Beauty, Health, Makeup, Mom life, shop, Uncategorized

Skincare Product Review

Disclosure: This post may contain affiliate links, meaning I receive a small commission if you decide to make a purchase through my links, at no cost to you.

This post is going to be broken up into things I love, things I don’t love and things I’m still “eh” about. Regardless of what it is, I still spent a whole bunch of money mis amores and I’m here to tell you all about it!

I’m not going to lie, some things I jumped on because of the hype that we see on social media and some stuff I did my research on because I was just trying to solve a specific problem or issue with my skin. So let’s get started!

Let’s start with the products I love:

  1. I have horrible bags under my eyes. Like the puffiness and darkness is real. It could have easily happened when I became a mom and started losing a significant amount of sleep. Whatever the root cause of my dilemma, it brought me to this product:
24k undereye collagen patches

I owe all of you a before and after picture, but I put one of these babies on while I’m making breakfast or binge watching Netflix y pareco gente (I look like a decent human being)! I normally put them on for about 30-45 minutes and then take it off and massage the excess product into my skin. The one annoying thing I hate is that it moves out of place if I’m moving too much, but that’s minor to how it looks when all is said and done.

Purchase yours here.

2. There is nothing more annoying than having dry, crusty lips. NOTHING. So, I invested in a Laneige lip sleeping mask. I know it says that it’s for night use, pero, I definitely put this on throughout the day. Don’t judge. Keeps my lips soft, smooth and plump. Purchase here.

Lip Sleeping Mask

3. It’s so hard to find a good moisturizer and I’ve been pretty loyal to Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream. I just love the consistency – it’s light weight, fast absorbing, not greasy. The formula, overall, is great and has not disappointed. Honestly, it’s one of those products that if I ever forget while I’m on vacation or a work trip, I get super upset about. lol

Facial Cream

Purchase yours here.

4. I don’t get horrible blackheads, but when I do, I really love the Biore blackhead strips. I probably use them once a month or even once every other month, but I like to keep them on hand either way. It’s quick, semi-painless, and instant results for a smooth nose. Purchase yours here.

Hype Products that I’m not really a fan of (maybe I got the wrong ones or I have the wrong routine in place, but I definitely don’t love at the moment:

We’re all aging, so I wanted to have a day and night routine that could start reducing the wrinkles, fine lines and loose skin.

I tried the following products: CeraVe Skin Renewing Vitamin C Serum (Day), CeraVe Skin Renewing Retinol Serum (Night) and the CeraVe Eye Repair Cream (twice a day).

CeraVe

Maybe I’m not being patient, but after 30+ days of use, I have yet to see results with these products. They are lightweight and smooth on the skin, but the results are just not there for me. The Vitamin C serum also irritated my skin, where it felt like I was sun burnt – very strange. I’m going to keep going with the eye repair cream to see if I notice a difference, but I am definitely taking a break from the other two.

“Eh” products that I want to love:

  1. I love night creams because I truly feel like I wake up refreshed with smoother skin than my toddler (lol), but I just can’t get jiggy with the Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve Dream Face Cream. Needless to say, I want it to work because it’s pricey and I do enjoy the results, but I just can’t, but I will… confusing (I’m going to use it because I paid for it, but I’m going to whine about it)? Purchase here.
Night Cream

2. Is there a sun screen that isn’t thick, strong smelling and greasy? Is there? Huh? Huh? I want to love the Neutrogena Age Shield Face sunscreen because I know all the benefits, but something about it just doesn’t sit right.

Sunscreen

Purchase here if you would like to try it. I’m of course going to keep using it; therefore, I will update you guys soon!

Baby, family, Health, Mom life, New Mom, planner, Uncategorized

Juggling Mom Life, Family, Work & School

To truly understand how I juggle my life, it’s important to first provide a quick snapshot of some of my roles, tasks and struggles:

  • I am a mom to a very active toddler
  • I am a Senior Sales Trainer for a telecommunication company – I’ve been here for 11 years and work full-time
  • I am a student working on my second Master’s degree (MBA) – I currently have a BS in Business and a MS in Project Management (I love school, I can’t help it)
  • I have a partner (father to my child)
  • I somewhat have a life outside of all of this – I guess this would be the fun part of my life
  • I blog here and there
  • I try to eat healthy

So how do I juggle my life you ask? Well, I am a huge planner. I’m here for the white board combined with a physical planner and of course the support of my family. It’s not easy and some days are stressful, but it can be done. So, I’m going to show you a few of my favorite tips to remain on track and still get enough sleep so you don’t look like Felicia from Next Friday every morning. Eeeek.

