Broke Keto

I should start this by letting you guys know that I’m still a student. I’ve been studying for the past 2 years, and am in my final year of my degree in Communications. Which means that I don’t have much money (what student ever does?!), and I also pay for my own rent, car, food etc, which as we all know, can add up!

When we started keto last year I was working part time at a pretty cool job in the city, and it paid me well enough to afford dinners out and little luxuries every now and again, which was super amazing while I was still at school, then I worked full time as soon as uni wrapped up for the year. Again, super cool and nice for the ol’ wallet.
So while we were starting out on keto, we were pretty ok for money at the time and could afford dinners out and to buy extra food whenever we couldn’t decide what to eat!

Now is a different situation: I’m back at uni, the partner is back at work, and we’re both struggling (financially) after an extended holiday overseas while I look for a new job (that I won’t hate).

Thankfully we’re both adept cooks! We both love food and making new recipes that we’ll enjoy, and we both love making things from scratch! So here are my tips for how to survive keto while also broke AF!

How We Swing It

  • Shop in bulk: Costco for (free range) meats, eggs, dairy and salad mixes
  • Plan your meals: Planning has helped up so much with what to make! We usually have a plan on a Sunday when we have bought all of our groceries with what we’re going to make!
  • Make plenty of food every time you cook, and ALWAYS eat your leftovers! We cook enough so that we can have it again another night (I usually make it into something different because I cannot eat the same food again and again)
  • Use cheaper ingredients that go further and add flavour. Spices are cheap and they add so much flavour, bacon adds flavour and fat to food when you’re trying to increase your fat intake, eggs are cheap, filling, and have great macros for keto – I add them to every single salad by boiling a bunch very few days and just cutting them up for salad.
  • Buy on sale: most foods have shelf lives much longer than the product says, so things like cheeses and meats that are marked down will still be fine for a little while, so try to catch the sales at the end of the day at the market or grocery store when foods are being discounted and freeze them! Which brings me to:
  • Utilising your freezer! Freeze everything you’re not using in the next few days, if you’ve been shopping, then you should know what you want to make for the next few days and you can freeze everything you won’t need! I separate my meats and certain vegetables so that I can freeze all of the stuff I won’t need immediately.
  • Crappier cuts of meat are your friend on the keto diet! Using things like chicken thigh and wing, the fattier mince or cuts of beef are also going to be cheaper than their lean alternative, and they’re all usually higher in fat, which is perfect for the macros you’re aiming for!

I hope some of these tips have helped you out! I find that when it comes to keto, there are some staple ingredients that you can usually find pretty cheap, and everything else is just surplus! Make sure you’re eating plenty of greens and getting in enough micronutrients and you should be golden!

Do you have any extra tips for being keto on a budget? Let me know!

The Crappy Keto Run-down

Disclaimer: I am not a doctor, nutritionist, or expert at all. This is what has happened for me, and here are the places where I got a lot of information when I first started out:

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I started the keto WOE last year with my partner to deal with his allergies to gluten and a few other things that were causing digestive issues. We did really well at it, and kept it up until we went overseas, where we both indulged, and came back a bit more bloated than expected.
I got back into it as soon as we returned because I was enjoying the feelings of digestive comfort, clear-headedness, and of course the weight loss.
Let me tell you though:
It can be rough. Especially the first few days when you get into ketosis.
The “keto flu” gets talked about a lot, and people complain a lot about early days in ketosis. I’ll discuss the “keto flu” in-depth in another blog post.

I thought I might start a little series documenting the stages of ketosis, and since I’ve started by getting back into ketosis after getting back from holidays, I can also document how I’m going, while also discussing many common topics brought up by keto beginners.

Currently I am on day 8 of being back in ketosis. Thankfully, I had been in ketosis before, so my body was able to get me back in quickly.

Weighty Stuff:

I started 9 days ago, and my weight started at 74kg (post holiday bloat).
By day 2, I had dropped almost 1kg of water weight, and 9 days in I have lost a total of 2.8kg.


I have had a lot of time to train lately, and have made myself a pretty intensive workout schedule while I’m so free up.

