Where can you go to find pantry staples besides the big box stores like Walmart and Sam’s? I have a secret you may not have heard…some department stores like Ross, TJ Maxx, and Marshall’s have got you covered!
When I first started using coconut oil about 3 or 4 years ago (maybe longer), I was surprised to find it at these great department stores. The first one I saw it in was Ross, in the back of the store where the home goods are.
They have all kinds of gourmet foods, specialty teas, coconut oils, spices, and more. I have found Himalayan Pink salt there, as well. Not everything is Keto or Paleo, you have to read labels and kind of know what you normally stock in your pantry.
TJ Max and Marshall’s have these items too, most of the time. In fact, according to an article I recently read from Bon Appetit Magazine “T.J. Maxx, sadly, guards their sourcing like a trade secret and declined to comment for this story.”
I don’t care where they get it, just keep it coming! It is usually at an awesome price, they stock unusual brands of your favorite products, and you get the feeling you need to buy now or it will be gone tomorrow. That’s ok for the occasional splurge.
Say you’re out of peppercorns, you may find a huge bottle of them at one of these retailers for $3.99! I’ve found pretty good deals on coconut oil too, but I have to admit, I get a better deal now at Walmart.
Anyway, I just thought I would clue you unsuspecting folks out there to a few new places you can find quality pantry staples like these:
Himalayan pink salt
quality spices (like Hungarian smoked paprika)
imported meats (like tuna)
You get the idea. Next time you find yourself in one of these three dept. stores, go to the back and peruse the shelves. You might be surprised at what you find!
Hey everybody! I just came across some exciting news that one of my friends sent me a link to-Thanks Laura Smallman for that! (She’s also a fellow blogger, check her out by clicking the link!)
Do you want to know more about Keto?
Would you attend a free event if it was here in the DFW Metroplex?
Well, next month, there will be a book signing by Cristina Curp, the author of Made Whole: More Than 145 Anti-Inflammatory Keto-Paleo Recipes to Nourish You From The Inside Out.
It is sponsored by Half Price Books and if you click on the above link, it will take you to the Eventbrite page with all the pertinent info.
If you have purchased the book, she will be signing them from 7Pm to 9pm at the Half Price Books Flagship at 5803 E. Northwest Hwy Dallas, Tx. 75231
Cristina is the author of the blog The Castaway Kitchen and if you visit her blog, there’s a link to buy the book on Amazon. Buy the book, then go visit her at this free event and get your book signed! It’s that easy!
I want everyone to look and feel their best, eat healthy and get off as much medication as possible. That’s why I’m excited to share news with you like this, if it helps one more person get healthy, I’ve done my job!
Living the Paleo lifestyle and then switching to Keto has kept me healthy and maintaining my weight, I am off some of my medications and feel as good as my younger days.
My bloodwork is great, my doctors are all pleased, what more could a girl need?
I hope you all can attend this free event to meet Cristina-she sounds like a great gal and she’s a fellow foodie-you can read all about her here!
Good morning everyone! You probably think I have gone off my rocker having changed my name again over the weekend, but I had an epiphany!!
I needed to let go off the patio concept and get to the heart of my purpose here, which is to help those looking trying to get started on the Keto diet, provide answers to questions, and share what has been working for me.
What Is Keto And Why I Went From Paleo To Keto
When I was Kimmy’s Patio for the last couple of years, I focused on the Paleo diet, my use of essential oils, and my passion for all things alternative health. I want to get away from the use of pharmaceuticals as much as I can, so nothing much has changed except the way I’m eating.
I had started cheating over the summer and had gained a few pounds, started feeling sluggish and tired again and knew I needed to get back on track. That is when I heard about Keto and began to incorporate that way of eating into my life. I dropped 5lbs the first week and had my old energy back! I knew then I was on the right path.
It might have been easier for me to convert since my body was already used to no bread, pasta, or sugar. All I really did was cut out the carbs I was allowed on Paleo, like sweet potatoes and starchy fruits (bananas), and add in dairy, like cream cheese, cheddar cheese, and heavy whipping cream. The hardest part of this way of eating is figuring out your macros and planning meals accordingly.
