6 Month Update on My Ketogenic Diet

My next 90 Day Keto Challenge starts soon. Would you like to join me? It includes weekly webinars, meal plans and shopping list, a workbook, and private online support group. For more info, click here.


So much has happened in the last month! Exciting stuff, stressful stuff, along with some emotional baggage stuff. I’m in a place of gratitude for all of it.


This post is part of a series on my ketogenic diet: Month 1, Month 2, Month 3, Month 4, Month 5, Month 7, Month 8, Month 9, Month 10, Month 11


Speaking Engagements and Walking in High Heels in the Rain

I was extremely excited to be able to speak at two different events on November 7th, 2015 about my healing journey with a ketogenic diet.

Speaking at the Microsoft campus for the D2 Toastmaster's conference
Speaking at the Microsoft campus for the D2 Toastmaster’s conference

At District 2 Toastmaster’s Fall Conference, I did a 15 minute “TED talk style” talk where I shared how as little as 10 seconds can have a huge impact in someone’s life. For me, 10 seconds was how long a distracted driver accelerated until smashing into the back of my stopped car. And after the accident, I began using social media to document my ketogenic diet that I used to heal from the chronic pain and endocrine disorders caused by that accident. I discovered that as little as 10 seconds in social media can have HUGE impact, a huge positive impact (if you so choose) on educating, influencing, and motivating people to change their mood and behaviors.

Later that day, I navigated over to the University of Washington campus to speak at the Epilepsy Foundation Northwest’s Fall Conference. It was dark, raining vigorously, and my car that was on it’s last legs. It overheated on my way there, so I ended up walking the final mile to the building I was speaking in in 3 inch heels. It truly was an adventure. And although it was a great challenge, I was grateful the whole time that I could even walk, let alone in 3 inch heels, just a year prior, I could not have walked that far. My presentation that afternoon was on the ketogenic diet to treat epilepsy, and how to do it in a healthy way. (The presentation was recorded, and once it is available on the Epilepsy Foundations NW’s youtube channel, I will post a link here.)

I love speaking, teaching, and conducting workshops, so these opportunities made my heart sing. It truly was a dream come true and I look forward to many more opportunities like these.

Dairy Free November Challenge and Acne

I had some blood work done a few weeks ago (I will post more specifics about this later) and decided to try a dairy free challenge for the month of November to see if it would improve my results. I made it about 5 or 7 days, and then caved. I’m still eating much less dairy than I was before, but not 100% dairy free. My son however, who is 20 years old and also keto and decided to try a dairy-free month along with me, has stuck with it. He suffered from scaring cystic acne all through his teenage years and it was always evident that dairy aggravated it for him. After going keto a few months ago, but not cutting out dairy, his acne was the best it had been his whole life. But he discovered that cutting out dairy too, nearly eliminated his acne. He was sold on dairy free keto and I admire his tenacity.

Emotional Baggage Weighs a Lot

As you can see from the captions on my photos below, I didn’t lose any more weight this month (see my comments below about Weight Loss Progress for an explanation of water balance in the body). I’ve been very busy this last month, working more, preparing speeches, etc. and have not been weight or even tracking my food much and simply eating intuitively. So on the one hand, it is really nice to see that my body weight will be stable once I move away from strict tracking of my food. That I will be able to move into maintenance without trouble. However I found that this weight plateau brought about some emotional challenges for me: unresolved judgments from others, fear of old habits creeping back in, and thoughts about body acceptance.

One of the things I’ve noticed coming up is an internal dialog about past comments about my weight when I was this weight in the past. I’m normally pretty confident and even at a higher weight, I felt like I was a worthwhile person. So it has been interesting to watch my mental dialog with random thoughts and phrases coming up of things that people actually said to me. I remember going on a coffee date with a doctor about 10 years ago. When we met initially, there was obvious chemistry. On our date, he made some comment like, “most of the girls I’ve dated weight 128 pounds.” I was struck by how odd it was that he knew EXACTLY how much his past girlfriends weighed and that they all weighed the same. I was also insulted by him implication that I was much heavier than what he normally dated. Memories like this and others seem to be flooding my conscious mind at times.

Another emotional challenge I’ve found myself facing over the last month of weight plateau is fear that I will some how slip back into old habits. What if I am not bulletproof? I fear that it would be easy to gain all the weight back and go back to my old unhealthy patterns if I am not careful. Or not mindful. I feared that this plateau was a sign of old patterns returning. What if I was stuck at this weight and never lost any more?

Body acceptance is a third area of emotional baggage that I faced this month. In opposition to my fear of never losing any more, I entertained the idea that I could be happy at this weight since I was obviously much happier and healthier than I’ve been in decades. Could I be content and happy with this weight? Am I healthy enough? Of course my body is good enough as it is, but can I attain a higher level of fitness and health? I have really enjoyed the feeling of empowerment that keto has brought me in being able to choose foods based on how they make me feel long term. Eating for fuel and health instead of chasing cravings. What would it be like to let go of chasing better health?

Apparently I have some unresolved body weight and body acceptance work to do. I think I’m in a very healthy place to be doing so. One of my biggest life lessons while recovering from this accident was patience and acceptance of slowing down and letting what ever is, be. Allowing the rate of healing that was appropriate for my body. I think this emotional baggage is another piece of that lesson in slowing down and accepting and allowing.

What Am I Eating?

