I keep seeing a flurry of posts about how expensive and difficult starting a keto diet is and I want to offer an alternative thought: Keep it simple when starting keto!
This is easy. Seriously easy, but only if you want it to be however. For the first two weeks keep your diet simple. Keep your net carbs under 20 and don’t worry about calories (for now)! Just eat until you are full and eat simple food.
Forget the fat bombs, ketogenic bread and brownies…
Put way the Pinterest…
Let your body adjust to bacon and eggs at breakfast, to roasted pork and salad with ranch at lunch, to steak or chicken thighs and asparagus or broccoli coated in butter at night.
Again, with beverages when starting keto,, drink broth and Powerade zero. Add Himalayan salts to water or drink pickle juice. Do whatever keeps your salts and electrolytes up through the day. Make sure to take your supplements regularly every single day.
If your hungry eat more fat – pickles and cream cheese in a slice of ham, tiny handful of macadamia nuts… and find something to distract yourself.
What is the best advice for starting keto?
Spend two weeks really devouring (reading) all things keto and once you have adapted and are two weeks in… look closer at your macros and then start deciding which path to take (so many keto paths!) You can get tons of CORRECT information my joining my Facebook Keto Success group by clicking here.
If you need help on where to begin you can download my free 3 Day Keto Kick Start and Weekly Meal Plans where all of the leg work on what to eat when starting keto has been done for you.
I promise the weight will drop off. Promise!
Your budget will be lower because your going to have a simple diet. Your ten pounds gone will be incentive. And, in addition to that, you will have the answers to all of your questions from the two weeks of research!
As I scroll through my social media, I find myself yelling at the screen “just eat the damn carbs already”!
Yes, I am a Certified Ketogenic Living Coach. It is my job to help teach others how to live a ketogenic lifestyle. However, despite my background and training, it gets exhausting seeing posts like these every time holiday rolls around:
- “Who all cheated today”
- “I fell off the wagon”
- “Oh my gosh, I feel so guilty”
I am a member of several groups on Facebook that help people with keto eating (I even run a large keto group of my own). I have been hearing/reading comments like this all day from people who didn’t follow their chosen way of eating of low carb or keto on Christmas Day.
Here is my input about the holiday carbs:
Life is too short, my friends!
We lost a child who we never had the opportunity to spend any holidays with. Not one. My grandmother spent every holiday for as long as I can remember in her kitchen. She would bake pies and cookies, turkey and mashed potatoes with stuffing and all the trimmings. Our family would gather around the table and enjoy the food and each other. But, she is gone now due to her battle with cancer. So, I carried on her traditions with my own children.
To me it isn’t cheating. It’s family time and I feel zero percent upset or guilty enjoying our traditions, including the foods. My family won’t be around forever. I know that all too well. So, I have no intentions on missing out on those irreplaceable moments for a few pounds of weight loss.
Just like food is an addiction, similarly so is obsessing over Christmas dinner. All I’ve seen for days is people obsessing over what they can/can’t eat due to carbs and who is upset after what carbs they did end up eating. To me all some have done is ruin their own holiday obsessing over this. What you are doing is really equivalent to people fighting eating disorders.
So, what should you do about the carbs?
You will never get these memories of holidays with your loved ones back. To center your world around what food is or isn’t on the table instead of those who surround you on Christmas or any other holiday or special occasion needs to STOP! Quit being so obsessive over the holiday meals with your loved ones and just eat the damn carbs and enjoy what time you have with them!!!
When the presents are all opened and the table has been cleared, and you have spent that precious time with your loved ones, then you can get right back on track with a simple keto kick start plan and successfully resume ketosis in a day or two.
There is NO easy way to share this, so here goes…. I QUIT PLEXUS…but hear me out on this one.
I severed my ambassadorship with Plexus….
For several months I have been experiencing the products not working for weight loss (which is my main goal). I was watching as my weigh was creeping back up and I was no longer feeling the energy or other benefits from the products.
Then came the emails from several customers from various states, none of whom knew each other. They were experiencing a variety of issues all of which required a visit to a doctor and one ended up in the emergency room as a result of sever vertigo. She emailed me when she was informed her episode was a direct result of the Plexus products she was taking.
