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I am currently on month #5 of the Ketogenic diet. Me and hubby have been weighing ourselves monthly to track our weight loss, and I honestly cannot be more proud of our progress:
1st month of Keto: 14 pounds lost
2nd month of Keto: 10 pounds lost
3rd month of Keto: We forgot to weigh ourselves!!!!
4th month of Keto: 10 pounds lost
So overall, since starting the Ketogenic in the summer, I am down THIRTY FOUR POUNDS! Hubby is down TWENTY-TWO pounds!
*Does happy dance*
We forgot to weigh ourselves during the third month because we were vacationing in California. All throughout our vacation we stuck to the diet, except for one day at a relatives house, who insisted we eat pancakes and I mean, it's just rude not to, so I ate like 2 huge pancakes and was in heaven for a good 10 minutes.
It was surprisingly easy to maintain the diet while vacationing. Our hotel had breakfast every morning so we would fill up with eggs and sausage/bacon. All other meals were some kind of meat and salad. We had a lot of bunless cheeseburgers with bacon, a lot of kabobs, and a lot of chicken salads. And we would still have our morning coffee.....a KETO coffee from Starbucks (an ice grande skinny vanilla latte with heavy cream) SO GOOD!
So here's all what I have ate the past two months:
I was adventurous and for the first time made Keto cookies and Keto pizza (with a cauliuflower crust and minimal tomato sauce)
VITAMINS!!!!......I take them every night with dinner. They are: prenatal, DHA, calcium, magnesium, vitamin C, Echinacea and I really need to start taking potassium too.
I have lost ten pounds this month!!!!!! Bringing my total weight loss for the past two months to:
24 POUNDS LOST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
And I didn't even exercise! Well, I think running around after three kids counts as exercise though. Hubby has lost 5 pounds this month. Hooray for him.
Can I just say that I ate cake a few times this month also? I ACTUALLY ATE CAKE! It's called KETO cake, and it's delicious and low carb and yummy and tastes almost like the real thing. I also ate Keto cheesecake and Keto cheesecake brownies. AND I ATE MAC AND CHEESE TOO!!!! (cauliflower mac and cheese of course) but I mean seriously, who knew you could have your cake and eat it too? I love you Keto.
I'm so mad that no one told me about the Ketogenic diet when I was younger. Instead I tried everything else like restricting calories, being vegetarian, vegan, pescatarian, Jenny Craig, working out at the gym for two hours a day.....all to no avail. I'd lose like max 1.5 pounds a month. Now I'm eating way more and losing crazy weight. So weird right?!!!! I love how I don't have to count calories and can eat however much I want whenever I want.
Here is exaclty what I ate last month that resulted in ten pounds being lost:
For breakfast every day I would just have KETO coffee, with lots of heavy whipping cream.
Then every day for lunch I will usually just have eggs and pepperoni and sugar free jello:
and on the weekends I would make Keto mug cake, and split it in half to share with hubby. I think it came out to something like 3 net carbs for each half of the cake. It's made with coconut flour and maybe one day I'll post the recipe.
Then I made some Keto cheesecake.......
And then I made keto cheesecake brownies. SO GOOD.
Ok but really, below are the real food I ate for all of last month, all of which were dinners.
This one is a Keto chicken tikka masala with cauliflower rice. We used the instant pot for this (for the chicken) and it was ready in no time! This was also my first time making cauliflower rice and it was surprisingly good!
Keto broccoli and sausage:
With parmesan crisps and heavy sour cream......
CAULIFLOWER MAC AND CHEESE........and I threw in some broccoli florets and sausages too
Taco beef with salad:
Bunless cheeseburger with low carb ketchup
Deviled eggs and salami
Salmon and steamed broccoli drenched in butter:
Panera chicken salad:
Meatballs and salad:
Shredded chicken and broccoli all drenched in butter:
Gyro without the bread, parmesan crisps:
The one thing that can either make or break Keto is
Meal prep is a pain in my behind but it absolutely must get done, because if it doesn't there's just no way I'll have time to cook every day. While the boys are in school and while baby is napping is when I start the meal prep process- yes, it is a process, and a complete nuisance.
Here's how it's done:
INSPECT / WASH / CUT / STORE all veggies and leafy greens: I cannot tell you how many times I've found critters in the lettuce, dirt, bugs in my broccoli, etc. So now I go through each individual lettuce or vegetable and I inspect it in detail (you have to look under the folds too) and then I wash it and cut it and then store it. For lettuce, depending on how big my batch is, it pretty much takes up an entire hour. Call me OCD but you don't want to come across and aphid in your salad. Yuck.
Doing all this makes it easy to whip up a salad in no time. Top with low carb and full fat salad dressing and you've got a delicious dinner side.
Prepping MEAT: Different meats have different methods of prep. The meats that we eat the most are ground beef, chicken breast, flank steak and salmon.
