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Cricket 05-02-2019 19:23

Simplifying LCHF/KETO Lifestyle
 
A friend mentioned to me that knowing that a KETO/LCHF and trying to get started doing it, was two totally different things.

During that discussion, I realized that not everyone wants to have to count and track everything, let alone figure out their macros. I had forgotten how overwhelmed I felt when I was getting started.

This thread is in hopes of simplifying it all. (You can always fine-tune thing later!)
Chose Your Protein
Beef, Pork, Poultry, Organ Meats, Eggs, Fish & Seafood

Choose Above Ground Vegetable
Leafy Greens, Asparagus, Cauliflower, Broccoli

Choose Healthy Fats
Real Butter, Avacado, Coconut Oil, Olive Oil, Heavy Cream, Full fat cheese
I made a video for this topic so that we can refer back to it as needed.


Cricket 05-02-2019 19:26

The choices listed under each section aren't meant to be the only options. It is just a starting point of ideas and I wanted it to be as simple as possible.

Cricket 05-03-2019 00:32

Someone asked me why using the basics don't require tracking and measuring. (1) This method helps get the basics down. (2) Did ya notice I didn't include things like nuts and KETO deserts? That's because those types of things are easy to overdo if portion control is an issue. If ya stick with the basics, you don't have to do much (if any) tracking as long as you are just eating until you are full, but not stuffed.

Cricket 05-03-2019 02:34

I use the method in the video during times that I need to stay more focused on staying on track or because I am just totally burned out on tracking everything.

At each meal, I try to choose one from each of the 3 categories (protein, above ground veggies, healthy fats) and nothing else, that way I keep it simple.

Breakfast might be a really nice omelet (which usually ends up scrambled eggs) with eggs, spinach, bacon, cheese, whipped with a small amount of heavy whipping cream. If I choose to eat lunch, it is usually something like a lettuce wrap with leftover meat inside. Dinner is often my larger meal, with something like hamburger steak cooked in melted butter, along with a side salad that usually has avocado in it and maybe some raw veggies on top, such as cauliflower.

Notice I didn't mention amounts? That because I eat until I am satisfied/full. If I am not hungry, I don't eat.

itissteve 05-03-2019 13:39

I like it! Simple is good; often it is the best.

If I could make one suggestion, it would be to throw in two "don'ts" at the end:

Choose not to eat grain products
(cereal, rice, noodles, bread, beer)

Choose not to eat refined sugar
(sugar, soft drinks, high-fructose corn syrup)

Even if a person can't follow all five suggestions at first, they're still doing better than they were before they started making choices. But they're simple rules and the more of them a person can follow, they better off they'll be, without putting much time into calculations and record-keeping. That can come later -- if ever.

Ronnie 06-17-2019 02:14

Thanks for a good good video. My husband is in a medical research study using the Modified Atkins diet for seizure control with decreased or eliminated Seizure medications in adults. He is also T1. Your video has relieved much of the pressure I am feeling about trying to track the fats and to some extent the proteins. I will go back to square one and breathe easier. We do keep a close eye on the ketones.

Cricket 06-17-2019 16:04

Quote:

Originally Posted by Ronnie (Post 1320199)
Thanks for a good good video. My husband is in a medical research study using the Modified Atkins diet for seizure control with decreased or eliminated Seizure medications in adults. He is also T1. Your video has relieved much of the pressure I am feeling about trying to track the fats and to some extent the proteins. I will go back to square one and breathe easier. We do keep a close eye on the ketones.

There are always ways to dial in the details (through tracking) but so many people get overwhelmed with it all and just give up altogether.

If the only thing diabetics did was follow the basics, they would still be on the right path and headed the right direction.

Just my 2 cents...


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