Funny how time gets away with you. As you know, I did a 30 day Keto challenge before Thanksgiving. I guess you could say this was a trial run to see how hard it would be to change my way of thinking about food, sugar and carbs. I tested a few recipes and failed at quite a few. I did, however, shed a few pounds and really liked some of the foods.
I have mentioned it before how I have always struggled with my weight. I was never the body beautiful girl but more of the curvy (although not fat) girl in junior high and high school. I can remember being the first one to get boobs in my class. That was fun. Not. And of course, they didn’t “come in” gradually. It was like, HELLO, HERE I AM, the day we started 5th grade. I guess they grew a lot during summer, but I didn’t notice. I was too busy climbing trees, riding motorcycles with my brother, and getting lost in the woods exploring! Fast forward to years and years (and years) later: Its is a constant struggle. So…
The day after Christmas, my husband and I decided to go for it. We (or at least I) am doing this as a permanent way of life thing, which means changing my way of thinking, finding recipes that I can cook for my family for Sunday dinner, and sticking to it…..forever. Do I think I will splurge? I am human, so that is a possibility, but I am not wanting to or planning to. I cannot tell you how much better I feel and it helps that I have lost 11 pounds since Christmas day.
This new year I have decided to take Dr. Kristie H. Sullivan’s books, A Journey Worth Taking, (2017), which is a collection of some of her favorite recipes, and try them. I have had her book for a while and have perused it several times. For some reason I have turned to the internet for recipes, though. Not sure why, but probably because taking a cookbook into the kitchen (a novel idea, huh?) means it could get messed up. Printing off the internet means I can toss the paper in the trash. I also just recently found out that she lives in a town just 20-30 minutes from the small town that I live in. We travel to her town all of the time if we want to do anything: shop, eat, go to the movies. We have very little of that in my hometown.
I have really just decided to try these recipes this week which means I am not that far behind in posting which ones turned out well and which ones did not. So, Tuesday night, I made the Pizza Casserole on page 58 of her book. It was quite easy. I did think it would rise a bit more, but I don’t know why I thought that. It is cheeses and meats with a little baking powder. I used the exact measurements for spices, but I think I might like a little less Italian Seasoning. For me it made it taste more like a quiche than a pizza, but that is just me.
Hint: I can tell you that you might want to go ahead and invest in a digital food scale. They aren’t that expensive and they make life in the kitchen so much easier.
Last night, I decided to try the Perfect Pound Cake recipe on page 137. Since I was able to have left-over Pizza Casserole for dinner, I thought I would use that time saved in the kitchen for a sweet treat. Let me tell you, I was impressed. I probably goofed it up and could have made the pound cake a bit prettier, but it said in one section to whisk all dry ingredients together. Then on another line it said to cream the butter and sweetener together, first. Ooops….note to self: Read the entire recipe and directions once through before attempting to follow it. Lesson learned. It still turned out beautiful and absolutely yummy. If I hadn’t already cut it into slices, I would share a picture with you. I will certainly take one the next time I make it, since I KNOW there will be a next time.
I want to tell you one of the biggest things I have found doing Keto that will hail as the most important tip that I could give: Drink plenty of fluids!!! I have totally noticed on the days I don’t drink what I need to I stall in weight loss. Getting those fluids in will help with so many things: flushing the body of the toxins, keeping you hydrated, and help with digestion and elimination. So, in the words of Nike: “Just Do It.”
I am not comfortable sharing my weight or pictures of me, because I am embarrassed. I do want you to know that yesterday I ate the following items and lost 2 pounds:
4 pieces of bacon, a serving of pizza casserole for lunch, a serving of pizza casserole for dinner, two servings of pound cake, two cups of coffee with heavy cream, and two cups of hot tea, plus plenty of water. I was not hungry at all.
I have been reading more about intermittent fasting and noticed that now there is a recent study out about those people who eat a normal diet but only eat between the hours of 8am and 2pm. This study has shown some weight loss. To me that is basically the same thing as intermittent fasting, except I am so busy between the hours of 8 and 2 that I don’t have time to eat. I will have to change my hours from 2pm to 8pm, which may defeat the purpose to some degree because the study says that it take around 4-5 hours for food to digest and what has been helping folks lose weight is that they are burning up stored fat at night by going to bed with that empty stomach. I guess I could do 2-7pm, since I don’t really go to bed before 11 or 12 each night, anyway.
Until next time….
Keto On, My Friends!