In my awkward prepubescent days, I went through a phase my friends have affectionately coined: The Milk Stage. You know how people say, ‘You are what you eat?’ I was a gallon of milk.
I had just discovered the wonders of eating for comfort and I was very good at it. So much so, that my dad had to sit me down and have a serious talk about my excessive milk consumption.
I’m currently on week 5 of eating Ketogenic and bah-dah-bah-bah-bah I’m lovin’ it. I get to eat rich, flavorful foods smothered in butter with bacon, ranch dressing, heavy whipping cream, cheese. It’s a strange new phase of life, but Milk Stage Christine is raising a gallon in celebration of Keto Christine.
I now dream about eating carb heavy foods. I miss ice cream. Chicken strips. Pita. I really miss donuts… those sweet, sweet edible pillows of sugary goodness. Really just sugar in general. I’ve cheated twice. Both times with beer and breaded things. After the beer I had this weekend, with a heavy heart, I regret to admit that our relationship may be done for good. My night ended with me sitting in front of the toilet, waiting for the nausea to subside, my face flushed in some sort of allergic reaction I’ve never experienced and a Tums and Benadryl-induced night sleep. I couldn’t even blame it on overindulgence.
There are a few challenges I’ve experienced, but have also overcome (somewhat):
1. One does not simply order lunch. You plan it, you prep it, you pack it. If you don’t, there’s no trusting what your hangry self will decide. With that said, places like Five Guys, Jimmy Johns, Potbelly and Chipotle are not impossible on Keto. You have to go into it with a mindset of what you can eat and what you will order.
2. MyFitnessPal continues to be the bane of my existence. I was really good for about 10 days before I got absolutely sick of measuring every bit of oxygen I inhaled. Maybe it’s my need to be incredibly thorough that holds me back. Now that I’m familiar with the diet, the foods that are Keto friendly and the balance my body needs, I’ve been fine without it (or so I think.) I set up my bullet journal February tracker and inputting meals is one of them, so we’ll see.
3. Everything has carbs and/or added sugar. Everything! There’s really no way around this. America, you ugly country, fueling your inhabitants with sugar and refined grains.
With that said, I’d like to introduce you to one of my first Keto loves: the BLT Salad. Why is it the best? Well, first, look at it. Really, look. It’s simple, s’easy to put together, filling and delicious!
Sriracha BLT Salad
The worst part of a BLT is the bread anyway.
- 1 medium tomato, gutted and chopped
- 3 cups spinach/power greens
- 1 avocado, sliced
- 4 slices of bacon, chopped or crumbled
- 2 tbsp mayonnaise or Miracle Whip *gag*
- 2 tbsp avocado oil or EVOO
- 1 tbsp Sriracha
- In a small bowl, mix the mayo, avocado oil and Sriracha together to create the salad dressing. It will be thick, but easily mixes in the salad.
- Put all salad ingredients in a larger bowl, top with dressing and toss lightly.
- Divide and devour.
Each serving is around 5 net carbs. This is specifically with the items I purchased and used for the salad, so if you’re tracking your macros and calories with the products you used, the nutrition facts below could be inaccurate.
With Valentines Day coming up, who wouldn’t wanna stay in and impress their date with a fancy salad? Probably actually a lot of you and I get that. Regardless, if your bae is Keto, hates flowers and can’t eat chocolate, you should absolutely give them a deliciously romantical bouquet (LOOKING AT YOU TODD.)