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To Keto or Not to Keto?

What diet is best for me?  This is question that I get a lot.  And my normal approach is very individual, but since I treat a lot of patients with diabetes, I tend to go with a lower carbohydrate approach. My general recommendations are no more than 30 grams of carbs per meal and no more than 15 grams at a snack.  If my patients with diabetes follow this, they tend to do really well as far as controlling their blood sugar.

Even more extreme carb reductions are found in the Keto diet and the Adkins diet.  Adkins focuses on higher protein content and Keto focuses on high fat, moderate protein, and low carb.  Since America is raving about the Keto diet right now, I honestly had plans to get a blog post on it up soon. But I came across this blog this week that hit a lot of my concerns with keto and keto in children (when not using for therapeutic epilepsy) that I thought it was worth sharing!

Is The Ketogenic Diet Safe For Those With Thyroid Disease?

Have you done the Keto diet? Has it worked for you? Have you maintained the Keto diet and maintained the weight loss? Or have you seen other beneficial effects?

Hope your weekend was marvelous and that you are prepping healthy foods for this week’s meals!

Dr. Hartzler

Low-Carb Pumpkin Spiced Ice Cream

Fall is finally here in Ohio, although this weekend has still been a little on the warm side, snow is in the forecast for next week. Ekkk! We actually spent the tail end of last week exploring Washington D.C. with good friends that are living there for the semester, as he is teaching three classes from August to December. The weather was perfect. The classes are in the evenings because the students intern during the day at the Capitol, White House, and other offices. It was fun to explore the city with the kids, between the 2 families we have five children under 4 years old. So we got some fun looks! Although I don’t think I could ever really live in a city, I do love walking and taking public transit. Each day we are able to pass and exceed our 10,000 steps per day goal.

When we got home yesterday we swung by a local pumpkin farm on our way home and our daughter picked out some pumpkins. So in the spirit of fall and everything pumpkin here is another pumpkin recipe for you to try. I promise we eat more than pumpkin. This recipe could easily be converted to another flavor if pumpkin spice isn’t your thing! I made something similar with Vanilla extra instead for my daughter few weeks ago. At that time I left out the pumpkin puree, but next time I might leave it in and just swap the spices for vanilla.

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Low-Carb Pumpkin Spiced Ice Cream
A great low-carb treat for the fall "Pumpkin Spice" season. I am a diabetes specialist so I love to have a good low carb ice-cream recipe to share with my patients. Quality stevia is my go-to non-caloric sweetener. It's much easier to find than a quality monk fruit product. I find the liquid stevia much less bitter than the powdered forms.
Prep Time 15 min
Cook Time 15 min
Passive Time 30 min
Servings
Ingredients
Prep Time 15 min
Cook Time 15 min
Passive Time 30 min
Servings
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. In a sauce pan, whisk egg yolks with 1 cup cream. Dissolve pumpkin pie spice and heat until a slow simmer. Can simmer for a few minutes to cook the egg yolks a bit. Remove from heat, let cool in the fridge for about 15-30 min. Then mix the rest of the ingredients into a large bowl. Pour the batter into an ice cream maker and process according to the machine’s instructions. When the ice cream is done, serve immediately for soft serve or spoon into a shallow container, lay plastic wrap directly onto ice cream (to avoid freezer burn), and freeze until firm. Depending on the size of your ice cream machine, you may have to process this amount in two batches.
Recipe Notes

I used the Kitchen Aid Stand mixer ice cream maker attachment.

If you don't mind the raw egg yolks, you could process without the first step. You may need to blend in a high speed blender to get pumpkin pie spice dispersed well.

This recipe could be done with all cream instead of half and half if you want it really rich.

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