Back to Keto

For those of you wondering what happened to my Keto journey … well … it derailed. Hubby did really well, but I started adding in a bit of this and a bit of that into my diet. The this’s and that’s not being Keto friendly.

I promised myself that 2018 would be the year of paying attention to my body. Turning 55 just seems significant to me. Age 50 was like “ya, whatever”, but mid-fifties is like “Whaaaaattttt?”

In January, Hubby announced he wanted to ‘go Keto’ and I eagerly jumped on board with him. I didn’t lose very much weight, but I felt FANTASTIC! For all of six weeks. Then the derailment started to happen.

I could spend time analyzing the reasons excuses, but that seems like a waste of time and energy. Instead, I looked at what worked. I came up with the following:

  • being publicly accountable to my Pay-Attention-to-My-Body commitment through this blog
  • taking an interest in finding and trying Keto recipes
  • wearing my FitBit and not going to bed until I hit my 10,000 daily steps

Sooooo … back to blogging. Back to wearing my FitBit and ….

Back Into The Kitchen

First on my list was dealing with coconut milk. For those of you doing Keto, you know it is alllllll about coconut. The problem is there is something about the texture that makes me gag. Thicker than water and thinner than milk. GAK! Weird, I know, but the struggle is real.

I decided to make my own condensed milk by simmering the living daylights out of coconut cream. It took me about 45 minutes with two cans to get the consistency I like. You can make sweetened condensed milk by adding liquid stevia if you like. I am good with unsweetened.

CondensedCoconutMilk

I also learned that I need to have something on hand that feels bread like.

BackToBakingI had made these Flax & Cinnamon Muffins before and deemed them successful, so I made a batch. They freeze really well and I can pull one out at a time when the bread craving hits.

FlaxCinnamonMuffins

Keto, my friend, we are good to go!

~ Eliza

Flax & Cinnamon Muffins

  • 2 cups ground flax seed
  • 1/4 teaspoon liquid stevia
  • 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon finely ground gray sea salt
  • 5 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/3 cup melted and allowed to cool down coconut oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and prepare a muffin pan with 12 paper liners.

In a large bowl whisk the dry ingredients.

Place eggs, water, oil, stevia and vanilla in a blender (I use my NutriBullet) and blend for 30 seconds until foamy.

Fold the liquid mix into the dry mix just until blended. Let the batter sit for 3 minutes.

Divide the batter into the muffin liners. Bake for 13 to 15 minutes until a toothpick inserted into the centre of a muffin comes out clean.

Immediately take the muffins out of the pan and place on a cooling rack.

1 muffin = 1 serving

 

Keto: What the heck is it?

This post follows on from: It’s Not About Weight.

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JackSprat

So, what exactly is Keto? I have had this question asked of me many times since I started sharing Hubby’s and my journey. Well, let’s begin with a nursery rhyme:

Jack Sprat could eat no fat
His wife could eat no lean
And so betwixt the two of them
They licked the platter clean

The problem with this nursery rhyme is the illustrations show Jack as a skinny fellow and Mrs. Sprat as obese. This is what we all grew up with and this is what society tells us is our fate if we go the way of dear Mrs. Sprat.

Except it turns out that fat doesn’t make us, well, fat, sugar does. By eliminating most, or for some people all, fat from our diet we are doing our bodies a huge disservice.

Well, I don’t eat dessert, Eliza. 

Me, neither. In fact, I drink my coffee black, never drink pop, never eat processed out of a box food and rarely drink alcohol. And yet, since entering into full blown perimenopause, I was getting bigger and bigger and bigger.

From what? Carbs, my friends. Over my almost 55 years of life, my body has been using glucose (aka sugar) from carbohydrates as fuel, but my aging (gak!) body can’t keep up and that glucose is being shoved out into fat cells. Not to mention all the other horrible symptoms I list in my Not About Weight post.

The Keto Diet trains your body to use fat as a fuel source instead of glucose. In the absence of glucose, the liver turns fatty acids into ketones which become the body’s fuel source. This is a perfectly healthy way to provide fuel to your body. In fact, it has been used for over a hundred years to diminish epileptic seizures.

What does this mean in terms of food? It means eating a heck of a lot more healthy fats, moderate protein, and low carbohydrates mainly in the form of green veggies. I will expand upon this in future posts, but this is the gist of it.

I suspect that our plump Mrs. Sprat was eating fat AND carbohydrates. And Mr. Sprat? Just because he was a skinny little fellow does not necessarily mean he was healthy.

Me? I feel PHENOMENAL!

~ Eliza

 

 

Keto: It’s Not About Weight

This post follows on from Sexy Healthy Us.

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feeling great

Having set up our Facebook group, Sexy Healthy Us, we were ready to start posting to it. First, we created a baseline, the BEFORE state to look back upon. We took photographs of each other: front, back and both side views. We then weighed ourselves.

In order not to fixate on weight, we agreed to weigh ourselves once per week only. The photos would be updated once per month.

I also made note of my base health:

  • Gas/bloating
  • Belly pains
  • Acid indigestion
  • Rosacea
  • Chronic sinusitis
  • 2 pm energy drop
  • Waking up tired

Sexy isn’t about weight, it’s about feeling great!

~ Eliza