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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Early Morning Rambles and Cooking

Hello. Still there? Well I'm still here.

Been busy. Big things... mostly trying to buy a place and a car. Place I kinda have, car I need to work on. 

Still doing the keto thing, which has been alright. Stayed on this a lot longer than the Paleo dealie. Which is weird, because they are somewhat similar. You read about people going on keto and they talk about all this weight they lose right away. I'm a month in and I have lost an astounding... five pounds. 

Meh. 

Maybe I'm more keto-ish than keto. Or maybe I don't have water weight that needs to be lost. I must say, I drink a crapton more water now than I used to. I bring my 34 oz water bottle with me to work every day and half of it is gone before lunch. I fill it back up with ice and keep plugging along. 

I kind of miss things. Like ice cream. Why did I start this nonsense in the summer, the peak of all ice cream-ness? Instagram taunts me with pictues of ice cream sammies, black ice cream, this week's flavors at Snowman. And yes, I know I can go and get some, eff the sugar... but I end up talking myself out of it and eating blueberries and calling it a day. 

Since I passed out at 7 last night, I am up bright and early. May even go to the gym first thing this morning. In the meantime, I am reading yesterday's WSJ and cooking lunch. This week's lunches/dinners are Mexican shredded chicken either in a salad or over cauli rice. And don't get me wrong, it is tasty, but I need something else. Which explains why I got some fish and calamari after work yesterday. Totally hit the spot.

Now I'm cooking up some Filipino food. Laing, to be exact. And as paleo as many filipino dishes are, they are also keto friendly. Some adjustments here and there, but doable. Kelp and shiritaki noodles are decent replacements, and hello! no more bloat.

I've posted a recipe for laing in the past years. But it is simple - sauteed onion, garlic, and ginger. Diced pork belly and tuna. Collard greens, coconut milk, and fermented shrimp paste. Not sure how this will be over cauli rice, but it's pretty good on its own.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Keto Day 14 - So Much for a Daily Log (aka Read My Rambles)

Just when I think I'm over this bug, it likes to remind me I am way wrong. Yesterday was the non-stop throat clearing stage, to the point where I swear the back of my throat was bleeding. Today is the oh-so-pretty coughing up phlegm stage. Amazingly enough, not one cough while I worked out this morning, but the minute I stepped out the doors, coughcoughcoughcoughewwimgonnapuke.

Days 10 - 13 aren't posted because a) I was feeling too sick to; and b) I forgot. Even when the thought popped into my head I should write it up, I wasn't in the mood. Blogging is boring. Right now I have some time to kill. Writing up a shopping list for the week. This may bore the handful of people that still read this blog, but eh... life. I full expect those hits to drop.

I'm a little shocked that a place like Honest Weight does not sell treats that are both gluten free and sugar free. They have gluten free items, but they had sugar. There were sugar free items, but had grains of some sort. I may be wrong, and there is indeed something that fits that need, but no luck. I ended up eating some almonds and seaweed snax things. Savory is fine and all, but sweets damnit. I want a sweet. Got a fat bomb book that looks promising, I'll be posting some of my makes on here. When I remember, of course.

For those looking to forego bread, Red Robin offers a burger called the "Wedgie." It's on the menu next to the "Noogie," and the "Swirlie."

I joke. Mostly. Pretty badly.

Anyways, a burger with bacon and guacamole, wrapped in iceberg lettuce. It wasn't bad, except for the fact they cooked my burger wrong. I asked for medium rare, I got well. Maybe I should ask for blue next time, and if I'm lucky I'll get barely medium. Comes with a salad, under 500 calories, if that is something you care about.

Oh, I suppose my eating so far today

Breakfast - Coffee w/ half & half and mct oil. Two baked chicken thighs seasoned with cajun seasoning.

Snack - More chicken. If you can't tell, I'm trying to finish what I have on hand. Protein good. Blahblahblah bad. Lots of water. More coffee. Ho hum.

Lunch - Ended up eating on the late side, hit up the gym and I wasn't feeling hungry until the late afternoon. More chicken, surprise surprise.

Dinner - Blueberries. I was meal prepping (pork & chicken adobo, chicken stock, ground beef), and honestly nothing else sounded good. Although popcorn would have been nice while watching Twin Peaks.

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.