Kinda Keto, But Not Really

More than two years ago, when I lost the majority of my weight, my strategy was to simply reduce calories enough to lose weight…and it worked, for the most part. Once I got closer to my goal weight I stalled, big time.  There was only one thing to do, reduce calories again, but, my strategy stopped working.  😩

I increased exercise, which in turn increased my appetite, which made me eat more and gain weight. So frustrating. All the while, I was hearing about the KETO craze, that it was similar to the Atkins Diet, which meant low carb. A friend reached out to me and tried to share info, but I had no interest because I had a plan that mostly worked.

After stalling for a while, I got tired. I started eating a bit more, exercising less, gained 10 lbs and totally quit logging. I was down to about 1000-1200 calories oer day.  WAY TO LOW. I felt fine, got tired easily, but was frustrated by the stall. I did notice 2 things though; I was very soft, and I did not feel strong. Lifting things that should have not felt heavy, were. My conclusion, I’d lost a LOT of muscle mass. No bueno. I needed a new strategy.

My goals were the same; be healthy, eat clean foods, be strong, not let food control me, and I really got tired of “logging” my food. 🙄

Sooooo, I joined a KETO page on Facebook just to sorta stalk it and see what these KETOers were all about. Now, I am not much of a meat eater, however, I remembered while losing weight, the weeks when I ate more chicken or beef, I lost more pounds. Hmmmm….

Long story short, (too late, I know🙃), I tried KETO, kinda. I just wasn’t that strict about it. I up’d proteins and kept up my veggie eating, but reduced carbs to minimal per day, and I increased my fats (that is HARD TO DO after decades of hearing “watch your fat intake” 🤯).  I didn’t measure a thing. End of the week down almost 2 lbs. 🤷🏽‍♀️  What I noticed is, I was not hungry AT ALL. Matter of fact, I felt I had surely gained because I felt so full, or I should say, satiated all the time. I had energy so I exercised more. Go figure, there must be something to it. I’m going to try it again this week in my Kinda Keto way to see if this past week was just a fluke. I’d like to lose another 15 lbs bit I’m not stressing about it. I have more muscle mass and feel good so what more can I ask.

Anyway, thought I’d share some of the protein options I made in my Ninja Air Fryer. Love this thing!

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Air Fryer Chicken Drumsicks
Air Fryer Meatballs
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Air Fryer Chicken Wings
Air Fryer Chicken Wings

I also cook veggies in the Air Fryer sometimes. Works pretty good too!

 

 

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Air-Fryer Asparagus

Well, that’s all folks! I’ll let you know what happens with my Kinda Keto plan. 🤗👍🏽

Peace!

 

This Rollercoaster Ride Called… Eating Right

The struggle is so very real, people…. but that’s OK…. I’m not alone.

A couple of years ago when I was in the midst of my major weight loss, I started hearing about KETO eating. If you haven’t heard of it yet, never fear, you will when you return to this planet. 😒  I looked into it but I haven’t jumped into it …yet. It seems everyone is trying KETO now,  but it must not be user-friendly because I’m seeing more about Dirty Keto… or what I like to call it, Cheap and Easy Keto.

I’m also noticing an increase in talk about ‘fasting’, specifically, Intermittent Fasting.  I might try this at some point, just because it seems more natural and beneficial to the body.

Seems everyone is trying to figure out how to lose weight and keep it off. Like I said, the struggle is REAL! I’m a witness.  I lost 57 lbs a couple of years ago, but gained about 14 lbs and have been holding steady since.  I’m not to concerned because I realized at 57 lbs that I was lighter but I didn’t feel strong.  I think I lost a lot of muscle tone, and was earing too few calories. I read recently that when you eat low-calorie for a while your body gets used to living on that low amount.  When I increased my calories to around 1500 to 1700 per day I gained about 5 lbs. Then, because I felt weak, I started walking a lot and doing High Impact Interval Training exercises and sure enough gained more….but the curious thing is my clothes felt the same and loser in some cases🤷🏽‍♀️.

