6/19/2017 Keto Restart (entry 1)

Sheesh. What a year it has been already. Without dwelling all over again, I was in a car accident in April. And ever since then my diet has suffered. It’s not that I gave up, I just became complacent. At the beginning of my week I jumped right back in the cold water. No toe dipping for this chick. It’s all or nothing. Always.

Restart Weight: 165.8

What I ate:  Monday – Eggs with butter and cream cheese, chicken broth, half a pork chop, asparagus with parm cheese and half an avocado with onion and tomato.  Tuesday – A pepperoni Real Good Pizza with an egg on top, a Hardees lettuce wrapped burger with a side of orange and yellow peppers. Wednesday – A salami, cheese and olive snack pack, baked chicken breasts.

The transition back has actually been easy. Just like riding a bike. And its where my heart is anyway. So lets do this!!!!! I’m not really going to announce this yet on my other platforms as i’m getting my bearings back, as to not disappoint.  But I will be keeping track here and doing daily entries!

Til Tomorrow!

Srirachoy Is Here!

The time has FINALLY come!!!!! My sauce is finally available!!!!!! It all still feels like a dream! I don’t think it will feel real until im in the kitchen this weekend making up my first giant batch!!! I cannot thank everyone enough for seeing me through this entire process and always having my back! I can’t wait to see where this takes us!

You can purchase a jar on my new website! http://www.Srirachoy.com

If you don’t know about Srirachoy yet, It’s a low carb/keto friendly sauce that I have created! It’s a sweet and spicy combination suitable for meats and veggies! I’ve seen folks use it as a dipping sauce, dressings, etc.  It’s possibilities are only limited to your imagination!

Keto Q&A

Been a while since I’ve done a Q&A, and since I have gained new followers lately, I thought it would be a good idea to do one! So here we go!

Is it possible to do Keto and be vegetarian or vegan?  — Yes! You will just have to adjust certain foods to be able to hit certain macros or get the proper fat intake. You would def need to be ok with sacrificing certain things in order to keep it strict though.  As most veggies are high in carbs, so in my opinion that would be kind of a struggle to stay (at the least) under 30g carb to get into ketosis. You would def need to consume a really high amount of healthy fats to balance out the loss of protein from meats. I don’t know a whole lot about the actual process of vegan keto, but I do know it can be done!

Thoughts on heavy whipping cream in coffee… some say it stalls you; any other suggestions? — HWC is what I use in my coffee every single morning.  Even if I make bullet proof coffee, I will still add a little HWC to it. I have never noticed it to be the cause of me stalling. I do just recommend to make sure you stick to the serving size (1-2tbsp) so you aren’t collecting extra carbs without realizing it!

Do you get days where you weight seems to stay the same? What do you eat or do to keep the scale going down? — YES! My weight is always all over the place. Sometimes it won’t budge no matter what I do, then other times I will bounce the same 5lbs around daily. I find if im eating too much meat, I will stall majorly. In the past I have done Egg Fasts that have helped the stall. But I found that the results weren’t lasting. That could just be me though, as Ive seen others have success with them. If I notice that I cannot seem to break the stall, I will cut meat out for a few days and focus on veggies and leafy greens. That (usually) seems to do the trick!

How much weight have you lost? — Overall, I have lost a total of 45lbs. BUT, I have bounced around inside those 45lbs over the last year and a half. Most being due to some poor choices around holidays and then medication weight gain.

I’ve very recently decided on going keto and got ketosis test strips but I have yet to reach a high level.  Should it be taking this long? — Some people can get into ketosis pretty quickly; others it can take up to a few weeks. When I first started it took me a good 3 weeks before I saw anything on my strips. But I was still losing weight. Nowadays, I can get into ketosis in about 3/4 days. But keep in mind, even seeing a small amount on the strips is good! Ketones are ketones!

Have you tried dairy free along with keto for the PCOS symptoms? if so, did you have any different results? — I have not tried to go dairy free during keto. I honestly don’t think I could actually haha. Keto alone has helped my PCOS symptoms tremendously.  Might be a good experiment for me to try though!

Keto friendly Starbucks drink? — My go to drink at Starbucks is an Americano with heavy whipping cream and sugar free vanilla or sugar free cinnamon dolce syrup. That drink can be made hot or iced or blended.  Other options are unsweetened teas that you can add HWC or syrups to. Basically any plain coffee/americano/tea and just add HWC and a sugar free syrup!

Do you calculate protein vs fat vs carbs? — No, I do not.  When I first started I tried to.  But honestly it was just too overwhelming for me. You def will have better results if you can understand it and stick to it, I just found that that method wasn’t for me.  You can google “Keto Calculator” and its the first one that comes up.  You enter all your info and it will tell you your recommended macros! Hope that helps!

What are you must have keto ingredients? — Definitely cream cheese, cheddar cheese, Kerry Gold butter, coconut oil, heavy whipping cream, kale/spinach and frozen cauliflower. These are my automatic staples when I go grocery shopping! I find I use them in almost all of my cooking.

