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!

My Review of The “Real Good” Supreme Pizza

An Honest Review

Yes, here I sit on a Palm Sunday at 11:28 having gone to church early this morning and I’m watching the Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassu, and I’m eating pizza…real pizza with cheese,and pepperoni, and other stuff and it tastes amazing!

Personal size pizza, I was only supposed to eat half…oops!

This is the new phenomenon called “Real Good” pizza and the crust is made from chicken!! Look this thing is the real deal,  it’s like the perfect meal for the keto lifestyle.

I cooked in the oven just long enough for the edges of the cheese to get dark brown and crispy, and if you can get used to your “crust” not being crunchy because it’s not bread then this pizza’s for you!

Check out this chicken and Parmesan cheese “crust”!

You can see from the picture that they pound the chicken into the flat crust but it doesn’t get hard or robbery or crunchy, just tastes like chicken breast. And the toppings are your traditional pepperoni, peppers, sausage, olive, onions, (which I picked off), and mozzarella cheese.

The whole pizza is only four carbs and it’s a personal pan pizza size pizza! Wait, my bad, half a pizza is a serving. Oops, I ate the whole thing, save the bites my doggies had and one for my hubby to try. So, I had closer to 8 carbs and 50g of protein.

I can’t wait to share this with Stephanie! They have created the perfect lunch, dinner, snack food!

Here’s the thing though, you HAVE to follow the directions. You literally take the plastic wrap off, leave it on the cardboard, and put the whole thing on a cookie sheet. Cook for 27-30 minutes (until the cheese is bubbly and melted, take it out and cut it with a pizza cutter and voila’!!

Therefore, my vote is a resounding 10 out of 10 for this “Real Good” pizza. It can be purchased at Walmart where you find the other frozen pizzas for under $6!

Not bad for a complete meal, although, if I had been thinking straight and had read the serving size correctly, I would have eaten half the pizza with a nice side salad.

Maybe I will reach out to the company and share my review for a coupon or something. 😊 Anyway, do go and try one of the three varieties available and tell me what you think. Personally, I know you’re gonna love it!  ❤

Thanks To Obsolete Childhood!

Ok you guys!!!

Thanks to Suze over at Obsolete Childhood, my peeps (that would be all of you reading this) can now find me again! I knew she was the right person to talk to, because she has had to figure out all this bloggy stuff herself!

Now my Gravatar should be showing my new blog name instead of mine, and I have sharing buttons, a follow button, and someday, maybe a email newsletter kind of thingy…we’ll see. No matter though, all I wanted was all of my peeps back that I lost in the move!

So to Suze, I just want to say a big ole

I appreciate ya!

 

 

Xylitol Is In My What?

Why The Popular Sweetener Xylitol is Found in Nose Spray and More…

A large number of pets are  getting sick/or dying from accidental exposure to  xylitol, so if you’re a pet parent, pay attention!

What is Xylitol anyway? “Xylitol is a sugar alcohol (low carb, low calorie) used as a sweetener” as defined by Wikipedia. It has 40 % fewer calories than sugar,  is extracted from corn cobs and hard woods. It’s found in many products such as pudding, cake and cookie mixes, ice cream, yogurt, nut butters and more. It is regarded as safe for humans by the FDA, but dogs are another story!

The more I read though, the more I learned about what else it is found in such as: flavored waters, dental products,  nasal sprays, medicines, vitamins, and supplements, and even cosmetics!!

A more comprehensive list of the 700+ brand name products can be found here-Preventative Vet but I wanted to share a few you may be totally unaware you are using:

Dentyne Pure Mint With Citrus Accents, Dr. Johns hard candy, lollipops, and soft candies, Extra Ice gum, Ice Breakers ice cube gums (my brand!), Mentos sugar-free gum, P28 foods high protein spread (almond butter), Act  products-mouthwash, toothpaste, Biotene, KISS My Face, Xlear products-Spry gum, toothpaste, and saline nose spray w/xylitol. Also, the essential oils brands DoTerra and Young Living toothpastes.