1. The support of my family, whether it’s the babysitting help, my partner taking our son to another room or just the positive words of encouragement is super helpful. I fully understand that not everyone has this kind of support and honestly, I don’t know what I would do without my parents, partner, siblings, cousins and close friends. Shout out to the moms who do everything I do and more being a single mom or not having a great relationship with your family. I look up to you.

2. Physical Planner and Calendar

I should add that I am not a virtual person in terms of having everything on my phone or laptop. This does not work for me because I get instant satisfaction when I complete a task and take a pen to check it off. Call me crazy, but I know other folks in the planner community who are the same. I should also say that many moons ago, I tried the whole phone thing, but I was less productive – so actually using a pen and planner is my absolute jam.

As you can see from my planner (every week is like this), I make sure to hit on everyday tasks like school, work, health, hair, groceries, blogging, meetings/ calls and financials. I even sprinkle key tasks for my son, like reading (I am getting in the habit of making sure I read at least every other night) and deep conditioning his dry hair. Yes, I have stickers and these are truly visually appealing, but also help me focus on specific areas of my planner. I also draw in my own little check boxes so I again, I can get the feeling of accomplishment. Actually, the more I write about this, the more crazy I’m making myself seem, but trust me this works. lol!

Planning DOES NOT start the week of! Read that again. To ensure full productivity as a planner, I look at my calendar 2-3 weeks in advance to ensure I have everything in place and can even leave room for spontaneous things or one-off situations. For example, I know that I have to deep condition every Sunday so why not add it? I know certain bills are due at a specific point in time and again, why not add it? The whole point of a planner is to plan, not just write things down for the fun of it.

3. Have a Routine

I have a pretty regular routine that not only helps me stay on track, but it also helps my son stay on track. My Monday – Friday schedule is basically the same and I’m a little more spontaneous on weekends (again, I sound like a boring, old lady, but it works).

A Typical Day (working from home schedule due to quarantine life)

  • 7:15AM – Work out if scheduled
  • 8AM – Get up when not working out (I’m getting smacked in the face by my son around this time)
  • Make breakfast
  • 9AM – Start working and look at all calendars to make sure there were no changes and that it aligns with my planner
  • 1PM – Lunch time with my son and also do some of my homework
  • 5-30PM-6PM – Stop working
  • 6PM – 1.5 hours of homework if I have any that week, if not, go play with my son
  • 7PM – Make dinner and have dinner
  • 8PM – Fun: Draft a blog for my readers (but not post until edited), read, watch crime shows, Netflix, spend time with parents or siblings, whatever comes up.
  • 9PM – Give my son a bath and put him to bed (I know this is late, but it’s what works right now) I also normally lay down at this time as well, but because I’m a slave to social media, I probably end up going to sleep around 11PM.

Note: As mentioned in my Covid-19 story, my partner is currently quarantined in another home (he got it bad and it’s been about 2 months); however, we will be reunited in a week or so, so this routine will change a bit, but not too much, because I’m crazy like that and a creature of habit. lol

Also, throughout the entire day, I participate in group texting, check in on my family, friends, coworkers, and social media. I find time.

Hope this helps!

Beauty, Health, Makeup, Uncategorized

Teeth Whitening Kit Review

Disclosure: This post may contain affiliate links, meaning I receive a small commission if you decide to make a purchase through my links, at no cost to you.

I am a coffee drinker – let’s start here. I love hot coffee, iced coffee, sweetened coffee, unsweetened coffee, coffee with cream, coffee with almond milk. Whatever coffee combo is out there, I probably have tried it and have fallen in love. So I am going to use this as my excuse for my slightly yellowing teeth, which I am not proud of; however, there are so many solutions out there that I didn’t even think to break a sweat.

It all started with my obsession of staring at my teeth. I should also admit that I love going to the dentist twice a year, I love my electric tooth brush, and I floss daily, etc. In a nutshell, my teeth are a part of me, my identity and all that. Plus, your smile can easily grab the attention of others whether if it’s for a good thing or a bad thing. I want to be the person with the nice, white teeth, so here is my journey from the last few days.

