To Keto or Not to Keto…That is My Question!

This new trend of the Keto diet is taking America by storm. Yes we are the nation of following the latest fads or at least trying it to lose a few pounds. I am definitely one of the last to jump on the bandwagon as it’s not my style to just stick to one specific plan or regimen. I just don’t have the time or the focus to stick to it all the time with my unpredictable lifestyle.

However, I’ve been researching, speaking with people who successfully live the Keto lifestyle, and watching documentaries about changing my eating habits and choices overall as a lifestyle. Of course, I want to lose 30 pounds after having 3 babies in the past 6 years, but now the question that keeps popping up is related to the lifestyle not the weight. Feeding my children and husband healthy food for life, and weening away from the processed foods, fast food, and so called healthy food that really isn’t healthy is my focus now.

I meal prep for people in my area on the weekends and recently acquired new Keto customers. They love it and are really disciplined with eating a High Fat Low Carb diet (HFLC). It’s actually super easy to cook and delicious with all the fresh veggies and meats! Cutting the carbs is the hardest part for many people especially when we’ve experienced eating more carbs than veggies. Now, Carbs aren’t all bad, it’s just the refined carbs and sugars that immediately turn into fat.

My Keto Menu from Last Week

Last week, I challenged myself to eat Breakfast and Lunch on the Keto Guidelines just to see how I liked it and dinner when I was home. Now that I’m back at work, which you can read about that new journey here, it actually helps me get on track with sticking to a balanced meal plan.

It wasn’t hard at all…because I prepared for it! The challenge comes when you aren’t prepared or starving and just need something quick! Check out what I ate!

Keto Breakfast

Almond Milk Creamer & Coffee with Bacon, Egg & Pico Muffins

Tastes delicious & can get from any local grocery store
My Super Easy Egg Muffins
  • Free Range Eggs, 1 dozen
  • Pico de Gallo (fresh in produce section)
  • Your choice of cooked meat (bacon, turkey crumbles, etc.), optional
  • Seasonings of choice (black pepper, Salt Free)
  • Shredded Cheese of choice, optional
  • Nonstick Muffin pan
  • Baking Spray

Preheat oven at 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Crack & whisk eggs in large bowl, add seasonings. Add cooked meat and pico into greased muffin tins before pouring eggs into it. Now, pour eggs into greased muffin tins until 2/3 full. Bake egg muffins for 12-15 minutes and allow to cool.

Refrigerate for meal prep and reheat for 45 seconds in the microwave when you’re ready to enjoy!

Keto Lunch

Chicken Fried Cauliflower Rice w/Veggies (no carrots)

I tried this recipe because one of my customers is a strict Keto follower. Although cauliflower isn’t my favorite veggie, it does the trick. I’m one that likes to eat food the way it’s normally eaten, so that means no cauliflower instead of rice or veggie chips or vegan chicken nuggets. However, this wasn’t a bad choice when trying something new. The soy sauce and mango added a flavor to it and I focused on the veggies and juicy chicken.

Delicious Chicken Fried Cauliflower Rice
  • Frozen cauliflower rice
  • Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breast w/Rib Meat
  • Frozen Peas & Broccoli (or any veggies you like)
  • Mango Pico de Gallo from HEB, optional
  • Lite Soy Sauce
  • 4 eggs, scramble
  • Sea Salt
  • Black Pepper
  • EVOO

Grilled Shrimp w/Sauteed Spinach & Broccoli

This supereasy recipe is just quick and to the point to get the job done. I am all about 30 minutes or less with one to two skillets or saucers. Less is more in 2019 and especially for superwomen like myself who are balancing work, motherhood and trying to fuel my body with the right foods.

Simple Sauteed Shrimp, Spinach & Broccoli
  • Fresh Shrimp
  • Frozen or Fresh Broccoli
  • Fresh Spinach
  • Sea Salt
  • Black Pepper
  • Old Bay Seasonings, optional
  • EVOO (Extra Virgin Olive Oil)

Peel, Season & Saute Shrimp in preheated nonstick skillet lined with EVOO. Cook for 3-4 minutes and cover. Saute Spinach with EVOO in skillet until desired tenderness. Cook broccoli boiled or steamed to your desired choice.

Keto Dinner for Last Week

Grilled Salmon (my hubby’s bomb recipe) w/Sauteed Veggies. Normally, I cook my salmon in the oven and it’s delicious. However, my husband had the great idea to grill it in the new Calphalon nonstick skillet he’d just bought. For some reason, his skills with any type of meat are on point…BBQ, baked chicken, and now salmon! That will definitely be a vlog post because he surely won’t write to elaborate on his secrets and seasonings!

Teriyaki Glazed Salmon w/Mixed Veggies

Keto Snacks

Raspberries & Blackberries

Healthy and not as many carbs as other fruits

Now, I’ll be honest with you! The eating of bacon and other red meats really don’t resonate with my palette as I’ve cut that out mostly a few years back. I do love bacon with my grits occasionally or a delicious burger from Pappas BBQ (A Texas thing), but that’s about it. I’m not with the putting butter in my coffee and all that either.

So Why Not Keto?

I love my Sweet Potatoes & Jasmine Rice occasionally. It’s a limit to how many carbs you can eat, and that’s understandable. I don’t want to completely cut all the carbs.

Also, I’ve been researching into the connections of Animal Fats/Meats and the connections to Cancer. I watched the documentary Forks over Knives this past week and it sparked my research bug into the connections between cancer and all meats in America. You see the problem is how our meat is processed…we really should go back to the farm life where we raise our own animals and cook to eat them. I’m definitely a believer of there’s no unclean thing, but American commercial farmers have tainted our animal meat products with how they raise the animals and process the meats.

I firmly believe if we know better we do better, and just simply want to do better. I’m all about making easy, healthy life choices that don’t require drastic changes but makes lifelong impacts. We currently have two family members fighting cancer and I can’t help but pay more attention to how and what we are fueling our bodies to fight those cancer causing diseases off! I want to continue finding the connections and balance with the right meat choices for my body.

What’s the Verdict?

So in conclusion, I’m leaning towards a combination of Keto and healthy carbs with a substitute for certain meats with fresh seafoods instead. I can eat Salmon, Shrimp, Cod, No more Tilapia unless it’s fresh and wild-caught, and any other healthy fish. Check out 20 recipes for Seafood here.

From Sizzlefish.com

Also, changing this for my family is my biggest challenge! What do the kids eat?? How are they going to adjust to the changes? What if my husband isn’t on board? Check out my Keto for Kids post to see how I plan to implement this new lifestyle for my young ones!

Superwomen can’t do it all overnight…it takes planning, positivity, prayer and preparation to make little changes that last a lifetime!

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