We've always heard that it's important to eat your vegetables. We know that veggies are full of vital nutrients our body needs, but that's not all. Eating your vegetables provides numerous health benefits. People who eat more vegetables as a part of a healthy diet are less likely to develop chronic diseases down the road (at least, that's what the specialists say). Plus, veggies provide nutrients that are vital for the maintenance of your body.
If you're thinking about going on a low carb diet, such as the keto diet, then it's important to know that eating a ton of vegetables is important. Why? Well, not only do vegetables provide low and healthy carbohydrates (even though on the keto diet focuses on eating protein and fat and a limited amount of carbs), vegetable carbs also prevent a person from becoming really tired, as we learn in the Body Reboot book.
The Importance of Vegetables and Lemon
First, I want to stress the important of eating an abundance of vegetables with this way of eating.
With a ketogenic diet, you must eat a lot of vegetables. Why? Well, not only do you get some low and healthy carbohydrate from vegetables (and necessary nutrients, of course), vegetable carbs also help keep you from becoming overly fatigued.
However, just as crucial to know about is that eating a lot of vegetables is important for maintaining a healthy PH level in the body. See, when you eat a ketogenic diet, all those ketones create a lot of acid in the system which raises your overall PH level in the body.
What can happen with a high PH level over a long period of time is that you can end up with gout (a form of arthritis) or kidney stones, both of which you don’t want. To prevent this, eat lots of vegetables for to maintain a healthy PH level and add in some lemon, because—little known fact here—lemon prevents kidney stones.
So drizzle some lemon juice with your olive or coconut oil over vegetables and bam—you’ve got a kidney stone preventative but fat-rich combo.
The other key is to avoid consuming any sugar with the fat you eat, because sugar will cause insulin spikes, which is exactly what you are trying to avoid. In fact, you don’t want to add sugar to this eating plan at all.
Now that you know that eating a lot of veggies will help you maintain a healthy PH level in the body, it's time to start eating lots of vegetables while on a low carb diet. Most greens can be eaten and cooked with some fat, such as coconut oil. You can also saute them in a stir-fry or add them to a soup. Be creative with vegetables and hopefully in time you'll enjoy creating meals with them! For more as to why vegetables are imperative on the keto diet, check out Dr. Berg.
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