Keto Foods for Spring

February 26, 2018
Blog post

Spring embodies the heaviness of increased moisture as the snow and ice melt and the rains come to nourish the earth; thus, according to Ayurveda, Spring corresponds to Kapha dosha (Earth + Water). A diet that invites lightness, sharpness, dryness and some warmth into the body balances the cool, heavy, and wet qualities that are so prevalent this time of year as well as supports the body during its natural Spring cleaning and revitalization.

Spring signals the body that its time to begin melting body fat to prepare for the hot summer months ahead. As the body fat melts, it flows into the blood stream (just like ice melting into the river) where it becomes easily accessible for ketogenic energy. Thus, you won’t need to eat as much nutritional fat to maintain a ketogenic state in the Spring. The appetite you once had for heavy, rich foods in the Fall and Winter months will dissipate because the body is already getting enough fat internally from its own reserves. Therefore, it’s important to note, eating too many fats in the Spring can overwhelm and congest the liver, so it’s better to choose foods that are light and cleansing, but encourage the body to burn its own fat. This is key to enjoying the Spring and maintaining ketosis.

Foods to favor this time of year are spring greens, vegetables, berries, grapefruits, and oranges. These foods are light and cleansing, they help to melt body fat, and they stimulate the liver and gallbladder which are the organs that metabolize fats. It may seem strange to include some grapefruits or oranges in your spring diet, when they are higher in carbohydrates, but these particular fruits have a warming effect on the body that encourages fat burning. They come into season just as the Winter months give way to Spring, so it’s worth adding ¼ to ½ of either of these fruits every couple days to help the body melt its own fat.

The following is a list of Spring foods for maintaining ketosis. Remember, in the Spring the body naturally begins to melt its own fat stores to be used for energy, so you will not need to eat as much nutritional fat to maintain a ketogenic state. When eating, keep your carbohydrate and proteins within the defined keto macro parameters, but consume fats only to the point of satiety.  And if you don’t feel like eating, then it is okay to skip meals until you are ready to eat. Spring is the best time of year for fasting!

FRUITS AND BERRIES
Blueberries
Grapefruits
Lemons
Limes
Oranges
Strawberries

VEGETABLES
Artichoke
Arugula
Asparagus
Bell peppers
Beet greens
Bitter melon
Broccoli
Cabbage
Cauliflower
Celery
Chard
Chilies
Collard greens
Dandelion greens
Endive
Garlic
Green beans
Kale
Lettuce (all types)
Radishes
Scallions
Spinach
Spring greens
Sprouts (all types)

DAIRY
Cottage Cheese
Goat’s Milk
Goat Cheese

MEAT AND PROTEIN
Chicken (white meat)
Eggs
Fish (freshwater)
Rabbit
Shrimp
Turkey (white meat)
Venison

LEGUMES
Mung Beans

NUTS AND SEEDS
Pumpkin seeds
Sunflower seeds
Sesame seeds

FATS AND OILS
Canola oil
Flax seed oil
Ghee
Mustard oil
Safflower oil
Sunflower oil

SWEETENERS
Honey (raw)
Stevia

CONDIMENTS
Apple Cider Vinegar
Balsamic Vinegar
Horseradish
Kombucha
Red Wine Vinegar
Sauerkraut
Mustard
White Wine Vinegar

HERBS AND SPICES
Ajwain
Basil
Cardamom
Chervil
Chives
Coriander
Cumin
Dill
Fennel
Fenugreek
Ginger (fresh)
Lavender
Lemongrass
Marjoram
Mint
Oregano
Paprika
Parsley
Sage
Rosemary
Tarragon
Thyme
Tumeric

BEVERAGES
Aloe vera juice
Bitter orange peel tea
Chamomile tea
Fresh ginger tea
Fresh turmeric tea
Green tea
Mineral water (non-carbonated)
Stinging nettle tea