Keto “Mock”Griddles

I love breakfast foods, but when eating a low carb diet, breakfast foods can sometimes get old. Here’s a recipe with bacon and eggs that won’t bore your tastebuds. Without any further ado, The Keto “Mock”Griddle.

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Ingredients for the bun:

  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 1/4 cup of Vermont’s Sugar Free Syrup (Found in the diabetic/sugar free section of the grocery store
  • 6 quirts liquid sweetener
  • 1/4 cup water

Put the almond flour in a small mixing bowl.

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Add the syrup and mix.

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Add the water and mix.

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Add the egg and mix.

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Add the sweetener and mix.

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Put half a tablespoon of butter in a skillet on medium heat and let it melt. Pour a small amount of the mixture into the pan and let it cook for about 5-6 minutes.

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Flip over for 2-3 more minutes on the other side.

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Continue to do this until all of the “buns” are made. On top of your buns, add your favorite breakfast ingredients. I had bacon, egg, and cheese. You could omit my ingredients and add your own. I’d like to try sausage on mine next. Adding sauted onions might be nice, too.

Here are the nutrition facts for 1 MockGriddle with 2 slices of bacon, 1 egg, and a little cheese. Only 6 next carbs!

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Here’s the nutrition facts for 1 part of the bun.

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Enjoy!

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What’s different?

I posted yesterday on my facebook about how my I’d reached my 60 day mark and some accomplishments I’d made with that. I also talked about how I’m not sure what was different about the last 60 days rather than any other 60 day period in my life. I’m not sure why I’ve stuck with the diet so strictly. Don’t even get me started on thinking about what the difference is with the exercise. I’ve never been a fan of it, so the fact that in the last 60 days I’ve jogged/walked/ran about 100 miles is beyond me.

I do know some things that are different about myself now though. And I’d like to share some of them with you.

I don’t drink soda anymore. Well I can’t say I never do, but I can say that currently there is none in my house and I don’t feel the need to go pick some up before work. I occasionally have a diet soda when I’m craving one. Even at that, it’s probably once a week or even less. I used to drink about 36 – 72 ounces (maybe more?) of diet soda per day. I just think water is so much more satisfying now.

My energy levels are the same throughout the day and they do not rely on food. So far today, I’ve gotten up, did some arm and ab exercises, got a shower, got dressed made a meal and I still haven’t eaten yet. I’ve been up for 4 and a half hours without food and I’m perfectly fine. I could probably go the whole day without eating. The fact is, my body is using ketones (from fat) for energy instead of whatever glucose I eat. Since I’ve got a steady supply of fat, there is no need to eat every 3-4 hours. I also never feel hunger like I used to since my body isn’t constantly craving sugar. (See the sugar addiction chart below… and remember anything that is a carbohydrate other than fiber turns straight into sugar within 15-30 minutes in our bodies!)

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My body weight isn’t changing much, but my shape is. I did drop some weight this morning, but my weight isn’t my concern anymore. It’s the shape of my body. When I see myself naked, less parts jiggle. My tummy is getting flatter, my thighs are getting firmer, and my overall shape is getting smaller.

We’ve all heard those quotes, “It takes X number of days to make or break a habit.” I’ve heard everything from 21 days to 30 days to 90 days or even more. In some ways, over the last 60 days, I’ve developed some habits and kicked some others. Some of them have come more natural than others. It’s hard to say if these habits came at day 12, 21, 34, or 58, but they seem to be here to stay. And I’m ok with that!

Plateauing again: Losing inches, not pounds

A few weeks ago, I dropped to 154. I was so excited that I’d be seeing the 140’s soon. I haven’t seen the 140’s in over 5 years!

This week, I gained 3 pounds. Beyond frustrated, I checked the scale for my body fat percentage. I had gone from 32% a few weeks ago at 157 to 31% at 157. Which means that I lost 2.5 pounds of fat. Which reminds me of this video about what fat looks like. The first minute is a promotional for his business, but after that, there is a really good illustration of what fat looks like in the body.

So where did that other 3 pounds come from? It looks like some came from the muscle I am building and some came from water weight.

Satisfyingly enough, I’ve lost another belt notch in the last two weeks. I’ve also dropped an inch on my waist in the last week.

Lesson of the week: Progress isn’t always seen on the scale.

Playing the Waiting Game

I haven’t posted in nearly a week, and there is a very good reason for that.

I’m angry.

My scale has been stuck between 160.5 and 159.0 for 2 weeks now and I’ve been doing everything right. And even while it has been stuck, I continued to do everything right. And what is worse, my fears started to become my reality. The question that has lingered in the back of my head for years, “What if I can’t lose weight?” began to feel like it might be true.

It sounds ridiculous, but since I’ve already had that thought in my head, and I have been doing everything right, I started to think it was a possibility. I mean, I run at least two miles every day, I eat under 1200 calories and 20 carbs per day. Scientifically, it seems that there is no reason I shouldn’t have dropped at least two to three pounds in two weeks!

And that is when a second question started forming in my head. If it’s true that I can’t lose weight, then why am I even trying?

And I started to verbalize these thoughts with my husband. My husband loves me so much that he actually listens to me when I talk or ramble or complain. He remembered all of the things I was saying 6 weeks ago when I started Keto and he began to repeat them to me.

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He started talking about all the extra energy I have. He reminded me of how much better I feel about myself and how the long term goal was not weight loss, but a healthier body. He also pointed out with as much activity that I do, I may be putting on some muscle, which obviously weighs more than fat.

And this week, he decided to commit to the Keto life, too. (He’s cooking steaks and sauteed cauliflower for dinner, right now!)

Also, I was talking with my friend and co-worker, Jeremy who is also living a low-carb lifestyle, and he was explaining that in some people, when they are on a low carb diet, their fat cells will shrink, but will retain water.

So, I’ve decided to wait.

I’m waiting for my fat cells to decided to let go of the water they are holding. I’m also waiting for my new scale to get in from Amazon, which will not only tell me my weight, but my body fat percentage.

And while I wait, I’ll keep resisting carbs and keep on running. It’s not about how much I weigh by any certain date, it’s about living healthy every day.