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, rather a system of eating which gives up some carbohydrates for healthy fats. Many in California have by and large embraced the healthy fats, low carb movement, but they aren’t afraid of a Vegan meal or two either. A slightly lower carbohydrate and higher fat diet is a tune California Keto dieters can feel comfortable playing, that is as long as they keep histamine in check. Freshness of food is key for the California Keto diet, so make sure to hit up all those fantastic West LA farmer’s markets, or wherever you can get the best fresh produce in town. While it’s the lab tests that ultimately govern, it is more likely California Keto genotypes can eat a higher fat diet without spikes in “bad cholesterol.”
Most closely related diet: Mosaic
Primary difference with Mosaic: Histamine clearance for the California Keto crowd may be on the low side, which is a problem Mosaic dieters are less likely to have. California Keto dieters also do not have the carbohydrate metabolism 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 fat intake with lipid markers like LDL-C. Even California Keto dieters, with their robust fat metabolism, can take things too far and eat too many healthy fats.
Red meat friendly? From a fat metabolism standpoint yes. From a histamine standpoint, will hinge on lifestyle, allergy, medication use, etc.
Keto friendly: Potentially, yes, although California Keto dieters may find they do better on a plant based ketogenic 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 as a staple. Carb scoring indicates it’s more likely that California Keto folks will have a tougher time controlling blood sugar.
Go to breakfast: black bean and scrambled egg tacos with grain free tortillas and steamed veggies.