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Meat, It's What's For Dinner.... Or Is It?

Updated: Feb 4, 2021

This is definitely unprecedented times when most of us are still in some sort of quarantine or hybrid version of that. With this crazy COVID-19... or should I say the COVID-19 lbs? Who hasn't gained weight through this pandemic?

Between the lack of gym availability, the lack of work available and the shear boredom of being stuck at home, it's no wonder we are all gaining weight and going nuts.

In one of my many Netflix adventures, I stumbled upon a documentary called "What the Health". This shocked me to the core, I couldn't even believe what I saw.

Before I get into that let's go back to my journey of trying to eat right and take control of my health pre-COVID. I've always struggled with my stomach, most of my life I didn't know what it was like to not have a stomach ache, no matter if I ate or not.

Eating For Your Blood Type:

As a child my mom struggled to find the right diet to get me regulated and she tried everything. At one point she found the "Eat Right For Your Blood Type" diet. She read every book and tried every recipe to help me with my stomach problems.

This way of eating was drastic, strict and a huge adjustment for a teenager that loved pizza and Dr. Pepper. Still I tried it and with some success it did seem to help with my stomach issues.

Basically it was a meat free diet based on fruits and vegetables, beans and legumes, and whole grains. (A Type) It did allow some cheese but it was considered a neutral. I love cheese, this was a HUGE struggle for me. WebMd has a great article describing the basics here.

Years went by and I strayed from this diet as some of the rules didn't really seem like they fit my reactions. Like it claimed that I shouldn't have any nightshade plants like tomatoes and peppers but I simply loved these and didn't seem to have a reaction to them.

I did find out later that there is a secretor non-secretor portion that affects this, which sounds weird but it did explain why even though I was an "A" blood type I could still eat some of the "avoid" list foods.

So, this made me question this entire diet all together. I will say that everyone is different and you have to find what fits with you and your desires. I wanted more than just a strict diet, I wanted to be free to eat flavorful things and eating all veggies just seemed boring to me.

Keto Diet:

This is a diet that I heard about and it seemed too good to be true. You mean I can eat meat and cheese and loose weight? Ok, I'm in!! I bought several Keto cookbooks and started cooking my way to ketosis.

-What's Ketosis? Ketosis is a metabolic state in which your body uses fat for fuel instead of carbs. Check out the article on Healthline to learn more about this diet here. I thought for sure this was it for me.

-Books that I ordered and loved were: Southern Keto My favorite recipe is the Bacon Stuffed Mushrooms.... I LOVE BACON!