As I mentioned in my previous post, I was hesitant to try keto because I wasn’t too thrilled with the info I found online about it. It was super dairy heavy and there was so much confusion about carb amounts. No matter what lifestyle you follow, there are going to be those that are super dogmatic about things and if you aren’t doing it their way then you’re doing it wrong.
I ain’t got time for that.
So I was a little put off at first because there was too much, “If you’re not doing it this way then you’re wrong” vibe going on.
Everybody is different and everybody is going to respond to stuff differently. There’s no one set way for anything, that’s just how life works.
After reading a ton of the info that Leanne is putting out over on Healthful Pursuit that convinced me that I needed to give this a shot.
There’s multiple ways to approach the keto diet and understanding that gave me a little bit more freedom and room to breathe. This is exactly what I needed!
Here’s the deal, I love vegetables. Some people choose to only eat 20g of total carbs per day. This isn’t me and that doesn’t really feel very good in my body. So my carb amount is higher and that allows me to have more veggies. Hooray!
I try to eat veggies with every meal because that’s what makes me feel my best. Sometimes it’s a lot and sometimes it’s just a few things. I try to go with the flow on that one.
Sometimes I have smoothies, not as a meal replacement but just as another way to get in some more veggies and fiber.
I still eat potatoes and higher carb things but they are spaced out.
My version of keto is a more paleo style. I don’t eat gluten, grains, or legumes. I do incorporate high quality butter into my diet along with ghee. I occasionally have cheese or yogurt but dairy is kept to a minimum. I focus on veggies, meats, nuts, and seeds. A little fruit here and there.
Again, because this is what feels good to me.
My fats come from:
- Coconut Oil
- Variety of Olive Oils
- Nut Butter
- Fattier Cuts of Protein
- Full Fat Coconut Milk
There’s still plenty of ways to get fats into my diet without relying on dairy. I like the option of having dairy if I feel like it and not because it’s a requirement. It’s also something that I don’t really want to eat every day. Cheese is tasty but I don’t want it in excess.
So this is how I keto right now, lots of veggies, moderate protein, and lots of yummy fat. This is right now. This could change. It all depends on my body and what it feels like it needs. But at this point, this is what feels the best.
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.