Now, the reason all this came to my attention was because the article I was reading about natural allergy relief mentioned a nasal spray called Xlear Saline Spray with Xylitol. Here is the link if you want to check it out Wellness Mama– but my first thought was “Why is a sweetener in nose spray?” Which naturally led me to research all of this info you are now reading.

Just one of 700+ products containing xylitol

Turns out,  xylitol in saline nasal spray makes it hyper-osmotic, which is to say it allows moisture to be drawn in which keeps nasal passages and sinuses more moist and clean than saline alone.  I learned something new today!

Why Xylitol is not toxic to humans but very toxic for dogs is this:

In humans, xylitol does not stimulate the release of insulin from the pancreas, making it safe for use by diabetics. In canines however, xylitol is more quickly absorbed into the bloodstream which could result in a potent release of insulin and causing a dangerous drop in blood sugar (hypoglycemia) which can happen in as little as a half an hour after consuming it. If you suspect accidental overdose, call poison control or your vet immediately!

While us humans may want a safe sugar alternative because of whatever diet plan we follow, being a pet parent means we have to READ LABELS RELIGOUSLY to prevent accidental exposure.

Say I make some delicious Chocolate Chip Cookies suitable for my Keto lifestyle. What if I used a popular sweetener like Lite & Sweet instead of stevia as my sweetener? And then I decide to share a bite with my sweet little shorkies?? That could be potentially Fatal!

Dogs are naturally curious and may get into your purse, consume your gum, mints, candy or makeup product also so you have to be extra careful which products you buy.

If you are unsure what you’re dog got a hold of here are some symptoms to look for:

Vomiting, weakness, loss of coordination, staggering, collapse, or seizures. If you observe any of these, don’t take any chances. Call the Pet Poison Helpline-855-764-7661 or get to an animal hospital ASAP!!

Bottom line is that if you are a pet parent, there are safer sweeteners out there like stevia and erythritol, so check your household for products containing xylitol and either put it in a safe place, toss it, or at the very least, make sure that treat you fixed for yourself you don’t share with your pet!

Just like I never give my pups chocolate because I know it will make them sick, now I know to continue the practice of reading labels before I buy!

If you have questions or comments, I would love to hear them!

If you need more information, click on the links (nothing to buy here, just sharing valuable info) I’ve provided. Also, for more great content on man’s best friend, check out I Heart Dogs for more.

 

 

 

It’s M’ Birthday-Made It Another Year!

Afternoon everyone and how are you on this sunny but coolish day? It is my birthday and I’m happy to say I woke up today, so I’m on the plus side! My dad, brother and oldest son came over for dinner yesterday and brought me presents! That was soooo nice! Sean bought me a nice, big Whole 30 cookbook (that is not the plan I’m on but will come in very handy still), my bro bought me a beautiful, fuchsia colored bougainvillea, and a lovely hummingbird feeder (which I’ve really been wanting) with lizards on it, and a beautiful new margarita glass to add to my “collection”! Dad gave me a nice card with cold, hard cash in it, boy do I have plans for that!  (subject to change, of course)

My new cookbook-thanks to Sean

   

Unfortunately, before they came over, I had spent the better part of an hour trying to find the plugin ADD THIS so I could put a FOLLOW button on my site. I finally found it and followed the instructions (or so I thought) but still no follow button. I guess I may have to break down and get professional help. 🙁    I may try again this afternoon if I have time, there is only so many hours in a day though and mine are filling up fast.

On the good side, my eye dr appt went well. He put me bank in my more comfortable contact(s) and gave me some samples to tide me over.

So, one more time, I have a new domain to go along with my new name and here it is:  https://kimmy1563.com    Of course, my new name is Kimmy’s Keto Patio and I will still be sharing all kinds of useful tips, recipes, and everything having to do with alternative health. No subject is off limits though, so we may cover everything from writing to music, whatever you all want to talk about.

 

I’m sorry to have to share some sad news today. Stephanie (my friend I am a caregiver to) lost her momma yesterday to complications of COPD and multiple organ failure. Please keep her and the family in your prayers, she needs them now more than ever. Thank you in advance.