Why I Chose Keto

I started on this journey January 23, 2015, and I plan to continue eating like this for the rest of my life! I can’t really explain why I chose Keto. Maybe it was the fact that I could eat all the foods we’re normally told we can’t, maybe it was the results I saw from other people, maybe I just knew I had an addiction to sugar that was making me overweight and this was a sure way to break it…I’m not 100% sure there was only one reason; I just know it seemed like a great fit for me so I jumped on it.

In my research, I was reading about how you naturally feel full, the proper term is satiated, just by eating meals low in carbs, high in fat, and moderate protein…protein helps you to feel full, fat keeps you full. This eliminates cravings and splurging and the dreaded binging on unhealthy foods!! If I had to pick a reason, this would be it. But it was really this combined with everything else I listed above. I mean, I can eat bacon, and lots of it! I can eat butter, REAL butter, and full fat cheeses, yogurt, and heavy whipping cream just to name a few! It’s really awesome. Because of this, I don’t feel deprived or starved at all.

All of these things together make Keto a lifestyle I can truly live with. I’m not saying it’s the only way to eat, but I definitely think it’s a better way, definitely better than the SAD way of eating most of us are accustomed too. It’s not a fad diet, it’s not a diet at all. It’s a total change in your way of eating, thinking, and understanding food as a whole. It’s based on eating real food, not this processed stuff that’s thrown in our faces on a daily basis, but real, whole foods, cooked at home, seasoned at home, prepared at home, and eaten at home!!

Now, some may say, can’t I just eat a balanced diet including carbs? Well, yes you can, but if you checkout the post I wrote called “Keto-what?“, you’ll understand why that’s not always the most efficient way. Unless you plan on doing tons of hours of cardio, tons of hours of weight lifting, you’re just not going to get the same results. Exercise is good, but who wants to kill him- or herself at the gym for little to no results.

Speaking of results, did I mention the results are immediate? I lost 10 lbs. in just over 2 weeks on Keto with no exercise!! Can’t beat that with just regular diet and exercise. The average weight loss program will cause you to lose 1-2 lbs. per week. Because carbs cause water retention, you lose weight very quickly, but it’s not just water you’re losing, maybe like the first 2-3 lbs. is, but you’re turning on your fat burners and burning fat as energy! And once you’re fully adapted, you’re a lean, mean, fat burning machine!!!

You eat until you’re full, and you don’t eat again until you’re hungry. I usually force myself to eat 3 meals a day just to be sure I get in at least 1100 calories per day. So weight loss happens due to an automatic calorie deficit created by what, you being full!! I started off at 182.2 with 44% body fat, which means 80.2 lbs. was fat and 102 lbs. was lean. After 3 weeks on Keto, I’m 171.2 with about 40.4% body fat, only 69.2 lbs. of fat and 102 lbs. of lean body weight!!! So it is fat that’s being lost!!

All that being said, I chose Keto because the results are real, the cravings don’t exist, hunger is annihilated, and for someone like me who used to struggle with my weight and cravings for sweets, it’s a wonderful thing. Oh and when you’re not really active, it’s great to lose weight without having to go to the gym EVERYDAY!!!

Be blessed!!
~Karen

Ending to Week 3!

Hey everyone!! First, I would like to thank you all for reading my posts. I’m thankful that you all enjoy reading a little portion of my crazy life! With that being said, I wanted to chime in and give an update.

I have been back on Keto for three weeks now, and I feel great. It’s amazing to me how great I truly feel in comparison to the first time. If you’ve read my previous post, then you know that I’m doing things slightly different this time; however, I haven’t had much need of cycling too much this week. My weight loss has been steady, and I’ve felt a little tired, but that’s it.

So, I stepped on the scale, and I am down a total of 6.1 lbs since starting back on Keto!!! Woohoo!! I’m loving the results. I’m able to fit in all my old clothes!! Which basically means, I’m back to my original weight before I started gaining uncontrollably three years ago, but I’m not stopping here!! Everyone says I look great, which is awesome, but I want to get back to my pre-baby weight! I only gained about 15 lbs after having my son, but I would love to get back to that weight/size.

It’s a preference, of course, but I’m really basing everything on how I feel within myself. I started on my weight loss journey on January 23 of this year, took a break in April, and started back up in August. My starting weight was 182 lbs! Yikes!! At 5’2″, that pretty hefty, and majority of the weight was in my belly. I have lost a total of 27.1 lbs. (15 on Keto the first time, 6 doing flexible dieting, and 6.1 so far this time!!!) which puts me at my current weight of 154.9! I’m in an 8/10 pant size, medium shirts, and I’ve lost almost all my belly fat! I will be updating with my measurements in an upcoming post, but believe me when I say several inches all over my body and especially around my waistline!

