Here we go again...
After a 3-day weekend filled with donuts and all of the unhealthy American treats I could get my hands on, it's time to get back in control of my eating habits and my health.
Today I am starting a 30-day Ketogenic diet challenge. For those who aren't familiar with the Keto diet, it's basically a low carb, high fat diet. My main foods will be healthy fats with some meats, cheeses, nuts and vegetables.
These are my "rules" for the next 30 days:
- limited healthy carbs (max of 30g net carbs a day)
- eat something green with every meal
- 3 meals a day (no snacking)
- maximum 2 coffees a day (this will be my biggest challenge)
- 100 oz. of water a day
- keep Keto "treats" to a minimum
- stay within daily calorie limit
Eventually I would like to get the whole family eating this way, but for these next 30 days I'm just going to be challenging myself to ditch the sugar and start living a healthier life (that unfortunately does not include donuts).
I've tried Keto many times before but I always end up going back to those sweet, delicious carbs. The sugar addiction is all too real. I have a serious problem with binge eating but I'll save that for another post. I'm hoping that cutting out the sugar helps my recovery from that as well though.
Back to my Keto challenge. My goal is to do 30 days of Keto with no cheats. I'm going to be using a "don't break the chain" type chart to help keep me motivated to stay on track.
I think one of the main reasons that I've failed sticking to Keto previous times is because I've made Keto treats which mimic the sugary treats that I'm addicted to.
So this time around, I'm going to try and avoid making things that use artificial sweeteners (unless we're going to a party or something where there will be the temptation of real dessert, then I may make a treat to bring along so I don't feel like I am missing out - perhaps this Keto cheesecake).
I'm also not going to over-complicate meals. Previously I've tried to make elaborate Keto meals and that ended up with a ridiculous amount of dishes and different meals for my husband and kids. This time I will be cooking the same dinners for all of us.
I was originally planning on doing another Whole30 to try and get my eating back to a healthier state, but my husband prefers Keto so that's why else I'm going this route. I only want to be cooking one meal a night, not 2 or 3 different ones. Also with Keto vs. Whole30, it's way easier to eat out. We're trying to cut back on how much we eat out, but on the days where we're out or even the days where I just do not want to cook, finding Keto options at a restaurant is way easier.
For this first week, I'm planning on keeping it pretty basic and having the same breakfast and lunch every day and just switching up our dinners.
Breakfast will be bacon, eggs, avocado and green tea.
Lunch will be a simple spinach salad with mozzarella and an olive oil/mayo dressing.
Dinners will basically just be some type of meat with a side of veggies.
I'm actually looking forward to doing this challenge. If anyone else is doing Keto and has any "must try" recipes, let me know in the comments below.