Part 1 of a 4 part series ‘Me and the Ketogenic Diet’
I can honestly say that I LOVE everything I eat. The Ketogenic Diet has been so easy for me to follow and stick to.
A general rule of thumb for following the diet is: Avoid ready meals, low fat products, sugary treats and starchy foods e.g. potatoes, rice, pasta, bread etc. Don’t be afraid to eat good fats! I’m talking avocado, butter, cream and coconut. I also add salt to everything. I know that sounds crazy but without all the rubbish ready-made stuff in your diet, you need to make sure you get enough sodium.
“But what do you eat?” I hear you ask.
All of my meals are quick and easy as, as mentioned in ‘My Story’ I have CFS/ME, Fibromyalgia and Pernicious Anaemia. It is important for me to find meals which are tasty but don’t take up too much energy. Links to my recipes can be found below.
I get to eat a good traditional fry up. I usually grill my meat whilst I am frying my eggs to make it quick and easy to do. I find it takes less energy than frying everything. Mmmm… Couldn’t you just eat that???
Another favourite is mashed avocado with lime juice, salt and pepper; served with bacon rashers and egg (poached or fried). AMAZING. TRUST ME.
I tend to just need something small due to having a substantial breakfast – it is the most important meal of the day! Also, often my breakfast becomes brunch if I am having a bad morning and it takes me a while to get going. I usually just have a snack but if I am having a proper lunch, I like to have a nutritious salad.
A favourite is bacon and avocado salad or salad with mackerel (the type which comes in brine or olive oil, not tomato sauce… that’s full of sugar). I stand by that salad can be delicious if you spice them up a bit. My favourite things to add are: various meats, fish, nuts and seeds, avocado, mixed leaves, spinach, kale, watercress and rocket, tomatoes, cucumber, and radish. I tend to have balsamic vinegar mixed with olive oil as my dressing and I add plenty of salt and pepper…yum.
Chicken and chorizo stew … I LOVE this, despite it looking a bit dodgy, it tastes amazing.
PORK CHOPS! Yippee…
For ‘meat and vegetable’ style meals like these two, I roast my vegetables in coconut oil and season with pepper and either sea salt, chilli salt or pink salt. Paprika, chilli flakes or mixed herbs can also be added to mix up the flavour.
QUICK OMELETTE! Noms…
I also have my old favourites e.g. spaghetti Bolognese but I replace the spaghetti with ‘courgetti’ (spiralled courgette) or cauliflower rice (cauliflower whizzed up in a food processor with herbs).
For snacks my favourite thing to have is a portion of Brazil nuts. Garry advises 6 nuts for someone of small stature, 8 for medium and 10 for large. It’s soo easy to over-eat nuts though! I also enjoy 2tbsp of full fat natural yogurt with either a tbsp of natural peanut butter, my portion of nuts with a sprinkling of seeds or desiccated coconut with lime/lemon juice.
And there you have it! A first glimpse of what I eat on the Ketogenic diet.
On it’s way…Part 2: A guest post! My personal trainer, Garry Langler, tells us why he’s such a fan of the Ketogenic Diet.