Meals & Recipes From What I Eat In A Day

For any who are interested in low carb, LCHF, keto, IF, OMaD, foods and diets I am sharing meals, recipes, eating plans, etc. that I use. For information on how and why Pete, who eats a mostly-pescatarian diet, and I each eat as we do please read THIS post which explains it. ( NEW! INDEX to photos) #LCHF_IF_OMaD

Disclaimer: I am not a photographer (if it’s not obvious).

>>> PLEASE NOTE: I am making some changes to my diet; as we use up our food I’ll stock up differently next time. <<<


Sept 30, 2022 – IF, OMaD

We had our usual fish dinner at The Nest – subbing the sweet cole slaw and french fries for cottage cheese and tossed salad (1000 Island).


Sept 29, 2022 – IF, low carb

18-hour fast broken by a pork steak (with my usual unsweetened applesauce “dip”), and multiple veggies all cooked on the Blackstone, with love, by Pete. I had a :ratio yogurt about 2 hours later.


Sept 28, 2022 – IF, low carb

16-hour (my minimum) fast broken by this in the early afternoon. Used the Pumped Up Eggs technique, but filled with tomato, cheese, bacon bits, and a couple of eggs. I just LOVE this crust so much, everything I make with it is really crispy and delicious! I had a cup of :ratio yogurt with it.

Mid-afternoon I had one of my almond-lemon bars to tide me over until I could make something else. (Since I’d eaten so early in the day I knew I’d have a 2nd meal later.) And “later” my “something else” was 2 ground beef patties with Mayochup on them. Today’s eating period was 8 hours (my maxiumum, though I try to keep it at 6 or less on those days I don’t do OMaD).


Sept 27, 2022 – IF, low carb

Leftovers, after a 27-hour fast. My chicken soup to which I added some spicy sausage; then I took the other half of my pizza, cut it in half, and put my leftover ground beef patty between it to make a sandwich; 20 minutes and 325Β°F later it was crispy and delicious!

A couple of hours later I had a :ratio yogurt.


Sept 26, 2022 – OMaD, IF

While in Mt. Pleasant today we ate at Ponderosa. First I ate from the salad bar (pineapple & cottage cheese, carrot/raisin salad, tossed salad – mostly spinach, with mushrooms, HB eggs, & 1000 Island) then I got my meal (catfish, chicken legs, mac’n’cheese). I did forego most of my favorites, but cut back on many things: no dessert, the chicken wasn’t deep-fried, only ate half the catfish, and only 1 sweet thing from the salad bar (carrot/raisin salad) rather than my usual several. And I thoroughly enjoy the mac’n’cheese, they have the BEST there! Anyway, being an OMaD day with IF on both sides, I didn’t worry overly much about it. HOWEVER I was all-but-unable to walk shortly after (and still!) so I am all-but-certain that it is inflammation from the grain-based macaroni and coatings. Still, it was a delicious meal at the time!

Sept 25, 2022 – OMaD, IF, low carb

My meal for today, after a 25-hour fast, was pizza. I tried something new for a “crust”, mixing just shredded mozzarella and some psyllium husk with an egg, beating well, and adding just a little freshly boiled water. Then I put in some pork panko just to thicken it up further (because that’s what I grabbed from the cupboard!), and seasoned with onion/garlic powders and oregano. After letting it sit a while I pressed it into a thin circle on a greased baking pan and baked it for 30 minutes at 350Β°F, flipping it once when the top was browned enough to hold together. Then I topped it with sauce, bacon, and cheese. I was surprised at how much the crust rose! But it was very light-weight, not chewy or crispy except around the edges; I liked the edges best. It was good, but rather flavorless. I’ll try something different next time.

I also had 2 leftover beef patties with “mayochup” on the side, and a :ratio yogurt for dessert.


Sept 24, 2022 – OMaD, IF, low carb

SOUP! Since I’m not able to stand very well anymore I made it SIMPLE: chicken broth out of a box, chicken, carrots, and mushrooms out of cans, 2 beaten eggs stirred in for “noodles”, seasoned with onion & garlic powders & paprika, with a spoonful of plain yogurt mixed in the bowl as my meal today. For “the best I can do” it was pretty darned tasty! It filled a 2-quart saucepan, for about 20gN carbs (not counting the yogurt) in total! Lots in the fridge for another day too. Was excellent!


Sept 23, 2022 – OMaD

We ate somewhere we haven’t eaten in a while because we were in that area. I got a cup of tea, cottage cheese instead of salad, and a baked potato instead of fries or rings (cutting out some of the deep fried part of the meal), plus 4 pieces of cod. Pete got AYCE walleye, catfish, and perch with fries & slaw.


Sept 22, 2022 – IF, low carb

Broke 18-hour fast with a spoonful of SF peanut butter. 2 hours later I had a burger on a chaffle “bun”, and a few of my waxy mini “creamer potatoes” (both griddled on the Blackstone) followed by a :ratio yogurt.


Sept 21, 2022 – OMaD, IF, low carb

22-hour fast, then my meal: pork steak, SF applesauce for dipping, and another half of a delicata…SO tasty!!! (No picture, I was really hungry so didn’t take the time!)


Sept 20, 2022 – IF, low carb

I got hungry after 21 hours and fixed myself some deli chicken wrapped around cucumber slices and swiss cheese, which I dipped in mayonnaise.

4 hours later Pete put vegetables on the Blackstone, I had half of a large delicata squash (which I’d roasted in the house) plus cabbage and onions from the griddle. AMAZING!!!


Sept 19, 2022 – IF

20-hour fast, then lunch at a favorite restaurant. A bowl of french onion soup, and a BLT wrap. The meal came with cole slaw also but I took a bite and it was full of sugar so I didn’t eat it.

4 hours after my meal I made some of my “fliscuits” (flat biscuits) that I haven’t had in a while. But since I had a little sweet tooth I added some cinnamon and granulated golden monk fruit to the batter. I used to make sandwiches out of these, but I just put butter between them tonight. To make them I put about (I don’t measure) a cup of almond flour in a bowl, about a tsp of baking powder, a dash of salt, and then I add plain yogurt until it makes a very thick batter. (If I’m going for cakey I also beat in a couple of eggs and some oil.) I spread this into my muffin top pan and bake them for 25 minutes at 350Β°F. I’d forgotten how good they are!


Sept 17, 2022 – IF, OMaD, low carb

23-hour fast. Then, because I was too busy to make anything more complicated, I spread some cream cheese on 3 finger-sized smoked sausages and wrapped them in deli chicken slices. Ate them with one of my :Ratio lemon bars.


Sept 16, 2022 – IF, lowcarb

Broke my 25Β½-hour fast with the last of my Costco rotisserie chicken, ate the last of it (but saved the carcass to boil tomorrow).
4 hours later ate at the Mongolian grill: salad (lettuce, bacon, eggs, a couple of tomato slices, blue cheese dressing) followed by the main meal (mostly cabbage and pork – in that order – with a few onion slivers, carrot slices, and broccoli florets, plus some sort of ginger-sesame sauce or similar, not a sweet one just thin and a little spicy). So all food consumed within 4Β½ hours.


Sept 15, 2022 – ???

Well for one thing I felt starved late last night and ate some Whispas cheese chips, about a dozen, but the quantity doesn’t matter, I broke my fast. (Not sorry – making myself starve is one of the first steps on the road to failure!)

(Pardon the facial expression, that’s what happens when someone takes a picture while I’m talking!)

Today Pete wanted to go to The Nest for lunch, which meant only a 12-hour fast. Got a burger and rings BUT his wet burrito looked fantastic, and ticks more of my own how-I-should-be-eating boxes; that will be my go-to meal there (other than Fridays of course!) from now on. Now, nearly 7 hours later, I’m still not hungry so I’m going to shoot for a 24-hour fast.


Sept. 14, 2022 – IF, lowcarb

20-hour fast broken by a :ratio almond-lemon keto bar (2gN; see Sept. 10), followed by my main meal of beets and cubed pork cooked together in butter with salt and cinnamon an hour later – delicious! I ate half of it, then the other half 2 hours later, so I can’t claim OMaD today.


Sept. 13, 2022 – IF, lowcarb

21-hour fast broken with the leftover steak and vegetables from the 10th. 4Β½ hours later I had some more of that Costco rotisserie chicken I got yesterday (1 leg, 2 wings, and about half of a breast, with skin of course!)


Sept. 12, 2022 – IF

19 hour fast, then a taco salad which was NOT the best choice for my new eating plan, for several reasons: grain-based shell…unknown seasonings…deep-fried shell (almost certainly in an inflammatory oil). It was hard to choose something from the menu, I need to have several ideas I have approved ahead of time; my first restaurant meal on the new “diet” was a big fat fail! BUT it did have plenty of “clean” green peppers, olives, tomatoes, and lettuce on it, so it wasn’t all bad!

4 hours later I munched on part of the Costco rotisserie chicken I bought today.


Sept. 11, 2022 – OMaD, IF, low carb

This is what I ate today after a 21-hour fast. Actually I ate 2 of them. I don’t know why the box shows 4g total carbs per serving, as according to the nutritional data one serving is one pizza and has 9 total carbs with 3 grams of fiber. So I am counting 12gN for both. We got these super-cheap at an Amish store a while back, they’re ok, not my favorite, but adequate. I will eat them so they don’t go to waste, before I eliminate them (and all such convenience foods) from my diet per the post linked above.


Sept. 10, 2022 – IF, low carb


Broke my 23-hour fast with a couple of fried eggs and sausages, with swiss cheese on top.

Late afternoon Pete grilled some steaks and veggies (zucchini, tomatoes, onions) on the Blackstone; I was able to eat about half of what he put on my plate.

Had one of these for a snack a couple of hours after supper.

All of my food was consumed within a 5Β½-hour period today.


Sept. 9, 2022 – IF, OMaD

Fish dinner at The Nest and, as usual, swapped out my cole slaw for cottage cheese, and my fries for onion rings.


Sept. 8, 2022 – IF, OMaD

Cheese pizza. Since I’m currently all-but-totally-immobile Pete is doing the cooking. I have been craving “real” pizza for weeks, so today that’s what I got!


Sept 4, 2022 – Sept 7, 2022

I was once again in the hospital and didn’t worry too much about what I ate. They had me, most of the time, on a “heart healthy” diet which, actually, isn’t. And my choices were very much unlike what I eat at home. So I made the best choices I could, and maintained my 16-hour (or more) fasts.


