Ketogenic foods are foods which are low in carbohydrate, high in fat and lower in protein. The picture below is a good example of a ketogenic meal:
A general list of these foods includes both animal and plant based foods, but they are all real, whole foods such as:
This low carb food list of foods are also allowed on a ketogenic diet.
As you look over these lists, you'll notice that these foods are close to their natural state. This means they require cooking to prepare them properly. This is an important point to remember.See my low carb cooking page for more information on how to cook these foods, and my low carb recipes page for ideas on what to cook.
Eating a healthy ketogenic diet means you'll need to spend more time in the kitchen. Most processed foods are convenient of course, but they are also full of sugar and starch.
If you are switching to a ketogenic foods diet for health reasons, giving up processed food and learning to cook for yourself are major steps on the path to better health.
If you don't know how to cook, and don't want to learn, there are ways to still eat ketogenic foods. There are lots of restaurants which have low carb options on the menus, and in a pinch, you can get a fast food hamburger and just avoid eating the bread.
There are restaurants which offer low carb choices, or gluten free menus which are usually lower in carb. The trick is to plan ahead. Usually, you can get the menu of a restaurant on the internet, then you'll have time to really look at it and make a wise choice without the pressure of the waiter or waitress waiting for your decision.
Your best bet for staying on plan is to order some sort of roasted or broiled meat and a salad with the dressing on the side. Or order a salad as a meal, such as a big Caesar with broiled chicken on top. Just be mindful of vinagrette dressings, they usually have a lot of sugar in them. Creamy dressings are usually higher in fat and lower in carb.
There are also grocery stores which offer pre-cooked foods such as roasted chickens, steamed shrimp, beef brisket, etc. Through in a salad with some full fat dressing and you have a keto meal.
However, I think that part of the journey toward better health is developing a habit of caring for yourself, and I can't think of a better way than to be able to make a delicious meal out of real, whole foods for yourself.
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