I wanted to give a diet update. Starting February 1st, Michael and I are trying the Keto Diet.
I did a “low-ish carb” diet a few times last year and the year before and lost 10 pounds or so and was 9 pounds from my pre-pregnancy weight. Honestly, I was not a huge fan of the low carb diet. I felt like crap most of the time. While I wasn’t necessarily hungry, I just felt like I had low energy a lot and when I worked out I felt like garbage. I felt it most when I ran. I found that I could only do the low carb diet thing for about 4 weeks or so at a time and then I’d have to take a break because it made me feel so crappy.
Well, I decided to give Keto a try. I’ve been hearing so much about it for a few years now and it seems like MAYBE it’s better than a low carb diet? Maybe?? I don’t know. All I know is that after gaining back all the weight I lost (and a few extra) on the prozac last year, I needed to do something and just doing what I did before to lose weight wasn’t working.
The challenges of Keto were going to be 1) Giving up fruit– I love fruit… 2) Finding the hidden sugars that are IN EVERYTHING and … 3) Giving up my coffee creamer.
I went to the grocery store and looked at the different creamers out there. The Almond milk creamer sounded good but it had sugar cane. The Coconut Creamer, which I’ve tried before and is delicious, also had sugar in it. Then I found this one:
As for the food part of the Keto Diet… I did some research and used the Diet Doctor website and their Instagram feed for ideas and recipes and meal plans. I made a list and honestly it wasn’t far off from what we already eat on a regular basis. We just had to stop eatings things like sweet potatoes, beans, etc. We don’t eat rice or pasta on a regular basis, maybe once or twice a month, so giving that up wasn’t a hardship.
What was hard, was processed food — EVERY processed food– has sugar in it. So simple things like salad dressing, even if it’s just a simple vinaigrette, you look at the ingredients and it has sugar. Same with our favorite blue cheese dressing. So aggravating! The good news, my Trader Joe’s Goddess Dressing that I use a lot does not have sugar in it! YAY! So I can use that and then Michael will make a Caesar dressing for us to use (he makes a great one) and I make a pretty good mustard vinaigrette). The downside to homemade dressing is that it doesn’t keep long. Oh well.
Another challenge to the Keto diet will be variety and not getting sick of eating meat and cheese. I’m working on different menus and meal plans for variety. We got this black bean pasta at New Seasons that is supposedly Keto-friendly? (I’m not really sure how since beans aren’t allowed? But maybe because the protein is so high and the fiber count makes the carb count low?? I am still researching…) We plan on having this pasta with pesto not marinara (which is not keto friendly, boo).
And of course, the bone broth:
So this week I am working on eating some of the things around the house that are NOT keto friendly (like the carrots and the tuna salad I have that has sugar in it–WHY IS THERE SUGAR IN IT?!?!–and the homemade sourdough I made). And starting Friday! Keto!
QUESTION: If you are on Keto, any tips?
I love Maria Emmerich’s recipes! She has a website & I have her IP, Restaraunt Favorites, & Comfort Foods cookbook. All of the recipes are excellent! Especially chili cheese dog casserole!
Thank you! I will look up her recipes!
Just have bulletproof coffee 😀
I am like you with the low, low energy if I go low carb for too long. I find I can do it if I alternate days of low carb with moderate carb. Which I really should be getting back to now, but with this cold and snow all I want are all the warm carby foods LOL!
I look forward to seeing how this goes for you.
I know, I know……a lot of people swear by that coffee but it just sounds so gross to me!!!!
Just remember the high fat of the Keto puzzle! If you just cut carbs your body will be all out of whack and not sure what to do. Really work to increase fat, especially in the first few weeks adjustment time.
There are Keto friendly marinaras oh there- try raos.
You can have heavy cream in your coffee! I use nutpods also, but there’s no reason to not use cream with a little stevia for coffee.
Don’t forget your above ground veggies! Lots of people do Keto meat/cheese only style, I think veggies are what get me through.
Thank you for the great tips! And yes, I love Rao’s! I try and stock up when they are on sale because the jars are so expensive.
Good luck with your Keto experiment! I know a few people who swear by it and do really well. I’m like you – I can do low-ish carb for a few weeks and then my body says STOP!! It just doesn’t do the job for me, especially with long run days.
Same! I hear good things about it from a lot of people! But, those people aren’t runners. So we’ll see!
I did keto for 10 months and have a lot of yummy recipes. I found Pinterest to be my best friend for sure. It’s amazing how much extra energy I had from being gluten and sugar free. I also added intermittent fasting into my keto lifestyle. I lost 60lbs! But I had to stop because of kidney stuff. The urologist had a fancy explanation, but essentially excess protein caused kidney stones. So I’m trying to follow my diet I was on when I had gestational diabetes to maintain my current weight (to be honest I’ve gained about 8lbs back) My husband also lost 40lbs-ish? If you need any tips or recipes, I have lots
That’s good to know! Thank you!
Thank you for your post! I read The Obedity Code as well as watched several videos by Dr. Jason Fung, a nephrologist. He explains that insulin is the main reason we gain weight. He kind of supports keto, mostly eliminating all sugar, but focuses on intermittent fasting to help control insulin. I learned a lot and it has changed the way (and when!) I eat.
Thanks Erin! I am definitely seeing a big change since doing this diet. Not necessarily huge weight loss (slow and steady so far) but it makes a difference cutting out carbs and sugar!