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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The Keto Diaries — Quarter of the Way There and a Lit Review

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Good morning, fine people!

I got some good news!

I am officially 25lbs down from my starting weight.

I’d been avoiding the scale because I was bad last week.

Tangent which inspired me to finally weigh in — I need to clean my oven, bad. And I have a self clean option on it, but I’m really concerned about something in my house heating up to 800 degrees. So I called my Nana and asked her. She said just buy a can of oven cleaner and go to town.

Ok. Makes sense.

We got to talking, and she asked, “how’s your diet going? Did you lose any more weight?”

First, I don’t consider this a diet — a diet is superficial, fleeting, and brings bad connotations. This has become a way of life for me.

I live, breathe, preach, and pray to the Gods of keto that the bacon never run out, and my coffee always be Bulletproof.

So I weighed in — at first I thought I placed my scale on a not even part of the floor, so I moved it like four times.

But it was right — 25lbs down.

I celebrated with some broccoli cooked in bacon and covered in hollandaise.

It was delicious.

When I went to share my success on my keto support group on FB, I stumbled upon this study hosted on the National Institute of Health website:

Abstract:

BACKGROUND:

Although various studies have examined the short-term effects of a ketogenic diet in reducing weight in obese patients, its long-term effects on various physical and biochemical parameters are not known.

OBJECTIVE:

To determine the effects of a 24-week ketogenic diet (consisting of 30 g carbohydrate, 1 g/kg body weight protein, 20% saturated fat, and 80% polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fat) in obese patients.

PATIENTS AND METHODS:

In the present study, 83 obese patients (39 men and 44 women) with a body mass index greater than 35 kg/m2, and high glucose and cholesterol levels were selected. The body weight, body mass index, total cholesterol, low density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, high density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol, triglycerides, fasting blood sugar, urea and creatinine levels were determined before and after the administration of the ketogenic diet. Changes in these parameters were monitored after eight, 16 and 24 weeks of treatment.

RESULTS:

The weight and body mass index of the patients decreased significantly (P<0.0001). The level of total cholesterol decreased from week 1 to week 24. HDL cholesterol levels significantly increased, whereas LDL cholesterol levels significantly decreased after treatment. The level of triglycerides decreased significantly following 24 weeks of treatment. The level of blood glucose significantly decreased. The changes in the level of urea and creatinine were not statistically significant.

CONCLUSIONS:

The present study shows the beneficial effects of a long-term ketogenic diet. It significantly reduced the body weight and body mass index of the patients. Furthermore, it decreased the level of triglycerides, LDL cholesterol and blood glucose, and increased the level of HDL cholesterol. Administering a ketogenic diet for a relatively longer period of time did not produce any significant side effects in the patients. Therefore, the present study confirms that it is safe to use a ketogenic diet for a longer period of time than previously demonstrated.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2716748/

The body of the study goes into the methodology — and ya’ll know how I feel about that stuff — and it’s solid.

So, if you are looking to lose weight, consider keto.

Yes, you don’t eat carbs, but bacon all the time with no guilt is amazing.

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The Keto Diaries — Eggplant Pizza

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I saw something similar on my Ketovangelist Kitchen FB group. And evidently eggplant serves as a good vessel for pizza, although you have to eat it with a fork.

What you’ll need:

  • One large eggplant
  • Pepperoni slices
  • Half a bell pepper
  • Low sugar pasta sauce
  • ALL THE CHEESE
  • Mushrooms
  • Bacon, because bacon is awesome
  • Onion, I prefer green
  • Salt and pepper
  • Whatever other pizza toppings you want.

So, I preheated my oven to 425 and layed out my 1″ sliced eggplant over some parchment paper in a cookie sheet. Salted them, then baked them for about 15ish minutes.

Then I added toppings — pasta sauce, cheese, bell peppers, mushrooms, onions, bacon, MORE CHEESE, and then pepperoni slices.

Bake for about 20 minutes at 425. Maybe broil for like 5 minutes to get everything on top crispy.

Very good, very easy and they have S.O.’s approval.

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The Keto Diaries — Cheater, Cheater, Pumpkin Eater

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It wasn’t pumpkin.

It was a muffin.

Two to be exact.

So, I cheated a bit at our Admin Appreciation Day breakfast and had four chick-fil-a chicken mini’s.

And I felt bad.

And I took my bad feelings to /r/keto, because the two keto groups I’m a part of are very supportive.

Well, /r/keto wasn’t. I got scolded for posting a topic about “cheating” when “cheating posts aren’t tolerated.”

Well, shit. I just wanted some support.

Which made me feel worse.

But I was determined to bounce back. I was going to do my bulletproof coffee (BPC) on Thursday, and an intermittent fast and get back into ketosis.

So much nope.