I guess it is true that muscle weighs more but takes up less space.  That’s a hard concept to accept when you are addicted to the scales like I am. I’m trying to change my ‘scales’ ways. 😣 However, I do feel so much stronger in my core and overall. So, now I’m just trying to stay on a good eating path.

It’s a rainy, rainy day on this Sunday afternoon.  I was invited to a Southern Buffet restaurant after church…. so tempted to do it but I had already planned to do some meal prep. I went shopping yesterday and bought some goodies…

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  1. Cucumbers, Yellow, Red, and Orange peppers are my go-to foods.  I’ve blogged about them in previous posts.  I just cut them and put them in jars.  They are a great snack for me. I either eat them plain, or sprinkle them with a little rice vinegar.
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Keeping my food in jars seems to extend the life of them. I don’t have to eat them all in 2 days.

2. Air Fryer Brussel Sprouts, I tried it!  Wow!  This is a keeper. I love my Air Fryer but never have I tried veggies in it. So, easy…tossed the Brussel sprouts (Premee cabbages as a young friend calls them, 😒🤣) in a tad bit of oil, Himalayan Salt, and garlic powder and put in my Air Fryer on 375 for about 12 minutes. YUM! They were so delicious. I know they look burnt but they are just roasted.  I bet adding a little brown sugar and some bacon bits would make this instantly ‘gourmet’…I almost did it but remembered my new healthy eating ways.

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3. Asparagus… you either like it or not.  I love it, stinky pee and all.  I actually saw a post somewhere recently that asparagus is a major cancer fighter.  I meed to research this though.  I usually eat it most when it is on sale and it’s been on sale so 3rd week in a row I’ve made it but this time I pur it in the Air Fryer to try. Boy! Good results again…just 6 minutes in and it’s done  👍🏽

4. Chicken Thighs. Nope, I’m not a vegetarian or vegan or anything, I just eat little meat naturally.  I need protein to lose weight I learned, plus it helps keep my hunger in control. Since I was Air Frying, I put these in last; same seasonings.  Also, I found 2 small Filet Mignon steaks in the back of my freezer from an Omaha steak gift pack I received…last of the beef goodies.  Put those in the Air Fryer too.

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This chicken was so juicy and delicious! I just sampled what I cooked because it’s for the upcoming week, of course.  So, now I have no excuse for not eating healthy this week. I’ve got all these goodies plus a bin of apples.

Fortunately, everything I cook has to be eaten only by “me”…not sure anyone else would enjoy my kitchen science experiments…I’m not much of a foodie though; I just don’t want to feel hungry, so… let’s see if I can have a good week of eating healthy food. Hope you do too!  ✌🏽😎

Peace and Love!😘

Jan

“…May the peace of God guard your hearts and mind (thoughts) through Jesus Christ.” Philippians 4:7❤️

Lemons, Lemons…More Lemons

I think being in the kitchen is more like being in a science  lab for me… just experimenting, most times I’m just looking for ways to make things more convenient.

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Photo by Markus Spiske

So, my latest ‘experiment’ was with lemons.  For years now, I have sipped warm lemon water in the morn, after my regular room temperature water.  Sometimes I add a little honey, and other times I put all kinds of  ‘elements’ in it…turmeric, cinnamon, ginger, pepper 😳…that’s what happens when you read too many health sites. 🤷🏽‍♀️ There are some real benefits to eating lemons but you have ro mind your teeth drom the acid.

Anyway, you know what? LEMONS are expensive, people.  I can’t bring myself to pay 99 cents for one lemon. Nope, not gonna do it.  So, I wait for the lemon sales; when I can get a whole bag for around $3.99. The only problem is I can’t eat them fast enough..they spoil.

