February was a month full of tweaks and changes. My diet has morphed from mostly ketogenic (keto) to a regular ol’ low carb. Why? Well, despite my awesome A1c results (5.4), I (of course) happen to be in a small subset of people (about 5% on a keto diet) that are ‘hyper responders’, meaning that all of my cholesterol counts are now crap. There is a lot of discussion lately about cholesterol levels, and what they actually mean to cardiovascular health… but I’m taking the steps to bring it back into reasonable levels. What does this mean? No more Bulletproof or Fatty coffees (no coconut oil), less cheese and dairy in general… that’s about it. I also chose to up my carbs a wee bit… only through vegetables though. Root vegetables like sweet potatoes and carrots appear on my plate from time to time. I also might have a tbsp of hummus once or twice a week. This slight boost (most days I would still have around 50 net carbs) in carbs and focusing more on monosaturated fats (olive oil, avocados, fish) should do the trick to resolve my cholesterol issue – I’ll be retested at the end of May and let you know. Bonus: the slight boost in carbs has given me even better energy and has improved my mood – I’d been a bit ‘rage-y’ lately.
Here are a few highlights from my February #lowcarbmmm Instagram feed.
Why I haven’t been making this all along, I don’t know. Whipping together 1 cup of butter with at least 1/2 cup of extra virgin olive oil equals spreadable butter right out of the fridge. It also helps by adding monounsaturated fat and reducing saturated. I do this right in my food processor – it takes seconds.
Lots more veggies!
It makes me happy to not limit veggies any more to stay very low carb (VLC). That means big ol’ salads like this Ceasar.
I almost cried when I had these sweet potatoes for the first time in 6 or so months…
The Return of Crackslaw!
I finally even posted my recipe. You can click here to go to it.
Not a lot of treats last month, but I did whip up this grain-free, sugar-free Chocolate Snack Cake from I Breathe I’m Hungry. Get the recipe here.
I’m still not eating fruit other than berries (yeah I know, things like tomatoes are fruit, but I’m not counting that), however I don’t limit them as much as before.
So that’s about it for February; brief and not very exciting… but different. I’ll try to post March’s update quicker.
Want more #lowcarbmmm inspiration? Check out my previous Whatcha Eatin’ There, Heather posts by clicking the graphic below.