March

Highlights of the month:

  • Officially started shutting down my side business! Nothing negative happened, but it takes a lot of time that I just don’t have to dedicate to doing it right. Maybe someday I’ll write some more about my experience, since this seems to be in the news a lot lately…
  • I finished doing our taxes… Officially the very latest I’ve ever gotten them done ever.
  • Was really busy at work with a number of projects, including finishing building a tool and then training users on it… I’m really excited that my new boss is trying to put me in positions where I can get more experience and facetime with management.
  • Tried a few new keto recipes and, after a week of not really having time to cook, decided to try prepping meals on the weekends when I have time so there is always something around for GG (or me) to eat. After 3 full months on LCHF, we’re both almost to our goal weights! I don’t know about GG’s plans, but I have a second goal after this if all goes well. I’ll have to write more later about some of the tips things we’ve learned.
  • My JA program is close to wrapping up for the year and once again the kids can be infuriating but in the end make me proud. We had an event in the office that a couple of them came to and they did really well. Next month we have a couple big events for them and then their regional competition, and I think they’re really going to pull it together at the end!

LCHF Costco Picks

Doing the LCHF lifestyle, you’ll probably end up cooking from scratch more and eating out less, which is great – but it also means you’ll be shopping more for fresh groceries! We have a Costco membership but used to only go a couple times a year. Now I’m going every week or two, because with the quantities we’re using certain ingredients, it just makes sense to be able to buy them in bulk there. The prices are great, and they have lots of organic options too! Here’s some of the items I always pick up there:

  • Eggs: I used to buy the 6-packs of eggs because we would rarely go through a dozen before they expired. Now we can easily go through a couple dozen a week, so I love the Costco 24 packs. I usually just get the regular ones, but they also have cage-free, brown eggs, etc.
  • Ground Beef: People swear by their grass-fed ground beef, which is about $5/lb at our store.
  • Chicken: I am very weird about chicken. I always worry it’s not cooked enough, and so I usually end up cutting it into small pieces to cook. I hate cooking chicken breasts, which is why I love the large packs of chicken tenders. There are 6 individual packs all connected together, so I usually keep 1-2 in the fridge and freeze the rest.
  • Cheeses: You know I love cheese. If you’re going to go through a lot of it, why not stock up? The big double-packs of feta last a long time, and it’s a great salad topping or good to bake with chicken. I can blow through one of the 3-packs of Boursin cheese in a week (also great inside stuffed mushrooms). And the deli sliced provalone is great to bake into cheese crisps.
  • Heavy Whipping Cream: HWC, as the kids call it, is great for a million things LCHF, but we mostly add it to our tea for a satisfying drink that can really fill you up!
  • Produce: I don’t know why I used to always be wary of Costco produce. I guess because I didn’t think we’d go through the larger package quick enough. Everything I’ve gotten there has been great quality!
    • Avocados – Usually a great bargain here. I don’t want to jinx myself, but I think every one I’ve gotten has been perfect. If you keep them in the fridge they last longer, so I usually store them there and just keep 1-2 sitting out to use.
    • Mushrooms – The packs are slightly larger than how they sell them at the supermarket, so not an overwhelming amount.
    • Romaine Lettuce – They have 3-packs of romaine hearts like you can find in the supermarket, but they also have 5-packs of smaller, denser romaine hearts that actually work out to be a better deal.
  • Chia Seeds: These are a great source of fiber, and you can use them for a million things – we love chia seed pudding for breakfast, and I also make chia seed crackers to eat with my cheese (just make a paste of seeds and water, spread into a thin layer on a pan, and bake until crispy).
  • Almond Flour: A great buy at Costco! If you like experimenting keto baked goods, you can go through this pretty quickly.
  • Snacks: Whisps are one of my favorite LCHF-friendly snacks, and you can stock up on a big bag at Costco. The Kirkland brand beef jerky is also decently low in carbs and actually has a really good taste and texture (though weirdly it says to refrigerate after opening, which kind of seems like the opposite of how jerky should work..?). All sorts of nuts are plentiful at Costco (the macadamias are an especially good deal). There’s lots of keto snacks, if you know where to look ;)