The chief aim of the ketogenic diet is for the body to reach a state known as ketosis. This is from where the diet gets its name, and ketosis is a state in which the body makes use of fat rather than glucose for fuel. This can be achieved by adjusting your diet so that a larger number of calories originate from fat.
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This infographic shows exactly what and how much you should be eating.
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I know it is tough when you start to think of how to replace your old favorite unhealthy foods with healthy alternatives. If you don’t know where to start, then these swaps will give you many delicious alternatives to your old favorite foods.
When you look for keto approved foods, fat and protein will comprise the majority of your food.
The first thing when you make the change to a low carb high fat diet, is to make sure that you eat enough fat. This may sound easier than it actually is, as we have been told for so long that fat makes you fat.
Foods high in fat for the keto diet
Right now there are so much research being done and so many books that show that we need to eat good fat to lose fat. One of my favorite books is from Dr Hyman. If you want to know more about Dr Hyman or his insights into why we need to eat fat, click on the image…
Now that we know that we have to eat fat to be healthy and to lose weight, the next question is what fats should I eat.
Fat options on the healthier side include grass fed butter, olive oil, coconut oil, fat from meat and heavy cream. Saturated fat is not the enemy, but beware all trans fat. Cheese, nut butters and nuts also include good levels of healthy fats. Enjoy…
I start my day with coffee and either butter or coconut oil or both. When I do this I start my day with good fat and not with traditional high carb breakfasts that make me tired and hungry by ten. This is a really good way to include good MCT (medium chain triglyceride) fats into your diet. Generally I mix my own, but if you are looking for an easy way to kick up you coffee a notch, then try this coffee booster.
Eat fatty red meats, white meats from chicken and turkey with their skin, fish, seafood and eggs. There is also protein in full fat dairy and nuts. Fish like salmon, sardines, and tuna are excellent sources of protein and omega-3 acids as well.
Some Carbs are Crucial
Please don’t cut out all carbs. It may be necessary for small groups of people and is not a problem for a few days at a time. You however do need fiber and vitamins and minerals that you can mostly get from carbs. You also need to manage the PH level of your foods, which can really only be done by eating enough greens.
So eat greens, spinach, lettuce, kale. Eat cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage. Enjoy other salad vegetables like cucumber, peppers and a some tomatoes.
Cut out on fruit, except for berries and maybe a little lime. Here is my take on fruit while eating keto and a list of everything you should not eat.
Bread, whole grains and vegetables that grow under ground like potatoes should be completely avoided as should sweets like candies, ice cream, cookies, sugary drinks like sodas and fruit juices, cereals, and pastry/bread products that are made with refined flour.
What You Should Eat
This may sound as though a lot of foods are removed from your diet, but because you add back fat into your life. You will find that the food you eat leaves you satiated. No more hunger. 🙂
You need to change your mind set and make a start. You will find that once you know what to eat and how to cook it, that a ketogenic lifestyle is quite easy to follow.
As a start, you can check out a few more of our ketogenic diet recipes.
Throw out everything you used to know about food and what is good for you. Make a decision that you want to be healthy and slim and just go for it.
You will find lots of resources on our site and we are here if you need help. Just comment and we will get back to you as soon as we can.
Still not sure where to start, then go to our page Start Here. You will find it on the top of the page.
Specifically looking for Keto approved food, then checking out our Checklist section is a good start.