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November Keto Part 2

This post is about how I felt restarting keto, how I did with my macros, and my weigh-ins.

Updates

Day 122 net carbs. Felt foggy, dizzy and NOT hungry at all all day long.

Day 2 – 25 net carbs.Intermittent fasting… It’s easy on the day I work from home because I get up, go to the gym, then come home and start work & make my breakfast. It’s harder to do the other days. Felt better today.

Day 3 – 17 net carbs. Felt nauseated all day, not hungry at all. Didn’t eat my lunch until almost 2pm! Was at 67% out of goal of 70% for fat intake. Was 100 calories over goal.

Day 4 – 20 net carbs, 74% fat for the day. Felt pretty good. Not hungry. Ran during my lunch break and was expecting it to be a horrible slog. It wasn’t! Lots of energy, legs felt good. 3.5 mile run and didn’t feel like I was dying.

Day 5 – 25 net carbs. Had a good workout, didn’t feel lethargic.

Day 6 – 26 net carbs, 71% fat. Near perfect day on macros, slightly high on net carbs. Swimming felt good, not slow or tired.

Day 721 net carbs. Had about 250 calories leftover for the day.

Day 821 net carbs. Rest Day, went over my calories by about 200.

Day 934 net carbs. Bummer! My day was pretty good fat % and calorie wise, but I had cauliflower “mashed potatoes” so maybe that was a bit high. Disappointed with my carbs.

Day 10 – 18 net carbs. Thanks to Atkin’s bar for dessert that has a ton of fiber…!

Day 11 – Between 25-30 net carbs. I had some munchies here and there so my tracking is off. 🙁

Day 12 – 23 net carbs.

Day 13- 20 net carbs.

Day 14 – Around 15 net carbs. Had a few munchies.

Day 15 – Thanksgiving, didn’t track.

Day 16 – 17 net carbs. Didn’t eat a ton, wasn’t hungry.

Day 17 – 15 net carbs.

Overall I’ve felt ok. Not too many symptoms. Maybe because my body is used to going low carb? The first few days I didn’t feel good (stomach issues, nausea, headache) and then on days I worked out (AFTER working out) I felt fatigue in my muscles.

Weigh In

First week back on Keto – Lost 4 pounds, but that’s most likely water weight. The second week is what matters.

Second week back on Keto – didn’t lose anything but Thanksgiving was in there plus PMS bloating. We’ll see how the next week goes.

Third week – Down 1 pound. Not great but at least not a gain. Jeans are looser!

November Keto Part 1

I was super disappointed about quitting the Mediterranean diet. I mean, I had planned on doing some kind of keto-Mediterranean-low carb-carb cycling type schedule but it was clear I need to just hunker down and get back at it.

At the very least, keto kept me from GAINING weight… (This is an interesting article about keto.)

I sat down and worked out a meal schedule for the next three months or so. A lot of it is tried and true recipes we’ve done before on keto, some are new. Some are “simple” dinners that are just easy to do. Like burgers (no bun) with a veggie. Not much different than what we usually do.

I wanted to share some of the recipes. It wasn’t 100%, sometimes I switched days depending on what my mood was, or what I got at the grocery store. But this is basically what we did:

Low Carb Big Mac in a Bowl: One of my favorite keto recipes! It’s really good!

Cowboy Butter Chicken with Zoodles: It was just ok. It had some good spicy flavor but the chicken itself was rather boring and we both though it needed some crumbled goat cheese or something on top.

Chicken and Broccoli Casserole with Cream Cheese and Mozzarella : SUPER delicious! Definitely put it under the broiler at the end! We will make this recipe again. And it would be easy to do variations–like make it Greek or Mexican.

Coconut Curry Chicken: Really good! I liked this curry recipe a lot. It was simple, easy, and pretty quick. I put it on top of Trader Joe’s cauliflower “mashed potatoes”. Delicious!

Keto Asian Beef Salad: This was delicious! We both really liked the recipe. When I make it again, I will use less sesame oil in the dressing mixture because the flavor was a bit overpowering. I’d probably do 1/2 sesame oil and 1/2 olive oil. I also added some sriracha to the dressing and it was great!

Creamy Spinach Artichoke Chicken: delicious! Super super good. Michael said it was the best recipe I’ve ever made.

A lot of the recipes I tried this month were delicious and I’d definitely make them again.