What Works Is Writing It Down
You have to keep track somehow of what you eat every day. There are apps for that, I’m still experimenting to see which one works best. I made a simple chart to follow that shows what foods I eat the most and their macros. (Short for macronutrients, all you need to follow is carbs, fat, and protein.) What I really need is a spreadsheet, I may get my hubby to help me make one. My list needs revisions already!
Luckily, I’m a writer, so I’m used to writing things down. Now, I’ve come to depend heavily on Pinterest for recipes, meal plans and general articles and info guiding me along this journey.
What I want to do with this here blog is help others like me who are just starting out, to learn the ropes, so to say. I don’t know it all by any stretch, but I would love for you to join me as I figure all of this new way of living out.
It’s Not Really A Diet
That’s the thing, like I used to say when I was Paleo, “It’s not a diet, it’s a healthy lifestyle, a new approach to eating.”
As I discover what works best, I will share information, recipes, tips and tricks, products and services, just like I did on the patio, but I hope I do a better job of it here at Keto For Beginners.
There are a ton of sites out there doing the same kind of thing, but they don’t know you like I do. You are my tribe, my people, and I have your trust (I hope) by now. I will try my best not to steer you wrong. (Did you get that? Steer, I’m from Texas and all…never mind, lol.)
I’ve already started by sharing some breakfast ideas here, and now I want to show you how to figure out your own macros, how to plan meals, and what to eat each meal, healthy snack ideas and more. Let’s start today with how to figure your macros.
I used this handy Keto calculator at Ruled Me. Their prediction for me was slightly different than the one I have set, but not enough to throw everything off. I just realized by trial and error, I need more than what they determined for my daily calorie allowance, otherwise, I’m not eating enough.
My macros break down something like this: Calories per day-1500, fat grams per day-117g, 25g carbs, and 92g of protein. This is just a basic model to follow, I’ve realized that all of this isn’t an exact science, I just try to come close to that every day.
Yours will be different as determined by the calculator. What you’ll do is enter your sex, age, height, weight, and exercise level. They also ask your body fat and how to figure that out. It is a rough estimate based on your weight and exercise level.
Once you figure out your macros, you have a starting place to plan your meals and snacks from. It is a little tricky at first but soon you get the hang of it.
You want to get your carbs from veggies and nuts/seeds, a moderate amount of protein to maintain muscle but not kick you out of ketosis. Get plenty of good fats from avocadoes, coconut oil, grass-fed butter or ghee, olive oil, nut butters, fatty meats, and dairy.
A typical day of meal planning goes something like this for me:
Breakfast: 1 egg, 1 piece of bacon or several slices of salami, 1/4 avocado, and a cheese stick or baby Bel. -or- A smoothie using coconut/almond milk, strawberries or blueberries, avocado, lemon juice, Stevia, and ice. -or- A Keto porridge like this one Hemp Heart Porridge.
Lunch: Whatever leftover meat and salad we had from the night before. -or- Salad with chicken, tomato, cucumber, broccoli, cauliflower, black olives, shredded cheese, ranch or Italian dressing (1tbsp)
Dinner: Meat choice, salad, vegetable. Most nights we have a piece of meat Dave has grilled, a salad, and some fresh vegetable like Brussel sprouts, asparagus, green beans or similar.
Snacks: Fat bombs, or pork skins, or cheese and nuts.
These are just examples, but you get the idea. What are your questions, suggestions, comments? Just let me know and I will get you an answer.
We can do this together people, we all need to get healthy and get that old devil sugar out of our life. (Most of the time, anyway) Cutting out the carbs and ramping up your daily intake of good fats will have you melting off the pounds and improving your cholesterol numbers in no time!
Join me, won’t you? Glad to have you here!
Update: Here’s a great post that came in my email today, right after I published this post! I told him I would share it with you all.
Living the Paleo/Keto lifestyle doesn’t mean one has to go without dessert!
I don’t bake much anymore, and here is the reason why. Almond flour is expensive-even if you make your own because, well, almonds are expensive. Most baked goods on a Paleo/Keto diet call for almond and/or coconut flour to keep you eating the low carb life.
This bag is 11oz. and the price most everywhere is $8.99.
There are exceptions, of course, like the other night when I just had to have this Vanilla Keto Mug Cake. It would have been so worth it too, if I hadn’t used the spoiled coconut oil I had put back for body use only. Talk about sick 🙁
Mug cakes don’t take much flour, and you can’t really call that “baking” either since it’s whipped up in the microwave in about a minute. But it is satisfying, quick, and delicious!
