Week three on the keto diet and I am still really enjoying this low carb regime. I have lost almost five pounds in two weeks, never feeling hungry or deprived for a minute. It’s so easy!
Importantly, I am really enjoying what I am eating, and not missing the carbs at all. I didn’t eat a lot of bread anyway as it makes me so bloated, so I don’t miss that. Potatoes and pasta aren’t a great loss either.
I thought I would really crave my regular glass of white wine, but surprisingly I haven’t. Chocolate hasn’t proved an issue either.
Cutting out the snacking
Because I am eating relatively high levels of fat on this low carb regime, I just don’t get hungry all the time. The fat makes you feel full! I used to be so bad for grazing through the day, but I don’t feel the need.
If I fancy a snack I have some nuts, a hard-boiled egg or a piece of cheese. A trashy snack should I feel the need for one has become a few pork scratchings.
I am eating loads of vegetables and fruit, although there are some things here that I do miss. Carrots and peas mainly! I will probably reintroduce those, plus some citrus fruit at some point when I am happy with the weight I reach.
I still feel very well and certainly have more energy. If you have tried other diets to lose weight, or if you have health issues such as fibromyalgia and IBS, I heartily recommend giving keto a try.
I was even told by someone this week that a low carb diet had helped massively with her anxiety. Who would have thought?
Anyway, enough preaching! This is what we will be eating on our low carb regime this week.
A meal plan for my low carb regime
The best laid plans and all that…. Last week we were supposed to have this keto chicken cheese bake but had leftovers to use up so we didn’t. Anyway, I have all the different cheeses required so we will have it tonight with a selection of veg, such as broccoli and runner beans.
Pork chops with garlic and rosemary, kale and mushrooms. This is a very simple recipe that we tried and enjoyed in week one. Mr S will have some mashed or roasted potatoes with this.
My daughter and her boyfriend are coming for dinner tonight. He is quite a fussy eater, so I will make a roast dinner. I won’t have the spuds or Yorkshires!
I will get them some nice ice cream for pud and I will have fruit with Greek yogurt.
Keto pesto chicken casserole with feta and olives. This looks an unusual and interesting dish. We will have this with a green salad.
This diet is making me try different food combinations and flavours, which I am really enjoying.
We seem to still have a lot of salmon in the freezer. I bought a large pack because I forgot we already had one in there! Still, I love salmon so no problems. I will cook it very simply in a bit of butter and some herbs and have it with spinach and green beans.
Cheese and bacon omelettes with a large salad and avocados. Mr S will have a few air fried spuds with his.
Grilled halloumi cheese with courgette fries, tomatoes and mushrooms. I went for lunch out with my eldest daughter last week at a little cafe. I assumed the only thing I would be able to eat would be the all day breakfast minus the carbs, but they had a grilled halloumi salad, which inspired me to buy some.
It was really delicious!
Other meals and snacks
This week I plan to make some keto granola. I watched Kirsten from Kirsten’s Curiosities on You Tube make it. She used mixed seeds, coconut flakes, dessicated coconut, various nuts, cinnamon, stevia and, I think, flax seed, mixed together with melted coconut oil and baked for a bit. It will be a change in the morning from the fruit smoothies I have been having, mixed with Greek yogurt.
It does mean a trip to Sainsbury’s though, as I couldn’t find any form of coconut in Lidl or Aldi, where I usually shop.
Snacks are still mainly nuts, berries and the odd pack of pork crackling! I have also been enjoying my morning bullet proof coffee. My version is coffee with cream and MCT Oil* (a supplement derived from coconut), but you can use butter rather than the cream.
I am keeping all my grocery receipts so that I can see if I am spending more than usual. It’s inevitable I think as meat tends to be more expensive than the vegetarian meals we often eat. However, I am doing my best to keep it within budget.
I will total it up and let you know! What are you eating this week? Anyone else on a low carb regime?
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