This isn't my first keto rodeo. I've just fallen off the bandwagon and am trying to get back on. What's really great is I finally got my husband to agree to try keto with me! He says that he's agreed multiple times, but it's not true. Because every time he's said that he then proceeds to make a carb-heavy supper. Yeah, way to want to try it, babe! In any case, we're starting keto while in an RV and I'm pretty excited to document our journey.
My husband agreed to try it for a week, but then I bumped it up to two weeks. I'm hoping that I can extend it to 30 days just so he can see how his body reacts to being on keto. With that being said, we're following The Keto Diet by Leanne Vogel. I have a hormone imbalance and adrenal issues and by her thoughts carbing up at night is a necessary thing for women. So, I'm going to follow her Daily Fat Burner profile.
What to Do When Starting Keto While in an RV
Basically, the Daily Fat Burner profile means you eat a certain amount of carbs every night. This also means that the number of carbs you have during the day for Breakfast and Lunch need to remain minimal. My biggest issue right now is finding things my husband will eat for breakfast.
So far I have egg muffins and eggs and bacon as ideas. He wants “quick and fast” breakfast ideas that are similar to instant oatmeal. -_- If you have ideas I'm all ears. I have a few other ideas, but I have to see if he will even like them first. Muffins are one. But, I also have to make sure it's low enough carbs to get through the day since we're both doing the Daily Fat Burner profile. He knows he can have about 40g of carbs with supper and that's what he's most concerned with.
Tips For Starting Out With Keto
After doing lots of research, asking other people questions, reading books and so on these are the tips I've compiled for starting out with keto.
#1 Ditch all forms of sugar in the beginning
Our body is trying to switch from glucose as a fuel source to fat as a fuel source. If you give your body anything that resembles or tastes like sugar I've heard that it can bring on cravings for certain foods. Personally, I don't want to get cravings.
It's hard enough that I know I'm going to crave crunchy things. I'm mentally prepping and prepping with food items too. Parm Crisps are one food I know that will help me a lot in the crunch department. Pork rinds would, but I tried them the other day and they ended up coming back to bite me. I'm not sure if it was the brand or not.
I have some Lakanto Golden Monkfruit sweetener, but I won't use that for probably a week. The first time I went keto my cravings sort of decreased after the first week so I started adding Monkfruit sweetener to my buttery coffee.
#2 Either slowly decrease carbs or go cold turkey
The first time I went keto I decreased my carbs over a week. Ironically enough, I don't eat a lot of carbs anyway and usually, the most carb heavy meal was dinner. So, this Daily Fat Burner profile that Leanne Vogel talks about will be fairly simple to master I think.
This time I'm going to go cold turkey. I already know what to expect symptom wise (cont. read below) and I'm pre-planning. With my husband on board, I don't think I'll be tempted to gorge on skillet fried potatoes & onions like before. My husband makes some damn good fried potatoes & onions (insert drool face).
But, I digress. Figure out which way is right for you. If you slowly decrease your carbs then you will likely not get the keto flu. So, just a word of advice, if you think you'll be a pain in the ass with the keto flu then slowly decrease your carbs until you hit your carb goal for each day. The keto flu can make folks kind of monster-y. I was grouchy a little, but if you feed yourself lots of fat it should help.
#3 Drink water constantly
When you quit eating carbs as a fuel source for your body it starts to no longer retain water. With your body releasing all the water it once held and no longer storing water you need to keep constantly filling yourself up with water. If you don't, you'll get dehydrated and your keto flu will suck.
What I did last time was fill a huge water jug/container with water and added a pinch of Himalayan Sea salt to the water. The salt doesn't necessarily alter the flavor of the water… unless you add too much. But, it will help replenish the salt you lose from releasing the water from your body. You need salt. Salt is your friend here.
I went out and bought a 64-ounce stainless steel jug to keep water in. I drink a lot of water usually, but this helps me keep track of just how much I drink. Unless my husband decides to chug my water, then I get pretty upset until he refills it. 🙂
#4 Add salt to everything
This kind of ties into the whole “add salt to your water” part from above. Since our bodies aren't retaining water, they're also flushing out a lot of salt from our system. The salt is a great electrolyte that our body needs. We don't use much salt as it is, so we'll be adding a little extra here and there to our diet.
