You may have heard of “dirty keto,” the version of ketosis that involves eating whatever you want as long as you stay under your carb limit. Sounds convenient, right? You can hit the drive-thru (just skip bread and fries), or you can pick up a snack at the gas station, and still stay within the bounds of your diet.
It works for a time, then it catches up to you in a big way. You lose some weight, but then you find that your progress comes to a screeching halt. That’s because dirty keto triggers diet-induced inflammation, and that makes you feel weak, you don’t think as clearly, and you hold onto body fat.
You don’t have to give up your favorite things. Here are some foods that cause inflammation to ditch, and what to eat instead.
Dirty keto swaps to make ASAP
Ditch: Drive-thru bacon burger, no bun
Fast food restaurants aim to produce food as cheaply as possible. That translates to low-quality ingredients and artificial flavorings (read: chemicals) that make it taste good. Not to worry — bacon burgers are totally Bulletproof if you do it right.
Eat: Keto hamburger salad
Ditch: Charcuterie plate, hold the baguette
Eat: Keto snack plate with rocket and basil pesto
You won’t miss a thing with a platter of free-range, salt-cured prosciutto, veggies, olives, and an arugula-basil pesto for dipping. If you’re sharing with friends, make extra — it’s a party favorite.
Ditch: Coffee with sugar-free vanilla creamer
Drink: Bulletproof Coffee
When you blend high-quality coffee with the right fats, you get an incredible drink that crushes cravings and gives you laser focus without the caffeine jitters and the sugar roller coaster. Pick up some Brain Octane Oil and follow the above recipe for the best cup of coffee of your life.
Ditch: Egg bites from the coffee shop
Egg bites that you find in coffee shops are packed with energy-sapping ingredients like cheese, and “natural flavors” which could be any number of chemicals, gums, and binders. They also contain emulsifiers like carrageenan that can destroy your gut lining. Egg bites taste great, but you deserve better.
Eat: Cauliflower and Bacon Crusted Quiche Bites
Ditch: Cheese-crust pizza
Eat: Gluten-free Pizza with Cauliflower Crust
A good gluten-free pizza crust is hard to find, and this recipe nails it. You can get creative and pair this crust recipe with your favorite clean keto pizza toppings.
Ditch: Packaged low-carb sandwich bread
Eat: Keto collagen bread
Instead of buying a pre-sliced science experiment in a bag, whip up a batch of gut-friendly bread that’s full of high-quality protein like collagen and pastured eggs. This low-carb bread is up to the tasks of normal bread: make a sandwich, toast it, smear it with grass-fed butter.