What does living a Ketogenic Life look like? I see many people online asking questions like, “What do I eat? What do I do?” It seems that a lot of people get overwhelmed by information and they become paralyzed and unable to take positive action.
I believe in keeping things simple in the beginning, and I also know from experience that we all have to make our own mistakes and discover what works for us and what doesn’t. You can’t do that though if you don’t get started.
When I began the ketogenic lifestyle, a typical day was:
Breakfast: Coffee with sugar free creamer, bacon and three fried eggs – fried in the bacon grease.
I ate that breakfast everyday for, probably, the first two months. I was beyond sick of it, but I had a goal and I just kept going.
Lunch: Sautéed onions, mushrooms, and bell peppers in extra virgin olive oil. Sometimes I added a piece of chicken or ground beef. I got tired of that too, but I wasn’t in a head space yet that allowed me to deviate and find something new. I was on autopilot and was only thinking of losing weight.
Dinner: Meat and veggies of some sort.
Dessert: In the beginning, I had the mentality that I needed dessert because I couldn’t “deprive” myself. I ate Atkins bars, shakes, and sometimes sugar free candies for desserts. I was dependent on them for months. Between my start day of March 3rd and the day I gave up Atkins bars and shakes, November 23rd, I had three major stalls of about six weeks and I had lost 65 pounds during that time. After giving them up I lost another 16 pounds pretty rapidly. I just got over another stall of six weeks and I am down another four pounds. I tried to figure this stall out and discovered there may be that there is nothing to figure out and I just needed to ride it out. That said, I had been indulging in “desserts” in the form of recipes that use almond flour and coconut flour and Splenda about once a week. I am very well aware that may have been my problem. I let them go for two weeks and the stall ended. I think I need to limit those things to once or twice a month.
So what do you eat and what do you do? Get started. Keep it simple until you have the confidence and motivation to try the recipes out there. If you are a wiz in the kitchen and it won’t overwhelm you to try those fabulous recipes when you start, then by all means go for it. I was a novice in the kitchen and did not enjoy cooking. Nowadays, I sort of look forward to being in the kitchen and discovering new yummy Keto recipes. If you have Pinterest you can check out the link to my food board – I have made many of these recipes and continue to try them. Keto Food.
Now my typical day looks like this:
Breakfast: Coffee 10 oz with two tablespoons of heavy whipping cream and one tablespoon of coconut oil. This usually keeps me satiated until afternoon.
Yes, it is okay to not eat food until the afternoon. In fact, one of the things I love about this way of eating, I actually eat when I am hungry. I know true hunger now. Most of my life I never experienced true hunger because my body was numb from the toxins called carbs and sugar. My cells craved and cried out for more all the time, making me think I was always hungry, but I wasn’t. I was addicted, and much like the drug addict, I thought I needed the food or I would die. Literally, some days I was so jonesing for sweets that I would mentally battle it and try to talk myself in to being “good,” but my cravings always won out and I would go to the grocery store and buy a pie or a cheesecake or a half gallon of ice cream and eat until I felt sick. That is not normal. That is not hunger. That is addiction, pure and simple.
Lunch: If I eat lunch (yes, I said if I eat lunch) I have something like jalapeno poppers or I make a chicken breast with the skin and top it with some sort of veggie (green beans, cauliflower) and include bacon, cheese of some sort, and sour cream. Sometimes, I simply have bacon wrapped green beans or bacon wrapped asparagus.
Sometimes I don’t eat lunch and I go from coffee in the morning to dinner. Simply because I am just not hungry. I know that freaks some people out and I have been told by people, “That’s not healthy.” “You need to eat every couple of hours.” “Your body will go in to starvation mode.” To all that I say, BULL. I now give my body what it asks for and when it asks for it. My blood sugar stays steady because of it. It is working for me. I am energetic, I feel good, and I am finally in tune with my body. I feel things I have never felt! I also haven’t been sick all year! Not one cold or fever.
Dinner: Bunless burger topped with cheese, onion, mushroom, avocado, bacon and sour cream. Or chicken legs with the skin and dipped in blue cheese dressing.
As you can see, when I am hungry, I eat and I eat delicious, fat-rich food. I use butter, I cook with heavy cream, I eat animal fat, chicken skin and many other things that over the years I was brainwashed to think was bad for me.
I will say, if you eat all that I eat, but you still eat grains, carbs, sugar and processed foods, then that is bad for you. Let the grains, carbs and sugars go and enjoy the natural fats out there. Fat will make you feel full, and feel full longer.
Keep it simple. If it isn’t a non-starchy veggie, meat, fish, cheese, egg, or berry – don’t eat it. If it has ingredients you can’t pronounce, don’t eat it. If it is in the middle aisles of the grocery store and comes in a package, you probably shouldn’t eat it. If it is breaded, don’t eat it. If it is glazed in a sauce, don’t eat it. If it says “sugar free” don’t eat it.
For the first time, I finally feel like I am free from the grip that food has held on me my entire life. I don’t look at food as a emotional crutch. I look at food for what it is, fuel for my awesomeness. I am able to listen to my body. When I’m hungry, I eat. When I’m not, I don’t.
It doesn’t get much simpler than that.