I kept going back because I knew it was the right way to eat. For everything I learned and continued to read about it, it just made sense to me… I knew processed foods weren’t good, and it made sense that if you were going to take something out of your diet, like bread and grains, you better increase in another area (like fat and oils) to make up for it! The problem I kept encountering was the amount of carbs. I was lowering them too fast, too hard to maintain that. It wasn’t until I read the book, “The Keto Reset Diet” by Mark Sisson that I understood why it was so hard and why it didn’t work for me. I didn’t allow myself a 3 week period to lower my carbs enough to get me conditioned without making me so tired and ill feeling that I couldn’t continue. It was after this 9 week process of first lowering my carbs to around 100 grams a day for the first 3 weeks, then lowering it to 50 grams a day for 6 weeks, that I finally reached my goals and felt the wonderful effects of a ketogenic diet or in Mark Sisson’s words, “becoming fat adapted”. It’s not exactly a diet for me now, per say. It’s become a lifestyle and the most enjoyable way of eating!
Here’s a short list of some of my favorite go-tos:
*Bulletproof Hot Chocolate with grass-fed butter and MCT oil
* Chia Seed Pudding (see this post on Instagram to see how I make it 🙂
* Raw Veggies (sliced cucumbers or mini peppers) dipped in Bleu Cheese Dressing
*Dry Roasted Almonds, Macadamia Nuts, or Cashews (in small quantities)
*Flackers with guacamole and sliced sharp cheese
*Eggs, eggs, and more eggs…. I LOVE my Instapot for perfectly hard boiled eggs in 8 minutes, perfect for salads, deviled eggs – these are my favorite, or just plain with salt and pepper. I’m a HUGE fan of a good frittata or scrambled eggs made with heavy cream, red peppers, jalapeños, avocado, and sliced cherry tomatoes topped with Trader Joe’s Red Pepper Sauce or spicy salsa.
*Bacon – I love using Butcher Box for delivering me grass-fed, hormone free meats… and their bacon is super yummy. My family’s favorite way to have bacon, besides just plain… is with brussel sprouts! I just chop and cook my bacon on the stove, then pour all the bacon bits, and bacon grease all over the brussel sprouts, then roast them.
This is just the beginning, folks, with posting my food ideas and ways to eat ketogenically AND deliciously without feeling like you have to spend loads of money on expensive “health” foods when you can make simple choices every day to assist you in your wellness and weight loss goals.