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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 stabalise 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 80% 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?

All of our meals are gluten free with the exception of our crepes. We take great caution in ensuring there is no cross contamination of the organic wheat flour we use for the crepes and the other dishes.

Ordering

What are the cut off times for ordering?

Cut off SUNDAY midday for a TUESDAY Delivery.

Cut off WEDNESDAY midday for FRIDAY delivery.

What are your payment options?

Payment will be securely processed at checkout by credit card or debit card. Paypal is offered.

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 $12.95 delivery to the Gold Coast and Brisbane and $15.95 delivery to The Sunshine Coast Above North Lakes and Redcliffe. Free delivery for orders over $125.

Packaging and Storage

How are my meals packaged?

All Ketogenic Kitchen meals are packed in our biodegradable packing. We package all our meals fresh, they are then packaged into reusable polystyrene (we are in the process of finding an alternative to polystyrene) boxes with cold packs ready for our delivery drivers to collect within 6 hours of cooking!

What is your biodegradable packaging made of?

Our packaging is made from reclaimed and rapidly renewable sugar cane pulp. Certified home compostable and carbon neutral.

Is the packaging microwave and oven safe?

Yes! You can place your containers in the oven, up to 200 degrees, and microwave for reheating. The biodegradable lids, although they look like plastic, can not be heated about 38 degrees as they will start breaking down. 

NOTE: Remove lid prior to heating!

How do I store my meals?

Please follow the instructions on the nutritional label on your meal. We do not use plastic or preservatives so our meals must be consumed within 3-4 days. If you do not plan on consuming your meals within this time please freeze them. Some exceptions to freezing include salads, salads wont hold up when frozen.

How long can the meal be stored for?

All of our meals are prepared fresh and delivered within 6 hours of preparation.
Our meals will come with a best before sticker on each. As we do not use any preservatives in our meals they will generally have a shelf life of 3-4 days.
If a meal will not be consumed within this time frame, we will give you instructions regarding freezing if appropriate.

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. We deliver twice a week to ensure our customers always have access to fresh and healthy meals. 

DELIVERY

What are the delivery time frames?

Our delivery drivers will be on the road from 8am till late to ensure your orders are delivered on your set day. They will also text you an image of your delivery 

Where are the delivery areas?

We delivery from the NSW border up to the Sunshine Coast. Please find below link to see if we delivery to you!

https://www.ketogenickitchen.com.au/pages/deliver-area

When is delivery?

GOLD COAST, BRISBANE & SUNSHINE COAST- Deliveries are made on Tuesdays and Fridays depending on the time the order was made. The order must be made on a Sunday midday for delivery on Tuesday and by Wednesday midday for a Friday delivery.

NORTHERN RIVERS (QLD Border to Banora Point) - Deliveries are made on Tuesdays. Cut off for delivery is Sunday Midday. 

Why have I received only half my order?

If you have made a large order, we will contact you to arrange a double delivery as the shelf life of our meals are 4-6 days. If you did not receive all your meals on Tuesday, then be rest assured the remaining will be there on Friday, however, we will contact you in advance.

Can I cancel my order?

 As all our meals are made to order, cancellations can only be made 48 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.

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