What is your Staple Food?

Happyflowerlady

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#2
Well for me it is rice. Because in my country there are lots of rice to eat. But of course because I am on a diet I only take a little amount of it
Rice is not what you would call a keto food at all, since it is basically all carbohydrate. To be on a keto diet, you will be eating mostly healthy fats and some proteins, and all of your carbs will be from vegetables and salad greens.
If you are on a rice diet, and only eating a small amount of rice, then you are basically on just a low calorie diet, and not a low carb or keto diet. Since you will only be burning sugar/glucose for fuel, your body will not stay in ketosis, although you will probably be burning fat part of the time while you are fasting if you are only eating one meal per day.
 
#3
I am a rice eater and I don't think it is that easy to change when it comes to normal eating. But whenever I would add some pounds my tendency is to have no rice for dinner. With OMAD, maybe I can eat more rice because that will give me energy with its carbs and most of our dishes are fit for rice. And eating rice once a day is not bad albeit I think it is even healthy.
 

Happyflowerlady

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#4
I am a rice eater and I don't think it is that easy to change when it comes to normal eating. But whenever I would add some pounds my tendency is to have no rice for dinner. With OMAD, maybe I can eat more rice because that will give me energy with its carbs and most of our dishes are fit for rice. And eating rice once a day is not bad albeit I think it is even healthy.
If you are just doing one meal a day of any kind of food, then rice would be appropriate as part of the meal, Corie; but if you are also using a ketogenic diet to stop the hunger and cravings during fasting, then rice would not be a good food to have.
Any time you eat a carb food, it has sugar or starch (sometimes both) and it will spike your insulin production. Insulin is the fat-storing hormone, so it will lower your blood sugar back down by storing the sugars/starches as body fat.
Then, your blood sugar drops, and your body sends a message that you need more fuel; so you are hungry again, and want to eat more.

If all you are eating is fats and protein, and very low carb foods (vegetables like broccoli and salad greens), then your insulin stays low, and you do not get so hungry because your body is burning it own fat for fuel, and is not sending hunger messages to your brain.
It takes a little while to use up the sugars that your body stores; but once those are burned up, then you will start burning body fat, and hunger will pretty much disappear.

That is the main difference between just eating a regular OMAD diet, and eating a ketogenic OMAD diet.
 
#5
I am also reducing the rice that I eat during dinner. I have also reduced my rice serving on any meal of the day. I find it really helpful in reducing my weight and I also feel more healthy. I am not a very active person and optimizing my diet this way seems to be very effective. I am slowly removing snacks and slowly transitioning to OMAD diet.
 

Happyflowerlady

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#6
I am also reducing the rice that I eat during dinner. I have also reduced my rice serving on any meal of the day. I find it really helpful in reducing my weight and I also feel more healthy. I am not a very active person and optimizing my diet this way seems to be very effective. I am slowly removing snacks and slowly transitioning to OMAD diet.
Are you doing intermittent fasting now, or what is your transitioning program ?
 
#7
I'm not really a good eater of rice. It's not that I don't like it or anything but as a result of not feeling satisfied with eating anytime I do, so I gave up eating rice much. So most of the time, I eat rice only once in a week.
 

Happyflowerlady

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#8
I think it could work. It's nice that one meal a day teaches us to control our appetite. We don't binge on unnecessary food because we have timed meals. It's a gradual change that makes us feel in control of our own well being.
What you are missing here, @Steve5 , is that we are talking about a KETO diet along with OMAD. For a keto diet, rice is totally not going to be appropriate.
If a person is just eating one meal a day, and that meal can be any kind of food, then it doesn’t matter whether you eat chicken, rice, or apple pie, it is one meal.
However, if you are also doing keto, then you have to keep your carbs under 20 grams per day, and one cup of rice is 45 carbs; so well over twice the amount that you could have.
Not only that, but the rice is going to cause an insulin spike, and that extra insulin will cause you to store the fat and not burn it, so then you will have no energy left.
Rice totally defeats the purpose of eating a keto diet !
 
#9
I agree with you @Happyflowerlady however there is some evidence that people from certain (usually Asian) backgrounds are less susceptible to the insulin and blood sugar spikes that come from rice. because they have adapted to it over the generations. This is thought to be the reason why the Japanese are rarely overweight, have low levels of diabetes and suffer with less hear that disease (of course, the eat way less sugar and junk food and consume a lot of fish).

If you're going to eat rice, basmati is best. it is less starchy.

In a keto diet, rice is not good at all.

But, to answer the question of the original poster about a staple keto food... mine would be avocado. Nutrient dense, delicious, high in fat and easy on the digestion. Or alternatively - eggs. The perfect food.
 

