Keto Diet?

It’s funny how you write a post about thinking about eating High protein/Low Carb diet and things just pop-up for you to read.

One of them was this post by Jacqui at WeighToMaintain on how she tried a keto diet for 14 days.

I was intrigued right away and as I read it was making sense to me.  Not only is this plan created by a doctor and tailored especially for women but also it is also whole food based!  I remember reading about the Atkins diet and it seemed everyone was eating bacon, cheese, and a bunch of processed foods.

That is not for me – thank you very much.

It is very appealing to me that I could be eating real healthy food.

I also read her review of the Happy Keto Body and after I read it I wanted to try it.

Sadly, the Happy Keto Body is no longer available, but she did put a link to two e-books that I could use to start on my journey.  I bought them and currently reading them. I think this could work for me and hopefully end the dieting rollercoaster I’ve been on for the last few years.

Thanks Jacqui!

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OMG — Breathe

 

I didn’t feel fat
Until I saw the number
Blinking back at me

Nothing has changed
Since yesterday, except
Maybe a pound, two, or five?

Deep breaths
In through the nose
Out through the mouth

You are healthy
You are beautiful
There is nothing wrong with you

A distant voice whispers
I need to believe this

Still…

Numbers don’t lie
I am fat.

What I learned about my body

Last week I went to North Carolina to see my nephew graduate from UNC. Any graduation is important but this one was even more so since he was able to graduate despite some unfortunate events happening on his last year of school. I am really proud of him.

It was so nice spending time with family.  Catching up with them, exploring, eating, and drinking. It was a great bonding experience.

We were there for 6 days and all 6 days I was essentially a vegan. I say essentially because I did have eggs and sausage for breakfast on two occasions and had some killer brisket and pulled pork when we landed at The Bywater and ate at the Sackett Street BBQ.

But other than those three events, I ate how they ate and up to that time I thought we ate pretty healthy.  Not only that but we were active hiking and doing all sorts of outside activities.  Our 6 days seemed like one big long day.

I also was mindful of what I ate because I had lost close to 10 lbs. doing The Camp Diet and exercising in their boot camp. I wasn’t about to let myself get off track.

So, imagine my surprise when I got home, and I saw that I’ve gained 8 lbs!

I was shocked!

How could that be?

Yes, I drank some but not more than what I usually drink at home, after all, I do have a 7-year-old to take care of.  🙂

I went back and wrote down my meals and yes they were healthy.  Lots of salads, with beans (for protein) and drizzled with some vegan type dressings.  I also had lots of fruits and our main meals were vegan sandwiches, vegan soyrizo tacos, vegan meatloaf etc. You get the idea.  Everything Vegan!
What I learned though is that most of my meals were high (very) in carbs and low on protein.

Could that have been the cause of my weight gain?

I remember when I did the cleanse, I did gain some weight because I was adding fruit to my vegan shakes.

The camp diet (which I was losing weight on) is the opposite.  It is high in protein and not as many carbs and fruits are out of the question.

It all is quite fascinating learning how my body works and given these latest findings I am going to make sure my meals are high protein/low carb that way I can continue to lose the weight.

 

Eat Run Drink

eatrundrink

That’s me in a nutshell and what this blog will be about — eating, drinking (two of my favorite activities) and exercising (not one of my favorite activities) –striving for harmony.

Women and wine, in my opinion, it’s probably the closest and most fun relationship out there.
My affinity with wine is stable, strong and reliable.
Wine is always here to comfort me in the toughest of times and the most exciting of celebrations.
Whether you are drowning your sorrows from yet another miserable day at the office or celebrating your most recent promotion, you know exactly what you are doing at the end of the day — that’s right, cracking open (or twisting off the cap of) a fresh bottle of vino.

The same goes for my love affair for food. Good food is healthy food. Food is supposed to sustain you so you can live better, not so you can eat more but while in theory that makes sense to me I am not the type to want to eat to live.  You could say that I live to eat but not for the reason you might think.  I rather skip a meal or even starve for many hours than having to succumb myself to eating horrible tasting food.

Overindulging or not eating aren’t good things and I am going to try my hardest to overcome these shortcomings and strive to have a better relationship with food.

Moderation is the key!