What is Keto? A Beginner’s Guide to the Keto Diet


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If you’re reading this at the time of publication in early 2019, then you’ve more than likely heard about the Keto Diet. But what is Keto, exactly? And why has it gained so much popularity in recent months and years?

Disclaimer: Before we dive in, I must make it clear that I am not a doctor, nutritionist or health-care professional of any kind. Any information in this article is for educational purposes only. You should always talk to your doctor before starting any new diet. 

 

What is the Keto Diet?

The Keto diet (aka. the Ketogenic diet) is a high fat, moderate protein, very low carb diet that guarantees weight loss, increased energy, less inflammation, sharper brain function and overall better health.

Similar in theory to the Atkins diet that swept the nation in the ‘90s and early 2000s, Keto severely limits carbohydrates, which means no bread, no pasta, no sugar and no carb-heavy fruits and vegetables like apples, bananas, carrots and potatoes. 

But the Keto diet limits carbs even more than the Atkins diet and really emphasizes the importance of consuming healthy fats. In fact, it’s generally recommended that at least 70% of your diet be made up of fat on the Keto diet.

This emphasis on eating fat goes against so much of what we’ve been “fed” (pun intended) over the past few decades about fat being bad, but it makes more sense once you realize that anything claiming to be “low-fat” typically has a higher sugar content, and we all know sugar is bad the body. 

Don’t believe me? Read the nutritional information on a carton of full-fat milk or cream and then compare it to the nutritional info. on a carton of skim milk. You’ll see that while the fat content is lower in a glass of skim milk, the sugars are through the roof! 

 

Keto and Homesteading

The Keto diet is a great fit for the homesteading lifestyle!

While homemade breads, carb-heavy fruits and veggies and home-baked sugary treats are off-limits, there are many Keto-friendly foods that homesteaders can make from scratch and even grow or raise themselves.

These include…

  • Eggs
  • Cheese
  • Full-fat milk & dairy 
  • Grass-fed meats
  • Leafy greens
  • Cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, etc.)
  • Tomatoes & peppers
  • Berries (in limited quantities)
  • Lots of fresh herbs
  • Most tree nuts
  • BUTTER!!!

It’s a homesteader’s dream! (Are you beginning to see why I’m actually excited about this diet?)

 

Keto is a lifestyle, not a fad diet

The science behind Keto is actually pretty cool, and it’s actually what made me finally try it out. Because you see, I am NOT a dieter.

I think the last time I actually dieted was when I was about 16 years old and was vain and wanted to be skinny and hot. (Sounds like a 16-year-old mentality, doesn’t it?) But otherwise I’ve never been a big believer in “diets.” To me, they are almost always fads that don’t last and aren’t sustainable. So I’ve always believed more in an overall healthy eating approach: whole foods, lots of fruits and veggies, lean meats and limited amounts of processed foods.

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And so, I began researching some of the hot diets today to try to see what all the fuss was about and see if just maybe I could find something that I could actually stick with for the longterm.

I checked out Whole 30 and Paleo, but found that they were just too restrictive for me and for the foods I really enjoy eating. I knew I would probably try one of these diets out, feel overly restricted and then eventually give it up and gain all the way back plus more. But this time I’m really looking for a lasting change; A lifestyle rather than a diet. And then I found Keto.

 

The Science Behind Keto

The Ketogenic Diet is called so because when you follow the diet properly, your body goes into a metabolic state called “Ketosis,” which essentially means that it switches from burning carbohydrates for energy and stats burning fat instead. This means that you also start burning body fat, which means weight loss is sure to follow.

Here’s a breakdown of what happens during ketosis:

  1. You severely limit your carb intake, which  signals to your body that it has to find an alternative source of fuel, and so your body starts burning fat instead of carbs.
  2. When your body starts burning fat as its primary source of fuel, it goes into ketosis. This means that your liver starts converting fat into  ketones, which end up in your bloodstream and are carried to all parts of your body to use as fuel.
  3. When you are in ketosis, your body becomes a highly efficient fat-burning machine. It starts to breakdown body fat and use that as fuel. Of course, when you start burning body fat, you begin to lose weight very quickly.

Other benefits of ketosis are said to include better brain function/less fogginess, lower blood sugar, less inflammation (because most inflammatory foods are carb-heavy), more energy and feeling fuller longer without the sugar crashes and hunger associated with a calorie-restricted diet that is still high in carbs.

Now, let me say this again: I am not a health professional, nor am I an expert on the Ketogenic Diet. 