Here is a screen shot of my Instagram, (@HypnoticNutrition) where I post all my food, drinks, snacks, etc. If you want to know what I eat every day, that is the best place to check it out. You can download the app on your phone, or you can simply look at it from your computer (you will have to create your own account, and when you do, add me as a friend!). I’ve started posting short videos with my cat, Penelope on there, just for fun. I typically start out my day listening to some dance music on Pandora, which gets me moving and dancing a bit. Penelope always hangs out with me while I get ready in the morning, but looks perturbed about my choice in music and dancing. I’ve also been promoting Epilepsy Awareness Month with Instaquote because a ketogenic diet is fantastic for treating epilepsy and reducing or eliminating seizures.

Note that I didn't actually drink the NY Seltzer!
Note that I didn’t actually drink the NY Seltzer!

 

Weight Loss Progress

My weight has been stable for about the last 3 weeks. I’m at about 50 pounds lost, give or take 5 pounds. It appears that I gained weight from last month based on the scale number alone, however anywhere within 5 pounds is not weight gain, but the imprecise maintenance of the water balance in the body. I had another plateau like this a few months back. I think the photo collage below may appear that I gained weight the last month, but I think that is simply the perspective of the photo because my measurements are the same.

6 Months of Keto Progress
6 Months of Keto Progress

Keto 6 month progress side

What Next?

Keep calm and keto on!

I’ve starting seeing more clients, both in person at my office in Redmond, WA, USA, and over the phone/Skype for implementation of low carb and ketogenic diets. For the new year, I will also have group programs that combine keto and hypnosis, which will be offered both online and in my office in Redmond. If you’d like to know more about any of these services, send me an email at Carole@HypnoticNutrition.com.


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Keto Thanksgiving Recipes 2015

I’m launching a 90 Day Keto Challenge in January 2016. Would you like to join me? It includes weekly webinars, meal plans and shopping list, a workbook, and private online support group. For more info, click here.


 

Thanksgiving is only a week a way. Do you have your menu planned out yet? Are you wondering how you will survive Thanksgiving and stay on your low carb, high fat plan? Or perhaps you are tired of experiencing a food coma after the big meal?

While traditional Thanksgiving recipes are loaded with carbs (except the turkey), the good news is that there are loads of keto-fied versions.

Here are a bunch of keto-friendly, low carb, no sugar, grain free, high fat ideas and recipes to fill your belly:

Appetizers

Cheese and Meat Tray

Crudite (raw veggies and dip) cauliflower, broccoli, celery, endive are all low-carb veggies.

Ranch Dip from Ruled Me

Deviled Eggs (most any recipe is already keto-friendly)

Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms from Peace Love and Low Carb

Turkey

For the most part, the turkey is the easiest part of a Thanksgiving meal to make keto friendly. Here are a couple of recipe ideas from Food and Wine to get your mouth watering. One calls for pancetta, a fancy bacon, and the other uses butter. Doesn’t get more keto than that.

Pancetta-Wrapped Roasted Turkey
Pancetta-Wrapped Roasted Turkey

Pancetta-Wrapped Turkey from Food and Wine. Leave out the 1 teaspoon of brown sugar and you’ll have a delicious, impressive bird to serve next Thursday.

Chipotle-Butter Turkey
Chipotle-Butter Turkey

Chipotle-Butter Turkey from Food and Wine. This one is keto ready and it has “butter” in the name, so yes, please!

Side Dishes

Cranberries

Sugar Free Cranberry Sauce
Sugar Free Cranberry Sauce

Chipotle Lime Cranberry Sauce from All Day I Dream About Food

Plain (sugar free) Cranberry Sauce from All Day I Dream About Food

Stuffing

Keto stuffing is one of the dishes for Thanksgiving that takes a bit more work than the others because you will need to make the low-carb bread for the stuffing first, then make it into stuffing. If you love stuffing, it is well worth the effort and will surely stupefy your guests when you tell them you’ve made it low-carb.

Gourmet Keto Stuffing
Gourmet Keto Stuffing

Gourmet Keto Thanksgiving Stuffing from The Nourished Caveman uses mushrooms, sage, pancetta, and macadamia nuts.

Sausage and Herb Stuffing from Food Network doesn’t use any bread at all, but instead using a hearty helping of sausage, cauliflower, and squash.

Biscuits or Rolls

KFC Style Biscuits from Maria Mind Body

Holy Grail Almond Buns from Caveman Keto

Mashed Faux-tatoes

It may seem that mashed potatoes may be the hardest dish to make keto-friendly, but in walks mashed cauliflower, which can take on the same creamy texture as potatoes when prepared properly. Even family members that hate veggies will ask for second helpings of these dishes.

Mashed Cauliflower
Mashed Cauliflower

Easy Mashed Cauliflower with Garlic from Paleo Grubs. I suggest trying bacon grease in place of the ghee for an over the top, dairy-free version.

Loaded Mashed Cauliflower with Bacon and Cheddar from Caveman Keto

Gravy

Country Style Gravy from Maria Mind Body

Turkey Gravy from Cook Eat Paleo

Green Bean Casserole

Cheesy Green Bean Casserole from Caveman Keto

Low Carb Grean Bean Casserole from Food.com

Pies

How can it be Thanksgiving without pumpkin pie? I’ve included two versions here, one with dairy and one without. Plus a pecan pie for good measure.

Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake
Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake

Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake from I Breathe I’m Hungry

Low Carb Paleo Pumpkin Pie from Cooking with Trader Joe’s (dairy-free)

Pecan Pie from Maria Mind Body

What are Your Favorite Family Recipes?

What are your family’s traditional Thanksgiving dishes? What else would you like a keto recipe for?