Aug. 31, 2022 – Sept. 3, 2022

Due to an injury on the 31st I am unable to cook for myself. Pete has been preparing and serving me some great meals…but I can’t right now worry about control over what – and when – I am eating. I DO try to maintain the 16-hour fast each day, however…it is pretty much what I can control at the moment.


Aug. 30, 2022 – IF

Pete Blackstoned some zucchini, cabbage, and onion, plus a couple of ribeyes, while I roasted some parsnips in the convection oven and made a butter sauce for the vegetables. Besides the melted butter I added some nooch, thyme, parsley, garlic powder, and salt. The sauce isn’t pictured but here are photos of everything else. (And yes, we LIKE our veggies cooked that way!) (Eaten after a 21-hour fast.)

I snacked on some cinnamon Cheerio-s for dessert. (No, I don’t buy cereal, especially sugary sweetened cereal, but it was given to us for the wildlife to eat and I made the mistake of tasting it and cinnamon is just about my favorite flavor on earth…) But given that I did eat them, I will be sure to do my 16-hour fast, at the very least, before having our anniversary celebration supper tomorrow.


Aug. 29, 2022 – IF

20-hour fast. No photos but I made a tortilla pizza as usual EXCEPT I used chicken, mushrooms, and canadian bacon for toppings, and the last of my alfredo sauce for the sauce.


Aug. 28, 2022 – IF

16-hour fast. I can’t find the photo I took…but it just looks like white sauce with green specks. Totally uninspiring. Anyway, I took my last pre-roasted pork roast out of the freezer in the morning and put it in a dutch oven with a little water over low hear for about 90 minutes. When it was thawed and also falling off the bone, I put some of the meat onto a plate. Then I sliced up a (drained) can of hearts of palm and sauteed them in olive oil for about 10 minutes; while they were in the pan I diced up 2 small tomatoes and put them onto the meat on my plate, to which I added the hearts of palm as well. Then I poured alfredo sauce over everything and topped it off with a few dried herbs from the spice rack. It doesn’t sound like anything special but it sure was delicious!

A couple of hours later I had some Brownie’s popcorn.


Aug. 27, 2022 – IF

Early in the day we were out and about and starving so Pete stopped at Taco Bell. I had a burrito which broke a 17-hour fast.

We went out for supper with “the kids” (Bill & Casey & the grands) at a place in Bay City whose name escapes me. I gave my bread stick to Pete, and ate this chicken breast that was stuffed with veggies, as well as the tomatoes along the side of it, and about 1/3 of the pasta.

Later in the day I snacked on some cheese doodles that are about 1gN each but I probably ate 20 of them!


Aug. 27, 2022 – IF

Broke a 21-hour fast with this: In a nonstick (ceramic lined) frying pan I laid out a lowcarb tortilla, then a layer of provolone slices, some sliced tomato (fresh from my son-in-law’s garden yesterday!) then some chicken (from a can), then some mushrooms, then some canadian bacon, then a layer of shredded mozzarella (for glue), and another tortilla. I turned the burner on low and covered the pan until it was heated nice and hot all the way through, and lastly put some (boughten) alfredo sauce over it and covered it for a few more minutes until the sauce was hot. And it was FANTASTIC!!!!!

Later on I finished the cheese doodles so I don’t have to worry about having THOSE in the house anymore!


Aug. 26, 2022 – IF

Broke 24-hour fast with a fish dinner at The Nest, doing the usual substitutions (salad with thousand island for their sweet cole slaw, and cottage cheese for fries). The batter on the fish was MUCH lighter today than it usually is, too.!

I snacked on some Brownie’s popcorn in the evening.


Aug. 25, 2022 – OMaD, IF

Broke my 18-hour fast with the Chinese Buffet. Here were my rules: No sweet or heavy sauces. Nothing batter-dipped. No noodles or rice. No dessert. Started with the cleanest meats they have (which was none but we do our best right?) and a few veggies, then was still hungry so I allowed myself the slice of garlic bread, cantaloupe, and crispy fried zucchini which is just about my favorite thing there; had I seen it on my first round all bets would have been off, and that would have filled my plate! I’m thinking I got probably about 20% of the carbs I would typically have by omitting some of my favorites BUT I still got things I liked.

BONUS: I wasn’t hungry after a few hours! In fact I wasn’t hungry for about 7 hours after eating! (But not going to snack since tomorrow is fish fry Friday, so will try to do another OMaD.)


Aug. 24, 2022 – IF, lowcarb

No photos. Leftover chicken salad after 22-hour fast. Loaded cauli-rice (bacon, butter, cheese) 5 hours later.


Aug. 23, 2022 – OMaD, IF, lowcarb

No photo. Chicken salad: chicken, chopped cucumber and onion, low carb macaroni, mayo, paprika, parsley


Aug. 22, 2022 – OMaD, lowcarb, IF

No photo. Ribeye steak and zucchini, simply seasoned with salt, done on the Blackstone; a low carb bar for dessert.


Aug. 10-14, 2022 I was in the hospital and – when I was allowed to eat – didn’t worry too much about what I ate. They had me, most of the time, on a “heart healthy” diet which, actually, isn’t.

Aug. 15-21, 2022 I was home but, due to after-effects, not cooking for myself. Still I managed to stay low carb, about 80% carnivore-type foods, and most of the rest as low carb vegetables. All but 2 of those days were OMaD as well. No photos; when I can use both hands properly I will resume picture-taking.


Aug 9, 2022 – low carb, IF

Broke my 16-hour (which is my minimum) fast with egg salad, using 5 eggs, and adding some Everything But The Bagel seasoning.

Supper was a ribeye, seasoned with Amish Happy Salt and fried in olive oil. On the side I had a slice of tomato (big huge Amish tomato!) with a cauliflower rice creation on top. After dry-frying the riced cauliflower (which removes the cauli flavor with the moisture) I added seasonings: pink salt, herbs de provence, onion/garlic powders, and a little paprika. Once the “rice” was tender I melted some sour cream and boursin cheese into it. Pete had 3 thick tomato slices topped with the cauli-rice side dish for supper, I just had a portion as an accompaniment to my steak.


Aug 8, 2022 – low carb, IF

Sausage slices and eggs fried in butter was how I broke my 16-hour fast.

Supper was a pork and cabbage bowl, with onions and carrots, and lots of salt, created from leftovers.


Aug 7, 2022 – low carb

Some nice patties made from eggs, bacon, pork panko, and parmesan, and fried in butter. Slices of provolone melted on top, covered with alfredo sauce for my main meal.

Later in the day I had some sliced tomatoes with melted cheese on them, heavily salted. (And yes, it was awful that I cooked my food – especially tomatoes! – on foil! I haven’t done such a thing in YEARS! I should have just torn the cupboard apart to reach my parchment paper!)

I also munched on some Brownie’s popcorn today, but not much, it just didn’t hit the spot like usual. Of course my tastes are clearly changing; it must may not be something I will enjoy anymore.


Aug. 6, 2022 – low carb

Today was very low carb. An animal-based-food-only day, in fact; I find myself wanting to do these days more and more.

I did not do IF or OMaD as I’ve been hungrier lately and wanted to eat to satisfy rather than by the clock. Meal 1 was some sausages I fried up. Meal 2 was 2 burger patties with Boursin cheese melted over them. Evening snack was some sliced turkey sausage and cheese.


Aug. 5, 2022 – OMaD

Had our typical fish dinner at The Nest – I had 2 pieces of fish, a salad with Thousand Island (instead of their sweet slaw) and cottage cheese (instead of fries).


Aug. 4, 2022 – OMaD

Went to Ponderosa where I had a little of this and a little of that.


Aug. 3, 2022 – IF, low carb

IF I had been able to I would have made a QuikVid of this process today. And I will at some point. But this was my meal that broke my 19-hour fast this afternoon. Melted butter in a nonstick (but bird-safe!) saute pan; sprinkled in about 2 Tbsp each of parmesan from the can and pork panko – mixed in with butter and patted down; while browning over med-low heat I spread thinly sliced sausage over it, then cracked 3 eggs over that and just broke the yolks, then sprinkled mozzarella on top. The crust was brown by this time, so I turned the burner to its lowest setting and covered the pan for 5 minutes to cook the eggs and melt the cheese. Rich. Filling. Carnivoricious.

Heated olive oil in a heavy stock pot, then added a slivered onion; when tiny waxy (3gN carb each) potatoes were washed I tossed the onions, then put the potatoes on top, salting heavily (at least 1tsp. pink salt) and covered the pot; leftover water from potatoes helped steam-cook them over med-low heat for 30 minutes. Stirred onions and potatoes, added a huge cabbage that had been cleaned and chopped, poured another tsp of pink salt on top, covered, and continued cooking over med-low heat for 30 minutes; uncovered, stirred everything together bringing potatoes and onions up from the bottom, covered, raised heat to medium, and cook until the potatoes and cabbage were soft – about 20 more minutes. I served mine (only eating 4 of the potatoes, with butter) over reheated roasted pork 5 hours after my first meal. Followed by a low carb bar for dessert.


Aug. 2, 2022 – IF

At some point very late last night I had some Brownie’s popcorn (in the wee hours after midnight I’m pretty sure) so IDK how long, exactly, I fasted before eating my meal this evening. But it was at about 7:00, and I went to bed at 2:00 a.m., so it was 17 hours minimum. If I hadn’t had that popcorn today wouldn’t have been an OMaD day. But I can’t, in good conscience, make that claim. At any rate, we were with family, and they – we – had submarine sandwiches for supper.
(Also – nothing to do with food – today I was able to sit cross-legged for the first time in years. Decades, even.)


Aug. 1, 2022 – OMaD

Taco salad (no pic but it looks like every other taco salad I’ve ever seen) and a few onion rings, at The Nest


July 31, 2022 – low carb, IF

I munched on some Brownie’s popcorn mid-afternoon (18-hour fast), then for supper I had some reheated pork roast, roasted yellow squash rounds, and Dreamfield’s pasta with a sprinkle of mozzarella and some parmesan/garlic white sauce over it. I want to eat the same meal again tomorrow it was so good…plus I didn’t get a picture so I guess I’ll have to!


July 30, 2022 – low carb, IF

18-hour fast, then a ribeye steak. 5 hours later had some roasted pork doused with the juices from the pan; still had “sticking issues” so I gave half of it to Maisie.


