Why I Joined The Keto Challenge

Join the challenge here!

Hey guys, guess what starts today? The 60-day Keto Challenge, put on by Martina Slajerova from Keto Diet. You all should get in on this because not only is it a good way to jump start your weight loss plan, you could also win some awesome prizes!

The prizes include her brand new cookbook and an iPhone 8!

I joined for many reasons:

a) get back to tracking my food, making it easier to stay in ketosis, therefore dropping those last stubborn pounds (gotta get bathing suit ready)😉😊

b) possibly cure or at least maintain my PKD

c) free tools and recipes/meal plans

d) the chance to win prizes!

e) accountability with exercising

(Just click on the link provided above or the image at the beginning of this post for all the rules and regulations, helpful links, and details concerning prizes.)

You will be asked to provide a before pic but you can take one in your bathing suit, shorts and a tank top or whatever you have that you don’t mind sharing with the public. At the end of the challenge, you will take a pic in the same outfit to show your results! Good luck!

 

*Just so you know, I am not affiliated in any way with Keto Diet, just trying to help out whomever might like the chance to get healthy, lose weight, and/or win a prize!

Welcome To Keto For Beginners-Yes I Changed Again!

Why I Changed My Name Again

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.)

Longhorn Steer

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.

Meal Examples

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.

016: Working Out Like Our Ancestors and Going From Paleo to Keto – Mark Sisson

 

 

 

 

 

 

Why I Don’t Bake Much, Yet Still Have Yummy Desserts

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.

Here’s the brand I use

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!

Ugly but 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!

Keto Peanut Butter Cheesecake Bites

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!

 

 

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!  ❤

When You Want To Eat Your Keto Smoothie

Do you love your keto smoothies but sometimes want to eat them with a spoon? Do you crave texture and crunch but still want that wonderful smoothie base? That’s what’s behind the latest breakfast sensation smoothie bowls, and why they have taken the internet by storm.  Just do a Pinterest search for smoothie bowls and see what pops up!

My Keto creation this morning

Super simple and quick to make, just create your preferred smoothie base with your choice of non-dairy nut milk, berries, half an avocado, and stevia. In my case this morning, I made what I dubbed a Berry Bliss Keto Smoothie Bowl. I simply combined some  Silk Coconut milk (unsweetened) with about 7 frozen strawberries, 7 frozen raspberries, a tsp of flax, half an avocado and 2 tsp of Pyure brand stevia (all-natural sweetener). Pour it in a bowl and add your favorite low-carb toppings. In my case, that was Enjoy Life chocolate chips, coconut, and walnuts. I love the different textures and how all the flavors play well together.

Enjoy Life dairy free chocolate chips

The avocado just ensures a creamier smoothie, while adding that much-needed good fat you need when following a keto diet. You don’t taste it, I promise! The sky is the limit on customizing your smoothie bowls, just make sure you use all low-carb ingredients.

I used to use bananas in my smoothies, now I know that they are not the best choice.  One banana has 27g of carbohydrates!  Really the only fruit you can have is berries, and while I miss a lot of the fruits I used to eat (Granny Smith apples in particular), that’s all forgotten the minute I sink my teeth into a cold, delicious smoothie bowl along with some of my favorite toppings.

My yield from a two dollar bag of whole walnuts I had to shell myself.

Enjoy Life chocolate chips, for instance, are allergy friendly, low sugar, nut free, gluten-free, non-GMO, and dairy free. They provide a satisfying crunchy texture and ease the craving for a bit of sweet that compliments the berries.  I also used unsweetened coconut flakes (I keep them in the freezer to add to recipes, it keeps them fresh), and walnuts since they are a low-carb choice.

A few weeks ago I did an experiment to see how much nut meat I would get from a $2 bag of whole walnuts my husband helped me shell them and we got almost a whole sandwich bag full! I call that a good deal because I’ve seen the price the grocery store charges for the same amount!

Next time you want a smoothie but crave that crunch, create your own smoothie bowl and tell me how you did it! Add your photos! I would love to see what you create, maybe I will add one to my own Pinterest board, Keto For Beginners. Check it out!