This might get me weird looks, but adding a pinch of salt to your coffee is pretty tasty too. Now, let me preface by saying that my pinches are pretty small. So, be careful. Start with a few granules in your coffee and move up slowly from there. You don't want a really salty coffee. That would be kind of weird.
When it comes to food though… just a light sprinkle over broccoli, your salad, or any meat you're cooking will suffice as enough. You just want to make sure you're getting it in your system.
#5 When in doubt add more fat
If you're getting hungry throughout your time going keto then it's likely because you're not eating enough fat. I've read conflicting things on using fat bombs, especially if you're wanting to lose weight. But, in the beginning, I would say a little extra fat is ok while you're adapting to a new way of eating.
If the idea of eating fat bombs isn't appealing then just drizzle a little extra olive oil or butter over your meals to get in extra fat. This will help keep you fuller longer and will quench any cravings you might have.
Also, if you're craving something that's not keto then head for a fat source first. Try to mitigate any temptations that might make you break down.
#6 Have crunchy keto snacks on hand
Parm crisps, pork rinds, cucumbers, pickles… things like this are great to have on hand when you get a crunch craving. Starting keto is hard, but when you prepare for things you know you'll crave it will be easier. And, if you know you're going to crave bread there are plenty of recipes out there for keto bread.
One thing I can't wait to make is some keto bagels! I love a good bagel so I'm curious to see how this “fat head dough” turns out. Here's a recipe you might want to check out for bagels with fat head dough… it's the one I am going to try.
#7 Meal plan and make a shopping list
I know I've mentioned this before on my blog, but I really hate meal planning. I am hoping that by going keto and my husband being on board that the leftovers will remain left over so that he has lunch for the next day.
In theory, I could plan to make 21 different meals per week, but that's really tedious. And, even if I made the same breakfast every day or two different breakfast types it would still be tedious. Having lunch already done a few days a week would be nice so I didn't have to think about it.
Which brings me to another point, if you can prep ahead of time it makes things soooo much easier. I try to gather ingredients for certain meals and keep them together. Or, you can pre-chop veggies for cooking. That cuts down drastically if you can pre-chop all the veggies for the week.
Always make a shopping list and always bring it with you! If thy shop without a list; thy will fail!
#8 Fatty Coffee for the win
It's the perfect way to get in a lot of fat. There are tons of recipes out there for fatty coffees that are good. Or experiment on your own.
Currently, I make mine with 2tsp of coconut oil, 1tsp colostrum, 1tsp Lakanto sugar (I'll be ditching this when we start our two weeks) and then coffee and I blend it with my immersion blender. Boom. Easy peasy.
Leanne Vogel created what she calls a Rocket Fuel Latte. It's essentially a fatty coffee, but in this post on caffeine-free versions, you can see how she makes hers. If you don't want to go caffeine-free then sub coffee for the other options ;).
#9 Limit going out to eat for a while
With temptations likely to be something you'd cave in the beginning it would be a good idea to limit going out to eat. Unless you have a super strong will, you might cave for some french fries instead of getting broccoli with a side of melted butter. Or you might cave and ask for sweet potato rather than getting a salad with dressing on the side.
Limit yourself. It will help you in the long run.
Once your cravings go away it's ok to go out and have a meal on the town. You're less likely to falter off your path.
#10 Don't be hard on yourself
If you do end up eating something that aren't quite keto in the beginning don't be hard on yourself. It's not the end of the world, and it's not as strict as the Whole30 rules. If you fall off track just pick yourself back up and keep going forward. Make better choices and limit whatever caused you to falter.
Be kind to yourself or you won't adhere to the changes you're making. Also. go watch The Magic Pill on Netflix. You'll be more fired up than ever.
Do You Have Keto Flu Symptoms?
- Sugar cravings
- Other symptoms you didn't have before going keto
All of these things and more are caused by taking carbs out of your diet and replacing them with fats. Don't be alarmed though. It's short-lived and usually clears in a few days.
Here are a few ways to combat Keto Flu:
- Eat More Fat
- Eat More Greens
- Eat More Food in General
- Add More Salt
- Drink TONS of water
You'll quickly see a turn around once you start doing these things. After a few days, you'll feel a million times better and you'll start seeing some pretty awesome changes. I can't wait to share what we see in ourselves this go around.
Stay tuned for our update!
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