On average it takes most people about three days to get into ketosis on this Keto Quickstart Plan. The sticks will confirm that ketones are being excreted through your urine. That’s all. They won’t change color at all for no ketones, then there is trace (light pink) and it goes up from there to dark purple. The darkness of the stick doesn’t matter. As long as you are showing even trace amounts, then you are in ketosis and good to go. In fact, if you are showing really dark on the stick, you may be dehydrated and need to drink more water (see #4.)
This shopping list and meal plan can be heavily substituted to meet your needs. The first thing you’ll want to do is scan it over and make sure you like eating all of the foods listed here. Eating delicious foods is a big part of adhering to a diet long term! If there is a particular item you can’t stand just do a bit of research and find a substitution. Just make sure the item you decide to substitute in is similar in nutrition to the one you’re eliminating. This can be done with a quick google search or by using a website like My Fitness Pal.
Vivica, I love your blog! I am a 310lb women desperate to be a 150lb women and I am not being successful. Being a very insulin resistant diabetic and very carb sensitive. I want to find a nutritionist in my area that subscribes to your keto theory. How would I go about finding a specific nutritionist in my area for guidance? Thanks ahead of time for any guidance/ideas of going about this.
Of the many benefits of a keto diet, weight loss is often considered No. 1., as it can often be substantial and happen quickly (especially for those who start out very overweight or obese). The 2013 study published in the British Journal of Nutrition found that those following a keto diet “achieved better long-term body weight and cardiovascular risk factor management when compared with individuals assigned to a conventional low-fat diet (i.e. a restricted-energy diet with less than 30 percent of energy from fat).” (2)
My cousin and his family have been eating this way for a few months and are quite inspiring. I would love to start this, but I am breastfeeding my six month old and plan to continue breastfeeding for at least another six months. Is this way of eating healthy for a breastfeeding mama? If it is, should I expect the same withdrawal symptoms to happen to my baby?
Keto desserts are as varied as non-low carb desserts themselves: from brownies and chocolate mousse to ice cream and key lime pie. Adding low-sugar fruit like berries also expands your choices, adding dishes like blueberry cheesecake and raspberry ricotta crepes to the array of delicious options. With all of these appetizing prospects, though, you should bear in mind one caveat: just because sugar alcohols are not sugar does not mean they can be consumed without limits. While they are better for teeth and have little to no calorie content, they can be harder on the digestive tract when eaten beyond one or two servings. Probably the best rule of thumb to follow is to give your cravings just enough sweets to tame them.

With the holidays fast approaching, so too are cravings for baked goods, sweets, and desserts of all varieties. Kitchens will soon be filled with cookie tins, cake trays, and boxes of any kind of pie you can imagine. If this time of year brings you more stress than excitement as you try to keep up with your fitness and health goals, fret not. You can have your cake and eat it too, thanks to some clever recipes made from healthier ingredients that will still satisfy your sweet tooth.
Vegan ketogenic diet or vegetarian diet: Yes, both are possible. Instead of animal products, plenty of low-carb, nutrient-dense vegan and/or vegetarian foods are included. Nuts, seeds, low-carb fruits and veggies, leafy greens, healthy fats and fermented foods are all excellent choices on a plant-based keto diet. There’s also a similar plan called ketotarian, which combines keto with vegetarian, vegan and/or pescatarian diets for supposedly greater health benefits.
I’ve made this recipe numerous times. It’s so good. Today I didn’t have any Lily’s chocolate chips on hand so I made it without the chips but I topped it off with a sugar free whipped cream. Still very good. Sukrin Gold is my sweetener of choice. Also my favorite peanut butter powder is Hoosier Hill Farms. I’m wondering if this recipe could be made into a chocolate chip pancake!
Grocery shopping on a budget can be a fun and thrilling adventure(I’ve reached this point in my life…). The first thing you’re going to want to do is take a good long look at the sales paper. For this grocery haul we just walked to our local grocery store and shopped the deals they had at the time, which happened to be really good. If you want to really maximize your savings you can look through all of the local grocery store papers before deciding which one has the best deals for your meal plan. You can also give this online coupon database a try! You’ll be able to find some good deals at just about every local grocery store that will make this meal plan achievable. Don’t go walking into Whole Foods expecting to pull this off though! Check out our video to see our trip to the grocery store:

Here are a few of the most common side effects that I come across when people first start keto. Frequently the issues relate to dehydration or lack of micronutrients (vitamins) in the body. Make sure that you’re drinking enough water (close to a gallon a day) and eating foods with good sources of micronutrients. To read more on micronutrients, click here >
A keto diet has shown to improve triglyceride levels and cholesterol levels most associated with arterial buildup. More specifically low-carb, high-fat diets show a dramatic increase in HDL and decrease in LDL particle concentration compared to low-fat diets.3A study in the long-term effects of a ketogenic diet shows a significant reduction in cholesterol levels, body weight, and blood glucose. Read more on keto and cholesterol >
Carrie, I highly recommend a support group. I personally know a woman “Amanda Rose” who recently lost half her body weight through the Keto Diet and intermittent fasting. You should totally join her Facebook Group. It’s called “Eat Like a Bear” and you can find it by entering the group’s name in the Facebook search bar. She is so amazing and so supportive for people struggling to lose the weight.
Because people with type 2 diabetes are at an increased risk for cardiovascular disease, there’s a specific concern that the saturated fat in the diet may drive up LDL, or “bad,” cholesterol levels, and further increase the odds of heart problems. If you have type 2 diabetes, talk to your doctor before attempting a ketogenic diet. They may recommend a different weight-loss diet for you, like a reduced-calorie diet, to manage diabetes. Those with epilepsy should also consult their doctor before using this as part of their treatment plan.
Great to read. Totally agree. Initially looking for "special" products put so much pressure on me that it almost became effort and just easier not to eat keto. Until i realised how simple it can be. No need for complications. Few basic items, few basic principles - only 7 months but I'm really compliant and comfortable with my recipes and eating and the results. And shopping is super easy. Just need to get my son onboard now ☺
Pecan sandies were my favorite cookies as a kid but ask I’ve gotten older I prefer a softer bake. That’s why these pecan softies are the perfect blend of nutty pecan flavor with the goodness of a soft baked cookie!With hints of salt and hunks of roasted pecans, this cookie tastes like anything but keto! By making the cookie base in a food processor, you can get a rough chop which leads to a lower calorie yield per cookie, plus its easy cleanup and comes together in minutes! It calls for ...
Keep up electrolytes. The major electrolytes in our bodies are sodium, potassium and magnesium. Because a low carb diet (especially a keto diet!) reduces the amount of water you store, this can flush out electrolytes and make you feel sick (called “keto flu”). This is temporary, but you can avoid or eliminate it by salting your food liberally, drinking broth (especially bone broth), and eating pickled vegetables. Some people also choose to take supplements for electrolytes, but it’s best to first consult a doctor that understands and supports keto/low carb lifestyles.
Funny story, I didn’t mean to start the keto diet. My best friend has been doing it for a few months, and I was not really paying close attention to her journey. I assumed it was too restrictive for me, and I love food, so conversely hate “restrictive”. I’ve been lowering calories, eating more protein/vegetables, fewer carbs and working out. I feel great, but I’m not really losing weight, which is frustrating. But, being 44, i was beginning to accept it as part of my metabolic process. The funny thing is, one day I felt like total, deep-fried dog crap. It was right before going on vacation: body aches, dizziness, irritability, I was sure I caught the flu. IN SUMMER!! Awful. However, the next day I woke up, feeling mildly better, and a conversation with my bestie came back to me. Could this be keto flu???? I loaded up on electrolytes that day, WHAM it was gone. I went on vacation and just limited my carbs because I wanted to eat all the good stuff (fatty, hot cheesy, meaty scrumptiousness), but not get gluten bloat. I LOST WEIGHT. YEAAHHHH!!!!!! So I did some research and realized that keto was definitely for me because it really is all my favorite foods. I love to cook, so I had been creating clean, gluten free recipes for quite some time. So now I’m here with you because I loved the name of your blog, just about every recipe appeals to me, as does your writing style. So relatable. I just wanted to share how excited I am to be here, at ground zero of what is to me, a life changing experience. Starting a diet is usually done with grim determination, but today, I’ve never been more excited to start a diet! Looking forward to exploring this gem of a site!

The first signs of ketosis are known as the “keto flu” where headaches, brain fogginess, fatigue, and the like can really rile your body up. Make sure that you’re drinking plenty of waterand eating plenty of salt. The ketogenic diet is a natural diuretic and you’ll be peeing more than normal. Take into account that you’re peeing out electrolytes, and you can guess that you’ll be having a thumping headache in no time. Keeping your salt intake and water intake high enough is very important, allowing your body to re-hydrate and re-supply your electrolytes. Doing this will help with the headaches, if not get rid of them completely.

The more we try to take Big Ag subsidized foods and extract this, that and the other to fit some idea of what is "healthy", the more we dose our foods with poison to eliminate the competition - weeds and pests that would like to eat it too, the more we encase our food in plastic shrines and ship it across the world over days weeks or even months, the more we cage in animals and feed them diets they would never eat in the wild, the more we tweak the genetics of our food to be bigger, sweeter and more shelf stable, the more we take some innocent mushroom or herb and pound on it with every last tool known to mankind to get every last bit of "benefit" out of it, the less healthy and the less usable it becomes as far as our bodies are concerned.