If you’re interested in the Keto Diet and want to learn more about the science behind it, I strongly recommend both talking to your doctor first AND doing some more in-depth research yourself. 

Here are some articles and resources that I’ve found helpful:

 

How I’m approaching Keto

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I also believe in eating more plants than meat as a general rule, both for health reasons and in the name of frugality. So my approach to Keto is as follows:

  • Cut out sugar (including all forms of refined sugar, honey, maple syrup, etc,) cut out all grains (pasta, rice, bread, etc.) and severely limit all other carbs. 
  • Eat lots of healthy fats (duh), including coconut oil, avocados and avocado oil, olives and olive oil, lard and butter, oily fish (salmon, sardines, tuna, trout, etc.), high-fat & low-carb nuts and seeds (almonds, walnuts, pecans, chia seeds, hemp hearts, etc.) and full fat dairy (full fat cream, cheese, yogurt, sour cream, etc.)
  • Eat lots of low-carb vegetables, particularly cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, brussels sprouts, cauliflower, cabbage, etc.) and leafy greens (kale, spinach, lettuce, chard, etc.). Also include colourful low-carb vegetables like tomatoes, peppers, zucchini and asparagus. And of course, onions and garlic. Always a tasty and nutritious addition!
  • Include reasonable amounts of other healthy proteins like eggs, chicken, fish and red meat (organic free-range, wild-caught and/o grass-fed is best!) 

While many people think you can just sit around eating a pound of bacon a day on Keto, I prefer a healthier, more balanced approach. (Although I’m not gonna lie, I love me some bacon every once in a while too!)

Note: When it comes to carbs, most foods have at least some carbs. On Keto, you don’t need to limit all carbs necessarily. What you want to do is limit your net carbs. In order to find out the net amount of carbs in a particular food, subtract the amount of fiber (in grams) from the total grams of carbs to get the net grams of carbs in a serving of food.

 

Caveats and cautionary advice about the Keto Diet

 

Ketosis vs. Ketoacidosis

While Keto is celebrated for helping to lower blood sugar, and can even be used to help regulate and lower the risk of Type 2 diabetes, it can be dangerous for people suffering from Type 1 diabetes. This is because without the right balance of fat, protein and carbs, people with diabetes can go into something called “ketoacidosis.”

Unlike ketosis, ketoacidosis is very dangerous and can even be fatal. While most people without diabetes, and even those with Type 2 diabetes don’t necessarily need to worry about ketoacidosis, people with Type 1 diabetes are at greater risk of developing ketoacidosis when following a Ketogenic Diet. 

Again, I highly recommend talking to your doctor or health care professional before embarking on a Ketogenic Diet plan. This is especially true for anyone suffering from diabetes (Type 1 or 2). 

 

The Keto Flu

Another thing you should know about is the “Keto Flu.” The Keto Flu is not really a flu, it’s simply the name that has been given to the feeling that some people get when they are first starting Keto and their body is transitioning from burning carbs to burning fat.

Some people report feeling lethargic and under-the-weather, much like you would when suffering from the flu. It usually starts about 24-48 hours after transitioning to a ketogenic diet and should pass within a week or two at the most. 

Not everybody experiences the Keto Flu. So far I haven’t experienced any of the Keto flu symptoms. In fact, I’ve felt great since day one! (Knock on wood).

 

Know Your Macros

One last caveat about the Keto Diet is that, in order to be successful, you’ve gotta know your macros.

Macros (short for “macronutrients”) include fat, protein and carbs. So knowing your macros means knowing the balance and ratios of fat, protein and carbs in your diet. 

In order to be successful on Keto, you need to figure out exactly how much of each macronutrient your body needs. In general, you want to aim for about 70% fats, 25% protein and 5% carbs.

Of course, everybody is a little different and has different health goals, and so every body needs something a little bit different. 

I use this macronutrient calculator to help me calculate my macros.

 

How do I know if I’m in ketosis?

So how do you know if you’re in ketosis? 

There are three main ways to know for sure if your body is in ketosis:

 

1. Urine testing strips

You can use these urine testing strips to measure the level of ketones in your body. You pee on the strip and then match the colour of the strip to the colour spectrum on the bottle of testing strips. The darker the strip, the higher the level of ketones in your blood. This is what I’m currently using to measure my ketones.

 

2. The breath test

Ketones are made up of three different molecules, one of which is acetone. Acetone (the same ingredient in nail polish remover) is naturally occurring in the body, but on Keto your body will produce more acetone, which can leave your breath smelling slightly sweet and metallic. This is a normal side effect of ketosis. 

