Simply Keto

Grilled chicken with avocado salsa

So you’ve seen me mention “keto” several times so I figured it was worth making a post about.

I stumbled upon and started keto for the first time in January of 2018 as a quick way to shed the remaining baby weight from my second born. In all honestly, at the time, I wasn’t looking into it for the right reasons. I was focused on what the scale said even though I had just had a baby less than 2 months prior. I was so caught up on a number and couldn’t get it out of my head. I wanted my pre-baby body back and I wanted it NOW! I consider myself a pretty patient person, especially with two little boys, but not in this instance.

Within that first month I lost 20lbs. I was over the moon and super excited to be just 3 pounds over my wedding weight! It was the best thing since sliced bread and it was right in time to celebrate my 29th birthday! However, after my birthday, I started slipping back into my old ways and grubbed out on whatever I wanted. Needless to say, I gained some of my weight back. I wasn’t being healthy and I had slacked off on my workout routine as well. I got into a slump and I stayed there. I was battling PPD for the second time and it really took a toll on me, but that’s a story for another time.

Now fast forward to 2.5 years later and I’ve learned SO much more about keto and it’s become sort of a lifestyle. It’s not something I stick to 100% of the time but it’s definitely helped keep me balanced. I don’t use it as a “quick fix” but use it to stay stable and for the health benefits.

Carbs are definitely my weakness as I can polish off a bag of chips and a handle of salsa in one sitting. I LOVE chips and salsa!! Well tex-mex is my weakness in general. Can I get an amen!! Can’t get any better than double cheese enchiladas with queso topping, double rice with queso as well. It’s been one of my favorite foods since I was a little girl and the only thing I’ll order at mexican restaurants. I’m a creature of habit and OCD, what can I say?!

So when I learned that keto was a low carb diet my heart sank a little, ok ALOT, but I knew it was what was best for me. I couldn’t keep grubbing out and expect to lose weight. Definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. That was me. Guilty as charged. Mentally I knew I couldn’t keep going like that but deep down I still wanted to be that 16 year old girl again who could eat whatever I wanted and never gain a pound. Not realistic and for sure wasn’t going to happen.

Now I know how to balance myself and keep myself accountable. I’ve lost 15lbs and I’ve been able to keep it off. We’ve also been clean eating and 90% organic for the last 4-5 years and I love it. Part of being healthy is not only watching what you eat but also being mindful of what goes into your system through foods (pesticides, chemicals, etc.). It it so worth it and you’ll be grateful and happy in the long run.

At the end of the day, it’s not about the number on the scale but how you feel. How you feel inside and out. Loving yourself, not a number, is what’s most important. Be proud of who you are and what you’ve accomplished. Our bodies are complex and made to carry us through, but we only get one so make sure you love it and cherish it daily.

What is Ketogenic Diet?

The ketogenic diet (or keto for short) is a low-carb, high-fat diet that offers many health benefits. In fact, I’ve read over 20 studies that show this type of diet can help you lose weight and improve your overall health. Keto diets may even have benefits against diabetes, cancer, epilepsy and Alzheimer’s disease. (I am no doctor so please always check with your doctor to make sure it’s safe for you).

The keto diet is a very low-carb, high-fat and moderate protein diet. It involves drastically reducing your carb intake and replacing it with fat. This reduction in carbs puts your body into a metabolic state called ketosis. When this happens, your body becomes incredibly efficient at burning fat for energy. It also turns fat into ketones in the liver, which can supply energy for the brain. Keto can cause massive reductions in blood sugar and insulin levels. This along with the increased ketones, has numerous health benefits.

One of my favorite parts of keto is that you can lose weight without being so restrictive on foods. Unlike other “diets” you can actually eat and not starve yourself. I’ve included one of my daily meal plans to show you how delicious it can be!

Breakfast: Bacon, eggs and tomatoes

Lunch: Chicken salad with olive oil and feta cheese

Dinner: Salmon with asparagus cooked in butter

Okay wow, this ended up being like a novel of a blog post haha. I feel like I could keep going and never stop lol. So, let me know if you have any questions or you’d be interested in hearing more about it and I’d be happy to expand on the topic!

Lastly, I plan on putting together some of my favorite recipes, let me know if this is something you’d like!

Hope y’all have a wonderful week!

Xo,

Lauren

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