Day 1 on the high fat / low carb Keto diet was even harder than I thought it would be.
I knew from the get go it would be tough, keeping to the Ketogenic macros of 75% fat, 20% protein and 5% carbs. My go-to protein-rich foods are kale, broccoli, spinach, any greens really (HEAPS of them!), with a quality plant based protein powder to add a bit extra.
However, unlimited veggies is a definitely no-no if I'm going to get anywhere close to sticking to these macros. All of my protein packed veggies still contain carbs - and even after subtracting the fibre content (using a Keto Calculator App), I still blew out on carbs by 5g and ate only a fraction of my usual veg intake.
So. I'll have to see if I can get that down to 20g of net carbs, for this experiment to work properly.
Before I go into what I ate today, let's start with the official weigh in.
Starting Weight: 58kg
I had this smoothie bowl at 11am, after intermittent fasting for the morning. So it was kind of brunch I guess. I'm used to packing out my smoothies with heaps of veg, 2 pieces of fruit, a half serve of plant protein powder and pretty much no fat. This one is very different.- 1/4 avocado
- 1/2 zucchini
- 1/2 cup spinach
- 3 Tbsp Amazonia Slim & Tone Cacao Macadamia protein powder
- 2 Tbsp cacao nibs
- 1 Tbsp hemp seeds
- 1/4 tsp green stevia leaf powder
- 1 cup ice cubes
- 1/3 cup water
Directions: Blend all ingredients until smooth. Spoon into a bowl and top with 1 Tbsp cacao nibs and 2 Tbsp chopped walnuts.
Afternoon Snack: 1/4 cup raw macadamia nuts.
Dinner: Kale, Mushroom and Broccoli Stir Fry with Avocado
I lightly cooked this in coconut oil, garlic, Himalayan pink salt, smoked paprika, water and a bunch of different DoTerra essential oils to flavour it (Cilantro, Ginger, Lemon and Lemongrass). The portion was pretty small - I'm talking 1 cup of kale, 1/2 cup of sliced mushrooms and 1/2 cup of broccoli chunks. Topped with a whole avocado and 1/2 Tbsp of tahini, the portion was way smaller than I'm used to but the fat content definitely filled me up.
Dessert: Toffee Truffle Protein Sorbet
This was so bomb!!!! I was way under my protein requirements for the macros to balance, so I added in another protein shake - except I used ice instead of water. Blitz 3 cups of ice in a high powered blender (like a Thermomix or Vitamix), until it resembles snow. Add 1 Tbsp of almond butter and 2 Tbsp Slim & Tone Toffee Truffle protein powder, 1 Tbsp almond butter and 3/4 cup of water and blend until smooth. Top with a pinch of cacao nibs and 1/2 Tbsp of chopped walnuts. Super super delish!!!
Today's macros clocked in at 7.5% carbs (25g net), 20.3% protein (69g) and 72.2% fat (109g), totalling 1449 calories. Low calories yes, but eating that much fat today, I'm really full.
My energy levels are the same as normal, exercise for today was just a 30 minute walk and a 5 minute Tabata sesh. I'll see how I pull up after Crossfit tomorrow :-/
Check out my Facebook page for my progress over the week. I'll blog again on Day 7. Time to get my creative recipe hat on!!
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