A Day In My Keto Diet

I admit eating a keto-style diet takes a little practice to master.  For me, the best chance for success at this diet was to make it as easy and convenient as possible.  After a couple weeks of experimentation I was able to get a decent plan of action.

I wanted to share an example of my daily meals to give you an idea of what has been working for me.  Keep in mind I’m not a cook by any stretch of the imagination, so if you really like to cook and prepare meals, this diet has endless possibilities.  I also purchased a really good keto cookbook on Amazon.com for some great meal ideas to keep the possibilities open when I decide to try new recipes.

As I mentioned, I like to keep things as simple and easy as possible, all while staying in my target caloric and micronutrient ranges.  Once you get in a rhythm of tracking these foods and portion sizes, it gets a lot easier to put together your meals daily.

We do most of our cooking on Sunday’s so we will be prepared for the entire week.  I also really like to use “grab-n-go” style foods to keep things really easy and quick.   I work 10 hour days and have an hour drive on each end, so I need to prepare for a 12 hour day away from the house.  Here is one example of what I eat on any given work day with a 1700 calorie target range and macronutrient percentages of: 70% fat (minimum), 25% protein and 5% carbohydrates.:

Breakfast:

  • two whole eggs, cooked in 1 tablespoon of Kerrygold butter
  • two pieces of thick-cut bacon
  • 1/2 cup of Jimmy Dean ground pork sausage
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheese (any variety)
  • coffee (usually 2 to 3 cups…I need it at 4:30 in the morning!) with a teaspoon of coconut oil in each cup.
  • 2 tablespoons of heavy whipping cream split between the 2 to 3 cups of coffee.

Lunch:

  • 4oz of pork shoulder roast
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheese (any variety)
  • 1 tablespoon of MCT oil over the meat

Snack:

  • 10 slices of Genoa Salami deli sliced (small round-thick sliced) Private Selection, Kroger brand.
  • 1 slice of American cheese

Dinner:

  • large serving of salad
  • two tablespoons of Italian-style dressing (high in fat, < one gram carbs)

 

I track each food item with MyFitnessPal app, so I know the total calories and macronutrient breakdown for the whole day.  I also weigh my food so I know exactly how much I’m taking in.   I realize this sounds like a lot of work to do all of this daily, but I found that once these foods are logged into the app, it only takes a couple of minutes to put all of the information in my phone for the entire day.   You can also scan most foods right off the product label with the phone app, this makes it really quick and accurate to track.

The main goal is to keep your carbs low and fats high, with only moderate protein intake.  I always shoot for 70 to 80% fats and try to keep my carbs to less than 20 grams per day.  This seems to work good for me.  You can find a good macro/calorie calculator like the one on ketogains.com and setup your daily routine around these numbers.  After a little practice you will be able to really narrow down your foods to each category and keep things very accurate.  Once you get to that point your body will start to change and ketosis will begin.  Be patient because this process takes time and you need to be disciplined to stay on course.

Read the labels on all foods and drinks, carbs are in just about everything it seems!