The Keto Diaries — Back in the Saddle and Some Other Awesome Things!

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Good morning, lovelies!

Well, I’m starting keto back… again. I took a bit of an I’m poor and my guts hate me break.

But I found out my guts hated me because my thyroid hormones were off.

Go figure.

Starting the morning off with delicious blueberries and coffee. Having a Publix chef salad for lunch and whatever S.O. wants for dinner.

This weekend, I’m going to attempt fathead pizza (low carb crust):

Ingredients

  • 170 g pre shredded/grated cheese mozzarella is the best or Edam/mild cheese
  • 85 g almond meal/flour
  • 2 tbsp cream cheese
  • 1 egg
  • pinch salt to taste
  • ½ tsp dried rosemary/ garlic or other flavourings optional
  • your choice of toppings such as pepperoni peppers, cherry tomatoes, olives, ground/mince beef, mushrooms, herbs etc

Instructions

  1. Mix the shredded/grated cheese and almond flour/meal in a microwaveable bowl. Add the cream cheese. Microwave on HIGH for 1 minute.
  2. Stir then microwave on HIGH for another 30 seconds.
  3. Add the egg, salt, rosemary and any other flavourings, mix gently.
  4. Place in between 2 pieces of baking parchment/paper and roll into a circular pizza shape (see photos above). Remove the top baking paper/parchment. If the mixture hardens and becomes difficult to work with, pop it back in the microwave for 10-20 seconds to soften again but not too long or you will cook the egg.
  5. Make fork holes all over the pizza base to ensure it cooks evenly.
  6. Slide the baking paper/parchment with the pizza base, on a baking tray (cookie tray) or pizza stone, and bake at 220C/425F for 12-15 minutes, or until brown.
  7. To make the base really crispy and sturdy, flip the pizza over (onto baking paper/parchment) once the top has browned.
  8. Once cooked, remove from the oven and add all the toppings you like. Make sure any meat is already cooked as this time it goes back into the oven just to heat up the toppings and melt the cheese. Bake again at 220C/425F for 5 minutes.
http://www.ditchthecarbs.com/2015/04/23/fat-head-pizza/

I’m also going to make pho again with my delicious bone broth, that I’m going to start tonight and let go for a full 48 hours in the crock pot on low.

Lastly, not so much keto… but still pretty awesome.

Because my job classification changed and I’m no longer “temp”, one of the new benefits I have is the state tuition waiver. Which means I can take 6 credit hours of college courses for free as long as I still maintain full time employment.

Which I can’t see me doing more than 6 hours while full time employed.

I’ve been looking through FSU’s course catalogs and getting an idea of programs I would like to go into, and I think I want to major in communication disorders and become a speech therapist/speech language pathologist (SLP).

Luckily, I already have a bachelors degree and I can (hopefully) skip a lot of the core curriculum. I might have to take another math or science class, then I can work on the actual program.

At the rate it still may take me 4 years to complete if I do spring, summer, and fall.

But hey, I’m probably not going anywhere.

Also, with my current job, I work with a lot of audiologists and SLP’s, and it’s really gratifying and rewarding work.

Also, starting salary is $60k.

That’s a bit selling point.

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The Keto Diaries — Selfie

  1. Happy Caturday, lovelies!

I finally posted a “hey I lost 40lbs” selfie to FB, and I decided to share with you fine folks.

Before…

After…


So yeah… I can tell the difference in my under the chin fat, and my cheeks are more defined.

Also, because it is Caturday, here’s Vesper, being my Skyrim buddy.

Have a great weekend, ya’ll!

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The Keto Diaries — The Awesome Friday Spectacular, Spectacular

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Good morning, lovelies.

I’m in a great mood — can’t you tell?

I don’t know if I’ve already said this, but I adore my primary care doctor.

After not having “solid” insurance since I was 15, I am one of the super lucky folks to have awesome health insurance through my employer. I’m not counting that one time I had insurance though “Obamacare” because my deductible was ridiculous and it was like not having health insurance at all.

