Losing weight

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.

 

Keto: Weigh In & Thoughts

Time to get on that scale! I was a little nervous, honestly. I knew I’d lost some weight. I mean, how could you NOT lose at least a few pounds on a super low carb diet, right? But getting on the scale is always a little triggering for me. It does cause anxiety. I rarely like that number I see these days.

Weigh In after 2.5 weeks

Starting Weight: 177.2

Current Weight: 174.8

 

Non-Scale Victories

  • My pants are loose
  • Am now wearing 1 size smaller jeans
  • My underwear is too big
  • I had to move my bra to a tighter hook
  • I feel less bloated

I realize I should I have measured my body when I first started. I think that would have shown more of a change than the scale. I’m also curious if I would have lost more weight had I not gotten sick in week 3. I didn’t work out for 5 days. 🙁 But I am still happy with the progress I have made so far!

 

How I Feel

Good! I do not feel the crushing misery of previous low-carb diets. I don’t feel run down or lethargic. I don’t feel hungry. I am able to manage my cravings pretty well. I haven’t felt a “sugar detox” like I have felt in the past when I stopped eating sugar/candy.

After the first week my jeans all felt looser. I attributed that to not eating bread/carbs/gluten as opposed to weight loss.

 

Other Interesting Things

Something else I noticed after starting the keto diet, my psoriasis cleared up in certain areas. I had some pretty gnarly patches of psoriasis on my legs that flare up. They get worse in the winter and can be really red, big and itchy/irritated. I have a topical cream I use that “sort of” manages it (not really–just takes the edge off the itchiness really).

I wasn’t really using the cream much during this time period and yet the psoriasis on my legs shrank. It was less itchy and got way smaller! I don’t know if there is a correlation to the diet.  I started reading more about it and saw different things, of course it’s all anecdotal stories but I am seeing other people claim their psoriasis cleared up with a keto diet. Very interesting indeed!

Now for some TMI stuff – first my period. When I get PMS I crave salty, crunchy stuff. Chips, etc. I didn’t have that issue while I was on Keto. Second – one of the side effects of keto is constipation. I am trying to keep my fiber intake up. I have started adding some Benefiber to my iced tea at breakfast. Supposedly MCT Oil can cause diarrhea, but I’ve used it a few times in my coffee now and have not had that issue. Maybe you only get stomach issues if you use too much?

 

Future Keto

I am going to continue doing this diet for awhile. At some point I hope to switch to some kind of carb-cycling schedule. Something like doing keto Monday-Friday and then on the weekends eating higher carbs–not going crazy but eating things like FRUIT!!!! And maybe my Kombucha! (I miss it!) and my Trader Joe’s cauliflower gnocchi. I miss those too! But those are all too high in carbs for keto. So maybe those could be my “high carb” weekend splurges.

But for now, I’m good. I like this!

Edited to Add:

  • I am super impressed with myself that I was able to so easily give up sugar and candy!
  • I’m rarely hungry.
  • The things I miss the most? Bagels with cream cheese and my kombucha.