I HIGHLY recommend SmartSweets Gummy Bears. They don’t have all that stuff that will book you an all day bathroom stay. My local Whole Foods has them but they’re also on Amazon. They’re kinda high in net carbs (5g) and kinda expensive, but totally hit that sweet tooth craving and are great if they fit into your macros.
SmartSweet Gummy Bears on Amazon
You made the right choice! I love that you hugged him, and love that he called you a skinny bitch. That's awesome.
Maybe tell him about the Total Money Makeover book by Dave Ramsey. He can borrow it from the library.
My best friend and I did Keto Thanksgiving last year! Here is what we made:
Here is a link to the Keto Thanksgiving thread from last year! Links to the recipes I used, and my personal feedback on how it all went, plus everyone else's ideas and recipes!
For anyone who gets too jittery from coffee -- a nice way to balance the caffeine is to take L-theanine alongside it. It's green tea extract and promotes calmness without interfering with the wakefulness/energy of coffee.
So I have this book that explains the best way to go about Keto for various preexisting conditions and depression is one of them.
IIRC, they say that Keto helps with depression because it’s gluten free. They mention that in eastern medicine, a similar diet is usually the first thing prescribed for depression and they see a lot of success that way.
My sister and I both live with medication resistant dysthymia, and both go through periods where it escalates into full blown depression. I had the same effects you’re describing on Keto, so I recommended she try it to help her depression as well. She is super skinny and not looking to lose any weight, and also pescatarian so she was struggling to come up with a meal plan that wouldn’t break the bank (can’t afford to eat salmon every day). Anyway, after reading that book she decided to try a gluten free diet first—and it works! She feels great. Even planned and went on an international trip this month which she never would’ve had the mindset to do before.
So through this very unscientific experiment I’m pretty sure it’s the gluten you’re not eating that’s giving you relief from the depression. Pretty cool if you ask me!
This is the book if anyone would like to read it.
I still use this guy which I bought at my highest weight. It's the only two piece I've owned as an adult, and it makes me feel like a pinup girl. Plus, it was only $24. I can't wait to buy another one in a smaller size!
Just a warning for the future- Plan B is considered ineffective for women over 165lbs (some sources say it begins to lose efficacy at that point, and becomes completely ineffective for women over 176lbs).
Ella is the best EC for overweight women. It also has a longer efficacy window than Plan B- up to 5 days as opposed to 3 days.
I like the idea, but I'm also cringing a bit at the sustainability. You can get reusable versions for pretty cheap. Looks yummy!
Here's some great ring sizers. You spin the plastic around the band. Really reasonable and work well. Invisible Ring Size Adjuster for Loose Rings – Ring Guard, Ring Sizer, 4 Sizes Fit Almost Any Ring. [12pcs] https://www.amazon.com/dp/B079HMMRWD/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_livWBbQC19AE8
I have some items that can't be resized. I'm still losing so they are handy. Be sure to check your vehicle. They can fall in between the seats.
Morning. Sipping my toasted marshmallow mocha coffee this morning. I had to order some more Ez-sweetz yesterday so I threw in a bottle of SF Salted Caramel Torani. Can't wait to get it, its been out of stock at Kroger and Publix so I haven't had it in a while & its my fave.
Recalculated my macros and lost 50 calories. You better believe that I'm going to shift some veggies & sauces around so I can fit my 40 calorie square of Choczero in at night. ;)
Update on Big Boy Kitty: He's off all his pain meds for two days now and starting to jump up on the bathroom counter again so he's feeling better. I looked at his incision this morning and there was a drop of blood but on closer inspection it looks like the internal stitches are starting to dissolve because the blood was from a tiny little hole beside the actual incision. His incision itself looks great, just a thin line running down the length of his belly so I think he's well on his way to getting back to normal. He's definitely turning into a big bed hog again, stretching out over half the bed instead of curling up in a ball. ;)
PSA COSTCO GROUPON. Regular membership is $55, this is $5 more, and you get some free items as well as a $20 gift card and discounts for online/travel (Costco Travel rocks). Totally worth it!
I feel ya on the pants problem. I can fit a small house cat in the waist of the Goodwill jeans I bought mid-July...
As for professional looking stretchy pants, let me present to you yoga dress pants on Amazon. I own these and while they aren't the most breathable material in the world, they stretch like a dream and look damn smart on. In my experience they run long, so definitely get the short length (even then you might have to hem 'em).
If you want to add some eggnog flavor into your coffee, you could always try a sugar free eggnog syrup! Da Vinci makes a good one - here's a link to it on Amazon. https://smile.amazon.com/Vinci-Sugar-Free-Egg-Splenda/dp/B000UI8K72/ref=sr_1_1_a_it
Add in a little heavy cream and I bet it would taste just as good!
It's a disgusting but true fact that if you take the bun off of a McDouble and hold the ketchup, it is perfectly keto.
Also, try Burger King instead. I ordered a Four Cheese Whopper out of desperation on a long trip and asked for it with no bun- they gave it to me in a salad bowl, with ranch and a fork without even asking. I later guilt-checked the damage I had done to see that it had astoundingly low carbs.
