New to Keto. Tips for beginners?

Here is my big list of things that I eat/have eaten on keto. I’ve shared this with others and they have found it helpful. Let me know if you have any questions.

================ Breakfast

  • Eggs

  • Bacon

  • Omelets

  • Sausage

  • Breakfast Casserole

  • Hard boiled eggs

  • Cream Cheese Pancakes (Walden Farms Syrup)

  • Bullet Proof Coffee

  • McDonald’s Egg McMuffin without the muffin

================== Lunch

  • Hotdogs

  • Salads (Chicken Bacon Ranch, Caesar, Cobb, etc)

  • Homemade Unwich

  • Grilled Chicken and veggies

  • Chili

  • Chicken/Tuna/Egg Salad

  • Egg drop soup

  • Deli meat (wraps )

===================== Dinner

  • Chicken Tenders (fried w/ pork rind breading)

  • Bacon Cheeseburger Casserole

  • Wings

  • Cheeseburgers

  • Rotisserie Chicken

  • Romaine Heart tacos

  • Steak

  • Mission tortilla chicken/beef wraps

  • Meatballs

  • Meatloaf

  • Mission Tortilla pizzas/Fathead pizza

  • Chilli

  • Taco Salad

  • Fish

  • Pizza Casserole

  • Big Mac in a bowl

  • Eggs and bacon

  • Philly Steak skillet

  • Slowcooker Chicken Tacos

  • Stir Fry

  • Bacon Cheeseburger Soup – 1

  • Kabobs

  • BLT romaine wraps

  • Zoodles (Zucchini noodles in sauce)

  • Chicken Thighs

  • Pork Chops

  • Ribs

  • Pot roast

  • Cauliflower Cheese Sticks

  • Keto Nachos (Mission Tortilla Chips) – 2

  • Keto mozzarella sticks – 3

  • Chicken Quesadilla

  • Stuffed peppers

  • Cobb Salad

  • Spaghetti Squash Pasta

==================== Sides and Snacks

  • Veggies

  • Bacon

  • Cheese

  • Cheese Chips

  • Cottage Cheese

  • Baby Carrots and Hummus

  • Pork Rinds and Dip

  • Cream Cheese Ham and Pickle Rolls

  • Cauliflower fried rice/mashed potatoes/tots

  • Veggies and dip

  • Jalapeno Poppers

  • Asparagus (wrapped in bacon)

  • Mushrooms

  • Almonds

  • Peanuts

  • Natural Chunky Peanut Butter

  • String Cheese

  • Pickles

  • Hard Boiled Egg

  • Pepperoni

  • Summer Sausage

  • Beef Jerky (Check the sugars)

  • Roasted Veggies

  • Olives

  • Deli Meats

  • Celery and Peanut butter

  • Avocados

  • Lil’ Smokies

  • Ham and Mustard wrap

  • Shrimp w/ Cocktail sauce

  • Brussel Sprouts

  • Deviled Eggs

  • Quest Bars

======================= Dessert

  • Halo Top Ice Cream

  • Sugar Free Jello with whipped cream on top

  • Whipped Cream and Cocoa Powder

  • Cheesecake

  • Blueberries/Strawberries (with Reddi Whip/Whipped Cream)

  • Rootbeer Float (Diet Rootbeer with Heavy Whipping Cream)

  • Dark Chocolate

  • Pumpkin Almond Buns

======================= Drinks

  • Diet Soda

  • Coffee

  • Unsweetened Almond Milk

  • Unsweetened Tea

  • Powerade Zero

  • Mio flavoring

  • Light Beer (Rarely)

  • Vodka (Rarely)

====================== Condiments

  • Heinz Reduced Sugar Ketchup

  • Mayonnaise

  • Mustard

  • Alfredo Sauce

  • Walden Farm products (Some are gross though)

  • Special sauce (2 parts mayo to one part Heinz Reduced sugar ketcup with spices)

  • Ranch

  • Creamy Parmesan

  • Caesar Dressing

  • Italian Dressing

  • Soy Sauce

======================= Fast Food

  • Jimmy johns – Unwiches

  • McDonald’s – Chicken Bacon Ranch salad(grilled chicken) | Plain Cheeseburger w/ranch

  • Hardees – Low carb thick burgers

  • Wendy’s – Baconator no bun

  • Bunless burgers from any fast food

  • Any salad from most fast food places(grilled chicken only, look at ingredients carefully!)

  • Buffalo wild wings

  • Taco bell sides in a bowl – beef/chicken/guac/sour cream

  • Subway – salads

  • Chipotle – salad bowls with lots of meat

  • Kfc – grilled chicken

  • Buffets (Use caution)

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Keto diet common beginner’s mistakes

Here is the list of things I which I had known 10 months ago;

As I write this I’ve lost a little over 45 pounds and made every mistake possible. Here is the stuff I wish I had known on my day one;

“Keto Flu” is optional for most people.

Drink lots of water and stay on top of your electrolytes. The Electrolytes section of the FAQ is really important reading. If I ever feel really bad, a little Mortons Lite Salt in a glass of water really helps. I just knock it back like a shot of booze.

Fat bombs and bullet-proof coffee are “training wheels” for Keto.

They are good for making the transition from glucose-burning to fat-burning. Once your body has become keto-adapted, they are just empty calories. You’ll know the feeling when you just don’t feel hungry any more. That’s when you can cut the extra fat and burn more off your body.

Snacking on even Keto-legal snacks can slow you down.

