Operation Keto: Week Nine

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*Hello pizza, my old friend…I’ve come to eat all of you again…*

Hopefully you sang that in your head to the tune of The Sound of Silence or else that was a very weird opening. So, let’s move on. Week nine was filled with lots of pizza both keto (shown above) and not. I’ve noticed that my “cheat” meals always involve pizza, so this must mean that pizza is my favorite food ever. This would be a sad realization for someone on Keto, except fear not, there are Keto pizza options that are actually delicious (seriously!). The one on the left is a homemade Keto pizza Brett and I made from a Thomas DeLauer recipe. I tried to find the recipe online but couldn’t find it anywhere, so here it is. The crust is made from 1 1/2 cups of shredded full fat mozzarella, 2 tbsp full fat cream cheese, 1/3 cup coconut flour, and two eggs. Melt the cheeses in the microwave and combine with the rest of the ingredients and then top with whatever you want (Tip: Make sure your pizza sauce is sugar free and as low in carbs as possible.) The pizza on the right is the new frozen Keto pizzas from Quest! I stumbled up on this in Target yesterday and bought two because…duh. Both pizzas are mozzarella based crusts which I like far more than cauliflower because you get less carbs, more fat, protein, and the texture is a lot more substantial and pizza-like. The homemade pizza had 8 net carbs per 1/2 pizza, perfect for sharing on Monday night watching the Bachelor. The Quest Supreme pizza has 15 net carbs for the entire thing, so this is great for lunchtime when you haven’t depleted a majority of your calories and net carbs for the day. Bonus: You have the rest of the day to burn off the calorie load (780 to be exact)! I’m so glad that companies are coming out with actual Keto approved foods that don’t taste like cardboard, because it means eating this way is a lot easier and less time consuming.

Weekly Update Q’s

Weight loss of gain

This morning’s weigh in showed a 1 lb loss, taking my total loss to 12 lbs! The best part is that I’m finally noticing small changes in the way I look and how my clothes are fitting. My body type has always made seeing weight gain and loss a bit tricky because I gain and lose weight very proportionately. This has pros and cons. The pros are that I can hide weight gain easily and I don’t have to buy brand new jeans anytime I gain 5-10 lbs. The cons are that I don’t realize I’ve actually gained weight until it’s substantial, 10-15+; and then subsequently, seeing weight loss comes slowly, like it has here at the nine week mark. We have just over three weeks until our cruise so I hope that by week 12 I will be able to really see the fruit of my labor!

How Do I feel?

I actually don’t feel that great, but that’s not due to Keto but the cold Brett so kindly passed off to me. The ultimate downside about being sick is that my streak of running and pilates has been broken. When I do go back to running it’s gonna be HARD, which I am not looking forward to.

What are your go-to’s for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks?

It’s no secret that Keto pizza has been my number one go-to for lunch and dinner this week! Another meal we repeated because it was so delicious was this trout recipe that takes inspiration from a classic chicken piccata. You all need to make this recipe STAT whether you are Keto or not because it is heavenly!! (P.S. You can make it with salmon too!)

Overcoming temptation to break the diet…

I feel like this section of the weekly update is getting a bit redundant now because I very rarely have temptation, and when I do I just eat what I’m tempted by. Last week it was pizza, rolls, and ice cream for my sister’s birthday and this week it was pizza, chips, and snickerdoodle Nothing Bundt Cake for another family birthday (by the way the snickerdoodle flavor tastes just like the coffee cake from Starbucks but better!!). Keto shouldn’t stop you from living your life and enjoying big moments. Like I said a few weeks past during the holiday season, Keto now makes eating bad food even more indulgent and fun and not guilt ridden. Hallelujah!

So here’s to week nine, pizza, and Snickerdoodle bundt cake!

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