2016 has been a hard year on me. First my dog of over 16 years died in mid-February and it went down hill from there. Most of that was self-inflicted like binging on election news, but still, I suffered mentally, emotionally and physically this year. About a month ago, I decided to pull myself out of the mire. I started yoga. I turned off CNN. A friend introduced me to the ketogenic diet (aka keto) which is high fat/low carb.
As a former researcher (just left my FDA job last week), I had heard of this diet and it’s benefits. National Institutes of Health (NIH) is going lots of interesting and positive studies regarding the keto diet and obesity, Alzheimer’s, cancer and more. (Just Google “ketogenic and NIH study” to read for yourself.) But personally, I have never succeeded on any diet. I am not disciplined. But my friend assured me that this one is sustainable because the high fat content is very filling.
My start was rocky. I have had a long-time addiction to sugar in particular. For me, walking into Community Bakery is like an alcoholic walking into the liquor store. It’s so hard. But slowly over the past few weeks, I’ve already kicked my sugar habit. I didn’t think it was possible. No longer does a cookie or piece of buttered bread tempt me like a druggie needing a fix. Sure, I want it, but I have the power to say no. The keto diet is really working for me.
I won’t get into the details of the keto plan — there are many more knowledgeable folks on the web for that. But I can share some of my favorite recipes here. Because y’all know I love to cook, and on the keto plan I get to cook with bacon, fatty cuts of meat (which are usually cheaper than other cuts of meat), avocado, coconut oil, low-carb veggies like cauliflower and broccoli, and cheese.
Instant Pot Crack Chicken (modified a bit)
Low Carb Zuppa Toscana Soup (I use my electric pressure cooker to make in a jif) — My whole family LOVES this soup.
Bacon Cheeseburger Bombs (I bake in oven instead of on grill — increase cooking time to 25 min)
Broccoli Cheese Soup in a Pressure Cooker (weekly recipe — my kids LOVE it too)
White Chocolate Latte Rocket Fuel (my morning “breakfast” — holds me over til lunch!)
I have lots of other recipes on my Low Carb Life Pinterest board — haven’t even tried the majority, so I’ll let you know which ones I like best as this progresses.
I feel so much better over the past few weeks — plus I’ve dropped about 8 pounds without feeling deprived. I look forward to what 2017 has in store for me as I continue this keto journey.
If you have any great keto recipes, please share in comments section. Thank you!