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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.


Keto Meals Week 1

Here is the first week in meals. Everything I ate (100%):

Day One

Breakfast – Cheese omelet with sausage on the side. Unsweetened iced tea. Coffee with nutpod creamer.

Lunch  – SkinnyTaste’s Picadillo on salad with avocado

Snacks – Walnuts, Olives stuffed with jalapenos, Cheese

Dinner – Turkey Burger with Smoked Gouda Cheese, Bacon, Mayo. I made a cucumber salad with avocado and Newman’s Own Lite Italian Dressing (low carb and no sugar! Yay!) and a glass of red wine.

How I felt & how I did- Felt good! Wasn’t hungry! Like not at all! Didn’t feel tired or run down, either. I even worked out. My macros were great! I was pretty close on all the macros, not perfect, but that’s ok. The important part was I got to 20 net carbs. Yay me!

Day Two

Breakfast – 2 scrambled eggs (with heavy cream), with sausage and red peppers topped with cheese and sour cream and hot sauce. Coffee with heavy cream and nutpod creamer. Unsweetened iced tea.

Lunch – Antipasto Salad. Green salad with Italian dressing. Salami, prosciutto, fresh mozzarella, cucumber, Greek peperoncinos and olives.

Dinner – This was the first challenge–going out to a restaurant. I could have changed our start date so that we began the Keto diet after our dinner plans with friends, but I wanted to be able to make this work even going out. We met our friends at Hopworks (basically a beer and pizza place but it’s kid friendly). I got a Cobb Salad (salad with blue cheese dressing, blue cheese crumbles, tomatoes, bacon, avocado, hard boiled egg). It came with a breadstick, which I did not eat but wanted to!

I did have a glass of wine but just one.

Overall, my second day was good. I was MUCH closer to my macro goals (67% out of 70% of fat, 23% out of 25% on protein) but today I was at 27 net carbs for the day, so over. Looking over my day I discovered that my highest carb count was the avocado–ironically–but that’s ok because it’s the good carbs. (I mean HOW is the avocado higher in carbs than my WINE?!?!)

But I worked out today, so maybe the few extra carbs were a good thing?

Day Three

Breakfast – Omelet with cheese and bacon and hot sauce. Unsweetened iced tea and coffee with heavy cream and Stevia. Still not quite the same as my coffee creamer. WAHHHHH!!!! 🙁

Lunch – I got home from swimming feeling the first effects of the coming Keto-flu (I think). I was weak and shaky and felt like my muscles didn’t work. I had steamed broccoli with Goddess Dressing and some pork rinds (which are kinda weird but good if you are craving chips). Then I had a “wrap”–two slices of turkey and salami and a slice of prosciutto wrapped around a hunk of fresh mozzarella with mayo and mustard.

Snacks – Today I had a mug of bone broth. It was good! Warm and filling. I also had a piece of cheese and, some nuts and some olives.

Dinner – Michael made pastrami on the traeger grill! It was a week long process, too! But it was cool to have homemade pastrami for dinner and we have a ton for lunches for the week. Dinner was pastrami in a low carb wrap with mayo and lettuce. It was really good!

Day Four

Breakfast – Scrambled eggs (with heavy cream) with red peppers and sausage topped with some shredded cheese. Unsweetened iced tea. I had coffee with heavy cream and Stevia when I got to work.

Lunch – Pastrami in a low carb wrap! These wraps are really great! Not only are they actually tasty but they are low in calories and low in carbs. They are only 5 net carbs. So I made a wrap with mayo, mustard, pastrami, some lettuce and cheese. Bone broth.

Snacks – I made ranch dip from scratch (Hidden Valley packet with Tillamook full fat sour cream) and had raw broccoli and cucumber. Then later I had mixed salted nuts and a piece of cheese.

Dinner – Zoodles with pesto and meatballs. Some mozzarella on the side.

Day Five

Breakfast – Cheese omelet with hot sauce. Unsweetened iced tea. Coffee with heavy cream and stevia.

Lunch – Pastrami (no wrap), avocado, mozzarella, Newman’s Own Lite Italian dressing.

Snacks – Mixed salted nuts (only 1 ounce this time), cheese in the morning. In the afternoon I had homemade ranch dip with cucumbers and broccoli.

Dinner – Pork chop with herbed butter sauce and shaved brussels sprouts.

My Take Away From Week One

  • It is actually a lot harder to get fat in your diet than you think.
  • I’m going to miss my Kombucha. 🙁
  • I have a lot more thoughts and working on a post for next week!