Is It Time For Another Cleanse?

It’s been a little while since my last post, but that’s because I have been happily, and slightly manically, cooking in the kitchen for y’all! Since completing the Beef and Butter cleanse, I have settled into a happy routine of losing around 4 pounds each week, simply by eliminating nuts, dairy, sweeteners and alcohol Monday through Friday! I usually gain a pound back over the weekend when I go back to regular keto (under 22 net carbs for me), but 3 pounds down each week after such a long stall has completely reset my motivation. I’m feeling more energetic, still get to eat my favorite keto treats on the weekend and have even gotten used to black coffee 5 days a week, which if you know me at all, is miraculous on its own.

Chip sales have really taken off, especially since introducing the new flavors, which got me thinking – if each full bag of chips is 10.4 net carbs (4 servings of 2.6 each), and I made a few super low-carb dips, what would happen if I did a chips-and-dips cleanse Monday-Friday? I could eat one entire bag each day, and paired with the right dips still stay well under the 22 net carbs I aim for. I could still stay away from sweetener, alcohol and nuts but would obviously have to add dairy back for the dips. Wouldn’t it be fabulous if I could lose 3 more pounds next week living off of those amazing chips???

So, over the next couple of weeks I’m going to come up with a few delicious dip options and post them here, just in case you’re wanting to try the Chips and Dips “cleanse” with me. Then, I just have to make sure I save enough chips for myself to do it….

Beef & Butter Results Are In!

I was so motivated by results on the Soup Cleanse two weeks ago, that after a weekend off (doing regular keto) I decided to try another 5-day cleanse, Beef and Butter.

For 5 days, I once again grudgingly gave up sweeteners, nuts, dairy and alcohol (I had one drink Wednesday night with my hubby), though it was definitely easier than the first time around. For the rest of the week I survived on eggs, bacon, avocado, mushrooms, bulletproof coffee, seafood, meat, and lots of butter.

A typical breakfast would be bulletproof coffee, a couple of eggs, bacon and an avocado. Then, lunch would be sauteed mushrooms and ground beef with 3 tablespoons of butter melted over it, put into lettuce scoops and topped with a little mayo. Sometimes I’d change it up and do chicken or egg salad instead, because the beef was awesome but very rich and filling. For dinner, I’d eat whatever meat I was cooking up for everyone else – steak, shrimp, chicken wings, salmon, pork chops, and add a very low carb side – asparagus, avocado-cucumber salad, mushrooms, or spinach.

To me, this diet was still pretty restrictive but less boring, and therefore less difficult to stick to. On Saturday morning, I was down an additional 3 pounds, making my two 5-day cleanse weight loss total 7 pounds in 2 weeks! This is an especially exciting result for me since I was down to losing 1-2 pounds a month for March – June.

I went back to regular keto this past weekend, and after adding dairy, sweetener and a couple of drinks Saturday night had put 1 pound back on by this morning. Boo.

So, this week I’m back on another 5-day cleanse that’s kind of a combo of the last two – no nuts, dairy, sweetener or booze, with less repetition than the soup cleanse and adding more veggies than the beef cleanse. I’m really hoping to keep momentum going and to lose 2-3 more pounds by Saturday. I’ll keep you posted!

How I (finally) broke through my keto weight loss stall…

Keto Soup Cleanse Results Are In!

As a former carb addict, keto was at first very strange, and also a raging success as far as weight loss went. Following a 22 net carb daily limit, I dropped the first 60 pounds fairly quickly, and then settled into a comfortable but not very exciting 1-2 pounds per week.

Then, COVID-19 happened. And my weight loss stopped – for 3 months. I did not cheat with carbohydrates even once, but my stress levels, insomnia levels, and let’s face it, 0-carb drinking levels, had all skyrocketed, taking my keto success with them.

After a few months of complaining, fretting, and moving the scale to different parts of my bathroom “just in case the floor was uneven and skewing my numbers,” I started reading up on keto weight loss stalls and was horrified to realize that some of my go-to favorites – cheese, almonds, Swerve, and vodka – despite being very low carb, were probably at the root of my plateau.

Enter the keto soup cleanse. I read all about the ever popular IBIH 5-Day Keto Soup Cleanse, with people bragging that they were losing 5-10 pounds in 5 days. Having not lost anything for such a long stretch, I was desperate – I mean, 5 days isn’t that long to do anything, right? Basically, you eat two 2-cup servings of the soup each day, with a 3rd meal of eggs, avocado and bacon, and snacks that consist of lettuce scoops filled with tuna, egg or chicken salad. No sweeteners of any kind, no booze, no nuts, no dairy – eek. But like I said, I was desperate.

First, I tweaked the soup recipe (without altering the carbs) so I could stand eating it all week. Then I loaded up on some cleanse-approved snack foods, had my husband hide the Swerve so I couldn’t be tempted, and dove in headfirst to the world of black coffee and chicken. Chicken. And more chicken. And no vodka to take the edge off.

I’ll spare you the suspense – I did the whole thing without cheating once. And oh my goodness it sucked hard the first 2 days. Apparently my cheese-eating and vodka-sipping habits had crept up on me and kicked me out of ketosis, because by day 2 the keto flu descended with a vengeance. But by day 4 I was feeling so good, better than I had in a long time, that I was actually nervous to stop doing the cleanse. And the soup was delicious enough that even though I was sick of it by Friday, my son and husband were requesting it with their dinner (and breakfast).

Saturday, when I stepped on the scale and had lost 4.6 pounds, I was elated, and motivated. Motivated enough to research another cleanse for the following M-F, which I am currently doing right now and will write about after I see what my results are tomorrow.

Overall, this keto cleanse diet was easy enough to follow for 5 days, though it definitely got boring by day 3. You can find the detailed guidelines to the soup cleanse by visiting the IBIH website, and you can order a five day supply of my tweaked version of the detox soup by texting or emailing me!