Hi. I’m new to Keto and after the first psychic trauma of convincing myself that eating fat was really okay (after years of weight watchers, low fat diets, etc.), I was doing okay on a diet mostly involving eggs, bacon, avocado, salmon, butter, soft cheeses and dark green veg. On it for about 2 weeks, ketones and BS all over the place, but I’ve lost a couple of pounds, was feeling okay and getting better.
At the same time, I’ve long had autoimmune and stomach issues, and had made an appointment with a functional medicine doctor. She had me tested for “food sensitivities.” Last week, she showed me the results and concluded that I should not eat any eggs, dairy or peanut butter for a year, also, no shrimp and no almonds for 3 to 6 months. She also recommended a slightly higher carb, lower fat diet with mostly white meats and was not a fan of pork. So, like, NOTHING like the diet I was following.
I admit - I’m really thrown - figuring out what to eat has become hard. And I suddenly feel a drastic sense of deprivation, which I didn’t before. I finally found a system I thought I could follow relatively happily. But now, I’m just a total mess.
I have a lot of questions.
Can I actually get into ketosis on a diet that looks more like a Paleo diet but without the sweet potatoes? I guess I can ramp up the avocados, but I can’t figure out how to get significant amounts of healthy fat. I am not keen on taking spoonfuls of coconut oil (I want to just eat normally - this is meant to be a life-style change not a drastic diet), but maybe that’s what’s needed? Any ideas?
Are these tests really meaningful? Am I giving up all this stuff for nothing?
Is there an in-between, like maybe I eliminate this stuff for a few weeks and then reintroduce it?
What is the main component to reaching ketosis? Decreased carbs or increased fat or both?
Is there an “ideal” proportion of fat to carbs to protein to reach ketosis? What happens if you shift that a bit? Does it just slow things or make it impossible to reach ketosis?
Thanks so much, all. I’m hoping you can help me get my keto mojo back!