I am 35 years old, and I have struggled with weight and food my entire life. I -like many others- have used food for comfort, for activities, for socializing, for… for… for… AND I still don’t think there is anything necessarily wrong with any of the above… EXCEPT when food is the only contributor.
Then KETO happened, and I already keenly keto… thus the very inspiring site name!! 🙂 So 4 days in might not seem like much to many people, but it is literally the longest I have ever been able to “stick” to a new plan. I am benefited by being surrounded by people who are working on their health, and I KNOW that is helping me. However, I also find this program mentally stimulating and exciting. Instead of calories I am more worried about net Carbs. Instead of what I CAN’T eat I am focused on getting enough Fat grams– which has been a challenge lol!
I want to use this site as way to log my experiences with this lifestyle. This isn’t medical, I am not following anything except basic guidelines, and I am trying to make it as easy as possible. For me that involves intermittent fasting and no-fancy ingredients or expensive food bills.
So I am at the end of Day 4 and starting a blog because I am soooo excited! I haven’t weighed myself; I will, but for now I just want to explore success by hitting my intake goals. I am using My Fitness Pal to help set my daily goals as you can input your percentages of fat carbs and protein. I am less worried about the calorie cap because my understanding from my reading is that focusing on high fat and protein you don’t need to really worry about the calories. I am starting at percentage of carbs- 10%, fat 60%, and protein 30%. Based on internet advice that says:
- 60-75% of calories from fat (or even more),
- 15-30% of calories from protein, and
- 5-10% of calories from carbs.
I do plan on slowly altering so I am closer to the 75% fat and 5% carbs; however, the keto flu sounded terrible and I decided easing in might be a good thing!
You can view my daily diary here: http://www.myfitnesspal.com/food/diary/Vaidyanatha
I am finding that butter is my friend and rotisserie chickens are a life saver. I tend to be a lazy person when it comes to meal prep, so those chickens are such A HUGE TASTY AMAZING alternative. You will notice I am only eating two meals a day. I am also playing around with intermittent fasting 16/8 style. More on that later!
Things I have noticed:
- I think it might be my imagination but my skin looks better.
- I slept better than EVER last night, but wasn’t super exhausted when I went to bed.
- I am spending more time with my kids!
- I didn’t yawn at work today! (love my job but about 3 in the afternoon I tend to get sleepy). LOL!
So drum roll please…. I have MORE energy! This is something promised as a benefit.
I have a three kids age 13, 9 and 4. I am not putting them on this program, but dinners… they need to eat what I eat. So I have to find food that will work for them and me. Last night I totally rocked a chicken salad with a tiny amount of green apples and added walnuts… the kids made sandwiches and I just forked the deliciousness into my mouth, I also sauteed brussel sprouts in butter and garlic. (Surprisingly my kids eat those! but the they always have).
Tonight I had some frozen steamer bags of cauliflower “rice” in the freezer and I was out of chicken. The meat I took out wasn’t thawed, so I was kinda desperate. I made a rue with as small amount of flour as I could get away with, added garlic, canned chopped mushrooms, the “rice”, tuna, and grated cheese. I also used paprika and black pepper. It turned into a close approximation of tuna casserole and the only reason one child didn’t eat much is I totally forgot he honestly does not like tuna anymore. We added leftover brussel sprouts and all in all I would give my recipe a B. It really needs more flavor or something, but I can’t figure it out what would pop in into an A!
Anyway getting there and happy!