It’s better to eat your meal and have a little treat right after and then be done until your next meal. The goal is to let your insulin level fall and resume fat-burning. Your body can’t digest food and burn fat at the same time, so every little snack can re-set the cycle and give you fewer hours of burning fat.

Avoid sweet flavors and Keto “desert replacements” for a while.

This will vary from person to person. In my case I had always struggled with a sweet tooth and artificial sweeteners just triggered cravings and old over-eating habits. I had to give up all sweet flavors for about three weeks and embrace salty and spicy foods. BBQ pork rinds and dill pickles became my “desert” after dinner. After those three weeks I had my first diet Mountain Dew and it was… meh. Not nearly as good as I remembered. It was like feeding the old addiction wasn’t nearly as satisfying as it had been before.

r/intermittentfasting is the “Turbo boost” for Keto.

Again, the more hours a day you can not eat, the longer you will be burning fat. If you make those hours mostly while you sleep, it’s really easy. If you start this a few weeks into Keto it’s really effortless as you can leverage the natural appetite-suppressant effect of ketosis. Most people skip breakfast, but I’ve found skipping dinner works better for me. Get all your calories in the other two meals of the day. Again, no snacking between meals!

Your scale is a dirty, filthy liar.

There really something to the whole KCKO (Keep Calm and Keto On!) saying. You can’t let your scale discourage you. You’ll burn fat and water will rush in to fill those now emptied fat cells. Water weighs more than fat and will hide your progress. Just keep chugging along and eventually your body will let go of that water in what some people call the “Whoosh effect”. You might wake up one morning 2-3 pounds lighter! Remember a tall glass of water weighs a pound, so don’t mind the spikes in water weight now and then, especially if you are a woman.

Ketostix and other ketone indicator “pee strips” are mostly useless.

These will show when you are in ketosis in the vert beginning of entering ketosis when your body s making lots of ketones. Eventually your body will quit over-producing and find the optimum level so they are mostly burned up. Also, drinking lots of water will give you a lower or negative result. Not drinking enough water will give you a falsely positive result. A mush more reliable way to know you are in ketosis is to just stay strict on the 20g a day Net Carb budget. Then you have mo worries.

Calories matter.

I started Keto to manage and eventually reverse my Type 2 diabetes. (It worked!) I measure my blood-glucose every day and can immediately know when I’ve gone overboard on carbs. That really doesn’t affect my weight-loss much because it’s usually only by a little bit and after a few months on Keto you can build up a “cushion” of an extra 20-30g of carbs. But, when I overeat on Keto-legal foods I really notice my weight going up. To date I’ve lost over 45 pounds, but my weight chart looks like a roller-coaster because I didn’t focus on being strict enough with calories.

Get a tracking app and a food scale.

I found I’m crap at estimating food portions. 100 calories of heavy whipping cream is astonishingly small. “Stealth carbs” can creep in throughout the day and add up much faster than you may suspect. I tried My Fitness Pal, but switched to Cronometer because it calculates Net Carbs which is really handy when you create recipes with many ingredients.

Can someone dumb ‘how to start Keto’ down for me?

Your body typically makes energy from carbohydrates (bread, sugar, potatoes, etc.). But this is not what our bodies evolved to do. When our ancestors foraged and hunted for food, they ate bison and other hunted animals. But they didn’t just eat that juicy leg roast, they ate everything. Watch wolves or other predators hunt and you’ll note they fight over who gets to eat the organs, because they’re very dense in nutrients. Our ancestors also foraged for fruit, nuts, and root vegetables. However, the fruits and vegetables were very different, as thousands of years of selected breeding have resulted in fruit and vegetables with a much higher sugar content.

Ok, so our ancestors ate much differently. Their body also used that food differently. If an ancestor spent their day eating meat and fat, then that’s what their body turned into fuel for their body, through ketogenesis. If they ate enough carbs, then their body would use that first and stockpile as much fat as possible. That was important for our ancestors, as they might go a few days between a successful hunt.

Your problem, and mine, is that we’ve allowed our bodies to stockpile lots of fat. So the first thing we need to do is force our body to make energy from the fat we eat and the fat we have stockpiled. To do that, we deprive the body of carbs. Simply put, eliminate bread, rice, potatoes, and most fruit from your diet. Eliminate soda and any sweetened beverage. As you noted, it’s best to start under 20g of net carbs per day. One other form of carbohydrate is fiber, but our bodies cannot break that down to produce energy, so we don’t count it. Anytime you read a food label, subtract fiber from the carb count. For example, eating some almonds is perfectly fine (2.5g net carbs per ounce).

So figure out what foods you like which are low in carbs. Here’s a handy guide. Start eating low carb. Your body is not going to like it. First, your body is going to want to metabolize carbs for as long as possible. Second, the bacteria in your intestines which flourished for so long on carbs are going to start dying. Don’t worry–they’ll be replaced by bacteria which break down protein and fat. This means ketosis involves an “adaptation period”. This period takes a while. Third, and this is the hard part, sugar is addictive, and you’re going to go through withdrawal. You might get cravings, headaches, fatigue, etc. The headaches will resolve in the first week, as will the fatigue (in fact, you’ll start feeling pretty amazing). The cravings can take a while, and it’s best to not do anything which could increase them. Some find, for example, that they have to cut out diet soda as it prompts cravings. I would advise avoiding any artificial sweetener, at least for a few weeks.

