Vacations, Holidays, and Re-Introductions

So, I didn’t update at all in August. To be honest, there wasn’t much to say – no huge differences in either direction in terms of weight/measurements. (Truth be told, I started an entry but only wrote two sentences, and when I went back later I had no idea what I was trying to say.) Then, in the last week of August, we took a family vacation. We knew we would be kicked out of ketosis – we didn’t want to sacrifice having a good time and trying good foods for this diet, especially knowing we could just get back into ketosis in a few days. We made a bunch of keto-friendly buns for sandwiches and brought nuts and a few other snacks with us, but other than that we winged it. It was worth it – I missed doughnuts (but not cookies, because I finally realized they’re empty calories/carbs and don’t fill me up AT ALL).

The day after we returned from vacation, we had a family barbeque, so re-introduction wasn’t going to happen then.

Three days after that was the start of Rosh Hashanah, which what I can gather from my in-laws is a two day long food-fest. It’s hard to say no to my mother-in-law’s noodle pudding or my aunt-in-law (is that even a phrase?)’s matzoh ball soup, or a giant helping of challah. Not eating these foods at Rosh Hashanah is akin to not eating turkey and mashed potatoes at Thanksgiving.

This weekend was better, for me anyway – I was home the entire time, and aside from the bagel I had for dinner on Friday (and another Saturday), I stayed pretty much on course. My husband, however, was at a bachelor party all weekend so he wasn’t so lucky.

So today is my day to get back on course 100%. No more bagels or beer, just protein and fat. (Well, not JUST protein and fat, but you know.) I have actually missed keto, in the sense that I actually got full eating high fat, high protein foods. I’m trying out something new with exercise as well, and playing around with a few things – I’ve been “training” (on and off, because I get lazy) for a half-marathon (I haven’t signed up for one but I want to be able to run one…I think the not-signing-up part is why I get lazy), so I want to pick running back up to an extent; no more than 3 days a week. I definitely want to get back into NROL4W, as I completed stage 1, but when I picked up stage 2 last week (after a few weeks off), I couldn’t walk for three days. I might have to ease back into that one and do some Blogilates to supplement the days I can’t move my legs (which is what I had to wind up doing last week).

Onward, to the inevitable keto-flu I’m going to get in a few days!

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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!).

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