Keto thoughts

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: Thoughts on the First Week

This post is about random thoughts on the first week!

First up: How did I do?

I felt pretty good! Honestly, it wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be. It felt way different than the times I did low carb diets. I didn’t feel deprived or miserable. During the hard adjustment times in the first week I definitely had some “keto flu” issues (see below) and irritability, but it was pretty mild.

Was I perfect? No. There were a few days in the first week I was NOT 100% keto. There was one day in particular where my macros were pretty good but my carbs were super HIGH! Like 40 net carbs. Bad, bad bad. But not because I ate bread or cookies or candy. Because I ate nuts, broccoli and too much dairy. But it was one day.

Meal Changes

Breakfast didn’t change much because we were already doing a low carb breakfast (usually). A typical breakfast for our family was either scrambled eggs with sausage topped with cheese or an omelette. The omelette would be with cheese, sausage and spinach or cheese, bacon, onions…that’s usually what we would do.

Sometimes I would have two fried eggs with a piece of toast. On Wednesdays when I worked from home I sometimes had a piece of toast with peanut butter and banana slices on it. Or I’d have a bowl of oatmeal. THOSE were obviously NOT keto-friendly breakfast choices.

Like I said in the first post, the biggest change for breakfast would be my coffee creamer. I got the Nutpod creamer (which turned out to be a disappointment because while it was 100% spot on nutritionally for a Keto diet, it tasted like NOTHING). I switched to heavy cream and Stevia. Which still wasn’t great but better. I also bought some MCT Oil, which is supposedly a great thing for coffee on the Keto diet. I was reluctant to try it because 1 tablespoon was 130 calories, but….this diet is about trying new things so I figured I’d give it a try. (It was ok. It didn’t taste like anything.)

In terms of the other meals, I did a bunch of research, planned out three week’s worth of meal plans for breakfast, lunch and dinner and made a list of keto friendly snacks.

The trick was figuring out snacks and lunches (for me) that were low carb. My go-to snacks at work are fruit. Apples, whatever berry is in season and my plain Greek yogurt. It was definitely a challenge to find something.

So I went to to the store and got a few things that would be compliant.

Prep, Prep, Prep

It was a lot of prep work! But once I did it for the week, I was pretty good.

First, I measured out and weighed the nuts I was going to have for snacks. Nuts weren’t going to be a regular thing, but for the first week on Keto I got a can of salted mixed nuts (it was cashews, pecans, Brazil nuts, almonds and peanuts) because I figured it would be the best time to have that as a snack. The doctor I talked to said the best way to get through the “keto flu” was to drink a lot of water and make sure I had extra salt.

Second, I got a Ranch Dip seasoning packet and made my dip from scratch to have raw veggies (broccoli and cauliflower) for snacks.

Third, I got a seasoning packet for hollandaise and a packet to make alfredo sauce from scratch. It’s easier to manage the sugar content by doing it yourself. Everything store bought has sugar in it! 🙁

Having an Instant Pot is nice for this–for things like shredded chicken and making hardboiled eggs.

Lastly, I bought a lot of veggies and spent the time on a Sunday chopping and prepping and measuring to making it easier in the week.

Sugar

I didn’t miss it as much as I thought I would. I’ve done a sugar detox before a few times and I remember it feeling like torture. It was always on my mind. I craved chocolate. I wanted dessert. And while this time, I definitely missed it on occasion in the first week, but I feel like I missed it more out of habit than desire. Like I wanted dessert on a Saturday night after dinner while we were watching TV.

I don’t know why this time was different. Maybe because I was eating high fat and it was scratching that itch? I have no idea.

I did have a few pieces of chocolate in the first week but I got the super super dark chocolate that is low carb.

Veggies

I miss being able to eat whatever vegetables I want. Like I love carrots. Carrots and dip or carrots and hummus are healthy and a good snack. But not keto friendly. So that’s a bummer. I have to consciously think about stuff now and look up online how many carbs and sugar are in things to see if it’s keto-friendly.

Keto veggies – broccoli, asparagus, zucchini, spinach, lettuce, kale, cabbage, brussels sprouts (YAY!), cauliflower, celery, green beans, arugula, avocado, eggplant, cucumber, peppers.

 

Keto Flu

I felt the effects on Day Three. Typically you start to feel the “Keto Flu” Day 4-7. I don’t know why I felt it early, perhaps because I was working out the whole time? Not sure!

But it started on Day 3 of the diet. I woke up feeling fine. The first three days I felt great on the diet. I slept AWESOME the first few days, too, then Day 3 I went swimming. It was the hardest, slowest, worst swim I’ve ever had and actually cut it short because my muscles were just NOT WORKING. Seriously. It felt like my arms just wouldn’t work anymore. I was so fatigued. By the time I got home I was shaky and felt weird. I ate lunch and then took a nap and had some bone broth when I got up and felt better. But it sucked!

I also had muscle cramps and charlie horses, which I never have. I guess that’s a side effect of adjusting to the diet, too.

Staying Hydrated

I’ve said before that I am trying to be better about drinking more water. I am usually pretty good during the week at work. With this diet, I am really ramping it up! Of course, that means I am peeing a LOT! Lots and lots of water. Unsweetened iced tea with breakfast. Sparkling water with lunch and dinner. Bone broth for a snack. Hot tea (no sweetener–boo) when I need it.

Stay tuned!

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