Welcome To Keto For Beginners-Yes I Changed Again!

Why I Changed My Name Again

Good morning everyone! You probably think I have gone off my rocker having changed my name again over the weekend, but I had an epiphany!!

I needed to let go off the patio concept and get to the heart of my purpose here, which is to help those looking trying to get started on the Keto diet, provide answers to questions, and share what has been working for me.

What Is Keto And Why I Went From Paleo To Keto

When I was Kimmy’s Patio for the last couple of years, I focused on the Paleo diet, my use of essential oils, and my passion for all things alternative health. I want to get away from the use of pharmaceuticals as much as I can, so nothing much has changed except the way I’m eating.

I had started cheating over the summer and had gained a few pounds, started feeling sluggish and tired again and knew I needed to get back on track. That is when I heard about Keto and began to incorporate that way of eating into my life. I dropped 5lbs the first week and had my old energy back! I knew then I was on the right path.

It might have been easier for me to convert since my body was already used to no bread, pasta, or sugar. All I really did was cut out the carbs I was allowed on Paleo, like sweet potatoes and starchy fruits (bananas), and add in dairy, like cream cheese, cheddar cheese, and heavy whipping cream. The hardest part of this way of eating is figuring out your macros and planning meals accordingly.

What Works Is Writing It Down

You have to keep track somehow of what you eat every day. There are apps for that, I’m still experimenting to see which one works best. I made a simple chart to follow that shows what foods I eat the most and their macros. (Short for macronutrients, all you need to follow is carbs, fat, and protein.) What I really need is a spreadsheet, I may get my hubby to help me make one. My list needs revisions already!

Luckily, I’m a writer, so I’m used to writing things down. Now, I’ve come to depend heavily on Pinterest for recipes, meal plans and general articles and info guiding me along this journey.

What I want to do with this here blog is help others like me who are just starting out, to learn the ropes, so to say. I don’t know it all by any stretch, but I would love for you to join me as I figure all of this new way of living out.

It’s Not Really A Diet

That’s the thing, like I used to say when I was Paleo, “It’s not a diet, it’s a healthy lifestyle, a new approach to eating.”

As I discover what works best, I will share information, recipes, tips and tricks, products and services, just like I did on the patio, but I hope I do a better job of it here at Keto For Beginners.

There are a ton of sites out there doing the same kind of thing, but they don’t know you like I do. You are my tribe, my people, and I have your trust (I hope) by now. I will try my best not to steer you wrong. (Did you get that? Steer, I’m from Texas and all…never mind, lol.)

Longhorn Steer

I’ve already started by sharing some breakfast ideas here, and now I want to show you how to figure out your own macros, how to plan meals, and what to eat each meal, healthy snack ideas and more. Let’s start today with how to figure your macros.

I used this handy Keto calculator at Ruled Me. Their prediction for me was slightly different than the one I have set, but not enough to throw everything off. I just realized by trial and error, I need more than what they determined for my daily calorie allowance, otherwise, I’m not eating enough.

My macros break down something like this: Calories per day-1500, fat grams per day-117g, 25g carbs, and 92g of protein. This is just a basic model to follow, I’ve realized that all of this isn’t an exact science, I just try to come close to that every day.

Yours will be different as determined by the calculator. What you’ll do is enter your sex, age, height, weight, and exercise level. They also ask your body fat and how to figure that out. It is a rough estimate based on your weight and exercise level.

Once you figure out your macros, you have a starting place to plan your meals and snacks from. It is a little tricky at first but soon you get the hang of it.

You want to get your carbs from veggies and nuts/seeds, a moderate amount of protein to maintain muscle but not kick you out of ketosis. Get plenty of good fats from avocadoes, coconut oil, grass-fed butter or ghee, olive oil, nut butters, fatty meats, and dairy.

Meal Examples

A typical day of meal planning goes something like this for me:

Breakfast: 1 egg, 1 piece of bacon or several slices of salami, 1/4 avocado, and a cheese stick or baby Bel. -or- A smoothie using coconut/almond milk, strawberries or blueberries, avocado, lemon juice, Stevia, and ice. -or- A Keto porridge like this one Hemp Heart Porridge.

Lunch: Whatever leftover meat and salad we had from the night before. -or- Salad with chicken, tomato, cucumber, broccoli, cauliflower, black olives, shredded cheese, ranch or Italian dressing (1tbsp)

Dinner: Meat choice, salad, vegetable. Most nights we have a piece of meat Dave has grilled, a salad, and some fresh vegetable like Brussel sprouts, asparagus, green beans or similar.

