One of the first questions I am asked when talking with someone that is thinking of going Keto is “What Do I Eat On The Ketogenic Diet?”
That is a fair question considering all the hype that is available about a ketogenic lifestyle. Because there are so many blogs with information and recipes listed as Keto it is easy to get confused. So by now you may have heard of the many health benefits of a ketogenic diet, but you’re wondering at this point what you can eat (and what you can’t). Basically …
You want to eat REAL, NATURAL, UNPROCESSED foods.
You want to avoid PROCESSED FOODS.
That may sound pretty simplistic until you look into your food pantry and see all the packaged foods you have stored there. Real Natural and unprocessed food is really the basis of this miraculously healthy diet approach. It is pretty well documented that your body and your health are largely the results of the things you eat and drink however many people fail to understand just how important this connection is. That is why simply changing from a processed food lifestyle to a ketogenic diet delivers so many health rewards.
When you go Keto you eat grass-fed beef and meats, free range eggs, a lot of fresh vegetables, (with some limitations) plain yogurt and nuts. You enjoy many different wild caught fish and seafood, pasture-raised pork and free range poultry. You eat plenty of healthy fats like avocados, gelatin, ghee, some animal fats, olives and olive oil, and farm fresh butter. You occasionally eat fruit, keeping an eye on how much you consume because fruit is full of natural sugar. Some of the better choices are berries such as blueberries and raspberries as well as others.
You don’t eat processed foods, wheat, grains, table salt, (our salt of choice is Himalayan salt) baked goods, refined sugar and most foods which come in a wrapper or package. You avoid factory-farmed fish, pork and meats, artificial sweeteners (we do have three natural sweeteners we use) and refined fats like cottonseed, sunflower and corn oil. We prefer olive oil and avocado oil for our oils. If a food contains preservatives, steroids, hormones, antibiotics and other man-made ingredients, we avoid it.
The result is that the new you, as a product of nature, eat natural foods. Your body then naturally and automatically begins to return you to a healthier state than when you were eating mostly processed foods. There are so many benefits that it requires more than one article to list them in any detail but once you get started you will find you have so much more energy you will wonder where it has been hiding all these years.
As you get into the ketogenic lifestyle, you will find that there are some processed foods that must be purchased that way such as olives and capers. When that happens make it a habit to purchase them in glass containers and check the labels to avoid hidden sugar and chemicals.
And be ready because after a month or so people will start to notice the changes you have made and they will be coming to you and asking What Do I Eat On The Ketogenic Diet? and you will be amazed at how much you have learned in a short time.
If you are thinking of trying the keto diet there is no time like the present, if only to lose those pounds that are making you uncomfortable in hot weather and at the beach..
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