Losing weight

Back in the Saddle Again

I started this post about a month ago and then life got nuts. So I am trying again. LOL

I took a month off from doing the keto diet. I honestly just COULD NOT deal with it while we in the middle of buying a house/moving, etc. It was so overwhelming I couldn’t mentally handle it.

Keto is a lot of work. I mean, once you get a handle on it and have a rotation of meals and snacks, you don’t really have to think about it TOO much but you still have to track everything and check everything to make sure your macros are correct and you are eating the correct amount of fat and low carb counts. So it takes a lot of mental energy. And I just couldn’t do it while I was doing everything else.

So I took a break. For about a month. (Honestly, back in the day when I lost 100+ pounds originally and just counted my calories, that was A LOT easier, you could eat whatever you wanted and just counted your calories, didn’t take a lot of mental energy or thought.) I ate whatever I want, not much different but I did eat carbs. And I enjoyed the hell outta ’em!

And my pants were tight.

So here I go again. I am back doing it and I won’t be taking a break (as far as I plan right now). We are going to Hawaii for my birthday and I’d love to lose some weight before our trip! That is my goal. I have 5 months! Let’s do this.

I recently found this Kombucha that is lower in carbs and sugar:

It’s about half of what a normal kombucha is. Awesome! So still not ideal but a treat once in awhile.

So at the end of July, I got back on the keto diet. I didn’t weigh myself but I knew I was back up. I’ve since weighed and I estimate that I’d gained about 4-6 pounds eating all the carbs. Maybe it was bloat? Who knows. But after a month or so back at it, my pants aren’t tight anymore. I will be weighing myself in a week to see if I’ve made some progress.

I definitely feel better when I do keto, even though it’s harder than just counting calories. Not eating a lot of sugar and carbs makes my body feel better. So even if I eventually go back to doing some kind of modified diet, it will be limiting the carbs and sugar.

This week I went to a naturopath doctor. I’ve been curious about it for awhile but didn’t want to spend the money. I know a lot of people that have had great experiences and even though I have no major complaints about my health care/doctor, I do feel dismissed about a lot of issues. For a few years now, I’ve felt really tired and worn down. I feel dismissed when I talk to my doctor about it. She says “Well, you’re almost 40” or “you have a toddler” or “you have a history of depression and anxiety”–none of which is A DIAGNOSIS. And I always leave feeling unheard, angry and lost. Blood tests are always in the “normal” range. Thyroid seems “fine.”

The good thing about a naturopath was that I felt HEARD. The appointment was over an hour (not 10 minutes or less like my doctor) and she listened to my history and complaints. She had some ideas and did a bunch of blood work (most was covered by my insurance thankfully because if it wasn’t I would not have afforded the visit! Naturalistic medicine is pricey!). I’ll have results in two weeks and a follow-up.

She said she was concerned about my insulin levels. And she said that some of my symptoms pointed to PCOS. So we will see what the tests show. I’m not 100% on board with the naturopathic way yet. We will see. But I’m willing to give it a TRY. I just want some answers, I want to try some things and see if anything works.

In the meantime, I am continuing keto. I will be re-evaluating some of my medications to see if they are necessary still (like my acne meds) and I think I might try going off some of them to see how I feel. (And see if I lose some weight as a result.)

Keto Meals Week 3

This is probably the last post I will do mapping out all the food I eat on Keto. I might do a post on just our dinners in the future.

Day Thirteen

Breakfast – Two fried eggs, red organic kale sautéed in butter. Seasoned with salt and pepper. Coffee with stevia, MCT oil, heavy cream. Unsweetened iced tea.

Lunch – Leftover steak, asparagus sautéed in butter, mozzarella cheese, some avocado, a hard boiled egg.

Snack – 25g of blueberries, 1 ounce of smoked cheddar cheese, 10g macadamia nuts, some hot tea with stevia.

Dinner – Pork tenderloin, garlic parmesan green beans, smoked cheddar cheese.

Dessert– 72% piece of chocolate with half a serving of this peanut butter:

It’s hard to find a peanut butter that is keto-friendly. They all have sugar in it that I’ve found. 🙁 That’s why I only had half a serving of this. I just needed a little something sweet and the unsweetened almond butter not going to do the trick.

Fat 69%, Protein 22%, 9% carbs, 25 net carbs.

 

Day Fourteen 

Breakfast – Omelette with bacon, cheese and spinach. Coffee with stevia, heavy cream and MCT oil. Unsweetened iced tea.

