I know it’s been a while since I’ve posted. So much have happened, especially with COVID-19 impacting our lives.
When I’ve started Only Deliciousness, I wanted to share the most delicious foods that I could find. But I was on the low carb diet and I’ve felt maybe I should be limited to keto/low carb options when it came to OD. But honestly, after being MIA for a while, I think we should go back to loving ALL sorts of food, including the keto foods. Why be limited? Not every keto food is delicious, not every regular food is delicious. But going back to talking about ALL sorts of food, and talking about how good it is will truly bring Only Deliciousness the life that it always deserved.
Very soon, I will post my favorite 2020 dishes of the year. Some are low carb, some are definitely not. But I promise you that they were delicious.
As for my journey, I am on a temporary pause from the low carb lifestyle, but I plan on being back on keto early January. I’ll be strict for a while, I’ll be daydreaming about the regular food, but I realize I tend to cheat on holidays and birthdays. I’ll be posting recipes, excerise tips and my journey through out the year next year. I want to prove that you can do both low carb and regular food, as long you restrict your calories and actually drink your water. It doesn’t matter what kind of diet you are on, drinking water is crucial and will help you lose the weight. I know that I still need to lose the weight.
I know that there is other low carb websites that are strictly low carb, and that’s cool. But I think all food/drinks should be appreciated, no matter what diet it is, as long its delicious. Those websites definitely gave me inspiration for many low carb recipes that I am forever grateful for because they actually taste good.
I plan on relaunching Only Delicousness by next week. I hope that some of you who reads this will actually stay, but if you don’t, thank you so much for reading this blog. It means the world to me that you’ve supported me throughout my journey.
I haven’t written here for a while but WOW what a summer. It definitely was different this year. We used to do all kind of day trips and eat all kinds of food while doing day tripping. This year, we did more local exploring and ate all kind of new local foods here.
I need to be honest, in order to do keto, you really need to have a plan. Because winging it on the keto diet, means you’ll end up cheating, just like I did. I can tell you right now, as long you are in weight loss mode, cheating is 100% not worth it. It really needs to be far and in between. Maybe every 2-3 months, instead of every weekend. This was a painful lesson I’ve learned this year.
I thought I could just do keto during the week, and cheat on weekends so that this lifestyle would be more sustainable. NOPE. Just NOPE. You literally are bouncing the same 5 pounds. It doesn’t matter if you had 0 carbs per day or up to 30 carbs per day, if you have a carb-filled weekend all your efforts go to waste. My results were….. I did not gain or lose since being a whole lot lenient on keto. You truly need to be a little more strict in order to see results.
I strongly suggest waiting until your fat adapted and extremely disciplined to get right back to keto if you are going to cheat. It’s a vicious cycle because that’s what carbs do to you. It keeps you trapped, feeling like you are getting nowhere in your journey.
I am writing this post to finally hold myself accountable. I’ve had all the foods. All the drinks. Now fall is NEARLY here, its time to meal prep, excerise more (besides just walking). Why am I starting again in September? 2020 is already a crappy year, so I may as well go out this year with a BANG. Besides I want to fit in this new years eve dress (yes I’m thinking that far ahead) and feel great.
So, don’t become me. Let’s hold each other accountable. Let this be a reminder that we truly need to take care of ourselves, physically and mentally. 2020 has been a trying year for that, but since we’re nearly down the last 3-4 months, lets go out with a bang because 2021 will be amazing, and I want to be healthy for that!
As you know, I’ve been doing low carb since August of last year. I normally don’t talk about my updates because for me I felt like it’s been really slow. I’m someone who has PCOS (which may contribute why its slow going).
A while back, I said I was going to try carnivore 3 days maybe 4 days a week. As of today, I still don’t see any difference on the scale. I get so hungry after I have a day of carbs, and that could be why I overeat the first 2 days of the week when I am attempting carnivore. I’m definitely guilty not drinking enough water as well. It is true, that we need to drink HALF our weight daily.