Much impressed, even if it wasn't the healthiest choice.
Lol I'm not anbeav, but I still have mine open from taking it yesterday! I'm a questioner and that is so accurate haha. http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/3163256/Gretchen-Rubin-s-Quiz-The-Four-Tendencies-Fall2016
Pili Nuts are AMAZING. So buttery and filling and nutrient-packed, with 1 carb per serving. First got them in a Keto krate and never saw them again until I found them on Amazon. So glad!
Howdy! I was just tripping through some Amazon book postings, and noticed this: Keto Bread Baker's Cookbook. Has anyone used these recipes? I'm curious enough to want to give them a try.
I had a great, if not super keto weekend with my girlfriends. Desserts were eaten. I didn't feel too bloated, which is worrisome, but I'm back to my regularly scheduled keto eating and hopefully I won't feel the need to get more.
We spent a significant amount of time talking about skin care, of all things. We're all 60+ years old, and yep, it's a thing, especially for them what's living out in the desert, but yeah, it's clear that I could do more to protect my skin. I have been avoiding the chemical style of sunscreens because of toxicity, and the un-tinted mineral ones make me look like a wax sculpture. Enter the tinted 30+ titanium dioxide ones: spendy, yes, but you look human wearing them and excellent sunscreen properties. I guess I gotta invest if I don't want more damage to my skin envelope.
OOOOh, yeah, I went on a hike and didn't turn my ankle or fall off of a mountain! I am so stoked! I used my trekking poles, and while no one would be thinking I'm some sort of trail animal, I did enjoy myself, and I foresee more hikes in my immediate future, with the intent of more fitness, more capability, more fun.
It's so amazing to me that I have managed to keep this great group of women in my life. Life is good. Have a good week, my keto homies!
I am not an expert but have read some interesting research that suggests that sugar, not necessarily carbs, triggers an addictive response in your brain. Personally, sugar feels addictive. Just one bite and I feel out of control. I agree with what anbeav said that this issue is deeply wound up with dependence and strong habits. I find it helpful to focus on habits like planning my meals the night before, committing and being accountable to myself and others, and reflecting on any mistakes. These habits will definitely trump "willpower" which is a finite resource that often dwindles after a long work day. Check out "The Power of Habit" by Charless Duhigg if you are interested in research about habits.
That aside, if you are ever struggling with cravings and need someone to check in with (other than your partner) please pm me! You got this!
Was just about to say this. How's your Magnesium, your Potassium? Sodium is also important, but people often forget about good old Mg and K. I've done keto on and off for a little more than 4 years, and find that adding electrolyte supplements helps a LOT.
I now buy NuuN tablets off Amazon and drop two into my 32 oz water bottle each day. It's super helpful.
Amazon has a bunch of low/no carb 'seasoning salts' like this jalapeno one. Get a plain one you like, and get some seasonings and make your own flavors!
Costco has a Kirkland brand that is similar to Quest bars (but I think tastier) and lower price.
Found a link to them
If you wake up flatter and bloat through the day, definitely take a careful look at your food log. You mentioned you eat mostly broccoli--what if you tried subbing out something else for a day or two? Or just sticking to meat/cheese for a day to get back to baseline and then add in foods over a period of hours spaced out to see what makes your body react.
I've also found personally that something like Sprite Zero (or any diet sodas) will make me puff up. Sometimes it's worth it as a treat, but most of the time it actually makes me turn to water instead.
If you were underweight before, you may not have a lot of muscle mass. Any kind of resistance training will help that, which can make your body look totally different at a higher weight than you were before. Here are some good photo examples of what I mean: http://www.fitocracy.com/knowledge/why-weight-loss-is-not-the-king-of-achievements/
It has been many years since I was pregnant. But, I remember that being pregnant was like moving into someone else's body. Nothing worked the way I expected it to anymore. I didn't like the same foods, and I liked things I had hated before. For me, any ounce of prevention was worth a morning of discomfort since I really didn't know what my body was doing at the time.
ANY woman can develop gestational diabetes, even if you don't think you will. https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/gestational-diabetes/symptoms-causes/syc-20355339
I have been using this liquid sucralose as my go to sweetener for years and years. I never had any problems with it during keto, and it only takes literally a couple drops to sweeten a cup of coffee. It's not great for baking (but what keto alternative is?) But it is super concentrated and pure sucralose does not trigger the pancreas.
*Disclaimer that insulin response is not the be-all-end-all of sweeteners, your milage may vary
I actually carry a kids lunch box! Pre-Keto it was too small, but now that I'm not trying to eat a pound of pretzels a day, it's a perfect size. It is insulated, but the longest I've taken it between refrigeration is about an hour, so I can't speak to how cold it keeps things. It came with a lidded plastic bento container and ice pack that I promptly lost.
I like that it's flat, because it makes it easier to fit into the fridge at work. It's also small enough to fit in my regular tote bag, so I don't have to carry it separately. I take the metro to/from work, so that's important to me.
Here's mine with today's work food, and here's the box on Amazon.
I've had this box for about two years and it's held up just fine. I've considered getting one of the adult/larger ones, but the size of this one works out great for Keto meals. There's something oddly satisfying about being able to fit all of my food perfectly into this container!