Different people implement keto in different ways. Some eat the same meal every day, and so long as it’s balanced, that’s fine. Some eat with their family, but just ensure there’s keto-friendly food on the table and avoid eating what isn’t (this is what I do). But whatever you do, you’re going to have to take more ownership of the food around you. You’re not going to be able to rely on fast food–in fact, you should avoid it. You’ll need to read labels, and prepare to be disappointed when you see just how much sugar is put into prepared food (even simple things like salad dressings–some are ok but most are not). Some people count calories using apps or just by hand, others do not but just eat the right foods and eat in moderation (lazy keto). Some add fasting into their regimen (intermittent fasting). Others do not.

But there are a few things we mostly all do to succeed:

  1. Keep carbs low (most of us started below 20g/day, some succeed below 50g/day)

  2. Eat because you need to, not because you want to (losing cravings will help with this)

  3. Take ownership of what you eat (some have to start cooking)

Let me close by telling you something I wish I had done sooner: exercise. My current favorite is a routine called Stronglifts 5×5. There’s a free app. Start with the lowest weight possible (e.g. the bar) and just work on form/those neglected areas (hello hip flexors). This routine takes me about 45 minutes three times per week (with lots of rest time during that). But it has made me feel exponentially better (unbelievably so). And I feel stronger, and leaner, and this is helping me with body image and helping me burn more calories per day.

Here’s a detailed list of keto-friendly foods I eat on a regular basis with pics, tips and recipes [Pics, FP]

Full Disclosure:

  • I don’t have extravagant or complicated cooking sessions.

  • I keep things as simple as possible to help save me time so the things I eat daily are not complicated.

  • I’m also not a picky eater at all and enjoy the taste of everything.

1. An apple avocado a day keeps the doctor away

  • I used to avoid avocados because of their high fat content, but now I often eat one avocado a day, usually as the first thing to break my fast (“breakfast”) and it’s shockingly filling. They are quite literally, the perfect low carb, keto-friendly food. They have very few net carbs, lots of fiber, and it’s mostly just fat. Not just any fat though, it has a magnificent fat profile of mostly monounsaturated fats. (This is the stuff olive oil has a lot of too.)

  • I eat avocados with some…

  • Salt & Pepper (pictured here) or

  • Soy Sauce or

  • Lemon Pepper

How to buy and rotate avocados so you always have some ripe ones:

  • I buy 6-8 avocados at a time because it takes several days for them to ripen and I like to have a good supply.

  • An easy way to check if they’re ripe without having to smash the skin is to simply push down on the brown stem (if there is one). If it goes down, it’s ready.

  • If too many avocados are ripening and you want to slow down the process, throw them in the fridge! As simple as that.

  • With that trick in mind, I usually have 5-10 avocados in the fridge and 5-10 over the counter so that I have a constant supply.

If you have too many avocados that have ripened, make guacamole! Guamacole is super easy to make!

  • Mash up all the ripe avocados together

  • Add some lime

  • Add some minced up cilantro and you’re good to go!

  • If you’re at a (mexican) restaurant and they serve chips and guacamole, tell them you don’t want the chips, but order some chicken or steak with it and dip it into the guac! Delicious.

2. Eggs

Normally I eat 2-3 eggs, a few times a week. They too, like avocados, are a very keto-friendly food. They have zero carbs and are highly nutritious with an excellent amino acid (protein) profile.

Pictured here are some fluffy hard boiled eggs with some salt and pepper. Simple and delicious. If I’m boiling eggs for the day, I will boil some extra ones at the same time to keep for egg salad (recipe below).

Other keto friendly ways I prepare eggs?

  • Scrambled or sunny side up, fried with coconut oil.

  • Omelette with cheese/veggies

  • Poached eggs (w/ Hollandaise sauce) (Basically “eggs benedict” without the English muffins.)

  • Egg salad (below!)

3. Egg Salad

This makes for a nice lunch idea that’s easy to customize and takes barely a few minutes to make because you just mash the ingredients together.

Recipe: Mash up all these ingredients together:

  • 1 Avocado

  • 2 Soft-Boiled Eggs (hard boiled works too but soft is creamier)

  • 1 tablespoon mayonnaise

  • Optional: add garlic salt and pepper

  • Optional: add some shredded Cheddar Cheese

  • Optional: add cayenne to taste for spicyness

4. Simply Delicious Vegetables

The following are common, non-starchy vegetables that I eat regularly:

How do I prepare these guys? Easy! I bake them!

Don’t be scared of ovens, people, it’s stupid-easy to bake things! Just follow the simple steps below:

  • Preheat the oven to 400F.

  • In a small bowl, mix a few tablespoons of Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Soy Sauce together.

  • Optional: add some minced garlic, maybe some ginger depending on the veggies used.

  • Put the veggies in a big bowl and pour this small bowl of oil and soy sauce into the veggies and mix it well.

  • Put the veggies on a pan with Parchment Paper for 400F for 15 minutes.

  • And that’s it! Ta-daaaa! See how easy it was?

  • I personally like the EVOO and Soy Sauce, but you could also just put it all with BUTTER, too. That’s keto friendly, too. Oftentimes the veggies are actually there to act as a carrier for the butter.

5. Blueberries! The Keto-Candy.

Frozen blueberries are my favorite little snack! I love the crunch they provide and since they’re so cold, I can’t eat a bunch of them because then I’ll get brain freeze. This also reminds me to treat berries like candy, so I eat them sparingly and usually NOT daily. When they’re on sale, I stock up on a bunch of them, wash them and keep them in the freezer. (I eat raspberries and strawberries sometimes too, but blueberries are my jam, without the jam.)

6. Baked Fish

Fish is something I have ~3x a week that I’m always trying to eat more of. On the days that I don’t eat fish, I take a fish oil capsule to get more Omega 3’s in my diet.

