Learn how to use Mayo Clinic Connect
Request an Appointment
Keto diet….No fruit,no veggies from below ground: beef,pork,fish and fat….Is it healthy or a fad?
Interested in more discussions like this? Go to the Healthy Living group.
@sailor1750 from what I have read it's ok in the short term but not healthy long term. The best ways to eat are Mediterranean or the Mayo Diet.
@sailor15 I agree with JoDee you have to have a balance of vitamins and minerals . You need to both to survive . I like the Mediterranean for myself.
Jump to this post
JoDee….Thanks for your input….I will have to check into the Mayo Diet….
Lioness….What is the Mediterranean diet, will it keep weight down????
@sailor1750 Hi the Mediterranean diet is Olive OIl , fruits and vegetables and fish. I cook and use O.O in my smoothies . Eating alot of vegetables and fruits. Fish 2x a week at least .
Lioness…Thank you for the reply….What veggies & fruits are you speaking about???? Are you eating a lot of greens????
I’m going to jump in here and echo @lioness and @jodeej
The Mediterranean diet is probably one of the most sensible diets around and is plant based, not meat based. The trick is to eat less red meat , more fish and fowl although you can certainly have red meat . Any vegetable you prefer and are able to eat is what you should be eating more of. Beans and nuts and grains are emphasized . However, I attribute a lot of weight gain or inability to lose weight to WHEAT. Anything with white flour is best not eaten or occasionally eaten. I personally follow a somewhat gluten free /Mediterranean meal plan with very little starches like potatoes and bread. I don’t eat beans which is somewhat paleo style.
I don’t eat processed foods like cold cuts.
I’ve never had a weight problem but I have eliminated the belly bloat that white flour causes by rarely eating it and have lowered my carb intake to no more than one a day…and I have eliminated most dairy
The space on your Mediterranean food plate should be taken up by vegetables and then a small lean protein side.
I don’t deprive myself at all. I enjoy my occasional pizza and whole grain sandwich with tuna or salmon salad and cheesecake and filet mignon. I don’t count calories myself but my think athletic daughter does….don’t know why.
You should research several diets and take the best from all of them. Fried foods are just not good for you and not necessary.
I personally feel the best I have ever felt in my 78 years on this planet and have been attending the gym and tweaking my diet since I retired 6 hrs ago actually 10 lbs less at a steady 108-110..5ft 7… Cutting out wheat products was the biggie .
You’ll be doing your gut an enormous favor not to mention your heart, lungs, eyes and ears, and you will feel a difference in a short time. I enjoy cooking and don’t miss anything…but if I crave a luscious juicy hamburger with the fixings..I’ll have one and then I’m done for a while.
You’ll find something that works for you but invest in a little online research first and maybe a cookbook or two. By all means enjoy what you eat……and substitute the word “diet” for “eating lifestyle”.
Thank you Ladies….Problem, I was raised in an Italian home and environment..Pasta????
Pasta no….it is wheat flour. Don’t even try the gluten free or vegetable pasta if you’re using sauce…..try spaghetti squash. I use that all the time either by itself or with meatballs and sauce. You can microwave the squash. I was raised on English /Irish cooking..lots of potatoes.
If you must have pasta, have it once a week and use less pasta and more meatballs or sausage. Forget the keto diet or go on it for a limited time and then stop. It takes a while for for your body to go into ketosis. There is also a clean keto diet and a dirty keto diet.
I emphasize limiting your wheat products to one slice of whole grain bread or one cup of pasta/noodles a day. Better yet go without any for a few days. Limit your sugar…get rid of soda if you drink it. No frozen dinners or canned vegetables.
Fresh or frozen vegetables and a protein (small portions) …fruits…that’s the ticket to good health and weight loss. .Put thought into what fuels your body….I’ll say it again…read labels…if you can’t pronounce the ingredients or there are too many additives…don’t buy it. Buy whole cheese and grate it yourself…pre shredded cheese has stabilizers you don’t need. It takes a while to learn all this. Buy good herbs and spices and quality oils and vinegars. Experiment but read first. Try to find out where your food is sourced.
Anyone can eat well on a limited budget and with a family but it takes educating, willpower and the desire to change.
This is not all aimed at you but I am so passionate about food choices…I guess you figured that out by now lol.
Thank You young Lady….One final question,peanut butter:yes or no???
@imallers I know just had to get that in. I thought wow superwomen
Pasta is fine. Just have it as a side instead of your main entree.
Create an account to connect with other patients and caregivers like you.Ask questions, get answers, and give and get support.Also follow blogs from Mayo Clinic experts.
Already have an account? Sign In