By now you may have done your research, learned something about the benefits of keto diet, and you are ready to give it a try. Still the main question is — how do you start with the diet? Well, everything starts with strategic planning. Having an idea what you will be eating for the rest of the week will help make sure that you are always on the right track. However, you may eventually realize that planning your meals for full seven days can be the most challenging and time-consuming part once you start following a strict diet.
If you want to make things much easier, you may want to consider ordering keto-friendly food instead. Keto Living PH offers a “weekday meal plus weekend meal” subscription plan wherein you will be receiving weekday meals plus a weekend meal, equivalent to 6 days, leaving you with just one day to worry about (but please, no cheat).
Once you check their website, you will see that there’s an option for you to include a keto snack. Subscription to Keto Living PH can be as short as 6 days, 12 or 18 days, or it can be as long as 72 days or 12 weeks. Even if you live as far as Taytay in the north, or Bacoor in the South, you can still have food delivered right to your doorstep since Keto Living PH covers those areas apart from most cities within Metro Manila.
As for the remaining day that you will have to think about what you are supposed to eat, try to make sure that you will be eating within your daily macros, taking into consideration what exactly is in your food or how is it prepared. At the same time, you have to always bear in mind that the keto diet is a low-carb, high-fat diet. You have to reach ketosis, which is the metabolic state of enhanced production of ketones as well as accelerated fat burning. This happens as you go through your keto diet because you are trying to deprive your body of its initial primary fuel source which are carbohydrates. To make up for the lack of this, the body then starts to make ketones from fat, which shall replace carbohydrates as your body fuel.
For breakfast, you can probably have scrambled eggs with lettuce, a portion of avocado and/or cilantro. Avocado is one of the most suggested keto staples as it is high in monosaturated fatty acids. At the same time, it is also high in fiber, definitely an essential in your diet to help maintain immunity as well as gut health. You can also try having peanut butter as option for breakfast. Keto Living PH also offers keto peanut butter which can go great in keto breakfasts.
If you feel in between the normal meals, you can snack on nuts like walnuts, almonds, pistachio, or cashew. You can also mix in Flax seeds or Chia seeds to any of your meals. Adding these to your diet is important since nuts can provide your body with a lot of vitamins and minerals, as well as fiber, antioxidants, and lastly, fat.
Another snack suggestion would be bell pepper with guacamole or you can actually just get pastries from Keto Living PH like keto brownies, keto bibingka, keto mini cheesecake, or keto donuts available in chocolate or cinnamon flavor.
You can also try preparing kale salad with grilled chicken and olive oil as dressing for lunch. Olive oil is another keto staple since it is good for cardiovascular health. Aside from being also largely made up of monosaturated fatty acids, it is also high in Vitamin E and antioxidants. If you plan to cook your own food, olive oil is likely the most ideal cooking oil that can be used for a keto-friendly meal.
Grass-fed burger with lettuce as bun topped with avocado and a side salad would also be a good lunch or dinner option. If you do not feel like preparing so much for that day, you can probably just try Keto Living PH’s Keto King Bacon Cheeseburger.
You can keep your food for dinner relatively light by trying to replace white or brown rice with cauliflower rice. Low-carb vegetables like cauliflower and cucumbers are just two examples of veggies that you have to add to your food intake. Other leafy greens you can try include kale, spinach, arugula, and broccoli.
Fatty cuts of meat like chicken thighs, T-bone, ground beef, and rib eye steak are all great options to pair with your cauliflower rice (this rice tastes so good, yes).
Shrimp can also be part of your meal plan. For dinner, you can grill shrimp and top it with lemon butter sauce, and add asparagus as side. Butter is a very versatile keto staple as it can be used for frying, baking, or simply use it as spread. Since it is approximately 80% fat, it is definitely 100% keto-approved.
Other essential staples in most keto meals include milk, flour and coconut oil. The latter contains lauric acid which is proven to boost the production of ketones and provide immediate energy. It also protects heart health, has antimicrobial elements, and helps reduce cancer risk.
Given that eggs contain a perfect balance of fat as well as protein, which is exactly what you need when you’re on keto diet, you can try other ways of cooking it so you can have more breakfast options. Aside from scrambled eggs, baked eggs paired with an avocado cup could be a good way to start your day. For seafood, particularly fish, mackerel, salmon, and sardines have plenty of heart-healthy fat.
Another kind of salad that you can try for lunch would be tuna salad. If you want to have dessert, you can also try keto brazo de mercedes, keto choco cake, keto leche flan, or even keto chocolate mousse cups, which are all available through Keto Living PH.
The moment you fully understand and get used to keto diet, you will notice that it will gradually become natural to you and your body will generally be in good, tip-top shape.