There have been times though, when I’ve been craving something baked, looked up the recipe and it calls for 2 1/2 cups of almond flour!! There is 8oz in a cup, so y’all do the math. Maybe I would make something for a special occasion, but I can’t afford to bake much.
What I Do Instead
I love fat bombs, cookies, and mug cakes so I never really have to go with a little something sweet. “A small bite is better than none at all” is pretty much my philosophy.
Over the weekend I made these oh so delicious Keto Peanut Butter Cheesecake Bites-but I have to say, bites is a bit of an overstatement, I literally have to cut them in half, they are so rich and satisfying! Even if I didn’t, however, they would still be a low carb, low sugar, high fat snack/dessert.
I substituted almond and sunflower butter mixed together for the peanut butter, and my chocolate wasn’t Lily’s (this time) but it was 85% cacao, which is perfect for those on Keto diets. The nutrition info for the original recipe is 22g of fat per cup, 4 net carbs, 3g sugar, 4g protein.
My pictures aren’t as pretty as Hey Keto Mama’s (especially after cutting them in half) but that did not ruin the taste, let me tell you!
If you would like to try this recipe, here is the link. Trust me, you won’t regret it! Click here: Hey Keto Mama and if you try them let me know! My brother and my dad tried them after family dinner yesterday and they said they were surprisingly good.
Bottom line is, you don’t have to bake an entire cake to satisfy your sweet tooth. Having a cookie or a fat bomb will not only do that, it will keep you on track of your goal to stay in ketosis.
Check out my saves on Pinterest and give some fat bombs or Keto mug cakes a try!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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. 😂
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.
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.
Well, that’s enough for tonight! Y’all have a wonderful weekend!
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.
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, callpoison 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 LABELSRELIGOUSLY 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.
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)
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.
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Happy Monday everyone, sorry I am blogging so late but it’s been a busy Monday here on the patio. After a pleasant weekend celebrating Dave and Sean’s birthdays, visiting with family and friends, and enjoying delicious food, I needed to get busy before the rain returns. It’s been a beautiful, warm, sunny day so after kitchen duties, I needed to work in the yard a bit and clean up my beds, and get rid of an abundance of clover that had taken over. And did I tell you, I made truffles? More on that in a moment.
I’m working from my new laptop, made possible by my hubby Dave and Apple support! See, I had to figure out why I could not retrieve my mail before I could start working on this machine. My Mac was nice, but Dave decided that I would like the new laptop better because it uses the windows platform. Well, I guess we will see, first I have to get used to a new keyboard, a new way of doing things, and figure out where everything is located on this new machine. Then, I had to work on the website itself, get SiteGround on here so everyone knows what great hosting I have and how you can too, and then Apple had to help me fix my email, which they did, and now I’m all set! I’m a happy camper at the moment.
This morning was very busy in the kitchen as usual. I made our egg cups for the week, boiled some eggs for later use in salads or just a quick breakfast or lunch, and then I made the most delicious version of No-Bake Almond Joy CheesecakeTruffles. Can you believe they are Keto? Wait until you taste them, it really is miraculous they taste so good. Mine are a little bit different because I was out of Vanilla extract, so I used Orange and Almond extracts instead. I followed a recipe I pinned from Mouthwatering Motivation. Super simple, and if I hadn’t used orange extract, it really would have tasted like an Almond Joy! Ya’ll understand that clicking on the link will take you to her Pinterest page right? Cool! I personally LOVE the chocolate/orange taste sensation, but if you don’t, then just stick to her recipe. Now I will have a snack ready to grab when other people are eating dessert. Or when I’m tired of fat bombs or need a change of pace. After this weekend, I need to get back on track. 😉
After kitchen work was yard work, I wasn’t about to waste this beautiful day inside writing all day when the rain will soon return. I literally filled a garbage can full of weeds, leaves, and clover. If I could have mowed, I would have! Before you ask, Dave would have a fit, that’s why! I even took my outer shirt off for a little while (gasp!) it was that warm while working hard. The minute I came in, cleaned up, and got busy writing, I became cold again, so I had to close all the windows and put my shirt back on. 🙁
I hope you’ll try the truffles and that your Monday was enjoyable if not productive. Shoot me a question or comment and thanks for stopping by the patio!
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