1. The first month or two can be expensive
As you change from a diet that is predominantly carbohydrate based to one that is 95% protein and
good fats combined, it can be expensive. The cost of flour, rice, cereal and vegetable oil is
significantly less than the cost of beef, pork, chicken, avocados and coconut oil. As you farewell the
chips, margarine, crackers, bread and potatoes from the depths of your pantry and welcome in
those gorgeous fatty cuts of meat, butter and cream your grocery bill will no doubt be higher than
usual; particularly if like me, you’re not a fan of cooking when you start out.
However, as you stock up your cupboards over time with herbs and spices, essences and other
condiments as well as tools that aid with cooking delicious, flavoursome meals the cost that is rung
up by the cashier each week will more than likely be less than your currently budget. Why? Because
when following a keto diet you eat less…a lot less.
2. If not carbs, then what can I eat?
When first contemplating changing from a standard western diet (in my case one guided by the
Australian “healthy” food pyramid) I was horrified. My favourite foods, hands down, were potatoes
(in any form – chips, fries, mashed, baked, scalloped…I could go on), white bread and pasta. And I
had to give these up. For reals?! #waytoputmeoffadietdude.
The concern of course is that if you give up carbohydrates as your primary food source then there’s
basically nothing else tasty to eat, right? After all, for the past 40 years dietary advice has been
founded on eating 6 serves of grains, 5 serves of vegetables, 2 serves of fruit and 2.5 serves each
of protein and dairy each day. So if you significantly reduce your carbs by cutting out grains, many
vegetables, most fruits and some dairy then the cupboard is bare, Mother Hubbard! Actually, it’s
A keto kitchen is full of foods such as almonds, asparagus, avocado, bacon, beef, beef tallow,
broccoli, butter, capsicum, cauliflower, cheese, chicken fat, coconut butter, coconut oil, cream, eggs,
fish, ghee, herbs, lard (non-hydrogenated), macadamia nuts, mayonnaise, mushrooms, olive oil,
peanut butter, pork, poultry, sausage, shellfish, sour cream, spices, spinach, squash, sweeteners
(stevia, sucralose, erythritol, xylitol) and walnuts. Phew – bet you couldn’t say all that in one breath!
Of course, a quick search of the internet will help you pull together a really comprehensive list of
keto friendly foods in addition to the examples provided above.
3. Keto is not a diet of deprivation
While grains, starches and sugars are generally eliminated as part of a keto diet, there are just as
many items that have previously been unacceptable or discouraged when following a standard
western diet that will become your go-to staples. No more cutting the fat off your steak; Cream?
Make it full fat, please; Bacon, smashed avo and eggs for breakfast… coming right up!
By eliminating sugars and reintroducing healthy fats into your diet your taste buds rejoice. Food
becomes more appetising as your palate changes and can better distinguish between sweet, sour,
salty and bitter and savour the individual flavour nuances as they roll over your tongue. On a
ketogenic diet, many people find their senses become heightened, especially taste.