And I mean woe…not way of eating.
Ha…I started writing this blog right in the middle of our 3-month ketogenic diet adventure. (I’m publishing this about 10 months later.)
For three straight months, we stuck to fat, veggies, and protein, with as close to zero carbs as we could do.
I hate diets. Why did I do this one?
I had never done a strict diet before. I prefer to eat in moderation. I don’t have an addictive personality prone to binge eating. But I do love food.
It had been 3.5 years since giving birth to my second child, and I still had some pounds to shed.
I had been reading so much about the ketogenic diet for a while, that I finally thought I ought to give it a try. And my sister-in-law Jolly operates a weight loss clinic and is a fan of the diet, so I have a built-in keto consultant!
Sajan usually tries out a diet at the beginning of the year, so I asked him – how about we both do this one together? And he was on board.
I became obsessed with reading up on this way of eating. There’s so much information and so many Facebook groups out there. I loved reading people’s stories about how it changed their life. There can be conflicting information and snobbery about what counts as keto and what doesn’t.
What I Did
My goal was to stay around 30 grams of carbs. I didn’t pay strict attention to fat and protein, other than to make sure my protein intake was moderate. An online calculator said I should consume 60-80 grams of protein and 100 grams of fat, though I rarely reached that level of fat intake.
I was more generous with butter, olive oil, and coconut oil in my meals than usual.
I actually looked forward to coming home and knowing a satisfying dinner would be waiting for me.
For breakfast, I would eat my usual two eggs, but for keto I added some sauteed greens. For lunch, we usually ate chicken thighs and salad, but for keto I added zucchini to the meal. Eventually I also added two cheese sticks.
Dinner had been our weakness before keto. We generally had avoided carbs at dinner, but on the weekends we would go out to eat and the carbs would come flooding in like a tidal wave.
So during keto, we carefully planned every meal.
That was the key.
We had a fear of getting hungry and making bad choices. So each meal, and even snacks, had to be scripted. Continue reading