Up 4 Pounds from Vacation, but Probably Water Weight!

I did my official weekend weigh-in and it wasn’t pretty. I’m up 4 pounds from my pre-vacation weight of 184.8 pounds. The good news is that I think most of this is just water weight and it will fall off pretty quickly now that I’m back to keto. I was 192 pounds the night I got back from vacation so I’ve already dropped some. I stuck to keto when I could (including this awesome Caesar salad from Broadway Burger), but I did go off plan so I’m paying the price now! I am pretty good about getting right back on plan when I get home from vacation, but it does usually waste a week getting back to where I was before.

It feels good to be back on keto because it takes all the guesswork out of what to eat. On vacation, our biggest debates were what to eat. My girlfriend is notoriously picky and I was attempting to stay keto so our options were limited. Now that I’m back home, I’ve got my good old staples that I rely on during keto - Chipotle bowls, my Quest pizza, bunless burgers, my GG crackers.

My motivation is at an all-time high though because of the pictures of my outfits from vacation. Seeing the results I’ve gotten so far is just motivation to keep going! I know I can lose the weight. I’ve done it before so it’s just a matter of sticking to my plan and giving it some time.

My get back on track menu is Chipotle bowls for lunch, Quest pizza or bunless burgers for dinner, my GG crackers with cream cheese and Everything Bagel seasoning for night snacks. During the week, I’m going to get my usual bacon, egg, and cheese biscuit minus the biscuit for breakfast, turkey burgers for lunch, and dinner will probably be Subway salads or Chipotle.

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The new Carne Asada from Chipotle is pretty tasty. I’m not a huge beef eater, but I’ve recently gotten sick of just chicken and pork so I’ve tried the steak and now the Carne Asada from Chipotle. The Carne Asada is a bit more flavorful than the regular steak. I’ve had it twice now with guacamole, salsa, cheese, and lettuce and it’s working well to get me back on track. I do like my bowls better with Chipotle Tabasco on top. I ran out and had to go without today and that was sad.

Food Prep for During the Week

Having Monday off is always so confusing because I do “Sunday Things” on Monday! That means today was food prep day for during the week. My menu this week is:

Breakfast: Cream Cheese Pancakes with butter and Walden Farms 0 carb syrup with McDonald’s bacon and coffee with cream

Lunch: Turkey burger with A-1 sauce and Green Giant broccoli with cheese sauce

Snack: Banana Cream Protein Shake

Dinner: Salmon with kohlrabi noodles and parm (and maybe Chipotle or other “out” food later in the week)

Dessert: small piece of keto fudge (coconut oil + cocoa powder + Truvia)

Snack: avocado

I purposefully tried to make this week’s menu super simple. I’m going to be pretty busy at work this week so I didn’t want to fuss with complicated recipes. I need grab and go! The cream cheese pancakes are easy to make the night before and reheat well. I’m going to supplement them with some bacon from McDonald’s since I stop there every day to get my coffee.

Turkey burgers are super easy to throw on my George Foreman grill so now I’ve got burgers to last the rest of the week. I use the pre-shaped burgers from the grocery store and add a bit of Montreal Chicken Seasoning before they go on the grill. I’m keeping it simple with just A-1 as a topping and a frozen vegetable side. The Green Giant broccoli with cheese sauce tastes great although a box doesn’t make very much. I only got two smallish servings out of it.

I have some frozen salmon that I’ll heat up tomorrow or dinner with some kohlrabi noodles with parm and butter as a side. That will be at least two dinners. The other nights will probably be my old standby - Chipotle!

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Dessert is keto fudge. I make this once or twice a week and just nibble away at it throughout the week. Put 1/4 cup coconut oil and 3 TB cocoa powder in a mug with dash of Truvia or other sugar free sweetener. Microwave for 40 seconds and pour onto a parchment lined plate (or container of your choosing). Put in the freezer. I just break off a small piece when I want a sweet or chocolatey snack.

I’ve got some avocados on standby for snacks. I’ve been making parm chips with everything bagel seasoning as well when I need a snack. Pile a generous pinch of shredded parm onto a plate. I usually make three piles and pat them into a circle shape. Microwave for one minute. Let stand for a few seconds until they hardened up a bit and then pry off the plate with a fork and top with seasoning.

So, there’s my food for the week!

Find Your Go-To Fast Food Keto Meals So You Always Know What To Eat

We’ve all been there. You’re out running errand after errand, running from place to place, and next thing you know, you need food NOW. This could be a recipe for disaster if you haven’t planned out some Keto-friendly options ahead of time.

I make sure I know what I can eat at every shopping center I go to so that I’m never stuck without food. At any of the popular “burger” joints, you can get a burger and just toss the bun. If they have grilled chicken, that works, too. Watch the breaded or “crispy” chicken as it will probably contain lots of carbs in the breading. Some fast food restaurants have pretty good salads. Again, choose grilled chicken if that’s an option.

Subway’s are everywhere and you can do what I do and get a salad instead of a sub! I get the regular salad (not chopped because that takes too long). I get the tuna, but you could get almost any of the other meat options like steak or roasted chicken. Add whatever veggies and toppings you like. I just get oil and vinegar with the tuna since the tuna already has mayo in it, but you can add a dressing - just check that it’s not full of carbs.

At Chipotle, a burrito bowl is my go-to. I get it without beans or rice. I load up on the fajita peppers, salsa, cheese, lettuce, and sour cream or guacamole. If you are at another Mexican restaurant, get the fajitas and just skip the tortilla wrappers or get a taco salad, but don’t eat the shell if it comes in one.

Noodles and Company now has several Zoodle options and you can get any of their regular noodle dishes with Zoodles instead. If you’re ordering Chinese takeout, just skip the rice and stick to meat and vegetables. Some places will even let you get sauce on the side or offer a steamed version. Pizza is harder but in a pinch, just eat the toppings! When all else fails, just pick meat or seafood and vegetables - this works for almost any restaurant of any kind.

If I’m worried there won’t be options I can eat, I toss a low carb, ready to drink protein shake in my bag so I’ve got something to hold me over until I can eat a real meal.

Now that you’ve got your plan, you can shop with ease, knowing you won’t be tempted by chips or fries from the food court!

Bored with Your Chipotle Bowl? Try the Chipotle Tabasco Sauce

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I eat a LOT of Chipotle bowls. They take the guesswork out of what to eat because it’s so easy to just grab one on the way home from work. My go-to bowl is usually:

  • No rice or beans

  • Fajita Peppers

  • Chicken or Carnitas (Steak or Barbacoa when I get bored of those)

  • Tomato salsa

  • Medium salsa

  • Corn salsa (sometimes)

  • Sour cream or guacamole (I pick one or the other - not both!)

  • Cheese

  • Lettuce

Even with choosing different meats or sour cream one day and guac the next, I had gotten in a bit of a rut with my Chipotle bowls. One day, I was getting my fork and napkins and I noticed all the Tabascos lined up with to-go cups. I like Tabasco, but never got it at Chipotle. I saw a Chipotle Tabasco (the pepper, not the restaurant itself), which I didn’t even know was a thing. Guess what? I loved it! It gave my bowl a different flavor and it was like eating a brand new bowl. It’s got a smoky flavor and a medium level of heat. I may have to stock up on my next grocery store trip.