Also, I should point out that it’s only been 4 days of this treatment and the box does say to repeat the steps for 7-10 days, but I couldn’t contain my happiness for my results so far so here is my review:

I purchased the Auraglow Deluxe Home Teeth Whitening System from Amazon – you can purchase here.

The kit has over 12,000 reviews on Amazon and a rating of 4.4 out of 5. Those are some pretty great results, so I started reading the many, many reviews and it was pretty evident that I had to spend my coins in purchasing this damn kit. I put my Amazon Prime to use and received my kit and waited 2-3 days because I was hesitant. Not hesitant to try it out, but hesitant about having this thing in my mouth for 30 minutes with everything I got going on. Finally, I used one of my Netflix binge days to try it out ( I had nothing better to do). First and foremost, I have tried teeth whitening strips before and my teeth were super sensitive and hurt from those – not with this kit though… okurrr.

What I loved about it:

  1. Super easy to use with step by step directions
  2. Has a total of 20 whitening treatments (do not overload your teeth trays with gel)
  3. Easy power button that times it for 10 minutes (hit it 3 times for 30 minutes) – this was great because I would get impatient, but knowing how much time I had left gave me peace of mind.
  4. Can easily be cleaned and stored for the next day
  5. I got results with ONLY 1 treatment
  6. Great for sensitive teeth
  7. Safe for enamel

My results:

Pictured above I have my before picture with just 1 treatment and then after 4 treatments. Hopefully you are able to see that not only are my teeth whiter, but also much brighter. I have literally been smiling at everything the past few days. Oh, you burned my food? Smile. Oh, you lost my car keys? No worries, smile. My nail just broke? Mija, smile! I am super happy with my results and definitely recommend.

Again, you can purchase the Auraglow Deluxe Home Teeth Whitening System by clicking here.

xoxo,

Enid

Health, Keto, New Mom, Uncategorized

My Top 10 Favorite Keto Items

Disclosure: This post may contain affiliate links, meaning I receive a small commission if you decide to make a purchase through my links, at no cost to you.

Hello my amazing readers,

I have had much success with Keto to lose my baby weight (I hope it’s okay to still call it baby weight after 16 months lol); however, I don’t do Keto straight shot, rather in cycles (for good reason, I need my rice, beans and platanos here and there). In total, I have lost about 27 pounds on Keto and I always end up going with the same products – because why fix it if it ain’t broken!

Note: Even with me cycling in and out on Keto, my weight remains the same and does not fluctuate. Of course this could be different for everyone, but I have very lucky in this space and I don’t know the science behind it.

Top 10 Fave Keto Items that can be purchased on Amazon:

  1. MCT Oil – you can put this in everything and it doesn’t have a taste, which makes it a sauper easy way to get your fats in. Click here.
  2. Ketone Test Strips – it may take longer for some folks to reach ketosis and these strips are a great way for me to adjust my diet and keep track of what’s going on in my body. Click here.
  3. Pork Rinds – Keto friendly snack with zero carbs. Click here.
  4. Slim Fast Peanut Butter Cups – When you need a chocolate fix. Click here.
  5. Toriani Sugar Free Vanilla Syrup – I put this in my coffee every day along with the MCT oil and heavy cream. Sooooooo good! Click here.
  6. Lilly’s Dark Chocolate Chips – when you want to make Keto friendly desserts this is my go-to! Click here.
  7. Carbquick – 2 net carbs (need I say more?) I use this when I miss bread and of course it’s guilt free. I love it with either butter or avocado, which means it’s a quick way to get my fats in. Click here.
  8. Rao’s Homemade Pizza Sauce – Low carb and it helps me believe that I am really eating pizza lol. I make mini pizzas but putting shredded cheese in the oven until it melts and gets into a crispy crust, then I put the sauce, a little bit more of cheese and pepperoni slices and there you have it.. Keto pizza! Click here.
  9. Erythritol – this is a sugar alcohol that I use when I make Keto Fat Bombs or Keto friendly desserts, such as cheesecakes or truffles. Click here.
  10. Digital Food Scale: When it comes to effectively tackling Keto, it’s important to measure EVERYTHING! I measure everything in ounces because I have found that packaging is not always exact and it messes up my macros. Click here.

