Mashed Cauliflower

I have to share my most favorite vegetable. Cauliflower can be made so many different ways and so delicious. I recommend Mashed Cauliflower if you choose to do a low carb lifestyle diet change. It’s yummy and so satisfying!

I can not share the exact recipe on here, because this is what I did. I went on Pinterest and searched the best way I can replace mashed potatoes. I found mashed cauliflower and I read a couple of recipes and decided to add my own way of cooking and amount of bacon and butter that I will add. Here is the recipe of some mashed cauliflower that I did look at.

Cauliflower comes cut up for you!! No, not just the broken into crowns, they are chopped like riced cauliflower. It’s great isn’t it? I recommend it, especially if you don’t have a lot time like this mommy does – I actually took these photos and made this while my son crawled around my legs wanting my attention.

First, cook your bacon. This is my most favorite part of mashed cauliflower, so I use an entire package of bacon. Plus, I save the bacon grease to flavor vegetables or my chicken – its soo yummy! Set aside bacon.

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.

In a large pot add just a bit of water and add the cauliflower (I do not microwave it) once the cauliflower gets warm, I  use a potatoe masher and mashed the riced vegetable as much as I can. Here, you have a choice, you can put your cauliflower (with butter) in a blender, or if you are like me, I like more consistency in my mashed cauliflower, just like I do with mashed potatoes. Here, add about 2 cups of cheese, 1 cup of sour cream, and 1/4 cup of butter, mix together. Then add your bacon chopped up.

Place your mashed cauliflower in a dish and place in oven for about 15 min.

Take out and there you have it – your mashed cauliflower! Delicious!

Keto

I was hesitant to talk about this. This is such a controversial way of changing the way you eat. For those who don’t know- Keto stands for Ketosis. Ketosis is a natural process the body initiates to help us survive when food intake is low. Now before you freak out, and think of starvation, hear me out. During this state, we produce Ketones, which are produced from thebreakdown of fats in the liver.

Keto is a low carb lifestyle change. Notice, I’m not saying diet anymore. This isn’t a diet for me, I’m changing the way I eat – for a lifestyle change. This is low carb, moderate protein and high in fat. All of our lives we have been taught that a high fat diet will cause weight gain and other health problems. Now with scientific studies- that has changed. You can read more about that here.

I’m not here to try to change your mind. I’m here to tell everyone about my keto journey. Again, I was hesitant to even write about it, as this is a way of eating that is so controversial. Eat fat and lose weight? I know it sounds crazy. I have been keto for about 5 days straight now, and its a journey that I have to write about. I’ve been raised on carbs, since I was young we lived on welfare and my parents did the best they can do to keep food on table. Rice from our culture and breads can go a long way. All this is understandable. Also, I’m human. Who doesn’t love pizza. Who would rather have fried chicken than baked chicken? The weekend passed and my family was over the house, it was harder than anything to keep my carbs down.

My Plan

This is my second time around with keto change. And I encourage everyone who is interested about it – to please READ about it. Get all your info and do your research. Don’t do what I did. I thought, Great, low carb diet, I can do this, veggies and meat all day long. I was wrong. I use Keto Sticks to measure when I was on ketosis to let myself know when my body was turning into a fat burning machine. And I ended up convincing myself that those sticks were bullsh*t. I purchased mine online, but you can find them at any local pharmacy. They are sticks that you urinate on and you match the color on the stick to see if you are in ketosis. The darker purple means you are and lighter means you have traces of ketosis and you’re on your way.

3 Pack - Ketostix Bayer Reagent Strips for Urinalysis, Ketone Test 100 ea
Photo by Walmart

When I first did keto, I snacked a lot and I ate a lot of vegetables. I also didn’t realize I was taking too much protein in – drinking a lot of shakes trying to keep myself full. I did not track my eating, and I did not drink enough water. I did keto for a full month and I only lost maybe 2 pounds. I gave up.

I recommend to track your food when you first start keto. I’ve only done keto for 5 days, and my stick is full purple- letting me know my body is full ketosis. Like I said before, when I only lost 2 pounds in a month, that stick never turned purple and I went crazy not knowing what was going on. Remember do your research!

 

H2O

I’m fortunate to have a work at home job. So I have no excuse to drink a lot of water since the bathroom is maybe 5 feet away. Using my fit bit tracker, I log my water intake- and let me tell you – the first day I didn’t realize how hard it was to drink water! Again, adjust your water intake to your lifestyle. If you have a job where you can’t get up and down a lot, be mindful of how much H2O you’re intaking. This may take a few days to know how much water your body can hold. My goal is drinking a gallon a day- usually during the weekdays- cause the weekends, I’m always out with the family.

Fitness

I love working out. I plan to start my workouts this Wednesday- as this will be a full week I was on keto- and I let my body adjust. You understand when you take away the source of energy that your body is use to (carbohydrates) your body will be tired, while its adjusting to the change. You will feel sluggish, maybe get a headache, etc. This is called the Keto Flu. Read more about it here. This is where your will power comes in, don’t give up! A lot of people go through the Keto Flu and realize this diet isn’t for me! Trust me, I understand, but don’t give up, every body is different and I recommend having a group or partner you can talk to when you are doing keto. You don’t have to be alone!

I’ll be lifting weights and running- alternating it each day. M/W/F – Lift, T/TH – Run. Since I work at home, I’ll be walking a lot too – have to keep moving when you are working a sedentary job.

Foods

I work a full time job, and I have a 1 year old. I have to say time isn’t my friend. I like to keep my foods very simple and make Pinterest my best friend. Make sure you are aware of all the ingredients you are putting in food. Stay away from any process foods and also any products that claim to be low carb (atkins snacks). The more natural you go, the easier and faster you will be in ketosis. If you can count net carbs along with regular carbs, I say go ahead and do so- but again, I like to keep things simple and I count all the carbs.

Using the Tdee Calculater, I counted my macros and use my fit bit app to log everything and see how many grams I’m taking in. The goal is to be under 20, and less is even better. This means monitoring your vegetables and fruit you’re taking in as well. Remember – log everything!

 

Thanks for following me on my journey. This was a lot of info, but I wanted to share. I just started my keto journey and I’m excited for results. I take weekly pictures, and weigh in weekly. Please let me know about your weight loss journey! We can do this together!