However, the inches have been coming off. I haven’t had any real luck with the numbers on the scale ( I use THIS ONE by the way), you can see that I am getting smaller. I walk my dog daily. I konw I was supposed to do more forms of exercise, but I haven’t had found the time to actually do the ones I want to do. It’s been beautiful outside day in and day out, so taking hour long walks with my dog I felt was enough. Maybe it is, because I seem to be more muscular.
Having cheat days (where you have whatever you want) is not worth it in my opinion. You just lose the same water weight all week, then if you have another cheat day a week after, that same water weight. It’s been hard for me because I’m surrounded by family who refuses to give up their carbs. I never want to offend them by bringing my own stuff but I also don’t want to offend them.
What worked for me last year is being under 30 carbs a day. I have been extremely lax when cooking food for my fiance, but I need to get back to being strict. Some people who does keto can cheat and go back to losing actual pounds. Not me. Someone like me, especially with PCOS, have to stay strict. I believe it’s the same for most PCOS women.
On the plus side, this year my period has been getting regular on its own. I went off the pill in July 2019. So, as a health benefit, this is been worth it as I do want children in the future.
For now, I am probably going back to meat and veggies, and back to tracking. When I was tracking, I was losing. I will provide another update on my birthday to let you guys know the progress. Subscribe if you don’t want to miss the next update!
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It’s been a while since I’ve posted so I’ve been experimenting with lots of new flavors, of course keto style. I know they say, don’t attempt complicated flavors or it will taste nasty. But I promise, it’s worth the risk. I am still primarily a meat and veggies girl, but sometimes you need that extra kick. So I wanna share some food photos that inspired me to make that particular dish.
Lets start from the Top Left:
Blueberry keto scones. They are technically part of British delicacy. I felt like this because my MIL was force feeding me a real blueberry scone (that has 46 carbs per scone btw) so I took on the challenge to make keto friendly one. Luckily I’ve found this recipe HERE . I’ve literally made 2 batches in the last week. It’s THAT good and will help with your sweet cravings! I may use the dough base to make some keto chocolate chip cookies.
Burnt Ends with cauliflower rice. Yes we stayed in the USA for this (this is texas barbecue) but one weekend I was REALLY craving bbq. I’m still waiting on my smoker, so I cooked it low and slow at 250 in my oven for about 3.5 hours. Then I chopped it up, put sugar free barbecue sauce on it, and put it back in at 350 degrees for 30 mins. It was so good, especially over cauliflower rice.
Carne Asada with mexican cauliflower rice. My Italian fiance had never had something like this before, and I knew it was a popular Mexican dish. I love all things Mexican. I had this on a low carb tortilla (mission carb balance) with the most amazing Mexican cauliflower rice along with keto margaritas. So good and so worth it, in case you ever want to change up taco Tuesdays. Rice recipe HERE.
Chicken Parmesan with zoodles. Yep we are transported to Italy now, and this definitely made my Italian fiance super happy. For the breading I used pork rinds, Italian seasoning, and egg. I also used Rao’s Pasta Sauce to keep this super low carb. The chicken was super juicy and crispy (how it should be) without being soggy. Zoodles is perfect for any tomato based sauce.
Keto Pizza! Sticking with Italy one more time, I was craving pizza just a couple weeks ago. So I was on the hunt for the best pizza dough recipe and I’ve found it HERE . It was so good! It was gone in less than 15 minutes! Next time I might make 1 pizza per person (yes I know carby, but I allow myself up to 50 a day, and a whole pizza *dough, sauce & toppings* might be 20 ish carbs if you are HUNGRY.) We had this with salad, and let me tell you, with the three pieces I’ve had, I was full and did not eat until the next day. It’s filling and delicious!
Jagerschniztel on top of cauliflower rice. The only German place in my town has closed down forever (they sold their place) so I wanted to treat my fiance with some German food. I used pork rinds for the fast fry pork chops, keto cream of mushroom soup, beef broth, red wine, onions, more mushrooms and a little xantham gum for the sauce. I even fried up some bacon to give it more flavor as topping. I served this with cauliflower rice and a lemon. Apparently this is on the top 10 I need to make often according to people.
