xogul0ypia said: Hi, I have been doing keto for 11 days now and have lost five pounds already! I just wanted to ask if you were doing keto for weightloss specifically or gaining muscle. I'm trying to do both but i don't know what my calorie intake should be since there should still be a deficit. I lift 5 times a week though and my total daily expenditure is 1733cals, so i subtracted 20% from it and my daily caloric intake should be 1450 or so. Does that sound about right? lol. Pls send some input my way! =)

Congrats on your results so far! I’m doing keto for weight loss, but I am trying to tone up a bit now too!

I don’t know too much about the topic; all I can say is feel it out. You don’t want to be at too much of a deficit since you need the calories for your body to repair itself and have proper energy. But I’m sure that what you’re doing is just fine! If you start feeling a lack of energy or lightheaded, just add some more snacks and stay hydrated!

Take a look at r/ketogains on reddit.com, it’s a forum for people who lift and are gaining muscle with keto! They have a lot of great tips, before and after pics, discussions, meal plans/workout routines! Could be cool for you to check out if you’re interested :)

il-toast said: Hey! Do you know if keto can help with cellulite?

Hey! Well everyone’s different, but honestly my cellulite has improved like 60% since I’ve done keto. Initially my cellulite was down to the back of my knees… That bad… Ugh. I don’t remember the science behind it but it has something to do with the lack of sugar that helps cellulite with keto?

But anyway yeah, I can wear shorts now which is awesome! Not bikini-ready yet; I still have some cellulite around the booty, but I’ve got like 10 pounds left to lose and some more toning up to do. I recently started doing HIIT 4-5 days a week so that has helped too but I’d say it was mostly the diet that helped my cellulite :) when I’m brave enough I’ll post a cellulite before and after pic!

forever-a-fitty said: Hey. I've been researching and wondering about Keto for a little while now, but after finding your blog you've convinced me to give it a try - so thanks! I just wanted to know from being on Keto how has it been money wise? Like is it expensive buying appropriate foods? How many times a week do you workout (if you do)? And have you had any digestive problems from transitioning into Keto? Sorry for all the questions!

Awesome, you should definitely give it a shot! As far as cost, it really depends on what you were eating before. If you never cooked and just ate cheap crap, it’ll be more costly but I think it’s completely manageable. I’m also saving money by eating way less since I stay so full! If you can, stock up on veggies at farmers markets, they’re always cheaper! I get almost all of my groceries at target, but sometimes splurge for better meat or fish at Whole Foods.

I do work out, about 4-5 days a week, but last year I lost 30lbs in under 4 months with keto and no exercise! But just to tone up, definitely try to get in like 3 days a week!

Digestive problems have 99% disappeared for me! I have IBS, but I’ve found that it’s waaaaay better on keto! The first week you might have some trouble while your body adjusts but honestly, what used to be an almost daily problem for me is now only a problem once every month or 2. Love it!

Typically I avoid Italian restaurants on keto because everything worth eating involves carbs, but I was really excited to find this caprese salad on the menu at Mozza Mia! Yum!

Typically I avoid Italian restaurants on keto because everything worth eating involves carbs, but I was really excited to find this caprese salad on the menu at Mozza Mia! Yum!

WHO HAS TRIED THIS STUFF?!

I ordered bagels, bread, hot dog buns, and a couple treat bars from The Great Low Carb Bread Company and I’m so excited to try them all! 

They all say to keep frozen though, can I not keep some out or in the fridge to thaw…? 
PLEASE let me know if you’ve tried these and your favorite things to eat them with! I’ll post what I think of them as well.

WHO HAS TRIED THIS STUFF?!

I ordered bagels, bread, hot dog buns, and a couple treat bars from The Great Low Carb Bread Company and I’m so excited to try them all!

They all say to keep frozen though, can I not keep some out or in the fridge to thaw…?

PLEASE let me know if you’ve tried these and your favorite things to eat them with! I’ll post what I think of them as well.

Just when I was about to give up…

I FINALLY broke my 5-week-long plateau!

Lost 2 pounds yesterday and 1 pound today. Not sure what was going on but I’ve never had a stall that long before. Ugh. Thank you spaghetti monster for this blessing ❤️🍝

26 pounds down. Holler.