Here’s how I bake fish (you could do this to fillets or whole fish):

  • Preheat the oven to 375F

  • Rub salt, pepper, olive oil, lemon and blackened fish seasoning on both sides of the fish.

  • Bake at 375F for 25-35 minutes.

  • Done! How easy is that!

Other fish choices: I don’t eat tuna anymore because Wild Sardines in Olive Oil and Smoked Sprats are superior in every way. They are lower on the food chain than tuna and don’t accumulate toxins (such as mercury) and have a superior Omega 3 to 6 ratio! (Btw, I used to buy Riga Sprats but turns out they are stored in rapeseed oil, which is a terrible vegetable oil to eat, not only cause rape is bad, but it’s mostly bad fats… so no more of that brand!)

7. Salmon and Cream Cheese (And Avocado!?)

  • In this photo I put salmon, cream cheese, avocado, green onions and some aleppo pepper on a big piece of lettuce to make a dank meal.

  • Normally people eat the above ingredients sandwiched between a bagel. But you can’t have a bagel on a keto diet. Bagels are just bread. Fuck bread. Why would I want that stuff getting in the way of the deliciousness in the middle?


  • Smoked Salmon Lox

  • Cream Cheese

  • Salt and Pepper to taste

  • Optional: Chopped Green Onions (Scallions)

  • Optional: Capers

  • Optional: Avocado

  • Optional: If you want a “carrier”, you could put it all on a piece of lettuce.

8. Cheese and Olives

I’ve been eating this Kerrygold Dubliner Irish cheese as a standalone snack. I love to get a big knife and make extremely thin slices of these. The taste is so complex and satisfying. (They are available on Costco. And speaking of Kerrygold brand, by the way, their Irish butter tastes really good too. All their products come from grass-fed cows.)

I may or may not eat this cheese with some olives. Olives have almost no net carbs and have a great fat profile, so they are a great little keto-friendly snack. I love the ones in brine.

9. Cream Cheese and Bastirma (seasoned, air-dried cured beef)

One of my favorite dairy things is to get cream cheese and mix it with some Armenian cured deli meat called Bastirma. This is one of those foods that are not well known if you’re not familiar with the culture, but it’s highly spiced, the slices are extremely thin and delicious with some cream cheese.

Here are some other Middle Eastern Foods that are keto friendly:

Since my father is Lebanese-Armenian and my mother is Armenian-Armenian, I know about some foods that others may not know about that are very low carb and these are my random faves:

  • Lebni / Labneh (Strained yogurt)

  • This is a type of kefir cheese, made in a similar process as Greek Yogurt, but it tastes much more tart, like sour cream. Traditionally it’s spread on a plate and drizzled with olive oil and topped with some dried mint. I personally think it’s dank as fuck.

  • Sujuk / Soujoukh / Yershik

  • This is type of highly spiced, dried beef sausage that you could find at your local international market as well, probably in the deli section. I love to eat them with cream cheese.

Note: One of the main drawbacks of deli meat, or highly processed meats is that their protein becomes inferior and a lot of important minerals (like potassium and magnesium) are lost as well, so I don’t make them my main source of protein.

10. Nuts: Macadamia’s and Almonds

  • As you know, when one is on a low carb diet, they should replace those calories with fat and nuts are predominantly high in fat. The top two nuts that are very low in carbs AND have a very healthy fat profile are macadamia’s and almonds!

  • Macadamia Nuts that are Dry Roasted with Sea Salt are one of my favorite snacks. They taste like butter balls that are perfectly salted. (~20cals each)

  • I love these Wasabi & Soy Sauce Almonds. I always get a pound of these that last me the month.

  • These Marcona Almonds with Rosemary are a bit pricey, but have an incredibly luxurious taste. Marcona almonds are fried in olive oil, by the way.

  • Warning for those trying to lose weight: Nuts are high in calories and it’s easy to “accidentally” eat a few hundred calories of these if you are just munching mindlessly. Even if you practice severe carbohydrate restriction, eating more calories than you need can result in fat gain. (I still use MyFitnessPal when I want to ensure weight loss even on keto, but that’s just me, YMMV)

You could have other nuts too, like cashews and peanuts for example. But as dank as they are, I can’t go to town on them cause they’re somewhat higher in net carbs, so I eat them very sparingly and infrequently. If I’m going to have peanuts, I usually opt for peanut butter, actually. And on occasion, I go for cashew butter. (relevant peanut butter related meme)

11. Milk Alternatives for when I want a creamy drink

Unsweetened flax, coconut, soy, hemp, cashew, almond milks. (We live in good times to have access to such variety!)

  • Note that ALL of these must specifically say “UNSWEETENED” on their label. The beauty of these are that they are only 30-45 calories per cup.

  • Coconut Milk: In the summertime, there’s something so brisk and refreshing about coconut milk. (It reminds me of summer, probably thanks to all those dark tanning products that smelled like coconut oil.)

  • Hemp and Flax and Cashew milks: I have only tried these a couple times, they are a bit more fatty, creamy, thick and I like them.

  • Almond milk is my favorite. Some people don’t like it at all and that bewilders me, but… I like it and it’s a yummy drink to me. I sometimes will heat up a cup and drink it hot.

  • Soy Milk is my go to when I’m looking for a more hearty drink (clocking in at 100cals/cup), I really like unsweetened soy milk. It’s also great to add to your tea so it’s like a chai-latte. Protip: If you live near some Asian stores, you can find unfiltered soy milk which tastes like the real thing. But you must make sure it’s not sweetened.