The Schedule:
Gym 6 days per week. Around 40 mins running, arms, back, chest, shoulders, core, legs, glutes and I’m also working on pull-ups.

I noticed the first few days of being back in ketosis my training suffered, as it does for most! My stamina was shot and I was super weak. Unfortunately, this feeling does tend to stick around for a little while, and it depends person to person how long this might last, or if it happens at all!

The last few days I have noticed a significant increase in my stamina, and a slight strength increase. Day 6 was when things started to click into place for me in the gym, and things have been on the up-and-up since then!

Mental Clarity:

Here’s a thing that I really didn’t take much stock in when I first started keto. I assumed it was all just bunk, until I got into ketosis.
I don’t mean a week into ketosis, I mean when you’ve been peeing ketones for over a week, have acetone breath (another lovely early stages (first 1-3 months) side-effect of keto – “keto breath”), and are waking up at 6:30am without complaints or issues.
That is when you start to notice that the fog has lifted off your brain, you can think clearly and BAM! You’ve now entered that next door of ketosis!

Extra Things to Note:

  • Ketosis isn’t something you can do 6 days a week then have cheat days one day. It won’t work like that unfortunately.
    If you’re willing to be kicked out of ketosis and go back through the whole process again, go for it. But my advice is to stick with it, eat over your calorie amounts if you want to, get bunless McDonalds burgers, or deep fry something, but try to stay away from carbs if your end goal is long-term ketosis.
  • Try to stick to healthy fats. Healthy fats are the ones that will help with your brain function, give you glowing skin, and give you good amounts of energy. Stick to avocado (also a good source of fibre, magnesium, and potassium), olive oils (unheated), coconut products, salmon, brazil and macadamia nuts, tuna, chia, eggs and many more that I might expand on in another post.
  • Drink more water than you think is necessary. It’s important to do this all the time anyway, but when you’re changing up your diet, it’s important to make sure you’re getting enough H2O.
  • Don’t be scared if you poop less often. I was, then I realised that you’re replacing carbs with fat in your diet, carbs take up so much more volume in your body than fat, so you’re actually consuming less food (volume / calories), so your body needs time to adapt to having less volume. So don’t fret, it will pass. 😉

In my next post I’ll discuss “Fat Adaption” and how to tell when you’re a “fat burning machine” (If any of you have listened to Leanne Vogul’s podcast you will know)

P.S. Entering shark week this week. Wish me luck.



Counting Macros for Keto (Sucks)

Let’s preface the above very definitive statement with a quick note that I don’t do it often, but I decided to track a full day of eating today, and my goodness! It made eating so hard today!

Salmon, salad, and a runny boiled egg: Keto macros on point! 

Weigh Everything

The easiest way to track your macros accurately is to weigh it all!
Ensure that you have good kitchen scales, and make sure that you’re using them appropriately!

Keep Up the Fats

Don’t forget why we’re here! Keep your fats up by including good sources of fat like avocado (despite how expensive they are), coconut products, and grass-fed butter.

Exercise – To Log or Not To Log

I personally choose not to log my exercise, even though my goals include losing weight. I don’t think it is accurate enough to rely on the calorie expenditure estimation that they give you.
If you choose to log the exercise you do, please use caution, and don’t rely too heavily on all of those extra calories that the exercise has afforded you!

Rely On Your Intuition

If you think you can, try to rely on your own intuition when estimating your macro intake! Though if you’re not confident yet, count count count! Counting macros helps to build your own understanding of how much you’re eating so you can eyeball it as much as possible.

Honestly, I wish I could be bothered to count my macros more consistently!! I feel like I would reap a lot more benefits from doing it religiously, and I would surely be a lot more conscious of how many extra calories I’m eating!
But I don’t beat myself up about it! I do what I can and when I can!

Do you count your macros religiously? Do you have any shortcuts or advice?

Do you follow a keto diet?