Korean short ribs with korean salad. I’ve just made this on Tuesday. I’ve been craving actual asian food for a long time. I went shopping last weekend and got all the asian flavors we needed, plus ordered my swerve brown sugar so I could keep this as low carb as possible. I did use soy sauce, but feel free to use coconut aminos. It was one of the best asian dishes I’ve had in a long time, I may never get takeout again. My salad is relevantly low carb, it does have an apple in it, but feel free to omit. Salad recipe HERE
Beef Stroganoff over cauliflower rice. I’m actually nearly 50% eastern eurpoean so I definitely wanted to do a russian dish. I did the slow cooker version because I figure low and slow was a good idea plus it was 95 degrees the day I made this. YES, why the heck would I make a comforting winter dish during a heat wave? I had the ingredients already so I went ahead and made this. I added xantham gum instead of flour to thicken up the sauce. I also used cauliflower rice. It was delicious, even on a HOT DAY!.
Grilled Tandoori Chicken with indian rice. I love Indian food. I used to get this chili chicken curry from my favorite Indian place. But with this pandemic, as usual, got creative again and decided we are having tandoori chicken. I didn’t want to cook in the house. I did use a store bought sauce (it is carby but there’s many recipes for less carbs) which made my chicken pieces around 3.5 net carbs each. I paired it with this Indian rice that I make every time we have Indian food and let me tell you its the bomb! I add garam masala to give it more flavor. We like to have Indian dishes with a glass of champagne. Rice Recipe HERE
As you can see, I’ve been busy experimenting during the pandemic. It’s better than trying to get takeout all the time. (We do support our local restaurants and you should too!). It keeps me sane when I try new things in the kitchen. There’s nothing like having a drink, a recipe pulled up, music on and the experiment begins.
I got most of these ideas from Pinterest and just craving them. But if you ever feel lazy, can’t think of anything, get one of my meal plans. I am coming out with a full 7 day one soon. For now, get the 3 day one, very simple, HERE.
Stay tuned for my updates on my journey and a whole bbq post. (yes I’m that kind of person who loves to be at the grill.)
I’ve actually been in a stall for a LONG time just being keto, sometimes low carb. After heavily researching, I’ve decided I am going to modify my diet. I’ve decided for the time being, I am going carnivore at least 3 (maybe 4) days a week. I was going to do full on, but I don’t want to accidentally stray off plan (as I have done with keto at times).
I will be posting on social media what I ate every single day and tracking my progress. I’m hoping at the end of this modifed diet, I see the results I am looking for. Then I will most likely get back on keto as I FEEL BETTER than I ever have in years.
I am also going to be adding more exercise so I don’t get the severe dreaded loose skin. It’s still my fear that I will be saggy everywhere and I’m not even 30 yet. I already walk my dog daily but I’m thinking of getting a pair of dumbbells (if they’re still available in stores, they’ve been selling like hotcakes lately) and do more strength training. I will too post progress on that.
If you want to follow a similar plan that I am going to be following, you can do so. Here it is:
Sunday- keto-low carb, rest day
Monday- Carnivore, walk & strength training
Tuesday- keto-low carb, walk
Wednesday- Carnivore, walk, strength training & weights
Thursday- Carnivore, walk, strength training & weights
Friday- keto-low carb, walk
Saturday- keto-low carb, walk
I may change it up, but if you want to try carnivore you can try it slowly before going full on. I just choose not to do it full on at this time.
Please wish me luck, and hope that this actually break this stall and gives me the whoosh I’ve been waiting for since…. pre corona.
Have a great night y’all and don’t forget to follow me on social media so you can see how I actually fare out. If not, I will be posting on here as much as possible.
When you think of keto, you think of HIGH FAT. High fat scares a lot of people, but it doesn’t for traditional keto people who slurps butter & bacon grease by the gallon. When you say you do high protein, you get all the keto police saying “too much protein=too much sugar.” There are many evidences saying its not really the case because while it does produce some form of sugar, it won’t make you FAT. Look at it this way, humans used to be carnivore before we even knew about fresh vegetables. They survived and evolved since then.