By lunch I was starving and because it was Thursday before payday, I had like $2 to my name.

So I had another left over muffin.

Two.

I know, I’m bad.

But I got home and had a good dinner of scrambled eggs, left over lemon pepper chicken thighs and some hollandaise.

This morning, I was gonna do it right.

I didn’t do BPC, mostly because I was feeling lazy this morning. But because it was payday, I always have a little “treat” and eat out.

I went to the cafeteria this morning and got two scoops of scrambled eggs, a sausage link and a chicken patty with some hot sauce.

And I feel much better.

But this weekend, I’m sticking with kale, bacon, chicken thighs and butter.

But on a more pleasant note, every Friday was made into jeans Friday, and I keep having to pull my favorite jeans up. Also have saggy butt/crotch and these are SKINNY jeans.

The problem is my “fat” jeans are too big, but my smaller jeans that I couldn’t bear to part with and promised myself I’d wear again one day are a bit too snug to be comfortable.

Almost to one quarter of my goal weight loss.

Yay!

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The Keto Diaries — Reclaimed Jeans

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Last night, I was perusing through my closet looking for work appropriate outfits in the hopes it will annoy the two work bitches to distraction.

I decided to open my vacuum bags of old clothes I couldn’t fit into anymore, but didn’t want to part with.

I have reclaimed two pairs of jeans. Yes, two. Fit over my butt, buttoned and zipped. Haven’t been able to wear them in five years.

It’s like I have BRAND NEW BLUE JEANS!!!

Without having to spend money!

So, I’ve been doing this unintentional intermittent fasting. Essentially, have dinner the night before, bullet proof coffee (BPC), in the morning and dinner. Last night I made some chicken filets with stir fried asparagus and cauli.

Bullet Proof Coffee

  • 2 tbs unsalted butter
  • 2 tbs medium chain triglyceride oil (MTC oil — like coconut oil… which is what I use)
  • Sweetener of choice — I’m obsessed with Truvia’s baking blend. It’s got an inconsequential amount of sugar, but it also doesn’t taste like chemicals, death, and sadness
  • Splash of unsweetened almond milk or heavy whipping cream (HWC)
  • Coffee

I blend in my bullet until everything is emulsified and drink. Other folks add sugar free syrups to flavor like pepperment or vanilla. I might pick some up this weekend. Sometimes I put in unsweetened cocoa powder for some extra fiber

My BPC recipe has exactly:

  • 50.8g Fat
  • 7.6g Carb, 4.2 of which is fiber, netting 3.4 carbs per serving
  • 2.2 grams of protein
  • 511 calories

And I’ve been using it as a meal replacement. It keeps me going; I feel mentally sharp and just all around good.

And it moisturizes my lips 🙂

And when I cooked and ate them, I wasn’t super hungry. I knew I needed to eat. So I did.

In keto vernacular, this means I’m “fat adapted”… essentially, I’m running on my own fat for energy.

Evidently runners do this… those that don’t carb load. They put their body into ketosis before a marathon, and avoid sugar crashes and such.

It’s a bunch of sciency and metabolic stuff.

I’ve been netting under 20 carbs per day and staying around 1700ish calories per day. I tend to be a grazer on the weekend, so I tend to go over 1700 calories.

Down 21lbs and a few inches everywhere.

My goal is to lose a full 100 lbs before my 30th birthday in October.

Also going to my doctor about allergies on Friday. I’m debating on telling her about keto, lest she advise me against it.

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The Keto Diaries — I Promise I’m Not Pregnant

meatloaf

Well, keto is causing some lady issues of the not having a period variety. And I’m 99% sure I’m not pregnant — the other .1% accounts for a defective pee test and the other .9% accounts for potential immaculate conception.

It happened to Mary!

So, I’m at 12 days… with no visit from the sharks or Aunt Flo or the crimson tide… Spanish Inquisition?

I promise I’m not panicking.

I pretty much spent the weekend indoors because I was being nose-raped by pollen in a bad way. I was getting awful sinus headaches and migraines.

I did make something completely amazing this weekend. I’d originally seen it on Tasty Japan (I’ve sifted through all their videos and I can’t find it on youtube; it looks like the picture above) — it was meatloaf roll up with veggies and cheese, and then wrapped in bacon. The recipe originally used ham, a ubiquitous cheese, and spinach. I did a typical meatloaf recipe, subbing bread crumbs for pork rinds as a binder. Then I spread it out in my pan, laid out some muenster, spinach, mushrooms, and half of a decent sized diced jalapeno.

Wrap in bacon.

Bake at 400 for an hour.

Then I made my first ever Hollandaise to go over it using the recipe below:

And it was the bomb. We ate it over the meat loaf roll up and some sliced roma tomatoes.

I would have taken a bunch of pictures, but we ate it.

And it was good.

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