12. Arugula Salad

This is stupid easy to make. I just added arugula and avocado and salt & pepper and olive oil. How easy is that? Really easy. You could also do something similar with spinach. Loves me some spinach.

13. Keto-Friendly Foods On The Go

If I’m on the go, I usually don’t have hunger and can get away with several hours without eating but… if I do…

  • I like Quest Bars, specifically the Choc Chip Cookie Dough flavor. They are the only truly keto-friendly bars that I know of. (Edit: Costco carries Kirkland Protein Bars that are similar to these apparently and much cheaper!)

  • Sunflower seeds (I love the cracked pepper version) found at most gas stations, are quite a good snack if you like spitting sunflower shells.

  • If you’re not a fan of spitting sunflower shells, already-shelled-for-you roasted and salted sunflower seeds/kernels are also pretty delicious too. These also are found at gas stations. Just make sure they don’t have added sugar.

I also take an avocado with me sometimes. Here’s how to eat a ripe avocado without any tools:

  • Bite the skin at the top to remove it and spit it out.

  • Squeeze the avocado out from the bottom up. Eat it as it comes out the top hole.

  • Eventually the seed will come out as well and you just keep squeezing it out into your mouth and into the trash or straight into the trash.

  • Fair warning: Keep the avocado in a place that won’t get mashed in your bag by other things or else it will make a mess. Ask me how I know. 😛 (Maybe even put it in its own zip lock bag or something)

14. Mineral Management and Daily Supplements

Mineral management is especially important on a ketogenic diet to prevent feeling fatigue (especially before strength or endurance training) or if you’re not feeling well while in ketosis. These are the following things I take:

  • Multivitamin: I supplement with a daily one-a-day multivitamin to cover my bases.

  • Sodium & Potassium: It’s no coincidence that many foods I eat are somewhat higher in sodium overall, and that’s because the kidneys excrete more than usual while in ketosis and so I make up for it with the higher sodium intake. But, to not get too much sodium, I use “LoSalt” instead of regular salt because it’s more potassium in it and half the sodium (salt) which makes for a better balance. I also drink bone broth almost daily.

  • Magnesium: Two of these magnesium pills a day (400mg) for 20 days will help stabilize magnesium levels. This improves almost every cellular process in your body (especially important for sleep and muscle cramps). This is doubly important on keto due to the kidneys excreting faster than usual.

  • Fish Oil: If I did not eat fish that day, I’ll take 1-2 capsules of fish oil which has lots of omega 3’s in each capsule.

  • Advisory: Many fish oil brands will say “1200mg” but really, only 300mg of it will only be Omega 3 fatty acids. So read the labels to make sure you’re getting one with high DHA/EPA!

  • Protein: If I haven’t ate much protein or I had a particularly hard strength training day, I will drink a scoop of vegan protein powder and add raw cacao and chia seeds in a blender bottle. The unflavored one tastes really blah but the chocolate or french vanilla flavored ones are a good powder that gets the job done with minimal fuss.

15. Special mention for Fiber

If I’m feeling like I ate too many things that don’t have any fiber (read: meat, cheese, etc) and feel constipated, then I will have 1-2 teaspoons of organic psyllium husk mixed in water. It’s pure fiber which causes me to poop gloriously sometime later that day.

ProTip: Nowadays, if I’m going traveling or camping, I will take a zip lock bag of this stuff with me and my bowel movements won’t feel disrupted from the traveling and it works incredibly well. (relevant meme)

Well, that wraps it up

  • Now you know what I eat on a regular basis. All this info above was from a blog post that I published yesterday titled “What I Actually Eat” but since self promotion is not allowed on this sub, I took the hour here to make it reddit-friendly.

  • If you’re missing an ingredient or curious to know exactly which product I use, there are a billion links (mostly on Amazon) in the official article.

  • If you like my writing style, here’s a link to the beginners guide I created for the keto diet that was very well received. Hope that helps!


This post blew up and I’m glad this was valuable to many of you! I thank YOU for adding VALUE with your nifty comments! (It’s not often I am greeted with so many excellent comments… This sub is a great support group!) Oh and thanks for the gold, internet-friend.

The Best Reddit Keto Recipes We Could Find

At first glance, the ketogenic diet seems pretty straightforward: consume a high amount of healthy fats, a moderate amount of protein, and a very low amount of carbs. Simple, right?

Well, yes and no. While there are endless options for what you can eat on the keto diet, many people find that after a few days or weeks, they fall into a rut eating the same few things over and over again. It’s a plateau that can happen to even the most dedicated keto followers.

In this article, we’ll explain how to break out of your keto diet rut and share one of our favorite resources for finding new and creative low-carb recipes.

Finding the Right Keto Recipes

As with any nutrition plan, eating the same few meals over and over again will get old quickly and could lead to slip-ups. If you’re going to commit to the ketogenic diet for the long haul, you need variety.

This isn’t just theory; it’s supported by science. Researchers have found that people who experience a greater amount of variety over long periods of time have a higher perceived level of happiness than those who do the same thing over and over again. So if you want to feel satisfied with your diet in the long run, it’s important to switch it up.

To do this, you’ll want to build up a diverse library of keto recipes you can rely on to satisfy your cravings, fill you up and keep you from getting bored with what you’re eating. One of our favorite places to find great keto recipes is on Reddit.

Enter r/KetoRecipes

Are you familiar with Reddit? Billed as ‘the front page of the internet,’ it’s equal parts forum, informational resource and social media platform.

Reddit contains a wealth of information organized by topic. The individual sections of the site dedicated to each topic are known as ‘subreddits.’ Each subreddit is labeled like this: r/TopicName. So the subreddit that’s all about ketogenic recipes is called r/KetoRecipes. You can find a subreddit for almost any topic under the sun.

