I often hear “Keto is so hard”, or, “I can’t give up carbs – no way”. Luckily, I’m here to tell you that I too, LOVE carbs, and am very lazy, so strive to make life as easy as possible! And, keto is NOT hard!(Owl photo credit goes to Photo by Kevin Mueller on Unsplash)
Here are the 5 steps I suggest to everyone who starts:
Download a carb tracking app. I recommend Carb Manager. I like it for several reasons, one being that it has a really easy interface (so very user friendly). I also like that is has a website as well as a really well done mobile app. You will want set up your profile and go into the settings and make sure you turn on the numbers for keto.
Start tracking what you eat on a normal day. and try to get closer and closer to your macro goals. For example, if you really want pizza, google “keto pizza”, (or click here for my amazing keto pizza recipe!) Make sure to weigh and accurately track what you are eating.
Buy a LARGE water bottle and track your water intake. You will want to make sure you are well hydrated. However, make sure you are getting at least a teaspoon of salt a day, preferably Pink Himalayan or sea salt. (Fun fact – a lot of table salts have sugar in them caking agent!) You need salt because if you drink too much water without salt, you won’t retain the water and it will simply dilute the electrolytes that you have in your system.
Be sure to take additional supplements of calcium, magnesium, and potassium. Without these, and enough water, you may get the keto flu. I like using vitamins, Poweraide / Gatorade zero and supplement powders.
Intermittent fasting, or, IF, (autophagy) is something that many of those who do keto end up finding themselves doing. This is because as your body starts to burn fat reserves instead of the carbs, you will find that you are not hungry. Don’t force yourself into IF – you’re body will tell you when you are ready!
In 1924 Morton became the first company to produce iodized salt for the table in order to reduce the incidence of simple goiter. Dextrose is added to stabilize the iodide. Iodine is vital to the proper functioning of the thyroid gland and the prevention of goiter. Actually, the amount of dextrose in salt is so small that it is dietetically insignificant. Morton® Iodized Table Salt contains 0.04 percent dextrose or 40 milligrams per 100 grams of salt. Morton® Plain Table Salt contains neither iodine nor dextrose. All Morton Salt products containing potassium iodide are labeled as such.
Dextrose is the name of a simple sugar that is made from corn and is chemically identical to glucose, or blood sugar. Dextrose is often used in baking products as a sweetener, and can be commonly found in items such as processed foods and corn syrup.
So, it is up to the consumer, but I would prefer to not have trace amounts of corn sugar in my diet! Be sure to read your labels, and do your research!
One of my favorite staples is spaghetti squash. With a cup of squash having 5.5g of net carbs and tons of toppings options, I highly recommend you give it a try!
Step 1. Cut vents into sides of spaghetti squash. Microwave for about 5 minutes. Use a tea towel to pull the spaghetti squash from the microwave, as it will be very warm. Preheat your oven to 425F.
Step 2. When cool, cut the spaghetti squash in half along the longer side of the gourd. Be careful with your knife as the rind of the spaghetti squash is tough. If not making any head way, microwave for a few more minutes.
Step 3. Using a spoon, remove the seeds from the inside of the spaghetti squash.
Step 4. Generously coat the inside of the spaghetti squash with oil. Doesn’t matter what kind. Palm oil is usually never good, but other then that, I’m not the boss of you.
Step 5. Place the spaghetti squash face down on a cookie sheet. Put cookie sheet in the oven that should be preheated by now to 425F. Add about a cup of water to the cookie sheet, otherwise I find the edges to over cook a little bit and dry out.
Step 6. Cook your spaghetti squash for about 30 minutes. To test if it is done, use a fork to gently flip the squash over. If you can easily stick your fork into the squash innards, then your done! Remove the squash from the oven, and using your fork, loosen the inside of the squash. The insides will look like spaghetti! You can now add whatever toppings you see fit to your “spaghetti”!