One Year, Keto and 30 Pounds

I have taken a year off from Friendly Food accidentally and I have missed my friends here! I realize my last post was a week shy of a year ago and I cannot believe how much had changed!

In July 2018, I switched to a keto diet, focusing on high fat meats and greens mostly (and cheese of course…I cannot live without cheese) With hours and hours of research under my belt, I was able to come up with super simple meal plans every week and eat like a Queen without even missing grains and sugars. My husband never even complained!

I have seen a lot of people switch to keto for weight loss and I have to say, it really does work. I lost 30 pounds in my first 3-4 months and I was pleasantly surprised. I didn’t switch to keto to lose weight but for stabilizing my anxiety and focus (which keto absolutely helped me) but the weight loss was a great side effect.

I have slowly started adding in high fibre carbs back into my diet like sweet potatoes and black beans in moderation, but I am not sure yet if they are giving me desired results and may cut them out again. Figuring out the best diet for you is a process and everyone is totally different.

To me, simplicity is key. Keto is a popular (fad) diet and of course corporate will take advantage of that. You can eat a successful diet without all those hyped up ingredients, so remember that you don’t have to buy expensive products to see results, no matter what you read.

So long story short, I am back to my recipes on Friendly Food now that Spring is finally here! If any of my friends and followers are eating keto and have good recipes, please share!

Trials and Tribulations of a Foodie

Being a Foodie isn’t always dinner parties and cooking shows! It not only changes your life, it changes your friends and families lives too. They are constantly having to listen to you blab on about new recipes or the new, exciting fruit that is now available at the farmers market! Little do they know the daily dilemmas this lifestyle has created for you!

Here are 5 Trials and Tribulations of a Foodie that my friends will understand:

  1. Going to restaurants becomes an opportunity to take new and exciting pictures of food! Whether you are a blogger or not, taking great food pictures is an addiction for a foodie. When you go to a restaurant with an amazing table setting, perfectly plated food and interesting lighting, the first words out of your mouth when the food arrives is “Don’t touch anything…..I have to snap a picture!” delicious-1853300_1920

  2. After taking four hundred pictures of your food (and your friends food) at a restaurant, your immediate reaction after digging in is “I can make this better!” Whether it is a dessert, BBQ meat or the seasoning on veggies, you will always compare it to your own recipes. And if by chance you think theirs is better, although you would NEVER admit to it, you are secretly trying to figure out their recipe and anxiously awaitin going home to try it out the minute you walk in the door. You’ll be damned if some restaurant out there is making better waffles than you! breakfast-690128_1920


  3. Being a Foodie means constantly trying out new recipes. This means shopping for ingredients ALL THE TIME! Great recipes usually begin with great ingredients, and by great, I mean hard to find ingredients that will put you on a scavenger hunt around town. There is always that recipe that calls for Fig Leaves. “Where the hell do you find Fig Leaves?! So begins the great ingredient hunt! 

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  4. Foodies love food, and anyone that loves food that much will always be just a little fat! There really is no way around it. You can try and be healthy all day long, but if a friend comes over with a lemon meringue cheescake for you to try, you will probably eat the whole thing! There is nothing to be ashamed of! We Foodies enjoy life through food, whether it is growing it, creating it, cooking it or eating it! Just go with the flow and feast on my Foodie friends! macaron-2462247_1920


  5. Foodies put their heart and souls into creating new recipes, and when one fails, it hurts man…..I mean really hurts. It is a feeling of failure that a lot of Non Foodies would not understand. Imagine creating a invention that so many people will benefit from and enjoy, and when you go to produce it for those people, it isn’t great at all and those people snub you and your invention. Recipe Blues is a real thing!pexels-photo-299863


What are your trials and tribulations as a foodie? Sometimes it helps to come together and share frustrations, stories and lifestyle dilemmas!