Today's good mood is ABSOLUTELY sponsored by ketones! I'm 10 days into my Keto journey and while I have a headache and needed to sleep for about 10 hours last night- I otherwise feel better than I have in YEARS. And I'm super excited because the minor discomfort that I'm experiencing means one thing-- I'm heading into ketosis and there is a pot of gold waiting for me on the other side.
You may remember a little blurb that I posted in February. I explained that after having gone on anti-depressants the previous fall, that I had put on quite a few pounds and was determined to lose the weight. I was feeling so down on myself. So disenchanted with life and honestly I felt like a fraud because I own and operate a fitness meal prepping company while I, myself, was not the portrait of fitness. That's a lot of pressure!
I ended up changing my direction entirely. The life-changing medication that I had been prescribed that put those dark thoughts at bay and helped put a smile on my face.
I ditched them.
And decided to go full-on holistic.
I've been slowly adding exercise and meditation (instead of medication) into my days. And once we returned from vacation I knew I was ready to buckle down and really make a commitment to my health. I was tired of the hamster wheel and giving in to my cravings. And I was tired of wearing black leggings every single day so that I didn't have to confront my weight gain.I had been following Keto transformations on Instagram for months but I always thought that with being vegetarian-- it would be out of reach for me.
I couldn't have been more wrong.
In 10 days I'm already down 5.5.lbs and my bloating is GONE. Bloating is the one thing that I have ALWAYS struggled with. It seemed to have gotten worse after I had a C-section with both children. I kind of chalked to up to something that I would be stuck with forever. Until now.
-ZERO CARB CRAVINGS
-A SUPPRESSED APPETITE
-MASSIVE ENERGY (WITH BRIEF PERIODS OF FATIGUE AND HEADACHE)
-A FANTASTIC MINDSET
-PEP IN MY STEP
-GENERAL SENSE OF WELL-BEING
Above you will find a food list. For anyone that's a vegetarian, like me, my protein staples have been Tofu (Trader Joe's brand is 0 net carbs), Morningstar Vegan Bacon Strips and Eggs. Protein shakes are great, too. Start with a small menu. You don't need a huge variety of foods to get started. You will end up over-complicating and over-shopping which will result in dumping a lot of leftover food.
My biggest piece of advice is to plan ahead by building meals into MY FITNESS PAL.
My Fitness Pal will be the most important tool of your entire journey. This is where you will find nutritional information on foods do not have labels and where you can track your carb intake- which is critical to entering ketosis. I keep my carbs at 35g or below each day. I also fast anywhere from 12-16 hours daily. Digestive rest is an important part of the weight-loss process as well.
This was last week's menu that I created for myself and followed perfectly:
Sunday: Veggie BLT Bowl with Cauliflower Mac N Cheese, Orange Tofu Bowl with Green Beans and Cauliflower Rice. Snack- 2 TBSP Peanut Butter, 1 avocado, 1 tomato, 1 TB feta cheese with a drizzle of olive oil and sea salt.
Monday: Orange Tofu Bowl with Green Beans and Cauliflower Rice, Naked BLT Bowl with Spring Greens. Snacks: 2 TBSP Peanut Butter, 1/2 cup Cottage Cheese, 1 cup Strawberries, Coffee with Toasted Mocha Marshmallow Creamer- 1 TBSP
Tuesday- Orange Tofu Bowl with Spaghetti Squash, Naked BLT Bowl with Spring Mix. Snacks: 2 TBSP Peanut Butter, 1/2 cup Cottage Cheese, 1 cup Strawberries.
Wednesday- Orange Tofu Bowl with Roasted Butternut Squash, 2 Egg White Thins with American Cheese and Vegan Bacon. Snacks: 2 TBSP Peanut Butter, 1/2 cup Cottage Cheese, 1 cup Strawberries.
Thursday- Orange Tofu Bowl with Roasted Butternut Squash, Puerto Vallarta for Dinner- I asked for a plate of sautéed veggies and an order of queso. Dumped the queso on the veggies. No chips and salsa but it was an easy pass. Snack- 2 TBSP Peanut Butter.
Friday- Huge Cobb Salad, Red Pepperoni for Dinner- I asked for a small greek salad and a personal veggie deluxe pizza. I only ate the toppings on the pizza-- not the crust. No snacks on this day.
Saturday- Mexican option at the food court in the mall: I asked for a container of sautéed veggies, queso, sour cream and guacamole. Snacks: 2 TBSP Peanut Butter, 2 ounces of Wisconsin Cheddar Cheese