On r/KetoRecipes, you’ll find thousands of low-carb ideas for breakfast, lunch, dinner and more submitted by a community of more than 400,000 keto followers just like you. New recipes are added nearly every hour and you can contribute your own, too.

r/KetoRecipes allows for requests, so you can easily crowdsource input if you’re looking for something specific (like, “my in-laws are coming over. What keto appetizer should I make?”).

The great thing about Reddit is that it’s more than just a static website; it’s interactive. On any thread, you can upvote (the Reddit equivalent of a ‘like’) the topic and leave comments, which is especially useful for recipe posts.

If you have a question about an unfamiliar ingredient or a step in the recipe, just leave a comment and ask the original poster. You can also skim through the existing comments, where you’ll get ideas for ingredient substitutions or variations and see what others who already made the recipe thought of it.

How to Find the Best Reddit Keto Recipes

When you first dive into using Reddit, it can feel overwhelming. The site has its own set of norms and lingo, not to mention being jam-packed with content. But we promise, once you get the hang of using Reddit it’ll quickly become an invaluable keto recipe resource.

Here are some tips to help you navigate r/KetoRecipes more easily.

First off, all of the threads within a subreddit are further categorized by something called ‘flair.’ These work the same way as tags on a blog, and are used to help you filter similar posts.

There are a number of flair types on r/KetoRecipes, including Requests, Main Dish, Side Dish, Beverage, and many more. Clicking on any flair label will narrow down the posts you see to only those within that sub-category. You can also add flair to your own posts to help others find it.

In addition to using flair buttons, you can search for specific topics using the search bar at the top of any subreddit. Also at the top of the subreddit, you can set a filter to see the most popular or the newest posts within a specific time frame (i.e. the most-upvoted posts from the last seven days).

Next, let’s cover upvoting and downvoting. As we mentioned earlier, upvoting is similar to a ‘like’ on other social media platforms, and downvoting is the opposite. But while likes are meant to express support, upvoting and downvoting literally play a role in moving posts up and down within the thread.

Posts with a lot of upvotes appear higher, and vice versa. When it comes to keto recipes, upvotes and downvotes are a handy indicator to quickly assess the popularity (or unpopularity) of a recipe with just a glance. If you’re looking for keto recipes that are sure to be a hit, look for ones with a high number of upvotes.

The next thing to know about as you browse for keto recipes is Reddit lingo. The platform has its own set of abbreviations that are helpful to know as you skim through posts. Here are a few of the most commonly used pieces of lingo you’ll see on r/KetoRecipes:

  • OP: original poster, the person who started the thread
  • TIL: today I learned…
  • AMA: ask me anything
  • ELI5: explain like I’m five
  • TL;DR: too long; didn’t read. Typically used to give a summary following an especially long post

Finally, if you decide you’re ready to do more than just browse recipes and want to start posting, read the rules. Each subreddit has its own set of guidelines designed to make sure things flow smoothly, and if you don’t follow them, a moderator (or mod) may quickly give you the boot.

For example, r/KetoRecipes has a rule that every recipe post must contain a full recipe with actual measurements for ingredients. It also suggests (but does not require) that recipe posts contain fewer than 10 grams of net carbs. The rules can be found along the right-hand side of any subreddit.

It’s worthwhile to note that subreddits are highly specific. Posts that are off topic will quickly be flagged and deleted. So, r/KetoRecipes is only for recipes and recipe requests, not questions about the ketogenic diet in general.

Some other subreddits you might find helpful if you’re just getting started with keto include r/keto for general ketogenic diet discussion and r/ketoscience for a better understanding of the science behind the diet.

5 Of Our Favorite Reddit Keto Recipes

With thousands of recipes to choose from on r/KetoRecipes, you’ll have no shortage of new ideas to keep you busy in the kitchen. To help you get started, though, here are a few of our all-time favorites from the subreddit.

Fathead Pizza

If you haven’t tried fathead dough yet, prepare to have your mind blown. It’s a gluten-free, low-carb dough made popular by the creator of the nutrition documentary Fat Head.

Fathead dough is made from four simple ingredients, and when cooked it tastes shockingly similar to regular pizza crust. Here’s the recipe for crispy, cheesy fathead pizza as shared by Reddit user u/hooligan0783. Finish it off with your favorite keto-friendly toppings–we’re partial to mushrooms and green peppers, ourselves!

Bacon Cheeseburger Kebabs

Sometimes all you want is a big, juicy burger, but the carb-loaded bun will quickly wreck your ketosis. Cheeseburger kebabs to the rescue!

These bunless barbecue goodies provide all the savory flavor of the burger you crave in a handy kebab that’s perfect for grilling. Work in your go-to burger toppings, like lettuce, tomato, pickles and of course, bacon. Serve these up at your next backyard get together or tailgate party for a surefire crowd pleaser.

Smoked Salmon Salad

Feeling fancy? This easy-to-make salad has ‘fine dining’ written all over it. It combines nutritious leafy greens and avocado with serrano-seasoned salmon for a delicious lunchtime meal that feels as if it should be served on a white linen tablecloth.

Keto McGriddle

Anyone who thinks that the keto diet is about deprivation has clearly never had one of these indulgent breakfast sandwiches. Modeled after the McDonald’s breakfast menu staple, these keto-friendly mock McGriddles use coconut flour and cream cheese to replicate the fluffy pancake crusts found under the golden arches.

