Have you ever wanted to make a change or try something new, but had no idea where to start? Wouldn’t it have been nice to get a starter kit of information that explained everything you needed to know? Well, today I’m doing just that in regards to the Ketogenic Lifestyle.
Now although I am focusing this discussion on starting a ketogenic lifestyle you can apply this process or processes to any change journey that you are on. So let's start with the purpose of a beginner's toolkit.
At the start of any journey, there will more than likely be a lot of stuff that you need and a ton of questions around them all. What should you buy, do I need to buy it, why am I buying it? It can all get overwhelming and expensive really quickly. It’s important for you to use your mindset time to determine what things are absolutely necessary and which are optional. You also want to spend time researching the journey and what to expect.
For example, in the ketogenic lifestyle, you want to learn all about the staple food items and where you can find them. You also want to know about the different types of a keto lifestyle that you could be on. There’s strict, dirty, lazy and Intermittent Fasting (IF). So you need to begin reading about all these different things and you also need to know and understand their differences.
Additionally, you will want to research recipes to see which interests you and what ingredients most of them use, because trust me some of them aren't cheap... which leads me to...the cost of your journey.
If you don't learn anything else from me today, I want you to learn the value of price checking. You should know the general price of the items you need, as well as the least expensive place to get them in your area. Someone may post that they got an item from Store X but in your area, you can get it cheaper in Store Z. By doing this research ahead of time you can plan ahead and budget for the items you need.
Another thing that you will want to do is talk to others who have been through the journey. You want to begin exploring the idea of the journey so you know what to expect. In the case of the ketogenic lifestyle, you will inevitably begin experimenting based on what you learn from others. The main reason for getting these lessons learned is so you can glean from the experience of others and also get yourself acclimated to what you are about to get into. In relation to keto, it is important that you understand your ingredients list and what those items are used for. You will want to experiment with recipes, which can lead to buying a lot of unnecessary stuff if you don’t plan ahead.
No matter what type of journey you start, you need to prioritize the things you need to accomplish. You can’t do everything at once, So you want to prioritize your must-haves from your like-to-haves.
For example in keto, If the recipe you see is for a fat bomb or other sweet, find one to make that has the most common ingredients and save the others for later when you’re further along on your journey.
As with any journey, you are going to want to try a lot of stuff, but your time and money may dictate differently. I had to set a rule that I would only try one thing at a time and use it up or at least halfway before trying something new or at least make it so the new item is something different (i.e., fat bomb chocolates vs. keto cornbread)
During your mindset stage, you want to develop a prioritized toolkit. Start with this kit when purchasing or starting your journey. In fact, I recommend building a repository of information in written form via a journal/binder or electronically using Evernote or Onenote. A basic word processor or notes app will work fine too.
Now, I have provided you with my personal keto toolkit and some simple delicious recipes based on my research and journey, so half the work is already done for you. These are the things I personally used to lose 30 lbs in 3 months with no exercise. Oh and just for the record, I'm not sharing that to promise you will have the same results, but to make it clear that this kit worked for me and I have a very simple palette (i.e., I'm a picky eater). I regularly was asked what I did to lose the weight, so I decided to share my toolkit with you.
You can check my toolkit out because I made it electronic in a shareable resource called Club Keto. You can use this resource exactly as it is for your journey or you can review and adapt it to your palette so it meets your specific needs. Overall, It will give you an idea of what to look for before starting your new lifestyle.
I would love to hear how your toolkit creation and journey goes, so make sure to share with me here or tag me on Facebook or Instagram @danalariealmorales.