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  • Writer's pictureOrsolya Szathmari

What I have learned about the Paleolithic-Ketogenic Diet (PKD®) - updated

I am very happy to have had the chance to attend a PKD® theory and cooking course lately at Paleomedicina in Hungary (in 2018).

The Paleolithic-Ketogenic diet was developed in 2010-2011. It is an evolutionary-adapted diet that corresponds to the physiological needs of every human being. It focuses on two main aspects: healing intestinal hyperpermeability and ensuring the state of ketosis.

There is an obesity epidemic in the world and the number of chronic diseases increases every year. Despite the fact that most people follow the official dietary recommendations, the surge in such conditions is indisputable.

As Nina Teicholz writes in her book, The Big Fat Surprise: “Since the 1970s we have successfully increased our fruits and vegetables by 17%, our grains by 29%, and reduced the amount of fat we eat from 40 % to 33% of calories. The share of those fats that are saturated has also declined”.

So, what is wrong with the recommendations? Cutting back on fats meant to eat more carbohydrates and giving up animal fats meant switching to vegetables oils. With all these changes the health of Americans and Europeans has steadily declined.

What is the solution then? Can going back to a diet that best covers our physiological needs help? Let's see how the PKD® diet works!

The basic rule is to eat only unprocessed whole foods free of chemicals. The diet either consists of 100% animal food (fat, meat and organ meats) or a minimum of 70% animal products and up to 30% plant based foods from a given list of the less toxic vegetables and fruits. The 100% animal-based version of PKD is recommended for people who want to heal and recover from a disease while healthy people can afford the lighter version of the diet.

With the elimination of sugar and sweeteners, grains and cereals, dairy products, vegetable oils, nightshades and nuts and seeds, we avoid all the inflammatory foods so the body has the chance to heal. By following PKD®, leaky gut will be healed, followed by the elimination of symptoms and disease.

The adverse effects of a high carb load are reversed, insulin regulation is balanced and all inflammatory markers are reduced.

All the additives and artificial chemicals, which are proven to lead to an increase of symptoms in different conditions such as: epilepsy, hyperactivity, allergies and CV problems, are excluded in PKD®.

Thanks to Dr Andrea Dabóczi I could learn the practical implementation of this diet. PKD® is based on clinical experience and has been proven to stabilise and/or reverse many chronic conditions. Until today, more than 10000 patients have been treated at ICMNI (Paleomedicina). For more information please check .

I wrote this short note almost three years ago. I was very enthousiastic about all I have learned, and immediately adopted the diet but because of different reasons, I haven't followed it hundred percent.

In the beginning of this year I completed a course with Dr Csaba Tóth and Dr Zsófia Clemens to become a PKD Nutrition Consultant and have the privilage to work for ICMNI. I was so eager and happy to learn more to help people to heal.

Since about fivee months now, I am much more strict and consequent to eat according to the PKD rules, and I really feel the benefits. I have reached and maintian my ideal weight, I am in a stable ketosis and my blood sugar is constantly low and very stable, the readings are almost the same throughout the day without any spikes. My energy level is amazing, my skin and hair are in a great shape and I have a flat belly even after eating and before and during my period.

The only challenge is that in some social situations PKD is not always easy to maintain. People are not necessarily supportive and sometimes they can make very strange comments. Once we learn to get over these problems, they will not bother us anymore.

The important thing is that we personally know what we do, why we do it and that we feel great, energetic and healthy, we have an ideal weight and we have no health issues and pain. How great is that?!!

Do you want to get rid of that stubborn fat around your waist? Are you suffering from chronic pain and/or any chronic illness? Do you have questions and need advice in eating well? Contact me today for more information!

Orsolya Szathmari

+41 76 346 50 56

Organic, local beef, beef heart, Mangalica lard and bone marrow served with some fresh herbs and salt flakes.


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