What’s For Breakfast?

Good morning everyone and how are we doing today? Many folks new to Paleo/Keto lifestyles have a difficult time figuring out what to eat for breakfast. What can you eat, they ask.

As it turns out, you can have most anything you’re used to, you just have to modify, and for me, simplify things a bit. Take my breakfast this morning. Easy peasy omelet “muffins” I prepared Sunday afternoon. To that I added a handful of blackberries, since berries are low carb and low sugar, and a mini-baby bel.

Finger food breakfast!

Yesterday the meal was the same except I had 1/4 avocado in the place of the cheese. Besides my bulletproof coffee in the am, I need another source of good fats, and avocado provides that.

You all remember what goes in my bulletproof coffee right? Hot cuppa jo, 1tbsp of Kerrygold butter, 1tbsp unrefined coconut oil, Pyure Stevia sweetener,  a few drops of vanilla extract, and a healthy shake of Ceylon cinnamon. Yum! Swirl all that up in a blender cup, bullet, Ninja or whatever your favorite blender is and sit back and enjoy the bliss!

Other days, especially if I’m in a hurry, I’ll whip up a delicious smoothie in my Ninja blender cup.

If you have more time, you could fry up an egg in some butter (grass-fed of course) and add a piece of bacon or two, or any type of baked good using almond or coconut flours. There are Keto recipes everywhere on how to make pancakes, waffles, or muffins. Pinterest is literally full of them!

Instead of making y’all hunt for them though, I’m going to add some handy links so you have the recipes at your fingertips! I make my omelet muffins a bit different, just adjust the recipe to your tastes.

Grab-N-Go Omelettes from Tip Hero

Keto Pancakes from Delish

Keto Porridge from The KetoDiet Blog

Avocado Nests from Scrumptiously Skinny

Strawberry Avocado Keto Smoothie from Home Remedy Nation

Well folks, these are my favs, but if you need more ideas, recipes, or have a question in general, please leave it in he comment box!

Have a great Tuesday and Keto On!

 

 

 

 

Where Have I Been?

Oh my goodness y’all, I have not blogged in forever! I’m sorry, but I have been experiencing technical difficulties that refuse to resolve. I have been taking pictures though so that when things improved, I would have some to show you.

I had to dig back before Easter to find them, but I did want to share a couple of Keto triumphs with you, and how to buy the perfect snack, and then there was some other content that I wanted to share as well.

First off, do you guys remember a few years ago when those delicious magic cookie bars were so popular? The one that had Eagle Brand milk, coconut flakes, chocolate chips, etc.? Well, I made a Keto version and they were delicious!

Keto Magic Cookies

Then, at Easter we went to my sweet niece-in-law’s house for dinner and I made the Keto New York cheesecake from my Keto-Diet app…it was also a hit!! This will be my go-to dessert from now on!

My Keto New York Cheesecake

I took the recipe from Fat For Weightloss and made it from the uTube video before I saw there were actual write instructions. 🤣🤣

Next time I will at least take the time to make it pretty with some blueberries.

How the cake is supposed to look!

Everyone was kind and brought healthy food, so there was plenty for me to eat. Now it seems that I need to teach the rest of my family to eat this way too, because my dad has been told that for health reasons he needs to get off of bread and pasta and sugar.

What seems second nature to me is hard for others I have learned. I have to put myself back in my shoes four years ago when it was all new to me. I ask myself “What is so hard about eating a piece of meat, a vegetable and a salad for dinner everyday?”

Well, dinner is not the only meal of he day and since my dad only eats egg substitute, he has a hard time figuring out what to eat for breakfast. I sent him some recipes I found on the brand’s website, but he has a hard time cooking in general because of some physical difficulties.

If I couldn’t eat eggs, I would be at such a loss! Of course, you can make Keto versions of breakfast cereals, pancakes, casseroles, etc. it just takes some practice using alternate flours like almond and coconut.

Mainly, it’s just a matter of eating whole foods like meats, veggies, berries, nuts and good-for-you oils like coconut and olive, grass-fed butter, and ghee, and incorporating fermented foods, drinks or taking a probiotic.

Pinterest is full of boards and recipes and there are countless websites with all the info you need to learn to live and eat the Keto way.

Now, on a personal note, we went and visited my son Josh and his girlfriend Chasity for her son’s 1st birthday party last weekend. The theme was Batman which is funny since they call him fat man. 😂

Weston, aka Fatman

It was a nice visit and our first opportunity to meet her family. They were all very sweet and I met their dogs who were about half my height! They were a mix of Great Pyrenees and Red Healer.

This one is Roscoe I think.

Then, the Monday following that weekend, I went to visit my friend Kaye and a former classmate Jeff for lunch. We went to see his new house he is building, and I’ll be darned if he didn’t also have some big ole Great Pyrenees mix breed dogs. Kaye captured two of the four being overly friendly.