When selecting my new primary care doctor, I did extensive research. I was familiar with the “going to random doctors because you’re sick” life. I read reviews of my doctor, of the partnership in which she works, the facility.

And my research paid off.

Plus, she makes me laugh.

She has two boys, and in every exam room there is a picture of them taken at Disney. It is adorable.

So, this morning I went to see my beloved doctor about my six month thyroid follow up labs. As ya’ll recall from my post earlier this week my thyroid levels are off, putting me into hyperthyroidism due to my dosage not being corrected for my 40lb weight loss.

I didn’t realize how low it was.

Hokay!

Thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) is supposed to range between .45 and 4.5. Too little and you are hyper, to much and you are hypo.

My TSH was .006. Like it was trace, almost nonexistent. Also, my T4 (which is what your body actually uses) is too damn high. T4 is supposed to be between .82 and 1.77… mine was 2.34.

In sum — my levothyroxine is getting lowered from 100mcg to 75mcg and I’ve got to go and do blood work mid September, instead of every six months.

Also, no longer deficient in the D department… heheheheheheee.

In addition, since it’s been six months since I actually saw my doctor (when I have a sick visit, I see the ARNP who is as equally awesome and wonderful).

I told her about my IUD experience — which I haven’t given an update here recently.

Lady parts and problems ahead; ye be warned!!!

I’ve had my IUD since May 12, so almost 3 months. I’ve had two “periods” which are soooo much lighter without horrible debilitating cramps. I still get some cramps, but I can actually function. The only downside so far is random spotting and discomfort. No where near insertion pain or the debilitating cramps. The best way I can describe it is like a pinchy fullness. It’s more uncomfortable than painful.

Luckily, Mirena lasts for five years. Most unluckily, though I will be 35 if I go the full monty. S.O. and I are planning to have our shit together and start thinking about kids in two-ish years, and when we’re ready, we’re going to have it removed.

I seriously don’t want to have a geriatric pregnancy. I already associate the word with old people and I refuse to identify with that word at all until 50… definitely not 35.

Plus, because my broke thyroid I’d already be considered high risk. I don’t want to make it worse by being pregnant after that.

Also, my mom told me my eggs were getting old.

End of discussion about lady parts. 

Second weird thing on my labs was that my creatinine was low by a smidge. Normal is between .57 and 1 and mine was .55.

I had a friend with renal failure and she told me that if your creatinine is high, your kidneys may be fucked.

Dunno what low means. Might have to do something with my thyroid being in hyper-mode.

Also, my bun/creatinine ratio was slightly elevated. It makes me kind of worried about my kidneys, but it can pretty much be attributed to my thyroid levels.

Another thing I love about my doctor is she always asks about my emotional state — well mostly because she has me on an SSRI. But she always wants to check on it to see if she needs to raise or lower my dose. Also, as soon as I mentioned I was having TMJ issues due to SSRI induced bruxism, she sent me out immediately to have a night guard made.

And finally, keto.

I told her I was on keto and she was happy. She didn’t have anything derogatory to say about it and was proud of the weight I lost.

I told her about my gut weirdness and the random diarrhea and funny colors and she said it was probably due to food transiting my guts too fast due to my crazy thyroid numbers. She said if I have any other issues or feel funny, to come in.

But overall, definitely a good visit.

And I’m back on keto, baby.

After sushi. Because I want some motherfucking sushi.

Like whoa.

There was this one place I lived where they had this amazing Alaska roll — smoked salmon, cream cheese, and tomato. I haven’t seen any other place that puts tomato in their Alaska roll.

I might need to make my own.

But that’s another post for another day.

Have a good weekend, ya’ll!

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The Keto Diaries — Whoa, There.

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Well hello again.

So, I’ve decided to take a break from keto. Not because I don’t believe in it or anything, but mostly because my guts are messed up.

I Googled my symptoms and came up with:

  • Gallbladder issues
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Cancer — but in Google’s defense, every health website says cancer.

I’m leaning toward gallbladder issues — I’ve had the pains before, but I thought they were horrible cases of acid indigestion and I’ve been avoiding foods that trigger it.

Looking at you, Moe’s.

