It’s been a month since my last entry. It seems like as good a time as any to update.
Adam has lost 30 pounds in the 6 weeks since we started the keto diet. I have lost 10. I’m not really sure why I have only lost 2 pounds in the last month. I’ve been doing all the things – food journalling, measuring everything, counting calories as well as macros, but I am at a personal plateau. I got stuck around 185 for months when I was losing this weight the first time. Besides, my shape is obviously changing, and I’m sure that I’m benefiting anyway.
How do I know? Because July 11th was my 10 year seizure-versary, and it came and went without me even thinking about it.
I am becoming accustomed to having energy and being able to think clearly. And, despite having catamenial seizures, I did not cave and order sweet & sour chicken w/ fried rice… no matter how badly my mind thought I wanted it.
But What Are You Eating?
I’ve been getting this question a lot. It makes me think that folks who are considering the diet haven’t been able to really wrap their heads around how the diet works because it’s so different from the one that they’re used to.
For the curious, my day usually looks like this:
- bulletproof coffee -or-
- coffee & a mug cake -or-
- coffee and scrambled eggs w/cheese
- leftovers from dinner or
- a big bowl of spinach and/or lettuces plus whatever I’d have on a sandwich (turkey, hard salami, a slice of cheese, 1 tbsp mayo, 1 tbsp mustard, and a diced pickle is a favorite, as is chicken, bacon, blue cheese, & avocado)
- some kind of grilled meat (chicken, steak, lamb, pork chop) or fish (usually salmon, swordfish, or tuna) w/ a cooked green veggie (asparagus, zucchini, broccoli, spinach, artichokes, Brussels sprouts) -or-
- a recipe I’ve grabbed off the internet or created from family favorites, like
- Adam’s Hand Pies/Calzones
- Baked Chicken & Cauliflower “Mac & Cheese” Casserole
- Homemade Pizza with Fathead Dough crust
- Zucchini Noodles w/Turkey Meatballs & Pesto
- Keto Jambalaya
Dessert – almond butter or cheesecake “fat bombs”
- baked cheese “crackers”
- string cheese
- precooked breakfast meats (bacon, sausage links)
- pork rinds
- nuts & seeds
Wherein I whine about whining…
Oddly, friends of mine have been adding me to keto communities on FB, whether or not I have expressed any interest. I mean, it never hurts to have more recipes, I guess… but I’m getting really tired of the support aspect of many of these groups.
Don’t get me wrong — I’m all about supporting one another in our journeys, but I’m sick to death of reading people whining about how hard this diet is. I hear enough whining from my 3 year old and from my inner fat bitch who would prefer for me to subsist on pizza and donuts. YES, the diet is a tough adjustment from the SAD, but whining is toxic.
I want to tell each of these people, “Listen, you don’t have to be on this diet. You’re making a powerful choice and powerful change. Change is the opposite of comfortable!”
I think part of the problem is that listening to other people complaining does nothing to strengthen my personal resolve. It only amplifies the voice in my head that encourages me to quit or purposefully slip up.
I am well past acknowledging that I have automatic negative thought-patterns whispering in my ear, telling me to harm myself. My full-time job is to tell those thoughts to fuck off. And right now, one way I do that is by powerfully choosing what I do and don’t put in my mouth.
I think that when it comes to dieting/changing your lifestyle/way-of-eating or WHATEVER you want to call it, it all comes down to one question: What’s your motivation?
It’s okay to admit to yourself that you’re changing your lifestyle in order to lose weight and be healthier. It’s important to be honest with yourself. The real problems that cause yo-yo dieting and will whittle away at your self-esteem come in when your motivation for becoming healthier stems from a place of negativity.
If you’re trying to lose weight because you are sad about what you see in the mirror, it’s easier to get down on yourself along the way because you’re focusing on something that makes you sad. Your weight loss journey then becomes one of escaping the pain of your own self-flagellation.
The sort of negative self talk that comes from this sort of motivation can sound like, “What’s more important to you? Looking good or tasting a cookie? Nothing tastes as good as thin feels.” The problem there? Being unkind to yourself becomes habitual, and habits are tough to break. When and if you reach goal weight, you’ll still have more practice at being unkind to yourself than you have practice at giving yourself credit for your achievements, and you’ll wonder why you still feel sad.
If you’re trying to lose weight because you want more time with the people you love, it’s a lot more difficult to shame yourself. I mean how can you feel bad about wanting to spend time with people who make you smile? “Would you rather eat a cookie or have more time feeling well with your kid(s)?” makes the choice easier for me, at least.
Of course, it’s absolutely ideal for weight loss to be secondary. I’m extra lucky in that regard. Seizure control matters to me far more than weight loss — but I’d be lying if I didn’t want to get back to a healthy BMI. The thing is, I know that in order to achieve weight loss or lasting lifestyle change, I need a happy thought to focus on to get me there. The sad or angry ones don’t help as much, and plateaus are very real.
Anyway, I’ve been really appreciating that I learned in therapy that I can’t control my automatic thoughts, but I can always control my actions. 6 full weeks with no cheating is a big deal for me.
The trick to not cheating? Always have something on hand you can eat. Prepping ahead for grab-and-go eating is the name of the game.
Without further ado, here are more keto-friendly recipes that are worth the dishes they’ll create to make them.
Recipes That Are Totally Worth It
Here are some recipes that Adam and I have work-shopped and fallen in love with over the last month:
Keto Party Mix – This tastes JUST like Chex Mix. It’s the first time I’ve liked pork rinds. I strongly recommend a deluxe nut mix without peanuts, like the one we got by The Snack Artist.
Rae’s Chocolate Chocolate Chip Mug Cake – I love to split this with Henry for breakfast! Best served with whipped cream and/or coffee.
Rae’s Lemon Blueberry Mug Cake – Another good one for breakfast or just as a treat. 🙂
Adam’s Keto Jambalalya – This one takes time, but yields plenty of delicious leftovers.
Father’s Day Trail Mix – This is what Henry and I made for Adam for Father’s Day 2018. Which reminds me… he’s all out and I need to make him more today. 🙂
Anyway! I have taken a long time writing this out today, and I am frankly amazed that Henry let me get away with it.
I hope that you’re feeling well and are having a good day.
It’s time for me to go do chores, despite somehow being sick with a headcold yet again. (If only Keto also improved my immunoglobulin count!)
Let me know in the comments if you have any questions or recipe requests for me and Adam to makeover!