Here are 8 quick tips that will help you master the keto diet. If you’re looking for easy recipes and keto success tips, you’ve come to the right place.
8 Quick Keto Tips
So, what’s the fuss over this diet plan that’s taking over the world? Well, it’s simple. It seems to work and there’s quite a few ways to keep keto fun and exciting. Whether you’ve already started the diet, or you’re a beginner looking for tips, sometimes you just need a simple list with the most important takeaways. That’s why we’ve put together a few tips that we know will help ease your mind.
Keep it Simple
When things feel simple, we often maintain a healthy momentum. If something feels too complicated, well, the odds of sticking to it are pretty slim. So, how can you make keto simple? Try sticking to these simple rules.
- Pick a protein – Chicken, beef, pork, turkey, fish, seafood, protein powder, eggs, etc.
- Pick a (low carb) veggie – Cauliflower, broccoli, zucchini, brussels sprouts, cucumbers, bell peppers, etc.
- Add fat – Butter, oil, lard, ghee, cheese, bacon, avocado, mayonnaise, nuts, etc.
Out of sight, out of mind. This is especially true when it comes to what you eat. If you have something tempting in your fridge, it’s going to be tougher to fight the urge. So remove them all together! Try removing these items from your kitchen:
- Grains including wheat, bread, pasta, rice, oats, cereal, corn, etc.
- Sugar including table sugar, candy, pastries, cakes, ice cream, chocolate, soda, juice, honey, maple syrup, etc.
- Starchy vegetables including potatoes, sweet potatoes, parsnips, etc.
- Legumes including beans, lentils, chickpeas, etc. (Peanuts are an exception in moderation.)
- High-sugar fruits including bananas, pineapple, oranges, apples, grapes, etc.
- Low-fat dairy & milk including all cow’s milk (except heavy cream is fine), low-fat cheese, etc.
- Seed & vegetable oils especially margarine, canola oil, corn oil, grapeseed oil and soybean oil
- Processed “low carb” foods depending on ingredients, so read labels for hidden sugar, starch, and artificial ingredients
Okay, so you may have just read that and felt your heart skip a beat. But don’t worry, you’ll stock up alternatives that will be surprisingly easy to switch over to.
You know how we said you’ll stock up great alternatives? These following options are just a few great foods to focus on when revamping your fridge. Keeping foods that are keto friendly visible, and the others gone, will keep this simple.
- Dark, leafy greens
- Veggies that grow above ground
- Meat and poultry (no fillers)
- Almond Milk
- Nuts and seeds
- Mayo, hot sauce and mustard
- Herbs and spices
- Low-carb flour
Pick Wise Sweeteners
Cutting out sugar may end up being one of the best decisions you make. Especially since sweeteners like, SweetLeaf® Stevia Sweetener and SweetLeaf® Monk Fruit Sweetener are natural, healthy sweeteners that are better for you anyways.
Who says you can’t make delicious sweet desserts while on keto. As long as you choose wise sweeteners, like SweetLeaf®, you can have desserts like this delicious Keto Chocolate Smoothie. If you’re making a dessert that includes sugar in its recipe, try using a conversion chart so you can use a keto-friendly sweetener instead.
Hydration is important no matter what, but for those on a keto diet it should be an even greater focus. Eating carbs causes us to store more water in our bodies, while a keto diet flushes out more water, so it’s even more crucial to drink enough. Aim for 16 cups per day.
Choose Easy Recipes
While keto recipes aren’t required to stick to the keto diet, they do make it much more fun. Choosing a simple keto recipe allows you to make your meals more often. Try things like Low-Carb Citrus Glazed Salmon or prep and stock away snacks like Peanut Butter Banana Protein Bars.
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Avoid Keto Flu
Maybe you’ve heard of Keto Flu, or maybe you’ve experienced it. If you have, you probably already know that it’s temporary. Not only is it temporary, but there are things you can do to help avoid the flu-like symptoms as well. In short, make sure you get enough electrolytes (especially sodium, potassium and magnesium). Salting your food generously is one of the best things you can do here; some people even add sea salt to their water. Ease into it, and take it slow as you start.
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