The Easiest Way to Get Started on a High-Fat/Ketogenic Lifestyle featuring Omega Power Creamer
"Ketogenic diets" are serious buzz words in the health and wellness scene, but this seemingly apparent "fad" is one that boasts some serious health benefits that are totally vetted and worth incorporating into your lifestyle.
I personally felt tremendous benefits simply from incorporating healthy fats into my morning routine as opposed to relying on the quick energy from carbohydrates which led to a tragic blood sugar crash only a few hours later. Upon feeling the noticeable difference from starting my day with protein and fats instead of carbohydrates, I started sharing more about my journey into a high-fat/Ketogenic approach. Then along came Omega Power Creamer sliding into my DMs on Insta and sharing a new product they were SUPER stoked to release...
ENTER Omega Power Creamer: the easiest way for a High-Fat or Ketogenic new-comer to experiment with incorporating more healthy fats into their morning routine through the universal vehicle we all love to enjoy:
In this interview, I chat with the Omega Power Creamer team all about high-fat diets, why they were motivated to create a Keto friendly product, the benefits of intermittent fasting, whether we should fear saturated fats, and how to get started on your own high-fat journey.
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Tristan: What was your personal experience when you started incorporating more healthy fats into your diet? How were you eating prior and how did your health, mental power, and athletic ability change when you transitioned into high-fat/Ketogenic eating?
Omega Power Creamer Team: "Before crafting Omega PowerCreamer, we were all consuming the typical college diet which consisted of convenient processed snacks and low-nutrient foods. Items like low-fat yogurt, reduced-sodium chips, processed deli meats, multigrain crackers and bread, and “heart-healthy” cereals were pantry staples. Along with the majority of the population, I was tricked into thinking that I was making healthy choices based on the advertising on the box my food came in. (That should have been my first clue!)
I explored macro-counting, but felt very limited in my food choices and mentally drained from meal prepping and counting calories. This way of eating left me feeling unsatisfied after each meal, and already thinking about when I could eat next. Because of our lack of energy, we were obviously drinking a TON of coffee each day. When my brother introduced me to the butter coffee trend, I reluctantly gave it a try and was very impressed with the added energy and focus I experienced.
When I started seeing results from adding fats to my coffee, I figured I’d expand the high-fat theme into the rest of my meals. I started incorporating more healthy fats (avocados, olive oil, nut butters, seeds, eggs, fish and meat) into my diet and immediately felt more full in between meals. I went from eating every 2-3 hours to lasting up to 6-7 hours between each meal. Because I was supplying my body with enough fats to sustain my energy, I no longer felt the need to supplement my meals with excess carbs.
I actually lost the craving for carbs in general! Eating a Ketogenic diet has changed my lifestyle, making it easy to eat “off-plan”, at restaurants, and feel satisfied and satiated after each meal."
Tristan: Wow, it sounds like making the transition into a higher fat eating pattern was incredibly beneficial for your body! When you first got started on a Ketogenic diet, there were no products available that combined all the components of traditional butter coffee. Omega Power Creamer is the first Ketogenic product to hit the market that has made incorporating a high fat dietary supplement into your daily routine simplistic and effortless. Can you expand upon the “gap” you were trying to fill and why a product like this is a meaningful contribution to the health and fitness industry?
Omega Power Creamer Team: "When people think of changing their diet, they are immediately overwhelmed with all the new information, planning and prep work that must take place. We were inspired to take one daily habit and make it healthier, in turn, snowballing your entire day into a slew of healthy decisions. About 83% of Americans drink coffee every single morning… why not turn it into a superfood concoction?!
We wanted everyone to experience the benefits of butter coffee in as few steps as possible. Making a healthy choice a convenient one will hopefully drive more people to opt for the healthier option. Our product takes the hassle out of making butter coffee, because let’s face it… when it comes to your morning routine, you’re likely rushing to get out the door, so we knew that our coffee creamer needed to be as convenient as traditional methods: just pour and go!
We hope to continue to bridge the gap of people thinking healthy eating is too complicated, too expensive and does not taste good. We’re out to prove all of those stereotypes wrong!"
