The Ketogenic Diet
The ketogenic diet has been exploding in popularity lately. Initially designed decades ago as a dietary, therapeutic agent to combat epileptic seizures, it has more recently been adopted as a favored means to shed pounds, gain energy, and boost mental clarity.
The ketogenic diet is basically a diet composed of shifting around your macronutrient intake to favor fats, restrict carbs, and have a moderate amount of protein. When attempting to eat within this basic construct of the ketogenic lifestyle, challenges can and do arise.
There can be confusion on which of the three macronutrients is most important to focus on for success, in addition to encountering some common ketogenic pitfalls, like experiencing a foggy brain. Read More
Thomas DeLauer - Executive Performance Coach
Thomas DeLauer is an elite personal trainer from the Santa Barbara area of California who has helped clients around the world reach their desired states of peak performance in life.
A self-described executive body and business coach, Thomas works to maximize the mind and body connection of his clients for high-level achievement, fulfillment, and balance in their personal and professional lives.
While Thomas looks the part of a California based trainer, he also packs a significant amount of value and actionable advice into the free wellness videos he posts online. Read More
What Is Keto
The keto diet, short for ketogenic, is a dietary strategy that focuses on restricting carbs in favor of consuming high amounts of healthy fats and eating moderate amounts of protein.
There are varying methods and sub-strategies under the low-carb umbrella like modified keto, the carnivore diet, low-fat keto, and high-protein, although keto purist might argue against some of these as being methods that do not produce a constant state of ketosis.
Our bodies can reach a state of nutritional ketosis as a result of extended, restricted carbohydrate intake. We begin burning fat for fuel, instead of sugar from carbs, and begin producing ketones which can be a powerful fuel source for our bodies and brains.
When I am in ketosis I feel alert and clear-headed with a steady and sustainable source of energy. I initially came to the ketogenic lifestyle to shed a few extra pounds but I have stuck around with this strategy of eating to keep reaping the mental clarity and sustained energy benefits. Read More
Butter In Your Coffee
Ketogenic Powerhouse Or Fad?
Have you blended grass-fed butter and coconut oil in your coffee yet? Known as Bulletproof coffee, it is rapidly growing beyond an underground beverage of choice for CrossFit athletes and ketogenic diet devotees.
The caffeinated concoction was created by Dave Asprey, founder, and CEO of The Bulletproof brand. There are purported wellness benefits to be gained by consuming buttered coffee, a beverage that is now being touted by others than just Dave and the growing legions of Bulletproof diehards.
The sharp increase of visibility along with the claims of wellness benefits are starting to give Bulletproof coffee the feel of being just another health craze fad. Read More
The Joe Rogan Experience With Guest Kyle Kingsbury
I have a limited interest in MMA. I have respect for the fighters and I have certainly been entertained when I have spent any time watching it, but it does not maintain my interest like pro football does, which borderlines on a slight obsession for me.
When I came across Kyle Kingsbury’s first appearance on The Joe Rogan Experience podcast I almost passed over it, based on Kyle being a retired MMA fighter, however, I reminded myself to never judge any Joe Rogan guest by their profession or interest. Joe’s shows are free to flow anywhere and the topics of the conversations are never constrained by the callings of his guests.
This was particularly the case with Kyle Kingsbury’s initial appearance on the show. They covered a variety of topics like dietary strategy, peak performance, and fulfillment in life. I was intrigued the entire time they talked and finished watching the whole episode. Read More
This article was originally published in November of 2016. Through more life experience and information gathering, I continue to evolve my approach to diet and this updated article reflects and addresses that evolution, especially regarding consumption of fat.
I still eat lots of fat, now to a point, though. When this article was originally written I was at the tail end of transitioning away from eating a higher amount of carbohydrates and instead focusing on fats.
That switch to a high-fat and low-carb lifestyle brought a significant amount of positive changes into my life. Inspired by those changes, I may have subsequently doubled down too emphatically on consuming large quantities of fat within certain meals. Read More