July 29, 2022 – OMaD

Just fish at The Nest, after 25-hour fast; only ate one piece, my salad, and a few onion rings before I was full.


July 28, 2022 – see July 27, 2022


July 27, 2022 – train wreck – let’s not talk about it.


July 26, 2022 – IF, (very) low carb

To make up for yesterday, broke my 19-hour fast with some chicken and mayo on pork rinds. Planned to do carnivore today but had pork 5 hours later and (because of a re-piped esophagus years ago) I can’t eat it without something wet without choking on it – so I had sauerkraut since it’s (a) delicious! and (b) extremely low in carbs. (No pics/QuikVid because it was all leftovers.)


July 25, 2022 – planned “day off” for my OMaD at a Chinese buffet; 25-hour fast prior, 19-hour fast after


July 24, 2022 – lowcarb, IF, OMaD

After 17-hour fast I made – and ate – one of my low carb tortilla pizzas. In the accompanying QuikVid I show my secret to a chewier, more “realistic” crust experience.


July 23, 2022 – IF, lowcarb

Broke 21-hour fast with Pumped Up Eggs. [NEW! see QUIKVID]

Supper, 6 hours later, is a simple cornish hen, spatchcocked, seasoned, and roasted in the convection oven. (no pic)


July 22, 2022 – IF, OMaD, lowcarb

After yesterday I felt I needed to accomplish all 3 goals today. I’m usually happy if I meet 2 of the 3 most days, and even 1 of the 3 sometimes. But given that I accomplished NONE yesterday I felt the need to eat with great care today.

Since Pete would be eating with me, I made some of my tiny ‘taters. They’re very waxy rather than starchy so much lower in carbs, at 3gN each. I usually have 7. After washing and halving them I tossed them in olive oil with Amish Happy Salt. Pete cooked them in the air fryer over in Junior (with the a/c on!) while I cooked some pork in the leftover oil/Happy Salt from the potatoes, and a bag of frozen chopped spinach, to which I added onion & garlic powder, and goat cheese.

Pete had his creamy spinach over his potatoes; I had mine over my meat (shown “naked” above), with the potatoes – topped with a good blob of butter – on the side. And I stayed within my goals.


July 21, 2022 – Good Intentions

Since we were going to Saginaw we would eat at a favorite place there, State Street Tony’s. They are known for their massive portions. I planned ahead: steak & eggs breakfast, cottage cheese instead of potatoes, and a splurge on their amazing toast using fresh Italian bread from the bakery next door. And OMaD. However, I got the bad news that they were out of cottage cheese, so I ended up getting the hash browns, but wasn’t about to forego the toast either! Still…OMaD… But then earlier this evening I started to get hungry and some of that leftover delicious bread was calling my name…

So today I struck out on all 3!


July 20, 2022 – IF, lowcarb

19-hour fast, then I added 3 eggs to a pan with butter melted in it, put ΒΌc each of pork panko and parmesan (out of the can) on top, then stirred it all gently as the eggs cooked through. DELICIOUS! Next time I’m going to put salsa on top.

4 hours later I ate some cold roasted chicken, followed by this dish that we both love: add chopped onion to some oil to start cooking while cutting up the zucchini and tomato; add those, add salt, toss together; simmer over low heat, covered, 10 minutes; add a block of garlic & herb Boursin cheese on top, cover, simmer 5 more minutes, stirs together to create sauce; let stand uncovered 2-3 minutes for sauce to thicken slightly.


June 19, 2022 – IF, lowcarb

17-hour fast, then HB eggs cut up with diced tomato and minced onion and tossed with pink salt and mayo.

6 hours later, pork. I have no idea what the cut was, it was flat and wide, just over a pound; I seasoned it with seasoned salt plus more onion and garlic powder, and fried it lightly; added SF brown sugar/cinnamon syrup and ketchup, covered, and let simmer until very tender. That was my supper.


July 18, 2022 – IF

Mid-afternoon lunch at Taco Bell (it was what was available where we were) (combo #6); chicken sandwich with just mayo on “light” bread in the early evening.


July 17, 2022 – IF, OMaD

pizza, from frozen, after 16-hour fast.


July 16, 2022 – IF

2 burgers, fried, with Boursin cheese melted over them, after 21-hour fast.

Smoked, bacon-wrapped fresh (just processed that morning) chicken, green & yellow summer squash (just picked that morning), some of my son-in-law’s excellent chicken salad, and one s’mores over their fire pit. (I haven’t had sweets in a long time; it was so sweet it was hard to eat.)

Cheese and crackers for a snack later.


July 15, 2022 – IF, OMaD

Fish dinner at The Nest (2 pieces of fish, cottage cheese, onion rings, a cup of their excellent “chicken crack” soup) as we do almost every Friday.


July 12 – July 14, 2022 – Things going on and when/what/how I ate wasn’t a priority. I haven’t been able to cook so Pete has fed me; some of the things I’ve had are grilled cheese, a lovely fried egg/canadian bacon low carb wrap with Boursin cheese melted over the top, pork steak with “creamed” spinach (spinach with Boursin cheese melted in), and I don’t remember what else. But I did eat low carb, and did fast at least my 16-hour minimum each day. Given everything else health/mentally this week, just eating when I got hungry is a much less stressful option that I have welcomed; having lots of low carb options already in the house makes things easier and not much thought or planning required at times like this. I am glad that we found 10 more 5.2 oz Boursin cheese at one of the Amish stores on Monday (20Β’ each – not expired), it improves nearly everything we put it on or in.


July 11, 2022 – IF

Broke my 16-hour fast at The Nest with a BBQ chicken flatbread (also had cheese and onion straws on it) and onion rings. Was only able to eat about 3/4 of it, so had the rest 5 hours later, at home. (Pete had nachos.) Also had a low carb bar with it.


June 10, 2022 – IF, OMaD

Sunday is pizza day. I wasn’t able to stand at the counter and make a low carb pizza today so I just put a frozen one in the convection oven and then ate that. for my meal.


July 9, 2022 – IF, OMaD, low carb

Broke my 21-hour fast with a burger on a “light”/low carb spinach wrap with cheese and Mayochup. (I made 2 but could only eat one.) A low carb bar for dessert.


July 8, 2022 – Had my typical fish dinner at The Nest, as we do nearly every Friday, subbing salad for their sweet cole slaw and cottage cheese for the fries. with my 2 pieces of fish. In the evening I finished the last of the Brownie’s popcorn I bought last week. I can’t say I’ll never buy it again, that’s not realistic; however, I’m not very good at self-discipline when it’s around and eat it too often. So I am choosing not to buy any more at this time.


July 7, 2022 – low carb

I was very hungry today, so I ended up eating an hour before my minimum-16-hour fast was done and ate 2 meals, 6 hours apart, plus snacks as noted below.

Lunch: I put some butter in a pan and when it was melted I added a slice of ham, then a slice of cheese, then broke 2 eggs over it, then another slice of cheese, then another slice of ham; when the first side was browned I flipped it, and continued cooking it until the cheese was melted, the eggs were set, and the ham was browned. Delicious!

Sliced half of a small onion into slivers, and cooked them until they started to brown in a little olive oil. While those were cooking I sliced up 3 small zucchini and diced 2 large tomatoes, which I then added to the pan, covering it, and tossing the vegetables every 10 minutes or so until they were well-softened but not mushy – about 30 minutes – over med-low heat. Melted a block and a half of Boursin garlic cheese in it to create a sauce with the juice from the vegetables, it was a little thinner than I wanted to I ended up adding a couple spoonfuls of nutritional yeast.

I had mine with a pan-fried ribeye. Pete had his over pasta. It was AMAZING!

And I had 2 low carb bars for snacks today. It was a hungry day!


July 6, 2022 – IF, OMaD, low carb

Just broke my 24-hour fast with a leftover tomato and cheese tortilla (from July 3) reheated in a dry pan, and a burger on a low carb tortilla with “mayochup” (75Β’ I think? from one of the Amish grocery stores). Am about to eat a low carb bar for dessert.


July 5, 2022 – IF

Grilled cheese on pumpernickel for my meal after a 20-hour fast, some Brownie’s popcorn a few hours later.


July 4, 2022 – IF, moderate carb

19 hour fast, then fried up some diced beef summer sausage and a diced zucchini until the sausage pieces were crisp and the zucchini was browned; melted a half-chunk of Boursin cheese over it. (NOTE that the 5.2 oz packages of Boursin are $5.29 on Amazon; we pay 20c at the Amish store, otherwise I probably wouldn’t use it as a sauce.) It was delicious but a little too salty – not TOO bad, just a little; next time I’ll use less beef stick and add more zucchini I think.

A couple of hours later I had some Brownie’s popcorn. AND a note about Brownie’s: in past summers I’ve been known to eat half a bag at a sitting. This year I eat about 1/5 or 1/6 of a bag at a time as I work on practicing moderation. This should serve me well in the future, it isn’t something that I’ve ever really worked at in the past.


July 3, 2022 – IF, moderate carb

Broke my 23-hour fast with this beauty: “keto friendly” tortilla, olive oil to both sides, topped with sliced provolone, then tomato, then some shredded mozz and seasonings; 325Β°F for 20 minutes. Locally grown fresh tomatoes from the Amish and mayo for dipping.

Made 3 of these so I could reheat some for 2 other meals in the next few days – glad I did!

Not an OMaD day because I plan to indulge in some Brownie’s popcorn in a little while.

P.S. Then I had some :ratio Keto peach yogurt with the Brownie’s.

(All foods eaten within a 2-hour time frame – which is great!)


July 2, 2022 – IF, very low carb

Confession time: I couldn’t sleep last night, had stuff on my mind, and self-medicated with Brownie’s popcorn. Then did a 16-hour fast before eating the skin off of a turkey breast that I’d roasted for my dog.

This was my meal today, a couple of hours after the turkey skin snack. Hard-boiled eggs smashed and seasoned with Amish Happy Salt and Everything But The Bagel seasoning. Put it on ham slices and fried them up. Forgot to put slices of cheese in them doggone it! But it was a delicious meal.

July 1, 2022 – IF

After a 20-hour fast we had our fish dinner at The Nest. I subbed cottage cheese for the fries, and a tossed salad for their sweet cole slaw – just like the link. 3 hours later I ate some Brownie’s popcorn; I didn’t buy any in June, just to test my self-discipline, so when July started today I got some. Now let’s see how I do with self-discipline when I’ve got some in the house!