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But I was pretty sure it was an isolated thing.

However, my guts have been messed up for 10 days now… and on and off for the past few years. Usually spells come and go… but this time, it’s seeming to want to stay.

I’m going to my doctor next week for my six month thyroid follow up. If this hasn’t resolved itself by then, I will definitely mention it to her.

But until then, I’m going to take a small break from keto.

Once I get the go-ahead from my doctor, I will resume.

I definitely hit some of the risk factors for having gall bladder problems (my mom got hers out last year):

You’re obese. This is one of the biggest risk factors. Obesity can raise your cholesterol level and also make it harder for the gallbladder to empty completely.

You take birth control pills, hormone replacement therapy for menopause symptoms, or are pregnant. The extra estrogen is the problem. It can increase cholesterol and make it harder for the gallbladder to empty.

You lost weight too quickly. Your liver makes extra cholesterol, which may lead to gallstones.

I would go into the symptoms I’m having, but even that feels a bit WAY TMI to discuss here.

Suffice it to say, it’s bad. And worrisome.

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The Keto Diaries — Nana Lynda’s Cucumber Salad

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Good afternoon, fine folks!

I feel like a hypocrite for writing this right now, because I have an acute case of brokeitis and have been living on ramen.

Alas, tomorrow is payday (and a good paycheck at that) and I will replenishing my keto foods. I’m also aiming to make more keto foods and dishes that will keep longer, and are less perishable — I’m looking at you full fat greek yogurt and cottage cheese.

One of my favorite keto side dishes is my Nana Lynda’s cucumber salad, which is a play on a recipe her German Oma used to make.

Most German cucumber salads have a creamy element, but this one omits the sour or heavy cream in the traditional German recipes. The lack of cream makes it lighter, and reminds me more of pickles.Depending on how much you want to make (I usually make a large 2 quart vat and eat on it for a few weeks. Except for S.O…. because he hates cucumbers. Loves pickles, though.

Depending on how much you want to make (I usually make a large 2 quart vat and eat on it for a few weeks) measurements may vary. What you’ll need:

  • A few seedless cucumbers. Or if you get seeded cucumbers, scrape the seeds out. My Nana will give you a lecture on how bad cucumber seeds are for digestion… so I always use seedless.
  • Grape or cherry tomatoes — maybe two cups.
  • Green onions — she uses regular onions, but since I’ve discovered green onions I refuse to go back. They have less sugar than regular onions, and are exponentially easier to deal with. Seriously, I cut mine up with kitchen scissors.
  • Herbs — I like fresh flat leaf basil, parsley, and dill for this recipe. Also, salt and pepper.
  • Parm cheese — for texture and to taste.
  • Apple cider vinegar — enough to cover the mixture.

What you’ll do:

Slice your cucumbers thin, and your grape/cherry tomatoes in half. Cut your green onion thin and add into large bowl. Add herbs and parm cheese. Cover with apple cider vinegar and let sit in your fridge for about a day before serving.

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The Keto Diaries — Chicken Fritters

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Note: these aren’t mind. I ended up using foil instead of parchment and they stuck. But the recipe is still solid… just if you use parchment paper. I didn’t want to take a picture of mine because they were ugly. But had I used parchment, they’d totally look like this 😉

Hokay!

So I made something completely and utterly delicious the other night, that would have been better had I used parchment paper (which I didn’t have any). Although poorly executed, I scraped them off and ate them all the same with a little bit of sour cream to dip.

What you’ll need:

  • Two chicken thighs, finely chopped
  • A cup and a half of mozz cheese
  • Half a cup of grated parm cheese
  • Quarter of a cup of crushed pork rinds
  • Heaping table spoon of sour cream
  • Three eggs
  • Two green onions cut thin
  • Quarter of a bell pepper, finely chopped
  • Seasonings: salt, pepper, basil, parsley, crushed red pepper, garlic powder

What you’ll do:

Preheat oven to 375. Lay out PARCHMENT PAPER on your baking sheet. Scoop out  roughly table spoon sizes of your mixture and lay out on your PARCHMENT PAPER. Kind of flatten out a bit. Think salmon patty. Leave about 1-2 inches between each patty. Bake for 30-35 minutes.