 

3. Blood testing

You can also test your ketones with a blood glucose and ketone testing kit. Similar to testing your blood glucose when you have diabetes, this monitor will read your glucose and kept levels. While you could use this method to test your ketones right from the beginning, I would start with the urine testing strips and then move onto blood testing after a while of following the Keto Diet since urine strips eventually become less effective once your body stops excreting ketones through urine.

 

Easing into a healthier lifestyle, one good habit at a time

If you’re signed up for my weekly newsletter, you probably received an email I sent out just after Christmas (2018) about how I have a big, scary goal of losing 50 lbs. by December 31st, 2019. While I could have jumped on the weight loss bandwagon with everybody else on January 1st, I knew it would be better to ease myself into a routine and develop healthier habits, one-by-one, in order to create sustainable, lasting change.

So I used the month of January to research different diets and find something that would work for me. I wanted a lifestyle change, not just a fad diet, so I landed on Keto and decided that I would start on February 1st.

I used the month of January to get into some other healthy habits that would get me into a better physical and mental space to take on Keto. One of them was giving up alcohol completely. My goal is to go the whole year. I’ll reassess as I go (especially because wine is allowed on Keto!) but for now I don’t miss it at all. My head is clear and I feel happy and healthy and in the right state of mind to go after my big goals.

Another thing that’s been a game-changer is going to bed early, getting a full 7 to 8 hours of sleep and then waking up early (usually around 5 a.m.) This gives me the chance to start my day off right. I get lots of work done before my husband and daughter wake up, I take time to stretch and meditate and start my day on the right foot.

So as I said, my plan was to start Keto on February 1st, but after a super carb-heavy meal at our annual Ukrainian New Year celebration, I literally woke up the next morning and knew I was ready to start Keto right away.

This is the exact same way I finally conquered my goal of quitting smoking two years ago. I woke up one morning and I was just done with cigarettes. I quit smoking that day and I’ve been a non-smoker ever since! I knew if I could quit smoking this way, I could start Keto this way too, so I decided to start that day when I was feeling good and motivated.

This did mean that I had to go out and spend a chunk of our February food budget on January 21st so that I  had enough Keto-friendly food in the house to get going without falling off the wagon. Plus, I figured starting early would give me a week to feel out the diet and get used to it.

So far I give it a massive two thumbs up! While I haven’t lost any weight yet, I already feel better, my skin has started to clear up and I’m surprisingly full most of the time.

 

What my day looks like on Keto

 

Early Morning

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My favourite part about Keto is starting my day with a Bulletproof coffee, which is essentially a fatty coffee that’s mixed with heavy cream and healthy fats.

You could just mix some coconut oil or butter in with some coffee and heavy cream, but personally I love the following latte-style Bulletproof coffees…

 

“Cinnamon Dolce” Bulletproof Coffee

I especially love this recipe from Ruth Soukup from Living Well Spending Less. It uses a dash of cinnamon and reminds me of a Cinnamon Dolce latte from Starbucks, minus the sugar:

  • 1 cup freshly brewed coffee
  • 1 Tbsp. butter
  • 1 Tbsp. coconut oil
  • 1 Tbsp. heavy cream (I usually pour a little more)
  • Dash of cinnamon
  • Splash of vanilla extract
  • Blend on high for 15-20 seconds and enjoy:)

 

Bulletproof Mocha

I’m also a bit of a chocoholic, so I invested in some organic cacao powder (no added sugar and zero net grams of carbs) as well as this upgraded cocoa butter, which is high in fat but zero carbs and has a hint of creamy chocolate flavour to it. This is how I make my Keto mocha:

  • 1 cup freshly brewed coffee
  • 1 Tbsp. coconut oil
  • 1 Tbsp. upgraded cocoa butter (it comes in solid chunks so I estimate about a tablespoon)
  • 1-2 Tbsp. heavy cream
  • 1 Tbsp. organic cacao powder
  • Splash of vanilla extract
  • Blend on high of 15-20 seconds

 

Breakfast/Brunch

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  • Scrambled eggs with sour cream instead of milk whipped into the eggs
  • Broccoli Cheddar Omelette made with the homegrown broccoli we still have in the freezer 
  • Baked eggs on avocado with cheese and homemade salsa

Yum, yum, yum. I think mornings are my new favourite on Keto. No wonder I can get up at 5 a.m. now!

