ketosis diet

Keto & Mindful Eating

Quick Progress Update

The diet is going well so far. I am losing weight, slow and steady. I am averaging a loss of about .8-1.2 pounds a week and while it’s not a huge loss each week like a lot of the keto websites and bloggers promise (I feel like they promise big losses to sell their meal plans maybe?) I am still losing and I am happy with that. I knew going in that it would probably be a slow process. When I lost weight the first time, it was a pretty slow process.

Thoughts on Weight Loss

Before I started Keto, I was struggling. After having Logan my body was out of whack. Pregnancy, breastfeeding, age, metabolism, lack of sleep, all of it…it all contributed to no weight loss. Add in medications that caused some weight gain and I was right back to where I started when I had Logan. I was feeling very disappointed and depressed. I was stressed out and frustrated that NOTHING worked. No matter what I did I didn’t see much of a change on the scale. I kept gaining and losing the same 3 or so pounds.

I was definitely getting into some unhealthy behaviors and unhealthy mental loops. I was getting VERY restrictive with my calories. I was already pretty low–1400 calories a day–and that was with working out. I was seeing food as the enemy. I was looking at meals as a negative equation: How could I cut more calories? Why wasn’t I losing any weight as I cut more and more?

It wasn’t a healthy place to be. And it sucked because back in the day when I was trying to lose over 100 pounds, I was never in that obsessive, negative, eating-disorder mindset.

If nothing else, doing the keto diet has shifted my mindset into a different realm. I’m no longer focusing on calories–which is a HUGE shift for me considering calories were what I focused on for the last 15 years.

Instead, I am focusing on macros and net carbs/fat. The calories are at the bottom of my priority list. I am still trying to stay within a range but I no longer feel anxiety if I am seeing in the MyFitnessPal app that I am over my calories for the day. It is no longer the focus.

I feel less stress and anxiety about all of that, so that’s a relief. Sometimes if I go over the net carbs for the day I do feel disappointed in myself but I try not beat myself up about it. It’s just one day and I usually don’t go that far over my goal.

When I am planning my meals and food for the day I focus on the macros and when I look at nutrients on food labels, I look at carb count first, and sometimes I don’t even look at the calorie count! SO weird! Especially for me!

I will be doing another weigh-in post and update in about two weeks.

Keto Dinners & Recipes

The keto diet is still going well. I’m going to share some keto dinners and recipes that we’ve done lately because honestly the rotation of breakfasts and lunches don’t change all that much! But I am trying to try new things with dinners to get some variety.

Apparently the theme for this post is Alfredo!

Recipe #1

We made this and it was really delicious! I had the leftover chicken thigh and some sauce for lunch the next day and it was even better as a leftover. We used chicken thighs instead chicken breasts and raw minced garlic instead of garlic powder.

Creamy Tuscan Garlic Chicken

Ingredients
  • Chicken Breasts
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • ½ cup chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon italian seasoning
  • ½ cup parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup spinach, chopped
  • ½ cup sun dried tomatoes
Instructions
  1. In a large skillet add olive oil and cook the chicken on medium high heat for 3-5 minutes on each side or until brown on each side and cooked until no longer pink in center. Remove chicken and set aside on a plate.
  2. Add the heavy cream, chicken broth, garlic powder, italian seasoning, and parmesan cheese. Whisk over medium high heat until it starts to thicken. Add the spinach and sundried tomatoes and let it simmer until the spinach starts to wilt. Add the chicken back to the pan and serve over pasta if desired.

Recipe #2 

Another chicken recipe. For this one we used boneless, skinless chicken thighs (frozen). The alfredo sauce was REALLY tasty! I liked it a lot. I’ve never made alfredo from scratch before, I’ve always just used a jar. It was so much better than the store bought stuff. I topped it with some fresh parsley. And you totally did not miss not having pasta. The broccoli was great with it. I had the leftover chicken and alfredo sauce the next day for lunch and the sauce flavor was even richer.

Low Carb Chicken and Broccoli Alfredo

Ingredients

  • 1 pound thin sliced chicken breasts
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground pepper
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon avocado oil
  • 16 ounces broccoli
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 cup shredded Parmesan

Instructions

  1. Sprinkle the salt, pepper, paprika, and garlic powder evenly over both sides of the chicken.
  2. Heat a large skillet over medium heat and add the oil.
  3. When oil is hot, add the chicken breasts and cook 5 minutes on each side or until chicken is cooked through.
  4. While chicken is cooking, steam the broccoli on the stove or in the microwave until as tender as you’d like.
  5. Heat a sauce pan over medium heat and add the cream, butter, garlic, salt, and pepper. Whisk constantly until the butter is melted and the mixture comes to a slow simmer.
  6. Remove from the heat and stir in the shredded Parmesan. Whisk until the cheese melts fully and the sauce is smooth.
  7. To serve, divide the broccoli between four plates and top with chicken. Drizzle with sauce.
Nutrition Information:

YIELD: 4  Amount Per Serving: CALORIES: 437 TOTAL FAT: 32g SODIUM: 672mg CARBOHYDRATES: 9g FIBER: 3g SUGAR: 4g PROTEIN: 33g

Recipe #3

Not really a recipe. But still super good and I wanted to share my creation. 🙂 Michael created my vision. Zoodles (three smallish zucchinis) sautéed in oil. Then scallops (frozen from Costco defrosted), seared and seasoned with salt and pepper. Alfredo sauce. This time we used the stuff from the jar because we needed a quick Monday night meal. Definitely not as good as the other two homemade Alfredo sauces but still decent and like I said, good for a quickie meal. Then topped with crumbled bacon! Season with freshly ground pepper. It was really good! And definitely keto.

We were originally going to use shrimp in this recipe but I discovered last minute that we were out of frozen shrimp. So thankfully we had some scallops. I would definitely do this again for a quick workday dinner.