weight gain

Mediterranean Diet Recipes

I wanted to share some of the recipes we did for the Mediterranean Diet. These were really good and I would definitely make them again. I did the Mediterranean Diet for almost a month. I know I just posted about this diet yesterday (I forgot I had it in my drafts!) but after taking about 2 months off from the keto diet, and trying a different diet (which I liked A LOT), I am going back to Keto.

I hate to admit it but, I just failed. I gained weight. I wasn’t going crazy with carbs but apparently I did enough to gain weight. So clearly my body just does NOT work with carbs. Period. It’s disappointing. I was hoping I could try something different and find a medium ground…but for now…back to what worked. This time, no modifications. Following the keto diet properly.

In the meantime, here are some recipes we liked a lot.

#1- (Taste of Home) Mediterranean Chicken on top of cauliflower rice

It was really delicious! We both liked it a lot. I added crumbled feta because, duh. The cheese really made it awesome.

#2 – Mediterranean Bowl (modified)

Absolutely delicious! Instead of quinoa or rice, I sautéed kale as the base. Then added roasted chickpeas, orange peppers, tomato, red onion, cucumber, hummus, Falafel from Trader Joe’s, topped with feta and a little Goddess dressing. It was so good! I loved it. But this is my flavor profile. Michael said it was good but not his favorite (I think he would have preferred chicken in it).

#3 Frittata

It was a “use up whatever I had in the fridge” kind of frittata. Keto and Mediterranean diet friendly. Paired it with a side salad of mixed greens and Primal Kitchen Green Goddess Dressing.

It was SO delicious! Eggs, heavy cream, cheese, ham, orange peppers, spinach, onion, garlic, seasonings, topped with ricotta.

I wanted to get this posted before I forget again 🙂 and will be sharing some new recipes soon from my keto reboot!

Diet Changes

It’s been awhile since I talked about medication and anxiety, etc. Here are a few posts to give some background:

Medications and Weight – the brief history of starting prozac because of my postpartum anxiety.

Positive Thinking, Positive Change – The post where I talk about gaining 10 pounds when I increased the dosage of prozac and trying a different medication.

Keto Background – The post where I decided to try the keto diet in order to lose the weight.

What was so frustrating about gaining 10 pounds on prozac last year was that I was still working out. I was still counting my calories. I did some research and it seems like prozac in particular, changes the metabolism in your brain. There are some theories that it might cause insulin resistance, as well. I read through a bunch of online medical journals and reports and articles. Some of which I understood–a lot was over my head. But there was definitely evidence of prozac causing weird shifts in your metabolism and WHAT you crave.

I know that when I increased the dosage from the minimal I was craving sugar and carbs like mad. I went back down to 10mg and the cravings decreased. I went on the keto diet and lost some weight in the beginning and then the weight loss stopped.

“It has been observed that Prozac and weight gain go hand in hand, especially in women.  (source)”

Ugh!

I mean, none of this is news to me, really. I’ve had a history of depression my whole life and I’ve tried a bunch of different medications over 20+ years. I had bad experiences with Paxil, Effexor (40 pound weight gain), Celexa (15 pound gain), Zoloft, Lexapro, Wellbutrin (the best one,that never caused weight gain). I know that antidepressants can cause weight gain. Which is why I try and be more diligent–keep counting my calories and keep working out.

I’ve been doing okay lately with my anxiety and at my last therapy session my doctor “cleared” me of having a “clinical mental health issue.” They don’t say cured. 😉 I’m not cured, I will always struggle with anxiety, but I am using the tools I learned to try and manage it. Which is why I thought maybe it’s time to stop the prozac, see how I manage without it and HOPEFULLY finally lose the weight.

It’s been pretty frustrating this year that I didn’t lose a lot of weight doing the keto diet. Especially following a bunch of keto people on Instagram and seeing drastic weight changes for people doing the diet. It felt like my body adapted really quickly to doing keto and then just STOPPED losing weight. No matter what I did. It wasn’t even a slow weight loss…it just stopped.

It takes about a month for prozac to be completely out of my system. But I’m ready to try and see if it helps me with weight loss. It’s been a struggle the last few months to stay committed to keto when I’m not seeing results.

Finally, you might want to check out this podcast about metabolism. It was really interesting and informative!