Following the Ketogenic Diet with a Hawaiian Palate

First Carb-up: Curry House

After coming to grips with the fact that after losing my first ten pounds on keto, I stopped losing weight, I went looking for other things to try. Mind you, I don’t think I’ve completely plateaued, as I’m noticeably skinnier around my waist and  thighs, but going three to four weeks without anything coming off scalewise gets frustrating.

I’d read about carb-ups at the start, when I bought Leanne Vogel’s The Keto Diet, but the little that I did read said you should be pretty fat-adapted before attempting to do carb-ups, and since I’ve been doing this consistently for six weeks tomorrow, I figured it’s a good time to give it a go.

We were all the way in Mililani to see Black Panther because after going to Pearlridge, then Highlands, and striking out at both locations (shows were sold out), Mililani was the only place we could get a decent time. (I’ve learned my lesson, and the heck with Moviepass for Infinity War; I’m buying advance tickets!) After we got out, my hubs said he wanted Curry House—Coco Ichibanya for those on the mainland thinking this is the Indian Curry House in California—so I figured it was the perfect time to give it a go.

First Carb-up: Shabu Shabu Curry

I told him I wanted the lower-level rice, which you can request, but he didn’t want to be bothered and just got me a regular of the curry I always get, which is shabu shabu mild. Even if I’d gotten the plate with less rice, it’s too much, so once we got to his mom’s, I moved my food to a bowl, taking out a cup of white rice and putting most of the curry in.

I’ll be honest, I was a little nervous that I’d fall into a rice spiral and NOM NOM NOM the rest, but I ate it, felt full, and had no desire to have more. Today I felt fine, and either my keto sticks are crap or I never got knocked out, but if you believe them, I’m still in ketosis.

I went to Whole Foods today to look at shelled hemp hearts and holy organic bananas, Batman, were they expensive. I checked Amazon, and Whole Foods costs twice as much. I don’t need faux oatmeal that badly, thank you very much, and I’ll order some and wait.

In other news, I finallygot my logo finished. It took a few tries on Fiverr, and this one is a mashup of two plus some tweaking by me, but I think I’m finally okay with it. Here it is a bit bigger so you can see it:

Keto Kine Grinds Site Logo

It’s supposed to be me, but in my opinion, it doesn’t look like me at all, and ugh her shaka is backward. Oh well, haha, it’s still cute. Plus I wanted to announce this already!

Things I hope to establish on the site:

  • Recipes – recipes I convert to keto or low-carb or make myself
  • What Get For Eat? – keto options when eating out at specific places
  • Shopping List – shopping recommendations for low-carb ingredients

And, of course, my adventure eating keto in the islands. If you live here too and have a suggestion for the site, like a blog series or places you’re curious about eating at, feel free to let me know.

Here’s to lots of ono keto foods from the Aloha State!

Crystal is a 38-year-old wife and mom to three. She is a freelance editor for independent fiction authors and the co-author of the Yum-Yum Bento Box cookbooks. She lives in Honolulu, Hawaii.

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