Hi everyone! I’ve been seeing a lot of posts lately about how hard it is to start a ketogenic lifestyle and I get it. I truly do. When you’re used to one way of eating and are beginning a new one, navigating it is tough! It takes a lot of dedication to choose to improve your health and your life when it feels like there are a million rules to your new lifestyle change. I’ve got some basic tips for you to get started.
Keep it simple:
The reason I say keep it simple is because the more complicated you make it, the less likely you are to stick with it. For those starting keto, keeping it simple refers to our meals. You don’t need to start making keto-fied desserts or ingredient heavy recipes; you can actually manage just by having a protein source, a fat in terms of sauce/accoutrements and a low carb vegetable. Sticking with simplistic recipes or ingredients ensures you aren’t eating franken-foods or eating hidden carbohydrates, especially for lazy ketoers who don’t wish to count everything they eat. I am fond of making steak or chicken with steak spice, butter and cauliflower with cheese. Seems easy doesn’t it? It is and it allows me to get my needs met without having to think about it too much. It’s a go to on those nights when I really don’t want to cook and let’s be honest, time is always a factor.
The Internet is Your Friend:
The Internet can be a fantastic tool for all your basic ketogenic diet information but take it all with a grain of salt and a critical eye. Medical websites are a great source of information but beware of biases in research papers and look for who is paying for studies. You’ll be surprised as to how many studies are funded by people who have a direct interest in the results of it (I’m looking at you, sugar industry).
While there are some fantastic bloggers and vloggers, many have their own types of keto they do and as mentioned before, keep a critical eye. Many will try to sell you on supplements for exogenous ketones or multilevel marketing products that don’t actually work. Why purchase things you don’t actually need? Listen to their advice and see how it works for you.
Write it Down:
To start, write everything down including your goals, starting weight and foods. If you choose to understand and know your macros, write those down. Log foods for the first couple of weeks to be able to recognize net carbs for foods you eat often. A lot of this will come naturally after the first month and logging everything down will not be as necessary.
Take Beginning Photos:
I’m a huge believer of beginning photos and honestly wish I had taken some from the beginning of my journey rather than halfway through! When first starting sometimes the scale is not so kind but you’ll notice major changes in your skin and figure regardless of what the scale says. It’ll help you stay accountable as well as show you the smaller changes that the scale cannot account for.
Follow Your Instincts:
When in doubt, follow your instincts. You will see where you lie as you go on your journey. Do you find you can’t keep away from sweets and extra carbs when you have sugar alcohols? Eliminate them since they don’t work for you. Do you need carbs prior to a workout? Eat 20g before you workout to get your energy up if it works for you. Do not let anyone tell you how to do keto! Take their advice and follow basic ketogenic diet rules but take your journey in stride and listen to your body. It will tell you everything you need to know! Trust the process. You’ve got this and we’ve got you! 🙂
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