• Julie Allesch, IHP

Dirty Keto

Updated: Jan 22, 2019

I am not going to bash keto. I’m actually thankful for the year that I spent eating high-fat and low-carb. I lost weight, felt great, enjoyed a new-found liberation from sugar, and learned much about insulin. I also had the privilege of watching my friend Phyllis reverse her Type 2 Diabetes as we journeyed along the keto path together. Dr. Jason Fung, M.D. author of Obesity Code and the 2KetoDudes podcast are doing much to help those with major blood sugar dysregulation issues and obesity.

I’m also not going to blame keto for the horrible rash I developed 9 months in. I lost fat, 20 lbs worth. I had no idea that my body had been storing accumulated toxins including heavy metals in my fat, and when I lost the fat, they had no place to go.

But I am grateful that Dr. Sandi Amoils, M.D. of Alliance Integrative Medicine uncovered my heavy metal toxicity as the root cause of my rash. She taught me about detoxification as I underwent chelation to remove the metals, and my rash went away. I am also grateful that Dr. Amoils showed me that I was doing keto….dirty.

Make sure you are buying nitrate-free! Add a big salad too.

By eating meats and dairy that were not grass-fed, I was inviting more chemicals into my body. Pesticides, hormones, antibiotics...I really hadn’t given it much thought. I had gotten free from sugar, but I was starting to eat too many keto treats sweetened with erythritol and xylitol, which I was reading may disturb our delicate gut microflora. And although I was very liberal with all of the green veggies, I was leaving some of the other colors like orange sweet potatoes and fruits other than berries alone because they had too many carbs.

As I delved further into the study of Integrative Medicine, I at first wanted to stay eating ketogenic because it had served me well in the year past. I willingly cleaned up the foods I was eating, buying more organic and grass-fed, but I was still afraid to abandon it completely. Keto for me was the first step to change. It helped my body repair it’s faulty blood sugar regulation and sharpened my mind.

But while clean keto is much better than doing dirty keto, I was understanding more complex processes in our body which made me question whether keto truly was good for me long-term. I was at a healthy weight with a BMI of 21, and was ready to make the next changes that would not only continue a healthy body transformation but would also focus on health, wellness and anti-aging.

Stay tuned for my next blog on why I no longer eat keto.

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