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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Change is Good.

This past week seems like it was really crazy, maybe it was just getting back to the daily grind after Christmas break.

It’s been a week that has left me considering new possibilities on the horizon. Interestingly enough it had me looking into the medical field, which I never thought would be a possibility or interest. I just want to feel like more than a babysitter at a job.

Anyways, this isn’t a place where I’ll go too much into the other parts of my life.

The first week of Paleo has been great. Aside from learning how to cook while incorporating more vegetables, and learning how much time this takes. I feel like I living in the kitchen as I try to prepare healthy meals for myself and my husband.

Friday nights meal was Sloppy Joes and Basil Spinach, this was a cinch to prepare and was gobbled up by my husband. .  

My favorite meal of the week was my reintroduction of the Green Monster back into my diet. I first found out about the Green Monster about a year and a half ago from Iowa Girl Eats. Her blog was the first blog I starting following, and helped to plant the seed to start my own blog.

Having a Green Monster for breakfast gave me a tremendous amount of energy, I didn’t even need to have coffee I was so energized. The best part is that it keeps you full all the way till lunch time.

Since we’re following the Paleo plan, I tweaked the recipe to fit my needs.

Green Monster Smoothie 

Ingredients:

1 sliced frozen banana

4 cups Spinach

1 tablespoon Almond Butter

1 Cup Unsweetened Coconut Milk

1 Scoop Whey Protein

Directions:

Combine all ingredients in blender until smooth

After doing a great job all week following the Paleo plan all week, we decided that since we were going out with friends tonight we would let ourselves have a cheat night. We went to Cheesecake Factory and the food was great. But one things for sure, I’m actually getting used to not eating carbs and found myself wishing there were more vegetables. I guess change is good after all.