How to start your low carb / keto lifestyle
In the first days and weeks of starting to reduce carbs, it's important to stick to some basic principles.
The first and most obvious is to remove if possible all of what you would have previously used in the way of bread, rice, pasta and potatoes. Other sources of refined carbs are all breakfast cereals including oats, jams, tins of beans, bags of sugar & flour, jars of honey or other liquid sugars such as agave syrup. You will also want to look at moving any hot chocolate mixes, cappuccino sachets and of course any biscuits, crisps and chocolates out of eyesight. Click here for a list of what to eat and what to avoid.
The focus of every meal should always start with a good choice of protein. Accompany this with good quality fats such as olive oil, butter, coconut oil, ghee or avocado and finally choose some nutrient dense low carb vegetables to complete your meal.
Shopping for the right ingredients is essential. All the key ingredients are in most regular supermarkets, they just might require a little finding. Take a look at the 'Keto Essentials' to help you find the right ingredients and hopefully save you some time and money.
The best way to start your new lifestyle is to make a plan. Before heading out to the shops take some time to look through the free recipe library and choose a few new dishes to try. Select maybe 2 or 3 different breakfasts, things like the pancakes are a great way to start and can be made in advance to keep things quick and simple on those busy mornings. Save the cooked breakfasts for the mornings you can sit and enjoy with the family.
Choose lunch dishes to suit your work / family commitments. Salads, soups & scotch eggs are all great dishes that can be made in advance and enjoyed anywhere.
Dinner is where we need the most planning as we generally prefer to eat different dishes most evenings. Getting organised will save you a lot of time and stress. Even just knowing what you are going to have and shopping accordingly will remove the uncertainty of 'what's for dinner?' Whether it's just a meal for one or feeding the family having a plan will really help with not becoming overwhelmed. Our MMM! Journal can help with this :)