Today I had BPC, but there's room for a piece of breakfast casserole if I needed breakfast. I also have some reusable bamboo utensils my mom got my for Christmas a few years ago that I keep in there as well.
Sorry this was a lot longer than I intended! I just really like lunch boxes.
Good morning keto friends! Down 0.8 lbs today, only 2 more lbs until I'm back at pre-vacation weight. Take that, shark week >:)
Lots of goodies coming in the mail from our supreme overlords at Amazon today, including: powdered peanut butter (never tried it but heard great things), a bullet shaker thing, Quest protein powder, and this book. I'm hoping that it can be a positive step in my new quest for wellness. Has anyone read it? Did it help you at all, or did I just waste $10?
Here is the link to the spray I purchased. It's highly rated on Amazon and comes in a 2-pack.
I've been using about 6 sprays on each leg since I started, and rubbing it in well. It makes your skin feel a little "itchy" as it dries, like you've been swimming in sea water, but once it's dry, it's fine.
B made orange beef and broccoli last night - only 464 calories and 7 net carbs a serving, mostly from the broccoli. It was sooooo good. It could have used more orange flavor, but we were experimenting with just using zest. I brought some for lunch today, I'm pumped.
I bought some khacki-green booties from Amazon for like $19 last week and omg the shoes are amazing. My husband makes fun of me because I complain about how expensive everything is all the time. It's almost physically painful for me to pay for something I feel is too much, but $19 is just perfect. :D I want the cognac color next.
I hope you everyone has a great rest of their day!
I use this one from Amazon:
It serves its purpose and is comfortable, but if you forget to take your ring off when you wash your hands, it gets kinda gross and full of soap.
Good morning! Not having access to reddit at work anymore has definitely put a damper on my Daily participation.
I've been to the gym for 3 days straight, but last night my hip started killing me AND my fingers got swollen and numb because I didn't take my ring off. Not the most successful trip ever but I woke up to a new low and am officially 6 pounds down this year. My hip hasn't bothered me in awhile; I must have terrible treadmill form or something.
This morning I had a low carb bagel, smoked salmon and cream cheese. It was decent for that occasional weekend bagel craving. I also found a kombucha with only 1g carbs, so I ended up with a nice little brunch and almost didn't miss the mimosa.
Next up is a haircut, which is right next to Trader Joe's so I'll pick up some keto goodies while I'm out. Then meal prep and mini cheesecakes, a little crafting and Netflix, and hopefully a relaxing weekend.
On that note, does anyone want a mini cheesecake pan? Free to a good home - I ended up with two thanks to an Amazon delivery that never showed up, after which I got a new one and a refund, and then my neighbor brought over the original one like a month later. It's this one: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0006IW02M/ref=cm_sw_r_sms_awdo_t1_lAjtCb1NP6TPZ and I've successfully made these twice: https://alldayidreamaboutfood.com/mini-maple-pumpkin-cheesecakes-low-carb-and-gluten-free/
Shark Week hit me like a runaway freight train two days early, thanks hormones! Last night I curled up with a warm mug of Tazo decaf cinnamon baked apple tea, my heating pad, and a good book. Finished the night under my kcal goal a little hungry but I feel fine this morning, so I guess I just slept it off - still have to work my way through deciphering "real hunger" from "hunger" (especially during shark week).
I started reading The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo a few days ago and I'm interested to see if I can implement the type of tidying up she talks about, it'd be nice to finally declutter and organize my living space so I actually fit in it comfortably. I always feel surround by so much "stuff" and I think it's no bueno, my Mom raised me to be a sentimental pack rat... I've slowly been growing out of it over the years. I'll just have to decide that this is something I can do!
Just relax! Everyone's body is different and so we all lose weight differently. Are you only eating 1700 calories a day? What does a normal day look like for you?
I would highly recommend keeping a food log if you aren't already, MFP is an awesome place to start. Also, make sure you are drinking lots of water and getting enough electrolytes & sodium! Drinking plenty of water really helps and after I stopped drinking sodas cold turkey and switched to water all the time the weight sort of melted off.
You might also want to try light exercise if you live a sedentary life! I did, and I feel great. Losing weight is more about changing your diet, but sometimes exercising can help jump start things again!
The FAQ is full of good information, as others have mentioned. Please do read it. :)
Here are some quick tools to get you started:
First figure out your Total Daily Energy Expenditure. This approximates your daily caloric needs based on your BMR and activity level.
If you don't know how much to eat, a good rule of thumb is TDEE minus 500. So if, for example, your TDEE is 2000 calories per day, aim to eat 1500 calories. In theory this is one pound lost per week (but weight loss isn't that simple, and isn't always linear, so don't get too hung up on the scale).
Use a tracking site/app such as myfitnesspal. Go to "Goals" at the top. When you go to change your goals, tell it you want to do "custom" rather than "guided". Enter your caloric goal. For Carbs/Protein/Fat enter 5/30/65 (or 5/35/60). MFP will now tell you on your daily food page what your allowances are for carbs protein and fat so they are easier to track
Note that MFP counts total carbs rather than net carbs, so the carb count may be off. I usually count net carbs in my head and track the total in my note for the day.