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birgenherlighet:

String Cheese Chips!

Cut 1 low-moisture string cheese stick into 12 pieces, and put 1 piece in each section of a mini muffin tin. Bake until they look burnt! If you undercook them they’ll have a little bit of chewiness to them.

These are amazing, I actually prefer them to the low-carb tortilla chips because they have a good dense crunch!

I dipped mine in Target’s Archer Farms Queso (2g net carb for queso)

These chips are 0g carbs!! :)

Won’t they taste like burnt cheese? All these recipes are making me veeeeery skeptical. But I have a big bag or string cheese downstairs so maybe I will try it

I used Polly-O low fat string cheese from Costco, and I didn’t think they tasted burnt. Don’t burn them until they’re black but mine were a dark brown. It’s worth a shot to try, it only takes 1 stick, and maybe different cheese brands will taste different, but the burnt taste for me wasn’t there/wasn’t overpowering at all! Maybe try undercooking them a little bit at first too and if it could be crispier just put them back in :)

Low Carb Veggie Burger! 

I know you can have burgers without the bun or with lettuce, but I was feeling bitchy and wanted bread. 

This is a grilled Morningstar veggie burger with cheese and mustard on a Village Hearth Light bun which is 13g net carb but beforehand I cut away over 1/3 of it so it’s probably closer to 8g. I then toasted the bun and buttered it! 

11g net carb total. Good for when you have leftover carbs to eat up!

Low Carb Veggie Burger!

I know you can have burgers without the bun or with lettuce, but I was feeling bitchy and wanted bread.

This is a grilled Morningstar veggie burger with cheese and mustard on a Village Hearth Light bun which is 13g net carb but beforehand I cut away over 1/3 of it so it’s probably closer to 8g. I then toasted the bun and buttered it!

11g net carb total. Good for when you have leftover carbs to eat up!

Low Carb Flatbread Pizza! 

You’ll need: 
1 Mission Carb Balance Tortilla
Olive oil
Sauce 
Cheese/ toppings

Preheat oven to about 400. Spray olive oil on tortilla and bake on a pan for 3-4 minutes or until semi-crisp. Take out and add sauce and cheese, I also added pepperoni, mushrooms, and feta cheese, then bake again for another 3-4 minutes until the cheese is melted, slice and eat!

Super quick prep and cooking time, this is definitely my new go-to lazy lunch! 

About 8g net carb… 35g fat

Low Carb Flatbread Pizza!

You’ll need:
1 Mission Carb Balance Tortilla
Olive oil
Sauce
Cheese/ toppings

Preheat oven to about 400. Spray olive oil on tortilla and bake on a pan for 3-4 minutes or until semi-crisp. Take out and add sauce and cheese, I also added pepperoni, mushrooms, and feta cheese, then bake again for another 3-4 minutes until the cheese is melted, slice and eat!

Super quick prep and cooking time, this is definitely my new go-to lazy lunch!

About 8g net carb… 35g fat

UGHHH cheat day nightmare…

Boyfriend and I went to the cabin yesterday and decided to have a cheat meal since I’ve basically been stalling for a month now (grrr…)

Ate keto most of the day, but for lunch we went to a Mexican restaurant, I couldn’t even finish 1/2 of my food since my body can’t process carbs anymore, so I didn’t think it was that bad, but we also split a small bag of salt water taffy. Had a headache all day but whatevz.

Now, I’ve had worse cheat days, but SWEET SATAN, I woke up at 3 am with THE WORST SPINS, I literally stood up, fell right into my dresser, tried to stand up again, tumbled to the floor, and crawled my sweaty ass to the bathroom and cried.

I haven’t had vertigo like this since I was an idiot 17 year old and accidentally scarfed down some pot brownies… CARBS ARE THE F*CKING WORST.

String Cheese Chips!

Cut 1 low-moisture string cheese stick into 12 pieces, and put 1 piece in each section of a mini muffin tin. Bake until they look burnt! If you undercook them they’ll have a little bit of chewiness to them.

These are amazing, I actually prefer them to the low-carb tortilla chips because they have a good dense crunch!