Bonus List: items that I can easily find in a grocery store that I use almost every day on Keto:

  1. Stok Iced Coffee (Unsweetend)
  2. Kerrygold Irish Butter
  3. Eggs
  4. Cheese
  5. Ground Beef, Steak, Chicken, Pork (always the fattiest cuts)
  6. Mayonnaise
  7. Heavy Cream
  8. Green Beans
  9. Avocados
  10. Buffalo Sauce

The 20 items I listed here are my go-to’s and ones that I use just about everyday! I do not steer much away from this list. Again, these are items that work for me, always read labels and make sure it’s sugar free and low net carbs (Total Carbs – Fiber = Net Carbs).

As I mentioned in a previous Keto post I use 2 apps to keep me on track: Carb Manager and Zero (Intermittent Fasting app).

If you need Keto guidance or advice on how to put these ingredients together, please comment below. Don’t forget to follow me on IG and tag me in your Keto journey posts!

xoxo

Enid

Baby, covid19, family, Health, travel, Uncategorized

My Covid-19 Story

This is a sensitive subject for many and I am fully aware that everyone’s story is completely different. I do however know that not everyone has been impacted by Covid-19 in some way, which is why I decided to share my family’s story.

It was all good just a week ago – just kidding (a little humor is needed during these times), this all started when my boyfriend, my son and I were traveling back from South Carolina. We took a mini vacation, but please do not judge – we were very cautious and careful and government websites and news forums still did not have direction or bans in place. This trip took place around March 6, 2020 and our diaper bag was fully packed with a mini soap and loads of hand sanitizer for our travels. It wasn’t on our way there that Covid-19 communication was prominent, it was more on our way back on March 10 when we entered the Atlanta, GA airport from our connecting flight from the Savannah, GA airport. We missed our flight due to a delay from our previous flight; therefore we had to go to the customer service line. This is where we overheard the representative tell her colleague that she was just notified that all flights from Italy have been cancelled due to Covid-19. This was a bit scary and at this point we just wanted to get home. We finally got our new flight info and made it home to Boston, MA.

Our problems had just begun…

The week we came back, Boston’s city officials were already communicating about essential workers, closings, new store hours and making recommendations to stay home. We quickly transitioned into this new norm. After a few days, my boyfriend started feeling the chills, but we really thought it was a bit of paranoia mixed it in with a tablespoon of denial. During these chills, we slept in the same bed, which was a big mistake. We took his temperature and confirmed he had a fever and he then moved to the couch, but the damage was already done. Nos jodimos big time. I then started to feel hot and you guessed right, I also had a fever.

The next day, my fever was gone, but my boyfriend’s was not and he felt worse, which prompted him to go get tested. The next day, his results came in and he tested positive for Covid-19. His doctor stated that he should self quarantine and that both my son and I probably had it as well. We went into full disinfecting mode, and my boyfriend moved to the basement since his symptoms were getting worse by the second and I felt brand new just after 1 day (this does not mean I was virus free). I felt congestion and a headache for about 4 days, but at the end of the day, I’m a mom and that means no days off. I kept on pushing, although i really just wanted to sleep. I called my son’s pediatrician and they stated that he most likely had it due to the exposure from his dad, but that children carried it differently. They are more harmful to others than themselves because they can pass it along, but don’t show symptoms. I can confirm this, my son had a runny nose for about 2 days, but other than that he’s been playful, active, happy and energetic. Super oblivious to the world crumbling around us. I used a humidifier with vapopads and he was breathing like nothing ever happened. Around the same time, I completely lost my sense of smell. I love vapor rub, I mean come on, I’m Dominican and we use that for everything and I could not smell a thing. I burned sage, nothing. My son had a poopy diaper, nothing. I smelled lotions, candles, food, soap, fresheners and nothing. It was pretty scary.

I went about my business, but of course constantly cleaning my surroundings, washing my hands and keeping my distance. I would leave food, teas, Dominican remedies and vitamins on the steps for my boyfriend just to make sure he was hydrated and good to go. It was crazy. After about 10 days of the same routine, we felt he was deteriorating. His cough was bad and he could hardly breathe. We called 911 and off we went to the hospital. The ambulance took him to a local Boston hospital and I called him to make sure he made it alright, but he didn’t pick up. I started getting paranoid and called the hospital and they told me that they had no record of him. I was terrified. I called about 5 other hospitals in the area and  no one had any record of him. Finally, about 4 hours later, he called and guess what? He was at the first damn hospital and instead of them saying that they were delayed in processing patients, they gave me the runaround. Needless to say I was highly upset.

