Sunday, April 15, 2012

KETO: Week 1 Summary

This has been an interesting week!

Weight Loss: 6 pounds!

I feel fantastic, and only get the cravings for carbohydrates (sugars, mostly) when actively strolling through the bakery or candy aisle. I am nice and full throughout the day. As opposed to all of the previous diets I've attempted, I actually have to try to eat ENOUGH calories because of how filling all my food is! It really is fantastic. The Keto diet has been great to me!

I found surprisingly little information about lactating women and low-carb diets, but what I did find was anecdotal 'evidence'. Most of that, to me, seemed like they were too worried to cut carbs down to 20g per day, so they didn't. Many recommended I skip the initial phase of the ketogenic diet, and start with the maintenance phase - 100g of carbs each day. 

Instead, I am going to continue trying for 20g carbs per day, and keep a very close eye on my milk supply.  After all, carbs are a nonessential nutrient, and thus should not affect my supply!

I'm keeping track of my baby's appetite, mood, any changes in BMs, and his weight. 

The important thing about a keto diet, especially while pregnant or breastfeeding, is getting enough calories and water each and every day. I highly recommend (no I am not paid to say this) to keep track of your calories and everything! I input my recommended nutrient amounts (65% fat, 30% protein and 5% carbs) and it tells me how much more I need to consume throughout my day. Super easy!

And remember: If you aren't hitting your caloric needs, your body might go into starvation/preservation mode and refuse to burn any fat. It can slow your metabolism way down and prevent you from losing weight at all.


This week's recipes:

Bacon-wrapped cheese-filled beef log (aka: Bacon Cheeseburga Roll)

This thing was delicious! And huge, it could feed five people or more, depending on the appetites and side dishes. Our rendition used havarti cheese and pepper jack, and we used garlic and Worcestershire sauce to season the meat. We also mixed a raw egg into the beef to help it hold together better. 

Make it again? Yes, definitely.

Asian Chicken (Simple Asian Chicken Dish)

This was very tasty. We had some leftover chicken and threw that into it, so our chicken itself was a little on the dry side. Certainly not the fault of the recipe, which calls for raw chicken! As I was eating it I was psyched. Delicious for sure. However, later on I had that distinct feeling of being super full, like I felt heavy. This is a recipe I would only be able to eat once in a while.

Make it again? Yes, once in a while.

Peanut Butter Flourless Cookies (Flourless PB Cookies)

Definitely tasty, but you will need a drink! I recommend some delicious Almond Milk :-)

Make it again? Yes! They are a great mini treat.

Cheesecake Cupcakes (Mini Cheesecake Cupcakes)

These were fairly tasty. Don't skip the last step: cool overnight in the fridge. They were not great when still warm from the oven. 

Make it again: Maybe. I'm still undecided.

Sugar Free Chocolate Truffles (Bourbon Chocolate Truffles Sugar Free)

As much as I love this blog, I wasn't a huge fan of this recipe. We did skip the bourbon though, so perhaps that's where we went wrong. They have a great texture and taste quite chocolatey, but the presence of avocado is too powerful for my taste.

Make it again? Probably not.

Almond Butter Bread (Mr. Peanut Sandwich Bread)

We substituted almond butter, because that's what we had in stock at home. This is good stuff! I'm sure it would be better with peanut butter (it had a faint 'dessert' type taste to the bread with the almonds). Great texture, and seriously easy to make. Our breakfast this morning was a sandwich with egg, extra sharp cheddar, bacon, a sausage patty, and a little mustard. This was a FANTASTIC way to start the day!

Make it again? Oh yes. Every week.

(Yes I know it says only five, started MFP a couple days into the week!)

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