 

Lunch

For lunch, I’ll usually have Keto-friendly leftovers from the night before or I’ll have a Keto-friendly snack platter that looks something like this:

  • Cheese
  • Olives
  • Sliced tomato
  • Sliced avocado
  • Raw almonds
  • Keto-friendly veggies and dip (tomatoes, cucumbers, celery, broccoli, etc.)

 

Dinner

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For dinner I change it up between meat and veggie main courses and often have a salad on the side with leto-friendly ingredients like olives, tomatoes, cucumbers and avocado. I add some healthy fat to my main course in the form of creamy sauce, cheese or healthy oils. So far I’ve had:

  • Chicken Parmesan (without the breadcrumbs)
  • Keto Meatballs (with hemp hearts instead of breadcrumbs) 
  • Broccoli Baked with Cheese and Curried Homemade Mayo
  • Chicken Caesar Salad
  • Taco Salad (no chips)
  • Veggie (or add chicken or shrimp) Stir-Fry with Cabbage “Noodles”

 

Join me on my Keto journey

If you’re on my regular mailing list (and if you’re not, you should be!) look forward to some Keto-friendly recipes coming soon!

If, however, you’d specifically like to follow my weight-loss journey (and hold me accountable for sticking with my goals!) then click below to receive regular updates on my progress with Keto, along with Keto-friendly recipes and health and fitness inspo. to help you achieve your BIG health and fitness goals this year too! 

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Wishing you health, wealth & the courage to go after your BIG goals this year 🙂

I'm a modern homesteader on a mission to transform our house into a safe, sustainable, self-reliant sanctuary and to help you create, grow and live a good life by transforming your house into a thriving homestead too!

 

 

 

 

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And more!

If you’ve been feeling called to level up your self-reliance skills (because let’s be honest, we’re in for a wild ride these next few years with everything going on in the world), now is the time to heed that call.

Link in profile to enroll before midnight tonight, or go to thehouseandhomestead.com/society

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There are so many reasons to grow your own food at home:

💰 Saves you money at the grocery store
🍴 Healthier than conventionally grown food
🔑 increases your overall food security
🫙 Gives you an abundance to preserve and share

But perhaps the number one reason is because it just tastes better!

Not only does food taste better when it’s freshly picked or allowed to ripen on the vine, there’s something about putting in the work to grow something from a tiny seed and then getting to see it on your dinner plate that just makes it so much more satisfying than anything you’ll ever buy from the store.

Plus, having to wait all year for fresh tomatoes or strawberries or zucchinis to be in season makes that short period when they’re available just that much more exciting!

With the world spinning out of control and food prices continuing to rise, it’s no wonder more people are taking an interest in learning to grow their own food at home. But that also means changing our relationship with food and learning to appreciate the work that goes into producing it and the natural seasonality of organically grown fruits and vegetables.

(It also means learning to preserve it so you can make the most of it and enjoy homegrown food all year long).

In my online membership program, The Society of Self-Reliance, you’ll learn how to grow your own food, from seed to harvest, as well as how to preserve it so you can enjoy the fruits (and vegetables) of your labor all year long!

You’ll also learn how to grow and craft your own herbal medicine, detox your home, become your own handyman, and so much more (because self-reliance is about more than just the food that we eat… But that’s a pretty good place to start!)

The doors to the Society are now open for a limited time only. Click the link in my profile or go to thehouseandhomestead.com/society to learn more.

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If you’ve been watching events unfold over the past few years and you’re feeling called to start “cutting ties” with the system and begin reclaiming your independence, The Society of Self-Reliance was made for you!

When I first launched this online membership program last year, my goal was to create a one-stop resource where members could go to learn and practice every aspect of self-reliance, as well as a space to connect with other like-minded people pursuing the same goal. And that’s exactly what you’ll get when you join!

Here’s a glimpse of what you’ll learn inside the Society:

🌱 Food Security and Self-Sufficiency: Learn the art of growing and preserving your own food, ensuring you and your loved ones have access to nutritious meals year-round.

🌿 Natural Living and Herbal Medicine Mastery: Discover the secrets to creating a low-tox home and and to growing, making and using herbal remedies to support your family’s health, naturally.

🔨 Essential Life Skills: Learn essential life skills like time management, effective goal setting and practical DIY skills to become more self-sufficient.

As a member, you’ll enjoy:

📚 Monthly Video Lessons: Gain access to our ever-growing library of video lessons, with fresh content added each month.