June 30, 2022 – IF, OMaD, low carb

25-hour fast, then a pork steak fried in olive oil, with a cup of unsweetened applesauce seasoned with a ton of cinnamon. And a low carb bar.


June 29, 2022 – IF, OMaD

After 22-hours without food I had 3 triangles of frozen breaded fish (but I cooked it!) and 7 mini-potatoes of the waxy variety, not the starchy kind. Because I had more carbs today I chose not to eat anything else, and to surround the meal with lengthy fasts.


June 28, 2022 – IF, low carb

21-hour fast broken with a burger on a keto bun with “mayo-chup”, and 3 mini-cukes dipped in ranch.

5 hours later I had a salad with lettuce, chicken, bacon crumbles, tomato, and ranch – no photo – and a low carb bar. Followed by another low carb bar for dessert πŸ˜‰


June 27, 2022 – IF, low carb, OMaD – chicken thighs, mini-cukes, mayo


June 26, 2022 – IF, low carb

After my 18-hour fast I ate 2 beef brats. For supper I had a pork steak and sauerkraut, followed by a low carb bar.


June 25, 2022 – IF, moderate carb

I had fully intended this day to be low carb & OMaD, but things are what they are…

Pete made the fish we’d planned for supper early in the day – too early for me to eat – so it sat out for a couple of hours. I ate it, and planned to make the zucchini sticks you see here as a side dish…but he took a nap, so I waited until he was awake, several hours later, so it wouldn’t be cold and lose its crisp. So I ended up with 2 half-meals today, and extra carbs from the zucchini coating. (original plan: make 2 coatings since he can’t eat eggs or pork panko but my pain levels didn’t allow me to do that so I just made his kind, with the extra carbs, and ate it.) And I had low carb yogurt for dessert after the zucchini.

(Non-low-carb zucchini coating involved egg replacer, potato flakes, arrowroot starch, parmesan cheese, and Everything But The Bagel seasoning, plus an air fryer.)


June 24, 2022 – IF, low carb

As is typical after carbier day, the next day I just want to munch. All day. And I go with it, but with 2 rules: do my minimum fast first, then eat all I want but only within my 6-hour window, and only the lower carb foods I typically would eat anyway – nothing else. I find it much easier to get past the carbs of the day(s) previous and back to my preferred way of eating this way.
So today after my 16-hour fast I ate, spread throughout the course of my 6 hours: 7 parmesan Whisps…a low carb bar…a dish of full-fat greek yogurt flavored with vanilla and cinnamon, with some SF applesauce mixed in…6 mini-cukes with ranch and bacon crumbles.


June 23, 2022 – IF

After a 16-hour fast (my minimum for IF) I had a burger and onion rings (though I only ate part of the order) at Little Boots in Houghton Lake, MI. It was a favorite place for us since we moved up there in 2005, this is likely the last time we’ll eat there, so I got my favorites. Later this evening Pete made us grilled cheese. No photos – everything looked like you’d expect :).


June 22, 2022 – IF, OMaD, low carb

After a 27-hour fast I made a casserole by tossing thawed/dried cauli-rice with parmesan cheese, than spreading it in the bottom of an oiled baking dish, seasoned with garlic and Amish Happy Salt, then added a layer of chopped tomatoes and a layer of cheese, and baked it (with Pete’s other course, roasted mushrooms & onion) at 375F for 40 minutes. FANTASTIC! Pete ate 3/4 of it, I had the rest with my pan-fried steak. And topped it off with a low carb bar for dessert.


June 21, 2022 – IF, OMaD, low carb

4 tiny, previously-roasted-and-frozen, then thawed, boneless skinless chicken thighs, dipped in ranch, after a 19-hour fast. That is all.


June 20, 2022 – IF, low carb

After an 18-hour fast I ate fried slices of summer sausage on keto buns with mustard, swiss cheese, and sauerkraut. Later in the evening I had scrambled eggs and a keto yogurt (not pictured).


June 19, 2022 – IF

Today was Sunday, pizza day. I ate cheese pizza – on thin crust rather than low carb tortillas this week – splitting it up into several small snacks over 6 hours which started after a 22-hour fast.


June 18, 2022

No photos – today’s food was nothing to brag about; early lunch at a Chinese buffet, then an early supper at the granddaughters’ birthday party, including cake & ice cream. And that’s that.


June 17, 2022

Ate my Friday fish dinner mid-afternoon, I didn’t keep track but probably 14 hours after I had some late-night pork steak. I only ate half of my fries – not a big french fry eater and usually get cottage cheese instead.

Then ate a low carb bar and some popcorn later on in the day.


June 16, 2022 – OMaD, low carb

14 hours after The Sourdough Pretzel Incident I made a favorite snack of mine: Pork rinds topped with melted cheese, then dipped in a 50-50 mix of salsa and full-fat sour cream!

Even though it is late, I have a pork steak that needs to be cooked; also, I haven’t had much protein today (similar to yesterday, just some cheese) so I’m going to eat part of it anyway to stave off middle-of-the-night meat cravings that could end in disaster!


UGH! Middle-of-the-night: Had gone to bed hungry (not unusual). Got up at 2:30 wanting a big hunk o’ meat but who cooks meat at 2:30 a.m.? So I started foraging and found a package with the last bits of sourdough pretzels in the bottom. And ate those. REALLY?? That is SO not me!


June 15, 2022 – OMaD, IF, low carb

HOT today, not much of an appetite, just had 2 grilled cheese sandwiches on keto (high-fiber, 0gN) buns after a 19-hour fast. Too hot to eat!


June 14, 2022 – IF, low carb

No photos today. Broke my 21-hour fast with some mini-cukes dipped in ranch and some parmesan Whisps. Supper 5 hours later was a pork steak and unsweetened applesauce for dipping. A low carb bar for dessert.


June 13, 2022 – IF, low carb

Hungry again about 22.5 hours after my last food, and was out and about, so I bought some low carb flatbreads, some cheese, and some sliced ham, and made a wrap for myself in the car. (For that $10 I can also make 7 more wraps, and have more ham left too!) 4.5 hours later, when I was home, I had supper: 2 burgers on keto buns, each with a tomato slice and a spoon of hot dog chili sauce on it. Followed by a low carb bar for dessert.


June 12, 2022 – OMaD, low carb

Sundays are pizza days. This was today’s tortilla pizza I ate after a 21-hour fast. As time goes on I am only able to eat smaller and smaller quantities; today I could only eat 4 of the 6 pieces. But it was delicious! (This was a 4-layer pizza, I usually do 3 layers but 2 of the tortillas stuck together out of the package and it was easier to just use them than to deal with it πŸ™ƒ )


June 11, 2022 – IF, low carb

After a 21-hour fast I snacked on some summer sausage and cheese. 4 hours later I ate my supper, a pork steak and sauerkraut, with a low carb bar for dessert.


June 10, 2022 – OMaD, IF

After a 22-hour fast I had my single meal today. I knew it would be carby so I’m doing a long fast before and after; I also had a lot of physical activity today, LOTS more than I’m used to. Anyway, all of that may or may not help mitigate the effects…but I enjoyed it. At Olive Garden I had the chicken & gnocchi soup, then this dish that was cheese-stuffed tortellini baked, covered with alfredo sauce, and topped with a big piece of grilled chicken. I could only eat half of it, and had to leave the other half behind because I didn’t want to eat so many carbs again. But it was DELICIOUS!


June 9, 2022 – IF

Delicious early supper after a 20-hour fast: ribeye, fried to med-rare, with cauli-rice (from Costco) prepared as the Keto Twins do it – which is wonderful, BTW! – then topped with pats of butter, sprinkled with shredded cheese (I LOVE the Chihuahua cheese from Gordon Foods!), and seasoned with paprika and parsley; then I covered the pan and left it over low heat while I prepared the meat, and by that time the cheese was melty and wonderful!

I had a meeting up north, and it was at a restaurant, so I decided on an appetizer. It was 4 hours after supper, so I was starting to get hungry anyway…since they didn’t have anything even remotely lower in carbs I just went with their homemade pitas/chips and dips; I thought I’d get little tasters of the different items. It wouldn’t have been appropriate to take a picture of my food, so I didn’t. But just let me say that I ended up with at least twice as much food as I would be capable of eating even if I was starving! So I just nibbled, and Pete finished the rest later in the evening at home. (I will be doing a 22-hour fast before my next meal – again at a restaurant – later today.)


June 8, 2022 – OMaD, IF, very low carb

After a 25-hour fast I had pork from a roast I’d cooked and frozen in big chunks a couple of months ago, which I cubed and reheated with some sauerkraut. And a low carb bar for “dessert”.


June 7, 2022 – IF, low carb

No photo today. Finished up that rotisserie chicken from Costco. After an 18-hour fast I had the last of the breast mixed with mayo and a little minced onion on pork rinds, followed by a (4gN) low carb bar. 3 hours later I had the last leg/thigh/wing, just plain, with a few mini carrots, and another low carb bar.


June 6, 2022 – low carb

After a 14-hour fast (IF, to me is 16 hours or more, the more the better) I made something similar to what I had on the 4th, but I used provolone cheese instead of cheddar with the pork panko on the bottom to form the crust, followed by diced chicken breast, then a sliced tomato, then provolone on top. After it was done I drizzled some ranch over the top. The result was SPECTACULAR!

A couple of hours after lunch I finished up the last of my bag of Brownie’s popcorn; these are huge bags and it takes me a week to go through one. I’m thinking I will try to go a week without any and see how I do; Brownie’s popcorn is a seasonal weakness!

I got hungry almost 6 hours after lunch so I spread out some Canadian bacon slices (the size of pepperoni) on the bottom of a pan and broke 3 eggs on top. Then I seasoned it all, put a lid on, and let it cook. That was supper.


June 5, 2022 – IF, moderate carb

This was my meal after a 19-hour fast. I love these little low carb street taco tortillas, more even than buns, on a burger! (I use ketchup & mayo.) Within the my 6-hour window I munched on raw broccoli & cauliflower with ranch, Brownie’s popcorn, and a low carb bar to satisfy my sweet tooth.


June 4, 2022 – very low carb

My first meal was after only 13 hours of fasting. I had been thinking about something I wanted to try for the last couple of days, and was anxious to make it. What I made – and ate – is in a video but I didn’t think to take a photo. You can see the video of my delicious creation HERE. I was – and am – pretty excited about it and can’t wait to make something else using this technique!