You can also fry this as well, but I was lazy and didn’t want to stand over a frying pan.

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The Keto Diaries — The War on Coconut Oil and an Update

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Good afternoon, fine folks.

I wanted to comment on the American Heart Association’s (AHA) denouncement of coconut oil.

I write this while sipping on my Bullet Proof Coffee — two whopping table spoons of coconut oil and butter.

Yes.

I went there.

It kind of makes me wonder if there is a conspiracy theory to keep people unhealthy.

Maybe big pharma wants to keep pushing those statins.

I mean, I mentioned this in a comment on Tamara’s post:

This whole “fat is bad” thing reminds me of the old Einstein cliche of insanity — doing the same thing over and over expecting different results.

By demonizing all fat and impressing this low fat/non fat lifestyle on 300 million folks, expecting them to magically become fit and healthy is insanity.

The government and organizations such as this keep pushing this low fat/no fat diet that’s not working. People are MORE obese and unhealthy since it’s implementation. Yeah, you think your healthy because you’re eating something carby cooked in canola oil. But it’s low fat!

Face palm.

Vegetable oils, like canola oils, are just gross. They were originally industrial byproducts that someone figured out they could sell and make some money out of:

Now let’s compare that to the production of canola oil. Here’s an overly simplified version of the process:

Step 1: Find some “canola seeds.” Oh wait, they don’t exist. Canola oil is actually made from a hybrid version of the rapeseed… most likely genetically modified and heavily treated with pesticides.

Step 2: Heat the rapeseeds at unnaturally high temperatures so that they oxidize and are rancid before you ever buy them.

Step 3: Process with a petroleum solvent to extract the oils.

Step 4: Heat some more and add some acid to remove any nasty wax solids that formed during the first processing.

Step 5: Treat the oil with more chemicals to improve the color.

Step 6: Deodorize the oil to mask the horrific smell from the chemical processing.

Avoid:

  • Canola Oil
  • Corn Oil
  • Soybean Oil
  • “Vegetable” oil
  • Peanut Oil
  • Sunflower Oil
  • Safflower Oil
  • Cottonseed Oil
  • Grapeseed Oil
  • Margarine
  • Shortening
  • Any fake butter substitutes

Do use:

  • Coconut Oil (Use expeller-pressed to avoid a coconut flavor)
  • Tallow
  • Lard
  • Butter
  • Palm Oil (Although, please find from a sustainable source as so much palm oil today is being harvested in horrific ways. When in doubt just stick with coconut oil.)
  • Extra-Virgin Olive Oil (Great for non-heat dishes like salad dressings, humus, mayo, etc. Can be used in cooking at lower temperatures or when combined with another saturated fat like butter or coconut oil.)
  • Avocado Oil (Great for non-heat dishes)
  • Other fats (not necessarily for cooking, but essential to good health) include meats, eggs, dairy, and fish (nuts are also good in moderation as they have a high level of polyunsaturated fats).
http://www.thankyourbody.com/vegetable-oils/

For me keto is my own little form of rebellion — I eat like people have told me to NOT eat.

Ketovangelist kitchen recommends removing them because:

Vegetable oils come in many shapes and sizes, though it’s more difficult to find the solid form (vegetable shortening) these days, because they are high in harmful trans fats. Vegetable oils are high in Omega-6, which is inflammatory and a leading cause of all kinds of systemic disease. Think about vegetable oils this way…they were first used as industrial components, because they were waste products of food production. Vegetable oils, the nice golden oils in those pleasantly shaped clear plastic bottles, are industrial waste. They are cheap to make and sell.

https://www.ketovangelist.com/5-non-carb-foods-you-absolutely-must-avoid/

Bacon all day. I just had two boiled eggs for lunch. Burgers stuffed with cheese, smothered with cheese, and topped with an egg fried in butter. Fat bombs made with butter, cream cheese, etc… Coffee with coconut oil and butter.

And I’ve lost 37lbs.

