Sunday, May 6, 2012

Keto: Week 4 Summary

Weight Loss: 2+ pounds
Our scale stopped giving reliable weights early in the week, and after 3 days we finally gave up and bought a new one. Unfortunately, I couldn't weigh myself on both  to compare the weights and see how I've actually done this week. Oh well!

Wow! I can't believe I've stuck to the KETO lifestyle for four weeks! I do believe I've been in ketosis the entire time (after 2 days maybe), as well. Two more weeks and I will have a day off to celebrate my birthday!

This week has been quite stressful, actually. Last week poor Nathan was sick and since then my supply has been on the low side. I was really worrying (for the first time since Nathan was first born) that he wasn't getting enough to eat. Of course, the stress can negatively impact breastmilk supply so it was like a horribly cycle for a good few days. Despite this not starting until 3 full weeks into my keto lifestyle, in the back of my mind I was paranoid that this diet was causing me to have a low supply. Despite the fact that carbohydrates are not an essential nutrient and have little-to-no impact on breastmilk supply. I knew this and yet, something about being unable to feed my baby makes me doubt all that I've learned.

As I continue on this lifestyle choice, it gets easier and easier. There are downsides, if you can call them that. For instance, one day I was daydreaming about all of the delicious sweets I might have on my birthday. Big mistake, apparently thinking about carbohydrates can actually raise your insulin levels as well. That day I did not lose anything. Also, early in the change of eating habits, the temptations can be quite powerful. People all around you walk around in this world where carbs make up the majority of their diets. And can they be blamed? The supposed food pyramid states very clearly that you should eat whole grains and breads as the biggest part of your daily diet. Finally, this diet is a little pricier than many others. Meats are expensive, and on this lifestyle you go through a lot.

It is all worth it to get healthy. I am by no means barring carbohydrates from my life, but for right now this is what I need.


Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies

These are definitely tasty! Especially from the freezer. They are easy to make and high in calories if you're having a hard time hitting your calorie goal.

Make them again? Definitely!

Oopsie Rolls

These are quite popular over in r/keto and with good reason! One of the main things we aren't allowed while eating low-carb is bread. These oopsie rolls are just made up of eggs and cream cheese and allow for sandwiches and other bread-like additions to meals. You can also customize them into cheesy rolls or sweet rolls, or whatever the meal calls for!

Make these again? Yes!

Flaxmeal Pancakes

Very good! One of my favorite foods pre-KETO was pancakes and I do miss having them from time to time. There was even a chocolate sauce (made up of just heavy cream, cocoa powder, and sweetener) that went really well with these pancakes as well.

Make them again? Oh yes, loved them.

Broccoli Cheddar Soup

So good! I made a couple of alterations to this recipe (I skipped the flour, so it was a little on the runny side) and I am super picky so I skipped onions as well. Also, to make it more keto-friendly, instead of milk I used heavy cream and a little water. Loved it!

Make it again? For sure, I will be making it again and trying for more of a chowder texture next time.

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