What Are the Best Foods to Eat on a Keto Diet?
Before we begin talking about the list of foods ok to eat on keto diet, let us take a closer look at what exactly is Ketosis and what it does to our body. Ketosis is the process of burning off more body fat than you take in with each meal you consume. It is a natural process that all of us go through once in our lifetime when our body’s pancreas releases more insulin than it should. But as the amount of insulin increase, ketones decrease. As more ketones are produced than glucose, blood sugar levels fall significantly.
So now that you know what Ketosis is, what list of foods could be OK to eat on this diet? The list is quite long actually. First off, you need to eliminate all sweet treats, pastries, and anything else that contains sugar, glucose or any other sugar-forming carbohydrates. These are known as “triggers” and should be eliminated from your diet immediately. I know it may sound scary at first, but there are many healthy alternatives to these foods.
Second, you need to list all the “non-nutrient” foods. This will make it easy for you to determine what is on the list of foods ok to eat on a keto diet. Non-nutrient foods include; protein powders, such as casein, egg whites, hydrolyzed protein powders, chicken or turkey breast, fish oils, coconut oil, etc. You also need to list of vitamins and minerals, since you definitely will need those in order to stay healthy.
Third, you need to get organized. Your list is very important. You should have at least a week’s worth of food written down. If you don’t know what you ate the day before, you will not be able to remember it later. Keep it written in a sheet of paper along with the list of foods that you have decided to eliminate from your diet.
Fourth, you need to keep track of your food intake. Write down how much food you consume per meal or snack and make sure to take note of the times of day you have had each meal or snack. Also write down your total daily intake of carbohydrates, fats, protein and vitamins. Now you have a solid list of the food groupings that you should stick with on your keto diet.
Fifth, it is time to review the list. I recommend that you not eat anything on that list that you feel would be bad for you. That is common sense though. It is important that you do not eat things on your list that are going to aggravate your symptoms. Also, there is no sense in cutting out carbs if you are going to be building muscle and losing fat.
Sixth, continue to evaluate your list and throw out the things that are not going to benefit you. Continue to add healthy options to your diet. Be flexible and allow yourself to occasionally eat something you may perceive to be bad. It is going to happen.
By following these six steps, you will find that your keto diet plan becomes easier to stay on track with. You will be amazed at how much control and flexibility you have over what and how much to eat each day. Stick with it. You will see results!
I have prepared a list of foods I believe you should avoid on days where I am not feeling well. This is my normal eating schedule. This list can be modified by your own preference. You do not have to follow my recommendations all of the time.
Each day you can modify this list to suit your needs. For example, if I am feeling sluggish and tired, I might eat a salad. If I want to have a snack during the day, I might want a piece of fruit.
Make adjustments to your list as necessary. This will take some discipline but is important for you to be healthy. The last thing you want is to have a negative impact on your health. Start now and enjoy a new, improved life!