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KETO in Oswego- The Choice is Yours

By: Jerry Bannister

You can get with this, or you can get with that

A Way Of Eating is no different than anything else in life; it’s all about the choices that you make.

Before I started Keto in January 2018, I thought I was making reasonably good choices, most of the time.  I ate dry baked potatoes to avoid the fat and calories of butter and sour cream.  I ate whole grain pasta because everyone knows whole grains are good for you. I drank 2% milk to avoid added calories and fat of whole milk.  I drank fruit juice instead of pop because fruit juice = good, pop = bad.  I often ordered fish instead of steak at restaurants because we’re supposed to avoid red meat.

My choices weren’t always perfect…I did enjoy an occasional bag of delicious, crunchy, and finger-licking good Cheetos.  Did I mention how delicious and crunchy they are?  God in Heaven, I do miss Cheetos.

And when I drank pop, I didn’t choose diet pop because of the “chemicals” in diet drinks.

This or that.  It turns out most of “that” was a bad choice, for me at least.

I think you’ll get with this, for this is where it’s at

I don’t feel stupid about most of the choices I made because I made those choices with the information I had at the time.

I think you’ll get with this, for this is kinda phat

Now, I make choices based on KETO and the results are indisputable.  Since January 2018, I eat 20-30 grams of carbs and less than 1800 calories per day. I am down nearly 56 pounds and still losing weight, and my blood sugars (I’m a type-1 diabetic) continue to improve.

When I tell people I’m eating KETO, one of the first questions is, “You can’t have bread…..what can you eat?”

There are lots of “good” things to eat on a KETO-style diet.  Like bacon! Who doesn’t love bacon, and all you have to do is throw it on a cookie sheet and bake it in the oven at 375 for 18 minutes (your time and temp may vary with your oven). And then you have lots of bacon grease that you can use to cook other things (using bacon grease is encouraged in KETO). Burgers (no bun!), steak, pork chops, chicken, fish, crab legs, lobster; all are zero-carb with good protein and fat (but don’t buy the sugar-cured bacon, just saying). Avocados, tree nuts, eggs, butter, cream, cream cheese; a lot of things that we’ve been told are “bad for you” are good choices in the KETO life. You still need to watch your calorie intake (nuts can add up fast), but there are lots of good things to choose over carb-loaded foods.

Over the last 7 months, I’ve made a lot of KETO choices, eating in and eating out, and I’m going to include a KETO recipe (above) and a KETO meal you can order at a local restaurant in every blog.

This week’s KETO restaurant meal is from the Oswego Family Restaurant, right in downtown Oswego There are a surprising number of KETO-friendly choices on the menu.  My KETO-practicing friend Rick Jacobsen recommends the omelet with smoked sausage, bacon, broccoli, and cheese, and I often order the scrambled eggs and bacon.  Their chef salad (hold the croutons) is also a great choice, just be careful about carb content in some dressings. The OFR is not glamorous, it’s never won a James Beard award, it’s just good home-town cooking.

Black Sheep- The Choice Is Yours (this or that)

Songwriters: ANDRES TITUS, WILLIAM R. MCLEAN

© Universal Music Publishing Group, Memory Lane Music Group

Blog photos and concept by Jerry and Jessica Bannister, Jerry Bannister Photography

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