I used to slice them all, put them on a plate to freeze, then pop them off the plate and put them in a zip bag. That works pretty good. It’s a challenge getting them off the plate though.  Just grab a frozen slice, drop into my hot water, and BAM!  No fuss.

Well the other day, After buying another bag of lemons I decided to try something a little different.  Why? No real reason. 😊

2192564f-e453-40da-8ae4-f92161685f96Instead of slicing them all, I juiced them all. I ended up with about a cup of fresh squeezed lemon juice.  Next, I poured it into a silicon small-cube tray, and froze.

When frozen, I popped them in a zip bag.  Now, in the morning, I put a lemon cube or two, add my other ingredients and sippy-sip. Lots of cubes that lasts for days.

I’m sure most folks wouldn’t waste time doing this..ha!… I’m not even sure it saves me any time in the morning…but thought I’d share anyway. 😎✌🏽🍋

Peace! Stay safe out there! 😘

Playing with Broccoli Cuts

 

I’m sitting here wondering if there is a real reason for broccoli cuts.?🤔

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I mean, Broccoli florets make sense; they are pretty, flavorful, and healthy,  but ‘cuts’ are basically the stems – cut up, right?

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I added a bit more chicken broth and let the cuts get softer than how I usually eat my veggies but I had a plan. Then I got out my Ninja blender. I added the thoroughly cooked cuts, added a bit of half and half (all I had), added more broth, salt, pepper, ginger, turmeric and hit the ON button.

It whirred around until, it was light green, smooth, a bit creamy and ohhhhh so tasty.

VOILA! Turned those worthless cuts into a delicious gourmet soup.

I had some for dinner tonight. It’s a cold, dark, long winter night and this concoction hit the spot. I think I might try this with fresh broccoli stalks next summer.

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Might not look so tasty but this was quite delicious!

So, not only can you turn lemons to lemonade but you can also turn blah broccoli cuts into deliciousness.

Go make you some soup! 😎👍🏽

Turkey Carcass Make-Over

Ha!  My title made me chuckle. 🦃🦃🦃

Well, I have never been responsible for a Thanksgiving dinner in my adult life. I’ve had to bring a dish occasionally but never has anyone looked to me for the Thanksgiving Day bird… thankfully. I think I cooked one myself one year just to see if I could do it. 🤷🏽‍♀️

However, I do like getting the carcass. This year I was invited to my friend’s house with her family and it was a wonderful time!  After her husband carved the turkey he was prepping it for the trash! Hoooooollldd up!!!

Everyone looked at me strangely when I requested to take the poor carcass home but in my mind I could see the most delicious broth on my stove. I don’t have to plan family meals so I make things that work for me…. soups, sautéed vegetables, chicken/or a little beef burger and fruit make up most of my diet….the rest is occasional ‘cookie, chips, chocolate’…not even gonna pretend to be 100% right all the time…  lol…it’s called being human.

Anyway, they wrapped the bird and I carried it home. Today I bought carrots, celery, and onions and made homemade turkey broth.  Just for the record, my house smells so good right now.

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I put all the ingredients in a big stock pot I borrowed from my neighbor, added a gallon or so of water, then brought it to a boil.  Then let it simmer for a couple of hours, then added more seasonings to suit my taste. I still had all the turkey parts in it. I’m going to let it cool in the refrigerator then strain it and skim any fat tomorrow.

I’ve only ever done this once or twice before and both times came out perfect. You can fund real recipes online for  homemade turkey broth.

I plan to sip plain broth as a warm-me-up drink, or use it to add to vegetable soup recipes or simply when cooking vegetables…instead of using plain water I will use the broth. It’s quite tasty.

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Just wanted to share this in case your turkey carcass looked too delicious to toss!

Thanks for stopping by!

Stay safe out there!

 

Love and hugs!🤗❤️

I’m Bored…with food

I’m bored with food. 😒 Well, not really.  Actually, I still love food…. I’ve been loving it too much again though.  Haha!