I thinly sliced some cabbage and part of an onion and tossed it with the last of my bacon crumbles and some Amish Happy Salt. And I had a chicken leg off that Costco rotisserie chicken I bought on Thursday. That was my 2nd meal.


June 3, 2022 – IF (19 hours)

My main meal today was, of course – it being Friday – a fish dinner at The Nest (Farwell, MI). I got a salad instead of their cole slaw (which is quite sweet), and cottage cheese instead of fries; though it was all-you-can-eat I only ate 2 pieces of their delicious batter-fried pollock.

Throughout the next 8 hours I munched on some Brownie’s popcorn and ate some Costco rotisserie chicken.


June 2, 2022 – IF (18 hours), OMaD, moderate carb

We ate at a Mongolian grill today. It was my only meal. I had a romaine salad with egg, cheese, bacon, and blue cheese dressing. My entree was pork, cabbage, onions, pea pods, and bamboo shoots, grilled with a spicy plum sauce. Not shown is the bowl of egg drop soup I had after my meal.


June 1, 2022 – NOTE: I’m doing things a little differently than usual for a while, as my eating habits will be evolving into the summer plan this month, as happens every year, anyway, so expect to see changes. 16 hour fasts (minimum) for example – rather an 18 – and concentrating more on what I eat than when I eat it during those 8 eating hours.

I snacked a lot today: raw cauliflower/ranch, “keto” yogurt, lowcarb crackers/cream cheese, Brownie’s popcorn.

Leftover beef of some sort, that I picked out of a beef-and-rice dish, and reheated in oil. No sauces, just some seasoning. This was my only actual meal.


May 20, 2022 – IF (23 hours)

(NOTE that I won’t be “worrying” too much about how I eat for the next week or so, I’m on rest for the next few days for a knee injury so Pete will be feeding me and I don’t want to add any pressure to him in choosing and preparing my food; then will be out of the state visiting with my sister for a few days, and while I’m eating in restaurants I also don’t want to have to think about everything I eat though, of course, I will be making my best choices. Usually. Anyway, there will be about a week-long gap in my reporting on this page after this update.)

I’ve been craving sauerkraut. One of my favorite foods but I don’t eat it too often due to the sodium content…but today Pete made me some pork (already roasted) and sauerkraut for my main meal and it REALLY hit the spot! A few hours later I had some lower-carb crackers with cream cheese as a snack too.

I don’t usually show Pete’s meals but tonight he showed me what he made for himself. These are like tortilla bowls, and he filled them with all kinds of goodies, though I don’t remember everything I know there was pasta, a lentil/sauce dish, some cheese on top…and whatever else, but don’t they look great???


May 19, 2022 – IF (18 hours)

2 meals again today: chicken and raw cauliflower dipped in ranch and some popcorn, then a jumbo clam dinner with tots (only ate about half of those), cottage cheese, and a roll at my daughter’s birthday dinner.


May 18, 2022 – IF (19 hours)

Out and about, got an appetizer sampler mid-afternoon (no photos, forgot), ate about half of it; 2 roasted pork sandwiches on keto buns with mayo early evening.


May 17, 2022 – OMaD, IF (20 hours), lowcarb

I fried a ribeye steak, and roasted some whole, thin green beans after tossing with olive oil, salt, and onion/garlic powders; 20 minutes at 350Β°F, tossed, another 20 minutes at 425Β°F. And grilled keto roll (not shown) with butter.


May 16, 2022 – UGH. With the grandkids all day. McD’s for lunch, A&W for supper. I just want to forget about it!


May 15, 2022 – IF (20 hours), OMaD, low carb

Fried cauliflower in oil and butter, seasoned with Amish Happy Salt, and 2 hamburgers on boughten keto buns.


May 14, 2022 – IF (18 hours)

I just finished up the last of the chicken & egg salad from the other day, on pork rinds, then ate some popcorn – very little actually – a few hours later.


May 13, 2022 – IF (24 hours)

We went to our usual Friday dinner spot today for their fish. But I decided to try their sweet potato fries, which I never even knew they had until today – crispy and delicious! (Cole slaw not pictured, already eaten by the time this food came.) Didn’t worry about carbs today.

Had some popcorn a few hours after I got home.


May 12, 2022 – IF (17 hours), OMaD, low carb

Just one meal today, mid-afternoon. I had a leftover chicken breast and a few HB eggs so I chopped them up along with about ΒΌ of an onion, added mayo, parsley, and paprika, and ate some on pork rinds. It is now over 8 hours later and I haven’t yet gotten hungry again, so that’s all I ate today.


May 11, 2022 – IF (20 hours), low carb

I didn’t get hungry most of today, but when I did, it hit all at once. So Pete fried me up this 1# ribeye steak and it was delicious!

A little later I wanted something crunchy so I melted cheese over pork rinds in the air fryer (left; the collage app didn’t choose the best part of the photo, it wasn’t all burnt in real life!), which I usually like to dip in a mixture of sour cream and salsa. But we were out of salsa so I mixed up a half can of drained diced tomatoes with the sour cream, and seasoned it with onion/garlic/chili powders and cumin (upper right, before I mixed it).

Then I had a chocolate caramel & pretzel bar (5gN). Everything I ate today was within a 2-hour window.


May 10, 2022 – IF (14 hours), low carb

Again, no photos. Throughout the day, in a 10-hour period, I ate some Brownie’s popcorn (a small amount), a chunk of pork roast with SF BBQ sauce, and a dish of full-fat cottage cheese.


May 9, 2022 – IF (16 hours), low carb

Nothing photo-worthy. But I followed the messages I was getting from my system today and ate accordingly. Mid afternoon I had some full-fat cottage cheese and some hard-boiled eggs with mayo. Mid evening I had a quarter (dark meat, my favorite!) of a roasted chicken.


May 5-8, 2022Took a break. Still ate the usual things but added a few other foods, things I never (or rarely) eat, during the 4 days of my birthday celebrations.


May 4, 2022 – IF, lowcarb

In the background is a hamburger with “Mayochup” that I buy whenever I can find it at the local Amish stores, served on 1 net gram carb bread. And with it are some “bean fries”: thin whole green beans tossed with olive oil, onion and garlic powders, pink salt, EBTB seasoning, and parmesan, then air-fried (420Β°F for 12 min., tossing twice).

I also snacked on some popcorn a few hours before eating this supper. (Click the link to learn about my summertime popcorn addiction.)


May 2-3, 2022 – Totally off my game this week with high pain levels, can’t cook, etc…I ate what I could find (and what Pete made for me) if I got hungry, no rhyme nor reason.


May 1, 2022 – Slept much of the day. Ate pizza because it’s Sunday. Popcorn in the evening with Pete. Feeling rotten so I don’t really care what I eat.


April 30, 2022 – I haven’t felt good all day so I just munched. Mid-afternoon I had some mini-cukes dipped in ranch dressing. In the evening I had some FinnCrisp sourdough & rye crackers with cream cheese. That’s it for today.


April 29, 2022 – IF, OMaD, after not eating anything since sometime yesterday.

I didn’t take any photos. In the evening we ate from a seafood buffet at a local restaurant, I had fish, shrimp, mushrooms, mac’n’cheese (because they have the BEST!), 2 small rolls, and a sliver of apple pie, and that was it for the day.


April 28, 2022 – I didn’t take photos or write it down and now, more that 24 hours later, I don’t remember what I ate, or IF I ate.


April 27, 2022 – IF, lowcarb

I decided I would have 2 meals today, just going by how my body felt, energy levels, etc. This is the grilled cheese sandwich I had for my mid-afternoon lunch. Pete put the parm/romano cheese on the butter before cooking the sandwich (with keto bread) in the panini press, then sprinkled the crispy cheese bits over the top. Freakin’ FANTASTIC!

Early evening’s supper was roasted vegetables (zucchini, tomato, onion, mushrooms in olive oil with (Amish) Happy Salt. When they were soft and browning, I poured off the excess liquid and added a sauce made of full-fat sour cream, mushroom powder and flavoring, some nooch, and lots of parsley. Parm-romano on top for the last 15 minutes added a nice little topping. I heated up some of the mini-slices of Canadian bacon I’d gotten from the Amish store a few days ago to eat with it.


April 26, 2022 – IF

So today we were at our daughter/son-in-law’s house babysitting our almost-3YO granddaughter. For lunch said toddler and I had “cheese doodles” – the name I use for any cornmeal-based shape covered with a powdered cheese-wanna-be chemical concoction laden with artificial everything and preservatives. But at least it followed a decent 19-hour fast…then when the older siblings got home from school and daddy got home we were invited to partake in their supper which, for me, was about a dozen fish sticks and 2 biscuits. This might be the least healthy day of eating that I’ve had in a while. But, good for me or not, I enjoyed every single bite!


April 25, 2022 – OMaD, IF, lowcarb, after 20-hour fast

I had a big ribeye steak for my meal today, accompanied by some cheese straws for crunch. That’s it.


April 24, 2022 – OMaD, IF, lowcarb, after 17-hour fast (again)

Had my tortilla pizza exactly like last week’s except I’d found some pepperoni-sized canadian bacon at the Amish store yesterday (5 packs for a buck!) so I used about a half-packet instead of the mushrooms. And the bacon crumbles on top, which came out crispy and delicious…I really love these pizzas! I also had a keto chocolate/caramel/pretzel bar with my tea afterward.


April 23, 2022 – 17-hour fast

Today we were out and about, and happened to find ourselves near The Nest, and Pete was hungry, so…

I got one of their amazing flatbreads, this one is spinach and artichokes, with chicken, alfredo sauce, and mozzarella cheese melted on top. I absolutely LOVE their flatbreads but usually choose not to indulge. Then I got onion rings on the side, of which I ate half (I would have ordered just 3 of them, I didn’t want a lot) and the rest came home for Pete to snack on.

We’d bought a big bucket of cheese doodle things to keep around for the grandkids, but Maisie and I broke into them. Oops.


April 22, 2022 – IF after 19-hour fast

Today we had our usual fish dinners at The Nest . About 4 hours later I had some nausea (from pain, not from the fish, never from their fish LOL!) so I ate some crackers with diet Vernors. And that’s it for today!


