End of Day 2 – Shopping & Side Effects

My husband and I work in the same building, and that building is in a town with a Costco, so we headed over there after work to stock up on meat, cheese, eggs, and vegetables. We had a list of things we wanted for the Caveman Keto recipes we were trying out, and we picked up a few random things as well (like Babybel cheese, which I am SO EXCITED about). A big concern was going to be cost, but we spent about what we would normally spend doing a regular food shop, but got way more food for the price. Granted, we won’t be getting EVERYTHING at Costco (I don’t need five pounds of taco seasoning), but yesterday definitely made believers out of us, and our membership will be getting loads more use.

Thanks to bad weather and a road closure, we didn’t get home until about 6:30pm. So, when we got home, we started cooking immediately, starting with that night’s planned dinner of pounded chicken pizza. This is essentially chicken parmesan topped with pepperoni and bacon. We used chicken breasts instead of thighs, since we now have a 10-pound bag of frozen chicken breasts. The only problem we ran into was that since we had only bought it a few hours earlier, the chicken hadn’t defrosted so it was just inconvenient. After the first bite it was clear that the trouble had been worth it, though!

After dinner, we spent the next of the night preparing 5-day meals – the breakfast quiche for breakfast (duh) and the cheesy chicken casserole for lunch. This became an adventure when we realized we own only one 9×13 pan, so we couldn’t even make them at the same time (spoiler alert, we were cooking and cleaning until 9:30pm). Except for that inconvenience, everything was pretty simple. I’ll be eating them for breakfast & lunch later today, so I’ll be updating on my opinions of these tomorrow. (My husband already tried the breakfast quiche and said he could eat it every day forever, so I have high hopes.)

Now for the “side effects” part of the title. This morning I woke up with a pretty gnarly migraine. Obviously I can’t say this is related to keto for sure, but I do know that side effects during induction are common, and the only thing that has every triggered a migraine for me has been alcohol (of course never the same alcohol under the same circumstances…stupid migraines), and that wasn’t a factor at all, and my diet has been the only change. It’s nothing 2 Excedrin and coffee can’t fix, so I’ll be grateful if this is the only induction side effect I experience.

I am so excited to go home tonight and not have to worry about cooking for dinner tonight! We made 4 servings of the pounded chicken pizza last night so we can make the caveman chili tonight for lunch/dinner (it’s a crockpot recipe too, so it won’t be nearly as hectic/ridiculous as last night’s cook-a-palooza). I’ll be able to relax for most of the night, and my cat will be pleased as well, since we’ll actually be sitting down (she’s definitely a lap cat!).



Starting Out – Why I’m Trying Keto

I’ve been a pretty slim person all my life, but that was mostly luck. Okay, it was all luck – I would just eat whatever I wanted and never really gain weight. For most of my adult life I’ve hover around 115 pounds.

My husband, however, is not so blessed. He looks at a cake and gains two pounds. He’s been trying to lose the last ten pounds for a while now, and came across keto when talking to other people who were trying it out, and how they lost the fat quickly.

We talked about it and decided to try it out for at least two weeks. This seems like enough time to be able to get the hang of it (the beginning is always difficult), and see how it will impact our food bill. (Although a lot of what I’ve read is that people’s food bills have lowered, the massive Costco shop we’re about to do is intimidating!) So, while he’s trying to lose the last bit of weight, I’m going to be supportive and do this with him. It’s not like it could hurt, there are so many non-weight related benefits of keto!

Using this calculator, I’ve determined I should be aiming for 1558 calories per day – this is about what I was eating before, so it isn’t a stretch by any means. We’re not going to exercise in the beginning – we want to make sure our bodies aren’t going to have any funny reactions; we’ve both pushed ourselves too hard and it never ends well. I’ve also read about the “keto flu” (more info here) and I KNOW I’m not going to want to exercise with that! My plan for exercise is, once I know my body is adjusted, I’m going to start NROL4W (again, for the third time) to make all this muscle-friendly food do its job! (In my defense, I got through level 1 of NROL4W and my biceps went up to a whopping TEN INCHES. Look out for these guns.)

Yesterday was day one – it was a little difficult, because you’re trying to keep track of so many other numbers besides calories. At the end of the day, I had a 268 calorie deficit (which isn’t too bad, considering I’m not trying to lose weight), consumed 20 net carbs (I’m aiming to not go over 30, hooray there!), consumed 100g of protein (slightly over, but not a big deal), and 73g of fat, which had me at a 48g deficit. I can tell already that getting enough fat is going to be a challenge, but part of the problem is a lot of what we have in the house is still the fat-free stuff. I refuse to throw it out and waste it, so I finished off the fat-free sour cream & fat-free Mexican cheese last night, and am about halfway through the fat-free cottage cheese. I’m hoping the simple switch to non-fat-free products will make those numbers easier to nail.

Totals 1,290 68 73 100 12 32
Your Daily Goal 1,558 39 121 78 19 32
Remaining 268 -29 48 -22 7 0
Calories Carbs Fat Protein Fiber Sugar

(via my MFP diary)

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