Keto diet

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.

 

Keto Meals Week 2

Continuation of the first week into Week 2!

Day Six

Breakfast – Two fried eggs on top of shaved Brussels sprouts (sautéed in butter). Seasoned with salt and pepper. It was delicious! Coffee with stevia, cream and MCT oil. Unsweetened iced tea.

Lunch – Pork chop, salad with mozzarella, black olives, raw walnuts and Newman’s Own Lite Italian dressing.

Dinner – Stir fry: I was going to use a Korean stirfry sauce mix but the serving size made the carbs not keto friendly. So we did a soy sauce/teriyaki/toasted sesame oil mixture instead: steak, peppers, zucchini, and onions. A little sriracha on top. A glass of red wine on the side. 🙂

I was about 5 net carbs over for the day but my macros were spot on. AND I worked out…so I’m trying to be okay with not being perfect at 20 net carbs. It’s really hard to do!

Day Seven

Breakfast – Scrambled eggs (with heavy cream) with spinach, pastrami, red onion and hot sauce. Unsweetened iced tea. Coffee with heavy cream and stevia.

Lunch – Antipasto salad (salami, mozzarella, olives) with Newman’s Own Lite Italian Dressing.

Snack – Homemade ranch dip with cucumber slices and a few pieces of raw cauliflower.

Dinner – Salmon with capers, green beans cooked in butter and garlic and some smoked aged cheddar.

Macros were great (62% out of 70% on fat, 27% out of 25% on protein) but I was at 30 net carbs for the day.

Day Eight

Breakfast – Scrambled eggs with spinach, 1 piece of bacon and hot sauce. Unsweetened iced tea. Coffee with stevia and heavy cream.

Lunch – Pastrami, Olives, half an avocado, Babybel cheese.

Snacks – Homemade ranch dip with cauliflower and broccoli. Salted nut mix and a mug of bone broth.

Dinner – Burger with smoked gouda topped with mustard and mayo and one piece of bacon. Asparagus sautéed in butter. 1 glass of red wine.

Dessert – 1 piece of dark chocolate.

Macros (Fat: 68%, Protein 21%, Carbs 11%). 13 NET CARBS!! Thank you fiber! The asparagus really did the trick!

I went for a run on the treadmill during my lunch break and felt great! No issues with my muscles or energy.

Day Nine

Breakfast – Two fried eggs on sauteed Brussels sprouts again. I kinda loved this breakfast! Unsweetened iced tea, coffee with cream, MCT oil and stevia.

Lunch – Michael made a “pizza”! On a low carb wrap he used Rao’s low carb marinara, mozzarella cheese, topped with salami and green olives. It actually worked really well! The wrap held up and did not get soggy like we thought it would be. It scratched that itch for sure.

Snack – Some cauliflower and homemade ranch dip. Tea. And a spoonful of this almond butter:

The almond butter was ok. It had the consistency of peanut butter. But you could tell there was no sugar in it. 🙁

Dinner – Chicken Caesar Salad with homemade Caesar dressing. Bacon. Boneless/Skinless chicken thighs, three grape tomatoes, a few raw peppers. Some smoked cheddar on the side.

Day Ten

Breakfast – Scrambled eggs with a little red onion and spinach, topped with cheese and hot sauce. Bacon. Coffee with MCT oil, Stevia and heavy cream. Unsweetened iced tea.

Lunch – Sautéed shaved Brussels sprouts in ghee. Leftover piece of boneless/skinless chicken thigh topped with pesto and burrata cheese on the side.

Snack – 10 grams of macadamia nuts, some smoked cheddar cheese and tea with stevia.

Dinner – Steak and cauliflower “Rice” bowl. Avocado, hot sauce, grape tomatoes, black olives, red onion, sour cream, shredded cheese. It was delicious!

Dessert – 1 piece of dark chocolate.

Fat 73%, Protein 18%, Carbs 9%. 26 net carbs.

Day Eleven

Breakfast – Scrambled eggs with sausage and cheese. Unsweetened iced tea. Coffee with heavy cream and stevia.

Lunch – Chicken Caesar salad.

Snacks – Nuts and Babybel cheese pre-workout, mug of bone broth post-workout. Cucumber and homemade ranch dip and seaweed in the afternoon.

Dinner – Zoodles with Rao’s marinara, meatballs and burrata. A glass of extra dry champagne–Michael got a promotion at work and we had some celebrating to do!

67% fat, 23% protein, 10% carbs. 30 net carbs for the day.

Day Twelve

Breakfast – Sausage and cheese omelet. Unsweetened iced tea. Coffee with heavy cream and stevia. I am getting used to the coffee without my creamer now.

Snacks – Walnuts, Babybel cheese.

Lunch – Leftover cauliflower rice, steak, half an avocado, hot sauce.

Snacks – Olives, Cheese “crackers”. Got them at Costco. They are kinda weird but low carb.

Dinner – Blackened Salmon with asparagus and burrata cheese.

Dessert – 72% dark chocolate.

I was a little high on my calories for the day but my macros were good. 67% fat, 24% protein, 8% carbs. 22 net carbs.