Tristan: I agree that there is SO much unnecessary complication on how to incorporate healthier habits into your lifestyle, especially if you are aiming to incorporate a few ketogenic building blocks into your eating patterns. Ketogenic and high fat dietary approaches have totally become mainstream, but there is still a large amount of confusion around what the health benefits are. From your perspective, what are the primary benefits of either adapting a full ketogenic lifestyle OR transitioning into a more high-fat style of eating for both athletes and the average health enthusiast?
Omega Power Creamer Team: "In the U.S. we’ve seen the dangerous effects of high carbohydrate diets and what it’s done to our country’s health as a whole. Obesity, heart disease, and inflammation can all be linked back to consuming high carbohydrate, highly processed foods. People are waking up to the fact that there needs to be a change and we are so excited at the direction society is taking in becoming more health-conscious! For us, the primary benefits of a high fat diet is that it helps limit sugar intake.
Replacing “sugar calories” with “fat and protein calories” is one of the easiest ways to improve your overall health.
These health benefits have also been experienced by the athlete community as well. Triathletes like Mark Sisson and Ben Greenfield have long been touting the benefits of switching to high fat diets. Also, more mainstream athletes like Lebron James have altered their diet to improve athletic performance. They experience benefits like lower inflammation and increased recovery time, more energy, and better cognitive function."
Tristan: I completely agree that there are a myriad of benefits to be experienced by re-allocating more of your nutrition from carbohydrates to healthy fats for energy.
However, many Americans are still terrified to add more fats, especially saturated fats, into their diet as a result of the low-fat craze originating in the 80s and 90s. Being that the Omega Power Creamer is primarily a source of saturated fat, can you talk a bit about the physiological effects of incorporating more saturated fats into your diet? Can the fear of saturated fats clogging your arteries and causing heart attacks be put to rest, or should we still be cautious of how much saturated fat we are consuming?
Omega Power Creamer Team: "The “fear of fat” is a result of an industrialized marketing scheme developed by large corporations to make a profit. During the 50s, there was mass confusion around heart disease, when a man named Ancel Keys developed a hypothesis that saturated fats and cholesterol cause cardiovascular heart disease and should be avoided. Without solid evidence, this hypothesis was adopted by the American Heart Association in 1961. As a way to profit, the vegetable oil, grain, soybean and sugar industries also adopted this hypothesis and the marketing ploys began. These industries controlled the information coming out to the public and funded studies to confuse the record.
Thankfully, over time, there has been much counter-evidence to prove that consuming fat, in fact, does not cause such diseases. Rather, sugar and processed carbs, combined with our toxic environment and high-stress lives, cause inflammation in the body which can eventually lead to dietary disease. However, there still is real concern when consuming saturated fats. Many studies have shown that consuming saturated fats along with high carbohydrates can have negative effects and should be avoided. It seems that the general consensus in the medical community is to limit consumption of saturated fats when combined with sugar and carbs, and by all means, avoid trans fat."
Tristan: This is why I appreciate that there are so many different ways that an individual can incorporate the dietary principles of a high-fat/Ketogenic way of eating.
Yet, because there are so many styles of low carb eating that slightly resemble the framework of a Ketogenic diet such as Atkins, South Beach, etc, it can be difficult for the average person to identify exactly what a Ketogenic diet is. Can you differentiate the key facets of a Ketogenic diet that make it different from other low-carb approaches?
Omega Power Creamer Team: "The Keto diet is like Atkins on steroids. The Atkins Diet operates on a “calories-in, calories-out” approach, while the Ketogenic diet is focused more on metabolism. This metabolic state in which your body burns fat for energy is through a process known as ketosis.
When you consume carbs and sugar, they are converted into glucose, which your body burns for energy. When you are not supplying your body with glucose, it has no choice but to burn fat for energy. For many, the low-carb diet is not sustainable because they never reach a state of ketosis, therefore their body is still in carb-burning mode, yet they are not eating any carbs, so they are understandably miserable. How we fuel our bodies is really simple: either glucose or fat… and when it comes down to it, fat is the fuel that nature intended."
Tristan: The transition from a high-carb diet to a low-carb/Ketogenic approach definitely requires time, attention, and patience. Without quality sources of fats and a willingness to eat A LOT more fat than what you are used to, achieving ketosis can be challenging but not impossible. From my personal experience and the shared experiences of others, I have found that consuming high quality fats with every meal is one of the best ways to acclimate your body to burning more fat.