When starting do you jump right in and stay below 20 carbs or do you follow an Atkins type diet for a couple weeks? — I go straight in. No induction period. If I don’t go all or nothing, then its harder for me to say no to certain foods and I wont stay on track.

Are you on birth control? Do they help your PCOS symptoms? — I am not on birth control and am personally very against it. I was diagnosed with PCOS when I was 14 years old and then they put me on birth control when I was 15 thinking that it would regulate my periods. Well, it did not. It caused me to not have one single period for over a year. They finally took me off of it and then I had to go on medication to MAKE me have a period. Ever since then my periods were worse than they were before the BC and just continued to get worse and more screwed up. I strongly believe that BC added to my complications of PCOS. I will NEVER again put it in my body under any circumstances. Keto is the only thing that has ever effected my PCOS in a positive way. I have normal monthly periods now and I dont experience thinning/hair loss anymore.

How often do you splurge on SF sweets? (Starbucks, bars, etc) and does it effect your weight loss? — I treat myself to Starbucks once a week. As far as other sugar free treats, like bars or candy, that is a rare occasion but I do keep them on hand for cravings sake or if I know that im going to be out for a while and will need a snack. Def not something I would want to eat every single day. Too much keto “junk food” def effects my weight loss and makes me bloat.

I have a close friend with PCOS and I want to suggest the keto diet to her but im not that familiar with PCOS.  Should I recommend it to her or mind my own business?– I would def suggest it to her! Especially since she is a close friend and will know you are coming from a caring place and not just some random person trying to tell you to do something that might take offense. You can tell her that you follow some people online that deal with PCOS and have found a way to combat the symptoms. I would start with that and see if she is interested! If she is, then direct her to where she can find out more info, or if she isn’t interested then I would nicely just explain that you care about her and are trying to be helpful and think this is something that might benefit her. If she still refuses the help then you can just tell her she is a big dum dum lol…. JK DONT DO THAT. But rather just print out some pamphlets and start leaving them around her house; you know, the adult thing to do =P

Enlightened Ice Cream Review

I honestly have no idea how I got selected to receive a giant box filled with ice cream, but I ain’t even mad about it.  When I opened this box I had no idea what to expect inside. I had briefly read about the new flavors, but since none of my local stores carry the pints, I shielded myself from such envy.

img_1275 I was so excited to see such a variety of flavors. I immediately cracked open the Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough… and then read that I needed to let it soften.. pfft… so I stuck it into the microwave for 15 secs haha worked like a charm.  My goodness! It was delicious! I got about a quarter through the pint when I realized I could taste the Erythritol. I saw it was one of the ingredients, but felt it would be ok since I can’t usually taste it in cold products since it’s fitting with the cooling effect of Erythritol.  But for the average person, this is no concern.  I’m just super sensitive to it for some reason, and in certain products it will give me migraines; but nonetheless it did not keep me from enjoying every last bite! .. and with no migraine! So, A+ guys.

The next flavor we tried was the Caramel Oatmeal Cookie Crunch. Oh yasss babes. This one was UHmazing. My fiance and I were literally fighting over spoonfuls of it.

The Triple Chocolate was very tasty at first, a very strong chocolately-fudgey flavor, but the Erythritol was pretty strong on this one.  Enough so that my fiance could also taste it. I didn’t venture too much further into that one.

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Next up was the Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip. Just a good ol’ straight forward yummy ice cream.  Not mind blowing, but not bad. A tasty enjoyable experience for the peanut butter lover.

The Sea Salt Caramel was one that was emptied first. That one was most enjoyed by my fiance.  He says that one was his favorite out of the bunch. I enjoyed it as well, save for the Erythritol flavor after a few bites. But the caramel swirls were the very best part.

Mint Chip is just stupid delicious. Any kind of mint chip ice cream has been my favorite since I was young. This one was super creamy but not overpowering as the Halo Top mint chip is, in my opinion. A big thumbs up on this one.

And last but certainly not least… My favorite one! the Frozen Hot Chocolate ❤ ❤ ❤ oh myyyyy.  This one guys, incredible. Chocolate ice cream with chocolate chips snuggled around creamy marshmallow swirl. I was in heaven. To my delight, I also didn’t notice any Erythritol flavor whatsoever. I even had to read the ingredients a couple times to make sure I didn’t miss it. I don’t know how they disguised it in that one, but good job guys. By far my favorite of the bunch!

img_1425 Yeah. That happened. I wasn’t letting any of that one go to waste!

So the verdict! – If you want an indulgent ice cream, these are def for you. How do they compare against Halo Top?  Honestly, I can’t pick one over the other. They both have certain qualities on their own. Halo Top has a more light and refreshing texture/flavor.  While the Enlightened flavors are more decadent.  Halo Top does though offer a lower carb count, if that is important to your lifestyle. But the carb count on the Enlightened pints are just as reasonable if eaten by the serving size. Which is actually pretty damn accurate.  Due to the richness of the flavors, the serving size is exactly how much you will find yourself wanting.  Overall, def a good product and im so happy I got to try it!