This has been an awesome experience. It has its ups and downs, but in the long run, it is worth it. My advice to anyone out there doing Keto or just starting, trust the process, keep on pushing through even when it seems like the numbers aren’t working in your favor, and never give up. Keep calm and Keto on as they say!

One more thing, a sister-in-Christ had noticed my weight loss and started asking questions. Come to find out two of her co-workers and her boss are also on Keto, so she wanted information on it. I explained everything I could, but she was really already sold! She started on Friday!! She says she feels great, and she’s already noticing her pants fitting looser!!! She’s not ready to weigh herself yet, but she’s pleased with the results and pressing on!!

Hope you all check back regularly as I post more updates, and I have some recipes coming soon!! I have been experimenting with Low Carb Berry Smoothies!!!  Mmmmmmmmm!!!! Recipe in my next post!!

~Be blessed everyone!!

What is Carb-Cycling?

Hello again! If you have read my other posts, then you are probably saying, “What is this carb-cycling she keeps referring to?” Well, in a nutshell, it’s basically what it sounds like – cycling your carbs from a low number to a high number. Now, when I say high, you’re still in the low carb range, but it’s just higher than what you normally take in daily.

OK, let me try to explain without boring you – I have my net carbs set at 30g. Some days I still eat under 20g, but I aim to do no more than 30g. Every few days, though, I eat as many as 50g net. This has helped me to feel better overall, and it keeps my metabolism working. I don’t know all the scientific/medical reasons behind it, I just know it works for me. If my weight loss drops off slightly, I jump up to 50g for one day, drop back down the next day, and BAM!! Start losing weight all over again like I never stopped.

This was another problem I had previously on Keto. My weight loss had drastically slowed down, and no matter what I did, it was like I couldn’t lose anymore weight. I had heard of carb-cycling before, but I thought it was just something that bodybuilders did! Well, they do, but it’s not just for them. From my understanding of how my own body works, it adapts to whatever I’m doing quickly. If I’m eating 200-300 calories less than what I need, I lose for a couple weeks, then my metabolism slows down. If I start working out, I’ll lose for about a week or so, then I’ll level off again. Carb-cycling on Keto is a great way for me to keep my metabolism guessing; therefore, I continue to lose weight without getting frustrated and pulling all my hair out!!!

I do it quite frequently, as well. I don’t wait until I stop losing weight. I do it every 2-3 days, so my body is always in guess mode! Once I start working out rigorously again, I will probably cycle according to workout days and re-feed on weekends, (More on re-feeding in my next post!) but for now, this seems to be working out just fine!

Well, there ya have it! Hope this has helped at least one person out there! Please be sure to check back frequently, follow me, like my posts, and comment! I would love to hear from you and get some feedback!

~Be Blessed Everyone!!

What I’ve Learned This Time!

OK, so my last attempt at a ketogenic lifestyle was successful as far as weight loss, but unsuccessful as far as how I felt. I didn’t have the energy everyone else was raving about, I felt weak, sometimes tired, and my endurance was non-existent! I thought it was normal to feel like that so I just kept moving along, pleased with my weight loss, but feeling quite miserable.

Well, I have learned some things this time, and now I know I DON’T have to feel like CRAP!! This is great news!! I did a little more research this time, and decided to stay between 30-50g of net carbs instead of net 20g, and I am also carb cycling as well as having carb re-feed days. Now, I’m no doctor; I have only determined that this works best for me.

In my research and trials, I have learned what my sweet spot is as far as maximum amount of carbs I can eat without cravings and without coming out of ketosis. There’s plenty of information out there on the web that states we should stay at 50g net carbs or below in order to get and stay in ketosis, and I have found that I can eat that amount and still lose quite a bit of weight each day. Also, I’ve learned that I don’t really need to count my calories, but I have to make sure I eat at least 1100-1200 calories in order to lose weight (which can sometimes be difficult on a keto diet!!).

