The word “dirty” says it all, as dirt is dirt. Dirty isn’t good especially when it comes to your bloodstream. Being clean is the key to good health.
Unless you want a dirty bloodstream, don’t fall for the “dirty keto” fad. It’s a poor excuse to keep indulging while kidding yourself into believing you are in ketosis and becoming healthier.
Fast Food = Cheap Food.
Just like fast-food isn’t real food. Fast-food serves two purposes; being fast (immediate gratification) and being cheap. Cheap mostly means low quality, no matter what we are talking about; furniture, cars, houses, clothes, and of course, food. Good cheap food exists, but that’s almost always home-cooked.
Keto Food = Clean Food.
Above all, a Keto Meal Plan must be based on healthy, natural, and clean ingredients. That’s the reason I prefer to call it a “Natural Diet” instead of “Keto.” The whole point of the keto lifestyle is to get away from processed “dirty” foods. So why would you eat “dirty keto,” meaning anything processed and packaged? It’s about going back to and appreciating nature and natural foods. Meaning, we need to make a little effort for our health.
The idea is to consume clean meats, fish, seafood, vegetables, eggs, nuts, and seeds. The keto diet isn’t about being obsessed with consuming fat. That’s a misrepresentation. The fat our bodies require to burn for energy on keto is consumed naturally by eating the mentioned clean foods.
You also don’t have to spend all day worrying about where all the fat will come from and how that may affect your health. All you need to do is follow the principle of eating the listed foods here, preferably directly from the source or as close as you can get to it.
What is “Dirt Keto?”
Dirty keto is also called lazy keto, as it allows for highly-processed and packaged foods. It’s popular among individuals who want to achieve ketosis without spending lots of time prepping clean keto meals.www.healthline.com
That’s a simplified-summary. When you dig a little deeper, several other important factors about Keto come into play.
Let’s check it out!
Dirty keto is also called lazy keto, as it allows for chemically-treated, highly processed, and packaged foods. All in the name of longer shelf life.
It’s become a fad among individuals who think they can achieve ketosis without spending time prepping clean keto meals or learning to understand the basics of “clean food.”
For instance, someone on dirty keto might order a double bacon cheeseburger without the bun at a fast-food restaurant instead of making a grass-fed beef burger or going to a restaurant that will make the equivalent. Maybe that burger will take a few more minutes and cost a few more dollars, but isn’t your health (and life) worth that little bit extra in the long run?
Processed foods have far more additives and fewer of the micronutrients your body needs. What’s more, they are associated with several adverse health effects, including weight gain, diabetes, overall mortality, and heart disease (6Trusted Source, 7Trusted Source, 8Trusted Source).
Certain additives, including monosodium glutamate (MSG) and trans fats, are linked to conditions like cancer, obesity, heart disease, and type 2 diabetes (9Trusted Source, 10Trusted Source, 11Trusted Source, 12Trusted Source). The worst part, the added sugars in many processed foods, will almost certainly prevent you from reaching and maintaining ketosis.
Dirty foods are lacking in vitamins and minerals that your body requires.
Making clean keto food at home or ordering them in most restaurants isn’t hard to do. I want to underline this point, as so many folks I talk to complain about precisely this being the problem, which leads them to give up!
If you follow these basic principles and exercise some patience, the “real deal keto lifestyle” becomes a walk in the park!
- Purchase your vegetables at a farmers market or a healthy supermarket
- Buy your meat and fish from a neighborhood butcher or a farm
- Use clean butter, ghee, or coconut oil for cooking
- Eat plenty of organic eggs
- Enjoy salads and eat avocados
- Substitute rice, potatoes, or fries with extra sautéed veggies
- Ask for your food to be suaté
ed in butter or coconut oil (only!) Order grass-fed beef, chicken,or burgers
That’s all it takes!
Eating clean foods free of chemical additives will eliminate internal inflammation and significantly reduce illnesses. By sticking to these principles, you’ll also be supporting local farmers instead of the enormous food processing companies which massively contribute to the world’s ill-health! Two things will happen: you will become healthier, and the farmers producing real food, who are also respecting their animals and crop, will survive.
Thank you for reading, and please shoot me any questions or comments.
Writer, Former Olympic Athlete & Certified Health Coach
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