April 21, 2022 – IF, low carb, 20-hour fast

I was SO excited for today to come, as I had decided I was just going to have grilled cheese (on low carb bread) for my meal, and I love grilled cheese! Then someone on my 2nd-favorite Mastodon instance gave me a tip: add parmesan cheese on top of the butter before frying it in the pan to add an extra cheesy and crispy layer to the sandwich. And Oh. My. GOODNESS! BEST doggone grilled cheese sandwich EVER!!! WOW!

A few hours later I was hungry again so I ate a few spoonsful of (full-fat) cottage cheese to get me through the evening, it was enough to fill me up again. And with my tea I’m having a cinnamonny keto bar, still within my 6-hour eating window for the day. Great food day!


April 20, 2022 – IF, OMaD, 24-hour fast

This evening’s meal was the last of the leftover roasted pork, plus a veggie casserole. Sliced tomatoes, green and yellow zucchini, and onion tossed with (Amish) Happy Salt, parsley, lots of minced garlic, and olive oil, roasted 30 minutes @ 350Β°F then tossed after adding shredded cheeses. Another 30 minutes, this time @ 400Β°F, then mixed in sour cream before serving. EXTREMELY wonderful!


April 19, 2022 – IF, after 19-hour fast

Mid-afternoon I snacked on a some mini-cukes dipped in ranch.

Supper was roasted cabbage, carrots, and onion with leftover pork roast a few hours later. (My favorite part – and Pete’s – is the crispy black cabbage leaves!)


April 18, 2022 – IF, after 21-hour fast

There’s a restaurant up north in the town where we did workcamping for 2 seasons a few years ago, we used to eat there at least once a week during those times. It closed a couple of years ago and we’ve been waiting for it to open back up, and finally it did. So we ate there yesterday. I got the same thing I always used to get: a burger and tots. And the food was just as great as I remembered it! I ate my burger but only half the tots before I got full.

5 hours later I ate a few mini-cukes and finished up some leftover chicken and steak that I had in the fridge. So it was one of those rare 2-meal days!


April 17, 2022 – OMaD, IF, low-carb, after 16-hour fast

All I ate today was my tortilla pizza that I usually eat on Sundays. But I did want to talk about it a little bit. I just marvel that something so simple, cheap, and low-carb can be so “real-pizza-like” and I think today I figured out why. The first tortilla I lay down and just put a thin layer of shredded mozzarella on it, then another tortilla. On the 2nd tortilla I spread my sauce, which does soak into the tortilla a bit, then whatever topping(s) I want to use; today it was mushrooms. After another thin layer of mozz (works like glue) I add the 3rd tortilla, spread a little more paste, and then top with mozz. Today I always sprinkled some bacon crumbles on top. Now HERE is why I think it is so much like “real” pizza: The bottom tortilla gets crisp but from there and up through the 2nd one the heated sauce and melted cheese it all gets very soft and almost dough-y – like good chewy pizza crust. Then the top layer of cheese is exactly like the cheese topping on a “real” pizza. I truly enjoy these as much as the pizzas I always used to eat on Sundays!


April 16, 2022 – We ate at our daughter’s house, they had a big turkey dinner. ‘Nuff said.


April 15, 2022 – IF, after 21-hour fast

Late afternoon I had a PB&J sammich (everything sugar-free and low carb) because it was fast and easy and I wouldn’t have to be on my feet for long to feed myself.

About 4 hours after my sandwich I was hungry again but in too much pain to cook. I started out with a pan and butter melting in it to fry an egg…then I decided to chop up the rest of yesterday’s chicken breast into that butter. Low carb bread on my plate with a slice of swiss cheese waited for the hot buttery chicken on top…then some pesto over it. And that was just about the best open-face sandwich I have ever thought of! Fantastic!

(…and this is why I don’t usually buy low carb bread – I eat it!)


April 14, 2022 – IF, after 19-hour fast

We were in one of the cities today so we ate a mid-afternoon meal there. Today was intended to be OMaD but…well, I’ll get to that in a minute…

Asian buffet was our choice, once again. The bottom layer of my plate was boiled cabbage and mushrooms in a thin brown broth. On top of that I have 2 chicken wing flats, a chicken-on-a-stick (teriyaki?), an egg roll, and several pieces of fish (I LOVE their fish!); tarter sauce in the bowl to the right. Not shown: 3 crab rangoons.

One of the things we bought at Costco was a rotisserie chicken. When we got home I cut it in half and put half in the freezer. The other half was taunting me so after a couple of hours I grabbed it, and a fork, and nibbled on it for a while. Overall I ate half of the breast, with the skin. Ergo, no OMaD.


April 13, 2022 – IF, low carb, after 18-hour fast

Had a snack of baby carrots dipped in tzatziki mid-afternoon, followed by a handful of popcorn a little later – I really felt munchy today!

For supper I browned some onion and yellow squash in olive oil, then added some leftover roasted pork that I had frozen/defrosted and some alfredo sauce, marjoram, paprika, and some additional parmesan cheese. It simmered until the cheese melted. And it was delicious! Extremely good!


April 12, 2022 – IF, low carb, after 19-hour fast

I thought I got a picture of my lunch, but apparently not…I melted cheese over some porkies, then dipped them in some hot salsa and sour cream mixed together in equal parts.

Supper was a ribeye steak, seared and then lightly cooked to medium rare, and some low carb bread, toasted. Usually I fry my bread in butter to make toast, but tonight I put the buttered bread on a baking pan in the convection oven, 425Β°F, 10 min., turning once. REALLY crispy and buttery, also perfectly done!


April 11, 2022 – OMaD, after 20-hour fast

We stopped at The Nest after my appointment today, and I got loads of carbs, as you can see. Pete got fish’n’chips. I got chicken fried steak with american fries, gravy, eggs over easy, and sourdough toast. Tea to drink.


April 10, 2022 – IF, low carb

Sunday is pizza day, this is my pizza I make with low carb tortillas, doesn’t it look like a real pizza? Tastes like it too! Today I added a little garlic basil pesto in it too. Other than that, just the tomato (I use a thin layer of tomato paste) and cheese. And I enjoy this just as much as any other pizza, really. I did this in the air fryer (we have a Ninja something-or-other) so I could get it well-browned and crispy, as you can see, that’s exactly how it worked out – perfect! Even so, I could only eat 2/3 of it before I got full. Will probably eat the last of it for a snack in a little while.


April 9, 2022 – OMaD, IF; 24 hours between meals

Roasted cauliflower, tossed with olive oil and (Amish) Happy Salt, then melted cheese on top, with bacon crumbles over it, plus 2 roasted chicken thighs for supper. Keto cinnamon bar for dessert (not shown).


April 8, 2022 – IF

We ate at our favorite Chinese buffet. We haven’t eaten there in about 6 months, so we both really piled up our plates! My plate includes my 2 favorites: fried zucchini and peanut butter chicken, plus some mushrooms, a couple kinds of chicken in sauces, some crab rangoons, some seafood medley, and maybe one or two other things, I don’t remember it all…but it was delicious, and I was definitely full when I left! A few hours later I ate the fortune cookies and some pizzelles for a snack. VERY carby day!


April 7, 2022 – OMaD

We went out for our grandson’s birthday dinner, and I got fish’n’chips. I ate 3 of the 4 pieces of fish, and about half of the “chips”, plus the little garlic breads. Carby. But delicious.


April 6, 2022 – IF

Early afternoon I had a bacon/mayo sandwich on the lower carb bread I’d bought. 5Β½ hours later I had the roasted pork and butternut cubes (tossed with olive oil, Amish Happy Salt, cinnamon, ginger, and monk fruit sweetener and air-fried) for supper, followed by a few pizzelle cookies with my tea.


April 5, 2022 – I didn’t care how or what I ate today, I am pretty sick and tired of this wonky stomach. So I had leftover steak with eggs early in the morning (when I NEVER eat!), and mid-afternoon I had grilled cheese on some lower-carb (7gN/slice) bread I picked up yesterday. And that’s it. (I don’t think my stomach cares what I eat at this point!)


April 4, 2022

I just ate some most of my clams and a couple of onion rings at The Nest.


April 3, 2022 – IF (18 hours)

Sunday is pizza day, this week I ate a few pieces of a thin-crust frozen pizza (cooked, of course!), then a few hours later I had some popcorn


April 2, 2022 – IF (24 hours), OMaD, low carb

I finished off my chicken cucumber salad from the 30th, and drank a lot of tea.


April 1, 2022 – moderate carb, OMaD, IF; 22 hours since previous meal

My meal was our fish dinner from The Nest, except I only had one piece of fish, and had some hash browns rather than the salad.


March 31, 2022 – low carb, IF, OMaD; 20 hours since previous food

I had a little cottage cheese as a snack, then about half of this ribeye a couple of hours later.


March 30, 2022 – low carb

Since the cottage cheese was fine last night I decided to have some chicken salad with cucumber and bacon crumbles in mayo. Delicious! Snacked on a low carb tortilla wrapped around a cheese stick later.


March 29, 2022 – low carb

Same as yesterday, except I added some full-fat sour cream to my “soup” to test my stomach. It wasn’t happy but didn’t retaliate. I may try a few spoonfuls of cottage cheese later.


PLEASE NOTE that until my stomach is back to normal (just because I eat something doesn’t mean it went well!) I’m not going to worry much about OMaD or IF; rather I will just keep my food low/moderate carb and eat as I feel I can. This process is taking longer than I thought it would.


March 28, 2022 – IF, low carb

Sticking with liquids once I finally dragged myself out of bed mid-afternoon I had a “cocktail” of diet Vernors and water, thickened with some oat milk and seasoned with with a cinnamon stick, which really mimicked one of my favorite meals of oatmeal loaded with cinnamon (that I rarely allow myself anymore). A couple of hours later I boiled some chicken broth and drizzled in beaten egg to make “noodles” and seasoned it simply with garlic, ginger, and a little smoked paprika.


March 24, 2022 – I had one of my tortilla pizzas; March 25, 2022 I had a fish dinner from The Nest as usual. Then early afternoon on March 26, 2022 I had 2 coney dogs which went down great! But by that evening…stomach flu! So I ate nothing for the next 48 hours…


March 23, 2022 – IF, low carb

I am nibbling today. So far I have had a cup of keto yogurt, a mozzarella cheese stick, and then finally, after nibbling on the roast as it was cooking and I was breaking it apart, I had a plate with a few last bites, and roasted cabbage and onions. I’m probably done nibbling now.