I have some days where I eat 1200, and some days I eat as much as 1300 calories. This is because I don’t decrease my fat intake when I increase my carbs. This helps to insure I have a my correct ratios as well. I’ve learned that my fat intake still has to stay in the 70-75% of calorie intake in order to stay ketogenic and still lose weight. I eat when hungry, even if it’s 9 o’clock at night, and I eat until satisfied. If I do get hungry late in the evening, I will eat cheese or nuts as these are loaded with fat, and a little protein, and cheese has no carbs while nuts usually have 2-3g net carbs per serving. These are great options for me to keep my fat intake up, and not increase my carbs and also to be sure I get enough protein.

So far, this has been working out great for me. I feel great! My weight loss isn’t as drastic this time, but it is still coming off very quickly. I weigh myself everyday, which some people may not agree with, but it helps me to stay motivated. Some days I lose .4 lb., and some days I lose as much as 1 lb. or even more. Yes, there are days the scale doesn’t move, or it goes in the opposite direction, but it doesn’t last, and I know your weight is based on so much more than just how much you weigh, i.e. bowel content, fluid retention, hormonal (for women), etc.

Overall, this time around has been much more successful for me. I am still learning the ins and outs of carb-cycling and re-feeding, but so far it has been great!!

I’m Back!!

Hello everyone! Been awhile since I posted anything, and that’s mostly because I took a long break from Keto. In March, I decided to start flexible dieting, or IIFYM (If It Fits Your Macros). I did this because I was working out pretty strenuously and was finding it hard to keep up while on Keto.

It was great for about a month. I was still losing weight, granted it was at a much slower pace, but I was still losing. I had lost 15 lbs. in less than two months on Keto, but only lost an additional 5 lbs. for the month I was working out and flex dieting. I know what you’re thinking, I was also gaining muscle, and you’re right, but mostly I was gaining strength. It was great until I hurt my shoulder and hip doing back squats!! (More on that later!)

Now, I’m not saying there’s anything wrong with flexible dieting. I actually believe it was a breath of fresh air. I reintroduce carbs, didn’t gain a single pound by the way, but I did notice a little bloating. Nothing to be concerned about, because, as I said, I didn’t gain any weight in the process. I was able to lift heavy weights without feeling worn out, and I was also doing some HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training), which I greatly prefer over steady-state cardio, along with some high intensity cardio (main speed walking with my mom!).

My only problem was, the lack of motivation. I was losing inches, but I didn’t see the scale moving, and I didn’t feel like I was losing as much fat. Fat is what I need to lose the most of, and I was having a hard time getting enough protein in order to keep the muscle I already had, none the less really gain. So, I took a break from my weight loss journey all together. People were starting to notice that I had lost a lot of weight – 20 lbs. isn’t really a lot, but when 80-90% of that is pure fat, it is very noticeable. I had lost majority of my belly fat, my face was smaller, and my back fat was barely visible now! I was down to medium size shirts, size 10 dress, and I felt much better. I still had another 30 lbs. to go to reach my final goal, but I needed a break.

So, for four months, I stopped tracking my macros, calories, carbs, weight…everything. I just ate when hungry, ate until satisfied, and I still never went back to eating potatoes, rice (except the occasional french fries from my sons fast food or a steak bowl from Chipotle), or pasta, and the only bread I ate was Sara Lee 100% Whole Wheat with no added sugar and no high fructose corn syrup. I finally weighed myself at the beginning of August, and I had not gained any weight, just a few ounces here and there due to normal weight fluctuations!

Well, as of August 11th, I started back on Keto. I decided to try carb-cycling this time hoping this will help with feeling groggy and weak I experienced throughout majority of the process last time. So far, it has been great. I mostly stay at net 30g, but I’m cycling days in where I eat as much as net 50g. It has helped tremendously; I feel great, I have much more energy, and even the keto-flu seemed to be much shorter this time. I’ve already started losing, and I feel great!

Moral of the story is, Keto is the best option for me. It doesn’t work for everyone, I know that, but for some of us, it is the best way to lose weight. Even with restricting calories, tweaking it and increasing them, I still never lost as much weight, most importantly FAT, as I do Keto-ing! I will continue the process, even through the ups and downs, and I will be starting to work out again soon as well.

**Keep a lookout for updates on exercises, i.e. lifting, HIIT, high intensity cardio, etc. I will be posting updates on all of that.

 

Be blessed and enjoy the journey!!

Update and a Recipe!!!

In my last post, I talked about the scale hubby and I bought that measures body fat. Well, I’ve been getting on it everyday watching the numbers go down – weight and body fat percentage!!! I am excited and totally believe I have fully transitioned into fat burning mode, meaning I’m Keto adapted!!! I have been losing weight in the form of body fat consistently, I feel great having way more energy now, no headaches in over 2 weeks, and I am thirsty as crazy!! Lol!!

