Somehow 2 weeks have gone by and I’m only just now getting to sit and write this post. My goal was to have a weekly Keto Diary post, but #kids soooooo…
A lot of people get the “Keto Flu” as they start this diet. I remember having headaches the first time I did it, but nothing really that awful. I’ve read that it’s basically an electrolyte imbalance as you switch over, and obviously your body is going through a major change to produce ketones and burn fat instead of carbs for fuel…so if you’re debating whether to switch to this diet, or if you already have and you’ve been feeling sluggish, foggy, sick, have headaches, etc., keep giving it a shot. It’s totally worth it. Drinking some broth will help, make sure you’re getting enough salt, and are well hydrated!
This second time around, I didn’t experience any kind of Keto Flu symptoms. I could tell I was in ketosis because one of the side effects is a weird metallic taste in your mouth, and I’ve had that despite (obviously) brushing my teeth. I finally decided to buy a blood ketone meter by Keto Mojo, and love it. I know this sounds crazy, but I still hate needles and blood, and literally cannot prick myself. Lucky for my husband who’s also doing Keto with me, he gets to prick me! We tried this meter out last night for the first time (13 days in), and were both in Ketosis! The device measures the ketones in your blood by mmol/L. According to Keto Summit, optimal ketosis is between 1.0-3.0 mmol/L; anything below 0.5 is not in Ketosis. My husband measured 1.4 mmol/L, and I measured 1.6 mmol/L. We’ve tried the testing strips (actually have some arriving today just to check them out again), but they aren’t as accurate as measuring blood. We measured again this morning to make sure our bodies were producing ketones over night and still in ketosis, and both measured 1.4 mmol/L. It’s really reassuring to know that what we’re doing is working!
On to the weekly foods!
If you’ve seen my Keto Instagram page, you know that all I post are (lousy) pictures of my food. I post a lot of Instastories with recipes on my blog Instagram, but the food pics are just for my Keto page! I honestly just enjoy having a repository of images with easy recipes, and I’ve found myself “shopping” my Keto Instagram page more than a few times to remember all of the yummy recipes I had tried out last time.
So, what all did I eat in the last two weeks? I’ve brought back a lot of my old favorites that are tried-and-true Keto meals: bunless bacon cheeseburgers with mayo and avocado (I eat this meal probably 5 times a week. I don’t get bored of it!), my chocolate chip Keto mug cake, chicken wings, Cracker Barrel sharp cheddar cheese sticks for snacks, hard boiled eggs, and 90% Lindt Chocolate for mini cravings. We also added in some new foods that have been amazing: Keto Connect’s Keto Bread (seriously the only Keto bread I’ll ever make again), Keto fried chicken with alfredo sauce over riced cauliflower, and bacon brussel sprouts from a Ruled.Me recipe.
Before I share all the pictures, I know you just really want to know how much weight I lost, right? Ok. So two weeks in, I’ve lost 7lbs. I lost 5 the first week, and 2 the second week. Normally I’d be a little frustrated at only a 2lb loss in a week, because with this diet I’m used to it coming off faster, but 2lbs in a week is super normal, and knowing that I AM in Ketosis reassures me that everything is going well! I feel great, and I’m definitely less tired that I was before I started (although that’s all relative because of our almost 7-week-old!). The next step is to add some exercise in, but I haven’t done that yet because right now I’m lucky if I get more than 10 minutes to myself during the day with these two kiddos! My daughter starts her new daycare in a couple weeks, so I’m hoping I can get my routine in during newborn naps.
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And now, here’s my food 🙂 Hope you enjoyed the post! Subscribe over here on the right if you’d like more updates, and leave a comment if you have any questions.
Last but not least, my weigh in 🙂
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