My direct sponsor was terminated for being unethical in her business (trying to cross recruit to another company while still earning her Plexus income). Then I reached out for help to my other uplines, Alyssa and Angel, who were Diamonds in the company and I figured they could help me since I was in their direct downline only to be told I “had to be doing something wrong” or that I was “a negative person” no matter what questions I asked them. I needed and begged for help. I was removed from Facebook groups for reaching out for help there. I needed and begged for help only to be torn down, shut out and left on my own to deal with what was happening.
It was then that I decided to directly email the three heads of Plexus in a group email – Tarl, Alec and Alfred. I shared with them my own issues and the issues my customers faced along with the trip to the emergency room. I asked them for help on how to handle this situation and what could possibly cause the doctors to be saying Plexus was harmful. The response I got was from Alfred was extremely rude and he very quickly told me I had absolutely no right to ask questions and who did I think I was to say such things. I was immensely hurt by the fact the company I represented and put my name to would brush me aside in such a rude fashion when I was reaching out begging them for help. Tarl and Alec never responded at all!
It was at that moment that I realized I could no longer call myself a Plexus Ambassador.
I walked away from a $3,000 to $4,000+ a month income, almost a Senior Ruby, without hesitation because I could not in good conscious continue to recommend these products to anyone.
Side Note: As, it turned out Angel and Alyssa, who were Diamonds before being terminated and moving to TruVision, had been “double dipping” for months and actually helped to found TruVision along with Dave Brown and the other founders. Those same nasty uplines I mentioned above and the same product formulator all went to TruVision so they are just as bad, if not worse, than Plexus. (Update: some of the TruVision founders have now started a company called Lurra Life… so take that as you will).
Fast forward a little….
I had been dabbling in high fat low carb eating and I also discovered the most AMAZING new company that is focused on the ketogenic lifestyle. I’m feeling like my soul is once again on fire! After extensive research and use of the products myself I can safely recommend the products to all of my family, friends and followers (you can click here to learn more about my amazing new company). I am once again so excited about what I am doing and the progress I am making that people can hear it even through my Facebook posts, and when I talk to them on the phone or in person they all tell me that my excitement is so contagious they have to be part of that.
And now… the new chapter in my journey begins!
Sitting down and being still for long periods of time not only affects your mood, your energy level and your weight in a negative way, but it also has a negative effect on your digestion. If you struggle with digestive distress in any way, then keep reading…
It’s time to move your body! Exercise helps to stimulate intestinal contractility and speeds up your digestion process. This means getting up and moving your body (even lightly) for a minimum of 15 minutes a day.
For good digestive (and of course, overall) health, try to aim for around 20-30 minutes of light movement such as yoga, walking or swimming. These additional movements in the body can help your digestive system to operate more smoothly.
After all, a happy tummy is a happy YOU!
Fermented foods are a real superfood for your gut and digestion because they are full of beneficial enzymes, b-vitamins and various strains of probiotics. Probiotics are the good bacteria that keep your gut healthy and maintain a healthy body.
Natural fermentation breaks the food down to a more digestible form which in turn, supports the good bacteria population. Try to experiment with different fermented foods and include them into your daily diet such as Kimchi, Kefir and Miso!
A few others you might want to try:
- Apple cider vinegar
Even if you do this I always recommend adding a high quality probiotics to your day (taken at bed time to give maximum effectiveness), especially if you are dealing with a candida overgrowth
Do you use a probiotic every day?
Did you know that digestion begins in your mouth with chewing your food properly? Most people chew each mouthful only 5-10 times resulting in food that isn’t broken down enough. For your body to absorb nutrients and break down enzymes in the food you eat, your mouthful of food should become liquid before it is swallowed.
It is recommended that you chew every mouthful of food a minimum of 20-30 times before swallowing so it becomes liquid and therefor easier to digest. By doing so your body will be able to maximize the nutritional benefits to support your digestive system, get healthier and maybe even lose some weight along the way!
It’s important to remember that when eating, try to avoid distractions such as watching TV, playing a game, answering emails or reading the newspaper so that you can sit and really focus on chewing your food.
Your gut will love you for it!