My husband sees the first of the year as the perfect time to start a lifestyle change. Mainly because who can start, and keep, a diet over the holidays? While I influenced him to try the Whole30 a year ago (it successfully reset his system), he’s needed something else for longer weight loss. I could stand to use a few pounds as well since moving to Texas and getting married might have added to my belly.
After researching and hearing about different diets, he decided to start the Keto diet. Quick gist is that it’s a high fat, mid-protein, and low carb diet with carbs coming from veggies and nothing else. I’ve since learned that those three areas are called macros and we’ve been aiming for a 60/30/10 ratio with carbs in the 30 gram range.
Man alive, a diet is one thing (cutting calories and carbs), but we’re trying to get our body to change from using sugar and carbs for energy, which ends up with insulin highs and lows, to using fat for energy to create a steady energy level with no spikes. We’ve cut out a lot of things, including sugars, but I’ve refused to give up my NingXia Red (Young Living supplement) as I know I need to make sure I still get nutrients and it packs a punch!
After one week, I’ve actually been pretty impressed with how well we’ve done! I’ve been using the MyFitnessPal app to track my food and I’ve maintained the right macro percentages, although my carbs from veggies are more in the 60 gram range. I’ve also learned how to make high fat energy bites, or “fat bombs”, to help us when we need a boost. We both are going longer, with less snacking, and feeling satisfied from our meals by the end of this first week. Brain fog has been a real thing, as well as feeling tired as our bodies switch over, but that is getting better. Still struggling with good sleep and I’m hoping that gets better.
For those who are curious, here’s what my meals and snacks might look like.
- Two spinach egg cups (one with chorizo and one with veggies)
- 1 oz. NingXia Red
- Tea with Half&Half and liquid Stevia
- Leftovers of some sort.
- 1/8-1/4 cup berries
- Spaghetti squash chicken Alfredo with Green beans
- OR: Romaine salad with grilled chicken, a few toppings, cheese, and a sugar free dressing (Bolthouse has a few)
- OR: Salmon with bacon wrapped asparagus
- Bacon cheddar cheese balls with Keto cheese crackers or Keto bread
- Coconut peppermint fat bombs (for the sweet tooth!)
- Tea with Half&Half and stevia
- Half a Bai drink (for electrolytes)
We’ve been eating a lot of cheese because it’s easy high fat, low carb snacks. We’re still working on finding more options for snacks and sweets, but we’ve both survived. Pretty good considering the hubby has a worse sweet tooth than I do!
I’ve also started back into light yoga three times a week to work on strengthening my back. I can’t overdo it due to FMS and back issues so staying light on exercise as I build up the capacity.
The good news? We’ve both lost several pounds since the first! (see my progress from the app screenshot on the right) Whether that’s because of cutting out sugars or it’s water weight, I’ll take it! Either way, we’re feeling better and I think this might stick. Not sure if the “carb-flu” has hit us or not, but we’re getting a handle on this.