Pounds are being shed, and clothes are fitting looser! This week, we’ll be examining the psychology of bouncing back from a cheat-day with Alex, as he recovers from last week’s “adventurous” dietary choices.
He’ll also give us some insight into the hugely popular Bulletproof Coffee craze! Chelsea’s week was dedicated to cooking for the non-keto family: what to buy, how to choose meals and why cooking this way is easier than you think.
|Alex’s Keto Records||Week 1||Week 2||Week 3||Week 4||Week 5|
|Weight in lbs||222||216.5||211||214||207.5|
|Waist in inches||41||40.5||40||40||39|
Total weight lost: 14.5 lbs.
Total inches lost: 2 inches
The Bulletproof Coffee Craze & Overcoming Self-Doubt
I’ve had a revolutionary week in terms of weight loss, motivation and non-scale victories. After last week’s indiscretion shook my confidence a lot, I found myself straying into very negative psychological territory, even considering giving up at one very low point in the week.
I decided to really dig deep and remind myself WHY I embarked on this keto journey. It really helped me to revisit my health goals and re-examine my reasons for wanting to lose excess fat.
My Reasons for Going Keto, Revisited:
- Regain control of my blood pressure.
- Reduce unhealthy cholesterol and triglyceride levels.
- Get down to a healthy weight for my frame.
- Optimize lipolysis (fat burning).
- Boost physical and mental performance.
- Achieve the aesthetic I want for my body.
- Overhaul my harmful habits.
- Kick cravings to the curb.
- Control false hunger-pangs.
- Energize my body.
- Renew my relationship with food.
Once I began to list them, I remembered how many awesome benefits the ketogenic lifestyle has to offer. In the context of a 28 Week Challenge, one week of dubious eating is virtually negligible, so long as I never give up!
I pivoted to making my keto journey more fun, rewarding and educational this week, which is why I decided to try out the famous Bulletproof Coffee pioneered by author and BioHacker, Dave Asprey. I’ve ordered his Bulletproof Coffee kit and am waiting in optimistic anticipation!
What is Bulletproof Coffee?
Bulletproof Coffee is a delicious keto-friendly drink that harnesses the delicious fat-mobilizing power of excellent-quality coffee with creamy, energizing grass-fed butter, ghee and/or MCT oil.
The difference between Dave Asprey’s Bulletproof Coffee and bunging a spoon of butter into your instant cuppa’ joe is all about quality. Asprey’s exclusive line of “Upgraded” coffee beans and products are:
- Handpicked and carefully sorted(no machines!) so every bean that makes it to market is top-quality
- Washed and processed with extra care to eliminate contaminating mold toxinsfound lurking in inferior coffees
- Purchased at a premium from Rainforest Alliance Certified farmsthat ensure sustainable farming practices
- Fresh-roastedfor the perfect, rich crema and complex aromatic profiles
If you’ve tried Bulletproof Coffee before, or have a different take on it, let me know in the comments!
Our blog is always open to new ideas, alternative viewpoints and encouraging learning through community discussions. The more we share our experiences and personal opinions, the closer we can get to ketogenic success as a united force.
I’ll be sure to share all the buttery details of my Bulletproof Coffee experience with you as soon as I receive my package and get to sipping!
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|Chelsea’s Keto Records||Week 1||Week 2||Week 3||Week 4||Week 5|
|Weight in lbs||238||230||224||222.5||217|
|Waist in inches||43||42||42||41.5||40|
Total weight lost: 21 lbs.
Total inches lost: 3 inches
Cooking for Non-Keto Family Can Be a Breeze
Thank you, ketosis! In 5 weeks, I’ve lost more than 20 lbs., which is the weight of the average car tire! Can you imagine what lugging around a car tire’s worth of fat was doing to my body?
Extra weight like that can put major pressure on the joints, put you at risk of osteoarthritis and even increase the likelihood of developing sleep apnea, according to Stanford Healthcare.org.
Not only can I see the obvious difference in belly fat between weeks 1 and 5, but I can most definitely feel it! Tying my shoes is easier, I fit into my shorts better, and best of all, I feel so much healthier, freer and lighter.
This week I want to talk about a challenge many of us keto warriors face: cooking for non-keto family members. It’s tons of fun whipping up glorious fat-fueled meals armed with awesome low-carb recipes, but what do you do when you find yourself catering for a bigger, carb-loving brood?
Cooking for big families, kids, get-togethers and the like can seem intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be! I put myself to the test this weekend, hosting family at my house, and I can’t wait to share what I figured out.
1. Planning is Everything
Before the family arrives, first find out if your guests have any special dietary preferences, like allergies, intolerances or special eating plans. You may even find that you have a few low-carb comrades en route!
Next, go on the mother of all grocery shopping trips. Focus on snacks and ingredients that work for both the ketogenic lifestyle and the average carb-heavy diet.
What do I mean by this?
Well, we know that keto heroes many scrumptious ingredients like a wide variety of cheeses, seafood, meat, leafy greens, and seeds. Build your meal plans around these versatile key ingredients, and you will find it much easier to please everyone at the table.
2. Stick to Snack Platter Starters
Snack platters and hors de oeuvres are the absolute best way to keep smiles on faces across the room, whether your guests are keto or simply expecting a yummy spread.
Charcuterie, or platters of deli meats and cheeses, work great because you have a wide variety of scintillating flavors and textures, where diners can individually select what they want from the platter.
This means that you, too, can indulge in delicious prosciutto and cream cheese appetizers, while forgoing the carby crackers, French bread, and preserves.
3. Cook for Them, Dish up for You!
When it comes time for the main meal, a little bit of research goes a long way. What I found works best is to rifle through your favorite recipes and pick one that can easily be manipulated into a keto-friendly meal.
Here are some awesome examples worth a try:
|FAMILY MEALS||MAKING IT KETO|
|Spaghetti Bolognese||When making this hearty Italian dish, replace onions in the sauce with spring onions (less sugar, more fiber), and when you serve, embrace the parmesan and simply skip the spaghetti!|
|Roast Turkey Dinner||Stuff the turkey with walnuts and almonds instead of breadcrumbs, forgo deep-frying for oven roasting and add keto-friendly veggies to the mix.|
|Pizza||Make a super-easy low-carb pizza base using flaxseed flour, psyllium husks, eggs, and yeast, and swop it in when you prepare your pie. Top the low-carb pizza with tons of cheese, bacon, mushrooms, avocado, ground beef, you name it!|
|Barbeque and Salad||Ketosis and grilling are the best of friends. So long as you use sugar-free BBQ sauce and avoid hotdogs with fillers like soy, you and your family can have a wonderful day of grilling with no consequences.|
This is a VERY short list of options, of course, and can be made pages longer with a little help!
Let me know in the comments how you tackled cooking for family dinners while on the ketogenic lifestyle.
What kind of meals do you think work awesomely for keto-dining?