Jeff’s sweet pups

Well, that’s enough for tonight! Y’all have a wonderful weekend!

 

 

 

Let it Bleed Challenge- Yearning

Let it Bleed…the brainchild of Saumya Agrawal of RandomnessInked is a prose/poetry/photo challenge. Come join in.

Yearning-

“Oh Father I am burning,

and my heart is yearning,

For others to hear your truth, and then spread it wide.

Can you feel the joy,

that this mode would employ

If we all just reached out to each other and tried?”

An original poem by yours truly. Hope you enjoyed it.

Y’all come play along with Randomness Inked and give it a try! Yes, I know this is supposed to be a blog about alternative health and such, yet every once in a while I do a bit of creative writing, so this challenge kind of tickled my fancy. Now it’s your turn! Play along with Suze and I won’t ya?

 

Let It Bleed Challenge, April 2, 2018

Let it Bleed Challenge

 is brought to you by Saumya Agrawal of RandomnessInked.com and the prompt for this week is “photo.”

My babies, Whiskey and Brandy

Other than food pictures, this is literally the only other picture I have on my new computer. They are my Shorkies, Whiskey on the right and Brandy on the left.

Shorkies are a mix of Yorkie and Shitzu and they are loveable, don’t shed or bother anyone with allergies. Whiskey has more of the Shitzu traits and Brandy the Yorkie ones.

Ok, your turn, why don’t you go to Randomness Inked and join in the fun? Click on the link and follow the guidelines to post your own favorite photo, or one that is special to you.

 

How to Recover From a “Keto Catastrophe”

Eating Out Can Lead to Disaster If You’re Not Careful

 

Take it from me! Yesterday I thought I was doing my dad and I a solid by trying Appleby’s again, my thought being ‘they can’t screw a salad up too bad, right?’ Instead, it was a catastrophe!

Well,  the “salad” was delicious, just not nutritious. It really goes by salad at the most basic of terms. It did have lettuce in it!

I chose Appleby’s Asian Salad with Grilled Chicken. Dad has recently been told by his doctor that he can no longer have bread, pasta, or cereal and that pretty much means he needs to eat more like me.

So we thought salad was a good choice for lunch, and it would have been had I checked the calories, fat, and carbs BEFORE ordering it!! It was unbelievable and tasted so delicious I asked the waitress to bring the menu back so I could see the calorie count.

Per salad, calories-1290! Total fat-85g Total carbs 84! Protein 50!

I felt worse for my dad being pre-diabetic than myself having chose this disastrous meal, I had no idea we were eating so much sugar. On the bright side, neither of us finished them and we drank water with lemon, so there’s that.  🙂

After talking (actually, I sent him an email) to a blogger I follow on Pinterest named Aaron, who is a certified nutritionist and expert in the Keto way of cooking, he runs the blog Fat For Weight Loss , he helped me relax by telling me to think of having a good “week” instead of a good “day” with food and that stressing out makes things worse.

He said “Keep calm and Keto on” and get right back on the Keto train today. We all make mistakes, it’s how you choose to proceed that makes a difference. So I did.

This morning (like yesterday) I started the day with my ACV tea, followed by a nice cup of chai tea instead of my usual bulletproof coffee to reduce my caloric intake today.

Helpful tips and tricks for recovery

His coaching and his recipes make it easy to stick with my program, yet I have a few of my own tricks and tips as well. I always drink ACV tea (apple cider vinegar, cinnamon, lemon juice, and stevia mixed in a hot cup of water) when I’ve either:

  • gone off the calorie/fat/carb wagon
  • drank alcohol the night before

The reason this works for me is that the ingredients work together to metabolize glucose to prevent fat storage, aid in digestion and help the bowels eliminate waste. Lemon itself has so many benefits, detoxifying the liver is just one.

In addition, I sip on water all day with a drop of grapefruit essential oil and/or a drop of lemongrass essential oil.

These two oils aid in weight loss (and more) and the reason I prefer lemongrass is because the taste is les sour than plain lemon.  They also detoxify the body.

The Takeaway

So, the takeaway here is, always ask for the nutritional breakdown of your meal before you order when eating out. If the restaurant does not offer it, you can google most of them and get it there.

Cool Tool

Another helpful tool when eating out is to get this new app called HowUDish. This app tells you the places to eat within a specific distance from your home, based on the diet plan you are following.

You just plug in your profile details and the app does the rest! It also provides a breakdown of your macros per meal, and even offers tasty recipes.

I told them I would try out the app and report how well it worked as a little job on UpWork.  I also invited all of my Facebook friends to “like” the app as a favor to the developer.

I love their slogan, “Find the dish that’s fit for you!”

Try it, and let me know how it works for you. As always, questions and comments are welcome. Have a great day!