Operation Keto - Week Five
Week five has been my best week yet. Not in weight loss but in ease. I haven’t had any carb cravings or had the desire to cheat even when I did dream about donuts! I thought starting Keto during the holidays would be a recipe for failure but it has proven to be the exact opposite. In fact, I’m actually glad I started when I did. The holiday season is full of temptation and not just on the holidays themselves. Stores have a million more cookies stocked and advertised, hot chocolate is flowing like water, and people have bowls of Christmas themed candy scattered around the house. Diet is the last thing on anyone’s mind, especially when January 1st is so close. But starting Keto around this time has actually taught me a lot about my eating habits and discipline. In the past I made the holidays a free pass when it came to food, which then resulted in feeling super tight and uncomfortable in my jeans, bloated, in a constant sugar high and crash cycle, and frustrated come New Years knowing how much more weight I’d want to lose. With Keto I’ve learned how to fuel my body so I’m not constantly opening the pantry and fridge for bored snacking. I’ve learned that holidays are even more exciting when you know you get to enjoy foods that you normally wouldn’t and it adds in the joy of the day. I’ve learned that if I can stay consistent in a temptation season, then how much easier will it be when that season is over?! And most importantly I’ve learned how to enjoy my life with food and not shame myself when I do “cheat”. Keto has given me the tools and knowledge to get right back on the wagon after a celebration or holiday without fear of falling back into my old bad habits. So if you’re debating on starting Keto, another diet, or anything that you keep pushing off for “Monday,” I encourage you to start right now! The adjustment period might be a bit rough but it will be worth it in the long run. I guarantee it.
Weekly Update Q’s
Weight Loss or Gain
This week I lost 1.6 lbs making a total of 8.5 lbs in five weeks! I’m really excited about this and I’m more encouraged than previous weeks, but I’m still a bit discouraged that I don’t fit differently in my clothes. It sometimes makes me second guess whether I’ve actually lost weight or not and that the scale is lying to me. Hopefully once I hit 10 lbs, I’ll start to notice some changes.
How do I feel?
I feel really great. Last week my goal was to drink a lot more water and since doing that I’ve noticed a huge difference in my….regularity, which I’ve missed, since it’s quite common on the first few weeks of Keto to have “Keto Constipation.” I also mentioned last week that I noticed that at least once a week I would have a HUGE MONSTER carb craving, like HUGE. I’d get mad and angry and super crabby, but since adding more water and limiting Diet Coke I didn’t get that craving this week, which I’m Brett was very thankful for.
What are your go-to’s for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks?
Anitpasto. Antipasto. Antipasto!! Ever since we went to Chi Chi’s last week with my family and had their antipasto salad, Brett and I have both been craving it non-stop. I bought all the ingredients for it at the store so we could make it at home, but we still went out once because their “salad cheese” (aka mozarrella) just makes the salad and you can’t find it in stores. If you live in the Santa Clarita Valley, Ventura, or Woodland Hills you NEED to go and if you’re not Keto, get their pizza too because it is incredible! We did eventually make our own at home and it was also very delicious…even without the salad cheese. One of the things I have missed on Keto is oatmeal. The texture, the way it fills you up, and the carbs (lol) are what I miss most, so I decided to make my own version of an oat-free oatmeal bowl that I had seen all over Pinterest and YouTube (the recipe is below!). I love that it feels like I’m eating carbs without actually eating them and it's soooo filling. For snacks I’ve become obsessed again with Moon Cheese and finish a entire bag in only a day (they are only 2 oz bags, sadly). I picked up the Gouda flavor and OH.MY.GOSH. So if Moon Cheese is reading this please make your bags MUCH larger and less expensive. We can’t keep spending $4 per 2 oz bag, because I refuse to go bankrupt for cheese.
Overcoming Temptations to Break the Diet…
This has been the first week that I have not been tempted to cheat!! Even when I went out to dinner with my girlfriends for our Book Club meeting I didn’t feel sad that I couldn’t indulge in the maple glazed brussel sprouts or get dessert. Usually I would have allowed myself to indulge, like I had in past weeks but this week I just didn’t mind. I hope that feeling continues after Christmas and our anniversary trip next week when we are going off Keto! (Also, please pray I don’t gain all 8.5 lbs back!). While I haven’t been craving carbs I have been craving something sweet. When grocery shopping I saw that Lily’s, a stevia-sweetened chocolate brand, had a wide variety of chocolate bars with 6 net carbs per bar!! I picked up the Salted Caramel flavor and Brett and I couldn’t believe that this was stevia-sweetened chocolate. It was just as delicious as normal chocolate, if not better. We also loved that the serving size was per 1/2 a bar, unlike traditional chocolate bars which are one row of chocolate squares…and who can stop after just one row!!??! If I don’t stay Keto forever, I’ll forever be a loyal Lily’s Chocolate buyer.
Oat-Free Oatmeal Recipe
2 tbsp Whole Chia Seeds (I use these from Thrive Market.)
2 tbsp Hemp Hearts
1 tsp Swerve granular sugar (You can use your natural sweetener of choice like stevia or monkfruit.)
1/2 cup Unsweetened Original Almond Milk/ or any unsweetened nut milk
1/2 packet of favorite flavor RxBar nut butter (I used Vanilla Almond Butter here.)
1/2 or 1 tbsp Unsweetened Coconut Shavings
1/4 cup berries of choice
Combine chia seeds, hemp hearts, and sweetener together in bowl.
Add nut milk. Milk should just cover seeds.
Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours or overnight.
Stir together to build thickness and combine any seeds that floated to the top.
Top with peanut butter, coconut shavings, and berries.
Fat: 30 grams (Want more fat? Add in 1 tbsp MCT Oil, but add 130 calories.)
Protein: 17 grams
Net Carbs: 2 net carbs
Next week (Week Six) I’m taking off Keto for Christmas (Tuesday) and for our anniversary trip to Denver (Wednesday-Sunday), so I’ll be back with an update for Week Seven on January 2nd. I really hope the “Weight Loss or Gain” update question doesn’t have too much of a gain — it would be a Christmas miracle if it didn't!