Top 10 Keto tips

Stock Your Fridge with Keto Friendly Foods

Avoid all the temptations in your house, and fill your fridge with the following.

  • Healthy fats : avocado oil, coconut oil, perilla seed oil etc.
  • Leafy greens : lettuce, spinach, kale, etc.
  • Low carb veggies : zucchini, cauliflower, asparagus, etc.
  • Meat : beef and pork.
  • Poultry : chicken and turkey.
  • Seafood : fish and shellfish.
  • Dairy product : cheese, heavy cream, butter, sour cream, ect.
  • Eggs
  • Low carb fruits : Avocado, strawberries, blackberries, coconuts, etc. If you are interested in learning more, you can get download a printable keto food list for beginners here, it includes details and tips on what to buy.

Stock Your Pantry

Don’t forget to stock your pantry with keto low carb staples, too! Pantry ingredients are mostly high in carbs, but you can enjoy the following foods.

  • Drinks : coffee and tea.
  • Herbs & spices : basil and cinnamon.
  • Condiments : keto mayonnaise, hot sauce, and mustard.
  • Nuts and seeds : almonds, macadamia and sunflower seeds.
  • Sweeteners : erythritol, monk fruit and stevia.
  • Flours : almond flour, coconut flour and flaxseed meal. Also when you choose your pantry ingredients, be sure to always check the labels behind the product. Read labels and check if the actual ingredients are keto friendly.
  • If you want to know more, you can get a full keto pantry shopping list here with more details on what you need.

Don’t Count Calories

Calorie counting should not be the primary focus while dieting on keto. Emerging research is showing that the archaic “calorie” as referenced in weight control is not as relative as once thought. Controlling your hormones, insulin and glucagon is much more relevant to weight control than focusing on calories. On a keto diet, keeping track of carbohydrate intake is more important than calorie counting. Limiting carbohydrate intake can deplete glucose/glycogen stores in the body. This phenomenon puts you in a state of ketosis which is the condition of optimum fat burning.

Choose A Keto Lifestyle

Keto is more of a lifestyle than a diet. You can actually follow the keto method not only for weight loss but also healthy living for the rest of your life. And there are different types of keto lifestyle, you can choose one and adapt it to your lifestyle as well.

  • Strict keto : Strictly monitor calories and macros. Eat only clean, whole food.
  • Lazy keto : Track only net carbs or eat keto food without tracking.
  • Dirty keto : Strictly monitor calories and macros. Eat anything as long as it fits your macro.
  • Low carb : Similar to lazy keto, but more lenient on carbs. Carb limit can be as high as 50g, or even up to 100g for some people who want more flexibility. I was able to lose 25 pounds in 3 months by just following a low carb keto lifestyle. I found this method to be the most sustainable and one that I was able to keep up. Even though I don’t always count macros or calories but try to be selective by picking only keto friendly foods and avoid any kind of processed foods. As you can see there are many different kinds of keto lifestyles you can choose from, the key is to pick the one best fits you!

Learn to Eat New Things

Eating your favorite foods or desserts may give you a sense of comfort but in reality those foods are probably keeping you from realizing your best potential and optimal health. Trying new foods can be exciting and help our tastes evolve. Taking a trip to the grocery store can also be exciting and finding new keto veggies or meats can be very satisfying.  Learning to eat new things is not only good for your physical health but also good for your mental health as well.

  • You can get a keto food list for beginners here, that includes more details and available in a handy printable format.

Make Easy Keto Recipes

Keto recipes (or any recipes) should be easy and joyful especially for beginners! If you can make basic keto foods (like keto bread, keto rice) or transform your favorite food to a keto version, you will be able to stick to a keto lifestyle easily and for the long term. Here at Simply by Elle, my focus is to provide you with plenty of easy, simple, quick, tasty keto low carb recipes for beginners. Browse the full keto low carb recipe index here. (I specialized in making Korean food!)

Prepare for the Keto Flu and Other Keto Concerns

Luckily, most of these symptoms can be cleared up by drinking plenty of water, supplementing electrolytes (these are our favorite), and consuming mineral rich foods (and mineral supplements if necessary). For more specific recommendations on how to remedy these symptoms, read through our guide to the keto flu.

Eat Protein

Odds are, you don’t eat enough protein. This simple hack can change everything. Polishing off a nice, large serving of (preferably whole food-based) protein can quell even the most ravenous of appetites. Protein is the most satiating macronutrient. Meaning that less food fills you up more. Metabolizing protein also has burns some energy, making the net calorie gain from protein the least of the three main macros (fat, protein, and carbs). Feeding your body protein switches it from cellular breakdown and recycling mode, into regeneration, rebuilding, and growth. An increasingly important contrast to the rest of your day. When you find yourself with an insatiate appetite, recollect your previous meal. Get enough protein and you’ll feel a whole lot better.

Keto Cheat Day Rules

There is no need to beat yourself up or feel guilty if you accidentally fall off the keto diet because it happens to everyone. It’s when you fall off for one day and that day turns into days or longer is where you’ll run into problems. Progress isn’t dictated by what you do once in a while, it’s dictated by what you do most of the time. One cheat meal in a while can definitely provide a nice psychological break! If you want to hear more details, you can read how to enjoy cheat days while on a diet here. Remember a keto diet is one of the most forgiving diets that you can try. Don’t give up your keto lifestyle!

Think “Shalom

Here’s a fun little Keto hack some of you might appreciate! If you want a memory aid for some of the dos and don’ts of Keto, simply remember this Shalom acronym and be at peace. (Shalom is the Hebrew word for “peace”). Sweeteners — If you just love sugary flavors, low-carb sweeteners will be your best friend on the Keto diet. The best sweeteners for the Keto diet are natural ones like Stevia that can help lower blood pressure (Source) and Monk Fruit which can help regulate blood sugar levels (Source). Though artificial sweeteners can be fine too (e.g. Sucralose). High-fat dairy — Seriously, avoid low-fat dairy options. Go for dairy products high in protein and fat, but low in lactose. So skip goat’s milk, regular milk (or at least cut intake down a bit and still definitely only drink full-fat), and buttermilk, and eat more full-fat cheeses, creams, and butter. Avocadoes — For 2 grams of carbs for every 100 grams, eating avocado is such an awesome Keto hack! It’s tasty, versatile, and you can’t say enough about its many other health benefits… Low-carb vegetables —Bell peppers, artichokes, spinach, broccoli, cauliflower, cucumbers, lettuce, cabbage, eggplant, sprouts, kale, garlic, tomatoes, celery, green beans, zucchini, and mushrooms, are just some great low-carb options for Keto. Other fats — The “good” fats for Keto are saturated fats, natural trans and polyunsaturated fats, and monounsaturated fats, whereas the “bad” ones are processed trans and processed polyunsaturated fats. Meats — Some good meats for Keto are porterhouse, New York strip, ribeye and t-bone steaks, chicken thighs, lamb chops, pork belly, bacon, baby back ribs, and any other meats where you leave the skin on with it.