I heard the keto diet mentioned by my coworkers and was a bit surprised that people were going back to the old Atkins/Zone ideas. Then when a friend mentioned that her daughter was considering it, I thought I had to find out more about this. So I went online and then with five days before Thanksgiving, decided to try it. I know that is a really short time, but I wanted to feel what it was like to be on it and to go through the process of picking the food and deciding what to eat. Besides, with major feasting coming up, who couldn’t stand to be down a couple pounds? I will admit I am biased against a diet that does not have mounds and mounds of fruits and vegetables, not to mention beans (I love beans) but I gave it a try.
So here are keto diet pros:
1. I had just bought too much cheese (was at Sam’s-don’t judge me, it was so easy and their cheese is delicious) and this was a way to eat it and not get fat.
2. My husband loves meat and cheese and eggs and will love this.
3. Reports were that you could lose more and faster on this diet than others. (I lost three and Marlo lost two.)
4. Everyone was talking about it and I wanted to know what it was about.
5. I wanted to try making crème fraîche and this way I could eat it, too. (You know, have your cake. . .)
Keto diet cons:
1. No beans. Or nuts. Or seeds.
2. You go into ketoacidosis to burn the fat which strains the kidneys.
3. No fruit or alcohol (I love you, Mediterranean diet)
4. ‘Keto flu’-low energy feeling-fat just doesn’t burn fast enough. Then you need to eat more carbs.
5. Constipation. Major problem for me, maybe not for you. I took steps to combat that right away and it was ok.
Menu for a day on Keto diet:
Breakfast: 2 or 3 scrambled eggs with cheese
Lunch: Wedge salad with homemade buttermilk ranch dressing
Roasted tilapia fillets left-over from night before
Dinner: Variety of cheeses as appetizer
Grilled tuna steak
Greens, spring mix with more of that delicious homemade buttermilk dressing
(included crème fraiche)