Check ALL THE LABELS. Carbs hide in all kinds of places. While you're getting used to the diet be vigilant. Once you know what to avoid this lifestyle is very easy.
These are not set-in-stone rules or anything, just a place to get you started on your journey. Adjust as necessary. Don't be afraid to eat more on days when you work out, and less on days when you simply aren't hungry.
The first week will be the hardest. Make sure you drink lots of salty broth. You may feel like absolute crap for a few days while your body adjusts. This is normal; don't be discouraged.
I got a stevia from amazon that’s been “de-bittered” it’s actually pretty good EZ-Sweetz De-bittered Stevia (1.36oz - Liquid Sweetener 300 Servings/Bottle) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00E3C9UES/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_311BBbRPKNW46
I haven’t needed meds in a long time, like years. I saw a bunch of neurologists and tried a bunch of meds, a lot of them gave me rebound headaches. But almost all pharmaceuticals are bound with fluoride, which bonds to magnesium in your body and increases your deficiency. In the end I was told, “oh it’s just hormonal, take pain relief meds and stay in the dark if you can.”
They did their best, but no one understood the real reason for the headaches, hence they had no ability to fix the actual problem, which was nutritional.
I buy mag chloride and electrolytes on Amazon usually. They seem to have the best prices. As long as I keep my insulin stable and take my electrolytes, I have no headaches at all, and if I feel one coming on during PMS or during high stress, I just take extra, nbd. Mag chloride completely stops my migraines in about 20 minutes, like a miracle.
I’ll link a couple things on Amazon, although there are lots of electrolyte supps to choose from, something else may be better suited to you. Good luck on your journey, I am happy to answer questions!
Trace Minerals Liquid Mega-Mag, 400 mg, 4 Ounce https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000I1HNEM/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_8oH0BbEN13V41
Trace Minerals Electrolyte Stamina Tablets, 90-Count https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0001TQV8K/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_4pH0Bb8JVQJ3D
Weight loss is about creating new habits for life, not just for the weight loss period. So this is actually a fantastic oppertunity to try to inject new habit/reward cycles into your life.
Test out new things. Instead of using carby food (or any food) when feeling down, are there other behaviours your can try? A quick game on your phone? Some coffee or tea? Gifs of animals being cute? Charles Duhigg's <em>The Power of Habit</em> is a good read on this.
Its not easy, because not only does your body like carbs because its easy to burn, but your brain associates a carb treat with a way to alleviate stressful situations. I struggle with this all the time, but it has gotten waaaaayyyyy better.
For those like me who didn't know: https://www.webmd.com/diet/a-z/dukan-diet
I feel fortunate that aside from being all joint-hurty and heavy, I am in pretty good physical health. I have so much respect for people who are having to do it on an even harder mode than I am.
Hopefully we'll both be getting back in the gym soon!!!
costco has a pretty good dupe, if you buy online its 40 bars for 45.99
So far as I am aware all of the ingredients in Keto Chow are vegetarian (though definitively NOT vegan) except for the fish oil and the Vitamin D3 in the calcium/magnesium powder. I can't tell if the multi-vitamin is vegetarian or not, it doesn't say which usually means it isn't.
I have some tips for you!
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These have been my savior lately when it comes to meeting my protein goal: http://www.costco.com/Premier-Protein%c2%ae-Chocolate-Shakes-18-11oz-Shakes.product.100101297.html
30g protein and 2 net carbs. I have been under the weather the past few days and eating has not appealed to me at all so they have been a life-saver.
Quest bars seem to give me digestive issues, but I've had no problems with the protein shakes.
Hooray, welcome and good luck to you on your first day! You sound beautifully prepared. Keep yourself hydrated, replenish your electrolytes, and I'm sure you'll do great.
You should totally add some of the folks on the xxketo My Fitness Pal buddies list. It's a great way to surround yourself with even more support. Everyone I've added has been lovely and encouraging. Feel free to add me to start with.
I started a bit less than a month ago, and it's been a great experience so far. Yay keto! :)
I've had insomnia on and off for years... so I know lots of tricks.
Make sure you try to get to bed at the same time each night, if you aren't. Also, turn off all eletronics a few hours before bedtime. If you really need your computer, install f.lux (https://justgetflux.com/). Scratch that, install f.lux anyway. It's a little program that will shut off the blue light your monitor gives off after the sun goes down, which triggers your brain to stay awake. If you have a jailbroken idevice, you can install f.lux on that too. I think android has it in their store?
Melatonin helps as well. Just be sure you aren't counter acting it by staring at your phone or a monitor or tv that's giving off blue light that will trigger your brain to stay awake!
Make sure your room is cool enough. If your room is too warm, it will be hard to fall asleep. If you don't have one, consider getting a fan. Also, make sure your bedroom is pitch dark. If you can't get it pitch dark, buy one of those eye mask thingies at the store so it blocks most of the light.
And one big thing, if you find yourself tossing and turning and getting frustrated, GET OUT OF BED and your bedroom, and go sit in your living room and do something non stimulating, like reading the paper. You don't want to associate your bed and your bedroom with frustration. You can fall into a feedback loop where trying to sleep causes your anxiety to spike, which then makes you become anxious and makes it even harder to fall asleep.