It’s crazy how just a few weeks of enjoying your fave foods can make you lose your mind at the table and start packing them back on.  I also haven’t weighed myself in 3 weeks – THAT is a problem.  For me the scales is my accountability partner. I don’t think much has changed though, Clothes still fit and all. It’s just that the mind will tell you LIES, LIES, and MORE LIES all the while the pounds creep back on. The scales don’t lie.

Last month I went on a business trip for a week and ate out daily.  I was able to minimize the food damage by skipping breakfast and doing exercises in my hotel room every evening. … but I felt so sluggish after sitting daily and eating such a wide variety of foods.

When I returned home my routine was busted!  I’ve never really got back in the groove but I need to.  I’ve tried, but going out with friends here and there is sabotaging my efforts.  Sigh.

Looking back over the past few weeks I have figured out that a lot of my issue now is boredom with the food I’m eating.  I’m not wanting the go-to salads and vegetables that I’ve been eating so much of for more than 2 years now.  Nothing looks appealing except pizza, chicken wings, etc. 😂😂   I actually made a salad last week for dinner, took a few bites and tossed it all out.  Just wasn’t appealing to me.

So, I am currently trying to think of new foods, and new ways to prepare them.  If this is going to be a lifestyle change I need to really work hard to keep it fresh and satisfying, otherwise I will set myself up for failure.

Today was one of those days where I swear I had a tapeworm.  I just felt hungry all day.  Then it dawned on me that 1) I had not taken my vitamins in a couple of days, and 2) I’ve eaten much less protein this week. I could never be vegan etc.  I don’t eat much meat at all but a little keeps hunter at bay for me.

I couldn’t decide what to eat … I didn’t want to thaw food and cook it. So I made a PB&J (natural peanut butter, strawberry All Fruit spread on toasted sprouted breads) with a glass of Almond milk.  I didn’t measure, weigh, or count anything  just made it and ate it.  Then made another half….😣  😂  …not hungry anymore though.

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When I started my journey to get healthy and lose weight I realized it really was going to be a journey with ups and downs, and ins and outs, and good days and not so good days.  It’s all good. It’s life! Enjoy and learn from it all.

I’m thinking about expanding this blog a bit to include more about life and what we humans face while in these vessels. We’ll see. Until the next time…

Peace and Love to you! 😘💕

Summer Spread

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You will know when summer officially hits around my home because there will always be melon…. watermelon and cantaloupe. 😋.

Love watermelon especially… seriously, my summer Sunday routine includes church, then going to get a watermelon so I can cut it up and toss the rind for the Monday trash.

I buy seedless ones.  There are some watermelon purists out there who only buy the seeded ones.  I don’t eat seeded watermelons or fish with lots of bones for the same reason…. I hate excessive spitting during eating… too messy for me.  Just my preference.  When I was a little girl my family would drive from NY to GA and my dad would buy several big seeded watermelons to bring back home  …. and amongst them was always a couple of little “Sugar Babies” (small round seedless sweet watermelons) for me.

Watermelon has many great benefits.  Check it out here! Benefits of watermelon 🍉 

I also love summer food colors so I decided to do a mostly clean eating colorful food week.  When I do this, I like to include eating mostly raw, colorful foods, with low protein, and a smaller amount of cooked green veggies. This really helps when I need to have enough food to keep my energy levels going and my hunger down but also need to watch my caloric intake and do a mini-cleanse. Anyway, summer fruits and veggies do the trick.

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Watermelon, cantaloupe, orange/yellow/red peppers, sautéed green beans, sautéed spinach, and cucumbers

I will eat some protein because I’m not vegan or such, and eating a bit of protein keeps my metabolism fired up, and seems keeps my hair and nails in better shape. So, at some point in the week, I will throw a bit of salmon, or chicken on the grill…. a couple ounces per day is usually enough.

Try some of these summer foods… or any others.  So delicious!

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Love and Peace!

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