 

Fat is smart fuel? ..YES

Are you classy but still like dropping some F bombs every now and then?  I know I do.  Well now you can drop F bombs all over the damn place. My amazing friends,  Ross & Kara over at Love You Foods have not only given us their wizards brew of oils; but now they have provided us with a low carb/keto playground for all of us precious lchf human beans.  It’s a friendly forum to create discussions, ask questions and learn about anything and everything LCHF.  You can make your own profile, post updates and hang out with your pals.  I’ve made mine already and you can find me under the member list as Lazy_Keto.

See you there!fbomb

 

https://www.fatissmartfuel.com/

Keto Health Benefits

If you’re new to Keto, just finding out about it or have been living a Ketogenic lifestyle for a while now, you already know about the amazing health benefits Keto has to offer.  I’ve been wanting to make this post for a while now, but kept retaining and gaining info so now i’m just bursting at the seams!

First and foremost, PCOS. It has been a nightmare in my life since I was 11 years old.  At age 14 I was “officially” diagnosed, but even then without a name.  They just told me that I had cysts on my ovaries and would most likely end up with ovarian cancer (since my mother had it) and of course would never have children.  They’re solution was to put me on Birth Control.  Which I will forever regret, and have been against birth control ever since.  I am convinced that the BC only furthered my complications that I was already experiencing.  While on the BC I didn’t have one single period for an entire year. Which was then followed by additional medication to make me HAVE a period.  At age 17 they wanted to give me a hysterectomy, which we of course said NO WAY and I went to find a new doctor.  So fast forward a few years; having horrible periods, missing time out of school, abnormal paps, etc.  Went all through my twenties only have 2-3 periods per year. Since being on Keto I am approaching a full year of normal, monthly periods.  I still have not been able to conceive (naturally and medically) but we haven’t lost hope.  With the help of Keto, I really believe that we will have the family that we desire.

Last year my father was diagnosed with a form of Muscular Dystrophy.  He was so progressed that walking was hard for him, and he couldn’t even hold a cup in one hand. It broke my heart seeing him lose so much of his mobility.  So! Research began.  I put him on a strict Keto diet and over the next two month, he regained ALL of his mobility, as if it has never happened.  He and my mother now live an 80/20 lifestyle, and while some of his symptoms have returned, he is still a thousand times better than he was prior to Keto. It was seriously remarkable to watch him get better and better.

Before starting Keto I made appointments with both my family doctor and my gyno. Had blood work panels done and such to be able to compare later on. Both of my doctors were all for me starting a Ketogenic lifestyle. My first blood work results were horrible. I was on the verge of diabetes.  I honestly was not surprised. But at my last screening at the beginning of this year, all of my levels are perfectly normal and diabetes is no longer a threat.

So many things in my life have changed because of Keto.  My skin has cleared up, my PCOS symptoms are completely gone.  Not just having normal periods now; no more weird hair growth. I don’t lose hair anymore, and i’m finally starting to lose my “inner tube” body shape. I also have a gluten intolerance, so cutting out ALL of that stuff has obviously made a difference as well.

If you’ve been considering starting a Low Carb or Ketogenic lifestlye, do it. Do it TODAY. You can potentially get your self off diabetic medication, high blood pressure medication, etc. The list goes on and on. It will truly be the best decision you’ve ever made for yourself.

Keto Shopping Tips

I have quite a few staple items that I buy every single time I go grocery shopping.  Which is every two weeks, with the exception of maybe 1 or 2 times randomly in between for other fresh ingredients that I may need for a recipe. Here is what a typical shopping trip looks like for me:

Produce:  Brussel Sprouts, Asparagus, Kale, Green Beans, Shredded Cabbage, Onions, Mushrooms, Avocados.  ::These enter my cart every trip::

Frozen Produce:  Cauliflower (for caulimash), Broccoli, Corn (if I feel like having the extra carbs).

Cold Section/Dairy:  Heavy Whipping Cream, Eggs (usually x2), Shredded cheese, Sour Cream, Cream Cheese (always x2), Kerry Gold Butter.

Meats:  Ground Beef, Bacon, Pork Chops, Chicken Thighs, Chicken Breast (for boiling and shredding for salad and crack slaw), Kielbasa, Sausage. 

Random Items:  Pickles, Olives, Low Carb Tortillas, Deli Meat (actually from the deli, not the packaged processed stuff), Coconut Oil, Ranch Dressing, Mayo, Taco Seasoning, Chicken Broth, Beef Broth.

I try to keep everything as basic as possible and then just add in other things when needed. I find it easier to create different recipes off of the basics, instead of having completely different recipes and buying ingredients accordingly. Basics save time and most importantly, MONEY!!