My Keto Journey

Weight loss has always been on my mind. As a woman, of course, it has always been on my mind. We see movies, tv shows, magazines, and blogs that show women as thin, happy, fashionable, church-going, exercising, eating healthy, and the list goes on. And we strive for that. Even if we say we don’t, we do. It’s nothing to be ashamed of. In my opinion, it’s just us wanting to be a better version of ourselves.

On thing that is ever present in our society is focusing on a woman’s weight during pregnancy and after birth. People are obsessed with it. And I’m not talking about the women themselves, I’m talking about everyone BUT the woman. While I was pregnant, people would ask how much weight I’ve gained or tell me my face looks fuller. After giving birth, people ask if I’ve lost any weight or tell me I look great.

The problem is, what society tells you do for losing weight doesn’t actually work. Believe me, I’ve tried. I’ve tried the low fat diets, the clean eating diets, Weight Watchers, none of this, none of that, etc, etc, etc.

Well, after months obsessing over my weight and not actually doing anything about it, I decided to start the Keto diet. One of my best friends started doing the Keto diet last year towards the end of the school year and I didn’t pay much attention. She did this on and off while studying for the Bar but is now going full-on into it again. She told me about it and, after doing my own research, I decided to give it a try.

The Keto diet is a high fat, moderate protein, and low carb diet. No sugar, bread, pasta, beans, or processed foods and most fruits and some vegetables are off limit because they are high in sugar and/or carbs. While it may seem restricting, it’s really not! It’s about 75% fat, 20% protein, and 5% carbs. And if you think you’re not getting enough fat, just add avocado, butter, or Caesar dressing to whatever you’re eating!

I spent a couple days getting ingredients and looking up recipes to try to prepare. I replaced all my flour, sugars, and creamers with almond flour, sugar substitutes, and almond milk.

After the first week, I must say I realized it is much easier than I thought!

The whole point of Keto is to train your body to start using its stored fat for energy instead of sugar and carbs. When we eat sugar and carbs on a daily basis, our bodies use that for energy and anything that’s left over becomes fat. By eating fat, your body works harder to burn the fat you eat and then will start eating away at the fat you have stored in your body (aka my pregnancy hips). This process is called ketosis and that’s what you strive for while on this diet. (Even though it’s called a diet, it’s really a lifestyle change).

Here is a breakdown of what I ate for each meal:

BREAKFAST
2 eggs with avocado, bacon, and coffee with heavy cream and stevia
OR
Bulletproof coffee (coffee, MCT oil, butter, and heavy cream)
OR
All spice muffins with butter

LUNCH
Chicken and guacamole salad on a romaine leaf
OR
Tuna and mayo on a romaine leaf
OR
Chicken, feta cheese, and Caesar dressing on a bed of spinach

DINNER
Salmon with green beans and guacamole
OR
Steak with butter and a side of green beans or broccoli
OR
Buffalo chicken with guacamole and a side of green beans

SNACKS
Pepperoni, Keto brownies, Peppers dipped in Guacamole, a couple pieces of Lily’s dark chocolate chips (if you’re craving something sweet), a couple blackberries
I typically don’t snack often because each meal I eat usually keeps me full until the next meal.

If you have tried Keto or are interested in trying it, comment below and let me know! I’d also love to hear any recipes you! As the weeks go on, I’ll share some of the recipes I’ve been using, as well as recipes of mine that I’ve modified to be Keto approved.

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