Can You do Keto on a Whole Food Diet? Well it is doable and gives us the best of both worlds but it does take a little planning so I will share some ideas here to make it easier.
The keto diet is a very popular option that encourages you to eat as many quality grass-fed open range meats, wild caught fish, free range chicken and good low carb veggies at mealtime.
There are some veggies that do not meet these guidelines and that will be covered later. However, If you are following a whole foods lifestyle it just takes a little adjustment to what you already enjoy and you will be just fine. I follow both and to tell the truth and “go Paleo” for a week now and then. It was just a little hard when I first started because there were some foods that are harder to source here in Mexico than in the states. My answer was to have friends bring me some of the items when they came to Puerto Vallarta for vacation.
First, to start you want to Stick to the Basics
You will want to try to keep your diet as simple as possible, when you are combining keto with a whole foods diet. If you are new to keto it is best to have a plan to work from so that you don’t make it overly complicated. With a whole foods diet, you are trying to avoid almost all processed foods which, depending on your plan is also the case with a keto diet or lifestyle.
For the keto diet and the whole foods lifestyle, the majority of your meals include some meat and veggies, plus
some nuts, seeds, and a little fruit and cheese. Eggs from Free-range raised chickens are also part of both plans. If you are doing a week of paleo once in a while, check the recipes. You will want to skip the cheese but you may decide to increase the fruit a little.
You will still want to avoid Packaged and Processed Foods
We don’t want to use anything processed if we can avoid it. This can be a major challenge with some keto diet plans called “dirty keto” as they like to include processed meats such as salami and different sausages. If you are doing keto along with whole foods you will want to skip all this pre-packaged low-carb foods and keto snacks you find in the grocery store and stick to what you can prepare fresh. Now if you are like me, you want your sausage once in a while. I will share some recipes on my blog on how to make your own at home without adding all the chemicals and fillers the pre-made ones come with. There are some pre-made foods that we include in both lifestyles such as cheese, olives, capers, etc. Actually, olives and olive oil are an important part of both diets if you happen to like them. I use some Extra Virgin Olive Oil but most of the time we use Avocado Oil in our house and in fact make our own at times but that’s for another article.
It is Important to Meal Plan and Prep
These steps are essential so that we never get stuck with nothing to eat and end up making bad choices. If you are going to eat all meals and snacks as both a whole food and keto diet then the best step is to plan your meals a week at a time and get your groceries and then prep as much as you can on your days off. You can do things like putting nuts and seeds into little zip-lock baggies for portion control. (Nuts are high in fat but the calories add up fast) chop and dice fruit and veggies, and make some salads ahead of time so that you only add the dressing at the last minute. You can also cook some meats and chicken ahead of time so that when Monday rolls around, all you need to do is assemble the meals and your ready to go. There are also a lot of “Mason Jar Salads” that can be assembled ahead of time for lunches during the week.
There are foods that fit both lifestyles but are a must for the keto part of the diet. Items such as butter from grass-fed cows, eggs from free range chickens, and if you are eating chicken you want it to be free range. Bone broth is a big part of both lifestyles and there are a few other things that you will fit into your diet if you are not already using them.
I am sharing my ketogenic/Paleo lifestyle with you right here on the blog. It will include many of the recipes we enjoy in our house, tips where to buy some of the harder to find items you might want to find, and of course articles about the Whole Foods lifestyle, ketogenic lifestyle, Paleo lifestyle and how to fit them all together. It is all about healthy living and enjoying life a little more in the coming years. Aging is something we all do, choosing the proper foods to put into our body goes a long ways to making the aging process enjoyable..
It is exciting to try different recipes and I share many new Keto recipes as as well as old favorites here to help you reach your goals. I will be focused on Kelo with some Paleo recipes and a goal of remaining gluten free at least 90 percent of the time, but if you are gluten free, always double check the ingredients jst to be sure.
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