Do You Enjoy Trying New Things To Eat?

How About Porridge?

I was searching (as usual) for a different yummy Keto breakfast option yesterday and found this great recipe for porridge by Martina Slajerova of the KetoDietApp.com website. Clicking the link will take you straight to the recipe and a video showing the directions to make this easy peasy treat. I found it warm, satisfying, and delicious!

Cooking on the stove-quick and easy Cinnamon & Pecan porridge
Yummy, nutty goodness in my bowl!

No oats, just pecans, coconut and almond milk, nut butter-she uses almond but I used cashew-coconut oil, chia seeds, chopped pecans, toasted (or not) coconut, and cinnamon!

If you’re game for a new breakfast option and you get just a little tired of eggs on your Keto diet, this is a wonderfully filling choice. The recipe made two bowls and I¬†ate about half of that and stayed full until lunch. Which I ate late. Which was more like a snack. I have been trying to do the intermittent fasting thing but can’t seem to actually skip the meal, I just eat a lot less. What I ended up having was a small bowl of salad and three leftover chicken wings Dave ordered with his Dominos pizza the other day.

I totally made up for it at supper, when I realized with horror that the delicious new Alfredo sauce I have been making and eating on my zoodles is not Keto! I tell you what though, I’m still gonna eat it, if only in small portions. ūüėČ ¬†I ate them alongside one of Dave’s delicious pork chops he dreamed up the other day, made in a sort of sauce piquante.¬†I’m sure it wasn’t Keto either, but maybe everything else I’m doing will balance me out. ¬†(Zoodles are spiralized zucchini¬†btw! ūüôā )

I hope you give this a try and let me know how you like it. PS: I downloaded the app Stupid Simple Keto (because it was free and the other app was $6.99) ¬†but I am still trying to figure it out. I at least figured out what my daily macros are supposed to be- if I’m doing it right I’m supposed to aim for 12g of carbs, 76g of protein, and 83g of fat per day.

Have a great day everyone and try to keep warm!

 

 

 

 

5 Ways To Decrease Your Belly Fat Today

Happy Monday everyone, I hope you are having a blessed day so far.

How many of you watch Dr. Oz? Well, every once in a while, I catch an episode and today was one of those times. I was trying to give my overworked hands a break, I  clicked on the TV and there he was, saying those words so many of us want/need to hear: Do you want to know how to get rid of your belly fat?

Well, I have kinda let myself break too many rules over the summer and find myself needing this advice if nothing else than a refresher on what I should be doing and not doing to get my belly flat. Especially since pretty soon I might find myself convalescing while recovering from one or more surgeries.

So here is what the expert on his show said are the 5 steps you can do to decrease your belly fat starting now:

  1. Cut out the sugar (We as a nation eat 152lbs of sugar per person per year!!!)
  2. Add a healthy fat to breakfast-choose between avocado, almonds, pumpkin seeds, grass-fed beef, or coconut oil added to your coffee with some grass-fed butter
  3. Add some fiber-rich pre-biotics-try plantains, lentils, artichokes or asparagus
  4. Set a carb window-as in no carbs after 2pm or something like that
  5. Go alcohol-free for 30 days (say what???) yep, gotta try it or at least cut way back (this will be tough for me, but most alcohol adds so much sugar to your diet)

Weigh yourself today and then again at the end of 30 day period after following the above steps and if you tried really hard, you should see the results.

If you can’t cut the sugar out completely, make a conscious¬†effort to make healthy choices instead, like substitute an egg (any way you like it) with bacon for that sugar-laden cereal in the morning. (or one of the choices above). If you drink two drinks a day, cut down to one, then just 2-3 times a week until the cravings are gone. Do not eat after 8pm. If you have to, eat a healthy snack like a handful of raw almonds.

They said nothing about exercise, however, even if you can’t move around much, there are still isometric exercises you can do. Like while still in bed, tighten your abs and release. Over time, this will help strengthen your core muscles. I have been adding that to my morning stretches before I ever get out of bed.