I prep my ground beef by chopipng up onions in a food processor and mixing the onions into raw meat with my hands (while wearing gloves of course). Then I add all kinds of seasoning to it, cover it up and put it in the fridge until dinner time when I'm ready to cook it. If I'm making meatballs or burgers I'll add an extra step of rolling the meat into balls or patties and then will store it in the fridge.
If I'm making taco beef I'll make a bigger batch, cook it, and then store portions of two into ziplocks and will freeze them for those busy days when there's no time to cook.
The way I prep salmon is by cutting it into strips of portions for two, and then coating each side with seasoning. Then I'll put the portions into ziplocks and throw them in the freezer. Then on a day where we will have fish for dinner I'll defrost it during the day, and throw it in the oven for 20 minutes.
For prepping the flank steak I like to cut the steak in half, and freeze both halves in separate ziplocks till I'm ready to use them. Then I'll defrost it the night before, and I'll prep it more early in the morning where I will cut it up into strips, mix the strips of steak with all kids of seasoning (it's really all about the seasoning) and then throw it in the crockpot with other ingredients and cook it on low for 11 to 12 hours.
Prepping chicken is by far the easiest. I will usually just throw it in the crockpot along with other ingredients and will have it cooking for 8 hours. Then when it's done I like to shred it, add salt and drench it in butter. Soooo good. If I'm making chicken stir fry I will chop up the chicken, coat it in seasoning and oil and store it in the fridge till I'm ready to fry it. For some reason, chicken does not taste good when it's reheated the following day so for that reason we don't keep it.
Prepping EGGS: Hubby ordered an instant pot so I'm SO EXCITED for it to arrive so I can start using it to make hard boiled eggs. If I know I'm having a super busy day I will make deviled eggs the night before, as they keep well in the fridge and are good eaten cold.
What helps meal prep is having a MEAL PLAN. You can't prep if there is no plan!
I have a white board calendar that I will use to plan dinners, because every day for lunch I pretty much eat the same thing- eggs.
It has been one month since I started Keto / LCHF and it is getting HARD now. The first two weeks were ok, however the third and fourth week was when Keto flu hit and when I experienced the strongest cravings EVER.
Right now my cravings are at an all time high- BUT I am handling it well due to the amount of kids I have. I don't have time to sit and daydream about sweets. Instead I'm running around the entire day (I literally don't have one minute to sit, like ever) taking care of the kids and when I'm not taking care of the kids I'm doing chores and meal prep and cooking and cleaning and sometimes updating this blog. I will often forget to eat and won't have enough time to eat and so will just quickly down a slice of cheese and continue running around the house like a crazy person. Forget getting a gym membership- these kids have me running up and down the stairs a hundred times a day and they are my very own personal trainers!
So me and hubby have decided to weigh ourselves monthly instead of weekly. We know all the weight will come off eventually so instead of obsessing over it weekly we chose to just do it once a month, at the beginning of the month.
After the first month of Keto I have lost 14 pounds, and hubby has lost 8 pounds. I only have about 56 more pounds to go, and it's not really that obvious I've lost any weight because I was so heavy to begin with. We are just going to keep at it.
Here is a glimpse of what we have been eating during this month:
After having baby #3 I gained back all the weight that I lost since having baby #2. It's disgusting and I am mortified. This is totally unacceptable, and something needs to be done ASAP. I will NOT be obese.
So we started the Ketogenic diet again at the beginning of this month, because I know that I will lose weight this way, it's just a matter of time. This isn't a diet as much as it is a lifestyle, we plan to eat this way forever and only have cheat days maybe 3-7 days a year.
After having my second baby, Caspian, I managed to lose 70+ pounds on this diet, so I'm very excited to have the same happen this time around.
Right before we started this diet we went around the house and put all the carbs (minus what the kids eat) in a big box which we then gave away to my parents. Then we had one last "carb weekend" that coincided with our anniversary weekend and we ate all the carbs we wanted to, and even went to Mastro's for that to die for butter cake.
I ate the cake and said goodbye to carbs. I need closure you see. So long until next year during a cheat day!
After having that carb filled weekend and closure, I made a longggg grocery list of all the essentials we needed to start Keto, and sent hubby on his way.
Here is my Keto grocery list:
This is crazy expensive you guys. Carbs are so much cheaper!!!!! After taking a trip to Costco, Giant, and Starbucks, to get everything we needed, it all came to about close to $1000 (we also picked up formula, diapers and wipes tho). EEeeeeeeeeekk!!!!!
Some essentials that I already had were seasonings like my fish seasoning, cinnamon, Adobo, paprika, cumin, cayenne, garlic powder, taco seasoning, and Salt Salt and MORE SALT (pour loads of salt on everything to replenish those electrolytes and minerals!)
Of course this isn't a comprehensive list of all Keto approved foods, but it's what works for us, and it's what we like to eat.
Are their any yummy keto friendly foods that you think I am missing out on? Let me know!