My boyfriend was hospitalized for 4 days (about 10 days into being quarantined, but his symptoms were getting worse) – he needed to be on oxygen, he had pneumonia, he still had a high fever and was dehydrated and weak. When his fever went away and he could breathe without the oxygen he was discharged. One day later, he went back to the hospital because his heart rate was high and he was having chest pains. He was then discharged after 1 day. My anxiety was through the roof.

So far, he has been making progress, but keep in mind that he went over 2 weeks with a fever, coughing, chest pains, etc. and my son and I haven’t seen him in almost a month because after we quarantined and felt better, I left to be with my parents so I can get help while I worked from home. This has really turned our lives upside down as I am sure it has with many of you.

I do not wish this on anyone and it kills me to see people that are not practicing social distancing on different social media sites. Take it from me, this is serious and it is really important that you stay home and only leave the house for groceries and other essential items.

Things that helped my family get better (links to Amazon included):

Other items that you can find at a grocery store that helped us (please be safe)

  • Fresh ginger for ginger tea
  • Lemons
  • Honey
  • Water
  • Gatorade or Pedialyte
  • Garlic

In a snapshot:

  • We’re not exactly sure how we got it – either the airport or the grocery store would be my guess
  • It hits everyone very differently, I was better in about 7 days, while my boyfriend is still recovering after almost a month
  • There were a few things that helped us (linked above), but it’s really important to stay hydrated
  • Practice social distancing and take it seriously
  • My boyfriend took Tylenol at first because doctors were anti Ibuprofen, but then he switched to it because Tylenol was not working for him – this was then recommended by the CDC
  • Check in on your loved ones
  • Take your temperature often
  • Stay informed, BUT don’t get sucked into the media (there is a lot of negativity out there)
    • Many news outlets are reporting deaths, but not all the people who have recovered from this virus.
Health, Lasik, New Mom, Surgery, Uncategorized

That Time I got Lasik Eye Surgery

Sooo yeah, I got lasik eye surgery on August 16, 2019 and honestly, probably one of the best decisions I have ever made. I’m going to use this blog to tell you about my experience, pre, during and post operation.

What prompted me to have surgery?

Believe it or not, my son was the main reason that I decided to have this surgery. There is nothing worse than waking up in the middle of the night to a crying baby and not being able to see. For those of you who have had perfect vision your whole life, I can’t really describe the feeling, but a certain type of anxiety just takes over you when your entire world is a blur from the second you open your eyes.

I began wearing glasses at a very young age, while I was still in Elementary School. I really don’t remember what it was like to have perfect vision or if I ever had perfect vision at all. All I know is that my mom always said it was because I sat too close to the tv (in her most Dominican accent). It was nerdy and annoying at the time, but I couldn’t see, so I dealt with it. What else was I supposed to do? Throughout the years, it was more common to hear about people trying contacts and so ultimately, I jumped on that bandwagon and instantly felt a little cooler. It was very rare if you saw me in glasses because I got so accustomed to contact life.

Although contacts made me feel better and cooler, it wasn’t a 24 hour deal. At night, I was back to being blind. It was those nights where I had to make a bottle or change a diaper where I said “I can’t do this anymore”. I had Acuvue dailies, which meant that I would put contacts in before going to work, take them out before I went to sleep and left a pair of glasses nearby so I can fend for myself just in case I had to go to the bathroom. Again, when you have a crying baby, you just want to make the bottle and go about your business, but for us super blind mothers, there is that extra step of finding your glasses first.

For those of you who know about prescriptions, I was a -5.50 in each eye. It was pretty bad – my lenses were thick. I took my little blind self and went to a free consultation with TLC Laser Eye Centers in Waltham, MA (I believe they have TLC Laser Centers all over the U.S.). I was recommended by my eye doctor – he had great reviews! I had my appointment on June 20, 2019. They were super nice and engaged in a lot of small talk. I’m guessing to make me feel comfortable, but it actually made me feel nervous. They had me in front of several machines with the goal of letting me know if I was a good candidate for lasik or not.

After about an hour of tests – my results came in and I was pregnant! Just kidding, wanted to make sure you were paying attention. lol. My results came in and I was a good candidate. They stated that my tests were valid for 90 days and if I was going to proceed, I would have to schedule surgery for that time frame, if not I would have to complete the tests again, which I totally wasn’t doing. I was actually traveling to Dominican Republic on July 12 and would have loved to have surgery before then but their spaces were limited so I had to wait.

