Health Progress, Restaurants, Travelling, Uncategorized

Weekend Adventure


Visiting non-keto friends and Sea World won’t stop me from success!

This past weekend we went on a much needed trip to Menifee to visit close friends.  They don’t follow keto and have a little girl.  Their little one is so adorable, smart and well-behaved!  Anyway, what do you do when you find yourself in these types of situations?

Knowing that we may need a little extra for the weekend, I packed a few snacks and extras to help us manage (just in case).  I also thought I’d bring my air fryer to make them chicken wings.  So along with the air fryer, I packed some Truvia packets, Propel Zero packets, Quest Chocolate Chip Cookies, and a peanut butter fluff cup frozen dessert that I’ve been dying to share.  I also packed a bag of Quest Cheese and Sour Cream chips and a few ChocZero Almond Barks.  I mean, it’s vacation…so you have to have the good stuff, am I right?

For lunch I ended up making chicken wings with ranch dip.  We also enjoyed the frozen desserts.  My husband couldn’t wait long enough for lunch, so he also had some snacks that I packed.

For dinner our friends generously made us all smoked tri tip and ribs.  We also had a few chicken wings left from lunch, some avocados and grilled zucchini.  They added corn, which we just avoided.  It was all just so darn yummy and filling.  I slept like a snoring log that night!  It was great.

Sunday morning rolled around and I got up before everyone else (except the baby) and made breakfast.  They have the best kitchen, so it really makes me want to cook and brings out the creative juices.  We enjoyed reheated tri tip, asparagus with lemon, avocado and tomato slices, poached eggs and a sad hollandaise sauce.  I really need to work on my sauce game.  It tasted fine but was thin…I think I need to make sure the butter is cold when I put it in the mix.  Anyway, it was delish and so filling!

At some point the baby said she wanted to go to Sea World today…and so we did.  This impromptu adventure was just what I needed!  I love enjoying animals and having adventures.  It did me well not having time to process and analyze the trip because my anxiety would have wreaked havoc and I wanted to just enjoy.  And I did!  I enjoyed the whole trip to Sea World!

While we were there we ate a couple of Quest Chocolate Chip Cookies, had a couple bottles of water on ice (it was crazy hot that day!), and split a lunch of 1/2 rotisserie chicken with the smallest cesar salad I’ve ever seen and some strawberries.  It was a great day of fun in the sun enjoying my friends, my husband and the animals.

I drove home and it took a fair amount of time because of traffic between San Diego and Orange County.  But after such a long day and all that driving I knew cooking was not going to happen.  I also knew that once I got home I would not leave to get food.  So, we stopped at Jack in the Box on the way and took home 2 Ultimate Bacon Cheeseburgers with no bun.  When we got home we enjoyed those burgers with some Propel and called it a night.

I didn’t fast.  I didn’t count carbs.  I didn’t focus on anything but relaxing and enjoying.  I really had the very best weekend I have had in a long time.  Summer is the time when educators get to see their friends and family and I am so grateful we were all able to spend such great time together.

If you’re worried about following Keto while away from the comforts of your home, just know that you can always find options, adjust what is available to you and just enjoy the time away.

What are some of your favorite things to bring with you when you’re on an adventure?  Do you worry about eating properly?  What are some tips and tricks that you rely on for success?

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Travelling, Uncategorized

Cruising on Keto

Carnival Cruise for the Cure Adventure 2018

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Leading up to the cruise vacation, I was concerned about remaining Strict Keto while on a cruise and in Mexico on vacation.  There was so much food to choose from…even food that we could eat!  I was never hungry.

Generally speaking, my husband and I are following a Strict Keto lifestyle.  This means that we eat no more than 20g net carbs daily and are strict about the types of foods we eat (versus a Lazy Keto lifestyle that basically only counts carbs regardless of food type).  We usually get our carbs from whole foods, such as meat, eggs and vegetables and a few from treats that include almond flour and/or approved sugar alcohols.

On the cruise there was a lot of fatty meat.  Usually it tasted okay, especially when I added lemon/lime and salt.  There was cheese, butter, coffee and water.  There weren’t many options for vegetables and no real options for nuts, berries or chocolate for us.

When on our excursion to La Bufadora, known for their ocean-side fish tacos, tequila and shopping, we opted to have a Lazy Keto day.  I knew ahead of time this was a possibility and spent weeks contemplating if I was ready to introduce non-strict keto foods to my diet.  Seriously, I once drove to Ensenada for one of these fish tacos…they are that good!

Here’s what we really ate:

  • Day 1, Lunch: Cucumber slices, carrot slices, cauliflower, deli slices and cheese cubes with iced tea
  • Day 1, Dinner: Double bacon cheese burger (no bun)
  • Day 2, Breakfast: Buffet scrambled eggs, plain yogurt, bacon, sausage, coffee with Truvia
  • Day 2, Lunch: Fish taco with tortilla and batter, clam and shrimp with cheese, various tequilas (we did a tasting)
  • Day 2, Dinner: Nice dinner with seared tuna and mahi mahi with carrots and brocolli
  • Day 3, Breakfast: I think it was a scrambled eggs with bacon and I tried to make a fat bomb with Truvia, cream cheese, chopped pecans and butter.
  • Day 3, Lunch: Taco salad with steak and chicken, guacamole, lettuce, pico de gallo (we didn’t eat the taco shell)
  • Day 3, Dinner: Double chili cheese burger (no bun)
  • Day 4, Breakfast: Scrambled eggs with ham, sausage and pico de gallo

I brought Propel and Truvia packets.  We used this for the coffee and the water.

I believe we will definitely cruise again, but we will certainly bring a few things…nuts, more Propel and chocolate, maybe some keto bread too.  I was beginning to feel some cramping in my calves by the time we left, so I’m glad I brought the Propel but I didn’t bring enough.


Try a cruise but give yourself a break.  You may have to plan ahead and bring a few things to make it more enjoyable, like sweetener, electrolyte powder, nuts, chocolate and any other thing you think you would enjoy when away from home.  Its worth upping the carbs or switching to Lazy Keto for the time being so that you can eat and enjoy the vacation.  It doesn’t last long and you can return to Strict Keto upon return.

I did take my supplements, but Kevin didn’t.  I was glad to have some sense of routine regarding my supplements.  We really wished by the 3rd day that we had some nuts and chocolate…something sweet and creamy and crunchy.

And, while I enjoyed the adventure and feel more relaxed than I have in years, I didn’t like the food as much as I do when I cook it at home.  This seems to be the standard…I usually prefer my home-cooked Keto versus whatever I get while I’m out.

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