When I weighed myself at the last jiu-jitsu tournament I weighed a bit more than I thought. I have been doing a ketogenic diet for a while. I think the reason why I gained a few pounds was that I was eating a jar of peanut butter or occasionally almond butter every 2 days.
I was also eating a lot of cheese and coconut. Despite burning a lot of calories doing jiu-jitsu and working out 2 days a week I still gained weight and I think it went to my mid section.
Some people in Keto forums thought I was also getting too many carbs from nut butters.
But some things have changed and I am going to stop eating peanut butter and almond butter at least for some time. But not so much for the fat as it is for the lectins.
I started watching some of Steven Gundry’s videos about lectins in plants. I have heard before of people having allergies to peanut butter and others having lactose intolerance.
I never really noticed a problem with those things except for a bit of acne if ate a lot of cheese or peanut butter.
So I am going to try to cut those things out from my diet. As well as some other things like the cucumbers that I used to dip in peanut butter.
Cheese and peanut butter do have some nutrition, but are high in omega 6 fat which causes inflammation. That was the main reason why I was going to cut those things out.
Too see if some pain disappears.
Then I just found some new information —> there are the lectins… which may be causing inflammation
- Foods with A1 dairy milk (from what I understand is most of the dairy in this country)
- Peanuts (according to Gundry 94% of people react to it)
- Almonds although if the skins have been removed then they are better
- Grains like wheat, rice, quinoa, etc.
And a whole lot of other foods…
All of those things have lectins that can cause inflammation like arthritis and digestive, heart or other problems.
Since I started keto I haven’t been eating grains, potatoes or rice. I have occasionally eaten beans which are not keto, but I have occasionally indulged. Which I guess if they are pressure cooked or boiled are better but not totally free of lectins.
According to Gundry sweet potatoes and other tubers are o.k. I haven’t been eating those either but I might try. Those aren’t keto foods as they are high in carbs, but…
His diet or approved food list is kinda similar to keto in some ways in that he recommends lots of healthy fats like avocados and olives and only seasonal fruit.
What differences have I noticed since starting keto? Well I may have not always been in a state of ketosis over the last 6 months or so as I may have been eating too much peanut butter at times.
It’s higher than some nuts in carbs.
However, I can’t say that I notice any major changes. I was pretty lean prior to starting it. I might have lost a couple of pounds initially, but as I mentioned I gained a few pounds. A lot of people do keto to lose weight. I don’t think it did for me.
Maybe if I go back to occasionally eating sweet potatoes, carrots or other carrots I will notice a difference.
I watched a lot of Dominic Augustino’s videos on Youtube. In fact he was the one that probably inspired me the most to try it. But he said some people do o.k. with some carbs.
Keto seems pretty strict I have been o.k with eating that way yet occasionally may want to eat a carb like a carrot or parsnip or a piece of fruit which I have hardly eaten since starting keto.
Eating less fruit is also what Gundry recommends. And so does keto.
Gundry – lectins
His work sounds pretty interesting too. I found his stuff by digging into foods that were high in omega 6 fat. Here’s a video by him…
It’s kind of similar to keto in some ways as I mentioned, he also recommends intermittent fasting which I have been doing for a while too.
Yet it’s specific to certain foods and how they may affect your health. So we are going to cut those out for a couple months at least and see what kind of results we get.