This time last year I embarked on a new life style with keto. There’s been lots of ups and downs and lessons learned along the way. It has definitely been worth it though. I still believe, at least for me, that keto is the best way to eat.
After a lot of Holiday indulgences, I have been really getting strict. I’ve had a good week where I’ve hit 25-50 grams of carbs a day. I feel like my extra holiday “wiggle” is melting away.
I know I’ve said it before (I’m a glutton for learning the hard way!) but being strict keto is so much easier than a more lackadaisical approach. If I am eating a little sugar, it quickly escalates to “more” sugar. If I eat it, I want more. If I cut it out, the cravings go away. I feel much more content.
I’ve been aiming for more protein this time around. I listen to the ketogenic girl podcast and she has had good results with incorporating more protein. I’m not a huge meat eater so it’s been an effort to eat more chicken and beef.
Another big thing I have been doing is drinking pour over coffee. Why? Well, it tastes better for starters… but more importantly; it’s a much cleaner cup of coffee. I was recently slightly horrified to learn that virtually all coffee makers have aluminum heating elements. The water is being boiled by the hot aluminum. This is a big deal because, especially over time, more and more aluminum is being deposited into your coffee. Here’s a video on the topic from Dr. Dennis Crouse… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jmt9keoVz08
You can hunt down a coffee maker without aluminum but is isn’t easy. I packed away my coffee maker and bought an inexpensive ceramic pour over.
It takes about the same time to make, or maybe even less. I boil some water in a glass tea pot then slowly pour the hot water over fresh coffee grinds. The resulting coffee is aluminum free and well worth a little bit more effort!
I’m not a big tea drinker but I’ve been trying to branch out and try new things. One thing I have discovered that I love is cold matcha lattes. I work at a Starbucks so I first tried them there. Nom! But sadly, the Starbucks matcha powder is half sugar by weight. It tastes good, but is definitely not keto friendly. I picked up this unsweetened matcha at Wal-Mart today.
I blended a tablespoon of matcha with slightly less than a cup of half and half (or breve, if you’re used to Starbucks jargon!) and a tsp. of pyure sweetener. It was just as good as the starbucks version but much healthier. Clocking in at about 10 grams of carbs instead of the 30 you’d get from the Starbucks version. I’m not a tea person but this drink really hits the spot. It’s great for a sweet afternoon “pick me up”. You’ll get energy without jitters along with antioxidants, vitamins and minerals.
Anyways, thank you for all of you who have read the blog through this past year. I hope your new year is off to a wonderful and healthy start!