Make them ahead and store them in the fridge for an easy breakfast on the run.

Dark Chocolate Cake

We’d be remiss if we didn’t round out our list with a decadent dessert. This dark chocolate cake has less than five net carbs per slice–and that includes the peanut butter frosting!

This recipe calls for black cocoa powder to achieve the dark color, but if you can’t find it you can just as easily swap in normal cocoa powder, which is available in the baking aisle of any supermarket. Top it with the signature frosting and some berries for the perfect birthday treat.

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A thorough examination of The Shape of Water’s sex scene and Fish Man anatomy

Doug Jones is a very humble man. Maybe it’s a result of spending much of his acting career in intricate makeup, prosthetics, and digital costuming; perhaps humility is just built into the Indiana native’s Midwestern DNA. Either way, his projected gee-whiz innocence led to a slightly awkward conversation when his frequent collaborator, Guillermo del Toro, initially pitched him a featured role in his new movie, The Shape of Water.

From the get-go four years ago, del Toro knew that he wanted Jones to play the Fish Man, a Creature From the Black Lagoon-inspired humanoid dragged from the Amazon to a government facility. Easy enough — after all, Jones has made a career playing these kinds of characters, and even played a kind of fish man for del Toro already, in the Hellboy movies. But there was something different about this prospective new role: he’d have to have an interspecies romance.

At that point, del Toro backtracked and explained the whole story, which had yet to be written and existed only in his infinitely vivid imagination. Sally Hawkins would play Elisa, a mute janitor at the secret government facility. Recognizing a kinship with the Fish Man, she decides to rescue it upon learning that the government planned on its elimination (the interference of Russian spies made people do crazy things back then… and now).

“He got to the fact that she would be rescuing me and doing a little kidnap heist to get me out of there, and then end up in her apartment in the bathtub. I was like ‘oh, I see where this is headed,'” Jones remembers, laughing. “So finally, without glass between us, without a wall between us, without me being chained down in a pool, we had quiet, unsupervised time together to consummate that love that had been brewing.”

The filmmaker was nervous about Jones’ reaction to the quasi-beastiality, not to mention its consummation without marital bonds. The actor, however, had no trepidation about the unusual sex scene.

“The good Catholic boy in me had no qualms,” Jones remembers. “As I told him, I don’t even think the Bible has a reference for what protocol there is. Do animals in the wild get married first? I don’t think so. And, I know him well enough to know that it wasn’t going to be a pornographic scene. It was going to be tasteful and lovely and innocent.”

SYFY WIRE spoke with Jones last week about making the critically acclaimed movie, including a good bit more talk about the Fish Man’s anatomy.

In the scene that follows your big bathtub lovemaking, Elisa explains to her friend Zelda (Octavia Spencer) how the Fish Man’s anatomy works.

Yeah, the how’s it work thing.

Was there any talk of showing and not just telling? Was there ever discussion of that going further?

That was never discussed. Her mime job with her hands of how my accoutrement work was about as … That’s all I ever heard about it. When I saw the first sculpture designs of the suit and the makeup, it never involved appendages or genitalia.

Did you ever wonder?

Well, you know, when I looked at myself, I’m like, “Well, I guess that could unfold and present itself, if it needed to.”

Being in the suit had to be incredibly difficult — you couldn’t see or hear very well.

I’m a nursing home patient whenever I go into a makeup like that, because I can’t see as well, I can’t hear as well. I had webbed fingers on with these silicone gloves that were glued into the suit, so I couldn’t really grab. I couldn’t use my own phone, I could barely use utensils. I couldn’t go to the snack table. I couldn’t go to the bathroom for myself. We took one of the hands off at lunchtime, so had to time my bathroom breaks on. And just to get more base level here with you, I had a front flap for using the men’s room. I did not have a back flap.


So that means I had to take care of all that kind of business ahead of time, and really plan ahead for being in a costume without a back flap for, you know, 15-16 hours.

Were any scenes particularly hard to shoot in it? You had to swim, which ironically had to be hard to do in a fish man costume.

Well, thanks to my mother, I had ten summers in a row as a child with swimming lessons. So I’m very adept and comfortable in the water. I had never done it in a fully encased rubber suit before, so that was kinda different.

When you go underwater, the entire suit and the whole headpiece — the helmet I was wearing underneath the mask and the glued on facial bits — would fill up with water. And so when you come up out of that water, you had to kind of blow out your nose to make sure that all the passages were clear, because it had collected in the head. Coming up out of the water and trying not to act like I was suffocating was one challenge.

The scene in the bathroom, where she tucks the towels under the door and floods the bathroom, and then you’ll see us getting intimate underwater, floating around each other in an artistic shape, that was a challenge, of course.

We were in an eight-foot tank, it’s a deep tank, and with that bathroom scene built into it. So that meant gathering our air at the top and then plunging down before we heard the word “Action!” on speakers underwater, and we would play out those lovely moments until we heard “Cut!” And then we would push ourselves back to the top and gasp for air between takes. That was a whole new challenge I had never done before.

Was there choreography, or were you just trying to pull off a hug?

Yeah, there was. I think the scenes starts with her getting a gasp of air at the top, and then the camera follows her down to meet me, and I’m already down there. So it just was a matter of finding the right embrace at the right angle with the right kickback of one leg to make it look more balletic. Lines and shapes were important in making this character graceful. I got notes from Guillermo to look graceful but strong, with a superhero sort of element to me, mixed with a bit of a matador. So leading with the hips, leading with the pelvis, and having that sexy confidence about me.

