Good Monday Morning everyone, hope everyone is ready for their dose of weekly madness! I would love to say I am ready to tackle my week, but I am under the weather and truly wish I could just stay in bed. Unfortunately I have bills to pay and kids to parent so no extra rest for me. Allergies in Chattanooga are brutal so hopefully in the next couple weeks all will clear up and I will be back to my energetic self!
Last week I continued in my carnivore journey and was still feeling great. I also started working on going down to OMAD (one meal a day) and pretty much all week I was successful with that. I had tons of energy and never once felt hungry. The one day that I did feel hungry, guess what, I ate. It is amazing how that works, just listen to your body! So after a month my I lost 2.9 pounds and 5.5″ while on carnivore. That brings my total loss to a little over 72 pounds and over 125″ off my body! Keto/Carnivore is so worth it for me!
In other news in my life I have decided to take the plunge and I applied for my project manager professional certification. So hopefully in the next couple weeks I will find out if I have been approved. Then I will be hitting the books to study for the exam. It is something I have always wanted to do but have procrastinated for too long on. I decided time to go for it and I’m as ready now as I ever will be!
I’ve been continuing research on Keto/Carnivore last week to better wrap my head around things that others are doing and what I agree with and don’t agree with. I want to be able to share with everyone my feelings, my opinions, and I also want a little bit of research behind what I am talking about. The science of it all is fascinating to me. I’ve also started to branch out to others as well, because my way is not the only way and I want to be able to help anyone no matter what way their way is.
I also have started to add back in some heavy cream to my diet to see how it affects me. Not having it in my coffee but have been adding a little bit into some bone broth. I really enjoy the added creaminess it added to my broth. The broth helps sooth my throat and also is giving me a boost of protein to help my body to heal. So far no reaction to the cream and I think as long as I keep it in moderation it will be fine. I have also started adding back in some different spices, and have noticed that most are okay so far. Spicier seasonings seem to be a no-no still though as they tore up my stomach. So I will continue to keep it simple for the most part. Salt and pepper properly applied can make a huge difference.
I have also now eliminated Keto coffee Monday-Friday. I am only doing black coffee with redmonds real salt, and lugols iodine through the week. I do allow myself one keto coffee on the weekends. I actually don’t mind the coffee black and I think the reduction in fat will be better for my loss as I still have plenty of fat to go. I’ve also noticed that I don’t want coffee as much as I did a few weeks ago so my afternoon coffee doesn’t happen everyday anymore.
So as you can see 10 months into this journey and I am still learning so much about myself and my body. You can’t give up you have to constantly tweak things and adapt to what your body needs. I haven’t set a new goal for this week and I may not, as just keeping on track is a goal in itself. Sometimes you don’t need to change it you just need to be in the moment and do it. Looking forward to sharing some more topics with everyone this week, until next time Keep Ketoing On!
Good Morning fellow readers! Welcome to another installment of Monday Madness, and as usual its shaping up to be a crazy one! This Monday is a rough one! Trying to recover from some weekend traveling and dealing with allergies all at the same time. So I plan on taking things at an easy pace today, I guess that means no conquering the world today, but tomorrow….maybe.
Last week I spent a lot of time reading on Keto and carnivore. I decided I needed to see what others that share my passion are focusing on and the things going on outside these communities to be able to bring to you better blog material. Sadly, there is a lot of controversy right now around Keto and how it is a “Fad” diet. So in turn there have been many articles making appearances about many health claims that are negative if you eat the ketogenic lifestyle. All I can say in a high level summary is that not a single one of those articles have happened to me in 10 1/2 months of eating this way. My advice to you is to make sure you are reading articles and checking to see if there is credibility behind them. Where did it come from? Who wrote it? Is there a study to prove what they are saying? Just because you read it doesn’t mean it’s true.
I decided to take a little mini vacation this weekend and hang with some extended family. So I pretty much wasn’t on social media most of the weekend and took a break from life. It was 100% worth it and I needed it so much. My stress levels have been quite high and this helped bring everything into check for me and clear my head. It was hard to say good bye and come back home, but adulting seems to be mandatory to pay the bills.
Did I manage to stay carnivore on my mini vacay? Absolutely! I did stray a tiny bit and enjoy a couple glasses of wine, but other than that we made our eating preference work for us. We even had some amazing smoked ribs, pork loin, and chicken legs. Definitely will be starting to save up for a smoker of our own. Did the wine make me feel bad? No it did not. I only had a few servings and I drank plenty of water along with it. I did notice though that by drinking the wine it did increase my craving for wanting something sweet. Today I will be hydrating and doing an extended fast, with some good fats and proteins for dinner tonight.
