first full week of Keto.

Hello again.

Let’s just say I fell off the wagon…… like just a little. I was doing great when I first started this blog. I lost 10lbs and was feeling great. How come it creeps back so easily? A question I will always be asking myself. Turns out being healthy and eating to lose weight can be two very different things.

It was getting to the point where my boyfriend and I were hearing about fasting left and right. It was some kind of sign from the universe that we needed to try it. We did some research and gave it a go. It has so many amazing benefits and if you are someone with major health problems please oh please look into it! So, anyways, our fast was originally going to be from Friday through Sunday. well…. we only made it until Saturday around 4pm. It was the longest either of us had gone without food and we definitely felt like we were dying.

SPOILER ALERT: we didn’t die. It was totally miserable when it was happening but we both feel SO much better.

We ate our first meal and it was incredible how full we both got with little food. We decided to devote ourselves to eat to be healthy, not to lose weight. Anyone who knows my boyfriend knows that he doesn’t have any weight to lose anyway. I will talk about the benefits I have seen for myself and then I’ll share some of the things he has noticed as well.

One of the major keys in the foods I have been choosing to eat has been based on this book my mom gave me called Genius Foods. She saw this guy on the Rachel Ray show and boy am I glad she bought copies for both of us. This guy who wrote the book’s name is Max Lugevere and I have become his biggest stalker. Following him on Instagram as well as listening to his podcasts. Oh, and I am on his email list. So many aspects of our lives are rooted back to the foods we eat. He talks a lot about Alzheimers, Parkinsons and brain fog in the book. Brain fog? Wait. I totally get that all the time. My go-to line is “you guys, you know I have Alzheimer’s so don’t expect me to remember anything”. My little line trying to be funny is actually not funny at all. I’ve been damaging my brain my whole life. It’s amazing how many things have processed oils and sugars in them. Mind. Blown.

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Whelp, it was time to make a change. I have only produce and meat in my fridge. I am doing the keto diet but not the gross cheese/dairy infested version of keto that is all over Pinterest. I love cheese and all things creamy but unfortunately, I need to cut it out completely because I cannot control myself around it. The book states that if you are going to eat cheese opt for the full-fat version. The problem is that I will eat the full-fat ball if mozz in one sitting and nobody wants that.

After one full week of no cheating, I am feeling great. My hunger (which is my biggest demon) is at a all time low. I have lost that 10lbs (again) and am going to keep it rolling. Last time I was eating like this with minimal hunger I was on phentermine. I am trying to do it all natural this time around. So far, so good. My skin feels amazing, I don’t feel bloated and I have a ton of energy. Usually, I am falling asleep at my desk around 2pm every day and that was not the case at all this week. I go to bed at 9pm most days and this past week I was up until 10/11ish while waking up for work every morning at my usual time and still wasn’t lacking energy.

Now for Ryan. Anyone who knows him well knows that he eats like a pigeon. He takes one bite of his dinner and gets full. Since starting this new lifestyle he has been able to finish his plate and not be stuffed. This is huge for him because he would so full that he was in pain after eating most days. He also has been feeling much more energetic and has been the best support during this. It’s so so so important to have someone that is on the same page as you and it all the difference when trying to stick to something.

This is only week one. I feel like it is a huge deal that I (we) have even made it this far. My goal is to lose 20lbs by August. I am 1/2 way there and can totally do it! Right? We will see!

 


taco seasoning.

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Super easy recipe for an alternative to packaged taco seasoning. AND you’ll know exactly what is in it!

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2T chili powder
  • 1t garlic powder
  • 1t onion powder
  • 1/2t dried oregano
  • 1t paprika
  • 1t cumin
  • 1t salt
  • 1t pepper

With 1lb of browned ground beef, I will usually take 2T of the mix and 1/4 cup of water into the pan.

enjoy!


marinated grilled shrimp.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 bag of shrimp deveined (~25-30 shrimps)
  • 2 Cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 T Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 cup lime juice, fresh squeezed (~2 limes)
  • 1/3 cup EVOO
  • 1 T brown sugar substitute
  • 1/4 t salt
  • pinch of pepper
  • 2 shakes of hot sauce (red hot is always superior to anything else 😂)

Instructions:

Combine all ingredients in a bowl minus the shrimp. This recipe makes enough to marinade for the shrimp as well as have some extras for basting. Place in a plastic baggie with shrimp leaving some marinade in a container for basting.

