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My Keto Journey
At the end of 2017, I decided to change my way of eating. I was 5’5 and 165 lbs and unhappy with the way I looked. At this time I had just turned 56 years old, had a job where I sat all day for 40 hours per week, Caretaker my adorable mom, and never made time to exercise.. Food was a big part of my life growing up. I swear I think my first solid food as a baby was most likely cornbread. In the south, every event is celebrated with food. Sometimes no event is required to get together for a big spread.
Good Morning America
About this same time I saw a segment on Good Morning America about the “Keto Diet”. I had never heard of it. Amy from GMA was doing it and she looked fabulous. Having no idea what it was about I bought the book, “The Keto Reset Diet” By Mark Sisson. I watched a few YouTube videos, joined a few Facebook groups, looked at some recipes and decided to give it a try.
I miss my Potatoes Most of All
First of all, I need to let you know that I am not extreme. My diet was to simply restrict, sugar, potatoes, pasta, bread, chips and just about everything I had grown to love. It was not easy. I miss my sweets, pasta, and potatoes most of all. Did I tell you I live in Beer City? I had just become very fond of Noble” The Village Tart” Hard Cider.
My husband and I live with my sweet southern 86-year-old mom who loves to feed people. If she prepares a meal and you do not eat she gets offended. With that being said I knew the odds were stacked against me that I would be strong enough to succeed at eating low carb. I approached it with baby steps. By the end of 3 weeks, I felt better and had more energy. My clothes especially the waist felt better. It took planning. Making sure I have good food options around is key. I had to let mom know I could no longer have her cornbread, spaghetti, chicken and dumplings, and huge biscuits. The main thing was to find some good replacements for the things I truly missed and enjoyed.
Planning and Research
Finding good tasting food required research. I was pleasantly surprised to find some products and recipes that were very good. This was so important for me to be successful. There were a few low carb products that failed for me. They had low carbs but the taste was not enjoyable. I needed choices I could grab and take to work each day. I get bored with eating the same thing every day so I try to keep it interesting or I will blow it.
I start every day with a cup of coffee with heavy whipping cream, MCT oil and 5 squirts of Sugar-Free Carmel Pecan Syrup. For lunch,it might be Pimento cheese, chicken salad, egg salad, or salad with grilled chicken. For my evening meal usually, stick with meat (usually chicken) and a vegetable or salad.
Holidays, Birthdays and Big Celebrations
I allow myself to blow my keto date on special occasions. We have to live. What is the point in life if we cannot enjoy eating our favorite foods at least once in a while? The point is I am trying and I will stay on course most of the time.
Goals for me
- Going on long walks or hikes
- Try new recipes
- Connect more with the low carb community and women over 50 groups
- Live in the moment
- Accept that I will never look 20 years old again
- Visit my local Farmers Market more. There are great selections of berries and vegetables.
Amazon has the biggest selection of low carb/keto products
Amazon has been key in keeping me on track. My keto community-recommended products. It was amazing to find them on Amazon. I try not to run out.
ChocZero’s Keto Bark, Dark Chocolate Almonds with Sea Salt. Sugar-Free, Low Carb. No Sugar Alcohols
These are great with guacamole.
Cheese puffs -Delicious
Click above(highlighted) for complete recipe. You will love this soup.