I weighed in yesterday at 233lbs. I started at 270lbs.

I’ve lost that in five and a half months.

This is the lightest I’ve been in five years.

And I have more energy than ever. I’m happier, I’m healthier.

I go in for blood work next month for my thyroid, and I’m excited to see what my numbers are going to look like.

However, not excited about allergist next week. These last two days without any allergy medicine are torture.

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The Keto Diaries — How to eat healthy: 40 Foods No One Should Eat…Ever — The Purple Almond

This is a long post, so I won’t preface it with a lot of superfluous words. As you can see by the source list at the bottom of the page, I’ve searched several lists of foods to avoid, and come up with this list of 40 foods, which includes the “dirty dozen” and a list […]

via How to eat healthy: 40 Foods No One Should Eat…Ever — The Purple Almond

I wanted to share this really awesome post from Tamara.

Going keto has made me very conscious of what I’m putting into my body. This is an awesome list of things to avoid, some of which I wasn’t even aware of.

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The Keto Diaries — Frittata!!!

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Good morning fine folks!

Spent this weekend recovering from my nasty sinus infection. S.O. came down to take care of me and we made the most amazing asparagus and sausage frittata.

What you’ll need:

  • 12ish asparagus spears, chopped to 1″ pieces.
  • Sausage — any kind. We used Andy’s hot smoked sausage. About 1.5 cups
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 9ish eggs
  • Mushrooms — any kind. About 1 cup.
  • Green onions — three spears or so. Chopped up
  • Salt, pepper, and other seasonings you want. I used fresh basil and oregano with salt and cracked pepper
  • Parm cheese — or whatever you have on hand. White or regular cheddar would definitely work.
  • 9X9 baking dish

What you’ll do:

Throw all your chopped veggies, meat, and cheese into your baking dish. In a separate bowl, crack your eggs and add almond milk and seasonings. Scramble up. Pour over veggies, meat, and cheese. Stir up a little to make sure everything is evenly distributed.

Bake on 375 for 40ish minutes. Stick a butter knife or tooth pick in to see if done.

Definitely something I will make again. S.O. and I cleaned out the whole baking dish. I ate mine with a little bit of spicy mustard, but sriracha will work too.

Also, can be made in muffin tins.

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The Keto Diaries — Same Five Damn Pounds

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Good morning, fine folks.

Still kind of sickly. Going to the doctor tomorrow and getting some feel-better meds.

But I figured I’d do a keto update.

I’ve been going strong for 10 days now, after my two week break, and finally had the courage to weigh in. I have lost one pound since I weighed in at my doctor’s office on 5/12. Which isn’t bad considering I was, well… bad, for two weeks.

But then I stepped on the scale this morning, and I gained four pounds over night.

Alas, I think this is a woman thing.

Different parts of the day, your weight will vary and fluctuate depending on food and fluid intake, and output.

But I feel like I just keep losing and gaining the same damn five pounds.

I will keep on keeping on.

Last night I wanted super simple, so I chopped up an avocado and a roma tomato, drizzled with lemon juice, salt/pepper, and threw in some green olives.

It was so yummy.

Today’s menu consists of Bullet Proof Coffee and two avocados (they are ripe and need to be eaten before they go bad)…. then when I get home I’ll figure out dinner. I have some boneless, skinless chicken thighs, spinach, and bacon in the freezer. I’m thinking spinach stuffed cheesy bacon wrapped chicken thighs.

Oh yeah!

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The Keto Diaries — Lah-Dee-Dah: Lavender Vanilla Whipped Mascarpone Cream — A Bee’s Life

Sometimes I want to feel like a fancy lady, living a fancy life with fancy accoutrements and a fancy penchant for using words like “accoutrements” and “penchant,” which I fancily pronounce “ah-coo-trrrrruh-mahhhh” and “pawwwn-shawwwn,” respectively. These are momentary lapses in an otherwise average daily life. But, when I get that itch, I scratch it. It […]

via Lah-Dee-Dah: Lavender Vanilla Whipped Mascarpone Cream — A Bee’s Life

This looks amazing and I wanted to share.

