30 Days of Keto
Can you believe it's already been 30 days?! I sure can't! I remember when I did Whole 30, the days went so slow...I couldn't handle it, yet here I am already at 30 days of Keto. I figured it would be a good time to provide some of my thoughts around using a Ketogenic diet and what I have learned this past month.
FIRST, let me provide you with my stats. since starting Keto, I have lost 6.8 lbs. This was after losing a few lbs prior to committing to this diet. As a whole, I have lost 9.2 lbs. I've also lost 7.905 inches overall on my body. My waist has been the most affected for sure which has been wonderful. On day 28, which was Saturday, I had lost 12 lbs in total, 9.6 lbs since Keto. However, I had some sort of stomach bug that lead me to break the diet. I could not stomach much, and when I did eat, the only thing my body was ok with eating was...you guessed it....carbs. I was able to eat Ritz crackers, drink Sprite and then later on eat McDonalds Chicken nuggets and fries. At that point, I broke ketosis, so I decided to allow the weekend to be cheat days and to get back on track today. I am keeping my word with this because I have seen the effects. I've seen that with just two days of cheat/carbs, I have gained 2.8 lbs and have not received the benefits I was up to that point. I know my inches would be better as well had I not cheated.
It may sound like I'm beating myself up, but rest assured that is not the case at all. I've embraced the intuitive eating mentality since before starting my keto journey, and I realized that my body needed the carbs to heal itself. I am not mad at myself for this, I am not talking down to myself, and I am not quitting. I just dusted myself off, after allowing myself to sit in the sand for a minute, and I'm getting back on track. No harm, no foul, just good honest hard work.
SECONDLY, I learned new recipes. I went on Pintrest and found several options of recipes that I was able to experiment with. I wanted to find foods that I could enjoy without breaking ketosis, but still allowed me to engage in activities and events with those around me. I tried low-carb donuts, low carb chocolate cake, and low-carb tea cakes!
Below are images of foods I tried and enjoyed. Some were foods I made, others were ordered at restaurants.
- The first two images are for the same recipe which was found here.
- The second recipe was the donuts found here.
- These orange cardamom tea cakes were a hit at a family tea party. They were light, fluffy and delicious. You can find the recipe here.
- After having burgers so many times, I decided to change it up a little and made my burger into a salad. It was really easy and delicious! The burgers were grilled at home and full of flavor!
- At Rapid Fired Pizza, they have "no-doh" pizza which is all the toppings without the crust! It was so very delicious and I still couldn't eat the full thing for lunch!
- Lastly, here is a gyro salad! It was stacked so high and was so delicious. I wished I could eat it all, but truly, I could not.
THIRDLY, throughout this process, I have learned that Almond flour is a great substitute for baking. The flavor is different of course, a little nuttier and more coarse, but still great. I also found that I like using Swerve as my sugar alternative. Truvia is really good as well, but Swerve is my preferred, especially for using in recipes. I've also learned that if I can stick to the basics, I make a lot more progress. Rather than finding alternatives to the unhealthy foods I enjoy, if I can stick to the meat and veggies, I tended to do a lot better. Yes, it's harder to maintain, but for the short, I could tell the difference faster.
FOURTHLY, I should probably state that I have continued to work out 2-3 times a week. It's been so great for me and I honestly feel like my performance is a lot better when I am doing Keto than when I'm eating the carbs. It's crazy I know, but I have pushed so many barriers. I have pushed my limits, and I am able to tell a difference in my strength. At around day 22-24, I was feeling big, and my weight had increased, but I believe it was a shift in my fat and muscle percentages because after day 24, I was losing weight again and looking slimmer than before. It's a process. I have to trust the process. It's the only way I can reach my goal. I can't give up because if I do, I will never improve myself. I know weight is just a number, and I am not going to be married to the number on the scale. My "goal weight" might change depending on the inches lost and the progress made. However, today, at this point, I'm not giving up on the numbers yet. I know they will fluctuate, but I truly believe I can get down to my preferred goal weight and be a beast!
Here's to the next 30 days! I am eager to see what progress can be achieved by that point.