Let’s do a quick overview of what Keto is and is not and then we’ll move on to my experience and take on it so far.
Keto is a lower carb style of eating with high fat and moderate protein. At its basic form, you are eating low carbs and high fat so that your body goes into a fat burning state instead of a carb burning state. For some it takes a few days to get into ketosis and for some it takes a little longer.
Typical macros for starting out are 70% Fat, 20% Protein, 10% Carbs. These are totally adjustable based on the individual and their needs. But if you’re just getting started and trying to get a feel for portions, that’s about the starting ratios.
Keto IS NOT an all meat diet with no veggies. People can sometimes have a skewed image of what Keto is when they aren’t doing Keto. Also in part because a lot of Keto resources online don’t focus on the veggies as much because it’s not as glamorous as bacon. For reals.
I had been researching Keto for quite some time but honestly was a little turned off by what I found online (Don’t worry, I’ll be doing a post busting Keto myths this week!) so I never pursued it. I kept up on researching it and still checked some forums and things because this lifestyle interested me a great deal but there were a few aspects of it that I didn’t care for such as the big reliance on dairy for fat and going very very low carb.
In October of last year, my friend Jamie started Keto and this gave me the perfect chance to get a more personal take on the diet. Like me, she’s all about eating healthy and using food to help heal the body. After talking with her about her spin on Keto and finding the website, Healthful Pursuit, this gave me enough confidence to start this change. The things that were holding me back before were a non-issue now and it felt super freeing.
November of last year is when I jumped in and decided to give Keto a try.
It did mean that I had to track calories and macros though. UGH. I hate doing that because it takes so much freaking time and I just want to eat food and not analyze it to death. BUT, I really needed to make sure my macros were balanced and I was going in with some idea of what I was doing because this was all very new to me.
Because I’ve been Paleo for years, moving over to Keto wasn’t a very big leap. I already don’t eat grains, legumes, or gluten (also see previous, celiac diagnosis). I just had to change up my veggies a bit and not rely on potatoes and sweet potatoes too much.
Initially I thought that giving up potatoes was going to be freaking hard. Uh, this Polish girl loves her some potatoes. But it ended up not being that big of a deal. In fact, I found that when I do a higher carb day and have potatoes, it just makes me feel less satisfied and my body just wants to keep eating instead of feeling content.
At this point my higher carb days aren’t all that often. That may change as I’m still trying to figure out what macros work best for me and find that fat burning balance.
Does that mean that there’s going to be a bunch of talk about Keto? Yes. Mostly because it’s my life right now and that’s what this site is all about. Also because there’s not enough whole foods based Keto sites out there just yet and I want to work towards changing that landscape.
Next post will be what My Keto looks like and busting some Keto myths.
Andie lives in Idaho with her husband and dog (a sweet pittie girl). She’s training to become a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner with a focus on womens’ health and autoimmune conditions. By focusing on whole foods and being active, her goal is to heal her body and to create a healthy work/home/life balance.