So, How’s That Keto Thing Going?

As any of you that follow me know, back in early January, I decided to go on a diet. Not unlike the thousands of people that, on New Years Eve, while basking in a pleasant alcoholic haze, said “this year I am going to lose weight”. Only in my case, I was stone sober and motivated by something called my A1C. I decided that I was tired of taking medication that was prescribed because of my eating habits and the resultant excess weight I gained. So, after perusing the alternatives, I decided to check out the Keto diet.

After getting over the initial shock of what I couldn’t eat (or drink} I started to concentrate on what I could and it was not all bad. It took a while to adjust. Keto bread is definitely an acquired taste. It’s just not what you probably envision when you think of a loaf of bread. I have baked several loaves and they have all come out resembling a meatloaf. They don’t use yeast for which I have subsequently acquired a healthy respect.

Fast forward a couple of months, and here I am, surrounded by things like almond and coconut flour, psyllium husk powder, something called xanthan gum, and eggshells. Lots and lots of eggshells. It seems that they are a staple when baking. I saw one recipe that called for 2 cups of egg whites. Do you know how many eggs that is, to bake one loaf of bread? Well, I do. It is 16. I decided to pass.

I‘m not militant about this Keto thing. I do try to stay around 25 carbs per day, but I’m not doing macros and meal planning to achieve optimum balance in my diet. I naturally crave variety, so chicken one night, a steak or pork chop or some fish another, and a couple of salads keeps me happy. And, I have found a new food friend. It is cauliflower. Who knew. I never thought I would say this, but I don’t miss potatoes or rice. It is the most versatile vegetable out there. Mash it, rice it, add spices, make patties, broil it, add it to casseroles, etc., etc. I am also developing a new appreciation for cabbage. Again, adding it to dishes and/or frying it with herbs or making low cal cabbage rolls, or a pork stew. It’s not just for coleslaw anymore, or with corned beef on St Patrick’s day.

I must say, I do miss my beer and a couple of slices of a real yeast crust pizza. I have tried hard seltzer drinks, but they are just OK. A couple of glasses of wine are permissible however, and I have found a low carb margareta mix. I’m still experimenting with pizza crust recipes. King Arthur Flour has introduced a Keto “friendly” flour that actually has a little wheat flour in the blend. It contains a couple of extra carbs, but since this whole thing is about trade offs, I can live with that. And, through the magic of sugar alternative sweeteners, (no, they don’t still have an aftertaste) I am enjoying cupcakes, muffins, cookies, brownies, and even a key lime cheesecake. Of course, the downside is that serving sizes are verrrry small. But hey, two cookies is only 4 carbs. And, if no one is looking, I may do three.

So, I guess I am in this for the long run. I am becoming acclimated to my new eating regimen and find that I am seldom, if ever, hungry. I have dropped 25 pounds since the first of the year, my A1C is down, and I feel better then ever. I am learning to convert conventional recipes, taking out a lot of the carbs and leaving in the flavor. I still want to drop another 10 pounds to get down to a healthy weight, but I am definitely happy with the results to date. It has been, and is, a challenge, but I’m glad I decided to take the plunge. Now, if I can only figure out what a person does do with 16 egg yolks.

About oldmainer

I am a retired manager living in Southern Maine and a would be writer of poetry, narratives, short stories, and random opinions, and that's how Oldmainer was born. Recently, I decided to try an experiment. I added photography to the mix, using only a cheap cell phone with a limited camera and the editing software that came with it, and added the blog site Inklings at to showcase the results. So, feel free to use whatever you find interesting or worthy, but please honor the terms of my copyright when and if you do. They may not be much, but they are still a piece of me. I appreciate your checking me out and hope that you find something that will encourage a return visit. Thanks for stopping by.
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5 Responses to So, How’s That Keto Thing Going?

  1. quiall says:

    You should be very proud of yourself! Do dogs eat egg yolks?


  2. You now sound like a new Mainer, I am envious, jealous and most importantly very proud of you.


  3. Paul says:

    Congratulations, you have done well, but you have always been focused. Glad for you and jealous.


  4. I love cauliflower, also turnips !! put them in a instant pot with tri tip, with one onion, 3/4 cup of stock and 1/4 cup olive oil…and season well…the turnips are like mashed potatoes, put some butter on it and you’ll have leftovers for a couple days, and the kicker…( you throw in a small green salad, your only 5 carbs, yum, note…the oil make the tri tip just fall apart ( cook on stew/soup dial for 38 minutes the tri tip is normally 2-3 pounds ) great job, God bless, Dave, also if you want more manly themed recipes, lemme know


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