Snacks: Fat bombs, or pork skins, or cheese and nuts.

These are just examples, but you get the idea. What are your questions, suggestions, comments? Just let me know and I will get you an answer.

We can do this together people, we all need to get healthy and get that old devil sugar out of our life. (Most of the time, anyway) Cutting out the carbs and ramping up your daily intake of good fats will have you melting off the pounds and improving your cholesterol numbers in no time!

Join me, won’t you? Glad to have you here!

 

Update: Here’s a great post that came in my email today, right after I published this post! I told him I would share it with you all.

016: Working Out Like Our Ancestors and Going From Paleo to Keto – Mark Sisson

 

 

 

 

 

 

Why I'm Thinking of Changing My (Blog) Name

Morning everyone from a very chilly patio today! I was a late riser having had my sleep be broken a few times last night and I’m very slow to get moving this morning. (darn dogs, darn husband) 😉  That being said, it’s time to move on.

I don’t know if I told you guys or not, but I finally started journaling last week. I don’t mean on the computer-like this blog, I mean literally free writing for 10-15 minutes every morning to put my thoughts (however random) down on paper, clear my head, and just make an already good habit of writing something every day even better! It may read like gibberish to anyone else, but that is what all the “experts” on the subject of writing say to do, and I’m here to tell you, it works!

I think I have a bit of good news to report, after a week on the new Keto diet, my test strips showed Friday that I was indeed in ketosis. Now, I’ve heard that this may or may not be the best indication, but if you need another, my breath seems to be changing as well. (one of the more unpleasant side effects) I got on the scale and I weighed 110lbs! Ok, I may have weighed wrong last Monday, or my eyes did not read the scale correctly, there is no darn way I lost 5 lbs in one week. That’s what it said though.

My delicious cauliflower dish I made Friday night
One of my breakfasts last week, scrambled egg, salami slices, and avocado

Ok, the whole name-change thing. I’ve been toying around with the idea of renaming the blog something more solid so everyone knows what I’m about in case I ever want to get serious about this blogging thing. 😉 I was thinking something like Kimmy’s Keto Patio…unless yall have a better idea. Any suggestions are welcome, I will continue discussing anything relevant to alternative health ie; Paleo lifestyle, Keto dieting, recipes for both, essential oils, CBD and its benefits, in addition to PKD, book reviews, music, writing, or anything else that you all want to know about/hear.

We had a nice weekend and got to meet and spend time with my middle son, Joshua’s new girlfriend Chastity. I also got my baby fix while waiting at their apartment for her mother to come pick up her boys-she has a 9-month-old and a nine-year-old! I was trying to help them get organized and packed and he was crying, so I went into the bedroom and played with him, held him, and generally tried to keep him entertained while they did their thing. He is a sweet baby, but what a chunk! I wish I would have taken his picture (I wasn’t thinking) he and his brother are both handsome. His brother is Hayden and he is Westin (Westyn?) not sure how she spells it. I did get a picture of the two of them though.

Joshua and Chastity- better pics next time, I promise!

We also spent time with my Dad and Sean, but never got her (Chastity) over to Claudette’s to be introduced. That’s alright, there will be another opportunity I’m sure. Chris came over for a short visit on Saturday and then we took them home yesterday. Over the weekend Dave and I helped him work up a resume. Will you all join me in praying his application for a new job is accepted and he gets work?! I need all the prayers I can get on this one people. He needs a job badly in this particular situation. Thanks in advance! 🙂

Well, I could talk to you guys all day but I have lots to do, I haven’t done my exercises yet, I got a small gig I need to get going on and the house isn’t going to clean itself. Cooking to do, food prep, oh, and I’m going to talk to TCJC about a couple of writing classes. And if that’s not enough, I need to go to Kohls and JoAnn’s today (maybe that will do for my walking) so I better get busy. (I need new yarn and I have a coupon burning a hole in my pocket 🙂 )

One more thing…I got a temporary 2-day job delivering flowers for Brice’s florists for Valentine’s! That will bring in some much-needed, good money (although it will be a long 2 days) and the days I’ll be working are the 13th and 14th of Feb.

The doctor told me on Friday I was good to go, could do anything I felt up to and he would see me in 3 months! Before that visit, I will have x-rays taken to see how well everything is healing up in there, he also wants me to back off my Gabapentin and see if my neck pain is really gone yet. Unfortunately, the numbness in my fingers and my right heel is still there and he said that may take up to a year to resolve! Ugh! Plus, I still get tired really easy when I do a lot, I need to build up my tolerance before that week of the job!

Yall have a wonderful day and I will see you later on the patio!