More on the Ketogenic & Paleo Lifestyle
What is a Ketogenic Diet?
A Ketogenic diet is a low-carb, moderate protein and high fat diet. It involves reducing the amount of carbohydrates you consume and replacing them with good fats. By reducing carbohydrates, the body has to look for another source of energy to which it starts breaking down fats for energy, this is called Ketosis.
It is important to ensure you are consuming good quality fats and protein on the Ketogenic diet. It is also very important to ensure you are consuming a wide variety of vegetables, nuts and seeds and small amounts of fruit.
What is the difference between Keto and Paleo?
The Ketogenic Diet restricts high carbohydrate food whereas, the paleo diet is not necessarily low carb. The Paleo diet removes grains, legumes, processed food, sugar, artificial sweeteners, dairy and not too much fruit from the diet. It is a great anti-inflammatory diet. There are a lot of similarities and we are aiming to develop and modify our meals to be Ketogenic and Paleo, many of our meals already are!
Both dietary approaches focus on removing processed, sugary food like products from the diet and replacing them with high quality protein, fats and lots of vegetables!
What are the benefits of the Ketogenic Diet?
There is a lot of research on the Ketogenic diet, it is far from new! A lot of research was done in the early 1900's for the treatment of epilepsy to conclude that it is a very effective treatment. Often people will notice a drop in their appetite as there blood sugar levels stabilise and their bodies converts to using fatty acids for energy.
The ketogenic diet is anti-inflammatory, supports a healthy weight range and decreases insulin levels. Many individuals note an increase in energy levels once they are in ketosis as they are not relying on continuous replacement of carbohydrates to maintain blood glucose levels.
Ketogenic diets are very effective for weight loss and the best part is there is no counting calories on the ketogenic diet!
How long does it take to get into a state of Ketosis?
Everyone is different when it comes to achieving ketosis. Some individuals are able to get into ketosis within 2-3 days whereas others can take up to week. A simple, cheap way of determining whether you are in fact in ketosis is by using urinary ketone sticks. The most accurate way is by measuring your blood ketone levels with a blood glucose/ketone monitor.
Aren't carbohydrates important?
Carbohydrates are a energy source for our bodies, however, proteins and fat provide energy as well as structure and repair.
Carbohydrate rich foods contain many vitamins and minerals so it is important to ensure you are getting a variety of good quality vegetables and protein to cover all your dietary requirements. At Ketogenic Kitchen, our Naturopath takes great pride in not only providing macro balanced meals but ensuring all daily requirements for vegetables, fibre and vitamin and minerals are met too!
What is Ketosis?
Ketosis is a normal metabolic state that occurs when our bodies do not have enough glucose for energy. Our body then starts breaking down fats to ketones to which our body then uses for energy. All cells that contain a mitochondria (our little powerhouses) can use ketones for energy and often thrive on them.
What happens if I have food allergies?
At Ketogenic Kitchen, our Nutritionist/ Naturopath takes great care in ensuring labelling is correct and all common allergens will be listed. If you have a known allergy, please ensure that you read the ingredients of each meal. If in doubt, we are more than happy to answer any questions you may have.
Are all your meals Organic?
We take great pride in sourcing the best quality produce. We ensure at least 70% of our ingredients are organic. All our fresh fruit, vegetables and herbs are certified organic.
Our meat is always free-range, grass fed and Australian sourced.
Is a Ketogenic Diet safe during Pregnancy and Breastfeeding?
The Ketogenic Diet during pregnancy is still a controversial topic. There are many health care providers that are happy for women to follow a nutritionally sound ketogenic diet, but there are also those that against them
It is best to chat to your healthcare provider/ Nutritionist about your options and what is appropriate for your current situation.
Do you have vegetarian options?
We do have a few vegetarian options! Stay tuned as we are in the process of formulating new and excited vegetarian options.
Which meals are gluten free?
We are proud to say we are completely gluten free!
Packaging and Storage
How are my meals packaged?
We are very aware of the impact that certain materials have on our environment, due to this we use 100% recyclable BPA free trays.
Is the packaging microwave and oven safe?
The packaging is microwave safe however, not oven safe! Our favourite way to heat our meals is on the cooktop! Simply tip the contents into a pot or pan and heat on high until hot.
Microwave: Pierce the sealed film and heat on high for 3-4 minutes. Depending on your mirowave power.
Oven: Add meal to an oven proof tray on 180 degrees celsius for 8-10 minutes.
How do I store my meals?
Please follow the instructions on the nutritional label on your meal. All meals will need to be refrigerated until use and ensure you consume your meal by the best before date.
How long can the meal be stored for?
All of our meals are prepared fresh. Majority of the meals will be packaged in our 100% recyclable BPA free trays and sealed using out MAP (Modified Atmospheric Pressure) Tray sealer.
Can I freeze my meals?
Each meal will have serving and storage instructions. Many of the meals are able to be frozen with the exception of salads and those with Shirataki Noodles. Each meal will have its individual instructions to whether they are able to be frozen.
What is the ordering process?
Orders are to be in by Monday 10am for delivery that week.
Are we not delivering to your area? Let us know in the 'contact us' tab and we will make it our priority to head your way!
What are your payment options?
Payment will be securely processed at checkout by credit card or debit card. Paypal, Zippay & Afterpay are also available!
Do I need to sign up to a contract?
Not at all! We believe in flexibility and freedom to change your mind so there are no contracts! Order when you like with no lock in contracts.
Is there a minimum order?
Minimum order is $69 including delivery.
What are the delivery time frames?
Deliveries will be made between 8am - 6pm. The time itself can vary and will depend on many circumstances. Never stress, our meals are packaged in an insulated box, frozen gel pack and delivered in refridgerated vans to ensure your meals will remain fresh!
Where are the delivery areas?
We across SE Qld & Northern NSW. To see if we deliver to you, click the link below. Can't see your area? Contact us !
Do I need to be home to receive the delivery of my meals?
Absolutely not! We use a trusted third party carrier who will leave our packages at your door, no signature required as to ensure all deliveries are made in a timely manner when working with perishables.
Can I cancel my order?
As all our meals are made to order, cancellations can only be made 72 hours prior to delivery day with a full refund. After this time no refunds will be issued as meals would have already been prepared by our Chefs and Kitchen Staff.