For the past few weeks, Tim and I have been doing a lot of traveling and visiting family. You may be asking “So how did that go traveling and visiting relatives being on the Ketogenic Diet?”

Well, for the most part, we both decided to NOT “throw caution to the wind” and “go off the wagon” of keto. We both made our own separate choices of what we would allow ourselves to eat. I ate more strictly keto and Tim ventured off the beaten path a bit, but not very far. He indulged a little – I chose not to. Overall, for both of us, this is a “lifestyle” – not a so-called “diet”. I certainly did not want to “carb-up” my eating – which could have started me back down the road of cravings, increased insulin levels, and other disastrous health-related issues. And for what? As the saying goes “a moments pleasure on the lips, a lifetime on the hips” and beyond. NO Way – it is not worth it.

Trip to Denver

Our first trip was over the Thanksgiving weekend to Denver, where we visited our son, daughter-in-law and precious granddaughters. Before we left I had made Stupid Easy Bagels, cheese chips and other foods, both of us could eat, that would help us stay in the “sweet zone of ketosis” to keep the fat burning going. We actually traveled Thanksgiving day. When we arrived that evening, there was a wonderful non-traditional Thanksgiving meal awaiting us. BBQ ribs (some without the sauce), spinach salad, twice baked potatoes, and bacon wrapped green bean bundles. I personally indulged in the BBQ ribs, which I thoroughly enjoyed and also the bacon wrapped green bean bundles.

Over the course of the entire weekend, I stayed as “keto” as I could.

On Sunday our youngest granddaughter was baptized and there was a celebration after church. Our son and daughter-in-law made two wonderful “keto friendly” soups as part of the celebration meal, which I thoroughly enjoyed.  We greatly appreciated their thoughtfulness.

To my delight when I weighed in on the scale the following Tuesday morning I had lost weight.

The trip to Columbus, Ohio, Sterling Heights and Owosso, Michigan

This past Sunday, we arrived home from traveling back east, for a full week of visiting family. We first visited our daughter, son-in-law, and our adorable grandson in Columbus, Ohio.

Some of Keto meals we ate while visiting in Columbus

Our daughter and son-in-law were very accommodating to us and they went above and beyond making sure that the refrigerator was stocked with things we could eat.  Prior to our visit we had told our daughter that we like to keep our meals simple.  When we arrived in Columbus, after a long day of travel, she had a simple meal prepared for us – which we greatly appreciated.

One evening we had taco salads, which we eat often when we are home.

One evening we went out for Pizza – YUM! So how did we go out to a pizzeria and stay within the boundaries of Ketodom? At the suggestion of our daughter and son-in-law, we all went to a very keto friendly pizzeria called “Rapid Fired Pizza”, which has locations in Ohio (as well as locations in the following states: California, Indiana, Kentucky, South Carolina, and Texas). Both Tim and I each had our own “No Doh” pizza. They were absolutely delicious. Please visit Rapid Fired Pizza website to find out more information on their “No Doh” pizzas and to find a location nearest you. Having pizza doesn’t mean you have to have the crust.

Another evening I wanted to make crustless quiche for all of us. Tim and I wanted to do something for our kids in Columbus and since we don’t get that opportunity very often we made them a meal.  I did a little web searching for a recipe and after reading through several I came up with this recipe.

Crustless Quiche
4 slices bacon (raw) cut into pieces
3 to 4 slices of boars head sweet slice ham ( cut into pieces)
1 cup chopped onions
6 to 10 oz of fresh baby spinach (not sure the exact amount – just guessed) chopped up
5 eggs
1 T heavy whipping cream
Salt and pepper to taste
1 cup shredded swiss cheese
1 cup shredded Colby Jack
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella
1/2 cup shredded mild cheddar cheese

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Grease 9-inch glass pie plate (I used coconut oil)
Fry up bacon pieces till browned. Add onion and saute till tender. Add ham to warm through then add spinach and cook till wilted. Remove from heat and set the meat and spinach mixture aside to cool a bit.
While mixture is cooling, beat eggs,
cream, salt, and pepper together. Mix in cheeses to the egg mixture then stir in, slightly cooled, meat and spinach mixture.
Spread mixture evenly into prepared pie plate.
Bake in preheated oven for 30 to 35 minutes or until quiche is set.
Allow quiche to cool for about 10 minutes before cutting.

The quiche turned out wonderful and everyone enjoyed it.

While in Columbus, Tim and I naturally did a 24 hour fast – it was wonderful and I intend on doing many more this coming year.

Our eating travels to Sterling Heights and Owosso, Michigan was certainly much easier since my sister and brother-in-law eat keto most of the time. My sister is an excellent cook and she made us some delicious keto/low-carb meals.  Thank you to my sister, Mary.

We went out for steak dinner on my Mom’s 87th Birthday so that was a very easy meal to stay on target with. No added frills, no bread, no loaded carb-age – just salad and a good Ribeye steak. You can truly celebrate any occasion without all the processed carbs and sugar. It is about the celebration and the people, not the food. Owosso was just a short trip and visit to see Tim’s brother. That was pretty easy – we went out for breakfast with him – eggs and sausage was our food of choice at Greg & Lou’s Restaurant.

Now, yesterday (Sunday), was rough for me. We had a very early flight out of Cleveland, Ohio. I did not sleep much the night before, in fact, I was up at 2 AM – our flight left at 6:40. I was running on very little sleep (and neither Tim) nor I was able to get our normal coffee with butter in it that morning, nor did we have any keto snacks per-say to take with us on the flight. I did buy us some peanuts at the airport, which we consumed the entire bag during our 4-hour flight. I was like off the chart ravenous all day just trying to be satiated. I think the stress of traveling and not getting enough sleep caught up with me. Although I didn’t go off the rails and eat sugar or unhealthy carbs I did eat A LOT! To my surprise when I got on the scale Monday morning I had only gained .7 of a pound. Not bad at all!

 

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