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When starting a low carb or keto diet you need to love your veggies. If you don’t already love vegetables, now is the time to train yourself. Thankfully, these diets promote high fat content and fat + veggies = yummy! If I am facing down a veggie I don’t particularly care for I saute it in bacon grease or coconut oil.
You really need to get all of the vitamins you possibly can so make it a point to eat your veggies with every single meal! Seriously, don’t skip out on the veggies!! 😉
Low Carb Veggie Food List:
Bell Peppers (green, red, yellow, orange)
Canned Artichoke Hearts
Canned Beef Broth
Canned Black Olives
Canned Green Beans
Canned Green Olives
Green Bell Peppers
What you need to know about fruit: Fruit is amazing, and once your taste buds recover from years of white sugar consumption you will find that fruit is very sweet, and is quite a treat. With that in mind, it’s important to remember that fruits should be eaten in small quantities, and with caution. If weight loss is your goal a weekend fruit binge can derail your weight loss and revive your cravings for sweets.
When I first started my keto experience I did without all fruits. I would occasionally have one strawberry or 1/4 cup of frozen fruit, but I kept it to a minimum. Now, the good news is that fruit sugar is a little different than white sugar. First of all fruit has fiber in it. Unlike eating white sugar which goes straight to the blood stream and is combated with insulin spikes, the fiber in fruit is harder to digest so it doesn’t cause your body to react in the same way. So a little fruit can be a good thing.
My suggestion is to start with the lowest carb/sugar fruits and see how your respond. If you start gaining weight or notice that you are craving sweets again, simply cut back and try something else.
Once you reach your goal weight you will have more freedom in this area.
Low Carb Fruit Food List:
Tomatoes (all varieties)