When you find yourself becoming sleepy again, go back and lie down in bed then. Also, the bed should only be for sleep or sexual activities.
Oh, try to make your last meal a few hours before bed. Some people find eating a heavy meal before trying ot sleep makes it hard to sleep. If you want a snack, go for something light on your stomach (what I do).
These are all the tips I've learned through my years of dealing with insomnia. Hopefully something might help you. :)
I think you should also look into the practical side of drafting. Architecture, Industrial Design, and engineering all require drafting. If it's AutoCAD you'd be learning there are TONS of practical applications of that. Here's 25000 job listings that include drafting.
Yup (the website version does anyway). Go to: https://cronometer.com/#profile
select the Carbohydrates tab in the 'Nutritional Targets' section. Then check off the 'visible' box next to net carbs. set your lower and upper limits.
Doing well. Made these egg fast pancakes this morning and I'm obsessed. Even my hubby (who's been skeptical of this whole keto thing) enjoyed them.
I haven't worked out in a few days and I'm feeling a bit lazy and unmotivated. I need something to kick me in the rear.
Wow they have a ton of amazing looking recipes that are keto friendly/keto adaptable. I want to make the lemon artichoke chicken!
It’s actually less expensive than I remember! https://www.amazon.com/Lakanto-Monkfruit-Natural-Substitute-Classic/dp/B0046DPKBQ?th=1&psc=1
You can also get it at Albertsons or Natural Grocers if you have those near you.
The most malicious thing someone could probably do to me, legally, is slip sugar in my food and send me reeling back to carbs.
I don't crave sweets anymore but for when I do, this decadent milk chocolate bar you can find at Trader Joe's does the trick. You can find it on Amazon too. I stash these in my house and now that I'm fully keto adapted don't even really think of sweets anymore. But they are there
2 grams net carbs
Comes in Dark chocolate and there's a version with almonds.
Seriously for those moments where I might attack a candy man, this is more than enough. Try it.
I regularly find Freya and Panache bras on amazon and ebay (new) for <$25. Like this Freya Patsy in 36H, black for $24.
I got 4 panache sports bras last year for ~$10-12 each from amazon. You have to look through the different colors, though. This Freya Marvel (one of my favorites) in my size, 34F is $60 in black but only $16.72 in white/blue.
I got mine at the grocery store in baking near the redmills product. should be at whole foods too. or amazon has many kinds it is a thickener, you use tiny amounts
I might have to try that extra-thin kind! New texture/thinness to try. Awesome.
For anyone in the keto-friendly jerky market, I'll add I'm a rabid fan of People's Choice Beef Jerky.
Several of their kinds are sugar-free (Old Fashioned Peppered, Old Fashioned Hot & Spicy, and Carne Seca Limon con Chile) and keto friendly with minimal ingredients. For example, the Old Fashioned Peppered is "Ingredients: Beef, Water, Seasoning (Sea Salt, Spices, Garlic)."
I LOATHE all commercial beef jerky, but this stuff is insanely good. I've introduced a couple people to it, who were skeptical due to their own dislike of commercial beef jerky, and now they're requesting it constantly.
It looks like cheapest option for 16 oz of the Cattaneo Brothers is $29 before shipping. (The thin-cut and cowboy cut seem significantly more expensive). People's Choice is 16 oz for $27 including shipping for one-time purchases, but you can get People's Choice as low as like $25-ish if you set up a recurring order which... uh... I admit I might do because I am crazy-in-love with it.
(SIDE NOTE: You can also get People's Choice on Amazon, but you'll pay $2 more, so it's $29 including shipping there, but Amazon is convenient for many people and I often buy it there because I have a giftcard balance on Amazon so it's FREE MEAT OMG.)
It looks like you can buy a big box of them on Amazon for $.50/each! https://www.amazon.com/Jayone-Seaweed-Roasted-Lightly-Salted/dp/B005OHBN1Y/ref=sr_1_4_s_it?s=grocery&ie=UTF8&qid=1516808861&sr=1-4&keywords=seaweed+snacks
Soda Stream makes flavorings that are not colored called Soda Stream Fruit Drops. They're made for soda water, but I use them in regular water too. The three pack variety is everywhere I've seen Soda Stream stuff for like $5.99, not that crazy Amazon Price.
Spending my morning snuggling with the kitties and knitting while watching Hoarders. Meals have been planned and our grocery list this week is so small. I love it when that happens! We have so much stuff in our freezer/fridge and I’m proud of myself for being on top of things and planning around what I have. Tonight for dinner we’re grilling up some kielbasa and I’m going to try making a turnip gratin to go with it.
I’m going to the library today to get a couple new fiction books (still working on my nonfiction one). I ordered a book from Amazon called [Body Kindness](www.amazon.com/dp/0761187294/) that should be here tomorrow, and I’m excited to start reading it. The closer I get to my goal, the more I’m realizing that it’s time to do the emotional work- the physical work will only get me so far.
