Going Keto!

Hi Everyone!

My name is Eliisa and I work here at Cronometer! I haven't formally introduced myself on the forums yet. I promise I will get around to telling you all about the variety of things I do here in the near future, but first I am hoping to get some assistance...

I recently decided to go keto - not to lose weight - but to reap the benefits of the keto diet; particularly the touted benefits of more energy and greater mental clarity. I know that a lot of you Cronometer users are ketogenic pros and I am hoping to draw on your guidance and wisdom to be successful with this lifestyle change. To this point my diet has largely been comprised of carbohydrates (to say I love candy is a massive understatement!) so I anticipate the switch to mostly fats and protein to have it's challenges. That being said I wholeheartedly welcome any advice you might have throughout my journey!

To keep things interesting I am going to post about going keto on our Instagram account (@cronometer_official) - I will give updates, track progress and break down this lifestyle change in honest terms. I welcome you to follow along and see what happens! I also welcome anyone who is also debating going keto to join me on this health journey; I am committing to the next 30 days with the option of continuing indefinitely.

Thank you so much for taking a moment to read this! Wish me luck!

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  • edited May 2018

    Good luck! During the transition to ketosis especially, try to consume extra electrolytes - particularly sodium, potassium, magnesium. The water loss flushes those out. Broth or bullion helps. 4-5 grams of sodium per day isn't typically too much...

  • A topic that rages in the Keto community is the issue of protein! It's either high fat or high protein; with passionate advocates for both approaches! Which are you following Eliisa? :-)

    Cape Town, South Africa

  • How is it going so far Eliisa?

  • I'll be your keto buddy.

  • I am just starting Keto and found this site - awesome so far. I have only been logging for two days. I have type 2 diabetes so this is a little intimidating. I started with a fast then dove right into keto a week and a half ago. Been getting dizzy spells. Had the keto Flu last week. 5 ft 6 @ 193 trying to get to 165 - 170 . My bp and my diabetic blood tests have been awesome. Have not lost one pound - frustrated! Would love to have a mentor who is Keto, Diabetic and willing to share experience and knowledge!

  • "I've never considered excessive sanity a virtue" Mike Uris, San Antonio Express-News, 2002

  • Make sure plenty of flax, chia, hemp and psyllium because movements can become difficult with high fat and protein and low carb.

  • Make sure to watch your PRAL Alkalinity score. You can balance it out with 16 oz of juice from spinach, celery, tomato and garlic each day. Nutricost ketone salts are good for that as well. Also be sure to take Omega 3 fish or krill oil because keto diet has a tendency to be very high Omega 6 and very low Omega 3 so your 3-6 ratio will be really skewed.

  • @YogiSteven - these are all good tips. Since I understand the majority of the effect of your suggestions, but others might not, Im going to ask why these are important? Its easy to get confused by all of the nutritional recommendations that are available, but I find when the recommendations are explained, it seems easier to buy into the recommendation.

    For example, hydration is important no matter what, but a ketogenic diet can be dehydrating, especially in the beginning, which makes it all the more important to take in lots of electrolytes. As you know, being dehydrated can lead to all sorts of issues, including fatigue. This is a common symptom that people have when they switch over to keto.

    Good stuff!


  • Inflammatory response is probably the leading factor in virtually all of the conditions that we call "disease" resulting from the Western lifestyle and diet. While the keto diet is great in many ways, it is also highly acidic, which contributes to inflammation. So balancing that out with some low carb vegetable options is important, and also with some supplementation of the right micronutrients such as potassium, magnesium, calcium and sodium. Baking soda can help with this as well. Keto diet also tends to be skewed towards Omega 6 which also is inflammatory so needs to be balanced out with anti-inflammatory Omega-3. While I had great results from the keto diet right off the bat, I noticed that once I paid attention to these things the results were even better and my body shed the rest of the inflammation in the joints and muscles that had already improved greatly as a result of going low carb no sugar. So the "recipe" is No Sugar, Low Net Carb, High Fiber, Moderate Protein, High Good Fats, Balanced PRAL Alkalinity, Balanced to High Omega-3/Omega-6 Ratio. Is working like a miracle for me.

  • I've been doing keto for two years without tracking my macros. I'm hoping to tie up some lose ends with cronomenter. I'm trying to figure out how to save a food from the food search, with all the data in tact, to my food database. Can it be done?

  • edited January 10

    @debbietay , You can't add a food to your diary from the Foods tab, but you can find the exact same food (with all the same data) by going to your diary, then selecting "Add Food" and using this search function. You can also mark a food as a favourite here.

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  • For those on strict keto, I just got a digital scale and wow what a difference that makes! I thought my measuring was pretty accurate but some things were a bit off. Now I weigh everything and enter grams. Seems cumbersome but really isn't at all.
    I place a bowl on the scale, zero out, add greens and record grams in Cronometer, zero out scale without removing anything, add avocado and record, zero out, add nuts and record...etc until my meal is "built". Then I eat it of course!
    BUT! if there is too much protein for example, I just remove some of the highest protein (say chicken) items and reweigh that item. This way I don't eat what I don't need. I love this app!

    Maria H
    My story: jumpovertherattlesnake.com/

  • I’m new to keto and this app and I don’t even know if I’m doing keto right!!!

  • @Harbinder_Kooner1 If you are learning both at the same time, I would suggest slowing down a bit. Begin by learning how to fill out your profile and choose ketogenic diet as your guide. Then learn how to enter foods and amounts.

    Get a KETO book (or 6 like I did 😂) and try some of their guided plans to begin. There is much to learn on bot the app and especially KETO. Take it slow and in a week or two you will be on your way to the lifestyle. Come back and ask questions often!

    Maria H
    My story: jumpovertherattlesnake.com/

  • Start here with Dr Stephen Phinney who has been researching Ketogenics for over 40 years.

  • I can also refer to an article from here

  • I've been LCHF or Keto off an on over the years. Just restarted with keto on Dec 16, 2018. Love using Cronometer for tracking to see I'm getting all my micronutrients. Egg yoks and liverwurst are my friends.

  • I love my Keto foods! Go for it, lady! I have gone from a dying 73 year old invalid to a vibrantly alive and healthy 76 year old with the Keto diet (Optimal protein version) and electrolyte supplements. Potassium citrate (or bicarbonate form) are crucial.

  • Dietdoctor.com is my go to site.

  • Hi there, I realize we can post here, but I'm looking for a support buddy and/or accountability group to check in with daily. Is there an appropriate place to do that on this site? If not, are there any boards that anyone knows of for daily check in? I am not a big fan of facebook for this purpose because I think it tends to lend itself to shorter posts, lots of pictures and not enough analysis.

  • Hi ketocat, I have been practicing keto for nearly 4 months now and am happy to join you in transforming this thread into a support group that others join in on. I too have been looking for a support group, joined and left a few on Facebook as some were really only promotional groups for moderators’ paid programs or like you said, full of short posts that come and go quickly, very fast paced. About me, I practice keto mainly for health though am currently wanting to shed some belly fat so have begun 16:8 to help with that. I love keto and feel so much better from adopting it as a lifestyle. So much healing continues to take place and I have never felt so free of gnawing hunger that used to always be in the background. ketocat, and anyone else, what are your goals and type of support do you seek?

  • you get keto breath and keto crotch! just be fore warned!!

  • I have been on this journey since April, 50 lbs down and hit a plateau . Been backsliding so getting back on track.
    Have no idea about how to calculate macros I eat nothing in a package so I know I need to start weighing food.

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