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Friday, November 30, 2012

KETO: Keeping the Variety in the Ketogenic Diet

The main struggle I have faced while on a low-carb/keto diet is getting sick of the foods. On low-carb diets you end up having to home-make the majority of the foods you consume. This can take some getting used to and before then it is easy to fall into lazy habits. My lazy habit was making the same recipes I'd already enjoyed over again. No matter how much you love a recipe, you will eventually get sick of it. The one way to combat this is to keep trying new things.

The main food items I consumed, especially initially were meat, eggs, cheese, nuts, heavy cream and some vegetables. I focused too much on the same recipes and got burnt out. Something easy to spice up your go-to meal (on lazy days or whenever) is just that - spice! The difference some Sriracha has made in our menu is fantastic. Onion powder, garlic salt, cayenne pepper, ground red pepper flakes; there are so many spices out there to fit any meal type.

New recipes are all over the place. A quick search on Google will lead the way to numerous keto recipes. I prefer sites that give users the capability of rating recipes, that way if one sucks I am less likely to waste time/money on trying it out. Trying finding people living the low carb life who keep blogs. A couple of my favorite Low carb or keto blogs are:

I Breathe... I'm Hungry...

and

Your Lighter Side


Highly recommended, I've found a bunch of great recipes at these blogs. Another good source for recipes and recommendations is forums. I frequent reddit.com/r/keto and reddit.com/r/ketorecipes to get ideas, and go from there.

Once you have a feel for what types of ingredients you can substitute in order to make something low carb, you can really take off and try out new concoctions of your own!

Whatever you do, if you want to avoid the pitfall I suffered, find a way to change what you are eating from day to day. Try new things constantly, and adjust your meal plan to keep it interesting.

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