A ketogenic lifestyle means there will be times when non-keto food is hard to avoid or, in my case, resist. For the second time in a month, I wasn’t able to and it’s humbling.
I took a step back in my progress this week after a trip to New Orleans where I took in more carbs and non-keto foods a few times. First time was Wednesday evening at Compere Lapin where I couldn’t resist the most delicious bacon biscuits.
The next morning I had beignets at Cafe Du Monde (this photo is from the previous night when I didn’t get anything).
Then I succumbed to custom made hurricane drinks (just two) at the House of Blues that evening for our closing event.
I was able to resist the mac and cheese and cornbread there that everyone gave high praise to. Between the dancing a couple of evenings and walking to/from restaurants I did get in some miles to help offset the carbs a bit.
There was a bit too much alcohol intake as well. I had a minimum of two drinks a night and some of those had multiple shots. The result is bloating this week showing a weight gain (temporary as it may be) which is not fun.
Let’s talk about what I ate that was keto this week. The first evening in New Orleans, I dined at Broussard’s which was excellent in terms of ambiance, service and food. I started with the soup of the day.
The star of the evening was the duck breast with the best Brussels sprouts I’ve ever eaten.
I will definitely visit this restaurant the next time I’m in the city. The following night we dined at Muriel’s in Jackson Square. I’ve been here a couple of times on previous trips.
It was dark inside and it impacted my photo quality. I started the meal with the savory cheese cake.
I wish this was twice as big; it was so good! My entree was the pecan-crusted drum fish.
The third night was when we went to Compere Lapin. Following the biscuit, we shared the small bites amongst the table. I highly recommend the spiced pig ears; sadly no picture.
I then had the caribbean pepper pot soup to start.
It was good but not worth the price. My entree was the pork tenderloin (I skipped the puree).
For dessert I had the cheese plate.
My only other food picture from the week was one of the conference lunches.
I ended up not eating the greens because it was cooked with syrup or sugar. Other conference lunches included flank steak and salad on day 1, and salad with the insides of sandwiches on top on day 2.
Breakfasts included eggs and bacon or sausage every morning which was a big help. Friday was spent traveling home so a last New Orleans meal out.
This is the breakfast po-boy (no bread) at Mother’s in the central business district. I go there every time I’m visiting and it is well worth the walk!
Here is the food log from the week.
|Sunday||eggs, sausage gravy||chicken thigh, cheese, Ketomana||hamburger patty, green beans with butter||walnuts, sugar free chocolate|
|Monday||eggs, sausage gravy||chicken caesar salad||soup, duck breast, Brussels sprouts||(Alcohol), pumpkin seeds|
|Tuesday||eggs, bacon||steak, salad||cheese, fish||(Alcohol)|
|Wednesday||eggs, sausage||roast beef, salami, salad||pork tenderloin, biscuit, cheese, soup||(Alcohol)|
|Thursday||beignets, bacon||fish, salad||ham, chicken, salad||pumpkin seeds (alcohol)|
|Friday||Roast beef, eggs||nuts, cheese, salami||bacon, cheese||Adapt fat shot|
|Saturday||eggs, sausage, cream cheese, cream||hamburger patty, broccoli with butter||Chipotle: Carnitas salad with tomato salsa, cheese and sour cream|
It’s back to 100% keto eating/drinking this week. I am traveling but it’s for meetings; not a conference so a more normal week. I want to end this recap on a positive note which is although the scale is up and I didn’t stay in ketosis this week, I got right back to it on Friday. Keto on!