For anyone with a big family, Costco is your best friend. Whether you are Keto or just want healthy options for your family, you can find it all there if you have a bit of imagination. Costco has plenty of processed foods you find in the center isles at regular grocery stores but their primary focus is on the outer ring like meats, produce and dairy.
First off, what is Keto? Keto is a diet which at its base is very low in carb and high in healthy fats. Fats? Healthy? What is this, 1988?….yeah….healthy. So put away your leg warmers and sweatbands and hear me out! Fats such as avocados, good quality olive oil (low-quality oil or oil that has been sitting a while will start to oxidize, which is a whole other article) grass-fed cheeses and butter and high-fat proteins such as salmon, sardines and ribeyes. “So we just eat nothing but steak and cheese? I’m in!” No. The typical macros (macronutrients) for keto heads are 70% of calories from fat, 25% from protein and 5% from carbs or about 20 – 50 Net carbs per day. Net carbs are carbohydrates minus fiber. So many vegetables out there have very low Net carbs. For example, 6oz of broccoli has 7 Net carbs and 2 cups of cabbage has 5 Net carbs.
Kale and other greens
A lot of people start keto wanting to lose weight but keto is not a weight loss diet. Keto is a get healthy diet that has a side effect of helping you lose weight. A high carb diet has been found to cause so many different issues in people it amazes me we still push the food pyramid! The biggest issue with an excess of carbs is insulin production, which causes diabetes, fatty liver disease, hormone imbalances and excessive weight gain, especially in the belly area. Look down, what do you see? Yeah, I see it too.
Now don’t go running out to buy your favorite vegetable oil, margarine and hellman’s mayo to hit that 70% fat macro. Besides lowering insulin levels the keto diet is an anti-inflammatory diet. In the first couple weeks that you are on the Keto diet, you will lose a significant amount of weight which is all water weight from inflammation caused by the high carb and oxidized (over-processed) foods in pretty much everything. Unless you are eating a whole foods diet. And while inflammation is a very critical process to keeping us healthy, too much inflammation can cause issues in the body, including muscle and joint pain, redness, swelling, stiffness, fatigue, headaches, and more. Worse, more and more diseases and disorders are being associated with inflammation, including Alzheimer’s, dementia, autoimmune disorders, and Parkinson’s.(s)
Salmon and other high fat fish
Butter (preferably grass-fed)
Cheese (not shredded or low fat)
Heavy Cream and other full-fat dairies (in moderation)
Quality higher fat meats such as beef sirloin and lean ground beef
Quality mayo made from avocado oil or olive oil only (a lot of mayos claim they are made with one of these oils but they are mixed with others such as soybean or sunflower oils)
“But I need carbs for energy! If I don’t eat them I’ll die!” The only process your body needs carbs/glucose for is brain function and your body itself makes what is needed. Once you have adapted to the Keto diet you will burn ketones for energy which are made from fat. And before you say it, ketones are not the same as ketoacidosis. Ketoacidosis is a life-threatening condition resulting from dangerously high levels of ketones and blood sugar. This combination makes your blood too acidic, which can change the normal functioning of internal organs like your liver and kidneys. Being in ketosis would give you a reading of 0.6-3 mmol/L on a ketone blood testing meter and ketoacidosis would register anywhere from 7- 10 mmol/L . For anyone thinking that 3 mmol/L to 7mmol/L is not that far of a stretch, believe me, it is. I have fasted for 48 hours (fasting/eating 0 carbs increases ketone production) and still have only hit 1 mmol/L. If you are hitting 3 mmol/L on the keto diet regularly you are more then likely fully fat-adapted or just incredibly efficient at making and burning ketones, making me incredibly jealous.
Now that I have rattled off about 2% of the useful info about keto that I can think of. (please do your own research, and make a decision that fits you and your family best) I will get on with my go-to’s at Costco in NE Florida with prices. Costco ..please…give us an online inventory, even if you can’t actually order! I had to go into the store, take pics and make my own excel spreadsheet.
In a perfect world, we would eat only grass-fed/grass-finished meats and dairy, free-range eggs, wild-caught seafood and everything organic. But for most, like us, that is just not in the budget. With everything we get we feel we are getting the best quality we can afford all the while being able to throw in some more of the luxury items each trip like the Kerrygold cheese/butter and the more-expensive-then-I-would-normally-buy steak.