Here is how I started the Ketogenic Diet and have stayed in Ketosis even through Thanksgiving. I will start with the simplest steps and work towards more advanced mechanics and science. At the grassroots level, people were naysayers on Thanksgiving proper, but when the #keto leftovers came out tonight, I could hear gasps of disbelief and joy, when my guests remembered what a blast of real and fatty food tasted like!!! Bacon roasted Turkey stuffed with poultry herbs, sausage, shallots, and cloves of garlic. Served with Olive Oil basted Brussels drizzled with melted sharp cheddar cream.
Tips and Tricks:
- Rid your cabinets and refirigerator of processed foods and snacks. Although your hunger and cravings will go away, It is impossible to eat something that isn’t in reach.
- Leave time to read labels while shopping. The food industry is a consortium clever marketers who know way more about your buying psychology than you would care to know. If they take the fat out, they put something else in. This is usually not in the form of vitamins and nutrients. Low Fat and No Fat are simply a NO. All Natural NO.
- Focus on what you can eat not your limitations. You can Eat:
- Whole Foods – Not processed. The highest yielding piece of advice I have ever followed and it works on almost all diets. Eat whole foods. Eat more plants.
- All meats and the fattier the better. It is harder than you think to achieve 60-70% fat in your meals. Meat are full of protein so we need the extra fat remember ratios and proportions from math in high school. he reason we learned about these is I suspect the math teachers new the FDA was trying to kill us.
- All real cheeses. Cheese will become a staple and a great snack.
- Green leafy and cruciferous vegetables. Vegetables have carbohydrates yes, but fiber cancels out the carbohydrate – net carbs.
- Butter, Whole Milk, heavy cream, sour cream, cottage cheese (watch for added sugar).
- Coconut Oil, Olive Oil, Seed oil, MCT oil (more on this later).
- AA – not Alcoholics Anonymous but Avocados and Artichokes.
- Baking Soda – More on this later.
- Bacon, Sausage (careful here sugar again and really weird additives), Burger, Salmon, Wild Game, Chicken, Fish, Veal, Liver.
- Nuts, seeds. Sunfllower seed, macadamia, almonds, walnut, brazil, pecans, peanuts, pine nuts.
- Salad dressings, ranch, blue cheese, Caesar.
- 100% dark chocolate both baking bars and powder.
- Stevia as a sweetener.
- Coffee, Tea, Sparkling water, and water.
- If you must consume alcohol, which will create a certain set of extra effort on your part, dry red or white wine or clear hard liquor mixed with water or soda water.
It is the first protocol I have ever embarked upon that is hard to start and gets easier as you progress. The first few days bring a dramatic change in your entire anatomy, and you will feel it. So be prepared. Your will require a lot of water don’t miss this. Water, Salt, and electrolytes will be depleted as you make a fundamental switch in the way your body makes energy. I would even suggest adding a TBL of coconut oil or butter to your coffee as you prepare to embark on this journey. Get yourself a little pre-keto. If you have never done a low carb diet your body is going to rebel. You are taking away it’s addiction. Until you train it, your taking away the bodies customary operating system, it’s only familiar energy source.