The first thing I tell people who are thinking about trying the Ketogenic Diet is that it’s not a “one size fits all” plan. What works for me may not work for you. There are many different ideas about what a keto lifestyle should look like—so there are lots of ways for you to make it your own!
My eating regime is one that's full whole foods and balanced protein, while limiting carbohydrates. I also incorporate healthy fats in the right amount to keep me from overeating and having sugar cravings. I just make sure I’m not overloading on them, as the bacteria in my gut does not do well if I eat too much fat. Overall, I opt for lots of non-starchy vegetables and herbs, and the only fruits I eat are berries.
So how do I cut carbs without missing out? I make Paleo bread and waffles, using egg whites and protein powder, and I make my own gluten-free granola with nuts and seeds. But I’m not perfect and, sometimes, I like to carb up on a delicious pasta dinner or carrot cake if I feel like it. A strict Keto Diet can be impossible and unhealthy in the long run for many folks. Like most diets, moderation is key!
Finding the right balance of carbs, protein and fat to turn your body into a fat-burning machine will take a little time to figure out. It’s based on real science, and you can even use devices to test your ketone levels. Ultimately, how you feel is the best way to tell if it’s working. The most important thing about this way of eating is that you no longer have to fear fat or food. It’s all about non-judgment, no guilt and lots of self-love. You learn to listen to your body, because it possesses infinite wisdom.
My ketogenic lifestyle is about creating a healthy relationship with food and my body. And by keeping my hormones in check, it helps my belly stay flat and keeps the inflammation in my joints at bay. My favorite part? Sleeping through the night!
Daily Diet Tips for Days 1-10:
Notes: Go low-carb (between 30-50 net grams of carbs per day) and consume moderate protein (15-25% of total intake). Eat this way for at least 10 days. When I'm trying to loose 5-10 pounds, I follow this strict keto plan...
- 2 servings, 8oz each, of low starch veggies and herbs
- 2 servings of protein that are not more than 3.5-4 oz. per serving
- 2 servings of Paleo or gluten-free bread. I recommend making your own or store-bought Ezekiel bread.
- ¼ cup of berries, which I usually enjoy mixed into my green smoothie
- 1 Tbsp. of coconut milk for a serving of quality fat
- 1 Tbsp. MCT Bulletproof Brain Octane Oil and 2 scoops of collagen blended in my coffee
- Avocado oil or coconut oil to cook or make dressings
Are you excited to get started? Next week I’ll be sharing a full list of ketogenic benefits and the supplements I use. Plus, recipes are on the way. Keep checking back each week to learn more about the keto lifestyle!