Belly fat (especially in women) is dangerous and can lead to heart disease and diabetes, and some types of cancer like colon and pancreatic. Following a Paleo diet can also help, since cavemen ate only meat, roots, vegetables and fruits for the most part. Plus, they had to exercise to hunt their food. If we ate less processed foods, we would naturally eat less sugar, being sugar is in so many packaged and canned foods.

Makes total sense if you think about it.

I do for the most part, since I start my day with my oil pulling routine, followed by a cup of bullet-proof coffee. (after brushing my teeth of course) Where I have slipped up is the addition of alcohol over the summer, too much eating out (chips and salsa) and not as much exercise. Another thing I do is two or three times a week, before my coffee and after my oil pulling routine, I drink that fat-burning concoction I call ACV tea.

2 Tbs apple cider vinegar, 2 Tbs pure lemon juice (not from concentrate), a dash of Ceylon cinnamon, 1 packet. of Pyure sweetener in a 6oz cup of hot water. Normally the recipe calls for 2 Tbs of raw honey, but I don’t need the threat of possible Candida, so I sub the Pyure instead. (It’s just stevia)

For more information on today’s episode, go to Dr Oz episode 16 and watch it or pull it up on demand.

Additional source of info for this post was WebMD

Day 325-Met-I'm No Angel, I Fight Temptation Too

When I went Paleo two or three years ago, (has it really been that long?) I was totally gung-ho, everyone was proud of the willpower I had and I was proud of myself for sticking to it. Fast forward to today and I have to admit, I’m struggling just a bit.

Is it because it’s summertime and I just can’t stay away from the chips, salsa, and margaritas? Maybe. If that was all, I wouldn’t be worried as much, yet I have noticed that other sneaks¬†have become more frequent and they aren’t just alcohol. Sometimes, my body just wants a carb and instead of making a healthy choice, I grab the easy thing like a bowl of cereal instead of fixing myself an egg, or God forbid, dipping into that left behind bag of Chex mix!

I know how to snack healthy, I have just gotten lazy. I need some motivation like I had when I started this whole journey. Back then it was my first cruise that motivated me, plus the desire to get the sugar and other toxins out of my body. I quit smoking and started vaping, now I’m not even vaping nicotine anymore. I have added CBD oil to my routine and I’m sleeping better. Maybe it is also increasing my appetite? Hmm.

Well, I simply have to fight back. I need to dig deep and remember the reason I started getting healthy in the first place. Yes, I am going on another cruise in September, yet I am not worried about that. I’m worried that I have let the Devil back in and he is reeking havoc on my body. (The Devil being sugar!) For instance, I snuck a brownie bite the other night when I was finally alone. Now, why did I do that?? I’m not fooling anyone and I’m only hurting myself. Why am I not motivated to exercise¬†and take care of myself?

Sugar is as strong as heroin to kick once you introduce it back into your system. It causes a plethora of problems, one being candida. I don’t want that again!! It took me forever to get that out of my system, it had become systemic and that is a nightmare I don’t want to go through again. Yeast infections, constant pain in my joints, skin problems…no! Ok, that is my motivation, I will get back on track, start trying to find a way to get more exercise in and go back to no sugar in my diet.

It is really tough, that means no chips, cereal, bread (I don’t eat bread anymore EVER) ok, that’s a lie, sometimes here lately, I have even had a bite of my hubby’s bread. Yikes! How has this happened?? It starts with being honest with myself, and how can I teach others how to live a healthy lifestyle if I have fallen off the wagon myself? I have a pool, I have been doing some legwork but not every day. Since my knee has been hurting, I stopped walking, but since I started taking some new supplements, I noticed that the pain has lessened significantly and the inflammation has gone down. Maybe I could start walking again! I can also do some exercises on this big round ball I’m sitting on, ha!

I need to get strict with the “diet” again, nothing from a bag or a box, eating only whole foods like meat, eggs, salads, fruit, and nuts. Like I said, I know what to do, I just need to “do it”! ¬†I weighed myself and I haven’t gained that much, it isn’t about that though. It’s about the flab, it’s about the danger of candida and other issues developing again. I want to be proud of myself again. I want to help others do the same and live healthy lives. Ok, self. This has been a great talk, now get out there and make a difference.