This week will be filled with more research and I will also be looking into deciding if I want to track macros or not again. I am starting to think my protein to fat ration may not be at it’s optimal for me and that is why I am not seeing any major changes in my weight. I have notice more toning in my body and I’ve also started to look into weights (which terrify me).
If anyone has any topics they would like to see in my blog, please reach out and I will see about covering your topic. I hope everyone has an amazing week! Until next time Keep Ketoing On!
Hello fellow readers, I hope everyone has been having an amazing week. I’ve been super busy as usual prepping for a little weekend travel, and just being a mom. As you can imagine I don’t have much time for an off button or a break. Yesterdays social media collapse was actually a nice break from all the hustle and bustle, but glad to see it all back up and going today.
I wanted to touch base today on the importance of respecting someone’s choices. I am not afraid to say I support a Ketogenic lifestyle and I choose to make that my lifestyle for the rest of my life. I am also not afraid to admit that I have been doing a test run of the carnivore diet for the past 6 weeks as of today and have had great results from it. These are two things that I have found immense passion in and want to share with the world. Here is the thing though Ketogenic has many different levels and forms and so doesn’t carnivore. There are super strict versions and there are lazier versions. Each individual has a way that works best for them and their body. There are also people that do not follow either of these lifestyles, and that doesn’t mean they are wrong either.
I have to remind myself this because I get very upset when I hear certain things people are doing to try to lose weight or better their health but are failing and can’t seem to see the big picture of why they are failing. There is so many people concerned and scared because of the media and what their doctors tell them. I was scared at first too, but once I started seeing results mentally, physically and within my health care I became a believer. It also helped I had the support of my doctor in what I was trying.
Sometimes I even find myself getting upset when people who follow Keto do something I feel is not correct. I feel that way because it is not how I have success. Guess what? They are not wrong if its working for them. It is so important that we give encouragement to all in this community and feel free to share your ideas, but never tell them they are doing wrong! I choose to do what works for me and gets me the best results! You have to have faith that they are also doing the same thing. You never know what health conditions, genetic conditions, or other issues are in the way of their journey.
I do have an extreme passion for what I am doing and I want to share that passion with anyone and everyone that wants to take it in. I want others encouraged to reach out to me and we can talk about what is working for them and what they may be able to switch up to see more success. We are all human and we are all going to make mistake at time, we just need to learn to love and support one another. Any journey to a new lifestyle is not easy and one person giving discouragement can de-rail that in a heart beat. Take time to actually care and support each other. Until next time Keep Ketoing On!
Good Morning fellow readers! Welcome to another installment of Monday Madness, and as usual its shaping up to be a crazy one! This Monday seems a little more off to me due to the wonderful time change of the weekend. I enjoy my sleep and even though I got my 7 hours last night I feel like I could use an hour or two more.
First things first I continued on my carnivore experiment last week. Today is day number 39. This Thursday will be 6 weeks since I started. I somehow have managed to not get sick of steak, but have became a chicken hater even more than before. I also tried some breakfast sausage this weekend and it tasted horrible. I am amazed how my palate has changed and how aware I am of the different tastes. My energy levels are still phenomenal and I can feel subtle changes in my body. The scale hasn’t been dropping yet much, but I am not gaining either which I am fine with as my body needs to heal. My unique thing I tried this week was beef heart. Once I got over the idea of what I was eating it actually tasted quite good. It is definitely not something I would eat all the time, but occasionally it may be worth it. As of right now I plan to continue with carnivore at least through the end of the month.
I had planned on doing longer fasts last week, but my body said otherwise. While I still did IF of a minimum of 16 hours each day I did not get any long fasts in. I’m not disappointed in that at all as I was proud I listened to my body and gave it what it needed. I have started to notice the last few days that after I eat my dinner I am a little nauseated. I think this is my bodies way of telling me I’m either eating too much or too late. So this week I want to play around with my second meal and see what I can discover.
I realized this weekend just how much I am missing cooking these days. Carnivore is pretty simple and not much you can do to cook meat. So I may start incorporating more keto veggies for the kids a couple days a week so I can get a little cooking time in. I may also look into some cooking classes just to have the fun and experience.
