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    Confused? Keto vs. Paleo vs. Low Carb diets explained

    Confused? Keto vs. Paleo vs. Low Carb diets explained

    Did you know that approximately 45 million Americans go on a diet every year? 

    In recent years, eating a low carb lifestyle has become more and more popular, yet along with the weight loss and health benefits many people have seen from decreasing their carbohydrate intake, a lot of people have also experienced confusion about the best approach for their body and goals. 

    We're here to break it down for you!


    Short for the ketogenic diet, keto is an ancestral type of diet that really isn’t a diet at all but rather a lifestyle choice in which one’s diet consists of foods closer in alignment with what our ancestors ate. In many ways it is similar to the Paleo diet, but unlike the Paleo diet, the goal of the keto diet is to get your body into a state of nutritional ketosis, in which it is being fueled by fat instead of by sugars and carbohydrates. Want to learn more about what getting into ketosis means? We've got you covered in another article! 

    Note that there are several variations of the ketogenic diet which allow for different macros configurations, (which we of course address in another article), yet regardless of which approach you take to keto, it  is the most carbohydrate restrictive when compared to Paleo and low carb. Generally, on keto carbs shouldn’t account for more than 5% of your daily dietary intake. In order to ensure you're getting enough nutrients without spiking blood sugar or consuming more carbs than desired, someone on the keto diet would choose  nutrient rich foods like vegetables, nuts, and limited fruits fruits that are low on the glycemic index. (You guessed it... we have an article on that too!) 


    The Paleo diet is designed around consuming foods that might have been eaten during the Paleolithic era, approximately 2.5 million to 10,000 years ago. Also referred to as the Stone Age diet, Paleolithic diet, Caveman Diet, and Hunter-gatherer diet is limited to whole foods that could be sourced through hunting and gathering, rather than farming and manufacturing in a lab.  This includes lean meats, fish, fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds and excludes foods that became available with farming, like legumes, grains and dairy.  Thus Paleo doesn't restrict carbohydrates; simply the source of them. 

    Low carb diet

    Unlike with keto where the goal is to be in nutritional ketosis, and Paleo where the goal is to only consume foods that sustained our ancestors, the primary goal of low carb is simply to restrict ones carbohydrate intake. According to Dietician Samantha Cassetty, M.S., R.D. when interviewed by SELF magazine, "Low carb is a flexible, generic term that can describe any pattern of eating where you consume a fewer-than-average number of carbohydrates."  

    How is average determined? According to the US government's 2015-2020 dietary guidelines, the Acceptable Macronutrient Distribution Range sets an average carbohydrate intake at between 45 and 65% of total calories consumed. According to Jennifer Bruning, M.S., R.D.N., L.D.N., the national spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics “When you get less than 45 percent of your energy from carbohydrates, that’s where we generally start to classify diets as low carb.” 

    Regardless of which path you choose, when thinking about health, the more Whole Foods, less processed, organic, free range, wild caught, naturally sourced nutrients we can consume the better. 

    Can’t Find a Keto-Friendly Snack? The Cookie Department Has the Answer

    One of the greatest challenges people have on the keto diet is solving their snacking dilemma. While cravings decline once the body reaches a state of ketosis, people on the keto diet still miss the occasional treat. Most are resigned to making keto-friendly desserts and “fat bombs,” but these take time and a lot of ingredients to make.

    At The Cookie Department, we have finally created the ultimate keto-friendly treat option that you can take with you wherever you go. Our brand-new keto-friendly cookies offer all the sweetness, and decadence you love about premium cookies without all the sugar, carbs, and guilt. Plus, they’re made using fully functional ingredients that work for your body instead of against it. Nobody thought it could be done, but we did it!

    Check out our full selection of keto-friendly cookies online today, use 10% off coupon code KETO10 at checkout and enjoy cookies again!

    5 Super Easy-to-Follow Healthy Eating Habits

    5 Easy-to-Follow Healthy Eating Habits

    It’s no secret that the food we eat plays a huge role in our health.

    While the wrong foods can make us feel sluggish and tired, the healthier path can present a myriad of benefits for our bodies. In fact, not only does healthy eating improve our overall well-being, but it can also ward off chronic diseases. This is something that’s more important now than ever, as Maryville University reports that by 2025, 164 million Americans are projected to be affected by chronic illnesses. But aside from making sure your body is strong and healthy to fight off diseases, having good eating habits can also positively affect our mood, and even delay the signs of aging.

    We know first hand  that the first steps to eating healthy can be hard, so we’ve outlined 5 easy-to-follow healthy eating habits that you can get started on as soon as possible.

    Drink, drink, drink!


    We’re sure you’ve been reminded of the importance of staying hydrated — but in terms of healthy eating habits, drinking water throughout the day can help keep hunger levels down, energy levels high, and digestion levels intact. Not to mention, studies conducted from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State have found that drinking more water can even help manage weight.

    Start by keeping a reusable water bottle around with you so you can drink over the course of your day. If you have trouble remembering to drink, download an app that can remind you to stay hydrated.

    Fix your eating schedule



    Skipping meals is a bad idea, as it can lead to overeating, which can lead to skipping meals, and so on and so forth. It’s an unhealthy cycle and, according to Vartika Kashyap, the biggest energy killer! That said, maintaining a regular schedule and eating at fixed intervals is vital to ensure that you can stay productive and feel energized throughout the day.