KCKO y’all. Enjoy the day and be kind to yourself. ❤️
Im not sure the name, but it was by the fish at my supermarket. It had a sweet flavor and savory and was 1g carb per 1tsp. so cant go too crazy with it. WAIT I found it on amazon, but I didn't pay that much and it was in plastic, not glass. https://www.amazon.com/Braswells-Savory-Salmon-Seasoning/dp/B012TMJT0I
Thank you! Mostly I shop kohls or maurices. But these days I shop online on thredup 90% of the time, and I buy kohls brands and maurices on thredup LOL.
If you sign up for the kohls text deals they send 1-2 messages a week and sometimes you get those 20-30% off your total purchase coupons. Or ones like "Spend 100 save 20"
Amazon has some great ones - here are a couple I found!
If you feel like baking, I made chocolate peanut butter squares that turned out amazing.
I used 5oz chocolate chips sweetened with erythritol, 1 tsp coconut oil, and 4 tbsp peanut butter. All you do is melt down the chocolate, and then add in the oil and PB. Then throw them in the freezer. I ended up with 24 squares and oh my god, so good! Each square was 40 cal, 3.29 fat, .89 protein, and 1.12 net carb. It's a little higher in carb than I wanted but really hit the sweet spot.
I bought this mold from Amazon (https://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B0083VSST8/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o02_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1) specifically to make these but you could definitely use something else.
Macadamia nuts! I also got these Primal Thin crackers from Amazon which are very good for the road https://www.amazon.com/Primal-Crackers-Parmesan-Organic-Gluten/dp/B01MU22JSD
Kitu is great sweet creamer! Per amazon: Kitu by SUNNIVA Vanilla Super Creamer with Protein and MCT Oil, Keto Approved, 0g Sugar, 3 g Protein, 50 Calorie https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07J1NMK1R/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_rS17Cb6WCZHWV
Hot chocolate made with isopure protein powder and a dash of heavy whipping cream and a few drops of stevia and/or your favorited flavored extract (peppermint is delicious).
When I feel any kind of psychological/emotional hunger coming on my #1 choice is to leave the house and get the hell away from food and do an activity outside that distracts me from thoughts of food. I literally run from my snacks. But that's not always possible, especially when those feelings happen late at night.
If I can't leave, I make myself get in bed and read a book. For general emotional/boredom hunger, I don't find that TV or video games or browsing the internet help for some reason. I'm never engrossed enough. But especially when it comes to feelings of isolation I have a lot of success specifically with nonfiction books, because reading a nonfiction book is a solitary activity anyway generally (I have no fond memories of being read The Art of War by my mother, so I don't associate reading it with finding comfort in another person vs a fiction might remind me of when my family all read Harry Potter together). I guess it helps normalize the "aloneness," if that makes sense? If I perform an activity that I would want to be alone for anyway, I feel more at peace with my isolation.
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There's https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=net.cachapa.libra which is similar.
Doesn't have milestones, but has the important feature of trend over time (so those one or two days of fluctuations get smoothed out)
I actually use an app after it was recommended to me by another xxketo sista'! I love them because the challenge is just enough and it progresses every other day. Here is the squats app and here is the pushups app. :)
This might be old news to some, but it was new to me. Found an app [for android] that is a weight trend tracker :) Libra. Seeing people with their Withings scales or Fitbit using TrendWeight looked cool, but I didn't want to make the $ investment into a new device. This is an app which uses the same formula calculations from 'The Hackers Diet' by John Walker, so the app will be equal to these other devices.
Hypothyroid can cause it, and you can have lots of symptoms while in normal range because normal is average, not healthy.
Also, cushing’s syndrome is something to look at. Those of us with HPA Axis malfunction are prone to adrenal issues too and keto is known to mess with cortisol levels.
It's called The KetoDiet Cookbook. At Whole Foods it was about $25, but it's cheaper on Amazon and Barnes & Nobles website.
Here's a link:
I buy sugar free bbq sauce and it is pretty good.
I buy the no sugar added Heinz ketchup.
Naturally Fresh Ranch dressing has 1g carb per serving.
I've dropped all other condiments.
I do the same thing. I use this marinara sauce recipe, large pep, and a mix of gruyere and fresh mozz. I pop it under the broiler, so it only takes a few minutes. So yum.
This is it! It was amazing! Spent the night listening the the creek and the frogs, and enjoyed coffee on the decks in the morning! Such a great place!
This is not the most scientific of articles, but it does explain why your body needs to have periods of weight loss plauteaus - https://lifehacker.com/why-hitting-a-weight-lose-plateau-is-actually-a-good-th-1709296851
I can relate so much. Lately, even when I'm not feeling down, things have just been inconsistent. One day I'm fine and eating how I'm supposed to, the next I'll have a nonexistent appetite, and sometimes (more rarely now) I can eat like a ravenous she-bear! All of these occur at random times throughout the month too.. Not really cycle related. That has actually improved many lengths since starting keto; I used to have the PMS munchies for days, and now I'm the opposite and really lose my appetite.
You assumed correctly! I'm from the Southern US, so unfortunately I don't live near a Trader Joe's or Whole Foods, but there are some big chain stores in town that have cheese. However, I am lucky enough to be at a university that produces its own cheese, milk products, and meat which I'm about to start utilizing. I'm so tired of seeing low-fat everything at the normal stores, and I want some bold flavors.
