As some of you know, my life has recently turned upside down. I have moved back to the USA, and I’m retired (whatever that means). I’ve been staying with one of my Sisters, and Brothers in Law, in Florida. I am so grateful for all they have done to smooth my transition.
Someday, I’ll talk to you about how the decision to leave Scotland came about, and how hard it has been to say goodbye to all the people I love over there. But it’s not that time just yet.
One of the big things that has been both awesome, and troubling, has been the shocking changes in my eating habits, and to my taste buds, since my arrival back here.
First, I think the USA is the best place in the world to eat out. At least as far as flavor and quantity are concerned. My taste buds have been in heaven. I’ve eaten a lot of things since I’ve been back that I haven’t had in years. And I love it.
But there are a lot of things that have not been strictly, or even closely, Keto, in my diet since I’ve been back. I’m not complaining, I’m just being honest. I need to be honest with you, my faithful readers. But the only thing that has been a real problem, has been, bread.
Americans eat a lot of bread. It’s in nearly every meal. It comes as a kind of starter in many restaurants. And Mexican places, give you tortilla chips and salsa. Since it looks bad to eat the salsa with a spoon, I have eaten the chips.
Every single place I’ve eaten has been bread crazy. It’s kind of like potatoes are in Scotland. Everything has chips. Everything here has bread. I’ve eaten probably much more than I should.
I have avoided potatoes and sugar. I have had sweet potatoes once or twice a week, but first, I love them, and second, they are perfectly allowed on South Beach, which is what I’ve been doing more than strict Keto since I’ve been here.
Fortunately, my sister and her husband eat well. They have plenty of veggies, and those are organic. They eat grass fed, and free range meat and poultry. That really helps a lot.
But we’ve found my weakness. It’s a big one. And it’s about the sugar I just told you I’ve avoided. My favorite food in all the world, is BBQ. I loved smoked meat. I could eat it every day for a long long time. And I love the sauces. Sadly, most Memphis, and Kansas City sauces, which are my favorites, are loaded with sugar. In Scotland, I made my own, based on a Memphis style recipe, but it was made with erythritol so it was Keto friendly. But being honest, it doesn’t taste nearly as good as stuff made with sugar. Again, the problem is, I eat the sauce as a main dish. I heap it on. I love it. That’s not good. And I’ve had BBQ a few times. And I’m NOT sorry!
I guess my point in this post, is really confession. I’m eating well. But I have not been strictly Keto. I have been South Beach, Phase 2. And I’m ok with that. I’m still watching my Carbs, but I will be on the road, starting Thursday, for at least two months, and South Beach will be easier than Keto to focus on living a kind of camping lifestyle.
I haven’t gained weight the last month. That’s good. I’ve had some amazing food when we’ve eaten out. And I could eat chick fil A every single day. Yikes. I could. Their Spicy Chicken Sandwich hits all my taste bud buttons. And there is nothing Keto, or South Beach about that delicious nugget. But it sure does make me smile.
My cooler for the car on the road will have eggs for when I stop to cook breakfast or supper. It will also have some sliced chicken or ham, and peanut butter, with some Ezekiel bread, for eating quick lunches while driving. I’ve found Ezekiel sprouted grain bread to be the best thing for the road. It’s fairly South Beach appropriate, plus, it doesn’t taste that great, so I’m not tempted to over eat. Weird logic, but true.
I have pork rinds without MSG to eat as snacks. I have plenty of water, unsweetened iced tea, and coffee to keep my thirst quenched. When I do stop for fast food, once or twice a week, I’ll not have the bread. You can hold me accoutable. Just write and ask. I’ll tell you the truth.
One other change that’s pretty important. I’ve joined a gym. It’s a national chain, so I can work out in every town I plan to visit. I will work out at least three days a week to burn calories and stay limber. I’m way too old to worry about getting buff. I have a proud grandad body, and I don’t want to mess that up!
Are there things in your lifestyle that force compromises in your eating plan? Do you make adjustments, or just say, to heck with this diet? Use the comments section and let me know.