Let’s face it, staying on a strict elimination or healing diet can be difficult for someone who is used to eating whatever they want whenever they want. The ketogenic diet is much more disciplined and requires a bit more effort to start, stay with and see results. One of the most beneficial things that I have discovered in eating healthy was to create a list prior to going to the grocery store. A ketogenic food list keeps you in check. It keeps you focused on staying on your diet and selecting foods that will work best for your health.
This is the ketogenic diet food list that I have when I go grocery shopping. There are times when I mix it up, but these are the foods that I buy regularly.
- 1 lb. hamburger
- 4-5 avocados
- dozen eggs
- frozen broccoli
- coconut milk
- unflavored gelatin
- canned tunafish
- canned salmon
- frozen peas
- frozen spinach
- cream cheese
- coconut oil
With these different ingredients, I can create dinners, breakfasts, and side dishes by mixing and matching them up. My breakfasts can range from omelets, scrambled eggs, bacon and avocado to blueberry smoothies with a coconut kefir. My ketogenic lunches usually take the form of a salad with a protein, such as deviled eggs, canned salmon or canned tuna fish. Lunches are easy and simple. Dinners are a variety of stir fry meals, hamburgers, roasts, fish and a vegetable side dish. Dessert is usually a panna cotta gelatin that is flavored with a zero carbohydrate sweetener or a few berries.
As you get used to the ketogenic diet, you will discover that it gets easier and easier to select foods that fit into your diet. You’ll discover that you have certain preferences and can adjust the carbohydrates to allow of a piece of fruit every now and then.
The leafy greens and non-starchy vegetables are ones that you can eat freely on the ketogenic diet list. These include cucumbers, lettuce, kale, chard, endive, radicchio, kohlrabi, radishes, celery, asparagus and bamboo shoots. The avocado is one fruit that you can freely eat without too much concern.
You can drink water to your hearts content on the ketogenic diet. Due to the fact that coffee and tea are low carbohydrate, they are often consumed on the ketogenic diet. However, I personally don’t recommend drinking either. While they are low carbohydrate, the caffeine in them is somewhat dehydrating. I only drink water on my diet. However, you’ll stay in ketosis with tea and coffee.
You’ll want to eat cabbage, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, green beans and broccoli more sparingly than the greens. They do have more carbohydrates, but having a serving at a meal won’t throw your dietary plan off. Onions, mushrooms, coconut, bamboo shoots, sugar snap peas, and artichokes all have a bit more carbohydrates, so watch the portion and try not to go overboard with them. One serving per meal is probably sufficient.
You’ll want to avoid all grains, milk, tropical fruits, sweet alcoholic beverages, beer, wine, and soy products.
Thanks for checking out my ketogenic diet foods list!