Our family has a birthday season. Starts mid October and ends with the New Year. In that time we eat four birthday cakes, celebrate Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Eve. That is a lot of celebration in 74 days. We typically celebrate with food and dessert. The bigger the birthday the more outrageous the dessert.
This year my husband and I started the ketogenic way of eating. I can honestly tell you there isn’t anything I miss that isn’t keto friendly. This is mostly true because the memory of chemo is fresh and partly true because my husband and I are adventurous cooks. I sometimes miss the ease of calling out for pizza, but cheese and olives are a pretty reasonable substitute and just as easy, and if it is pizza I am looking for, I just throw in some pepperoni and dinner is done.
It’s been 7 months. I have lost a good bit of weight and my BMI is now in the Normal range. I celebrated the heck out of that. My waist circumference is less than half my height in inches, turns out that is an important health metric and I feel better overall.
We are now in the middle of birthday season.
The first birthday, our oldest, I just skipped the cake, it was all good, no worries, not an extra special birthday. Our youngest has the second birthday. I purchased Rebel ice cream and ate that when everyone else ate fancy cakes, it was a big birthday, two whole hands! I easily skipped the Halloween candy and replaced it with ice cream and gave the kid’s candy away after a couple of days, they had eaten all of their favorites by then. Thanks to post Halloween sales, it came back.
Just for fun, I also had surgery, with IVs and pain meds, plus they gave me crackers which were not keto friendly. A fair trade for an easy uneventful surgery.
My husband had the third birthday of the season. I purchased more ice cream he made a keto chocolate cake just for me since he is skipping keto for the season. I had the last piece of his cake the day before my birthday. We bought a keto chantilly cake with berries on top from a local restaurant. Easy and yummy!
I have had a piece of cake a day for nine days straight, a couple times with a scoop of ice cream. I haven’t gained a pound, been bloated or sat around with an over-stuffed feeling. There has never been a time in my adult life where I could have a piece of cake a day without any of those things. It makes me giggle to think that maybe I had my cake and ate it, too!
Thankfully my brain/mind fog and memory issues are still heading in the right direction as well. My blood work has all been good and am only on Tamoxifen as far as prescription medicines go. I can’t ask for much more than that. So much to be thankful for during this celebration season.
Keto has really helped me get closer to being back to me. If you are interested go to dietdoctor.com and watch a few videos to see if you can benefit too.