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The Keto Experience: Start Here

Eggs make the world go 'round

We have been trying out the Keto diet for a little while and the results have been phenomenal! It's definitely a life choice kind of change. You can't just wake up and decide to be Keto today and forget about it tomorrow. It requires a commitment to see results. Forget about cheat days, and make a serious choice to lose weight or get on a path towards better health. Here's the best way to start a keto diet in my opinion and my go-to meal.

Like with every new thing you do to your body, it's always good to start with a cleanse. With Keto, I like to do a 3 day cleanse with a simple keto friendly diet to start. My cleanse includes: 
  1. An Infused Water Cleanse
  2. Removing ALL other beverages for 3 days
  3. Keto Basic Diet

My Infused Water: 

A lemon water cleanse is always a good start to a diet, or any cleanse. But for me, it's SO bitter. I SERIOUSLY can't stand it without some honey or sugar or something. So, to make up for that, my Infused water includes Lemon, Cucumber, Blackberries, and Strawberries. We aren't counting carbs in this phase, so feel free to change up the amounts to taste, but don't add any sugar or honey.
  • 1/4 cup Strawberries cleaned and sliced
  • 2 tablespoon cut Blackberries
  • 1/2 lemon
  • 1/2 small cucumber
  • 96 oz of water (almost a gallon)
Put all of these in a gallon size pitcher and let it chill overnight. Don't re-use the fruit,  cut fresh ones each night. If you happen to finish the 96 oz long before the day is over, just switch over to regular water and make a batch for the next day early. It's super important you drink all 96 oz every day. I take these in small 12 oz batches that I can carry around in my super cute tumbler instead of carrying around a gallon all day long.

The Purge:

You can't drink anything else while doing your 3-day cleanse. I know morning coffee or tea is a hard one to skip, but it's only 3 days! You got this. I am a coffee addict. I can not deal with the world before my morning coffee, so this is rough on me too but it is always worth it in the long run. Remember that you are changing your diet for YOU. That skipping your morning coffee and changing up your routine is the best thing for you in the long run, not just what will make you happy today. Instant gratification is a KILLER, but trust me, we will get through this! (If this seems way hard, PLEASE feel free to slide in my DMs on any of my social media channels and I'll be happy to hit you with a one-two punch of "you got this")

Easy Keto Basic

Eggs! Hard-boiled eggs, Scrambled eggs, Fried Eggs, Omelette, Frittatas, however you like 'em...this is what we are eating for 3 whole days! On the night before I start the cleanse, I like to simplify my next 3 days and hard boil about a half a dozen eggs because I WILL eat them randomly throughout my next few days. I use the next 6 to make what I call "egg muffins" with keto friendly insides. Get out your cupcake pan sprayed with nonstick cooking spray and add your keto friendly ingredients:
  • Bell Peppers
  • Jalapeno
  • Bacon - cook before adding to cups
  • Sausage - cook before adding to cups
  • Avocado
  • Spinach 
  • Broccoli 
And load up your cups. Fill each cup about halfway to 3/4 full as they will rise in the oven. I bake for 20-25 minutes at 375.

For my sides, I keep it veggie based. Cauliflower (riced), Broccoli, a half of avocado, zucchini, spinach, any keto friendly vegetable. I keep it simple and typically stick to Cauliflour, Broccoli and Avocado for the first 3 days. 

Final tip

Do not starve yourself. If you are hungry, EAT. Keep an extra couple hard boiled eggs or egg cup on you to prevent random hunger binge eats. Celery is a great snack, so is some cherry tomatoes, cucumber, and pickles. Keep it simple, and keep lots of food close to prevent binging. Adding as many raw vegetables as you can to your diet is a huge bonus to your health too!

Do you have a favorite healthy snack? Let me know in the comments!

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<3 - Nikki


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