What I Eat

When I read about a weight loss success story I really want all the details.  I want to know what you actually eat!

So I thought I’d share some of the things I’ve been eating regularly on my ketogenic diet…

I always start my day with coffee.  I’ve played around with different versions of bulletproof coffee but what I’m drinking now is coffee mixed with a spoonful of collagen, some sweetener, and heavy cream.  I just enjoy the taste of real heavy cream over butter or coconut oil.  I add a spoonful of collagen, unflavored, because it has incredible benefits and adds extra creamy texture to my coffee.  I buy this one because it is cost effective, pure collagen.  My sweetener is a mix of all the “natural, artificial” sweeteners I have bought and experimented with.  Monk fruit, erythritol and stevia.  I just dumped them all into a gallon ziploc baggie, mixed them, and add a small spoonful to whatever I want to sweeten.  20180128_063906.jpg

My coffee is usually my breakfast, because it is so rich and heavy.  I’ve really noticed an improvement in the way I feel after adding in collagen.  Plus, it’s amazing for skin, hair and nails!  I really recommend it if you suffer from joint issues, digestive problems, or just want prettier skin!

I usually take my supplements in the morning as well.  I take 5,000 ius vitamin D because I live in the arctic (Minnesota), I take iron cause I tend to run low, and I take cod live oil because I’m not a fan of fish though I believe in the benefits of omega-3s.  I also take a good multi just to make sure my bases are covered.  It may sound like overkill but I’ve done a lot to restore my health with vitamins and supplements.  In my early 20’s I developed celiacs disease.  I went to a lot of doctors who were pretty clueless.  I had to figure it out on my own.  By that time I had shredded my gut from years of cluelessly eating gluten and was severely vitamin deficient from lack of proper absorption.  I lost a lot of my hair. 😦  I felt 90.  It was terrible.  So, yes, I do believe in being your own health advocate and proper vitamin supplementation!

Getting back to diet….so I’ll do my workout and shower and then have some kind of recovery meal.  Sometimes it’s just scrambled cage-free eggs, cooked in a good amount of butter, with a mound of sharp cheddar cheese.  Or I’ll do a protein shake.  I like using whole milk (lower carb, higher fat) and designer whey protein because it is sweetened with stevia and monk fruit.   That will also serve as lunch.

For dinner it’s meat and veggies.  For example in this pic I have a turkey burger (dressed up with curry seasoning) cooked in a liberal amount of avocado oil and topped with pepper jack cheese.  With a side of mayo, of course 😉  And riced cauliflower sauteed in butter.  It almost tastes like hashbrowns.

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I’m not a food photographer!  It’s yum, I promise.

I’ve been doing a lot of cooking.  The diet really forces you away from eating processed food.  Which is really a good thing.  Grocery trips are quicker because I’m just zooming around the periphery of the grocery store.

I’ve also been eating a lot of salad.  I hunt down dressing that is made with an acceptable oil, like avocado.  It’s super tasty and a way to keep your fat macros up.  I always add plenty of either shredded parmesan or cheddar cheese.  The salads are so nummy that my kids want them too! 20180115_063254.jpg In this one, I’ve made my own keto cobb salad.  There’s ham, cheese, soft boiled eggs.

So, you can see that it is possible to lose weight eating foods that are delicious and filling.  Foods that are going to add to your health and well-being.

I don’t want to do a lot of snacking between these filling meals… but snacks I incorporate would be things like parmesan crisps or spoonfuls or peanut butter.  I also like bai and vitamin water zero because they have zero net carbs, taste good and help me when I need to cover up my keto-breathe (an unfortunate side effect that hasn’t yet dissipated).

At this point, there are no desserts.  I’m honestly really ok with that.  As soon as I started keto my sweet cravings almost entirely dissapeared anyways.  There are a lot of keto dessert options that you can make though.  Maybe I will incorporate more in the future just to mix it up a bit.