7 Days Of The Keto Diet | What You Need To Know
In case you didn’t see my single Instagram story last week (the one where I rationalized eating 2 Sprinkles cupcakes before bed since we were starting Keto the next day), Mihran and I decided to start Keto!
It was on a total whim, I happened across one of my favorite bloggers on Instagram talking about how much they love it and I was like okay, let’s start tomorrow. I didn’t even know much about it, except for the fact that I knew a few family and friends that did it/were on it. And guess whattttt, we LOVE IT.
What The Keto Diet Is
If you don’t know what the Keto diet is, it’s basically when you have a very high intake of healthy fats, moderate protein and VERY low carbs. Once your body cleanses itself of the all the carbs you’ve been eating and relying on for energy (carbs are in almost everything), it starts to rely on burning fat instead of carbs to keep you energized. Once your body is functioning in this state, it’s called Ketosis.
I’ve read that it can take anywhere from a few days to a couple weeks to get into Ketosis. Also, just to be clear, we are not yet in Ketosis. LOL. It’s only been a week, okay! We’ve peed on the Ketosis test strips (they measure the ketones in your body and turn different colors to tell you how far into ketosis you are) and they’ve told us we’re on our way. So I’m happy with that.
How To Get Into Ketosis
To get into Ketosis, you really have to lower your net carb intake SO much (like 25 grams or less a day) and eat so much healthy fat (like 90 grams a day). It’s hard and it definitely confuses your body at first. I really didn’t think I was eating too many carbs before we started, I was like “I don’t eat that much bread or pasta anyway so this is fine”. Wrong. Carbs are in everything, even fruits and veggies so you really have to be aware of your daily carb intake if you’re serious about getting into Ketosis. Not only that, but you have to start eating healthy fats like you’ve never eaten healthy fats before. I’m talking ALL the avocados, bacon, nuts, coconut oil, olive oil, etc. This has been the hardest part for me, and definitely something I’ll be working on next week.
Something that’s been really important to me throughout this initial week has been loosely counting my calories. Even though I’m eating mostly healthy foods, this diet calls for crazy amounts of fat and I want to make sure I’m not going off the deep end calorie wise. I feel like once I get in a routine with Keto I won’t need to count, but for now it’s been pretty helpful.
My Experience So Far
So, this is Day 8 and we have officially done Keto for 1 week. I know that’s nothing, but we feel pretty accomplished so far. I think what’s most important, is that we still like it and WANT to stick with it. I haven’t had french fries in over a week and I think that’s really crazy. It’s sad, but that was definitely my go-to junk food. YES I MISS THEM, but I don’t feel desperate for them. I feel really good still and just content with how I’m eating. I actually haven’t got the Keto flu yet (hopefully I’m not speaking too soon), but this just really feels like the right way of eating for us.
I’m looking forward to finishing an entire month of Keto (no cheat meals obviously or we’d be knocked out of Ketosis) and then we’re going to take it slow from there. Keto has already been such a learning experience and I feel like when we come out of it we’re going to want to stay pretty low carb for life. But, yeah after this month is over I am going to have a few french fries (I miss potatoes of all kinds really).
I think the craziest part about being on Keto is having to take out some fruits and veggies from your diet. I’ve ALWAYS been taught that all fruits and veggies are great and we should eat lots of them. Keto says otherwise. No starchy veggies and no high sugar fruits, so that takes away all kinds of potatoes, corn, watermelon, peaches, apples, bananas, etc. The list goes on. Green veggies are okay, but they still have carbs so you have to be mindful. I think that’s insane. My body’s definitely been craving fruits and veggies throughout this process so I’ve just been eating lots of greens and a little bit of berries (they’re allowed) each day to keep feeling good.
The one negative I have experienced so far is feeling abnormally tired and dehydrated. That’s all due to the lack of carbs in my body. Without carbs, my body doesn’t have anything to energize me with except for all of the new fats I’m putting into it. So whenever I’m feeling exhausted at random times, I know it’s because I haven’t been eating enough healthy fats. I also get dehydrated more easily because I don’t have the carbs in my body to help retain water so I have to be more mindful and drink way more water than I typically would or else I’ll get a headache real quick.
Keto Foods I’m Loving
- Avocados - SO good for you and SO full of healthy fats.
- Uncured Bacon - Yummy and full of healthy fats.
- Hard Boiled Eggs - Super low in carb, high in fat and just plain good for you.
- Strawberries - Limit your intake but most days these are just NEEDED.
- Spinach - Eat this by the handful, you’ll thank me later.
- Sharp Cheddar Cheese Sticks - Perfect fridge snack, high in fat and low in carb.
- Shirataki Noodles - Literally the most versatile, low carb, low calorie food I’ve ever seen. I want these every day. Their perfect for Keto chow mein, spaghetti, etc.
- Unsweetened Black Iced Tea - I get caffeine headaches on the daily so half a bottle of this a day keeps my head from exploding.
- Waterloos - Better than La Croixs, trust.
- Applegate Sausages/Hot Dogs - Yummy, low in carb, high in fat, no added sugars or nitrates. Only the good stuff.
- Fat Snax Chocolate Chip Cookies - Keto friendly chocolate chip cookie for when you need it.
- Enlightened Ice Cream - Make sure you read your nutrition labels and ingredients, but some of these flavors are totally Keto friendly and are WAY better than Halo Top.
- Olive Oil/Coconut Oil/Butter - The healthiest of fats. Rub all of your food in these oils to up your fat intake and just feel good and full.
Keto Fast Food Faves
The best part about Keto is that it really isn’t all that limiting. There’s so many options at the grocery stores and we can go to almost any restaurant and find something that fits our diet and feel good about it. Obviously cooking at home will always be the best option but for when you're on the go, these are some of our favorites Keto-friendly fast food options so far:
- Chipotle - Salad bowl protein, veggies, sour cream, guacamole, salsa, etc. on it (just make sure you skip the chips, tortilla, beans and rice!)
- In-N-Out - Double Double Protein Style (extra veggies, no spread)
- Chik-Fil-A - Grilled Nuggets & Garden Salad
- Any pizza place - Buffalo Wings & Anti-Pasto Salad
- Any Mongolian BBQ place - all the meats and veggies!! (minus the corn)
- Menchies Frozen Yogurt - DESSERT. I know it's not necessary... but they have low carb, sugar free flavors! Plus you can add some nuts and strawberries on top to make it reallllyyy good (those are basically the only Keto-friendly toppings lol).
Quick Keto Tips
- Make Fat Bombs - These are either sweet or savory little bites that you make at home that are FULL of healthy fats. This way whenever you feel like you need more healthy fats for the day, you can grab a fat bomb and be good to go.
- Utilize Pinterest - I am obsessed with finding new Keto recipes on Pinterest. The possibilities with Keto are endless. You can seriously search up virtually any meal you are craving, and Pinterest will have a Keto version you can make.
- Keep a Stocked Fridge - Making sure you have plenty of Keto friendly snacks and meals ready to go is key to staying positive and content on this type of diet. Snacks like hard boiled eggs, cheese sticks, pickles, uncured salami, etc. is all great to have in your fridge.
- Do This With A Buddy - Starting a new way of eating can be challenging and frustrating. Pick a friend to do it with to keep you accountable.