The cost

The cost of the surgery was about $5700. It sounds like a lot, but the quality is amazing and I didn’t really put a price on being able to see. They said with my insurance, I was able to receive a discount and ended up paying a total of $4600. For the results I received, I would pay this several times over, trust me! People kept asking me why I didn’t go with a Groupon or somewhere else where Lasik was being advertised at half the price, and the simple answer is… I did my research. The doctor I went to had completed over 45,000 surgeries and has 5 star reviews. I sat there and read about 1000 of them with people having nothing but great things to say. The office also uses the newest and most advanced lasers. Also, during my consultation, I was observant and found this office to be super clean, calming and respectful.

The Process

Before

About a month before I had a pre-op appointment where they redid some of the tests to make sure nothing changed. That was smooth sailing. Then fast forward to about 10 days before the surgery, I received very clear instructions saying I couldn’t wear contacts anymore. I was on to glasses 24/7. This was a difficult transition for me, but I survived. The day before surgery, I had to start on drops (I don’t remember the name, but it was every 4 hours). The drops cost $45 and the office sent it directly to my home after I scheduled my surgery. Oh, not to mention no makeup for a week before surgery. No lotion, moisturizer, anything really day of. The day of, they give you a Xanax to calm your nerves – you can decline this, but I sooooo took it. About 30 minutes before, they put you in a calming room with dimmed lights, reclining chairs and soft music. I really felt like I was in a spa. I saw my leg shaking profusely to my leg not moving at all within minutes.

During

Moment of truth. The nurse comes to the calming room and tells you it’s your turn in a super bubbly, cute way. I was not in the mood, because I was too scared. I’m almost positive I rolled my eyes at her. They lay you down on a table and put a little cushiony pillow thing under your knees for comfort. Then they lay your head directly under 1 laser. I say 1 laser, because apparently there were 2 lasers (I didn’t know this until day of). The doctor puts a little clamp into the left eye (it sounds all Serial Killer like, but I promise it was painless and quick). He then puts several numbing drops, waits a few seconds and then you feel the machine closing in on your eye. You feel pressure, but there is no pain – I REPEAT, NO PAIN! He even counted 30 seconds and said “done”. I was a bit confused because I still couldn’t see lol. He repeats the same steps with the right eye. Then they press a little button and the bed I was on shifted under another laser. This was a similar process, but no pressure, it was about a minute each eye. After about 2 minutes under this laser, he says “alright you’re all set”.

The nurse helps me up and I open my eyes. To my shock, I was able to see!!! It was frosty and still a little blurry, but about an 80% improvement to my normal vision. It was crazy. The entire surgery took about 5 minutes. A 5 minute surgery that cost me $4600 gave me the ability to see. The sentence you just read, I have been repeating to everyone and myself since August 16, 2019.

After

You instantly feel like you have a hair in your eye and you want to rub it like crazy, but unfortunately, you can’t. The doctor’s recommendation was to take a nap as soon as I got home and the discomfort will be gone by the time I wake up. I did that and it worked. Best sleep ever. When I woke up I had to start on the same drops as before for 7 days, every 4 hours. I also had to use preservative free tears – this is common for people with dry eyes or people who have had this surgery. I went into an appointment the very next day and a week after, and my vision kept improving. The only minor issue, which is normal for the healing process was seeing halos at night when driving. They said this would go away in about 3 months.

Overall

I would definitely recommend this surgery! Definitely one of the best decisions I have ever made. Below you will find a few more of my pros and cons. If you have any questions, comments, etc. Find me on IG @enidcarolyne, follow and send me a DM.

Pros

  • Initially, very welcoming
  • Clean offices
  • Payment is easy – they offer options
  • Quality
  • Great reviews
  • They complete touch ups if needed
  • Quick
  • Painless
  • You’re able to see
  • They do a good job of calming you before surgery
  • Doctor is super nice

Cons

  • I do feel like they could have called more for reminders on how and when to use drops, or a call before surgery – I literally had to remember that my surgery was on that day
  • Pricey
  • For follow-ups, they were never on time for my scheduled appointments, which got annoying

 

Baby, Health, Keto, New Mom, Pregnancy, Uncategorized

How I Lost 20 Pounds on Keto

It’s no secret that I was hella’ pregnant last year and gave birth to my son on January 2nd, 2019, but what I haven’t spoken about is the weight I gained and the difficulties of losing the baby weight. Moms and future moms – this is a touchy subject for all because I know we all have the hopes to snap back to our normal selves and unfortunately, that is not always the reality.

