Author: Jordan Vezina
Jordan is the founder and co-owner of Average To Elite Performance in Palo Alto, California. A former Marine and bodyguard Jordan is now a Z-Health Master Trainer and kettlebell specialist who spends his spare time writing novels and watching his dog sleep.
I started working with the ketogenic diet in April of 2019. This was after a long history of studying nutrition and trying all sorts of different approaches. Why did I become interested in the ketogenic diet? Specifically i was drawn to it because of the body of research indicating that it may help with rehabilitating PTSD and Traumatic Brain Injury, two conditions I had been suffering from for years.
SPOILER ALERT: It worked. After my first couple of months on the ketogenic diet my heart rate and blood pressure stabilized for the first time in years and by four months in I was down twenty pounds.
I think we can all agree that those are some pretty remarkable improvements. Prior to keto my resting heart rate was in the high 80s and my blood pressure was all over the place. These two signs of autonomic dysfunction are common presentations in TBI/ PTSD. I had also seen some significant changes prior to this by doing a lot of breathing work, but it seemed that this dietary alteration made the changes stick.
Despite this, I do not think that the ketogenic diet is right for everyone. As we start to go through these five common mistakes you'll see why.
Hopefully that was all pretty clear cut and you feel like it can help you navigate the often confusing waters of the ketogenic diet. If you want to go even more in-depth you can sign up below to download our Ketogenic DIet Quick-Start Guide!