On my next grocery trip I’m going to pick up some Mascarpone and heavy cream and try this.

I’ve never actually really “eaten” lavender, but I love the way it smells and I’m sure it tastes fantastic.

Will keep ya’ll posted.

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The Keto Diaries — Bathing Suit Shopping

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I was going to combine this with my previous “The Keto Diaries” entry, but that one was about food and this one is about clothes.

In my mind it was apples and oranges.

Whatever.

Funnily enough, I don’t own any full length mirrors. I was at Besty and Motorhead’s getting ready, and I caught a glimpse of my full form in the mirror, in my bathing suit, and DAMN! I’ve lost some weight. I looked good.

So, this weekend I found out my bathing suit doesn’t fit when I got in the water.

I had mad saggy butt and had to keep… er… adjusting it… up top… And the water kept pulling it down because I didn’t have enough tension and stretchy factor to hold it up.

The idea of bathing suit shopping is daunting and anxiety inducing… mostly because of the price tag. Because I’m still plus sized, the costs of a decent plus sized bathing suit is twice to three times as high as for a normal person bathing suit.

Also, they are all butt ugly.

And just shopping for bathing suits is awkward in general because of the whole trying on thing,

Seriously.

On my FB Keto Support Group, one girl had posted a Transformation Tuesday picture and the after picture was a bathing suit selfie and her bathing suit was soooo adorable.

Where did she get it?

Amazon.

So, I went to peruse Amazon and HOLY CRAP!

I’m in heaven.

I’m always tetchy about ordering clothing items online, but the sellers have really awesome sizing charts.

And instead of being $50-$90, they are all under $30.

 

I’m probably not going to get all four. But I love them all.

I’ll probably get the two one pieces.

I don’t know if I’m daring enough for the two pieces, even though they are high waisted. Maybe the polka dot one because I like the retro look and it looks like it offers… support…

Also, I have a mad hankering for beach time.

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The Keto Diaries — Back in the Swing of Things and Strawberry Cheese Cake Ice Cream

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Well good morning fine folks!

Well, it’s day three of back on the wagon and the sugar cravings are torture.

I broke down last night and made some ice cream — but I ketofied it.

I partially stole it from THIS recipe.

Essentially, this is a fat bomb in ice cream form.

Hokay! This is what I had:

  • 16 oz cream cheese
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • about cup of stevia (in whatever form you prefer; I use the Truvia Baking Blend. I know it has a minute amount of sugar in it to make it “bakeable”, but it’s the only one I’ve found that doesn’t taste like death and chemicals). Half of that will go to the strawberry mix and the other to the cream cheese mix.
  • Stick of butter
  • Vanilla extract or sugar free syrup
  • 1/2 cup Almond Milk
  • Bag of frozen strawberries — the amount varies depending on how much strawberry you want. One large strawberry is one net carb, so that’s something to take into consideration.

And this is what I did:

I put my 16oz of cream cheese in a large mixing bowl, added the heavy cream, and started to blend it together with my hand mixer. I softened the stick of butter in the nuker and mixed that in too. Half a cup of stevia. It started to get really thick, so I added the almond milk to thin it out to the right consistency. Also add your vanilla — enough so it “tastes right”.

Also in the nuker, I thawed out my strawberries and softened them up — roughly 4 minutes on high. I also put the other half cup of stevia in there to sweeten it up.

Then I mixed the two together and threw it into the freezer in a large plastic bowl.

I had more cream cheese mix than would fit in the bowl, so I made a smaller bowl of the ice cream, but instead of strawberries, I used natural peanut butter (not necessarily keto, but in moderation it’s good).

Also, since I’m in a sharing mood — bacon wrapped stuffed chicken thighs. I’m in love with the deboned/skinned chicken thighs because they roll up really nicely. So far I’ve stuffed spinach in there, mushrooms, muenster, and other savory stuff.

For lunch today, I stuffed tupperwear bowl full of spinach, green olives, half a roma tomato, some cracked pepper lunch meat, and two slices of pepper jack.

Also BPC… because that stuff is liquid golden loving energy energy.