I dipped mine in Target’s Archer Farms Queso (2g net carb for queso)

These chips are 0g carbs!! :)

Anonymous said: How did you seek out help for your ED? How did they diagnose you?

The first step for recovery or a diagnosis is going to a specific ED clinic/ therapist. My ED recovery has been almost 10 years in the making… Started around 13 and by the time I was 16 I was severely anorexic and had to do in/out-patient treatment at an ED specialized clinic. After spending my 17th birthday in the hospital, I decided to take my recovery seriously. I worked hard for a few months, then relapsed after going through some trauma.

I was a total mess and from there on it was a mixture of binging and restricting, drugs and alcohol… During my freshman year of college I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia (pain disorder) and after that, everything changed.

I didn’t have the desire or the ability to restrict. I was in so much pain that the only thing that made me feel good, even for a minute, was food. I became addicted, and after years of anorexia, I ironically developed a binge/ compulsive overeating disorder.

The last 4 years have been difficult. I had gained over 50lbs, but I’ve started respecting myself enough to change, and I’ve lost 30 so far! I did outpatient treatment at a clinic again for binge eating (which they take just as seriously as Ana or Mia btw), was diagnosed as EDNOS, and things have gotten better. It takes time, patience, support, and a desire for change, but I like to think that I’m mostly recovered.

It’s up to you to heal yourself. My last round of treatment was completely my choice; I recognized that I needed help, I knew that happiness was an option, and I wanted to feel it again. Remind yourself everyday that you’re worth it :)

birgenherlighet:

Cauliflower “Mac & Cheese”!

This was AMAZING! And my non-keto boyfriend even loved it (he added hot sauce too)

You need:

Baking dish
Cauliflower
Cream cheese
Velveeta (can use extra cream cheese)
Mustard
Garlic and onion powder
Salt and pepper
Shredded cheese
Grated Parmesan (powdery kind)

Start by steaming chopped cauliflower, and leave it in the colander to drain completely before putting it in your casserole dish.

The sauce I didn’t do exact measurements (as usual) but I did start by simmering 3/4 cup heavy cream, then added cream cheese and velveeta until it was semi-thick. Then I added a bit of mustard, some onion powder, garlic powder, salt, and white pepper, and added big pinches of shredded cheese until thick.

Put cauliflower and cheese sauce in baking dish, mix it up, and top with more shredded cheese and grated Parmesan.

Bake at 375 for about 20-25 min. Let cool for 5 min, and serve!

Reposting by request :)

Anonymous said: could you make a little thing that would say basically what your daily meal plan is? x

Gladly! :) here’s a typical day, I eat 4 meals a day with snacks!

BREAKFAST 1:
Warm chia seed pudding (chia seeds, hemp seeds, cinnamon, unsweetened almond milk, SF vanilla syrup)

BREAKFAST 2:
1 piece Village Hearth Light toast with either butter and a fried egg, or avocado alfalfa sprouts and hemp seeds, or almond butter and chia seeds

LUNCH: a few ideas. Usually veggie based…
•stir fried veggies (zucchini, onion, mushrooms, butter, soy sauce)
•Caesar salad with Parmesan
•tuna salad in lettuce cups
•steamed broccoli with cheese

SNACK options:
•jicama sticks
•celery and peanut butter
•blue diamond flavored almonds
•spicy pumpkin seeds
•Delicious Greens 8000 juice

DINNER:
•salmon and asparagus
•shrimp with cauliflower fried rice
•cauliflower Mac and cheese
•meatballs with tomato sauce

If you have specific dietary needs or allergies, I can recommend some other things for you, but this is pretty much what I eat on an average day!

YUM

Last night I poured the cheese sauce I use for my Cauliflower Mac and Cheese over some steamed broccoli! Delicious! 

Steamed broccoli
Heavy cream
Cream cheese
Velveeta
Mustard
Garlic powder
Onion powder
Salt and pepper
Shredded cheese

Mix and match, whatever tastes best for you.

YUM

Last night I poured the cheese sauce I use for my Cauliflower Mac and Cheese over some steamed broccoli! Delicious!

Steamed broccoli
Heavy cream
Cream cheese
Velveeta
Mustard
Garlic powder
Onion powder
Salt and pepper
Shredded cheese

Mix and match, whatever tastes best for you.