Snacks – Salami and olives, cheese.

Lunch – Leftover steak, cauliflower rice with hot sauce, 1/2 an avocado.

Dinner – Burger with smoked gouda and mayo and buffalo sauce, green beans sautéed in butter on a green salad with light Italian dressing.

Dessert– 1 piece of 72% dark chocolate (for Valentine’s day!).

Fat 74%, Protein 20%, Carbs 6%. 17 net carbs. 

 

Day Fifteen

So I started getting a head cold this week and ended up staying home sick today with a full-on head cold. 🙁 really hoping it doesn’t turn into a sinus infection. Usually when I’m sick I want comfort food–oatmeal, orange juice, EmergenC, chicken noodle soup…but I am trying to stay on the plan….

Breakfast – Red organic kale sautéed in butter, two fried eggs. Coffee with MCT oil, stevia and heavy cream. Unsweetened iced tea.

Snack – Tea with stevia.

Lunch – I made some “chicken noodle soup” minus the noodles and it turned out really good! If you want the recipe, I saved it in my Instagram Highlights. I also had a piece of smoked gouda and a hard boiled egg.

Dinner – Michael got me beef pho minus the noodles! Pho is my favorite when I’m sick. I had to kinda guess on my stats for the day. I did add some bean sprouts to the pho.

61% fat, 24% protein, 15% carbs. 23 net carbs.

 

Day Sixteen 

Breakfast – Two fried eggs, 1.5 pieces of bacon. Coffee with MCT oil, stevia and heavy cream. Unsweetened iced tea.

Lunch – My leftover chicken “noodle” (no noodles) soup from the day before. A piece of smoked Gouda cheese and some salami.

Dinner – Chicken breast with mozzarella, Rao’s marinara sauce and pizza seasoning. Green salad with grape tomatoes and light Italian dressing.

Dessert – 86% dark chocolate and a spoonful of peanut butter.

65% fat, 26% protein, 8% carbs. 22 net carbs.

 

Day Seventeen 

Breakfast – 1.5 scrambled eggs with cheese and hot sauce on a low carb wrap with some sour cream. Coffee with MCT oil, stevia and heavy cream. Unsweetened iced tea.

Lunch – Green salad with arugula and spinach, hard boiled egg, grape tomatoes, avocado, smoked cheddar, light Italian dressing.

Dinner – I met a friend for dinner at Wayfinder beer. I picked that place because they had vegetarian/vegan options for my friend and options that were diet compliant for me. She had beer and I had one glass of pinot gris wine.

I ordered of their side order menu instead the main menu. I got their housemade bratwurst, the Brussels sprouts and their “cauliflower gratin” (basically cauliflower drowning in cheese). It was all very good! I had to guess about the nutrients. But I think I was probably somewhere between 25-30 net carbs for the day.

 

Day Eighteen 

Breakfast – I had an omelette made of cheese, breakfast sausage and green onion topped with hot sauce. Coffee with MCT oil, stevia and heavy cream. Unsweetened iced tea.

Snack – Hot tea. 1 piece of 72% dark chocolate with 1/2 serving of peanut butter.

Lunch – Michael and I went out to lunch for a belated Valentine’s Date (I was sick for the holiday). We went to SeaSweets Poke. You could build your own poke bowl, which was nice, so I could skip the rice! I got the kale salad instead. I got the spicy tuna poke, cabbage, seaweed, nori, and spicy mayo. There were some carbs in my lunch but it was generally good carbs.

Dinner – Zoodles with meatballs and pesto and a side salad.

Unfortunately, today was the highest in net carbs I’ve been since starting the diet. Since we went out to lunch I had to estimate a lot of stuff but still. It was a disappointment to be at like 37 net carbs for the day even though I ate pretty healthy. Oh well, it was one day.

 

Day Nineteen

Breakfast – Scrambled eggs with sausage and cheese. Coffee with stevia and heavy cream. Unsweetened iced tea.

Snack – Olives with Babybel cheese, hardboiled egg. Some parmesan Whisps and some roasted and salted sunflower seeds. I was very snacky today!

Lunch – Leftover chicken breast with Rao’s marinara and mozzarella. Salad with light Italian dressing.

Dinner – Salmon with salad and steamed broccoli with Goddess Dressing.

Dessert – 72% chocolate and 1/2 serving with peanut butter.

60% fat, 28% protein, 12% carbs, around 30 net carbs.