The Omega Power Creamer boasts an impressive ingredient list featuring grass-fed ghee, extra virgin cold coconut oil, MCT (medium-chain triglycerides), and sunflower lecithin.
Can you talk about the quality, sourcing, and benefits of each ingredient?
Omega Power Creamer Team: "We spent months on Research & Development finding the highest-quality ingredients for our creamer. For example, our ghee is sourced from Northern California coastal grass-finished cows. We chose to source our ghee from grass-fed cows because cattle are designed to eat fresh green grass only. Feed-lot cows are primarily grain-fed to fatten them up quickly and speed up the process to butchering. Their low-quality diets are reflected in the milk that they produce as well.
Our ghee is a rich, dark yellow, which indicates high levels of Vitamin A and Carotene. Furthermore, the coastal environment provides nutrient-dense grass for our cows to feed on all year long. We chose to use ghee because it is lactose- and casein-free, making it consumable for those with dairy intolerances. Ghee is a great source of vitamins A, E, D and K, CLA and butyrate, which helps support a healthy digestive tract.
Our coconut oil is unrefined with antiviral and antimicrobial properties, and our
MCT oil is extracted from coconuts, both touting benefits of increased focus and mental clarity. These medium-chain fatty acids are immediately burned as energy rather than stored as fat.
All three of these ingredients are quality sources of Omega-3 fatty acids, which have been found to help lower the risk of heart disease, depression, dementia and arthritis."
Tristan: It's exciting to learn that Omega Power Creamer focuses so much attention on sourcing the best quality ingredients. Given that there are so many health benefits available from each high-quality ingredient, what are some of the physiological advantages to using a high quality fat first thing in the morning? It seems that these benefits are especially apparent when an individual chooses to prolong a metabolic fasted state upon waking up in the morning.
Can you talk about the benefits of this approach and how Power Creamer can assist this process?
Omega Power Creamer Team: "Intermittent fasting has many benefits such as improved metabolism, increased insulin sensitivity, lower inflammation markers and much much more. A common practice is the 16/8 fast, meaning you eat within an 8-hour window and fast for the remaining 16 hours of the day.
This schedule could be:
wake up and have butter coffee
extend fast until first meal at 11:00-12:00
have a bridge snack in the afternoon if needed
and a large protein-rich meal between 7:00-8:00 pm
Because PowerCreamer has zero protein or carbs, there is no glucose entering the bloodstream, therefore your body maintains its fat-burning state from your last meal (last night’s dinner). PowerCreamer’s healthy fats keep you full into the afternoon, allowing you to extend your fast until hour 16."
Tristan: It sounds like intermittent fasting is something that works very well within the realm of a high-fat/ketogenic lifestyle! If you could tell our readers one lifestyle modification you made that transformed your health for the better, what would it be?
Omega Power Creamer Team: "Making simple swaps, one at a time, to your existing diet is the easiest, most-attainable approach to changing your diet and lifestyle.
I started by switching from CoffeeMate to PowerCreamer, and with each of my favorite meals, I continued to replace single ingredients with a healthier options. Everything is an acquired taste, so as you continue to make small, healthier changes, eventually your entire diet and lifestyle will be in tune.
Here are some of my favorite swaps:
Ghee instead of butter/margarine
Coconut oil instead of canola/vegetable oil
Olive and MCT oil instead of processed salad dressings
Raw, organic cacao powder instead of milk chocolate
Collagen or plant-based protein instead of whey protein
Nut milks instead of dairy milk
Himalayan pink salt instead of table salt
Cauliflower rice instead of rice/grains
Paleo muesli instead of packaged cereal
Stevia instead of Splenda
Coconut sugar instead of cane sugar
Omega Power Creamer Team: "My last tip would be to focus on nutrition while eating a Ketogenic diet. While eating high-fat, low-carb, it is still VERY IMPORTANT to fill your plate with nutrient-dense unprocessed foods like fiber-rich vegetables and greens! Eating a Ketogenic diet filled with processed meats and dairy may help you lose weight by eliminating carbs, but the preservatives and flavorings in most processed foods will harm you in the long run."