Let me start with pre-baby. I was at the lowest weight I have been in adult life, which was 138 lbs. I say adult life because I was in my prime in high school at 120 lbs. and then college life hit and it was all downhill from there. Like where does our metabolism go? Anyway, I got to this weight from a mix of removing refined sugars, flour and all processed foods from my diet, as well as, light exercise, yoga, etc. In another post I will explain the why behind my drastic change in eating habits, but it was health related.

During pregnancy, I craved a lot of carbs, everything that I wasn’t eating in the past year. I was literally eating like it was the end of the world and would use the excuse “I’m eating for two” or “it’s okay, I’m pregnant”. Well, let me tell you, it was NOT ok. I went in for my last appointment before I gave birth and I weighed 198 lbs. Yes, I gained about 60 lbs. and the sad part was that only 6 lbs of that was my baby boy. If I could go back, I would definitely stick to a healthier lifestyle during my pregnancy.

Now, the only thing that kept me sane was everyone telling me that as long as I breastfed, I would lose the weight quickly, which I have seen from my friends and family members so it was believable. Well, this wasn’t an option for me. Not only did my son not latch, but he had tongue-tie, a condition in which the tissue under the tongue is too short or thick. This stopped him from moving his tongue freely. I ended up pumping and putting the milk in a bottle and feeding, but unfortunately, I could not keep up and by the time we had his surgery on February 4th, he didn’t want to latch at all. I dried up and we transitioned to formula.

I can write a whole blog on the feeling of disappointment for not being able to breastfeed or people shaming mothers who have to use formula, but that’s a whole other story. The point here is that I didn’t lose weight from breastfeeding as I was being told. I did however, lose about 10 pounds instantly from water weight and all that other pregnancy stuff (I’m not an expert).

So, I started doing research and found Keto. There were a lot of articles on both the pros and cons, but I took the “what the hell” approach, what did I have to lose? One thing I knew for sure, you couldn’t go into this diet without meal prepping or planning ahead. Keto is about high fats, mid protein and low carb. To keep me on track I downloaded an app – Carb Manager. The app will tell you how much fat, protein and carbs you should eat, but what I really like is that any food that you put into the app it’ll grade it A, B, C, D, or F in terms of what is Keto friendly or not.  Also note that it tracks net carbs, which are carbs – fiber.

I would meal prep on Sundays and typically would make 6 – 7 lunches and dinners. For breakfast I would make bulletproof coffee, which is how I got a lot of my fats in. Below I will provide an example of a day of eating for me. In the first 2 weeks alone, I lost 10 pounds and was shocked at how much energy I had and how less bloated I looked! It was great. Then the weight loss started slowing down, but still happening so I kept at it. In about 2 months, I had lost 20 pounds. As of today, I weigh 165 and my goal weight is 145 lbs.

This diet has been successful for many people, but you really have to stay committed and organized. Being Dominican, it has been a struggle not eating rice, platanos, beans, and a whole bunch of  other unhealthy things, but I must say that I love the results. Additionally, I have also been intermittent fasting 16:8. For this I have downloaded an app called Zero. I will normally have my last meal before 7PM. Again, I am no health expert, but Keto and fasting have definitely been my best friend.

If you decide to begin this diet, please do your research to see what combination of foods would be best for you. Also, beware of the Keto flu and how you will manage getting all of your vitamins in.

Typical Day:

Breakfast

  • Black Coffee
  • Kerrygold Irish Butter (Unsalted)
  • MCT Oil

Snack

  • Raw almonds
  • String Cheese

Lunch

  • Shredded chicken
  • Buffalo Sauce
  • Cream Cheese
  • Ranch Dressing
  • Broccoli

Dinner

  • Steak
  • Mashed cauliflower with shredded cheese and butter

Other Keto foods I love:

  • Eggs
  • Bacon
  • Avocado
  • Bunless Burgers with cheese and mustard
  • Pork Chops
  • Green veggies
  • Buffalo Wings
  • Dark Chocolate
  • Fat bombs
  • Cheese wrapped in salami
  • Pork Rinds
  • Beef Jerky
  • Raw Mixed Nuts
  • Steak
  • Seafood
  • Creamy dressings