Place shrimp on the grill. It helps to skewer the shrimp so that they don’t fall through. Cook until the shrimp is no longer translucent (~10 min). Remeber to baste throughout the cooking process.

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arugula & prosciutto salad.

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INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 cup arugula
  • 2 slices prosciutto
  • 1 T crumbled goat cheese
  • juice of 1 lemon wedge
  • 1T extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 clove minced garlic
  • salt and pepper to taste

Top the arugula with the goat cheese (I bought a log of goat cheese and took a little slice of it and crumbled it up in my fingers). Then roll up the prosciutto and slice it (or you can separate it into little pieces with your fingers).

In a small bowl mix the lemon juice from, olive oil, salt, and pepper together. This is probably one of my new favorite salad dressings. Super simple to whip together and really yummy. If you don’t want to deal with the fresh garlic, you can sprinkle some garlic powder instead.

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Enjoy!

 


cilantro-lime dressing.

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This is super yummy as a dressing or marinade.

INGREDIENTS:

 

  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 handful of cilantro
  • 1/2 lime (juice squeezed)
  • 2T white distilled vinegar
  • 1/2 cup EVOO
  • 1/4t salt

If you haven’t figured it out yet; I don’t usually use exact measurements. It’s not that serious. As my step-mom would always say “you can never mess up art”. 

DIRECTIONS:

Throw everything into a blender and pulse until desired thickness.

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Enjoy!

 


zoodle & italian sausage.

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Last night I wasn’t too sure what to make for dinner. My boyfriend has two dinners that he loves to eat every week. Those two are Italian sausage and BLT’s. Needless to say, I am getting sick of them. I happened to throw some things together and it turned out pretty yummy. So here it is.

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INGREDIENTS: (serves 2)

  • 4 zucchini’s, spiralized
  • 2T grated parmesan cheese
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2T ghee
  • 4 Italian sausages
  • 1/2 package of cherry tomatoes
  • 1t parsley
  • 1/4t red pepper flakes
  • salt & pepper to taste

Directions:

cook the sausages in a pan or on the grill. I do not have a grill, so I will usually brown them in a pan and then add some water so that it fills up about halfway. This will cook the inside of the sausage without burning them.

Place some butter in another pan with the minced garlic. Once melted, add in the zoodles and get that cooking. I do not like mine super soft so I will keep a close watch on them until they are at desired tenderness. They do cook pretty quick. Add in the cherry tomatoes, parsley, red pepper flakes, parmesan cheese, salt, and pepper.

Slice the sausages once they are fully cooked and add to zoodle pan. Now it is ready to plate.

enjoy!


firecracker chicken. ​

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This is Chris P Bacon the pig. If you haven’t seen that youtube video, go watch it now!

My coworker told me about this recipe that she tried on Pinterest today. Of course, I was like “oh, cool. I have all those ingredients. I’ll give it a try.”

So, of course, I changed a few things to make it my own. I wasn’t planning on posing this because there are so many versions of it on Pinterest. However, it turned out to be SUPER yummy!

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WARNING: this meal is super spicy!

INGREDIENTS:

    • 4 boneless chicken breasts
    • 1/2 cup hot sauce (I used Frank’s RedHot Buffalo Wings)
    • 1 cup brown sugar substitute (I used Sukrin Gold  and I use it in a lot of my recipes. Love love love!)
    • 1/4t red pepper flakes
    • 1/2t tapioca starch
    • 1 1/2t apple cider vinegar
    • 2-3 cloves of garlic (~2T minced garlic)
    • 1/4t salt
    • 1T olive oil

Chop chicken into cubes. I sprinkled mine with some salt, pepper and a little garlic powder. You can season as you like. Place olive oil in a pan and wait for it to heat up and then put the chicken in.

While the chicken is cooking place the hot sauce, sugar, red pepper flakes, garlic, salt and vinegar in a small pot. Heat on medium. The sauce will bubble and thicken a little bit.

Once the chicken is cooked, coat it in the pan with sauce. Add in the tapioca starch if the thickness is not desireable.

I ate this with some broccoli and it was a little like a funky but amazing stir fry. So SO good.

enjoy!