Farmer’s markets and fat
Go ahead, enjoy a butter coffee while you navigate a 2 hour morning commute on the I-10 or 405! Your sanity may be challenged, but your fat genes can handle it.
But don’t let the name fool you, this isn’t a full time keto movement, but rather a system of eating which gives up some carbohydrates for healthy fats. The folks in Venice, Santa Monica and Malibu know how to eat. For the most part, they aren’t afraid of a Vegan meal or two, but are also fully committed to the “healthy fats” trend. The big issue for the California Keto folks is histamine. Freshness of food is the key, so make sure to hit up all those fantastic West LA farmer’s markets, or wherever you can get the best fresh produce in your town. While it’s the lab tests that will ultimately govern, it’s likely fat from a cardiovascular standpoint is able to be handled without spikes to LDL-P, but California Keto may need to dial back on protein and fat from time to time to keep the histamine bucket low. These diet types are also more likely to have transient food sensitivity that fluctuates based on location.
Most closely related diet: Mosaic
Primary difference with Mosaic: More likely to develop food sensitivity and have to keep an eye on histamine. This presents as a big issue when allergy is present. California Keto dieters also do not have the carbohydrate clearance muscle of the Mosaic group so they need to keep a closer eye on spiking blood sugar.
Biggest challenge: California Keto dieters can add healthy fats into their diets but their challenge is to balance higher fat intake with their histamine levels. High fat diets and issues with histamine often don’t jive, so walking that tightrope is a key to success for the California Keto dieters.
Red meat friendly? From a fat metabolism standpoint yes. From a histamine standpoint, will hinge on lifestyle, allergy, medication use, etc.
Keto friendly: Yes, although California Keto dieters may find they do better on a plant based keto diet high in monounsaturated fats than a traditional keto diet which emphasizes saturated fats.
Carnivore diet friendly? Nope.
Does this diet type handle fermented foods? Not likely. Red wine, aged cheese and beer are big no nos. But also sauerkraut and kombucha when the histamine bucket is filling up.
What about pancakes and refined grains: Not such a good idea. Carb scoring indicates it’s more likely that California Keto folks will have a tougher time controlling blood sugar.
Go to breakfast: Grain free bean tacos with steamed veggies.