Happyflowerlady

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Dr. Jason Fung addresses the rice/Asian issue in his book, too. I think that part of the reason is that since the Asian people didn’t overeat and cause their insulin level to get too high, then they can eat things like rice and still produce a right amount of insulin for digestion and not too much so that it gets stored as fat.
According to the book, a fat person makes five times the amount of insulin as a thin person does when they eat exactly the same food.

So (hypothetical story here), if two people had a slice of apple pie, the thin person would make just enough insulin to digest the pie, burn the sugar for fuel, and happily go on about his day.
The fat person would make five times the necessary amount of insulin, and the sugar in his blood would be stored as fat, instead of burned as energy.
The fat person would still be wanting food because they didn’t get any nourishment from what they ate.
The fat person then eats the rest of the pie......
the end.
 
#11
I agree with you @Happyflowerlady however there is some evidence that people from certain (usually Asian) backgrounds are less susceptible to the insulin and blood sugar spikes that come from rice. because they have adapted to it over the generations. This is thought to be the reason why the Japanese are rarely overweight, have low levels of diabetes and suffer with less hear that disease (of course, the eat way less sugar and junk food and consume a lot of fish).

If you're going to eat rice, basmati is best. it is less starchy.

In a keto diet, rice is not good at all.

But, to answer the question of the original poster about a staple keto food... mine would be avocado. Nutrient dense, delicious, high in fat and easy on the digestion. Or alternatively - eggs. The perfect food.
Exactly! This is one of the reasons why rice isn't actually considered much of a big deal for me. I'm well aware that there are some people who can't do without eating rice every now and then but once you are on a diet and planned to go with staple keto food, then rice is a complete wrong combination. It's going to ruin the plan and put you in harms way if you aren't careful.
 
#12
My staple food is rice. However I have chosen to increase my weight loss by cutting out carbs from my meals so its no rice for me. Instead my staple food has become beans and eggs. I have these two in almost every meal. Eggs and beans are readily available in my Country so they can be preety cheap. A low carb diet is very effective but as you all know it can be very expensive. Eating beef, chicken and fish everyday is not cheap, so I substitute this with eggs and beans and have beef, chicken and fish when I can afford it.
 
#13
I’d probably say that eggs are a staple food of my keto diet. Not only are they a good source of protein and healthy fat, but there’s a huge number of ways that you can make them.

Omelet, scrambled, hard/soft boiled, poached, sunny side up, egg drop soup, eggs benedict—the list goes on and on. You can have a different egg-based meal every day of the week, which means you’re that much less likely to get tired of them.

I can only eat canned tuna so many times before I hate even the sound of opening the can.
 
#14
For me, it is Ugali. ....
Well, I figured that most people would respond and say rice. Rice is my answer too. But you have introduced me to a new food. Ugali. As I am fascinated by world cuisine and love experiencing global flavors I did some more research. It says though it this food is common in Africa, it is also used in Caribbean creole cuisine. My mother was born and raised in America, but the description of this food actually reminds me of a dumpling that my mother used to make. She served with collard greens. It was tasty! Small world eh!
 

Happyflowerlady

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#15
Since I work to keep my total carbs for the day under 20-25 carbs, eating any kind of starchy foods is not acceptable, and certainly not on a keto diet.
Most of the time, the protein foods that I eat can be varied, so it would be hard to say that any one of them is my staple food.
However, greens are also high protein, as well as they have next to no carbs; and they help fill me up, regardless of what kind of protein I am eating for the meal.
So , salads and greens would probably be the one thing that I have with my meal each day, in one form or another.
 
#16
I’d probably say that eggs are a staple food of my keto diet. Not only are they a good source of protein and healthy fat, but there’s a huge number of ways that you can make them.

Omelet, scrambled, hard/soft boiled, poached, sunny side up, egg drop soup, eggs benedict—the list goes on and on. You can have a different egg-based meal every day of the week, which means you’re that much less likely to get tired of them.

I can only eat canned tuna so many times before I hate even the sound of opening the can.
My basic main food is eggs too, but it is a scrambled egg dish with a lot more chopped vegetables than eggs--1 or 2 eggs with onions, mushrooms, kale, beets, chard, broccoli, peppers, carrots, garlic, etc. and then I also put in turmeric, ginger, and ground flax seeds. A big bowl full, it tastes terrific, and is very low carb.
 
#17
My staple is beans and salad.I do eat rice maybe once a week.I'm not really much of rice eater anyway,so I don't even have the problem if it is cut off completely. I do cook my beans with some veggie to keep me full for a very long time.
 
#18
I eat a slice of bread,banana and apples as substitute to rice because during OMAD I don't want o hungry my self because I also do workouts so I need more energy. I also eat my favorite whole grain oatmeal this is delicious and healthy
 
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