Day 4–KEENLY KETO!! Starting Out

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! 20818914_10159082957160431_4618173505482002911_o-1

 

 

Author: KeenlyKeto

A book-smart-kind-of-quirky kind of person

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