And that’s why, that tied in the godlike legend that I come from. In the Amazon, the local people, where I was found, worshiped me as a god. So Guillermo really wanted not only to be, yes, I’m an animal from the wild and I need to learn communication, and she teaches me that, but in the meanwhile, there’s something mystical and magical about me that you’re not quite sure, were those people in the Amazon correct about me being a god? You don’t know just yet.

Did you have any input into the design of the suit in general, beyond the way it fit your body?

No, actually. I never have notes on the look of a character, really, because there are too many good people that are amazing at what they do involved that I don’t want to muck up their creativity and their art with my silly opinion. No, I just let them do their magic. If I ever have any notes, it’s usually about either a comfort issue that would be distracting, or a mobility issue, where the character needs to do X, Y, and Z from the script that I read, and the current design doesn’t let me do those things. How do we get more arm movement out of this? How do we get more leg movement out of this? Whatever. Those are the only notes I’ll ever have.

In this case, he had Legacy Effects, which is a brilliant creature effects company, design this. And I’ve worked with them multiple times over many years now, and they’re the legacy that carried on Stan Winston’s shop before. He called in one of his favorite artists, a fine artist named Mike Hill. He’s a brilliant sculptor and painter, that Guillermo owns a lot of his fine artwork in his house. So he had Mike come in to do his first movie character, so Mike sculpted me from head to toe, a life-size body of me in clay.

When you first see the sculpture, do you see yourself in it? Or is it another creature to you?

Well, because of that sculpture, what’s underneath all that clay is a life-cast of me. Once that comes off of there, it will only fit me. So I do see myself in those creatures, always. And I kinda have to. I need to connect with them immediately and know that that’s my second skin. I’m gonna be not just wearing it, but that’s gonna become a part of me. So I do wanna connect with him at a very base level, as soon as I lay eyes on him.

And the design process took two years, so lots of changes and color changes and shape changes. There were a couple of challenges afoot. One was to make him as romantic and appealing and sexy and kissable as possible, so that not only Sally Hawkins’s character could fall in love with him, but the audience needs to fall in love with him, too, to make it plausible. They have to understand why she’s falling for him. And so an appealing look was certainly part of that.

And the other challenge was to make this fish-man character look different than the other one that I played for Guillermo del Toro . So when you got the same director and the same actor doing a movie where there’s a fish-man in it, the comparisons are going to be there whether we want them or not. So we have to look at the characters side by side and see distinct differences. So that was the other challenge to do, was to make me, the same guy, look like a different fish-man. I think they pulled it off.

What kind of changes were there to it over that time? Were you involved?

I didn’t really want to, if I got emotionally attached to a certain look or a certain color palette, I didn’t want to be like, “Aw, I wish they wouldn’t have changed that.” But I know color was a big issue. They even tried using more reds at one point, but then if you look at the color palette of the entire movie, that teal green color seems to be a constant throughout the whole film. And he uses red only in choice places for Sally’s character, when she becomes more actualized as a human and becomes more full-rounded, and is owning her own strengths, is when she gets to wear more red. But her whole apartment, and the color scheme and the production design of her dwelling, and the laboratory I came from, too, lots of teals and greens that would reflect my color.

Guillermo has said this before, when you have a creature that’s the centerpiece of a movie, it’s like a bullseye kind of chart. At the bullseye of that target is the creature, and you design outward from that. So, the environment, the set design, the colors, the costuming, even all the environments, the shapes, the colors of your production design needs to be a world that that creature can look right in.

Guillermo del Toro on Why the Masturbation Scene in ‘The Shape of Water’ Is so Vital: Awards Season Spotlight Profile

There are very few filmmakers as delightful as Guillermo del Toro. Warm, engaging, and brimming with ideas about advancing cinema, listening to del Toro speak about any movie is a true pleasure. When discussing his own films, it is clear that he approaches every detail thoughtfully and always with the purpose of telling the most human, engaging, and grounded story. In many ways, “The Shape of Water,” which received 13 Academy Award nominations this year, feels like the perfect apotheosis of an oeuvre that has always blended fantasy, film history, and human storytelling.

“I hope I can make a movie that people can hum on the way out of the theater,” del Toro said in an interview for IndieWire’s Awards Spotlight series. “Not the music, but the movie. That you can hum about sex, about love, about life, about empathy.”

Set in the 1960s, “The Shape of Water” is the story of a mute woman, played by Sally Hawkins, who falls in love with a mysterious creature housed at the secret government lab where she works as a janitor. Without uttering a single word, Hawkins delivers a stirring and expressive performance as Elisa in a role del Toro wrote for the actress.

“I wrote it for her because she’s both extraordinary and ordinary,” he said. “She can be next to you in a bus stop, but she’s also luminous, wonderful, magical. But I wanted to show that this is not an animated princess, that this fairytale has edges.” In Elisa’s morning routine, del Toro demonstrated the film’s watery central theme, as well is his own cheeky sense of humor.

“I wanted to show the way she dreams of water, uses water to boil her eggs, and then goes and gets in the water, and masturbates, shines her shoes, and goes to work. A perfectly acceptable routine by any standards,” he said, chuckling to himself. Elisa’s masturbation is part of her daily routine, becoming almost rote in the flow of the movie. Del Toro wanted to show female sexuality as something natural, which he recognized is so rarely done onscreen.

“We are used to either never depicting female sexuality, or depicting it in a glamorized, artificial way,” said the director. “I thought, most of the sexuality in the movie is not glamorized. Including the moment they come together, the amphibian man and her, is done in a very human, encompassing, naturalistic way. It really was about making the audience little by little fall in love with the creature.”

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