I'm trying to become keto-adapted because I read it can be therapeutic for depression and of course to lose excess body fat. I've eaten strict paleo for about 3 weeks, low carb about 2 of those weeks, and for the past 4 days I've been purposefully eating a ketogenic diet while intermittent fasting (about 1 to 5 pm eating window). The thing is, I actually started recorded what I'm eating on FitDay and I was shocked at how few calories I was eating for the first couple days of eating for ketosis- just about 800 or so. I've begun feeling ill from having to choke down a few tablespoons of butter, and high fat cheeses, just to get enough calories while maintaining the recommended percentages of 80F/15P/5C. Sadly, my calories have still not been higher than 1,600. I also haven't been feeling like I'm getting proper nutrition. My average day looks like half a pound of beef steak, a few tablespoons of butter, a bite of an apple, some leafy greens, avocado, a few eggs, a ton of high fat cheese like brie, mascarpone, etc. However I do take cal/mag/zinc, tyrosine, 5-HTP, cod liver oil supplements.
I have Ketostix and have confirmed a couple times that I HAVE been in ketosis....but how can I possibly keep this up on a longer term basis, to become keto-adapted????
Can I please have some advice for how to eat these crazy ratios long-term while being practical, not killing my tastebuds (the butter actually makes me nauseous now), and getting good nutrition???
edit: just want to make it clear I'd rather not eat cheese (it's fine for digestion but I have other qualms about it, also I don't want to ahve any addictions, and cheese makes me feel addicted). So eating all this cheese (8 ounces today!) is my sort of desperate grasp at eat the correct F/P/C profile and getting enough calories!