If you want to keep track of what I’m eating and doing, check out my Instagram: @thecrappyrunner

Recapping the Day

Delicious Keto protein shake recipe for lazy people (like me)


I woke up late, rushed around to try to eat something and get to work on time (Wednesdays are the new Mondays). I had packed my gym bag the night before, and had some lunch ready to go, then my colleague messaged me to tell me we were getting Turkish for lunch, so then the prepped lunch went out the window (not literally, we ate it for dinner, it was delicious).
I arrived at work on time even though the traffic was literally past my house, and I took a stupid way to work thinking it would help me avoid traffic. (Note to self: don’t do that)
Had a staff meeting, then spent most of the morning debating post grad studies with a colleague.

Delicious Keto protein shake recipe for lazy people (like me):

2 scoops protein (chocolate)
Vanilla Almond milk (unsweetened)
Dash of thickened cream (1-2T)
A drop of peppermint essence

OMG this is seriously the best protein shake I’ve ever had. If you’re a fan of mint chocolate then this is going to blow your mind!

At the gym:

I got to the gym with every intention of doing legs, but they were still sore from a couple of days ago so I decided not to push it and worked my chest in stead, which was a good idea because today the ladies are feeling it!

I then did 5km running on the treadmill, and 10min on the StairMaster, whom I am currently attempting to woo so she can become my bitch.
Current goal: 20 mins on StairMaster without dying.

All in all, it was a good day!! I did things, went to the gym, and didn’t have to cook dinner!

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So now I am sitting here at work sipping on a flat white and a protein shake simultaneously (who am I?!) and hoping for as good a day today as I had yesterday.


Why I Eat Low Carb / My Struggle With Weight

I am on a low carbohydrate diet. Not because I am some health goddess, but because I am currently trying to lose body fat. I want to lose body fat so that I can run more efficiently. Eating low carb/keto helps me to lose body fat. Win!

My History

So, here’s a quick run-down of my history with weight, and how I ended up here.

I was quite an athletic kid up until I hit puberty when it became unladylike to be sporty, (plus I’m not a super co-ordinated person with a very co-ordinated sister that I could never beat) and I was deemed the smart and effeminate one in my family, so I stopped doing any kind of activity that wasn’t walking or reading (I know, right?).
Plus, my mum isn’t athletic, so I thought it was ok to take after her (even though she was a notorious dieter and terrible at exercising, and she always struggled with her weight).

So then I was 18, I had just returned from my student exchange program where I’d gained about 15kg and I weighed about 82-85kg. I had gained it so gradually while overseas that I didn’t realise how much weight I’d put on until I saw my family for the first time in 10 months. Their reactions said it all.

Fat me

When I got home I began eating healthier and going for long walks, and I ended up losing around 15kg’s of the weight I’d gained within a year.


This happened repeatedly after that. I gained weight, then lost some weight, then I would end up in a relationship, and I would gain weight again. Repeat.

This has kept going until about a year ago when I decided to start focusing a bit more on being healthy not skinny. I had been a vegan for about 4 years, vego for 7 years, and it had STILL been a struggle for me to control my eating habits. I ate so many of the bad things, as well as the good things, it turned out I actually just had a bad relationship with food! No magical new way of eating was going to fix my terrible relationship with food until I started to acknowledge it.

I started eating everything again. I ate everything that I had restricted for years. But once I got over the excitement of eating everything again, I started to focus on balance, finally.


A little while ago, my boyfriend and I decided to try out the ketogenic diet (info here and here). It seems to be pretty controversial in the health world, but it does work. We both decided to try it to lose some weight, and to our surprise, we did!
He lost nearly 10kg by eating a diet of 60% fat 30% protein and 10% carbs. I lost 4kg by eating around the same macros and by running sporadically (in one month).
Then came his birthday, and we indulged slightly too much on the sweets and the carbs, which meant that we both stalled slightly, but we are back at it.

It’s pretty basic, and I know it’s not the most exciting, but we both seem to thrive off it. So we will keep going until we don’t feel as good eating this way anymore, and if that happens, we’ll stop.

So I obviously still weigh a lot more than I think is optimal for my own performance, but I am not uncomfortable in my body anymore, and I feel a lot more confident than I have before. I’m also a hell of a lot happier than I have been with myself before! I am also more aware of my relationship with food, and how I use it to treat my own emotional struggles.

We shall see!