Starting the keto diet? Don’t know where to start? Well I was there a couple years ago and I did all the research, and listened to many podcasts etc. The most helpful thing is having a community to help. In this space I want it to be a place that you can feel comfortable to come to and look for advice and delicious easy recipes.
Now lets get started on how to get started. Any information I give is just advice from my years of learning about the ketogenic diet. I am not a professional and I am not a doctor, so please consult your doctor for any healthy issues or questions on your health.
Don’t be afraid of Fat
The best advice is just to start. I know that it can be confusing but its true, all you got to do is just start removing the carbs from your diet and start adding in some more fat. The world has this view on fat that its the worst thing in the world. But after the research I’ve done, I’ve learned this is far from true. How I started is cleaned out my pantry and fridge. This is the best way to start, because if you don’t have it available in your home, then you wont have to worry about it.
Since the beginning I have always made fatty coffees (bulletproof coffee), now this is not mandatory, but it is helpful. This is something that has worked for me, and is something I do everyday. But who doesn’t just love a delicious cup of coffee in the morning. Everybody makes their coffee different, but I will let you know how I normally make mine.
- 1, tbs Grass fed Butter
- 1. tbs Heavy Cream
- (optional) 1 tbs Creamer – flavored
- 14g Flavored Protein Powder
- 24oz Coffee
Blend up in a blender and enjoy!
Electrolytes are key
Electrolytes are where most go wrong. Water is going to be your best friend! The best advice I can give is drink all the water, but don’t forget the electrolytes too. Because our body is not full of carbs holding in all of the water, it just goes right through us along with all of our electrolytes. How I incorporate electrolytes into my life is I add pink salt, potassium and something tasty to my water and drink it everyday. I also take magnesium supplements to help get in enough magnesium.
Now of course the best way to get electrolytes in your system is through food. Lots of leafy greens like, spinach, kale, avocados, pumpkin seeds, almonds, dark chocolate, tomatoes, swiss chard, broccoli, sardines, Brussels sprouts, salmon, ground beef, steak, eggs, beef liver and the list can go on. A great source of fish oil and Vitamin D is Cod Liver Oil.
Keto doesn’t have to be hard
This way of eating doesn’t have to be hard! Just cut out the junk and starting eating whole foods and you will succeed. We tend to eat a lot of beef, it is our favorite and we buy the 80/20 to make sure we are getting some good fats in. Other ways to get good fat in is to just add butter, avocado/olive oil to your foods like, your veggies or cook with it.
Coconut can be your best friend!
Coconut oil, coconut butter, coconut flour are items we use all the time. Coconut is especially useful in baking.
Now lets talk about the sweets!
Sweets have always been my down fall and I can admit I am a sugar addict. This was something that I thought would be the biggest issue for me. Well I learned how to substitute sugar and make delicious sweet keto treats. Fat bombs are one of my main go-to’s check out our recipes here. Having some fat bombs on hand make it a lot easier and its a great sauce of fat and something sweet to eat. You can also make savory fat bombs that are just as delicious.
It was SO confusing to me at first and let me tell ya, I made some pretty nasty things that were not good. I thought I wouldn’t be able to do this and nothing is working. But I did my research and lots of practice and I finally got it, and it got easier. Here are some items to use to make delicious keto treats! Check out our dessert recipes here.
- Almond Flour
- Coconut Flour
- Erythritol – sugar substitute
- Liquid Stevia – sugar substitute
- Brown Sugar – sugar substitute
- Cocoa Powder
- Chocolate Chips – Enjoy Life or Lily’s
There are so many resources out there to help you along this journey. You will hear so many different things about keto, that are probably not true. The best thing you can do for yourself is research. Do some research on keto, fat, and what your body actually needs to be healthy. Keto is not just about weight loss, although it is amazing for that. Keto can help with so many health issues, just look up peoples stories and see what Keto has done for them.
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