Coffee, Chocolate and Dieting

As I might have mentioned before, I started on a low-carb diet this year. The plan was to go on the “Keto” diet. I even joined a bunch of keto groups on facebook for ideas to see how other people handled this restricted way of eating in our modern world.

On the #Keto diet, you are allowed <20 grams of carbs daily. Well after months of being homeless in Georgia, and having about 80-90% of my #diet being #carbs, this diet was a shock into reality.

When I was a young kid, my dad had gardens every Summer and we always heard him say “You are what you eat. You eat junk, then you become junk”. Of course the veggies in his garden wasn’t junk, that was real food. We were allowed to eat as much “real food” as we wanted.

Now the Keto diet promotes the theory of eating real food also..real organic butter, real bacon, eggs, avocados, really good expensive cheese..without added fillers, and lots of veggies (except the starchy ones). Actually it’s a diet that my dad needs now, to fight all his medical issues.

My problem with such a diet (or any diet) is:

#1. I haven’t worn my top dentures for over a year and now they don’t fit anymore. Without teeth I can’t chew things like celery, nuts, most pickles, steak, pepperoni/salami and bacon (depending on how it’s cooked). Basically anything that you have to bite through, I would need to put into my new blender.

And yes, steak shakes are filling and yummy.

#2. I brought no kitchen supplies with me when I moved back to AZ. I still don’t even own a pan to boil water in, but the kitchen in my home came with a built-in microwave.

#3. I share a kitchen with 6 other people. There is not much space for me to store anything even if I wanted to. 1 refrigerator for 7 people is ridiculous. Imagine if we all wanted eggs, then that means 7 cartons of eggs in 1 refrigerator…imagine the same with milk…and etc.

#4. After traveling around so much, and time living in my car, I really am just used to the “grab-and-go” foods…course those are the types of food that are bad for you.

#5. With 7 people living in 1 house, everyone has different schedules. Some people hate to smell food while they are trying to sleep ( it’s 9:00am now and I think I am the only one awake).

#6. Lots of different diets advise you to only eat when you are hungry. Well I usually eat when I am bored/ stressed out.. enough so that I don’t really know what hungry feels like. Even though I don’t eat after 12noon (which is when I am getting ready for work). So my eating time is between 6am-noon on work days. So that leaves 18 hours every day where I don’t eat at all. Times may differ, depending on when I actually get out of bed in the morning.

#7. There is only 1 general store and 1 gas station in my tiny town to buy our own food. Both are expensive in my opinion. But when your brain still thinks like a homeless person, you want everything priced like the .99 stores that you can find in Phoenix or Las Vegas.

Well we do have restaurants if you want to pay over $20 for most meals. 1 hotel has a wonderful breakfast buffet that charges us local residents $10 for an all-you-can-eat breakfast. But I ain’t paying $70 a week just so I can have Omelets everyday.

This morning I am on my second cup of coffee. I added a quarter scoop of chocolate whey protein powder into each cup of hot coffee. The powder gets a bit clumpy and takes a minute to stir it up good to mix/dissolve all the chocolate. Protein powders were made to mix with cold liquid but does actually work well with hot coffee. Supposedly it is better for you then Swiss Miss hot chocolate. Not sure how much better, seeing as they both have a bunch of man-made chemicals. I honestly think I would be better off putting a steak in the blender every morning, except that would cost to much and take to much time.

Yesterday was a day off, so I walked over to the gas station to buy a newspaper and a bag of plain pork rinds. The plain bag has only 2 items listed as ingredients: fried pork skin and salt (and zero carbs). You can get a bag of hot, spicy pork rinds with a long list of man-made chemicals listed as ingredients. Good thing I don’t like hot spicy food. Sometimes I will dip the plain pork rinds in whipped cream cheese but mostly I just eat them straight out of the bag..because the bag is sitting near my bed and I am to lazy to walk back to kitchen and look for the cream cheese in a crowded refrigerator. While I was at the gas station I decided to try a bottle of those chilled Mocha coffee Frappuccino drinks…yes it has 47 grams of carbs…more then what’s allowed on any Keto diet for 2.5 days.

While I can’t seem to follow any diet exactly they way their rules are written. If I want to eat or drink something then I will. One of my housemates got back from a little vacation to England yesterday. She brought back a small box of chocolate for us all to try. I tried 2 different flavors this morning with my coffee. It’s not anything I will ever want/need to try again, but I can say that I have tried fancy English chocolate.

Even with all my chocolate and extra carbs that I had this last week, I still managed to lose 1.8 pounds. I am down to 175.4, soon I might have to buy new pants because I have a few pair now that I don’t even have to unzip or unbutton to get on. They start sliding down while I’m walking or sitting, so it’s a good thing that my jacket covers while out in public or I would be hearing plumber jokes all day.

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