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The Keto Diet: The Complete Guide to a High-Fat Diet, with More Than 125 Delectable Recipes and 5 Meal Plans to Shed Weight, Heal Your Body, and Regain Confidence Paperback – April 11, 2017
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Leanne Vogel is a nutrition educator and the creator of healthfulpursuit.com, the popular website for those searching to change their lives through a whole-foods–based keto program. Leanne has gained worldwide recognition for her unique “no-limits”, paleo-friendly approach to the keto lifestyle and is the go-to resource for those looking to achieve health, happiness, and body confidence through a high-fat, low-carb keto diet.
Leanne found keto during her personal struggles with health and weight loss. It transformed her life, and she immediately set out on a path to help others find the same success. Leanne launched her online nutrition program “The Keto Beginning” in October 2014 and then “Fat Fueled” in November 2015, and on her website and YouTube channel (healthfulpursuit.com/video) she provides daily motivation tips, recipes, advice for getting started with keto, maintenance plans, and help overcoming hurdles.
Leanne received her Holistic Nutrition Certification in 2007 from the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition and currently resides in Calgary, Alberta, with her husband, Kevin, and their two fur children, Lexy and Pebbles.
Leanne’s recipes and healthy-living strategies have been featured on: Martha Stewart Living, Huffington Post, Women’s Health, AgainstAllGrain.com, Low-Carb Conversations, The Diabetes Summit and more! For additional information, please visit www.healthfulpursuit.com.
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Why all the research? I'm 64 years old and was pretty terrified at the prospect of eating this way. I also don't have a gallbladder to assist in fat assimilation. With cancer, diabetes, heart attacks and strokes on both sides of my family, I really didn't want to make any mistakes.
In the 19 years I've been a member of Amazon, I've never once “Pre-ordered” anything, with the exception of this book. What sold me on this book was watching and listening to several dozen of Leanne's youtube video's and podcast postings. I found all of her information to be extremely well researched, and she consistently provided far more useful and important health information, of a higher value, than even most of the medical doctors who've posted on the same subjects. I decided to give it a shot, but still with some reluctance, as eating this way is totally counter intuitive to the way I've eaten for the last 40 years.
Leanne has a funny sense of humor in both her video's and in her writing style. She's as delightful to read as she is to watch. I have followed her instructions for the last 6 weeks or so, and have effortlessly lost over 30 pounds. I have felt fully supported by her advice, including her suggestion of taking Ox Bile and Essential Enzymes to help with fat digestion, for those of us without a gallbladder. I haven't felt this great in many years, and will continue to eat this way from now on.
If you're on a limited income as I am, and can only afford to purchase one or two books on this subject, drop this book in your cart. I have no doubt that you'll be very glad you did. Thank you, and thank you Leanne. This is truly a wonderful and life changing book.
Updated - 3/1/18
Before I get going and because of a comment posted below, I need to say that I have no connection with the publisher of this book. I don't know Leanne, any of her friends or anyone connected with the publishing of this book, The book was not given to me so I'd give it a nice review. I purchased it.
In the comment section below, M.Kent suggested an update. When I went on this diet I was 6'4'' and was pushing 265 lbs. I wasn't hugely fat, just what people referred to as “really frigging large.” With the exception of my ex-mother-in-law who once told me, “Oh my God, you're enormous.” Sigh.
I'm still 6'4'' (of course) but I weigh 225 lbs. I went on this diet not just lose weight, but to avoid some of the above stated illnesses that my family has experienced, mostly from a lack of solid health and nutritional information. God bless the internet.
I will continue to eat this way because I feel and look healthier. I also noticed a reduction in the inflammation from the osteoarthritis in my spine. I don't eat sugar or sweets of any kind, and keep my carbs below 20 or 25 grams a day. I don't drive myself crazy anymore tracking macros or compulsively counting calories. Between protein and fat, getting enough fat was more of a challenge for me. I eat lots of Kerry Gold butter, Coconut oil, heavy cream, olive oil and lots of avocados. I occasionally use MCT oil.
I plan to take my weight down to about 210 lbs by June or July. I've also integrated intermittent fasting into the mix. I eat during a four hour “eating window.” and have started doing a 72 hour fast once every three months. Leanne addresses fasting in her book.
Being seriously committed to this type of eating, I've found it helpful to have a ketone blood tester to check on where I'm at, at different points. The breath and urine testers are a waste of money if you want accurate testing. The tester I found, and believe is the most accurate and least expensive is called Keto Mojo. It tests both ketones and glucose and if you purchase it from them, you're guaranteed to be able to purchase ketone test strips for only .99 cents, instead of the $2.00 to $7.00 each, as I've seen them listed for on the internet.
Here are some other things I've found useful, on what first seemed like an odd journey of eating fat to be healthy.
Greater Goods Nourish Digital Kitchen Food Scale. Great scale for the price, considering all it does. Available on Amazon. https://www.amazon.com/Greater-Goods-Nourish-Portions-Nutritional/dp/B00O5U4NDQ/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1518967663&sr=8-3&keywords=Greater+Goods+Nourish+Digital+Kitchen+Food+Scale
Nuton MCT Oil which is both C10 and C8. I also sometimes use a C8 MCT Oil which is 99.6% C8 and is a bit more expensive. Both available on Amazon
I've also found a short mimicking fasting diet, to be very helpful to getting fat adapted within a short period of time, without the hinderence of “keto flu.” One or two avocados and one or two greens drinks a day, launched my blood ketones from 0 to 4.2 mmol/L in only four days.
The only other book I purchased, and only for the very serious is, The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Living by Stephen Phinney, MD, PhD and Jeff Volek, PhD, RD.
Everybody and every body is different and it takes a bit of experimentation to figure out what combination of these techniques (if any) are right for you. Take your time and have a good time with it. I hope this was helpful. I'm sorry it was so long.
I've been following Leanne Vogel for about a year and purchased a few of her ebooks (which are amazing!) and her weekly meal plans (again, so helpful). The Keto Diet is the icing on the cake. More than a recipe book, this huge (seriously, it's HEAVY!) book is an encyclopedia of the right way (in my opinion) to do keto. It's not about just eating bacon, cheese and Swerve.
Leanne uses natural foods, tons of vegetables and really promotes sustainable and humane animal products. The most interesting and surprising thing is how she explains that carbs are NECESSARY for long-term health. And she shows you HOW to do it so that you can stay "fat-adapted".
Read it! Join her FB Group! Listen to her podcast! Leanne will inspire you to be your healthiest self.