Keto Basics:

Keto done right 

No fruit, unless it’s berries in moderation… 

No wheat 

No sugar 

No grains 

No pasta 

No potatoes 

No rice 

No beans 

No starches 

No milk as it’s loaded with sugar. (unsweetened almond milk is recommended.) 

HWC (Heavy whipping cream) is good in coffee or whatever you would like to use it for. 

Meat, cheese, eggs, vegetable, nuts, and healthy fats. It’s simple. Stick to that, and you should be ok! 

Vegetables that should be avoided are… 

Sweet potatoes 




Carrots – can be used in moderation, just don’t go over board. They are full of starches and not recommended. 

Make sure to drink half your body weight In oz of water as well if you aren’t getting the adequate amount of water it can be bad for your kidneys! This applies for all forms of keto. 

Do not forget your electrolytes, they are needed daily. 

A good form of electrolytes is: 

Powerade zero 

Pickle juice 

Pink Himalayan salt added to your food 

Strict keto – counts all macros, do not eat processed foods. 

Lazy keto – doesn’t track all macros, still eats processed foods, as long as they are on plan 

Macros are a break down of the calories you intake for the day. Which should be… 

5% carbs 

20% protein 

75% fat


Carbs are a limit – try not to go over your carb limit. 

Fat is a lever – you don’t have to meet your fat macro, it’s simply there to help you get full. 

Protein is a goal- try your best to reach your protein goal, but try not to go over. Excessive amounts of protein can cause you to stall in weight loss. 

Anything other than this food group selection would be considered low carb. Also, if you are in ketosis, and eat outside of this food group not only could it take you out of ketosis, but it could spike your blood sugar! Which can make you sick. 


If you are a keto newbie- This should help 👀 

Meats: ZERO CARBS 😍😍😍

• Beef- Ground beef, Steak, Ribs, and Roasts

• Pork- Chops, Ribs, BACON, Loins, sausage 

• Chicken/Turkey- Thighs w/skin or wings are the best because breasts are high in protein. However, you CAN eat breasts, just have to eat more fat to compensate.

• Fish- Tuna, Salmon, Cod, Haddock, etc.

• Shrimp/Lobster- Go crazy, use lots of butter! 

• Pepperoni 

Cheese: MOST are no carb, almost all are low carb

• Mozerella & Cheddar- Buy in bulk, they freeze well and are insanely versatile! 

• Colby jack, pepper jack, monterrey jack

• Taco style, Mexican style

• Parmesan, Asiago

• Ricotta- Freezes well, very versatile 

• Cottage cheese- Good to throw in your lunch with berries, usually around 4-8g of Carbs per serving 

• Cream Cheese- Freezes very well, this is one of the things that I always glance at whenever I go to the store, and always buy a bunch of if it’s under 75 cents per 8oz. 

Vegetables: No potatoes! Get your carbs from above ground veggies!!! 

• Leafy greens- Spinach, Spring mix, Kale, Romaine

• Zucchini- Great for a noodle substitute! 

• Avacado- Awesome source of natural fat! 

• Eggplant 

• Brussels sprouts

• Tomato

• Spaghetti Squash- Versatile, makes a great spaghetti substitute and is even great for making hash browns!!

• Cucumber

• Peppers- Jalepeño, banana peppers/green/red/yellow/ orange bell 

• Broccoli- Great with cheese, steamed or just raw!

• Asparagus- Awesome roasted or sautéed with bacon and garlic!

• Cauliflower- AWESOME potato substitute!! 

• Celery- Great with cream cheese or all natural peanut butter! 

• Cabbage

• Pickles (Read nutrition labels, watch for sugar and carbs) 

• Olives

• Green beans- Awesome sautéed in bacon grease with garlic, (watch portion size, though).

• Onions- Red, yellow: use somewhat sparingly, to taste 

Fruits: Most are a no-no, especially bananas, oranges and grapes.

• Strawberries 

• Blueberries

• Raspberries 

• Blackberries 

• Lemon/Limes- Adds great flavor! 

Nuts (grams of Carbs per 100 grams, or 3.5 oz)

• Pecans/ Brazil (4g)

• Macadamia (5g)

• Hazelnut/Walnut/Peanut (7g)

• Pine (9g)

• Almond (10g)

• Pistachio (18g)

• Cashew (27g) 


• Coconut Oil

• Butter: Just make sure it’s REAL butter and not a spread or margarine

• Olive Oil

• Vinaigrette 

• Hollandaise 

• Bacon/sausage grease

• MCT oil- easily ordered online/in specialty stores 


• Ranch, Blue cheese, Cesar, Thousand Island, Balsamic- Watch carbs/ sugar, but there’s tons of brands, so you can find one you love!

• Mayo- Natural/organic is best, but I use Duke’s for whatever is on sale 

• Aioli 

• Heinz “NO SUGAR ADDED” Ketchup or sugar free ketchup

• G. Hughes brand sugar free BBQ sauce

• Yellow/Spicy Brown Mustard

• Soy sauce 

• Hot sauce 

Liquids: Use as base for sauces/soups

• Heavy Whipping Cream (HWC)

• Broths/Stocks: Stay away from reduced fat. Bone broth is awesome! 


• Pepperoni

• Slim Jims/jerky (watch carbs)

• Homemade cheese its/ tortilla chips 

• Cheese

• Pork rinds (0 carbs, very versatile. Can be used as breading, nacho substitute or even sprinkled with cinnamon & stevia and eaten like cereal with Almond milk and tastes like cinnamon toast crunch!)


• WATER- Lots of it! 

• Crystal Light- Tons of options and very convenient! 

• Tea with stevia 

• Coffee


• Stevia drops (0g)

• Erythritol (0g)

• Truvía (0g)

• Monkfruit (0g) 

Other common Ingredients I use 

• Almond flour 

• Spices: Garlic powder, onion powder, Pink Salt

Dont forget your electrolytes, they are needed daily.

• A good form of electrolytes is:

• Powerade zero (I use this all day)

About North Carolina Keto Girl

NC girl getting healthy using Keto. Come visit me and say hello.
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1 Response to Keto Basics:

  1. Michelle Jones says:

    Hi Lady,

    Thanks so much you are the best!


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