Ketogenic Diet 1 Month Update

Ketogenic Diet 1 Month Update

For reference, I identify as female, I am 28 years old, I am 5 feet and 5 inches tall, and when I started this journey I weighed 170 pounds.

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A little over four weeks ago, my husband and I made a major lifestyle change — we began the ketogenic diet (keto for short).

There’s a lot of mixed information out there about keto, so I encourage everyone curious about it to do their own research. To sum it up, though, here’s a short description from Women’s Health Magazine:

“This eating plan is all about minimizing your carbs and upping your fats to get your body to use fat as a form of energy, says Scott Keatley, R.D., of Keatley Medical Nutrition Therapy. While everyone’s body and needs are slightly different, that typically translates to: 60 to 75 percent of your calories from fat, 15 to 30 percent of your calories from protein, and 5 to 10 percent of your calories from carbs.”

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Recipe /// Easy Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

Recipe /// Easy Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

The fact that I don’t cook has become somewhat of a joke in our family.

It is no exaggeration, though. My husband prepares 95 percent of our meals (including my lunch every day), and I’m not the least bit embarrassed to admit it. It’s not that I can’t cook; I simply prefer not to.

In fact, we moved into our new home two months ago and today was my first time using the stove. I couldn’t even figure out how to turn it on without cussing. But, I had a hankering for chocolate chip banana bread, so I was determined to make it work.

I love banana bread — it’s one of the few things I actually enjoy baking — and it’s incredibly easy to make.

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Weeknight Meal /// Trader Joe’s Chicken Sausage with Bell Peppers & Onions

Weeknight Meal /// Trader Joe’s Chicken Sausage with Bell Peppers & Onions

Let’s face it, we are all busy and tired Monday through Friday, and the last thing we want to do after working all day is come home and cook dinner.

That is why quick, cheap, and easy meals are a huge hit in our house. And if they are low-calorie, that’s even better.

I’m not even going to pretend that I do the cooking in our house — that’s all Justin, and I am 100 percent OK with that because he is amazing at creating his own recipes and preparing beautiful meals nearly every night of the week.

However, from time to time, I like to pour myself a glass of wine (or two), roll up my sleeves, and see what I can come up with at the stove.

This week I wanted to experiment with some items from Trader Joe’s. I picked up a package of their sun-dried tomato chicken sausage and a bag of their frozen fire roasted bell peppers and onions. The best part was the chicken sausage is fully cooked, so the chance of me giving us food poisoning was cut from probable to minimal.

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