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The Keto Diaries — A Brief Break

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Well hello, fine people!

I’ve been pretty (a lot) bad over the last week and a half.

Since I got the IUD two Fridays ago, my hormones have been adjusting and I’ve been dealing with some pretty gnarly cramps and pain issues (which merits tons of comfort foods).

But I’m back on the wagon. I had my bullet proof coffee (BPC) this morning, a salad with grilled salmon, capers, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, and a chopped boiled egg I got from Publix.

Publix has the best salads. They have another one I like that’s bleu cheese, bacon, ham, boiled eggs, tomatoes, with an avocado/guac dressing.

So delish.

I’ve been avoiding the scale.

When I got my IUD, I weighed in at 236 at the gyno’s office. Which is officially 34lbs down from my original weight.

This is what I weighed when I graduated high school. I subsequently lost weight in college because I didn’t own a car and walked/biked everywhere (when my bike wasn’t stolen). I was also poor. My lowest weight as an adult was 196 when I was in college, and that was with me walking to work and campus from over a mile away — roughly 3 miles a day depending.

However, I’ve probably gained 10 of those back in the last 10 days from water weight, hormone changes, and bad foods.

For serious — I have a Jimmy John’s problem. Especially their chocolate chip cookies. And it was easier (and less painful) to just have a sandwich delivered.

Also yesterday, I’d wanted to just fast with my BPC to get back on track. And I should know that’s a bad idea if I haven’t already been in ketosis, because I will get mad cravings.

We had a new employee celebration yesterday, and Krispy Kreme was a thing. I only had one… plus one.

Then for dinner I had eggs scrambled in bacon, mushrooms, and green onions.

I’m probably going to go home, clean my kitchen, and thaw some chicken thighs. I’m thinking of bacon wrapped, mushroom and muenster stuffed chicken thighs. With a side of steamed broccoli.

But my kitchen is a disaster — been feeling awful and having S.O. over really helps keep my house extra messy.

I broke down and told Motorhead, who told Besty, I might be relocating back to Valdosta. They’re sad about it. But hopefully it will all work out. I really didn’t want to go back, but I also haven’t really set down any roots in Tallahassee — I’ve only made two really good friends, I’m not where I want to be career wise, or relationship wise. Also, I’ll have almost a guaranteed job if I go back. It’s a pay cut, but the cost of living is also less in Valdosta. Also the the job has PTO and pays into SS, which I don’t currently have/do. And S.O. would be making enough money to support us if I decide to take a work break and finish my masters. I also have a bigger support group there, but I do worry about old ghosts.

Also, S.O. and I encourage each other on our mutual low carb/keto journey. He’s lost 15 lbs so far, but he does better with low carb rather than keto.

Ya’ll keep your fingers and toes crossed that S.O. gets that promotion.

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The Keto Diaries — Ever Evolving Shopping List

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Guys, I’m bored.

And I decided to work on my shopping list.

After being on keto for the last three months, albeit with some rough patches, my shopping list has changed a lot from the first time I posted it.

My first keto shopping list consisted of:

Meats:

  • 2 18 count carton of eggs — I did not realize how many eggs I would be eating. I’ve been taking them for lunch, as a quick snack, or using them in a fritata.
  • 10 cans of tuna — tuna salad is so easy and is delicious over kale.
  • SO MUCH BACON!!!!!
  • Maybe a rotisserie chicken for chicken salad. I hate chicken from the can, and rotisserie chicken makes the best chicken salad. Also have a really good avocado chicken salad recipe.

Dairy:

  • Large thing of sour cream. I use it instead of mayo in my various meat salads.
  • Like four cartons of almond milk. That stuff is awesome. I haven’t been drinking coffee, but I’m thinking that I can use it and make like a pitcher of iced coffee that’ll keep for a few days. Also have used it to make chai lattes — with stevia.
  • A large thing of cottage cheese. Also good snack, especially over kale.
  • Plain yogurt. I’ve had like 10 people lecture me over how important probiotics are during a carbless diet.
  • Cheese for days…. all varieties. My favorites have been pepper jack and muenster

Veggies:

  • Kale 2x bags.
  • Avacados — my go to snack.
  • Cherry tomatoes —  a good add on to salads and other dishes
  • Bell Peppers
  • Cucumbers — Haven’t had a chance/the urge to make cucumber salad, but it’s on my list.
  • Mushrooms — I like baby bella mushrooms.
  • Spaghetti squash — this, surprisingly, has been such a wonderful thing. Cooks in the microwave in 20 minutes.
  • Regular squash — love zucchini.