I have a block of pepper jack cheese that I am totally about to throw in the oven. No parchment paper or tin foil though to cover my pan, so we'll see how this goes. Totally winging it, and I won't be surprised if I'll have to scrape the crackers off the pan. I really like your idea of throwing some herbs on there.
And holy shizzz, are you just chock full of good ideas?! That chicken salad you mentioned, I have all the ingredients! I may be able to make a big enough batch to last a couple days in the fridge. I needed something to do with this bag of walnuts I have.
Are you from the UK? I'm judging by the cute username. I am dying for some lady grey right now, now that I'm thinking about tea. Can we be friends on myfitnesspal? I've got to get back into tracking.. I'm definitely more successful when I'm not winging it every day.
Yes, 2 weeks, more like 16 days to be exact.
Your absolutely right, I think I was kidding myself when I set up my numbers originally on the keto calculator. I was thinking I would be more active than I am. I use my fitness pal for counting calories, fat, carbs etc. http://www.myfitnesspal.com/food/diary/ketostraphy
Me too! I just started exactly a week ago :) I'm on MyFitnessPal if you're on there and want to track and cheer each other on! So all you awesome ladies on here, feel free to add me and keep me accountable! :)
Following vegetarian keto - I welcome anyone to add me! If you're also vegetarian, fantastic! I could use some meal ideas! But not a requirement - I don't judge!
("Taromit" means female foreigner in Tamazight Berber. I created the name in Peace Corps because that's what people in my village who didn't know me referred to me as in conversation. I created it as a throw-away account and didn't ever use it until now...)
I'm almost always under 1400 calories. You're welcome to view my MFP here: http://www.myfitnesspal.com/food/diary/leiyahelamadri
If I go over 1400, its because I've used an atypical amount of calories for the day.
I was happy at 1480, then recalculated recently and decided to test out 1325 (crazy!) - some days I hit it, other days I miss but then try to hit my macros.
You're welcome to view my MFP diary - http://www.myfitnesspal.com/food/diary/oyadancing
I am starting again today too :)
raises a glass of diet pepsi and a forkful of farmers sausage and cream cheese kale
you can add me on mfp if you want and my diary is totally open to copy
I found adding other keto people on mfp really helped.
> I'm totally feeling motivated by you!! Thanks for that. You rock. Seriously.
Thanks! That makes me really happy to read! Two things are different from any other time I've tried to lose weight. I'm trying keto and I have a supportive community and I think those two will prove to be invaluable factors.
Also, here's a link to my profile.
Yay another tall girl! :D hehe seems like we are so rare at least were I live. Feel free to friend me on MyFitnessPal if you want to check out my diet am Transitionpanda on there too
edit: Link http://www.myfitnesspal.com/food/diary/TransitionPanda
Constipation is an issue for a lot of people. Greens and water will help.
I'll also eat a couple of these a day, and for 0 net carb:
I think it's just due to where the nutrition facts are calculated and how detailed those labs are. Here's a help page about where cronometer gets their nutrition facts. Basically, using your example, the generic chia seed listing gets its facts from a university lab, so it's a very detailed analysis, while the brand specific one only lists what's on the label on the package.
Sure they are. For example, a vegan Boca burger has only 2 carbs. The tofu I buy has no carbs(most have 1-2 or less per serving). I found some tempeh with 3 carbs. I usually pan-fry stuff in plenty of oil (coconut oil is my favorite). Tastes amazing!
Seitan and seitan-based "meats" can be killer on carbs; just read the labels. Even then, some are okay (<5g carbs).
Are you exercising? I personally eat about 1,600 calories as well but burn off about 300 in daily exercise to boost that deficit a bit.
MFP is awesome for recipes. Just click the recipes tab under food, enter your ingredients and number of servings and you're done! I have a few dozen recipes in there. You can see my dairy here pw: xxketo
Looking at your MFP, you may wish to drop your carbs and see if that helps or even verify that some of your entries are accurate. For instance I noticed some almonds on there listed as zero carb which is not accurate (but common on user-entered foods on MFP). I limit myself to about 20 carbs which in my completely unscientific opinion really helps with the being hungry part once you're keto adapted. Similarly, I find that even having more than say a dozen net carbs in a meal really messes me up. That would axe snacks like pineapple.
I cook all my meals ahead of time so I know exactly what I'm eating and can balance the recipes to meet my nutritional and macro needs. It was cold here so I made a bunch of soup for lunches, meatloaf and veggies for dinner, etc.
Are you taking any vitamins or supplements? For electrolytes, a good multivitamin and Powerade Zero are my must-haves.
Thanks! Every fall, the state asks us to fill out a survey about our school. (It's one of those strongly agree-agree-neither-disagree-strongly disagree ones, and I think they are using the metrics incorrectly.)
Anyhow, for whatever reasons, our faculty body tends to answer it honestly as though the metrics will be used correctly, and every year, our principal gets het up about it because our responses don't match the other schools in the district. (Knowing some of them, I can only assume they've been coached to provide certain answers. Seriously.)
