It’s been six weeks since my last keto update post and most of time I was struggling to get back into ketosis! In hindsight those New Orleans beignets were not worth it!
Afterwards I get back to keto for a few days and succumb to some temptation (can you say french fries?). The Thanksgiving cruise threw any pretense of being keto out the window. When I got back I had gained seven pounds back. 🙁
I got back on track for five days then got a bad cold and went to my traditional sick meal of soup and crackers. December 3rd I got back on track and have stayed there.
The good news is that most, but not all, of that seven pound gain is gone. I’m still up 1/2 pound from my low and hope to have that (and maybe a bit more) gone by the start of 2019.
My ketones, blood pressure and blood glucose readings are also back to my usual levels. It took nearly 3 weeks to get there though. There were definitely lessons learned with this experience.
The only new products I have tried this past month are baking ingredients. The benefit of being home multiple weeks in a row is that I have time to do some baking. I have used oat fiber, xanthum gum and swerve confectioners sweetener for the first time.
Food and Recipes
Don’t worry, I won’t bore you with weeks of food logs. Instead I’ll post some of the new things I made recently. First up is easy low carb taco pie using Carolyn Ketchum’s recipe.
My non-keto husband loved this one as much as I did. I made a couple of recipes from Keto Living Day By Day authored by Kristie Sullivan. First up was the pork chop with pan gravy. This was the best pan fried pork chop I’ve made yet!
I made my first loaf of keto bread using her modified soul bread recipe. I’ve made 90 second bread which is eggy so I don’t really use it much anymore.
This was an excellent keto bread option. The yeast makes it smell exactly like regular bread.
It even looks like bread (although a dense one!). One loaf makes 18 thin slices and I did freeze half of it to keep me from going crazy with it. I am using most of that stash in a Christmas morning strata.
For our pre-Christmas dinner with my son and his fiancee I roasted a turkey which we served with keto gravy from Keto Connect.
It was very good (add salt) but not as dark as I would have liked. Anyone know a keto-friendly substitute for kitchen boquet? I also roasted brussel sprouts with bacon fat and seasonings. (That Blue Bonnet margarine belongs to my husband!)
For dessert I made Kristie’s peanut butter pie from her Keto Gatherings cookbook.
It is SO good and only 6 plus carbs per serving. It’s rich so this slice goes a long way in taste. If you’re interested in buying cookbooks I have links to all of Kristie’s and Keto Connect’s on my Keto Books shop page. Your support is greatly appreciated!
Since I’ll be having keto baked goods this week (in addition to the strata and peanut butter pie I’m making cookies for Christmas Day) I probably won’t lose weight but should stay the same. What I will do is enjoy Christmas keto style while spending time with my loved ones. Keto on!