March 22, 2022 – low carb – Because I was so hungry (doggone hamburger bun yesterday!) I chose to go ahead and eat when hungry, but keep my carbs very low. I had a couple of small steaks, which I ate 5 hours apart. I will likely also have some cottage cheese as a snack yet tonight.


March 21, 2022 – IF – today’s meal was 23 hours after my previous meal (again)

Went to The Nest, Monday is hamburger day. I got a Two Gouda burger which also has bacon and onion and I added mustard. I ate the burger but could only eat half of my onion rings which Pete brought home for his evening snack. 5 hours later I had some cottage cheese.


March 20, 2022 – IF, OMaD, low carb – today’s meal eaten 23 hours after my previous meal.

It’s Sunday, so I had my double-tortilla cheese pizza. That is all.


March 19, 2022 – IF, OMaD, low carb – today’s meal 24 hours after my previous meal

“Better Than Rice” konjac/oat fiber “rice” drained and cooked in a dry pan until totally dried out; set aside. Fried ground pork; added coco animos, ginger, sesame oil, chili powder, (Amish) Happy Salt, and a few green herbs of various types. Mixed the “rice” back in and stirred until the flavored juices were absorbed. Very good, nearly zero carbs; some pizzelles for dessert.


March 18, 2022 – This was a rough day, food wise. I didn’t keep track of times or any other numbers or take any photos. Late morning I had bacon and eggs. Mid afternoon I had my typical fish dinner from The Nest but only 2 pieces of fish. I got some pizzelle cookies at the store and had a few after my fish dinner. (4gN carbs each)


March 17, 2022 – IF, low carb – 1st meal 18 hours after previous meal; 2nd meal 5Β½ hours after that

For lunch I had pork rinds dipped in salsa mixed with sour cream. For supper I am having the tortilla pizza that I have mentioned here previously. No photos, keeping it simple as I recover from yesterday.


March 16, 2022 – lowcarb

No photos. I was just trying to make it through a very difficult day, everything else was secondary. Early afternoon I ate some chopped raw cauliflower, bacon pieces, and ranch dressing tossed together; it was quick and easy but also tasted good. In the evening I had a steak and some zucchini sticks seasoned with (Amish) Happy Salt and air fried.


March 15, 2022 – IF – 23 hours after previous meal

No photo; we’d spent most of the day at appointments, by the time we were done we stopped at Qdoba for a salad to get us home. The picture would have looked like a pile of cheese topped with sour cream in a bowl because all I could see was the top! It had lettuce, ground beef, tomato salsa, corn salsa, cheese, and sour cream in it though. And it was delicious! Now, 5 hours later, I am snacking on some cauliflower dipped in ranch dressing.


March 14, 2022 – OMaD – 17 hours after last night’s snack

Today was an appointment day; nearly every one of our appointments are an hour or more from home and they’re pretty much a day-long ordeal so we always have a restaurant meal. As long as I’m OMaD and IF I don’t worry as much about carbs; I missed IF by an hour today (a rarity!) but didn’t worry about it anyway; I usually have more on my mind than just food. I had a “scrambler” – eggs mushrooms, onions, spinach, cheese atop hash browns. I only ate some of the hash browns, Pete ate the rest, and I only ate some of my sourdough toast, he ate the rest. But I ate ALL of the healthy stuff on top and it was wonderful! I also craved a glass of milk so ordered that too. And this was my only meal today.


March 13, 2022 – IF – 19 hours after my previous meal.
We ate a traditional boiled dinner at our daughter’s, and I ate it all: corned beef, cabbage (tons of it!), potatoes, carrots, and rolls. And it was all great! I’d intended today to be OMaD as well, but about 6 hours later I had to eat some crackers; I’ve had a funny tummy since I started this new med, and I’m sure all of that cabbage especially wasn’t the best for it. Anyway, you can see a photo of the spread on today’s vlog (#2091), which will be posted at some point…maybe Monday. But it was all delicious, and worth the mild collywobbles!


March 12, 2022 – IF – 23 hours after previous meal

Actually 23 hours after I finished my previous meal I had a snack rather than a meal. After suffering with nausea all day I decided to eat some crackers – carbs or not. 4 hours after THAT I ate this meal of pork steak and roasted napa cabbage, both seasoned with (Amish) Happy Salt, plus Everything But The Bagel seasoning on the cabbage.


March 11, 2022 – IF, OMaD – 20 hours after previous meal – See the original photo about our fish dinners at The Nest . I’m not willing to give these up; however I do get a salad rather than their sweet slaw, and a little dish of cottage cheese instead of the pile of french fries. It is my compromise every week, their fried fish is SO good!


March 10, 2022 – IF, OMaD, very lowcarb – 25 hours after previous meal

Quite possibly the best soup ever. I’ve had some mild nausea going on all day and my stomach really didn’t want anything but the rest of me was hungry so Pete suggested some soup. This was very simple: Chicken broth seasoned with (Amish) Happy Salt, garlic/onion powders, parsley. When it boiled I drizzled in 2 lightly beaten eggs to make “noodles” and a drained can of chicken. Lastly I stirred in some (full fat) sour cream because, well, sour cream. And it is lovely. Even my stomach can’t complain!


March 9, 2022 – IF, OMaD, moderate carb; 21 hours after previous meal

This is, admittedly, junk. However, it is is not without redeeming qualities. And, most importantly, I love it. In the bottom photo you see my pork rinds which have had shredded cheese melted over them in the convection oven. In the top photo you see canned chili mixed with an equal amount of sour cream. And I dip the cheese-coated “chips” in the chili/sour cream. This was one of my staples way back when I started low carb in 2004, losing 90 pounds in 7 months…EXCEPT that I made my own chili back then. This canned stuff is junk with soy, oats, and corn in it. I’ll be making my own again in the future…meanwhile, this was my meal today, I’d been looking forward to this all week, and it was even better than I’d anticipated!


March 8, 2022 – IF, OMaD, low carb; 23 hours after previous meal

Today’s meal was 2 roasted chicken thighs like I usually do them, plus 4 mini cucumbers dipped in ranch. For “dessert” (I don’t usually have a sweet tooth) I had 3Tbsp SF chocolate chips but would have been satisfied with half that. Live and learn!


March 7, 2022 – low carb; see NOTE below

Delicious supper! Simple steak fried in oil & butter, with kohlrabi “noodles” minced garlic and slivered onion – about 1/8 of a medium onion – fried next to the steak in the same pan. Never had kohlrabi “noodles” before but they are my now favorite veg. noodle so far!


March 6/7, 2022NOTE: This period from supper on the 6th to supper on the 7th was one of those rare (maybe 2-3x/mo.) times when IF went out the window. I don’t always do OMaD but I do stick pretty closely to IF…anyway, an hour after supper on the 6th I was hungry so I ate 4 mini-cukes dipped in ranch dressing. About 2 hours after that my body was screaming for protein, so 3 eggs and 4 rashers of bacon later, I had that under control as well. (Note to self: include protein with every meal!) Then 15 hours after that I was hungry – I had awakened 6 hours earlier than normal and my body apparently thought it was suppertime – so I ate my other tortilla pizza I’d made yesterday. I have a good supper planned for this evening and after that, if history is any indication, I will be back to my daily 18-hour-minimum fasts. At least this between-suppers period wasn’t a HUGE carb hit, about 21gN. So there’s that.


March 6, 2022 – IF, moderate carb, OMAD; 22 hours after my previous meal

OK, I know I’ve shared this pizza before. But I just have to share again because see how the top got nice and browned and crispy? As did the bottom of the bottom tortilla…followed by the chewy “crust” just above that, formed by the melted cheese and the 2nd tortilla…and it doesn’t get better than that, right? A chewy crust that’s crisp on the bottom? This time I also sprinkled a few bacon crumbles on it too. I made 2 of these for < 30gN carbs, and, because I only eat OMaD, I don’t feel in the least bit bad about eating them both! OH YUM!


March 5, 2022 IF, lowcarb, OMAD; 27 hours after my previous meal

Today’s meal was 1Β½c of cooked spaghetti squash with ground pork, mozzarella, and about ΒΌc of SF spaghetti sauce, and less than 1T of peanut butter – scraped what was left in the jar – for “dessert” except I ate it before I ate the meal.


March 4, 2022 – See The Nest Fish Dinner from last Friday, this meal was the same, 20 hours after my previous meal


March 3, 2022 – IF, lowcarb, OMaD (+ small snack 20 hours after previous meal)

I was pretty hungry before suppertime so I had a spoonful of peanut butter – 6gN worth. Then for supper 3 hours later I had roasted chicken thighs, prepared as described below. With them I had slivered cabbage and onions, tossed with pink salt and olive oil, then roasted at 425Β°F for 50 minutes, stirring halfway through. I added some bacon crumbles to the top after it was on the plate.


March 2, 2022 – IF, lowcarb, OMAD, 25 hours since my previous meal

Today’s meal was fast and easy: a pork steak, seasoned with (Amish) Happy Salt, plus a quarter of an onion that needed to be used, broken into petals, and fried with the meat. I also had some applesauce – not shown – as a dip for the meat, as I can’t eat plain pork without choking on it. Simple but filling, nutritious, and delicious!


March 1, 2022 – IF, lowcarb, OMAD, 23 hours since my previous meal

Another winner of a meal! Fried a little cut-up onion and about a half-cup of mushrooms in oil until they started to brown; pushed them to the side and quick-seared a thin fatty chuck steak on both sides; reduced the heat, removed the steak to a plate to rest, and about a cup of thawed chopped spinach, a tsp of yellow mustard, a couple tsps of minced garlic, some butter, and 10 net grams worth of organic potato flakes to the pan. Kept tossing it as it cooked down together while I was cutting my steak; when the steak was ready I piled the spinach mixture on top, then added some bacon crumbles to the top. SO GOOD!

And here’s why: combination of meaty, savory, and salty, plus occasional hits of sweet from the onions, also reminiscent of a loaded burger from the hint of mustard, and comfort food from the little bit of mashed potato. All of that. On one plate! In one meal! In every bite! Definitely a WINNER!

Less than 20g net carbs, for ALL OF THIS!!! 5 hours later I am still stuffed.


