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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Keto Day 9: Through Sickness to Good Health

To the people who say keto flu doesn't exist... you lie.

Well... let me take that back. You may be right. and I am not experiencing keto flu, but just have a really bad cold. Sore throat, stuffy nose, bouts of sleepiness. Very cranky. Two doses of dayquil and it had no effect. I'm ready to break out some chicken stock to slurp down, or if M is super cool, he'll pick up some Chinese food. Not really sure how much of it will be keto friendly, but whatever. I'm siiiiiiiiiick.

If you were wondering, keto flu is the umbrella name of a number of symptoms that people experience when they start on a ketogenic diet. Common symptoms include irritability, fatigue, upset stomach, nausea, and headaches. These symptoms stem from the body's switch from glucose to ketones as the main energy source.

Hmm... now that I think about it. Maybe it's a mixture of keto flu and allergies. I took an allergy med and I'm feeling slightly better. Or it's all in my head. Anyways, best way to battle KF, or whatever I'm experiencing is fluids and food.

Speaking of food, today's recap -

Breakfast - Woke up this morning alright, not necessary tired. After some yoga I was ready to eat. Large cup of coffee with half & half; half a cup of whole milk greek yogurt mixed w/ a handful of raspberries and blueberries, and a tablespoon of hemp hearts. May make this again but in an overnight n'oats kind of way. N'oats, as is no oats. I didn't come up with that. I read that somewhere.

Lunch - Lettuce wraps. I got the recipe from the One Pot Paleo cookbook. Ground beef, bamboo shoots, shiitake mushrooms, carrots and sweet peppers. Coconut aminos, fish sauce, chili pepper flakes. Pretty darn good. Did I write about this yesterday? Is this keto fog, or sick fog?

Dinner - The beef stir fry again, but this time with cauliflower rice. Not too bad, but real rice would be better. Damn carbs. Saved half of the cauli rice and the remainder of the beef for lunch tomorrow. I could probably use this same meat and turn it into hot & sour soup. Ah... possibilities.

Now if only I could breathe normally again.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Keto Day 8: Climbing Back on the Wagon

My sun room is flooded. I have been trying my best to pull everything away from the windows, but the wicker basket got hit. I don't really know what's in there... I think mostly biking stuff. But I get it... time to get rid of things I haven't used in years.

Recap of my day so far:

Breakfast - I wrote out my meals for the week. Something that would be doable, if it wasn't for the damn humidity. Large cold brew coffee with a splash of half & half. I brought raspberries with me, but I didn't get a chance to have some.

Lunch - Roasted beets and bacon salad with a lemon garlic vinaigrette. Pretty darn good. Sadly I used up the rest of that vinaigrette.

At this point I should have drank water. Lots of water. Forgot. Oops.

Snack - Finally got around to eating those raspberries. After work. After running to my car in the rain. Totally went over my carbs today. Oh wells.

Extra Snack - I was just going to buy a can of bamboo shoots. I ended up buying that, plus some jello, and shrimp w/ cocktail sauce, and chicken strips. Eff it, I at a pizza yesterday... what's two chicken strips?!? It was heavy on the black pepper and delicious.

Pre-Dinner - Shrimp cocktail is my fave. I should find a recipe for a sugar free version of cocktail sauce because I am sure there was sugar in it. Whatever. Didn't see it... didn't happen.

Water? Hah. I've been drinking mugs of hot tea. Throat has been killing me. We shall see how I feel in the morning.

Dinner - It's 10PM and I have yet to make it. But they will be lettuce wraps. Ground beef with shiitake mushrooms, bamboo shoots, shredded carrot. Cooked w/ coconut aminos, which is a bit too sweet for my tastes. Maybe it'll be my lunch tomorrow.

My Keto Experiment

On my way out the door one morning this week I mentioned to M, "this coconut oil in my coffee thing is weird." He slowly shook his head and went back to sleep.

So goes my life these days.

Warm weather makes me do silly things. Like give up ice cream. And bread. And sugar. But not beer... I'm not that crazy. This week is two weeks on keto. Actually, three, if you count my test week before I started last week. And it's been okay. And minus the beer, I've been sticking to it.

Except for tonight. I made some pizza for M and the temporary neighbors. I was going to abstain, but I was curious to see if my baking skills had fallen by the wayside. They haven't, if you were wondering. I thought my body would react more to the bread, but I guess it hasn't been that too long since I gave it up.

Originally I started on the 30 day plan from Healthful Pursuit, but a week into it and I got bored. So now I'm just picking and choosing through my many cookbooks. Tweaking recipes so it works into my macros of 70% fat, 20% protein, and 10% carbohydrates. Lots of salads, lots of bacon. Not that I'm complaining about that. The egg heavy dishes, I guess I'll get used to.

Keto, or ketogenic is a diet focused on low carbs and high fat. Eating in this method eventually leads the body into ketosis, which uses fat for energy. That's a very simplified description of it, so I suggest you google your way to a better understanding.

I'll try to do a better job about tracking my progress this week.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

When Enough is Enough

Let me just say the only reason why we went here is because of happy hour. 

Spent the holiday mostly studying, but I took some time out to go to Home Depot for paint. And since we were already in Latham, figured we may as well grab drinks at Brick House. It was after 4:00 and their happy hour runs until 7:00. Three dollar drafts and five dollar appetizers were right up our alley.

Except there was no happy hour. No signs at the tables, no mention of it anywhere. I don't think they did away with it altogether, because from what I remember from past visits, the place would be packed. It was probably because of the holiday. We never asked about it, and we probably should have just left at that point. Especially since we had to wait before our server acknowledged we were there.

But that's Brick House's thing - waiting. Waiting for a server. Waiting for drinks. Waiting to place our orders. Waiting for another drink. You get the point. Slow service, and food that's heavy on the grease, and on this visit, heavy on the salt.

Thanks to that burger crawl, I have been on a cheeseburger kick. Ordered the house cheeseburger, medium rare with cheddar, and fries. What you saw above is what came out. Twenty-three fries on that plate. Excuse my fry loving self, but are you f***ing serious? That looks like it was an afterthought. Hardly any fries, and the ones that were there were SALTY. I like salty food, but geez... had to shake the excess salt off. 

As for the burger, meh. I could see they were aiming for medium rare, since they left the marker still on the burger. Ended up being more medium, but medium rare is hit or miss at most places. Finished it quickly and tried to get the attention of our server about getting some less salty fries. She didn't hear me. She seemed a bit frazzled so I just let it go.

M ordered the Thai Tots, a new to us item on their menu. Tater tots topped with Thai BBQ and peanut sauce. There may be more, but I don't remember the description. And just happened with my fries, salt strikes again. Whomever is stationed at the fryer, salt bae they are not. Tots heavily salted, and then doused in sauces which have their own amounts of salt. 

Never say never, but I think we'll be staying away from here for a while. 

Monday, May 29, 2017

Food Prepping

Food prepping is one of those things I swear I'll do... but don't. It's right up there with making meals for the week. I either end up eating everything that day, or I bring it to work and don't touch it. Wasteful. 

And portions. I am horrible at doing that. For example, that pan there? That can be broken up into what... three portions, with a little bit of each? Half I threw into a container for work (which I ended up not eating until I got back home), and the other half I ate right off the pan. It was delicious, by the way. Olive oil and some Cajun seasoning. 

I think I need more cooking structure. Next week. My life will be less crazy after Saturday.