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Week 51, Happy Christmas!

Monday, December 23, 2019

I wanted to write a quick blog to say, Merry Christmas/Happy Hanukkah/Happy Holidays!
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I thought I'd be back sooner to post updates, but as often happens, life gets busy and the weeks fly by. I know everyone is busy this time of year, so I'll attempt to be concise.
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1. My weight is down to 189 pounds. I started January 2019 at 210 pounds, so I'm quite pleased with this 21-pound loss. I was excited to get to onederland, and actually surprised to get under 190 this month. I'm a "turtle" when it comes to weight loss, but the ketogenic diet combined with intermittent fasting has been a wonderful diet plan for me. The foods are delicious and satisfying, and I don't feel deprived in any way. I feel in control of my food choices, instead of past diets I tried where I was hungry all the time and fighting cravings constantly. I can follow the diet without writing things down, or weighing and measuring food (and doing all that math), so it is much more convenient and sustainable. It was a lot to learn at first, but it gets much easier over time, and now seems like second nature.
2. My last A1C was 5.5, which is fantastic! I started the year taking 2,000 mg of metformin, and now take only 500 mg. I've taken control over my diabetes, and that is a great feeling!
3. I've eliminated sugar from my diet. I found sugar substitutes that I like, and I feel are safe to consume. My two favorites are erythritol and monk fruit. Neither raises my blood sugar and come from natural sources.
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4. I've spent much of the past year learning how to cook and bake with new ingredients. Instead of white or wheat flour, I now use almond flour, coconut flour, or hazelnut flour. I've learned how to use various thickening agents, such as psyllium husks or xanthan gum, to get the right texture in baked goods. Many recipes took some trial and error, but I'm satisfied now with my keto replacement recipes for pizza dough, bread, bagels, muffins, cake, cookies, etc. My friend and I just had a "keto Christmas cookie bake" day where we made seven different types of keto cookies, and they turned out so good! I spend more time cooking from scratch, but it's worth it to keep blood sugars under control and still enjoy my favorite foods. I've enjoyed the challenge of working with new ingredients and experimenting with new recipes. I've always enjoyed cooking and baking, and it's like I've discovered a whole new set of crayons to color with to up my skills to another level.
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That's all for now. I hope everyone is doing well and has a wonderful holiday season! Peace on Earth.
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