Keto, Low Carb & Quarantine

I want to start by saying that Keto is not for everyone. It’s a diet that takes a LOT of planning. It takes a LOT of tracking. You have to be on top of things or you are not doing the keto diet.

I was doing keto and basically maintaining at this point, not losing, which was frustrating in a lot of ways.

Then this covid-19 thing happened and things changed. Suddenly, the grocery store felt like a battle ground. You had to wear a mask, wipe everything down, try to avoid touching things as much as you can, avoid people…we were working from home and I was only going to the grocery store about every 9-12 days instead of weekly (or twice a week).

So my buying habits had to change. We were pretty stocked up on proteins because of Costco (in our freezer we have: frozen chicken thighs, burger patties, pork chops, salmon, shrimp, scallops, bratwursts). I had frozen veggies (cauliflower rice, green beans, cauliflower mash, etc). But fresh produce does not last long so I had to be creative.

For awhile there eggs were hard to find in my grocery store. We were never OUT of them but had to ration (now stores have them fully stocked).

So for breakfasts I rotate: one day I do my plain greek yogurt with blueberries (frozen, from Costco, defrosted) with almonds, chia seeds and keto granola. Another day I will do keto toast with cream cheese or avocado and two fried or scrambled eggs. Sometimes Michael will make a hash (sauteed sweet potatoes topped with smoked salmon, arugula and fried eggs). Logan has frozen waffles, eggs, toast with applesauce or fruit or oatmeal. He’s also on a rotation. 🙂

Dinners are largely the same when we were doing keto but once a week we are doing a pasta or rice dish to help stretch the pantry items and make it so I don’t need to go to the grocery store as often. One night I wanted an easy dinner and made rice, beans, avocado, salsa, with sour cream and jalapenos. Basically a vegetarian bowl. Another night we had pasta with cajun shrimp.

It’s definitely harder to stick to a keto or low carb diet during the quarantine because we can’t have fresh items as often. And we have to be creative with meals sometimes. I do see a lot of keto people sticking to it, and I commend them.

So far in the 6 or so weeks that I’ve been home I’ve been working out 5 days a week still and I gained 2-3 pounds. I guess from eating carbs. There are days here and there where I am a little “snacky” and eat junk (like crackers or chips) but I try not to buy junk food at all to not have the temptation in the house!

I have started up doing sourdough bread again.

Which is fun. It’s something to do as a family, too. Logan helped!

And Michael even tried his hand at doing his very own loaf!

It’s been a struggle with the weight and exercise thing (more mentally than anything). But right now is not the time to focus on that–now is the time to give ourselves grace and be patient with ourselves while the world is a scary place.

QUESTION: How has your diet/exercise mentality changed during the covid-19 pandemic?

December Keto

I got a new protein powder, that actually tastes really good! I got the Orgain Keto protein powder. It has collagen, MCT oil in it and no net carbs. I mix it up in a blender with water and some frozen blueberries. One scoop is 90 calories.

Speaking of MCT Oil…On days I don’t do protein shakes (you don’t want TOO much MCT oil in one day or your tummy will not be happy!) I put one scoop in my coffee. I switched to the powdered MCT Oil because the oil was just kinda gross. It didn’t mix well, it made my throat itchy and I didn’t like the texture. But the powder mixes really well in coffee. This is the brand I use: MCT Oil Powder.

White Lazy Lasagna – Delicious! Would definitely make it again. It falls apart when you dish it up, hence, no picture. 🙂 The only thing we’d change next time would be to do half ground turkey and half italian sausage. Michael also added red pepper flakes and Italian Seasoning, which was a good call. (I also read the recipe wrong and only used 1/2 of the jar of the alfredo sauce. But honestly, I think it was better with less liquid, so FYI.)

I kinda went off the planned schedule for December. Except for the week of Christmas when I fell off the wagon (boo!) I was mostly on the diet for the month of December but we basically did our usually rotation of easy keto dinners. There was just a lot going on with the holidays and it was harder than we thought to try new recipes. Which was fine.

As far as progress, the Christmas week undid some of my progress, which is a bummer. Not that I went crazy. I was mostly on plan except for dessert on Christmas Eve (we got a lot of Christmas cookies that week from our new neighbors and they were really hard for me to resist!) and then Christmas Day and the day after Christmas I just ate whatever I wanted. I haven’t weighed myself. I just wanted to wait to get back to my normal eating habits before getting too upset with whatever I saw on the scale (i.e. Christmas Cookie Damage).

For Christmas, Michael usually gives me a big bag of chocolate M&Ms in my stocking. This year he got me some fancy new Keto chocolates from Costco and some assorted almonds. So that’s nice! My brother also got me a package of ChocZero Keto Bark !

My goal was to lose some weight before our trip to Hawaii in January. I don’t think I’m going to quite make that goal but I am going to keep trying!