    Eat whole foods — as in, food you can grow


    Potatoes come from the ground, while eggs come from a hen — you know where these come from, but where did that Pop Tarts come from? While they indeed come from an original food source, processed food has a lot of extra sugar, sodium, and preservatives added to them that remove the nutrients.

    Instead of buying heavily processed food, get started by looking out for unprocessed whole foods at the grocery store, as they can give you the best benefits. If you eat out, choose restaurants that serve healthy, balanced meals made with real, minimally processed ingredients.

    Have healthy snacks on hand

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    There’s nothing wrong with snacking — but it’s better to snack on healthy food. For instance, choose to eat snacks that are low in carbohydrates, but high in nutrition or protein, such as our very own Cake Walk Keto and Gluten-Free Cookie! Other than this, you can eat nuts, such as pistachios or walnuts, or eat snacks with grains in them. Keep these at eye-level so that when you’re in the kitchen looking for snacks, they’re the first things you see. You can also choose to store fresh fruit in a bowl in the kitchen, or stock up your fridge with small batches of cooked whole grains.

    Create meal plan and meal prep


    Meal plans have plenty of benefits — you get to eat better, save money, and have more time during the week. If you pair this with prepping your food, you get to go into work without worrying about what to have for lunch anymore. While it does require a few spare hours of your Sunday night, at least you’ll get to learn how to cook.

    If you haven’t meal prepped before, start small and choose simple and easy recipes just for lunch throughout the week to make on a Sunday. Once you’ve got it down pat, add breakfasts or dinners, until you can make several different simple dishes in a night that you can have over the course of the week.


    Written by Robbyn Jiselle for thecookiedepartment.com


    Get to know the inspiration behind The Cookie Department's keto line

    Get to know the inspiration behind The Cookie Department's keto line

    The Cookie Department's line of keto cookies was inspired by my wife Elannah's healing journey from traumatic brain injuries.

    You can learn more about that here! https://thecookiedepartment.com/pages/about-us

    Elannah hopes that in sharing her story of overcoming debilitating medical challenges (with the help of the ketogenic diet!), others will feel more empowered, more inner peace and more joy within their own lives.

    This recent interview provides insight not only into the beautiful source of our keto cookie inspiration; my brave, strong, determined wife, but also into better understanding of being or loving a sensitive person. 


    Is Keto Good for Diabetics?

    Is Keto Good for Diabetics?

    Unless you have been living under a rock in 2019, then odds are you’ve heard about the keto diet. This past year, keto broke into the mainstream in a very major way, completely overtaking social media and becoming the de-facto diet for many of Hollywood’s biggest stars.

    But despite the coverage there’s one question that always pops up when the topic turns to keto – is keto good for diabetics?

    Why Diabetics on the Keto Diet Love It

    The keto diet is an eating plan that revolves around eating very low carbs, a moderate amount of protein and higher amounts of high-quality (mostly) unsaturated fats. The diet is particularly favored by those diagnosed with type-2 diabetes because following the plan eventually leads to the body using ketones as its primary fuel source instead of glucose, which it would normally get from carbs. In fact, it can take just a few days of following the keto diet for the body to enter this stage, called “nutritional ketosis.”

    Diabetics on the keto diet in Los Angeles were naturally among the first to tout the body-slimming benefits of this ancestral eating plan, but more importantly, its results are backed by scientific research. Research studies have shown that people with type-2 diabetes can effectively lose weight and lower their blood sugar levels by being on the keto diet. In fact, in one study, people with type-2 diabetes not only lost weight, they also needed less medication and lowered their A1c after following the keto diet for one year.

    Overcoming the Biggest Hurdle for Diabetics on the Keto Diet

    Although keto is good for diabetics, it’s not to say that sticking to the diet is easy. Being on the keto diet takes a lot of commitment because there are restrictions in the eating plan. For those without diabetes, this means avoiding sweets and processed foods among other things. While this might seem like it doesn’t apply to those with diabetes because they already avoid these foods, the truth is a lot of the artificial sweeteners used to make diabetic-friendly desserts have been shown to adversely affect blood glucose levels to the point that they increase one’s risk of developing diabetes and obesity.  

    Thankfully, The Cookie Department has created a solution to help curve your cravings, whether you’re on the keto diet, on the paleo diet, have a gluten sensitivity or are diabetic. With our new line of gluten-free, keto-friendly cookies, diabetics on the keto diet in Los Angeles and the rest of the country can finally enjoy their desserts again.

    Big, Fresh and Chewy Cookies That are Low Glycemic

    At The Cookie Department, our cookies are made from fully functional ingredients that do more than just taste great – they benefit the body. We use only good, wholesome ingredients with no artificial anything. Our new keto-friendly cookies are 3:1 keto, macro-friendly and have a low impact on the body’s glycemic levels, making them an ideal dessert option for someone with diabetes on the keto diet.

    So, it’s true – the keto diet is good for diabetics. And, with our new line of keto-friendly cookies, you can finally enjoy the taste and texture of a premium, fresh-baked cookie again even if you’ve been diagnosed with diabetes or you’re doing keto or both!