New Year, New Me

At the beginning of the year, I starting eating Keto/Paleo. Keto itself is a high-fat, low-carb diet while eating Paleo is focusing on real foods. The thing I found the most helpful in preparing to transition into Keto was Leanne Vogel’s The Keto Diet.

I have been eating Paleo now on and off for the last 4 years. I just feel better avoiding gluten and dairy. Which became even more important after being diagnosed with Hashimotos a couple of years ago. And yet even with eating healthy foods, I fell into the trap that I was eating too much of the good stuff. Thus I’m currently at my heaviest weight. I have a history of knee issues and have developed planters fasciitis. I knew that I needed to do something to turn the ship around for myself and for my family. Based on my research I decided that Keto is right for me, right now. I wanted to use my blog to share my experience with others.

Week 1

Day 1 & 2 – The hardest part of this transition to Keto: FAT. Eating enough of it to meet my macros goals. And figuring out how to reach my macros every day. Right now I’m using My Fitness Pal and entering what I eat after every meal. I was already tracking before transitioning to Keto and I had a relative idea of what food are high carb. But actually having to factor in macros (fat, protein, carbs) is completely new.

One of the things we purchased in preparation was a spiralizer. We have a little handheld one that I never use because it’s too tedious and you waste a lot of the vegetables. We got the Inspiralized and love it! In the first week, we used it twice thanks to this recipe from The Healthy Foodie: Ground Beef over Zoodles: https://thehealthyfoodie.com/ground-beef-over-zoodles/

Day 3 & 4 – CARB CRAVINGS. These were the days where I found myself craving carbs. As I was going to sleep on Wednesday night I found myself thinking about HG Supply’s flourless chocolate cake with whipped cream and strawberries. And as we’re making plans to go out this weekend and trying to find a new restaurant to try. I found myself thinking a LOT about french fries. I am definitely looking forward to incorporating carbs ups in a few weeks. For more information check out Healthful Pursuit.

Day 5 – Early day for me. Rocket Fuel latte, flax seed bread for breakfast. Man was this a long day. But that’s probably cause it took me forever to fall asleep and not Keto. Side note: since doing a Whole 30 a couple years ago I’ve been extremely sensitive to caffeine. I’ve only been able to tolerate drinking decaf. 😦 But in the last five days, I’ve enjoyed some regular coffee with coconut oil. So that’s exciting!

WEEK 2

I’m now into week two and I’ve seen both weight loss and non-scale victories. It is

I’m loving both the scale results and my non-scale victories. It’s been easier to hit my macros and eat food that I love. I can’t wait to see what the next month of Keto has in store!

“My soul rests in God alone, from whom comes my salvation. God alone is my rock and salvation, my fortress; I shall never fall.” Psalm 62:2-3

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5 Big Healthy Eating Tips

Fitness and healthy eating are now a huge part of my life. Healthy eating has become a habit and most of the time it’s easy. I have to admit that while eating a salad at Chick-fil-a I had massive cravings for some Chick-fil-a nuggets! I will admit that the Chick-fil-a nuggets are a huge comfort food for me but I stuck it out and tried to enjoy my salad. Fighting cravings is hard but over time it does get easier.

Here are my 5 tips for healthy eating:

1. Don’t buy junk food and don’t allow it in your home.

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This one is simple. If you don’t buy it, you can’t eat it

2. Shop the perimeter of the super market.

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The perimeter of the grocery store, typically houses fresh foods such as produce, meats, and cheeses. Stick to the perimeter and avoid processed foods. Only go to the inner aisle when you have a specific thing to buy.

Eat real food!

3. Pay attention to the ingredient list.

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Check out some of the ingredients in Sunny D. Corn syrup, less that 2% of the juices, canola oil. Sucralose. Not something you want to put into your body.

Here’s one of my favorite snacks:

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Here’s the ingredient list: pure sea salt, sprouted chia seeds, organic sprouted quinoa, sweet potato, stone ground non-GMA corn, and sunflower oil. Now that’s something worth eating, you know exactly what your eating and none of it is chemicals.

Don’t just read the front package, pay attention to the ingredients inside your favorite foods.

4. Drink Water!

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5. Don’t call it a diet.

The word diet has such a negative connotation. It feels restrictive. We’ve all tried “diets” and failed. When you view it as a living a healthy lifestyle or lifestyle change. You are able to see your healthy eating in a positive light. You don’t feel restricted or denied. You feel empowered. You feel stronger. Change you inner voice vocabulary and see what a difference it makes in your life.

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I hope these 5 tips helped!

Comment below if there is another diet or fitness topic you’d like me to write about.