Why I Refuse to Get Sick

Why do I refuse to get sick? Because I have too many people depending on me, duh!

Really though, I just don’t have time for it. Between appointments, writing, cleaning, errands and whatever else comes up-who does?!

So I woke up this morning with a sore throat, I was achy and as the day progressed, I felt feverish.  This was concerning since I was sequestered with someone who may have had strep last week while on vacation. 😳

The first thing I did to combat these symptoms was to do my oil pulling with a few drops of Oregano essential oil. For those of you that have been following me since Kimmy’s Patio, you know I really believe in the power of essential oils. (and oil pulling with coconut oil)

The next thing was to drink a glass of water with Lemongrass and Grapefruit essential oil in it. (One drop each) If you click on the link, you can get a couple of dollars off on his products (Dr Axe) with his subscribe and save feature.

After a while I still felt feverish, so I relented and took some Tylenol, although I’m loathe to take medicine normally. When all that failed, I went and took a warm shower thinking that might help me feel better.

Well, no. So I began to think maybe my breakfast of Carbmaster yogurt (this is a Kroger brand) and cantaloupe wasn’t enough. So I proceeded to make some 90second Keto Bread so I could have a sandwich for lunch.

After it came out of the microwave and I cut it in half

This bread is normally a fast fix for that craving you get for bread sometimes. This time, I followed a different recipe by someone who suggested then toasting the bread in a hot pan with a bit of butter.

I found Kerrygold in tubs without olive oil added while on vacation!

For those who know me you know I ONLY use Kerrygold butter exclusively!!

Game changer!! It took longer but boy was it worth it! The bread tasted buttery, herbed and delicious! This new recipe suggested I add some dry herbs and then I decided to add in some Nutritional Yeast for that slightly cheesy taste.

I love sneaking Nutritional Yeast flakes into recipes like my egg cups, breads, and salads because it adds B Vitamins, protein, and fiber to your diet.

Yum! I figured two pieces was too much so I only ate half the bread, with salami, ColbyJack cheese, and avocado. Additionally, I added a tsp of mayo for the fat (my brand has 0 carbs)

My completed sandwich along with a few pork rinds for crunch

Once I finished that I got a happy surprise. I had made my favorite keto dessert the day before but neglected to mix it well because I didn’t feel like pulling out the mixer. So today I tried it with my handy Cuisinart Smart Stick. Wow! Smooth, creamy and delicious is how it turned out, in mere seconds!

Sugar free white chocolate keto pudding

I tell you, a couple of tablespoons of this rich, decadent dessert is all you really need to satisfy those sweet tooth cravings! It’s high in fat and calories,so a little dab will do ya.

Even after all of that, here is my approximate macros for the day so far:

1128 calories.  110g fat. 9.7g carbs. 23.4g protein

Now, while my macro ratios are ok, I try to stick to 1500 calories a day when I’m trying to lose a few pounds. I did not leave myself much room, did I? I don’t know, maybe I can eat a proper dinner and stay on track. I usually keep my carbs at or around 25g a day.

I feel full and satiated, even if I still feel yucky and blah all over. I’m getting cranky too, so it must be time for a break. 😊 Hopefully everything I’ve done today will keep the strep away, tonight I’ll have another glass of ACV tea (I’ve had one every night since I got home). Another of my cure-alls. You can read more about it in a past post here.

I hope you try some of these recipes and preventatives, let me know what works for you or not.

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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!

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 back 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 Keto For Beginners,  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.

 

 

How It's Going

Morning everyone! I am really trying to have a good one because today makes one month exactly since my surgery…however, I got up this morning with that gaggy feeling in my throat again and I can only assume it’s because I overdid it at the computer yesterday. I worked hard at finding a potential client on Upwork, making sure my profile was tight and correct and then writing a proposal to try and get the contract with the client. Wish me luck!!

I’m also hanging out my shingle as an editor after taking another course on Udemy-they have been having a fantastic sale and you can get classes on just about anything right now as low as $10.99! this is also where I got started with learning copywriting (writing content for the web) a few years ago.

Anyone who follows me here and on Facebook needs to also be aware, if you got that stupid video attachment in a message from me, I did not send it, I was hacked and had to change my password, delete Messenger and re-install it!!! So sorry if it got on your computer-do not open it!

A few of my friends have checked in on me today and other than feeling weird today, my recovery has been going well, I was discharged from home PT yesterday and will be set up soon for outside PT, which will be nice because they do modalities like deep heat and massage (hopefully)!

I’m also happy to report the ringing in my ears is still there but seems somehow quieter if that makes any sense. I will continue to use the Helichrysum Oil Blend and see if it ends it completely. 🙂

I may even venture out to Sprouts or the Sunflower Shoppe today because I am completely out of Oregano essential oil and that simply will not do!! I rely on that oil especially,  during cold/flu season.  My brother has become such a believer in it he has been turning on all of his friends to this fantastic oil! I think he still uses it the not-so-tasty way by adding it to hot tea or something but I prefer to add a drop to my morning spoon of coconut oil that I then do my oil pulling routine with. It keeps the doctor away better than an apple a day.

I would use less than this lol

 

Have a  wonderful weekend everyone and try and stay warm, peace out from the patio! 😊

 

 

 

 

Ending the Year on a Good Note

 

Oh my goodness, I just realized this will be my 500th post on this here humble little blog! That’s how to end the year on a good note, with a record (to me anyway) number of posts. I want each and every one of you to know how much I appreciate you reading and following along on my journey, one that I hope gets even better with the coming year. I am reading and following as many of your blogs as I can (there’s only so much time in a day) and maybe next year I will carve out some time for some that I had to drop.

An update on me, I am getting stronger every day, taking less medication and down to only twice a day instead of every 8 hours. I’ve been cleared to drive but still have not ventured out due to my hatred of cold weather (I’m such a baby)plus, I don’t trust myself to drive under the influence of muscle relaxers and pain pills, even at half a dose. My physical therapists are happy with my progress and if you were to visit me, you may think nothing at all was wrong. Except for the remaining glue on my incision, I look and act pretty normal, I just have to rest my head against a chair or something every once in a while for an hour or two. I get very tired after hours of it being unsupported. The swallowing is much better, however, I’m still eating small bites if it is something like steak or anything hard or crunchy.

My next visit to the surgeon for a follow up is the last week in January, so I hope I’m all healed by then! My wish is for all of you to have a Happy New Year, don’t overdo it when celebrating, but if you do, try rubbing a drop of peppermint essential oil on your forehead, it works wonders! I love you all and look out for new things in the New Year from me. I’m working on a few new things, give me some time to recover and I will clue you in. Happy New Year everyone!!