I also finally broke into the 160s, weight I haven’t seen in probably 2-3 years!!! As of this morning, I’m 168.4 lbs with 36.0% body fat!!! I haven’t ventured to put up any pictures yet as I’m still getting used to actually sharing my weight with other people!!! But, I will be posting some soon. I didn’t take a lot of before pics, but my husband has some old pics of me on his computer that I will use once I get up the nerve!!! I will definitely keep you all posted on further success!!!

Now for the food!!! Yummy Keto Marbled Cheesecake!!! I got the original recipe from this blog, and I tweaked it a bit for my family. My hubby is allergic to almonds so I used pecans instead for the crust, an idea I got from this recipe on Lowcarb-ology which I will be trying next!!!😉

So, here it is:image

Ingredients:

Crust:
1/2 Cup Pecans, finely chopped
2 Tbsp Butter, unsalted

Brownie Filling:
1 Egg
1/2 Tbsp Butter, unsalted
2-3 Tbsp Erythritol
2 Tbsp Cocoa, unsweetened
2 Tbsp Ground Pecans
1 Tbsp Heavy Cream
1 Tbsp Natural Creamy Peanut Butter
Dash of Salt

Cheesecake Filling:
2 8 oz. Packages Cream Cheese, softened
2 Eggs
3/4 Cup Erythritol
2 Tsp Vanilla Extract

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 350F.

For the crust:
Mix butter and chopped pecans in a bowl with a fork and put it to the side.

For the brownie filling:
Mix the egg, butter, cocoa, sweetener, peanut butter, heavy cream, ground pecans, and salt in a bowl, using a fork to mix it up well, and put it aside.

For the cheesecake filling:
Mix the eggs, softened cream cheese, sweetener, and vanilla in a bowl until creamy and put it aside. I used a whisk to get it nice and smooth with very little lumps.

Separate your crust mixture as evenly as possible into a 12-muffin muffin tin or silicone muffin cups if you have them (If using a muffin tin, be sure to use the paper or foil cups for easy removal). Press the mixture down as best you can filling the whole bottom. Next, put a spoonful of your cheesecake mixture into each. Then, put a spoonful of your brownie mixture into each muffin, using all of it, and give it a swirl. Lastly, take the remaining cheesecake mixture and top each one off swirling and smoothing out the tops of each. Bake in the oven for 15-17 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool completely before serving.

A few tips:

  1. Be sure your cream cheese is completely softened and room temperature. There are instructions in the package of how to soften in the microwave, too. This is important as it allows you to mic everything together well and get it nice and creamy.
  2. I used a NutriBullet to grind up the pecans which worked OK, but pecans are softer than the average nut, so make sure you grind them in small amounts or else they clump up together. It will still work like that, though, if that happens.😉
  3. Make sure you taste the brownie filling and sweeten to desired sweetness. The cheesecake filling will be sweeter due to the cream cheese, but cocoa is bitter. The contrast between the two can be drastic if you don’t sweeten the brownie mix enough.
  4. There you have it. Check out the original recipe at the blog linked above and make your own changes!!! This is a very tasty Keto treat for the whole family to enjoy. I hope you and yours enjoy it as much as my family and I have!!!

    Be blessed and enjoy!!!
    ~Karen

Is It Just Water or Something More?

I’ve been wondering a lot lately if the weight I’m losing is actually body fat, water, or even dreaded muscle mass. While I was pretty sure based on how my body measurements were and just guessing by looking that I was losing mostly fat, but I wanted to be sure.

On Friday, the hubby and I went to our local Walmart and bought a scale that measures body fat percentage, body water percentage, BMI, and bone density percentage along with your weight. Well, I stepped on it on when we got home and my BF% was 36.5. I was kind of surprised because I had estimated my BF at around 40, so I was pleased!!! My weight was 171 lbs. on Friday.

I stepped on the scale this morning, and my weight was 170.5, woohoo, BF was 36.3%. I did the math, 36.5% of 171 is 62.415 lbs. of fat, and 36.3% of 170.5 is 61.8915 lbs. of fat. Then I subtracted the total weights from each other and the lbs. of fat from each other and came up with .5 lb. decrease in weight, and .5235 lb. decrease in BF!! Unless my math is off, that would mean that I am clearly losing fat in this weight loss process and I am extremely excited about that!!!

