Our goal was to remove as many temptations as possible out of the house, it made the first few weeks on keto relatively easier. The keyword is ‘relatively’, it was still hard for those few weeks, but we had nothing in the house that we could eat immediately that had a ton of carbs in it.
If it seems extreme to get rid of items in your kitchen, that’s because keto diet is extreme for most people. It’s not simply a diet, but a complete lifestyle change.
With that said, preparing your kitchen, fridge & pantry to start a keto diet will help you be successful towards your goal of weight loss & staying on track with keto, here are a few suggestions to get you started.
Replace Sugary Drinks with Water
Sodas, fruit juices, and pre-packaged foods are generally your enemy when it comes to keto. This is difficult for a lot of people, but there are no cheat meals when it comes to keto.
Nothing will take your body out of the fat-burning ketogenic state faster than a can of soda. It’s easier to keep on track if you don’t have the temptations, to begin with. While on keto it’s best to drink as much water to keep properly hydrated.
Drinking more water and less sugar is probably one of the single biggest changes people can make in their daily lives to lose weight. It’s incredible how much sugar there is in one can of soda or fruit drink.
Replace Snacks with Keto-Friendly Versions
Giving away a jar of Nutella was like breaking up with someone I loved. But we were not good for each other, not right now at least, maybe someday again? Here are some keto-friendly snacks that we bought or made before starting our keto diet.
Plan Your Shopping for the Week
Emily is a master planner, she’s truly amazing at creating the grocery list for the entire week so we’re not tempted to order something easy, like pizza or Chinese takeout. We cook dinner at a minimum of 3-4 times per week, and we eat leftovers for lunch the entire week.
Occasionally, we’ll go out to eat with friends, but we try to keep this at a minimum, to save money and it’s less stress trying to figure out if there’s anything keto-friendly on the menu.
Because we made a commitment to eat only things that we know to be 100% keto-friendly, this meant we had cook most of our food. Ordering or going out became such a hassle, it was actually easier to cook since it was already planned. Bonus – we also saved a lot of money from not eating out.
Get Replacement Sugars
We’ve been using replacement sugars called Swerve ( erythritol and oligosaccharides). it doesn’t have an after taste like Stevia and you can bake with it! If you’re serious about keto, do a quick search for Swerve, it’s a great replacement and is classified by the FDA as a zero-calorie, 4-carbon sugar alcohol that does not affect blood glucose.
Get Replacement Flour(s)
Low carb flours are highly recommended for a successful keto diet.
We still have AP / Bread flour in our pantry since those things we buy in bulk, but once we started keto, we only used Almond and Coconut flour for any dish that called for
Buy Low or No Sugar Nut Butters
Thankfully there are a lot of options when it comes to nut butter. We use Nuttzo nut butter, for the most part, Emily and I really like the taste of it. It’s not Nutella, but it’s still good.
Final Thoughts & Conclusion
Getting rid of everything in your fridge or pantry at once isn’t a practical solution. It took us about a month of using everything up before we went 100% keto.