Type 2 Diabetes
Generally, the ketogenic diet is an Atkin’s-style diet that is high in protein and fat and low in the essential carbohydrates the body needs to function optimally. Typically, these types of low- carb diets slow digestion and put the body into a state of ketosis, producing ketones – substances the body makes when the body breaks down fat for energy. This high protein, low carbohydrate diet stresses the heart, gut, liver, adrenals, pancreas and the kidneys. It is also the cause for type 2 diabetes according to a study published in JAMA. More importantly, it is never a good idea to remain in a state of ketosis for a very long time.
Making The Case For Plant-based Carbohydrates
I guess the bigger question is, why would anyone eat a diet high in fat when they can eat a diet low in fat, high in good carbohydrates -- such as fruit and vegetables, and get the same slimming results with all the optimum health benefits?
Plant-based food such as fruits and vegetables are made by nature to fortify the human and animal body and to nourish it in a way that animal protein and high fat diets do not do. Fruit and vegetables have a superior nutritional make-up of no other food on earth – boasting vitamins, minerals, fiber, antioxidants and phytonutrients that make it essential to life and good health.
More and More New Moms Rely on Low Carbohydrate Diets But There Are Consequences
What is more, some new moms have found that very low carbohydrate diets decrease milk supply, but once they begin to eat fruit again, their milk supply returns to normal. Pregnant Moms would do well to avoid such a diet plan since a ketogenic diets during gestation result in alterations in embryonic organ growth, according to new research.
How Much Of Your Diet Should Be Fruit And Vegetables
Ideally, eighty percent of the diet should be good carbohydrates such as fruits and vegetables. This will ensure your diet is low in fat and doing what it is supposed to be doing to reverse the stressful effects of the ketogenic diet on your brain and major organs. Only seven to ten percent of your diet should include fats – even plant-based fats, while the remaining ten percent should include protein such as beans, legumes, seeds and if you desire, non-fatty lean fish.
Avoid Nutritional Advice From Well-Intended Medical Doctors
Doctors largely recommend ketogenic diets thinking it will help type 2 diabetes and heart patients to lose the weight, but this is a big mistake, since this type of diet worsens these conditions. Always work with your practitioner to monitor your results, but seek out the advice of your Naturopath or Holistic Nutrition Practitioner about eating more of the plant-based foods, particularly fruits and leafy green vegetables that work with the body and not against it.