“Mistakes are always forgivable, if one has the courage to admit them.” – Bruce Lee
Below is a nice little article about easy to make mistakes on a Ketogenic Diet, it’s especially good to see sites like bodybuilding.com giving you options to go down the keto road.
If you have read the article, it is targeted at people already on the Keto train. So they will have a least a basic understanding of the lifestyle.
This is how I have evolved to deal with the issues they bring up –
Mistake 1: Fearing Fat
This was never a problem for me. In fact it was the other way round; I jumped two footed into the fat. When I first started, almost daily I would have a piece of meat or fish covered in butter. Then I would oven baked vegetables in cream and cheese. Delicious may I add but not needed and I suffered digestive issues as a result. I soon realised eating healthy real food would have a lot of the fat you needed; you don’t need to add much more. As long as you have meats like Lamb, and fish like Salmon. I still eat cream and cheese, just not constantly. Now I just steam some veg then add a bit of oil or butter, then fry a steak. Simple and all the fat you need.
Mistake 2: Consuming Too Much Protein
This was a problem for me. I do like big portions of food. So because my plate no longer had potatoes on it, I thought I should have 2 salmon fillets instead of one. Now I just have 1 fillet with a lot of veg. I was still in ketosis eating 2 salmon fillets, but my ketones levels went up when I cut back to 1.
Mistake 3: Consuming Too Little Sodium
I did have the odd bout of the dreaded keto flu. However I now always salt my food, with Sea, Himalayan or Losalt. I have never had anything resembling Keto flu again.
Mistake 4: Avoiding Saturated Fat
Never been problem with me, I have always been obsessed with Kerrygold butter and Coconut Oil. So I am OK!
Mistake 5: Failing to Plan Meals
This is probably the biggest hurdle for anyone on Keto. The world is not keto friendly, so you have to make yourself keto friendly by knowing exactly what you can eat and where. Nowadays I don’t worry about it so much. I plan what I can, and if I have to have a less strict LCHF day, then so be it. Although I still never eat bread or pasta. For example you can have a McDonalds but not eat the bun. Ideal? no but it is ok on occasion. Plus the longer you do it the more people around you get used to it. For example I went around a friends for New Year’s Eve, fully expecting I would not eat anything as they were putting a buffet on. However they knew roughly how I ate, and bless them they got a few keto friendly items in. Very kind and supportive.
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