Other than that my week revolved around work, blogging, my kids, my husband and all the madness that brings together. I did go on a coffee spree last week and tried a few local joints that I had never been too. Less coffee this week for sure and more focus on my body and what it needs. I hope everyone else has a great week and your madness doesn’t get to mad. Until next time Keep Ketoing On!
Good Monday Morning Everyone! Welcome to another Monday Madness recap. Just like most people out there I had a super crazy week, but it was very productive. So let’s jump right in and run it all down!
So last week I continued on my carnivore experiment. As of today I am 32 days in and still holding strong. The plan is to go a minimum of 42 days (6 weeks) as I have been told by numerous individuals that weeks 4-8 are when you start to see the real benefits. So far my energy level is actually being maintained and my hunger level is decreasing. My fasts are getting easier and longer, actually was able to get two 24 hour fasts in this past week. My sense and smell and taste are also on fire still it’s amazing to say the least. I also dropped another 1.2 pounds when I did my weekly weigh in Sunday, that brings my total loss to 69.8 pounds since starting Keto in May 2018.
Other changes I have started to notice, is my body shape is changing and becoming more defined in certain areas. I have not added in anything other than the walking I was doing pre-carnivore. I am starting to research some beginner dumbbell work to try and start toning my arms some. My sleep continues to be pretty much 7-8.5 hours a night. I’ve also started to notice some changes in my hair, it is no where near as dry as it use to be so I’ve had to start to try some different hair care products. I also seem to now not like chicken very much. We had wings Saturday night and they just tasted so bland to me. I missed the taste of beef! I am also finding that fattier cuts of pork are a no for me, they don’t sit well on my stomach. So this week will be very heavy in beef variations.
What else will I be adding or I guess I should say taking away this week? I plan on attempting to fast 24 hours every other day starting today. So today I will eat as planned and then I won’t eat again until Tuesday night. I think I will have great success, but at anytime I start to feel hungry you can bet that I will eat. I really listen to my body so much more now than I use to.
Last week I tried to give up coffee in the afternoon. So I was successful in giving it up Tuesday – Thursday. What I learned was it is not the caffeine I want. I still had tons of energy without the coffee. What I wanted was the flavor of the coffee. Plain and simple I enjoy coffee, so I may be looking at some decaf options for afternoon cups. I did have a very nice cup Friday after work and I enjoyed every single drop! So I don’t see me giving up coffee anytime in the future just maybe removing the caffeine since I don’t need it.
I made my first attempt at reverse searing some steaks last week and I failed! I learned I need to invest in a meat thermometer. I thought I had the perfect medium rare, and unfortunately ended up with more of a rare. My husband thought it was awesome, me not so much. I am just not ready to take the plunge into the rare meat market yet. It intrigues me but my mind still says don’t do it.
Tried some new fatty brisket last week that had some amazing bark and smoke flavoring. I had it twice to be honest! So as much as I love going out to get some we are now researching smokers, because I want to tackle making some myself. There are a couple more joints in town I want to try and then plan on seeing a comparison review of them in the future. If anyone has a super affordable smoker recommendation send it to me!
There will be some great new content coming up this week and I’m excited to share. I also did my first instagram live. I plan on doing more of those and short videos in the future as well. You can find me on instagram at @utevachesser . Looking forward to the week ahead and until next time Keep Ketoing On!
Welcome to a new and crazy week! I figured I would just start a thing and do a blog on Monday’s recapping my last week and potentially highlighting upcoming topics. So it’s officially Monday Madness!
Last week was a pretty good week for me. I had some great accomplishments last week! First I met my intermittent fasting goal of a minimum of 16 hours every single day, and even managed to do one extended fast that was right at 27 hours. I felt amazing and clear headed throughout the whole fast. Broke my fast with some eggs, sausage and bacon at one of my favorite local diners City Café.
I also had a little celebration dinner at Jim-N-Nick’s BBQ. I had a plate full of their fatty brisket and to say it was good was an understatement. It was juicy and tender. Had a solid smoke ring and great smoke flavor. It was quite scrumptious and I will definitely be going back for more. So what was I celebrating? For the first time in over five years I am officially back under 200lbs. I weighed in for my monthly weigh in at 197.4lbs. That brings my total weight loss to 68.6 pounds, and my total inches lost to 96.5″.
