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Hey guys! Happy…June. Wow. Summer’s here and people are in full “fit” mode.  So I figured I’d kick off summer with a pretty short but sweet read breaking down two popular diet trends that have made their way into many people’s lives in the last year or so. Whether you’ve done it yourself or not, you’ve surely heard of the new popular keto diet and the well renown whole 30 diet.

If I’ve learned anything since we opened our doors 2 years ago, I’ve learned that people are pretty skeptical about restaurants that brand themselves as healthy, moreover, I think people are pretty skeptical about any diet “trend” that guarantees to reap so many benefits.  So that leads us to this discussion—we here at Shaka have heard just about every diet // lifestyle trend since we opened up in 2016 – From whole 30, to concerns with pasteurization, to concerns with gluten & dairy intolerances, to soy allergies, to the keto diet, to overall just catering to the many dietary needs of each individual that walks through our door. Some of these are simply diet trends while others of them such as vegetarian diets, dairy free diets, & soy free concerns are typically lifestyle trends. We think it’s awesome that people are so adaptive and so different and that’s why we here at Shaka love being able to cater to every ones needs. With that being said, here in brief are break downs of the newly famed keto diet and the whole 30 diet.


Ketogenic Diet- So0o0 what exactly is this diet? Again, this is a diet, and I personally do not think this diet is something that should be a lifelong goal- maybe, only maybe for an extended period of time, sure. (One of those things I see backfiring if you fall short of the strictness). This diet is one that typically limits carbs to 20–50 grams per day and requires a very high fat intake. Most people do not realize how little 20 grams of carbohydrates is since most vegetables are carbohydrates—so if you’re a carbie barbie and love your carbs this diet probably isn’t for you. This diet is literally also known as the “low carb diet”. When your carb intake is this low, the body produces these things called ketones in the liver that are then used as your main source of energy. This diet is considered highly effective because when you eat something high in carbs, your body will produce glucose and insulin (sugar). But by eliminating and eating a low carb diet, your body will take any forms of it and these ketones and process this as energy. Since the glucose is being used as a primary source of energy, your fats are not needed and are therefore stored as so. Typically on a normal, higher carbohydrate diet, the body will use glucose as the main form of energy. By lowering the intake of carbs, the body is induced into this metabolic state of survival known as ketosis.


By definition-Ketosis is a natural metabolic process the body initiates when it’s in survival mode because one’s food intake is super low. During this state, we produce ketones, which are produced from the breakdown of fats in the liver. A well maintained keto diet is to force your body into this metabolic state that essentially puts your body in survival mode and feeds off your body fat. In this instance, the body doesn’t do this through lack of calories but the lack of carbohydrates. Our bodies are incredibly responsive to what you put into it – when you overload it with fats and take away carbohydrates, it will begin to burn those ketones as the primary energy source.


In a nut shell: Great for weight loss because the keto diet uses your body fat as energy.


Do Not Eat

  • Grains – wheat, corn, rice, cereal, etc. Ugh.
  • Sugar – honey, agave, maple syrup, etc. What???
  • Fruit – apples, bananas, oranges, etc. OK now I’m panicking.
  • Tubers – potato, yams, etc. This means fries right?

Do Eat

  • Meats – fish, beef, lamb, poultry, eggs, etc. Okay.. sure
  • Leafy Greens – spinach, kale, etc. Kale yeah! Kale No!
  • Above ground vegetables – broccoli, cauliflower, etc. Fine.
  • High Fat Dairy – hard cheeses, high fat cream, butter, etc. Now you’re talking
  • Nuts and seeds – macadamias, walnuts, sunflower seeds, etc. Nutty as can be.
  • Avocado and berries – raspberries, blackberries, and other low glycemic impact berries Love me some avocados.
  • Sweeteners – stevia, erythritol, monk fruit, and other low carb sweeteners
  • Other fats – coconut oil, high-fat salad dressing, saturated fats, etc. Coconut oil every darn day.


Whole 30 Diet: This one requires a little less science, and a lot more restrictions. A simple reset diet again feeding off the lack of carbohydrates, and basically everything else that makes life great. The Whole 30 diet is 30 days no sugar, no processed carbohydrates, no dairy, alcohol, nada- period. Again, an effective diet for a short period of time that contains a ton of restrictions. In a nut shell: you need to eliminate all foods that will make you bloat. I personally probably would never be able to do this diet but that’s just me. For whatever reason, I feel I lose less weight, and less satisfied when I’m depriving myself of the simple joys in life: like a slice of toast with my eggs in the morning or a much needed glass of wine after a long week. Again, to each his own, I’m just breaking these diets down for those of you in the dark. So essentially:


Go crazy:

  • Meat. Eat all the burgers you want, just make sure you say “no bun”. Ouch.
  • Poultry. So. Much. Chicken…. And for the vegetarians, well… keep reading.
  • Fish. Canned or straight off the boat.
  • Veggies. Eat them all.
  • Fruits. An apple a day might be your only saving grace
  • Fats. Avocados for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.


Nope, Think again:

  • No sugar or natural or artificial sweeteners. Your coffee regimen is doomed
  • No alcohol. Wait, what, not even a sip? Not even a sip
  • No grains. Time to empty your jar of quinoa.
  • No beans or legumes. No chickpeas, no peanut butter, aka call the police.
  • No smoking. Not even the illegal kind.
  • No soy. Forget about tofu. And basically all “meatless” vegetarian friendly options.
  • No dairy. Say goodbye to cheese. Wait I’m sorry, no cheese? No thanks.
  • No processed additives. Carrageenan, sulfites, MSG. Nada. Cya.


So as I do in all of my blogs, I’m going to simply encourage you to live a healthy lifestyle that suites your needs. Exercise, walk don’t run, or run don’t walk, whatever. Eat well–eat foods that make you happy, that are colorful and fresh and delicious and lastly and most importantly if you want the piece of cake, for darn sake have it. If you so so love the swirls that the cream in your coffee makes like me, have your coffee extra light. I believe life is way too short for all of these 30 day expenses because after all, that’s 30 days of your life. 30 days that you really do not know what can, may, or will happen. Life freely, happily, and comfortably. I hope you find a diet, or a lifestyle trend that makes you wake up in the morning feeling lovely and confident and fabulous. I send you so so so much positive vibes and love-today and everyday. You’re great so go make yourself a damn light and sweet coffee.


Love you,


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