Hi everyone! I’d like to apologize for my absence on this space. It’s truly been a crazy ride the first few months of this year. Everything was building up until our big trip (8 days are considered extra long for our lifestyle) in Siem Reap and Bangkok. There are many things I want to blog about, but then it’s hard to decide what to post first. So this post will serve as a general update for those who are still reading.
So after 2 years and a bit of being extra lenient on our eating habits, Kevin and I both were not feeling the best: bloating, allergy problem (mainly me), and just constantly tired and worn out. One day, as though seeing the light, he said: “B, we can’t continue like this anymore….. time to go on a diet!”
Me being me, was like: “Say no more!”. Prior to this, I’ve been reading up on a “new” way of eating: The Ketogenic Diet. The name is daunting as it sounds like a complete metabolic overhaul, and it is. Those who have been around here for a while would know that I used to do Paleo Diet for quite a period of time. And this is another step up from that. Basically, we are talking about severely reducing carbohydrates, increasing fat intake and moderate protein intake.
Long story short, we started the diet right after Chinese New Year, and to date, both of us have already reached our goal weight (he lost 6kg, I lost 5), his mother who was half forced (haha it’s a dictatorship when it comes to kitchen management in this household) into the diet lost 8kg! So it’s rather impressive, considering we never had to starve ourselves ever.
So I guess the next step here is to share some of the food that we’ve been eating (that I cooked) over the past couple of months. A typical meal would consist of a sizable portion of meat (fatty meat preferred), and probably around equal about of vegetables. No rice, no pasta, no bread, no noodles, no quinoa, and definitely no sugar of any kind. As for the vegetables, anything grown below the ground has to be avoided. And most fruits are also banned. Let me show you some of our meals then:
Pork Belly, Green Beans, Tomatoes
Minced Pork, Cauliflower Rice, Greens
Pork Hamburg, Broccoli, Green Beans
Tonpei Yaki (Bacon, Cabbage, Omelette)
Keto Compliant Pork Sausage (no sugar, no fillers, increased fat) with Green Beans and Tomatoes
Pork Knuckles and Grilled Vegetables
Because it deserves another photo: Lechon Porchetta with Homemade Sauerkraut and Greens. The crackling is amazing!
And speaking of crackling:
I’ve been perfecting my Siew Yoke (Crispy roast pork) and will be selling them soon too!
The eating out photos shall be shared as a separated post to give you an idea of how we avoid carbs in restaurants and cafes.
Apart from weight loss, there have been several other major benefits too. I no longer have cravings for anything (might not be a good thing for a foodie lol), you can sit in front of me and gobble down rice, noodles and bread and it will not tempt me. My mind is clearer too because there will never be any food coma without sugar and carbs. My energy level is better without the afternoon crash. We have yet to go for our yearly checkup though, that would probably be the next thing to do. I’ve always had high cholesterol. The Paleo diet helped me reduce a little, so it’d be interesting to see what happens this time.
Ketogenic way of eating is not just a diet, it’s a lifestyle change. It requires a complete shift of mindset. We must first realise that sugar is the main cause of metabolic syndrome, and that cholesterol is our friend. That way, you would go into this lifestyle without holding back. I will be sharing more specific topics in the future, but if you have any questions feel free to throw it my way!
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It’s been a while indeed! Good to hear from you again. I have been on Keto on and off and I have sort of abandoned it for a while. It’s quite hard to follow strictly especially when eating out. So I am looking forwards to your post on that as I’d really like some tips on how to navigate staying on course when at restaurants. So do you and Kevin keep strictly to the eating plan or do you guys have cheat days? This post has inspired me to get back on the Ketogenic Diet again as it is very effective for fat loss (which I have plenty of to lose).
BTW, your siew yoke looks divine!!!
Hi! Im so happy someone is still reading my blog hahahaha! We are quite strict even when eating out but need to account for hidden carbs. In terms of cheat days… We dont do that at all but when we socialise we try not to be too obsessed. A bit of beer and wine oklah.
I’ve heard of the Keto diet. Love your blue & white crockery, so very nice.
Ya im sure you know because your girl is on gluten free/paleo diet right? Thanks! Im starting to collect these patterned plates for nicer photos hehe
Congratulations! I’m currently on a Low-carb diet and already felt that it’s so limiting. Can’t imagine being on keto. Admire your discipline!
You on 50g limitation? Actually its not too far away from Keto ma. We just have to choose the veges wisely.
I love your crockery, especially the blue & white plates, my weakness…and of course, your cooking is absolutely stunning!
Oopsss!!! I said that already. Never mind! LOL!!!
Hahahahahaha thanks again!