I’m so glad we got this scale!! If we hadn’t, I may still be wondering if this is even working. But now I can see that it clearly is. I want to get down to 20-25% BF this year!!! I have a long way to go, but I will definitely get there!!! I’m excited to see that my journey is starting off right! I hope you will join in with me!

I have more updates and recipes coming! Please feel free to subscribe so you don’t miss a single post!!!

Be blessed everyone!
~Karen

A Spoonful of Sugar Helps the Medicine Go Up!

This is a really good blog post explaining why we don’t need carbohydrates to have a healthy diet!!! This is a really good blog! You should follow it!! Hope you enjoy!!

Ancestral Knowledge for a Modern World

How much total sugar do we have in our blood?

84kb cropped versionI spend a lot of time in my clinic explaining to people what their various diagnoses mean. It amazes me how often people come in and have their lives defined by test results and disease labels that they don’t understand. They have been labeled but they have no idea what the label means.

Diabetes is one such label. When it comes to blood sugar (more appropriately titled insulin signaling) issues like diabetes, most people don’t know how much sugar is actually circulating in their blood at the best of times. They “know their numbers” (usually read from a glucose monitor) but have no idea what they actually mean. They want to address the problem but they have only vague general descriptions of how various foods actually affect the levels of glucose in their blood. Having a grasp on some of…

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Excited: Keto Chocolate Mousse

Ok, I’m having a great day. My hubby has been surviving, per se, on Keto now for 3 days, he hasn’t cheated, lol, he hasn’t really complained, except wanting cookies and other sweets which is normal the first few days, but other than that it’s been great. Finding time to cook has been difficult. I haven’t shared this yet, but we are currently staying with my parents until we get a house, so cooking is being shared between my mom and me!!! A headache, but we’re working out the kinks.

With that being said, I’m catching a lot of flack from my mom who thinks it’s strange that I’m cooking all these new meals every day!! I try to explain, but she doesn’t understand….anyhoo, today my mom cooked a perfectly decent Keto meal, so when we got home from church, I didn’t have to cook at all and I was able to make, for the first time ever, chocolate mousse!!!! I was super excited, and so was my hubby!! I wasn’t craving something sweet, but I wanted that joy of eating a treat. I guess I really wanted to treat myself since I’ve been on Keto now for 3 weeks, in the middle of 4 now, and I’ve been doing so well!! So I scrounged around the Internet, got some ideas, and made up my own recipe. I was overjoyed to find out it tastes heavenly!!!!

So here is my recipe for Keto Chocolate Mousse:

Ingredients:

1 3/4-2 C Heavy Whipping Cream
3 Tbsp Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
1 Tbsp Natural Creamy Peanut Butter
1 Tbsp Erythritol (I used Truvia powder)
2 tsp Pure Vanilla Extract

Instructions:

Put all ingredients in a bowl. Using an electric hand mixer, mix on low until all ingredients blended well, then increase to medium, then high. Mix on high until stiff.

It made about 2 quarts, so I estimated it serves approximately 8 1/2-cup servings.

Macros per serving are as follows:

194 calories
18.7 Fat
5g Carbs, 4.1g Net Carbs (1.5 carbs is Erythritol)
0.8g Protein

As I stated above, 1.5g carbs per serving is from Erythritol which some people count and some don’t. Erythritol actually has no glycemic index, which is a fancy way of saying it doesn’t raise blood sugar and trigger an insulin response, and it’s safe for diabetics to use for this reason. I would say if you’re concerned, only use this if you’re short on calories for the day, and you know you’re not going to go over your carb count.

There you have it!!! I hope you enjoy. This is sort of my first creation. I guessed on the amounts, and I’m so glad it came out great!!! My hubby didn’t think it was sweet enough, but since he’s only been doing this for a few days, that’s to be expected. But, if you’re like me, going on your 4th week or even longer, it will be plenty sweet!!!

Fell free to share, comment, like, or ask any questions. Let me know if you enjoyed it. I would love to hear your feedback!!!

Be blessed and enjoy!
~Karen

Grocery Shopping on Keto

Grocery shopping can be a task all by itself, but on Keto it can become like a second job. I find myself going to the grocery store at least once a week, sometimes twice. And now that I’m trying to plan our meals a week ahead of time, it seems like I’ve gone almost every day this week!!

