Kathy - a year ago I too was a sceptic. What diabetic wouldn’t be. We’ve been brainwashed into thinking keto / ketosis mist be the same as diabetic ketoacidosis - right?
Wrong - nothing further from the truth:
Take the next week to use the internet (and your smartphone) to search YouTube for Keto diets and meals, as well as download a food tracking app (UnderArmour’s MyFitnessPal is free) so you can track what % of fats and proteins you’re eating day to day (important).
Also search all the foods / food groups that are off limits (aside from all refined grains and sugars, starches, and most fruits + many vegetables), clear your house of any manufactured fats like margarine and vegetable oils (replace with butter, olive oils, coconut oil and avocado oil for cooking and dressings).
Breakfast should now be bacon and eggs (period). Meats are great (not processed lunch meats), limited amounts of cheese (you want to limit your protein to 15% for first week until you’re completely in ketosis, and the more fat you eat the better).
Green salads with limited tomatoes and plenty of celery, broccoli, asparagus. Also zucchini, spinach, cauliflower, avocados (all can be cooked and covered with melted cheese).
Just keep the protein below 15-20%. At any point if you stop losing weight, cut the protein macro (percentage) and increase fat %). I’m back to 85-90% fat after 6 months as after 4 months I stopped losing and tried 30-35% protein. Didn’t work and I put weight on. Reverse course back to more fat and have lost another 20 lbs since Dec 22nd.
You’ll need to consume a lot of salt (that’s right salt, even if you have high BP like I did). Your electrolytes become severely depleted as for every 100 grams of fat you lose you ultimately lose 400 grams of associated water (fat is 1 part triglyceride to about 4 parts water). I suggest after the 2nd or 3rd day as you don’t feel well (part of transitioning into ketosis) you take an additional teaspoon to pink sea salt per day (more as necessary).
If this sounds ludicrous believe me that’s what I thought too. I was on a low salt diet, 4 BP meds, and had serious edema 6 months ago. Now I’m on no BP meds, haven’t had edema in 5 months and feel a whole lot better (while consuming as much salt as I need as I don’t retain water).
If you have questions please feel to ask (on forum or privately if you prefer)