I’m probably a little behind on this keto craze, but I just feel it’s a renamed Atkins or South Beach Diet. No carbs or low carbs and high fat. I don’t know about you but fats growing up were considered a no-no. Fats got you fat...right? So, if I give up most breads, rice, pasta, potatoes and corn etc...I can indulge in my favorite foods, everything dairy? And I’ll lose weight! It should be a no brainer, but I need more convincing.
Two things we should remember; (according to the Keto experts)
1. The body can burn fats into energy much faster then carbs, thus using stored fat when needed, which in turn, weight loss.
2. Fats contain more calories, so you eat less. Or it’s ingrained in our brain to eat less fat. I’m still sticking to that one.
Keto is based on ratios aka fat, protein and carbs. 65% to 75% is fat, 20% protein and the remaining 5%-10% is carbs. If you want to track your %’s you can at tasteaholics.com/keto-calculator or ketogains.com/ketogains-caluculator. With any diet it is important to drink water and get some exercise. It’s also important to know when you are establishing “ketosis” which can be detectable by the sniff “breath test”. Your body will create ketone bodies which will change the smell of your breath when it first starts working. Another way is checking your urine with urine test strips or by a blood ketone meter, which is much more accurate.
Here comes the hard part throwing out all things carb in your fridge, freezer and pantry. Or donating them to your family or church. Not only are you getting rid of the fore mentioned, it also includes beans, crackers, cereal, oats, pop, fruit juice, milk, sweetened yogurt, sweets, bananas ☹️, Grapes, mangos, papayas, dried fruit or any fruit stored in a sugary syrup.
You can alternate:
Milk for Coconut Milk
Pasta for Zucchini noodles
Sugar for Stevia
Rice for Shirataki Rice
Mashed potatoes for mashed cauliflower
From now on when I post a recipe that is Keto friendly I will let you know. And I’ll start a Keto board in Pinterest. I’ve already have recipes that will work and I’ll edit them and pin them to that board. One of my favorite recipes is Keto friendly and that’s my BLT Breakfast Salad. I’ll eat this anytime of the day, especially for dinner when I want something light. Yum Yum!