Ketogenic Diet

My Journey:

Friends and coworkers started to notice a difference in my weight, muscle tone, and overall happiness over the last year and wanted to know more about my exercise and diet. I hope last weeks post was helpful and encouraged you to find exercise you enjoy. It doesn’t have to be something you dread everyday.  Although exercise is important, I found that what you eat is more important!  It didn’t matter how much I worked out, until I changed my eating habits, I couldn’t loose weight.

Last July my family and I started a Ketogenic Diet.  My parents actually used the official Ideal Protein Diet which is based on the Ketogenic Diet but offers prepackaged foods, weekly meetings with a doctor for weigh-ins and blood work, and  coaching.  I opted for finding alternative foods that followed the same diet plan and used Pinterest to find recipes for preparing meals (search Ideal Protein Phase 1 Recipes).  In September, I had reached my goal weight having lost 23 pounds.  It’s been over a year and using what I learned, I have maintained my goal weight.  Instead of going on a diet, this is a way of life.  My taste buds have changed and I no longer need butter or other high calorie additives to make food taste good.

If you are considering trying the Ketogenic Diet, I recommend that you visit the Ketogenic Diet Resource Page.  It has a ton of useful information as well as cautions.  This diet is not safe for everyone.

Resources I Found Useful:

ideal protein alternate cheat sheetideal protein graph

Products that I Use Regularly:


These products can be found at Walmart, HEB, GNC, and on Amazon.  I love the Vanilla Milkshake protein powder!  It only has 100 calories and with 22g of protein it fills you up and tastes great!  It doesn’t have the slimy feel, bad after taste, and non-dissolving chunks that other protein powders have.  Sometimes I add unsweetened coconut or almond milk (2 oz.) with water.

Click here to read more about d’lites!

If you crave ice cream like I do especially in the summer, d’lites is your new best friend! It is dairy free, gluten free, and low calorie (50 calories for 4 oz)!  They also sell Quest products at the best price I have found.

walden farms

Walden Farms products can be found at HEB in the diabetic aisle.  They syrup and salad dressings taste just as good as the calorie and sugar packed brands that take your less than 50 calorie salad to a 500 calorie salad!

peach oolong

You can find Peach Oolong tea at HEB.  Sometimes it’s nice to have something in addition to 64 ounces of water a day.  Check out the 10 Amazing Benefits of Oolong Tea.

I hope that this is helpful to you.  I am more than happy to answer any questions that you might have to the best of my ability and help in any way that I can.  Please leave a comment and let me know what products you love!  If you are enjoying the blog, I would love for you to subscribe!  Just click the subscribe button and enter your email.  It will deliver new posts to you in an email.

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