More Going Keto

A ketogenic diet (keto) is a very low-carb diet, which turns the body into a fat-burning machine. It has many potential benefits for weight loss, health and performance, but also some potential initial side effects.

I am excited that so many have wanted to know more and am thrilled to share with you what I know or am learning. I am a novice with the “keto diet”, most of my information comes from researching and Joe telling me what he has found. 

In my last blog I mentioned one of the guys that works for Joe was telling him how great it was and bragging about how much he had lost. He took the extreme route by doing nothing but eggs for 2 weeks, something similar to this:
https://www.diet-blog.com/16/egg-diet.php

Who should NOT do a ketogenic diet?
from:           https://www.dietdoctor.com/low-carb/keto

Most people can safely do a ketogenic diet.
But in these three situations you may need extra preparation or adaptation:
Are you on medication for diabetes, e.g. insulin? Learn more
Are you on medication for high blood pressure? Learn more
Are you breastfeeding? Learn more


Joe and I weren’t too keen about just eggs so we did a little research found information on ketogenic diets. Here are a few of the sites we referred to:
https://authoritynutrition.com/ketogenic-diet-101/
https://www.dietdoctor.com/low-carb/keto

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Alleviate Keto Flu = Replenish Electrolytes!

BE SURE TO PAY ATTENTION TO YOUR BODY IF YOU START. And read  about Keto Flu and how to avoid or minimize it. There is a period you will feel fatigued, headache, irritability to name a few. Your body is mad because you aren’t giving it those nasty carbs… I don’t feel we suffered it too bad.  Electrolyte drinks are very helpful…just watch for those sneaky carbs…

Our choice has been very, very low carb – in fact mostly none. In the past four weeks we have only eaten out once, but it can be done if you are committed. We chose to stick with getting familiarized with what our diet was going to consist of. When we went out the other day it was actually easier than I thought it would be. We didn’t go fast food though. We went to a full service restaurant. I feel it was actually pretty easy to make choices because for us at this point we didn’t really crave the carbs. Our waitress came over with some of their delicious bread and we just let her know we would prefer not to have it … no problem. We both ordered a steak with steamed broccoli and side salad with balsamic vinaigrette dressing hold the croutons. I am not sure about the actual carb count in the dressing but considering we had no other carbs I am sure it was ok, and it was just a tiny portion on the side. Our dinner was delicious and filling and we certainly left feeling satisfied not deprived! So that’s a big fat win!

You may be wondering what our meals are like so I’ll give ya just a little overview.
There are always boiled eggs on hand.
Cheese is a quick snack – love string cheese.
BACON – we get to eat bacon. I am not a huge bacon lover but…. I do enjoy that we can have it.
Sour cream and cream cheese!
Heavy whipping creams????
Nuts, nuts, and more nuts – these are perfect for a little hunger buster. It’s surprising how a handful of almonds can curb the hunger.
Typical dinners are meat and vegi and/or big salad…and we get full on the first plate…. haven’t gone back for seconds so we don’t over do it!
Actually this a pretty good guide to what you can and can’t have
https://ketodietapp.com/Blog/post/2015/01/03/Keto-Diet-Food-List-What-to-Eat-and-

also, there’s a difference between carbohydrates and net carb –

“What’s a net carb?” It’s simple really! The net carbs are your total dietary carbohydrates, minus the total fiber. I recommend keeping total carbs below 35g and net carbs below 25g (ideally, below 20g).

I feel like there’s so much more I want to share…. but don’t want to be overwhelming.

Please ask any questions or feel free to comment. This is still relatively new and I love to get input from those who want to learn or already have a great grasp on it!

DISCLAIMER –The content of this blog not intended for the treatment or prevention of disease, nor as a substitute for medical treatment, nor as an alternative to medical advice. Use of recommendations is at the choice and risk of the reader.

 

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Going Keto

Recently we have embarked on a journey of trying a “ketogenic diet”.

My husband came home one day and was telling me about one of the guys who works for him was doing a extreme egg diet where he was eating nothing but eggs for 2 weeks and had lost like 20 lbs.

I thought he was crazy!!! I am not a huge fan of eggs but do enjoy them from time to time.

I am always skeptical of quick weight loss and anything that touts easy weight loss….but… and there’s plenty to get rid of …. I thought we would look into this since we have both been complaining about how we needed to do something!

Hubby and I started looking into the Ketogenic Diet. We looked into diets and weight loss but never too seriously. After doing a little bit of research we thought we would give it a try.
Mostly cutting carbs or eliminating completely in our case….and there seemed to be some good recipes/ideas.

Our new adventure was not too bad at first. We ate eggs – boiled, scrambled, and fried…. and then there was BACON! What!? a diet that included bacon? OK!!!!

We are now in about week 4 of this goal – each of us have lost nearly 20lbs and feeling great! I’m not gonna lie… there were challenges to overcome. Keto diets can contribute to dehydration – if you decide to try this be sure to get an electrolyte supplement to avoid KETO FLU. There are many options out there and to me the biggest key is making sure they don’t have hidden sugars/carbs. There are powdered options and homemade recipes available. Our choice at the time was Sqwincher Zero, which come in a variety of flavors. I do recommend doing research to find what works best for you!

I’ve been experimenting with recipes and ideas on pinterest and am still trying to balance it. My favorite so far is Keto Mousse, it’s almost like cheating!

I am so excited about the results and finally feel as if there is something that doesn’t require going to extremes (mostly). I miss bread but am currently working on trying recipes for that too. Today I tried making “keto tortillas”, the recipe I used seemed like a fail and will not try that again but we found a “low carb” alternative so even when we want taco night we can splurge!

Please feel free to like, follow, comment or whatever…. I want to continue to share this journey…. I am excited about the results so far and plan to share actual pics of how we are doing.