Nuts:

  • Almonds are just crunchy and amazing.
  • Sunflower seeds — when S.O. and I went on our adventure to get my washer and dryer, we got a huge thing of shelled sunflower seeds from Winn Dixie for like $3 or $4. Completely worth it. Plus, I I love sunflower seeds over salads.

Now, I’ve learned I have to stock up on my favorites and catch things on sale. Also added some other items:

Meat

  • Two to three packs of pork shoulder or chops — throw in crock pot with onions, mushrooms, spices, and red wine.
  • Four packs of bacon. I usually freeze two to three packs. I try to get them when they are buy one get one free.
  • Chicken thighs are easy, cheap, and delicious. I usually get about three packs.
  • Ground turkey is another of my go to foods. Trader Joes usually has the best deal in town at $2.99/lb. When I make it to that part of town, I usually stock up with five or six packs.
  • Pepperoni, salami, or prosciutto — as a snack.
  • Sausage — amazing sauteed with cabbage. Love me some bratwurst too.
  • Eggs (which I consider a meat as it is an animal product that’s not dairy) — I usually get two 18 packs. I’ve mastered the perfect soft boiled egg and also hollandaise.
  • Chicken stock — self explanatory

Dairy

  • I am a cheese-a-holic — two packs of cream cheese, two containers of parm, two blocks of pepper jack,  mozz string cheese, and maybe some cheddar.
  • Plain greek yogurt — good for keeping your bowels healthy
  • Butter — for BPC and general cooking
  • Sour cream, because it’s good with everything. Evidently Daisy has a squeezable sour cream thing going on.
  • Almond milk (not technically dairy). I am in love with unsweetened almond milk. I usually get about 3 gallons, which lasts me two full weeks.

Veg

  • Lots of kale. I like it raw and crunchy, but it is good cooked up with some bacon.
  • Green onions — less sugar than regular onions and easier to cut and prep.
  • Tomatoes
  • Cabbage
  • Cucumber — I have a good recipe for cucumber salad with cherry tomatoes, green onions, fresh basil, parm cheese, salt/pepper, and apple cider vinegar.
  • Romaine
  • Sprouts
  • All the avocados — I could eat avocados for days.
  • Mushrooms
  • Bok Choi — excellent stir fried with some other veggies
  • Eggplant (which I talked about an eggplant pizza recipe)
  • Frozen cauli and broccoli. Maybe green beans too.

Misc stuff

  • Sardines — little oily fish that are amazing and full of protein and good fats
  • Pickles — love Claussens and their juice.
  • Olives — Calamata olives are great in dirty martinis 😉
  • Truvia baking blend — not technically keto as it does have a minute amount of sugar in it, which makes it optimum for baking. However, it’s the only sweetener that doesn’t leave a death-like chemically aftertaste. Worth the extra minute amount of sugar.
  • Pork rinds — great for “breading” and “binding” in meat dishes
  • Lemon juice — amazing for marinades, tea, cold remedy, and dressings
  • Olive and coconut oil — use olive for cooking and coconut oil for BPC and moisturizing my elbows 🙂
  • Almonds — probably my favorite keto nut, also sunflower seeds. Love sunflower seeds on my salads.

So, that’s my list. I might find things here and there that I like. My friends got me into Le Croix soda — essentially flavored seltzer water (probably good with vodka). I have had a hard time giving up diet soda — I love Fresca and Segrams diet ginger ale.

Now I feel I need to have vodka in my life.

But yeah, will be four months on keto at the end of this month.

25lbs down, 75 more to go. I’m a quarter of the way there.

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