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
Baby, Beauty, Curls, DIY, Pregnancy, Uncategorized

The New enidcarolyne.com

Hola my fellow readers. I know it’s been a while and I previously promised that I would write more, but being a new mom has taken a bit of a toll on my blogging life. Perdoname. Although, I have been blatantly ignoring my blogging duties to the world, I have decided to make a change that would encourage me to upload more often and connect with my readers and followers.

Going forward, I will be writing about my life – yes, my life, my passions, and my curiosities, but hear me out, I promise that it is somewhat interesting and hopefully can help each of you as you dabble in different things in your life.

Some things you will be seeing:

  • Mom life
  • Hair & Makeup
  • Health & Dieting
  • DIY Projects
  • Education
  • Saving Tips
  • Friendships
  • Relationships
  • Favorites
  • Hacks

Overall, this will be a one stop shop for everyone using my life experiences. I hope that my audience can find useful tips, tricks or encouraging words as I realign enidcarolyne.com.

Thank you for your patience,

Enid

Baby, Beauty, Curls, Curly Hair, Natural Hair, New Mom, Pregnancy, Uncategorized

Postpartum Hair Loss

Okay, so this is something that I have literally teared up about the last few weeks. Even when I was shedding like crazy my hair did not fall out as much as it has with my last two wash days. Postpartum hair loss is real ya’ll and yes I was warned, but it hit me hard when it actually happened. I honestly thought I got away with it because I was living my best life and my hair was flourishing. Well, ladies and gentleman, I got the “you thought”directly from the hair gods because the pictures you see above is the hair that comes out when I detangle. I also lose a lot of strands every time I run my fingers through my hair. Again, all of this may be normal for some of you, but for me, this is insane and very out of the ordinary.

I’ve read that this is normal and that your hair should be back to normal within 6 months to a year of giving birth, but I am not satisfied with this answer. I have noticeable bald spots on both sides of my forehead and I already have a five head so this is unacceptable. I totally get that my estrogen levels went drastically down and that’s why my luxurious curls (yes, I’m exaggerating) are falling out before my own eyes.

So what have I done? I went to the hair witches… just kidding, I went to a Dominican beauty supply and asked the experts about what I can use to at least slow down this process. I have been washing my hair with Tricovit shampoo and conditioner. It claims to prevent hair loss and help with growth. I’m also putting in these drops (ampoyas), which I am blanking on the name of (will update this week). The shampoo and conditioner smell good, but they have a lot of ingredients that I would normally stay away from, such as sulfates, so this is very temporary until I am able to restore my hair. I also cut off about 2 inches to keep my hair healthy and light. At this point, I’ll try just about anything.

I previously wrote about Capilo products, which I really, really wanted, but had to order through Amazon and I didn’t want to wait, which is why I desperately visited the beauty supply. If these don’t work, I will probably be reordering Capilo!

If anyone has experienced this, I would love to hear your process. Please write to me here, through an IG DM or e-mail – enidfernandez89@gmail.com

xoxo

Baby, Curls, Curly Hair, Makeup, Natural Hair, New Mom, Pregnancy

I’m back and I’m a mom

Firstly, let me apologize because I’m a piece of shit. The last time I wrote on my blog was in July when I was about 4 months pregnant. They are not lying when they say your baby drains you of all your energy because I totally left this blog and everything else I loved behind. I just didn’t have it in me to write, post pictures, and frankly… to be cute. You may notice that my Instagram also took a hit. lol But let’s put all of that in the past –  I am back and better than ever.

My life has changed a bit and I now have a beautiful, sweet baby boy. Although my blog will remain as a curly hair and beauty site, I will definitely be sprinkling some of my mom thoughts and how I balance my passions with my little one. If you are not okay with that, I will hold the imaginary door for you on the way out. lol I am also using this next statement for accountability purposes: I promise to post a new blog every other Thursday going forward.

Let me recap my entire pregnancy, hair and beauty life in a small paragraph:

I have no idea how these pregnant beauty bloggers and Instagram moms do it – looking all majestic while being pregnant all the time. That’s not me – I was looking like a straight homeless woman (my apologies if I offended anyone). I even almost forgot how to do my everyday cat eye and my hair remained in a nice bun the majority of the time. Don’t even get me started on my weekly deep conditioning – it just wasn’t happening. I also have a small shower and being as big as I was, there wasn’t space for me to wash my hair and detangle how I would have liked. Instead, my hair wash days shifted to a nearby sink, but let me tell you – my arms almost gave out. SMH. I’ll be the first to say, that I was at my laziest during my pregnancy – you can judge me all you want. I was; however, committed to having beautiful curly locks while I gave birth – you know? For the pictures and the visitors lol. It was tough, but I achieved it. The toughest part was that I had absolutely no patience while I was washing, deep conditioning and air drying. Probably because I also had no patience for my son who was giving his momma contractions, but he just wasn’t coming. At the end of the day, I was cute my curly hair and I felt accomplished.

If anybody wants to hear about my labor experience as a first time mom – send me a message on here or DM me on Instagram and I will blog my experience.

xoxo