Last week I also continued on with my keto carnivore experiment. I am 25 days in today and I have had nothing but animal products, water, salt, pepper, and coffee during the experiment. I have discovered so far that I no longer enjoy chicken, except for chicken wings. We made some bacon wrapped chicken thighs and I found the taste to be bland and very appealing. So this week we will be focusing more on red meats and a little pork. I miss spices but will not be adding any back in until after at least 31 days of the challenge. Other things I have noticed besides feeling more satiated is my increase in smell. I can smell things that I could never smell before and it is both pleasant and horrible at the same time. So many things smell good, but I now also smell just how bad some things can smell. The cafeteria at work is not very pleasant most days, lol. My sleep has also improved. I am consistently getting between 7.5-8 hours a night. For the first time in years my digestion has also became more regular and my trips to the restroom less frequent but more productive. My energy levels are starting to increase as well. The first two weeks they were sluggish, but now they have returned to my keto energy perks.
So this week I will continue on my carnivore journey, and continue to dial into my body and become more aware of cues that I am actually hungry and not eating out of habit. I was hoping to be successful at this last week, but think I took the time to evaluate my feelings and let stress guide me a little more than I should have. As mentioned previously there will be no chicken this week, only red meat, pork and I plan to have some fatty salmon as well. I am also going to start eliminating my afternoon cup of coffee, and only have my one cup a day in the morning. Hopefully there is no major impact to lack of caffeine in my body, but I want to see how much energy is coming from the diet and not an added in source.
I would also really enjoy to have comments from you, my readers, on topics you might like to see me write about. I have a list of plenty I want to hit, but also want you to be seeing things you want to see as well. I also would enjoy sharing some success stories. So if you have a story that you would like to share reach out to me and we will work on getting your story out together. So we will call that a wrap for Monday Madness, I hope everyone has an amazing week and Keep Ketoing On!
Monday….my least favorite day of the week. The day I always seem to have trouble getting myself re-centered and re-focused on the work week ahead. So I thought I would take today and give everyone an update of my crazy last week and weekend. I am fortunate to have today off so I have some time to reflect; however, that means my Tuesday will be more like my typical Monday.
Flu season….or as I like to call it around here….everyone is sick and no one has the same thing! Sickness has been spreading like wild-fire in the schools here in Chattanooga, TN and Friday last week they actually closed the schools down to do a thorough deep cleaning. Luckily for me only one of my children actually got the flu so far this year and she is back on the road to recovery and it was a rather mild bout of this time. She is the one kid in the world that could get a flu shot and still get the flu. My son on the other hand had no flu thank goodness but his allergies flared up. So two sick kids left for a very tired mom, oh who by the way has been to the doctor and is having an allergy flare up herself. Good News….everyone is on the mend… Bad News… the tress are budding and blooming now which means pollen hell for the next few weeks for me!
Even with all my allergy woes I feel that my diet has made it much more bearable than it usually is. I still have great amounts of energy and have been sleeping well also. Keto has changed my life so much, and now I am trying to adjust and see what works better for me. So for the last 18 days I have been experimenting with the Carnivore diet. Which in my opinion as well as others is just a subset of Keto. So how has it been so far..great. I don’t really miss my veggies much, and I have started to notice significant changes in my digestion for the better. I also am starting to notice I am not as hungry as I was when I first started the experiment. My blood sugar levels have increased some and my ketone levels have decreased some, but I am still in Ketosis and everything remains within the normal range. My blood sugar also has no spikes it has pretty much been the same fasting and post-fasting consistently.
One thing I am working on getting in check from last week is my stress. Stress is a huge impact on your body and health. Let’s just say with sickness and three teenagers and a little drama thrown in there., my stress was higher this past week than it has been in a very long time, and I can tell. So this week I will probably throw in some focused meditations in order to try to bring my cortisol levels back down. I plan on also starting to focus in on whether I am eating lunch everyday because I am hungry or because it is a habit hard-wired into my brain. There are some days I know without a doubt I am hungry, but others I think I eat out of habit and not hunger.
This weekend I made my first batch of bone broth, and I think it turned out pretty good. I am looking forward to trying it this week. Lessons learned: I need a better method of straining, possibly a funnel, and I may add some more seasoning for a better developed flavor next time. On a side note my two fur babies Sampson and Delilah enjoyed licking up the spilled broth before I mopped!
Keep an eye out for new blogs this week with some new topics, and until then Keep Ketoing On!