diet

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.)

Back At It

In my last post, I described the post-operation life. It was kind of a fog of pain, pain pills, healing, sleeping….carbs! I didn’t go crazy. It wasn’t like I could really eat a ton anyways. But I did eat carbs for about a week and a half.

But then after my post-op appointment with my surgeon, I was feeling better getting the stints out of my nose and decided to get back to the diet. It was a pretty easy transition back to Keto. I went to the grocery store (my one activity of the day! Still taking it easy) and got the essentials and then I was back on the plan.

First day back, I had scrambled eggs with cheese and Canadian Bacon and my coffee with MCT Oil, Stevia and heavy cream. Lunch was sautéed kale, andouille sausage, and smoked gouda. Afternoon snack was raspberries. Dinner was zoodles with Alfredo sauce and meatballs. Dessert was dark chocolate with strawberries. My first day back I was at about 1400 calories and 35 net carbs (because of all the fruit I had I guess). But I’m happy to be back at it!

As for exercise, I am not cleared yet. My surgeon said in about two weeks I can start getting back to easy cardio. I will start with the elliptical since it’s low impact. I’m kinda afraid to try running so I’ll wait a full month to try that.

For swimming and weight lifting I have to wait a full month post surgery.

I can’t smell or taste much. It’s better with the stints out but it feels like I have a very bad cold or something! It’s kind of a bummer but I know it will get better.

For dinner the other night, I made this recipe: Kofta Ground Beef Bowl . I used cauliflower rice. Topped it with the kofta beef. Then used Trader Joe’s Tzatziki and crumbled feta. I added grape tomatoes and cucumber slices.

Since I can’t taste much, I have to go by what Michael says and he said it’s a keeper. 🙂 He said it would be better with lamb and more garlic, but overall it was good!

I got back to work on Monday. It will be good to get back into the routine and back to “real life”, modified as it is. But it has been nice being home for two weeks taking it easy, healing, resting, catching up on TV and just not having a schedule!