Will a Keto diet improve the health of your gums, teeth and mouth?

We know the health of the body is connected to the health of the mouth; the reverse is also true. Fortunately, you can choose what you eat and enjoy the health benefits of your informed choice.

I love to eat. I enjoy the complexities of taste, the smells wafting from the kitchen, the warmth of the table with with my loved ones around and I particularly enjoy how all these seemingly unrelated things become something vastly more than the individual pieces. Unfortunately, not all foods are conducive to a heathly lifestyle.  I am not a person that eats raw kale all day and calls is yummy. I love being healthy only slightly more than I love good food, so keep that in mind as we explore options to have both.

Basically everything we eat can be categorized two ways:

1) Helping our bodies heal and adding to our vitality.
or
2) Causing stress on our body and adding to inflammation and disease.

Some people view food as a drug: something to be measured precisely and taken at regular intervals to keep you healthy. To me, food is a huge way we enjoy ourselves and connect with friends and loved ones. There is a healthy balance between these two views. I want to eat tasty and pleasurable items but also want to feel good and have energy throughout my day. The balance of these two views makes me picky about the types and quality of food I eat.

Lately, I have been choosing to eat a more paleolithic (paleo) or ketogenic (keto) focused diet and have felt a positive impact in my energy and waistline. I also take a few different supplements that help me with digestion and inflammation naturally.

Our daily food choices impact us negatively or positively. The most important word in the previous sentence is “choices”; you control what you eat. Many patients are confused and overwhelmed with all the information and various opinions on diet that exist. Any random person with a smartphone can put information online, and, as a result there seemingly infinite opinions posted on what constitues a healthy diet. In addition to all the various opinions, the scientific community also changes their stance. 15 years ago when I was taking nutrition classes, things like grains and low fat foods were the epitomy of health are now being shown to be inflammatory.

I also hear, incorrectly by the way, eating healthy doesn’t taste good. If your body is addicted (yes, addicted) to super sweetened and/or processed foods, your body will take time to get used to healthy options. You (and your body) will also be shocked at how much more energy and vitality you have by making some small choices and not quitting the healthy lifestyle before you body can change. Give it a week and let me know if I was right or wrong.

Want to sit down and get some support to pick the best diet for you? Do you have questions about what supplements to take?

I’m here to help! Call the office at 303-839-5109 to appointment for a 60 minute nutritional sit down and I will help you make a plan for feeling and looking your best.

With the Superbowl coming up this weekend, there will be plenty of yummy but unhealthy food to eat. So I wanted to share a recipe I found that is tasty AND healthy for all of you to bring to the party on Sunday.

NOW FOR THE RECIPE: Mexican Deviled Eggs with Avocado and Bacon

These naturally keto deviled eggs with avocado and bacon are easy to make, with common ingredients. I use naturally raised, uncured bacon and mayonnaise made with avocado or olive oil instead of canola or soybean oil, which are more inflammatory. If you are vegetarian, skip the bacon; it still works!

Prep Time 10 minutes / Cook Time 8 minutes / Total Time 18 minutes

Ingredients:
6 Large Eggs
2 tbsp Avocado (Just scoop with a spoon)
2 tbsp Mayonnaise (Try a Paleo Mayonnaise with Avocado or Olive Oil)
1 tsp Lime Juice
3/4 tsp Taco Seasoning (Add 1/4 TSP  of salt if seasoning is unsalted)
1/2 C Tomatoes (Finely chopped, seeds removed and juices drained)
1/4 C Bacon, Crisply Cooked and Chopped (Bacon Bits can be used, but WHY?!?)
2 tsp Fresh Cilantro (Finely chopped)
1 pinch Cayenne Pepper (Otional for a little more kick)

Directions:
1. Hard Boil your eggs. I let mine boil for about 6 minutes and they are creamy not too hard. My husband swears by the steaming method if you want easily peeled eggs (he’s a better cook, but whatever). Find your own path, but you want to get the yolks just SLIGHTLY more cooked than soft-boiled.

2. Peel the eggs, slice them in half and place the yolks into a bowl.

3. Mash the yolks together with some avocado (make sure it’s super soft!), mayonnaise, and taco seasoning. This is where you can add cayenne pepper for a kick, or even chopped jalapenos if you want to!

4. Fold half of the chopped tomatoes and half of the bacon bits into the bowl. We’re saving the other half for topping! Make sure you don’t add any water that accumulates as you chopped the tomatoes, and try to skip the seeds too, for better texture.

5. Transfer your mashed mixture back into the egg white halves. You can do this with a piping bag (easy piping bag is a ziplock with a corner cut out), or if you’re lazy like me, just a spoon. It doesn’t matter too much because the last step is topping them with remaining tomatoes, bacon bits, and cilantro.

Yum! The best avocado deviled eggs with bacon.

Recipe from https://www.wholesomeyum.com/mexican-keto-deviled-eggs-recipe-with-avocado-and-bacon/