Like everyone else, I got fat in lockdown… Wearing yoga pants every day, I didn’t even realize it until I tried to put on a spring dress. I decided to try keto. It worked! And it has changed how I eat. I feel much more empowered about managing my body.
The keto diet is to increase your intake of protein and fat and eliminate carbohydrates and sugar. That means focusing your intake on meat, eggs, cheese, nuts, and vegetables. Beans are not included, because while they are a great source of protein they are also high in carbs.
What I did: eliminate starches (bread, pasta, grains, potatoes, beans) I continued to eat sugar, including fruit and ice cream (and zabaglione), so long as it was free of flour.
I replaced the filling sensation of starches with souffle: eggs, ricotta, butter, and grated cheese baked in the oven until it’s fluffy and browned. I’d eat this with salad or roasted vegetables.
My first meal of the day is a massive salad, to load up on nutrition: radicchio or chicory, fennel, pears or apples, carrot tops, parsley, basil, mint, walnuts, cheese, salami. (Notice that I’m not using lettuce. It doesn’t have much nutritional value and isn’t filling, so it’s a waste of money. Use some good balsamic vinegar and olive oil.
What I did first: 30 days (6 days per week with one day off the diet), so technically 5 weeks. I thought this would be hard and I would be hungry, but I wasn’t at all. It was pretty easy to do.
Since the 30 days last Spring, my relationship to starches is different. I only eat them as treats, and only when they are very very good. If they only taste so-so, I push them away.
I never respond to hunger with a starch.
This is a maintenance diet that’s really working for me. I can eat anything that I want, but only starches that are super super delicious and special.