My first book, The Ketogenic Mediterranean Diet, was released on January 10th and since I have received many questions. I’m grateful that people are reading my work and are engaged enough to have questions about it. However, because I have a newborn and full time job it is not entirely feasible for me to do justice to each one. Therefore, here’s a frequently asked questions post!
Q: I can’t find some of the ingredients you mention. Where do you buy X?
A: I tried very hard to avoid recommending really odd ingredients but I understand that is subjective. Perhaps chia seeds are something you’ve never experienced. Hemp hearts are likely new to you. Anyway, I live in a relatively small town in Northeast Tennessee and most of the specialty ingredients I listed can be found at our Kroger stores. More than likely you can find most if not all of the things I recommended either at your Kroger (or your region’s equivalent) or local health food store. If not, here are links to amazon:
Q: Can I eat X?
A: If it fits within your personal daily carb limit, yes. If it does not, no. I can’t tell you what your daily carb limit to stay in ketosis is but it is very likely between 20 and 50 net carbohydrates. I know that’s not as clean cut of an answer but you’ve really just got to individualize your intake.
Q: Do you have a list of acceptable foods?
A: I don’t beyond what can already be found in the book. I have several lists with carbohydrate counts in the book itself. I am working on making a more extensive standalone one but in the meantime, check out this really good list that Joseph Artica made: List of keto friendly foods.
Q: This diet is costly/time consuming/requires too much planning.
A: That’s not a question.
But in all seriousness — yes, these are all valid observations.
Unfortunately I don’t have any easy answers here. As I’ve been saying for a bit now (see the tagline of the website), real results takes real change. Any healthy lifestyle change is going to take dedication and adjustment.
As with anything, if you stick with it you will get better at the day-to-day.
So far, those are the biggies. I’m sure there are more questions that may occur to those as they read my book. Ask anything you like in the comments below, find me on facebook or follow me on Instagram. I don’t use twitter yet. I just can’t make myself do it. Anyway, I’ll do my best to answer your questions in a timely manner.
I am also available for one-on-one counseling sessions for issues that need a bit more attention.
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