Feb. 28, 2022 – IF, OMaD, lowcarb, 22 hours since my previous meal

For my meal today I had 2 roasted chicken thighs, prepared in my own special way where I rub both the top (under the skin) and the bottom with whatever seasonings I want, then oil the skin and roast them with the bottom on the oiled dish, roasted until the skin is crispy and the juice is clear. I LOVE my chicken this way! I also ate the rest of my Caulibrowns from Saturday, which had formed a patty in the fridge, by reheating it on an oiled pan, with a layer of shredded mozzarella on top, at 350Β°F for 10 minutes until it crisped around the edges and the cheese started to brown. Delicious meal!

I had a bit of a sweet tooth afterward, however, and since my supper had very minimal carbs I ate 2Tbsp of sugar-free dark chocolate chips. After I ate them I thought maybe next time I will toss them with a tablespoon or so of bacon crumbles – wouldn’t that taste fantastic!


Feb. 27, 2022 – IF, lowcarb; 18 hours since my previous meal

Sunday is pizza day, and I’ve been mentally working this one out all week. I wanted something that would have a crisp bottom but still have the rest of the crust be chewy, and of course plenty of cheese…not a huge fan of lots of sauce but I do like to taste it in there too…and this is the result. It is EVERY bit as wonderful as I suspected it would be – maybe even more! I made 2 of these and together they were a smidge over 25g net carbs – LOTS better than the 200 I’ve always eaten on Sundays! Anyway I put a lowcarb tortilla on an oiled, hot cookie sheet, upon which I put a layer of cheese, especially around the edges, to seal a 2nd tortilla upon and give it the chewy texture. A thin layer of spaghetti sauce, and few bacon crumbles, and more cheese on top before putting it into a 425Β°F oven for 8 minutes and this was the FANTASTIC result! I think it’s better than any other homemade pizza or baked frozen pizza I’ve ever had. DELICIOUS! After eating I worked on some online stuff, took a nap, then ate the 2nd one a few hours after the first. FANTASTIC!!!


Feb. 26, 2022 – IF, OMaD, lowcarb; 23 hours since my previous meal

I cooked the salmon, skin side up, on a parchment-lined baking pan that I had brushed with ChocZero maple syrup – we LOVE this, it’s really thick and sweet! – and oil, after seasoning it with sea salt and ground ginger.
This was a trial for the side dish and it is a definite WINNER! After thawing and completely wringing the water off of a package of cauliflower rice I mixed it with an egg, some cheese (grated parmesan and shredded colby-jack), and some bacon pieces (Costco), seasoned with onion and garlic powders. Then I fried it in some oil/butter, as I do hash browns, flipping around occasionally, until there were plenty of browned crispy bits.

I absolutely LOVE the “cheese hash browns” and will be making them a LOT in the future! Pete had a baked potato with his (he can’t eat egg or bacon), and ended up eating half of my salmon – it was extremely delicious but very rich! – and I couldn’t finish my “cheese hash browns” because I was too full.


Feb. 25, 2022 – IF; 18 hours after my previous meal, snack 7 hours later

I look forward all week to our Friday fish dinners at our favorite restaurant, and I’m not willing to give up their delicious fried fish. (Friday night fish fry dinners are a Big Deal around northern Michigan!) However to reduce the carb impact I did substitute a salad for their creamy sweet cole slaw, and a dish of cottage cheese for the mound of french fries. The dinner comes with 3 pieces of fish and is AYCE on Fridays; I just ate the 3 pieces, as usual; I don’t usually get additional pieces anyway.

These are just a couple of the grain-free tortillas (ref. 2/22/22) with cheese between them, and toasted. Definitely not delicious but curbed my hunger this evening. (I won’t be buying these tortillas again.)


Feb. 24, 2022 – OMaD, moderate carb; almost exactly 24 hours after my previous meal

This is the creamy chicken vegetable soup I made for my supper tonight. It was good, but I only rate it a 7 out of 10, and I will tell you why in a minute. I don’t “do” recipes but can describe: Cut onions and cauliflower in small pieces then cooked in hot olive oil in a saucepan. When softened I added a generous teaspoon of minced garlic (from a jar, in liquid), plenty of dried thyme and parsley, a can of carrots (drained), a can of white meat chicken (drained), and (Amish) Happy Salt. After stirring I poured about 2″ of chicken broth in, covered and simmered on low for 30 minutes. After simmering I added 4 oz. of cream cheese and continued to heat until it melted. Stirred, and served.

While making the soup I had 5 Mission low carb street taco sized tortillas on the oven rack at 225Β°F until crisp.

I had planned to start the whole process with some chopped bacon in the bottom of the pan. As I was cooking I kept thinking I was forgetting something and indeed there was something lacking in the taste, it wasn’t quite as I had imagined it. I even tried adding a chunk of butter for more richness (not included in ingredients above) but that didn’t help. So this is why I give the soup a 7 out of 10 rating; with the bacon it would have been a 10, I’m positive!
ALSO these little tortilla “crackers” are FANTASTIC! At only 1.5g Net each they are very tasty, slightly sweet, and were perfect for breaking off and dipping in this thick soup. In the end I ate the last two with my nightly DandyBlend tea, lightly buttered. Though I do avoid grains in most cases these will be an exception as they are SO good for sandwiches, crackers, dippers, etc. and are so low carb. Plus I often find them in our neighborhood Amish grocery stores for about 50Β’ a package so they’re very inexpensive!


Feb. 23, 2022 – OMaD, moderate carb

A few minutes short of 27 hours since I’d eaten anything (which isn’t an issue for me, I don’t really get hungry much before 24 hours anyway) I decided to have a moderate – meaning up to 50g total – carb meal today. A simple fried fatty pork steak seasoned with Happy Salt, and roasted butternut squash with melted butter, cinnamon, granulated sweetener, and unsweetened applesauce. It was DELICIOUS!

(NOTE: Since my nissen fundoplication in Dec. 2010 I can’t eat pork without mushy food or heavy sauce on it, as – for some reason – it gets stuck above the wrap. So I always have to generously dip each bite into something.)


2/22/22 – IF, lowcarb – Today I got hungry fairly early, so had a snack at about 1:00 (19 hours after yesterday’s supper), then the meal at 5:00. So it became an IF day rather than an OMaD day.

These are grain-free “keto tortillas” from Aldi; not like tortillas in texture (very dry and crumbly) or taste but ok in their own right. Quite pricey. To use these up I will likely crumble and use as a topping or a coating.

I brushed these on both sides with olive oil, sprinkled on some parmesan cheese and garlic powder, then toasted them in a 300Β°F oven for about 20 minutes. I ate them with tzatziki because we ran out of my favorite, sour cream.

2 eggs (over very easy) and 4 rashers of bacon, fried up with love by my beloved.


FEB. 21, 2022 – OMaD, lowcarb, keto

Thin-sliced fatty chuck steak, sliced into bite-sized pieces and tossed with drained canned straw mushrooms, salt, and onion & garlic powders before frying in olive oil and butter

Raw cauliflower cut into bite-sized florets, tossed with Happy Salt (Amish brand, purchased locally), parmesan cheese (green can) and avacado oil, then roasted @ 400Β°F for 20 minutes; tossed, coated with shredded cheese, then roasted @ 400Β°F for 20 more minutes.


Brownie’s Popcorn Wagon shows up over in Clare, MI in the spring and stays into late fall, serving up – among other things – the best popcorn I’ve ever eaten in my life! It is an addiction that I don’t plan to even TRY to break, and whenever we have occasion to go through Clare during the season I always pick up a bag or two. They JUST opened this week and Pete brought me my first bag of the season. You will see in future updates to this page how often I eat it!



Chicken Soup Variation 2

White Pizza Sammy

Caulirice in Cheese Sauce

Pork & Cabbage Bowl

Breakfast Patties Alfredo

My Secret to a Chewy Tortilla Pizza Crust

Pumped Up Eggs

Creamy Zucchini, with Tomato & Onion

Cheezy Porky Eggs

Cheese & Tomato Tortilla

Ham ‘n’ Egg “Tacos”

Summer Sausage “Reuben” (on a keto bun)

Cheezy Rinds ‘N’ Salsa Dip

Asiago Tortelloni Alfredo With Grilled Chicken at Olive Garden

Fried Canadian Bacon’n’Eggs

Open-Face Sammy on a Keto Crust

Roasted Cabbage with Onion and Bacon

Steak and Roasted Green Beans

Fish and Sweet Potato Fries at The Nest

Chicken Salad

Fried Ribeye Steak

Spinach & Artichoke Flatbread at The Nest

Parmesan-Crusted Grilled Cheese

Roast Pork with Zucchini Casserole

Roast Pork with Veggies

Matt’s Burger’n’Tots

Tortilla Pizza Secrets

Open-Face Chicken Sandwich

Pork with Squash, alfredo

Ribeye, with buttery baked toast

Tortilla Pizza, by the slice

Chicken Thighs, with Roasted Cauliflower

Fish’n’Chips at Gatsby’s

Roast Pork with Butternut Cubes

Clams’n’Rings at The Nest

Chicken Cucumber Salad

Roasted Pork, Cabbage, & Onions

Burger with Onion Rings at The Nest

Ground Pork with Konjac “Rice”

Scrambler (Big Boy restaurant)

Roasted Pork Steak (with napa cabbage)

Tummy-Pleasing Chicken Soup

Chips, Chili, & Cheese

Roasted Chicken Thighs

Double Tortilla Pizza PLUS!

Roasted Chicken Thighs (with roasted cabbage)

Pork Steak with Onion Petals

Has-It-All Steak

Roasted Chicken Thighs (with leftover caulibrowns)

Roasted Cauliflower with Cheeses

Chuck Steak with Straw Mushrooms

Bacon and Eggs, made with love

Grain-free Tortillas, toasted with Parmesan

Pork Steak with ‘Sauced Butternut

Creamy Chicken Veg Soup with Tortilla “Crackers”

Grain-free Tortilla and Cheese Sandwich, Toasted

Fish Dinner at The Nest

Salmon with Cheesy Caulibrowns

Double-Tortilla Pizza

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2 thoughts on “Meals & Recipes From What I Eat In A Day

  1. That recipe on the 22nd of cauliflower casserole sounded wonderful! I’m going to try that!

    I’ve been making up marinated veggies like a fancy 3 bean salad with veggies. It is delicious!

    1. Oh my goodness, it is wonderful and I’m thinking of so many ways to doctor it up too! I just love the “base” that the parmesan-tossed cauliflower rice creates to a casserole! I’ve not done marinated veggies but now I’ve got to try that too, especially for Pete – sounds great❣️

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