Day 6

Well, I weighed myself this morning. 201.2! I was 207 on Day 1 (A-Day). I’ve been experimenting with when to eat my salad. I’ve found I feel much better when eating them in the morning (just one) with whatever leftover meat from dinner. Lately, they have been steak salads but man! Now I know what cuts not to buy! See, I chose the first batch of steaks. I don’t remember what they were but, cooking them like we normally do, even medium rare, they were like shoe leather. The ones hubby chose yesterday? Like butter! OMG, they were just so good! Rib Eyes are the way to go!

I haven’t decided whether I will continue with this drastic cut in carbohydrates for another week or start introducing my 5 grams of carbs per day. I have tomatoes still producing, just froze 2 pounds of bell peppers, and can almost taste mushrooms. We’ll see how it goes.

Last night I had the funniest dream. I dreamt I was eating a big plate of spaghetti. After two or three bites, I got mad at myself. I told myself, “You could have cooked up a hamburger patty and served the sauce over that!” That was all in my dream! LOL! The only time I have had a rough time this week was when we walked into the grocery store and they had just pulled out some French bread out of the oven. Good Lord, fresh bread smells good! 🙂

I received my copy of “Dr. Atkins’ Diet Cookbook” yesterday, so I’m tearing through it. I will be posting level 1 recipes but I think I’ll also be adding some recipes that include the higher carbohydrate veggies, since some of the recipes just look so good! Time to re-adjust my categories! 🙂

Atkins Deviled Curry Eggs

From Dr. Atkins Diet Revolution, published 1972

Serves 6

  • 6 hard-boiled eggs
  • 2 Tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1/2 teaspoon chopped chives
  • 1/8 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

Cut eggs in half lengthwise and remove yolks, placing the yolks in a small bowl.

Add the mayonnaise, chives, curry powder, salt, and pepper to the yolks.  Mash with a fork until well blended.

Fill egg whites with yolk mixture.

Total Grams Carbohydrates: 3.1

Grams per serving: .5

Atkins Salad Supreme Seasoning Substitute

Here’s another one that stumped me. I had never heard of it until reading it in the recipe section of the 1972 version of Dr. Atkins Diet Revolution. So, I found a copycat recipe:

http://www.food.com/recipe/salad-supreme-seasoning-24917

Ingredients

  •  1 1/2 teaspoons sesame seeds
  •  1 teaspoon paprika
  •  3/4 teaspoon salt
  •  1/2 teaspoon poppy seeds
  •  1/2 teaspoon celery seeds
  •  1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  •  1/4 teaspoon coarse ground black pepper
  •  1 dash cayenne pepper
  •  2 tablespoons Romano cheese (optional)

Directions
Combine all ingredients and mix well.
Store in a sealable container in the fridge.

Atkins Krazy Salt Substitute

Yesterday I was on a mission.  After going to 6 different thrift stores, I found the 1972 edition of Dr. Atkins Diet Revolution (actually a reprint from 1990 but NOT updated).  I have been so curious exactly what the differences are between the original way of eating to what is being taught now.  So far, the difference is night and day.  I will probably do a post comparing and contrasting the two after I finish reading the 1972 version.

Well, I was flipping through the recipes in the back of the book and one ingredient smacked me in the head: Krazy Mixed-Up Salt.  I have never heard of this and looking online, I still really don’t know what it is.  From what I can gather, it’s basically Seasoned Salt with more seasonings.  Since I have never heard of Krazy Salt before I can’t judge whether this is a good substitute but it sounds awfully good to me!

http://www.food.com/recipe/Crazy-Salt-191455

Ingredients

  •  1/4 cup sea salt
  •  1 teaspoon dried dill weed
  •  1 teaspoon black pepper
  •  1 teaspoon onion powder
  •  1 teaspoon garlic powder
  •  1/4 teaspoon curry powder
  •  1/4 teaspoon chili powder
  •  1/4 teaspoon sweet paprika or 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika or 1/4 teaspoon hot paprika
  •  1/4 teaspoon sage
  •  1/4 teaspoon oregano
  •  1/4 teaspoon marjoram
  •  1/4 teaspoon parsley
  •  2 teaspoons lemon zest or 2 teaspoons orange zest or 2 teaspoons lime zest

Directions:
Blend all ingredients in your food blender or coffee grinder. Blend until it is a fine powder.

Thursday, Day 4

Last night’s dinner was fantastic, thanks to my wonderful husband.  He saw how distraught I was about the carne asada’s effect on my ketosis.  So, we had fried chicken!  All you do is heat a deep fat fryer, drop the chicken pieces in the hot oil (no breading or spices), fry until the pieces float, remove from oil and season with salt and pepper.  It’s quick, easy, and oh, so tasty!  The skin gets so crispy while the meat remains juicy.  This is a wonderful way to quickly cook boneless, skinless chicken breasts also (I don’t care for white meat but cooked this way, I can eat it all day).

Monday, I weighed 206.4.  Tuesday, I weighed 207 even.  Wednesday, I was still 207.  First this morning, I hopped on the scale. 204.8!   I also tested my ketosis level and I’m now in moderate ketosis!  I am so excited!

My plans for today are uploading some recipes and working out what my meals will be today. Hopefully my copy of Dr. Atkins Diet Cookbook (published in 1975) will arrive today. Yesterday was a bust when it came to taking my vitamins, so that will be remedied today.

O.k.  Off to eat breakfast, water the plants, and plan my meals for the day!

Monday, A-Day

Monday, September 12, 2011 was day one of my new/old Atkins journey.  It wasn’t too bad, except for a headache and not being as prepared food-wise as I had hoped.  So, what fantastic meals did I have, you ask? Well, I dined on the finest hamburger patties for breakfast (with cheese), the same thing for lunch, and the same thing for dinner! Isn’t that just about the most exciting menu you have seen? Here I sit, with about 40 different recipes (that are all level one Atkins-friendly) and that’s all I can manage to eat.

Tuesday went a little better. I had bacon and eggs for breakfast, a ham and Swiss cheese “roll-up” for lunch, then a chicken taco salad for dinner. That was good! I crumbled a few Hot and Spicy Baken-ets pork rinds over the top and it was great! What made this a taco salad was chicken meat spiced with taco seasoning. It was a good, well-rounded Atkins day.

That brings me to today (Wednesday). I thought I was doing awesome! I finally saw some movement on the KetoStix! So, for breakfast I had some more bacon and eggs. Then my mom and I went out to lunch. I thought I did wonderful! I didn’t even touch the chips, salsa, guacamole, nor flour tortillas! I ordered chili verde a la carte (no beans nor rice). After being home for two hours, I check my ketone levels. They dropped! I can’t believe the tomatillo sauce would pull me out if ketosis but it sure did! Thankfully, my levels are the same as they were this morning!  Next time, I’ll just have a wonderful breakfast. I can control that better!

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