Anyhow, we are likely to be balled out this afternoon. Sigh.
I actually used http://www.isitdownrightnow.com/ it seemed ok ( Disclaimer I'm on mobile and that was the first time I used that site. Obviously I was ok with it but I know how people are with random links)
Not a doctor, but salt cravings, woozy feelings, fainting, fatigue at specific times can be a sign of this: https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/orthostatic-hypotension/symptoms-causes/syc-20352548
It's very prevalent in women and it sounds like exactly what you're describing, particularly the salt craving bit. Do you find it's worse when you've been in position for a longish period of time and then make a sudden move (getting out of bed in the AM, sitting at work to walking to the car)? Do you like to prop your feet up on things/cross your legs a lot?
I went to a specialist in chronic fatigue syndrome for pretty much everything you're describing - we did the test for it and I was a severe case.
If you're craving salt like no other, maybe try working pickles or clean chicken/veggie broth into your diet in addition to your normal routine and see if that helps things a little. Might be worth a check with your doctor if you read the above and feel like it sounds like you.
I still make toast! If you have one near you, Trader Joe's sprouted 7 grain bread is amazing. I only eat one slice after a workout with Kerrygold butter and an egg on top. 4g carbs per slice.
It depends on the cheese, and IIRC aged cheeses have fewer carbs than fresh. But yes, even the lowest-carb ones have something like 0.3 g carbs per oz. I do know Brie is one of the lowest, so hopefully that's on your fancy French cheese list!
Edit: found this handy list, hope it's right! Whatever Gjetost is, stay away from it!
I like to do HIIT workouts when I don't feel like going outside/to the gym. They're simple and don't require any equipment, but they're still really tough.
Here's the program I've been (lazily) following.
30 Days of HIIT
I actually started it by listening to those "sleep/meditation" apps on my Kindle and then moved on to regular meditation apps. I am using the one by HeadSpace right now and I love it. I do it right before bed.
If you upload your own recipes you get estimated nutritional info but you can also add basic foods, like "1 banana 2 tablespoons of peanut butter."
hope this helps
I use these Sunkist drink mix packets with my soda stream instead of their soda syrup and it's so good. I can get them at dollar general for $1 for a pack of six and I typically only use one packet for each soda stream bottle (0.89 quart size)
I took it a bit, not for menopause but for PMS/sexual health in general, it made me ravenously hungry and seemed to diminish my periods (kinda similar to birth control almost?). I've heard st. john's wort, black cohosh, chaste berry, dong quai are pretty effective. Something like this might be worth trying: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004IMIFLM/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
I personally take FLO vitamins for controlling my PMS now and it works incredibly well for me and has chaste berry / dong quai / lemon balm and b6 in it.
this is what I use for keto flu. It works pretty quickly. Kinda tastes like sweat, but all of them do for the most part, they just use flavors to cover it up. I get sick of the same flavor all the time, so I just flavor this one however I want. It hides well in keto lemonade.
Have you seen the movie Fat Head? I think it might help you to wrap your mind around the fat consumption a bit better, and also to understand why massive calorie restriction isn't what your body needs. If you have Amazon Prime you can watch it for free, or the whole thing is on Youtube (quality's not great, but it works). I rewatch it every so often to remind myself why this lifestyle makes sense.
I have a small eliptical. It's literally like a little rotating foot pad? You can use it at a desk (or couch, or even standing if you've got the core balance since it's like riding a unicycle). I got it so I could use it while I play video games at my desk, but the Amazon reviews people said it worked well for their knees. this is what I have
It mimics riding a bike kind of. And it will give you cardio if you set a decent resistance and do it long enough. Even my boyfriend was breaking a sweat using it sitting down as he was making fun of it lol.
My mom had her knee replaced due to weight wearing it down and she swims at a gym twice a week.
Please read this book. The ebook is free (and the guy has it free as a pdf on his website if you can't get it from Amazon). I finally grudgingly read it after seeing a guy on r/keto recommend it over and over, and I saw so much of myself in it. Even if you don't consider yourself a binge eater (I don't myself), check out this book. It's short, but it's kind of an eye opener.
Never Binge Again(tm): Reprogram Yourself to Think Like a Permanently Thin Person(tm). Stop Overeating and Binge Eating and Stick to the Food Plan of Your Choice! https://www.amazon.com/dp/B014V1Q6SI
Just get right back on track. You will feel normal again in about a week. I have been there and done that, so I know. Don't get derailed over a couple days of bad eating. They do not undo weeks of hard work, but your Inner Pig (from the aforementioned book) wants you to think they do so that he can binge on and on and on. Silence that nasty inner voice and do your thing.
I am coming back to this convo today to let you know about another resource I found yesterday. I wasn't feeling well Saturday so I spent a lot of time on the couch reading. :) This book, Never Binge Again, has great reviews and is free for Kindle on Amazon and also this guys website. There are a bunch of free resources on his website to supplement the book. I read almost the entire book in a couple hours (it's short), and it was very impactful! It's not for everyone, that's for sure, but I know it's already helped me. Going to keep The Pig caged for sure, haha! If you read it you will know what I mean. :)