📞 Live Group Coaching Calls: Participate in our monthly live group coaching calls, where we deep dive into a different self-reliance topic every month, and do live demonstrations and Q&A’s.

🏡 Private Community: Join our private community forum where you can ask questions, share your progress, and connect with like-minded individuals.

I only open the doors to The Society once or twice each year, but right now, for one week only, you can become a member for just $20/month (or $200/year).

In today’s world, self-reliance is no longer a luxury, a “cute hobby,” it’s a necessity. Join us inside The Society of Self-Reliance and empower yourself with the skills you need to thrive in the new world!

Link in profile or visit thehouseandhomestead.com/society to learn more.

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Got out for an early morning harvest today. Been up since 3am, contemplating life, the future and the past, the order of things…

There is a rumbling right now, not just in North America, but around the world. Many of us can feel it, and know we are on the precipice of something big.

I’d been hearing about this new song that’s become an overnight viral sensation, written by an (until now) unknown singer named Oliver Anthony. His new song Rich Men North of Richmond has had 14 million views on YouTube in the past week alone, so I decided to check it out.

I also saw a clip of him playing a Farmers Market last week, and anything that has to do with Farmers Markets always has my attention;)

I can’t tell you how many tears I’ve already cried listening to that song. If you’ve heard it already, you probably know what I’m talking about, and if you haven’t, I highly recommend giving it a listen. All I can say is it’s been a while since a song resonated so deeply with me, and in this strange new world, I know I’m not the only one.

One of the lines in Anthony’s song is “Livin’ in the new world, with an old soul,” and that’s something I think so many of us in the homesteading community can relate to.

Trying to cling to better days; To a simpler time; To the old ways, all while doing our best to get by in the new world.

The world has changed drastically in the last few years especially, and it’s set to change in immense ways over the next few years. Today I’m feeling thankful for people like @oliver_anthony_music_ who give a voice to what so many are feeling right now.

Know that if you’re feeling it too, you’re far from alone. And while the future may feel uncertain and even a little scary, remember that if we stand united, we the people are a force to be reckoned with.

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Another garlic harvest in the books!

Garlic is easily one of my favourite crops to grow. It’s pretty much a “set if and forget it” crop. We plant in the fall and leave it to overwinter, fertilize a couple times in the spring, start watering only once the ground starts to dry out, and then harvest in the summer. We can even plant a fall succession crop after our garlic if we want so it really makes great use of garden space all year round.

Over the years we’ve managed to become completely self-sufficient with garlic. We now grow enough to eat all year (and then some!), plus we save our own seed garlic and usually have extra to sell or give away. And around here fresh, organic garlic ain’t cheap, so it’s a good cash crop for anyone who’s serious about selling it.

It took me a few years to really get the hang of garlic, but it’s one crop I’m now very confident with (knock on wood, because it’s always when we make statements like this that next year’s crop fails! Lol.)

A while back I compiled a comprehensive guide to growing, harvesting and using garlic both as an edible and medicinal crop. This is usually only available as part of a paid bundle (or in the fall 2022 issue of Modern Homesteading Magazine if you’re a subscriber;), but for a limited time I’m offering it for free, no strings attached!

Plus you’ll also get access to my step-by-step video lesson on planting garlic so you can set yourself up for success with your garlic crop this year.

Comment “Garlic” below or head to thehouseandhomestead.com/garlic-guide to get your free copy!
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Going through photos and videos from our trip to the @modernhomesteadingconference and the vast majority are of our daughter having the time of her life!

Even if I personally got nothing else out of this gathering (which I most certainly did), watching her discover her own love of this lifestyle outside of what we do at home made my heart grow three sizes!

Homesteading is about so much more than homegrown food and self-reliance. It’s about passing on invaluable skills and an understanding of and respect for our connection to the land that provides for us to the next generation.

Being around so many other kids and families who are also pursuing a homesteading lifestyle helped show our little one that this is a movement that is so much bigger and greater than what our own family does on our little plot of land. This is a lifestyle worth pursuing, with a community unlike any other.

Glad to be back home and more excited than ever to involve my kids in everything we’re doing. But also, I think I speak for my whole family when I say we can’t wait to go back someday!
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If you’re simply looking for ways to save a little extra cash this summer and live well for less, here are 12 tried and tested frugal living tips for summer that you can use to save money this season without sacrificing a thing.
Head over using the link in my bio!
https://thehouseandhomestead.com/12-frugal-living-tips-summer/
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