I had my gall bladder out in June 2009. When I was reading about keto, I was actually genuinely worried maybe it wouldn’t work for me. I even watched the magic pill on Netflix, which is a good show by the way. I started joining facebook keto groups, and I saw people were actually doing keto THEIR WAY. There’s lazy & dirty keto, clean keto, and the high protein keto. I already love to eat meat as it is, so I joined all of them plus the high protein keto one. I’ve lurked for months, and when it was time to get my macros done, I started on July 29th, 2019.
I basically keep my meals simple. A lot of meat with some veggies (we need SOME carbs) and a little bit of fat. I did not feel the same distress as I did when I was eating carbs with my gall bladder being gone. I went to the bathroom less (which was good for me). I felt FULL and did not feel the need to snack. That was because of the amount of meat I was eating at meal times (which was only twice a day). I lost nearly 30 POUNDS the first month (Technically month of August as I’ve started July 29).
I also lost over 30 inches over my entire body since starting. I have not measured everywhere recently. I seem to be losing more inches then weight, but I know its building me muscles. When I see results, it makes it worth it doing high protein. I occassionally have some bacon, or higher fat, but its not often. I treat higher fat as an actual treat. Some people need their sweet fix. I just want my meat because its the most delcious thing on my plate. (Veggies can be boring if you don’t dress it up often).
I feel I have a lot more energy, I am sleeping better and a hell of a less bloating in my stomach. I think its true with the traditional keto but with me and my missing gb issues, it’s a blessing. No more runs to the bathroom. No more telling my fiance I need to be near a bathroom within 10 mile radius if we go anywhere out of town.
These are my reasons why I do high protein keto. What are your reasons? If it’s not high protein, why do you do keto?
My name is Angel, the girl behind Only Deliciousness.
I’m one of those women who does in fact have PCOS and told by doctors I was about to develop MANY issues due to my weight. I blamed PCOS for years for my weight, and tried to use it as an excuse. But when I heard about my last blood test, enough was enough. You can read a little more on that story here.
I first heard of keto early 2019, when it was all the rage. I started researching it. I was like, “You can lose weight without STARVING yourself?” That’s amazing! But a couple of things that held me back was…money and high fat. So, the starting keto then was not an option. But as I joined more Facebook groups (I seriously recommend this for support, especially if you live in a non keto household like me!) I saw you can do keto differently. You could do keto on a budget. That’s when I really said to myself, “That’s it, I am starting on July 29th.” I wanted to get celebrate my birthday, my fiance’s birthday which was late July without worrying about “cheating”.
So fast forward 6.5 months later, I realize I am more successful on a protein prioritized keto vs traditional keto. “UM…. WHAT? YOU DON’T NEED TO EAT ALL THAT FAT?” In my opinion, if you’re FAT to begin with, why the hell would you eat even more FAT? Besides too much fat makes me legit sick. I also just never had a sweet tooth so I’m one of those lucky keto’ers that’s not spending a fortune on all those keto baking ingredients just to satisfy their sugar craving. Thank goodness I’m a very savoury girl. It worked out better for my wallet anyways. I swear when I do crave anything sweet, it’s usually those no sugar energy drinks that I like once in a RARE blue moon.
WHY THIS BLOG?
I created this blog because I just love making food, taking pictures, and telling everyone how good it was. I created a instagram account, and started posting my pictures and that gave me the confidence to keep looking for the best recipes that tastes…well, only deliciousness. Most of what I made is not made by me unfortunately, but since starting keto, I do have a few original recipes I’m ready to share. I’m literally meat and veggies most of the time. I don’t do keto the normal way, you don’t have to either. All I can do is be myself, give you my experiences, show some of my life, my photos, videos and hopefully you’ll be inspired by my ramblings.
I am not a doctor nor do I have actual medical qualifications. Please take everything I say with a grain of salt and consult your actual doctor, not me or google. You should always consult your doctor before starting any major lifestyle change, INCLUDING KETO!