I’ve never been a big fan of traditional “diets” because it just seems like, unless you make a commitment to a bit of a lifestyle change, a “diet” only works as long as you stay on a rigid routine, counting calories, points, grams, or whatever. As soon as “real life” interrupts your concentration and focus (at least in my experience) it becomes very difficult to stay on track. But lately it seems like I haven’t had the level of energy that I really need to keep up with everything I’m doing in life. Like two teenagers, along with my teaching jobs and all of my other online responsibilities.
With a bit of research, and with some nudging by my daughters who talked to a neighbor who is doing the Keto plan, I decided it would be worth the time and effort at least to learn what all of the hype is about KETO. Here’s what I found . . . and since I’m no expert, or a medical doctor, or a nutritionist, all of this is simply my experience and I hope to keep a record of my progress . . . . it is very much like the Atkins diet that was so popular 20 years ago or so. I appears to be based on the simple premise that eating foods that are very low in carbohydrates and sugars, as well as those foods that are high in fats and proteins, that your body then will burn up the fat (some of which is already stored in our bodies – but then we already knew that!) when it doesn’t have instant access to the carbs and sugar in your system from eating high carbohydrate and sugar content foods.
I might be more complicated than that, but so far, that’s what I’ve concluded. Of course, there are a million and one websites, blogs, and books out there, with about a hundred million different recipes, but to get started I wanted to find a few simple ideas, and figuring out if bread can be part of this plan was a big deal to me. That’s because I don’t typically like to spend too much time cooking, so a quick sandwich, toast, or muffin has been my go-to for early mornings before my teaching time begins, or even for lunch and sometimes supper if we’re really busy. So living without bread in my life wasn’t just a “food” issue, it was actually a whole “lifestyle” issue. I might need to re-think that soon, but that’s where I’m starting!
When I discovered these recipes for bread made with almond flour and other low sugar / carb ingredients, I was surprised, but pleasantly so. We baked a loaf of the lemon blueberry bread yesterday and all of us really like it! I will do some experimenting to see if I can figure out how to get it just a little bit lighter (almond flour makes it rather dense, but it still tastes great!), and maybe add a bit more sweetener and for sure I’ll add more blueberries and lemon next time. But it was perfect for breakfast! Warmed up in the microwave (or straight out of the oven!) with butter and all-natural peanut butter, and that was just right for my busy morning.
If you have any recipes, ideas, or advice for me about the whole Keto phenomenon, I would love to hear about your experience. My main goal is not necessarily weight loss (but who would object if I did lose some weight???) but mostly my objective is to avoid the daily dip in energy and the feeling of being really, really tired by the middle of the afternoon. I’ve got stuff to do! I can’t just go take a nap any old time I feel like it! I’m off to work on some of those “real life” responsibilities, but I’ll also be baking another loaf of bread this afternoon – along with experimenting with the chicken alfredo pizza recipe I found. I’ll let you know how that turns out.