I think one of the most valuable lessons when learning to adopt a Keto lifestyle is understanding just how simple it is to eat this way in the many restaurants you find. Denny’s is a perfect example. It is not the kind of establishment that you would consider if you were looking for healthy meal options, and yet, with a few strategic choices, you can absolutely have a healthy, keto-friendly meal.
Breakfast on the Run Does Not Have to be Carb-Fueled
Case in point, while on my summer road trip through New England, I stopped here for breakfast. I had a cheese omelet, bacon, sausage, unsweetened tea, and black coffee. It was filling, delicious, relatively inexpensive, and perfectly acceptable for the keto diet.
As you can see, with relatively minor tweaks, keeping to a low carb, high fat keto diet is easy no matter where you are.
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I am in the final week of my month in St Thomas, and I am sad to see our time here coming to an end. It has been incredibly restorative to my soul.
Before I left for this trip, I was feeling run down and unsettled. I felt trapped and without purpose.
Since being away from my routine, I have found a new direction and I am eager to return stateside if only to implement my plans.
I have also been without WiFi for at least half of my time. At best, telephone and internet service is spotty and erratic. In the places we have stayed, we “had” WiFi, but for various, usually weather-related reasons, we have had long periods without.
I am actually writing this post on my mobile phone. I am laying across my roommate’s bed, right next to the open sliding door, which we have determined is the most sustained signal in the house.
Being so disconnected has been akin to detoxing. It has been unpleasant and unsettling. I have tried to take a stoic approach to it all. Keeping a good sense of humor is required.
I have spent my time journaling, massaging, playing tourist, helping out my hosts, taking pictures, and trying to figure out my plan.
I have also determined that a month away is about perfect. The first two weeks of a trip, you are just trying to get your bearings. There is a lot of activity.
By week three, you begin transitioning into the daily grind. Vendors start to recognize you. Locals start to wave. You really start getting a feel for what it would be like to live there.
Now, I am in the final 7 days, and I find that I am ready to implement the plans I have developed in my time away. I cannot say that I am eager to leave, but I feel like I am returning to my homebase, rather than my prison.
I have also discovered that I need to go somewhere about once every 6-8 weeks. If I don’t get out of town, I start getting restless and rundown.
I am a blessed woman. I have finally been able to arrange my life to allow this freedom. I live out of a suitcase, have few possessions, and have a salary that would make many cringe, yet I have never been happier. My heart and soul is bursting with love and gratitude for the amazing people I have met and places that I have seen.
I finished my journal last night. It is the journal I have been working from since February of 2017. In these 19 months, I have created a new life.
The very first entry was affirmations that I created after reading The Miraculous Morning by Hal Elrod. This post is not about that book, but it is a great read, and it inspired me to accomplish a number of things that I have in the past year and a half.
Here are the affirmations that I wrote on Feb 6, 2017:
I want to live a lifestyle that allows me the opportunity to secure wealth and stability.
I want to own land and property for both investment and wealth-building.
I want to be healthy and slim to maximize my quality of life.
I want to grow in my study of philosophy, the occult, and esoteric knowledge.
I want to deepen my love and appreciation for my partner to bring us closer together and walking a shared path for as long as we both choose to do so.
If I have learned nothing over the past year, and particularly in the last 6 months, it is the value of defining your own identity and crafting your own life. Having a partner is a wonderful thing, but you must have your own identity independent of them. A partner does not complete you, a partner enhances, complements and enriches your life.
Many people are too willing to give up who they are for the sake of a relationship. When they lose their sense of adventure and joy in life, they wonder what happened. Their partner wonders what happened to the amazing person they fell in love with. Do not fall into this trap. Embrace and love yourself.
The Keto diet is a lifestyle and way of eating – not simply a one time thing to lose a few pounds. As you begin making smarter dietary choices, not only do you lose weight, but your health improves drastically. This helps with your skin tone as well. I have lost nearly 90 lbs over the past year following this way of eating, and my skin has tightened nicely. It is still a process.