Here’s some things to keep in mind for your shopping trips:

  1. Bacon and eggs are used in just about every meal every day! You want to be sure you stock up on both of these items regularly, and try to buy them in bulk if you can.
  2. Plan your meals out for at least a week and try to by all ingredients in one trip.
  3. Your first trip you’re going to buy the most unless you keep your pantry stocked well. For the most part due to the change in what’s considered the norm, you will have to purchase a lot of new things and throw out a lot of things you’re not going to be using anymore, i.e. anything labeled low-fat or fat free, all margarine, etc.
  4. A lot of things will have to be purchased online. Amazon has a nice selection of a few of the staple items we use in Keto, like almond flour, coconut oil, shortening (lard), and coconut flour. I believe they have a Prime membership that gives you free shipping.
  5. You’re becoming a chef, so you have to have proper utensils!!😉 If you weren’t used to cooking before, you may have to purchase some nice cooking utensils in order to really get the job done.
  6. Purchase a digital scale. Eyeballing your food is not the best idea on Keto. Unless you already have a good idea of serving sizes, but once you’re tracking everything in MFP, you’ll want to know exactly how much you’re putting in your body. It’s also good because it will surprise you as to how little food you now have to eat to be satiated!!
  7. Don’t overwhelm yourself. The first week is going to be a lot of cooking. You don’t have leftovers yet, so you will be cooking almost every day, at least for dinner. The best part of Keto is grabbing your dinner leftovers for breakfast and taking your leftover meat and combining it with a salad for lunch. But dinner will most likely be cooked every night. If you prepare your meals ahead, you can save some time by cooking on a Saturday or Sunday and having enough for majority of the week.
  8. Last, but definitely not least, read your ingredients lists!! This is an absolute must. If you can afford organic, grass-fed, caught in wild, etc. by all means, get it, but it’s not mandatory. Checking those ingredients is. You want to be sure there’s no HYDROGENATED listed anywhere, things like dextrose, Sucralose, corn syrup, high-fructose corn syrup, wheat, whole wheat, whole grain, sugar, aspartame, etc., basically all the things we’re not supposed to have, and you want to check the carbs per serving, serving size, and how many servings there are in the package. These are tricky things manufacturers do to make their products seem healthy. Serving size may be 3 oz. with only 4 carbs, but the package will have 6 servings in it!!! That’s 24g carbs!! Just pay attention to those tricks.

Well, those are my few tips for shopping on Keto. One last thing, you can convert any of your own favorite recipes to Keto just by changing a few ingredients. There are some great graphics on Pinterest that help out with that as well. Ruled Me is a great website that has a graphic showing what to have in place of the norm SAD ingredients. One example is breading chicken with pork rinds, parmasean, and almond flour. And if you’re allergic, like my husband, I will be posting and linking to some info I found on using sunflower seeds to make your own flour that acts like and tastes as great as almond flour.

Enjoy!!

Be blessed!!!
~Karen

Day 1 (for hubby): He Survived!!!

My husband’s first day on Keto was a success. He was actually full after we ate, and he remained full all night, and is even still full this morning! This is truly a milestone for him.

My husband has always had a very large appetite, and it was a little bit of a struggle in our house as far as budgeting for food. He seemed like he was always hungry. Once I started learning about Keto, tried it for myself, and witnessed the definite change in my hunger, I knew this was something he needed to try…he always ate a lot of carbs – potatoes, bread, chips, sugary drinks, cookies, snacks, pies, cakes, the list can go on and on. I kept telling him that he was eating too much junk food and that’s why he was always hungry, but he would always say that he’s hungry and that’s why he eats all these things…that vicious cycle that I talked about in my previous post.

He was pleasantly surprised last night when we went out to eat at Glory Days Grill. He thought his meal wasn’t going to be enough. Well, it wasn’t, lol!!! But, he forgot that the portions at restaurants are bigger than an actual portion. So, he was able to eat the rest of my food, and was FULL, SATISFIED, and STAYED that way ALL NIGHT LONG!!!! He ate the Glory Glazed Salmon with seasonal vegetables and a tossed salad with ranch dressing. The veggies were steamed broccoli and carrots seasoned with butter, salt and pepper. That combined with the remaining portion of my meal was perfect for him. Oh and a full glass of water to top it off!!

So, there you have it. Day 1 complete, and a complete success!! I will keep you all posted on our journey! I hope this is an encouragement and motivation to others to at least research, or start if you’ve already researched, the Ketogenic diet!!

Be blessed everyone!!!
~Karen