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Two o'clock Tasting & Keto Tip (Day 12) "Don't Mess Up Good for Perfect" | Keto Mom

Keto Mom here!

    So the tip simply was "Don't mess up good for perfect". Stick with it, take it one day at a time, one meal at a time. And one failure isn't a forever failure. Get back up and keep going. I promise you, you can do this. Your lifestyle looks different than your spouse's or your coworker's. Pay attention to what your body's telling you. 

Points to Ponder:

00:26 This Isn't A One Size Fits All

01:04 Flavor of the day: Berry Blue

01:11 How Our Journey Began

01:56 Husband Wanted to Lose Fifty Pounds

03:21 Ebb and Flow

03:34 Pay Attention To Your Body

03:56 Lose The Last Bit of Baby Weight

04:07 Tired and Exhausted

04:26 One Day at a Time, One Meal at a Time

05:45 Plan A Little Bit

06:09 Food Should Never Be a Reward

06:43 Very Simple Meals

08:17 Don't Mess Up Good for Perfect

09:45 Ketones Help

10:11 Benefits of Ketones

11:10 Christina Richardson & Sarah Luther

Full Episode Transcript

Hi everybody! Welcome to the Keto Mom page. My name is Stephanie, and we are diving into two o'clock tasting and a Keto tip. All right! We've been doing this for a little while, as expected I'm going to shake up my ketones and share a Keto tip with you today. Honestly, I'm just going to go over how we got started to hopefully encourage you that this isn't a one size fits all, and to help you understand that it really is a process of learning what works for you. So as you're tuning in, where are you tuning in from? How is your day? What did you eat for lunch? I'd love for you to share. Sharing is caring, and it gives other people ideas of what to eat...

Welcome to another Tasting and Keto Tip!

We also have two more winners of Mom Fuel, I'll show you that in just a second. If you press the share button, let me know that you shared so your name can go in for tomorrow's drawing... Going back, here is how we started. You see me shake this one often, it's "Berry Blue" And it's honestly one of my favorite. I'm going to shake this up as we're chatting...

So six and a half years ago, or let's back up to about almost nine years ago. My husband wanted to do the keto diet, so he downloaded my fitness pal. By the way, who tracks their food? Some of you just eyeball it, some of you are very strict keto, which is also fine. Everybody's a little different, but here is how it works.

Nine years ago, my husband wanted to lose fifty pounds. And so he decided he was going to do a strict ketogenic diet. Now! We had just had our fourth daughter. And so I remember going "Listen, babe, no way! No way! I will help try to support you, but I am taking care of four little babies"...

So my husband dove into this diet, and he was tracking everything. He was weighing his food on a scale. He was tracking everything in my fitness pal and only drinking water. He was eating 80% fat and under 20 carbs a day. He was pricking his finger to make sure he was in ketosis. I'll tell you about the drinks in just a second, but we didn't have the drinks back then. So he was doing the diet and he was able to get his body to make Ketones. Sometimes it takes a couple of days, it could take a week, so it just depends. He would be in ketosis, and then I would make something non-keto, and he'd be out of ketosis. So that was two years of trial and error for him in the diet. I remember watching him being like "What in the world", "What in the world?"... So I want you to know, that whether you are strict keto like you're tracking all of your food in my fitness pal or a carb counter, or you're doing low carb, it is going to still be an ebb and flow.

It was my husband who started Keto 9 years ago
It's going to be "What works for me?", "What doesn't work for me?", "Do I feel crummy after I eat so much dairy?", "I don't feel very good after I eat some keto snacks", or maybe "I feel great"... So you really have to pay attention to how your body's feeling.

Now, what I've learned over the last six years when we started, or when I decided to join my husband, was only because I was exhausted. I heard my husband started being consistent with the diet, and I realized he was losing fat. He was looking better, and leaner. I wanted to also lose the last bit of baby weight I had back then. We have four girls, I had them back to back, so I wanted to lose the last bit of baby weight. I was tired and exhausted. And I remember my husband saying "Listen, if you do this, it helps with your energy. There's a lot of benefits to it"...

But I did not start until we had the ketones that I'm drinking. Just so you know, I did not dive into the diet. I took my Keto diet, and I said "One day at a time, one meal at a time"...

If you've heard my story, I've talked about going to the grocery store with all four of our girls. I had a baby strapped to me, and three in the cart. I didn't have any idea how to make anything that wasn't in a box. And so fast forward, what I learned is the people that have the most success, are the ones that stick with it long term. They don't dive into it headfirst, like black or white, or all or nothing. It is one meal at a time, like "I'm going to work on my breakfast.", "Once I get breakfast down, I'm going to lunch"... So my encouragement, and tip to you, when you're diving into this lifestyle or this diet, however, you want to phrase it. If you feel it's so overwhelming, like you need to restart, or it worked for you before and you need to do it again. Think about your lifestyle in chunks or phases.

You can take it One day and One meal at a time

So for breakfast, are you going to intermittent fast? Are you going to have a low-carb breakfast? Like eggs, bacon, sausage, something like that. When you feel like you've got that down, and the cereal is out of the house, then move to lunch. What can I do for lunch? "I need to make sure I'm planned", "If I go to work, I need to bring my own lunch", " I know what I'm going to order if we go out to eat with everybody at work"...

Plan a little bit, buns off the burgers, croutons off the salad, grab a lettuce wrap, bring your lunch, and drink water all throughout your day. If you are a snacker, I always say "Don't eat if you're not hungry". One of the tips I would tell myself if I'm not hungry, I don't need to eat. I don't need to eat because I'm emotional, because I'm bored, or because it was a reward. Food should never be a reward.

So if I needed a snack to carry me into the rest of the day before I have dinner, I would have a handful of almonds or macadamia nuts, maybe a cheese stick or a beef stick... And then for dinner, less pasta, potatoes, less bread, but instead go for more veggies and salads. It took me a year to really feel comfortable like I know now how to cut vegetables. I know some new meals I can make, I can eat an avocado. I can't believe I actually eat things that are green. I stuck to very simple meals, like bacon, eggs, low-carb wraps, grilling meat, and a salad. Before I dove in and tried a whole bunch of recipes, that's not how we started. If you see recipes on the page, those were made years ago, but not after the first year into this lifestyle.