Tuesday, March 19, 2019

21-Day Keto Diet: Day 14

Pretty busy day today:  work, then the (semi) monthly lunch I have with some of my gal friends, then class...after which I headed to the Community Blood Center of the Ozarks.  I'm a regular blood donor (Universal blood type) and we're getting ready to head on a trip out of country here in a few weeks.  Due to risk of malaria, Zika, or other illnesses, visiting some areas can result in you being quarantined from donating for a year after your trip.  I called the Center to see if the area we're traveling to is on The List...and yyyup, malaria risk.  So I'd like to get in one more donation before I'm benched for a year.  I just gave whole blood a few weeks ago, so I'm not eligible for that until after we return, but I can donate platelets and plasma.

At least, I thought I could. But it's been 4-5 years since I last gave platelets/plasma, and I've had a kiddo since then. Which means they need to test my blood for a particular antibody before I'm allowed to give in that form again.  But they said the test should be done in about a week so I should still be able to donate before our trip.  

I really would like to donate while we're doing the Keto Diet, or immediately after, so that I can see how the diet has affected my cholesterol. I did something similar when we were doing the Daniel Fast, and what can I say? I'm a nerd who likes quantitative data.

Breakfast: Taco Breakfast Muffin with picante sauce and a dollop of sour cream
Lunch:  We met at a local pasta place, but I was able to have an amazing Greek salad, and I brought a small container of dressing from home, because I knew it only had 1 net carb.  
In retrospect, I could have just dressed it with oil and vinegar (both were sitting on the table), or asked the server if she knew if any of their dressings were low carb...BUUUUT I'm also terrified of being "one of THOSE customers", and so I generally don't ask for anything special. EVER.  And if they bring me the wrong food, I still eat it. Them's the rules.

Dinner:  The weather has finally turned around and it's absolutely gorgeous, so we decided to grill brats and asparagus. Topped with sauerkraut and mustard, and served in a lettuce leaf, it was perfect!
Totals: 1242 kcal, 89g fat, 24g net carbs, 76g protein

Our Thoughts:  I know a lot of people say they feel amazing after starting keto...maybe the first week is rough, but then it's all happiness and marshmallows.  Well..we're 2 weeks in and that has NOT been the case for us.  When we go to the gym, we can't lift as much weight, or do as many reps, or work out as long/hard as we usually do. And that's IF we even have the motivation to GO to the gym.  Most of the time we just feel like big lazy blobs.  I don't want to clean the house, work on projects, play with my kid...nothing but sit on the couch with my laptop.  And the brain fog has NOT gone away. 

Unless there's some miraculous change within the next week, or we both see some amazing weight drop, I don't think I'd recommend this experience to anyone. 

Monday, March 18, 2019

21-Day Keto: Day 13

Hello Monday...back to the grind.  

Breakfast: Taco Breakfast Muffin with Chipotle Lime Salsa (Note: if you don't already buy your salsa from Aldi, I highly recommend you start.)  
Lunch: Tuna Salad (my recipe has olive oil mayo, yellow mustard, celery, dill pickle, pepper, hard boiled egg, and celery salt) w/ mixed raw veggies
Dinner: Shrimp Alfredo with Spaghetti Squash.  Alfredo sauce is naturally keto-friendly, which makes me happy.  I cooked the spaghetti squash in my Instant Pot while I worked on the sauce.  The shrimp were pre-cooked so just tossed those in at the end with the sauce to warm them up.
Totals: 1239 kcal, 83g fat, 25g net carbs, 86g protein

My Thoughts:  Today was a bit higher-carb, because of the spaghetti squash--you always hear about it being a healthier option than pasta--and it is, but 1 cup of the squash is still about 8 net carbs.  Then add the sauce on top of that and our dinner ends up at about 10 net carbs.  But, I really enjoyed getting to have Alfredo sauce tonight.  Back when I was a kid with unlimited metabolism and a hollow leg, I ordered Fettuccine Alfredo every time we went to Olive Garden (along with my own giant bowl of salad...and about a million breadsticks). It was my absolute fave.  But at some point, I stopped letting myself have it, in favor of lighter red-sauce based dishes.  

DK's Thoughts:  Still good here.

Sunday, March 17, 2019

21-Day Keto Diet: Day 12 (St. Patrick's Day)

Happy St. Patrick's Day all!  We had a great day today.  My mom-in-law, sis-in-law and nieces came into town. We hadn't seen them in quite a while, and Lil' Man had a good time playing with his cousins.

Breakfast: Coconut Flour Pancakes with sugar-free syrup (regular syrup for Lil' Man), sausage, and a strawberry.
Lunch:  We went to McDonalds so the kids to play after eating (and so Grandma could treat them to ice cream).  I had the Grilled Chicken Bacon Ranch Salad (net 5 carbs), with balsamic dressing (1/2 packet, 2 net).  The Hubs had two McDouble's with no bun or ketchup, and ordered extra lettuce to use as a wrap.  
Dinner:  It's St. Paddy's Day!  What else would we have, but corned beef and cabbage?  We made some Thousand Island dressing (since everything at the store was at least 5g carbs/serving...and there's no purpose in buying a whole bottle and letting it languish in our fridge for 3 years).  Added some sauerkraut (0 carbs), Swiss cheese, and wrapped it in a steamed cabbage leaf.
(Note: if you're not doing keto on St. Patrick's Day, I suggest checking out some of my other St. Pat's recipes, like the Irish Egg Rolls, the Irish Breakfast, or if you're completely over green beer, try a Green Hurricane!) 

Totals:1343 kcal, 95.5g fat, 21 net carbs, 100g protein

My Thoughts:  Today was a really good day. I felt good, had a good time with family, and got a lot done around the house this morning.

Hubs' Thoughts: Ditto.