Keto Bread!

Day 3 of Intermittent Fasting and although I can’t say I have any additional mental clarity it does seem to make the mornings easier. I don’t feel pressured to cook breakfast and of course there is no clean up then either. Cooking tired is always a drag anyway and generally I am unimaginative and eat fried eggs over and over again.IMG_20180425_133303

I have to say I’m feeling pretty excited about my discovery yesterday! I have done some quick googling but it doesn’t seem like this is one of those commonly known keto things that I have just been missing out on. It is the easiest, quickest to make “keto bread” I have ever had.  It is gluten free, and can also easily be made dairy free! I loved it! I’m interested to hear others’ opinions. Continue reading “Keto Bread!”

Day 1 of Intermittent Fasting

I’ve seen the term a million times but I always tell myself I am doing well enough with what I have, there is no need to make it more complicated.  I enjoy my early morning coffees and snacks throughout the day that fit my ketogenic diet. But lately I’ve been lacking mental clarity and I’m ready to try something new. The first thing I found was a resource about L-Citrulline Malate, which sounds very promising. But I don’t think I will find it anywhere in the near future, although I’ll keep an eye out here in Yangon, Myanmar.  Then I started looking into fasting, which seems very travel-friendly. I gave myself the weekend to wrap my head around it an decided I would dive in on Monday.

Today is my first day. I have decided to start with the 16/8 method that I learned about here. In my case, I only plan to eat between 1:00 pm and 9:00 pm. Here were my first questions and the answers I have found.

  • Can I still have my coffee in the morning?

Yes! Better without cream or sugar (obviously) but with less than 50 calories, the body should not recognize the fast has been broken so a tiny bit of cream and sweetener is ok.

  • Can I eat whenever I want during that 8-hour window?

Yes, but don’t overcompensate and eat more than you normally would in a day. I am going back to tracking my food intake on MyFitnessPal to avoid that issue.

  • Do I still eat the same number of calories?

Yes, but since you are eating in a shorter time frame it’s easier to reduce the number of calories you are eating to be in a deficit if you want to lose weight. If you want to maintain or gain you need the same amount of calories as when you are not fasting so your meals will look big.

It doesn’t seem like this will be too big of a lifestyle change for me since I am pretty lazy about cooking anyway. I generally go for a late brunch instead of cooking both breakfast and lunch and 99% of the time that meal is egg based.  So all I have to do is cut out any random snacking outside my meal window and reduce the calories in my morning coffee!

 

 

 

Hidden Carbs and Hiding

This morning I was watching a little lizard climb up a brown dried up palm leaf.  When it was almost to the top, it lost its grip and went tumbling back down. The moment its feet were back under it, its little head flicked from side to side, as if to look and see if anyone had witnessed its fall.

I think I have been doing the same.  I am so hesitant to let anyone see that I am struggling. I just have been feeling like hiding. After my breakthrough, I always hear myself boasting at how well I am doing. I use statements like, “Yeah, I have narcolepsy but I totally have it under control.”  I realize this is awesome compared to where I used to be, always using it as my excuse. “Well, I can’t do that. I have narcolepsy. Oh I failed at that because I’m narcoleptic.”

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Đồng Xuân Night Market, Hanoi

Visiting markets is one of my favorite things to do when I travel.  Of course I also like to browse grocery stores looking for new and interesting keto friendly foods, but nothing has the same ambiance as a local market.  Hanoi didn’t disappoint! The weekend night market opens at 19:00 (7:00 PM) on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays and is frequented by both locals and tourists alike.

Cultural Experience 

The weekend night market runs all along Hang Dao Street in the Old Quarter of Hanoi and ends near the entrance of the Dong Xuan Market building.  Near the front of the building, there was a stage with performances of local music.  Both tourists and locals were gathered around the stage trying to get a good view.  Performances vary, I even heard some opera music. Continue reading “Đồng Xuân Night Market, Hanoi”

Climbing Mountains

My google photos app reminded me that I went on a wonderful adventure a year ago today.  It wasn’t what I expected at all.  I was working as an Auxiliar or teaching assisntant in Spain, and some coworkers had asked me if I was interested in doing a little hiking on Saturday.  I didn’t realize I would be climbing the highest peak in Malaga.

Reaching the peak of La Maroma (or La Tejeda) was a huge achievement for me.  When we started the morning I felt like it was no big deal. I was with a group of teachers, coworkers from the school that I didn’t know all that well considering how long I had been working there.  In the beginning we were just walking and talking and I really enjoyed the conversation and the company.

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