A Letter to My Readers

Afternoon everyone and sorry it’s been so long since I’ve posted.

photo credit :Pixbay

The truth is, I don’t know what I want to do at the moment.

I’ve got to be honest here and say that besides all the studying I’m doing, the time I’m spending with my Dad, and all life’s other interruptions are only partly to blame.

It seems that somewhere in all this Coronavirus mess, I’ve lost the will to be on such a strict dietary lifestyle…what the heck…I’ve simply fallen off the keto wagon.

Oh, there are days when I still behave, but there are so many more that I don’t.

So, with that being said, I’m trying to decide what to do with my site. It needs an overhaul. It needs some change. I need to do something I’m passionate about and turn the website into something that supports that.

Maybe once my transcription studies are over, I can make this site my business website, because honestly, I don’t want to lose it…especially since I already pay for it’s maintenance and upkeep.

I’m a writer, I’m a student. I’ve been working on so many projects at once, my head is spinning. I write on Medium, I blog. I have studied everything from copywriting to transcription, yet I’m not proficient in anything yet. I’ve tried all sorts of things with this website, yet not made a dime-but that’s ok. It was never about that, I just thought it would be nice if it worked out that way.

When it all clicks together, I’ll know it. Until then, I’m weighing my options and working on a solution.

So, I’m asking for patience as I try to work it all out-once again-change will come, I’m just not sure when. I may put up a sign that says I’m “taking a break”, or “pardon my dust” as I work on something new, something to that effect.

I appreciate any comments or suggestions you might have and I hope you all stick around to see whatever I change my website to (it will probably have to do with my writing in one way or another). A place to offer my services once I’m confident enough to advertise them.

I have a long way to go. I hope my blogger buddies, friends, family, and all my other followers will be here when the dust settles. Thanks for supporting me and trusting me for this long.

I’ll keep you posted!

Why The Silence

Where Have I Been All Week?

So, I introduce myself in a new blog one week, then you don’t hear from me again until now. What gives?

Well, I have been distracted for one thing. Trying to figure out some things regarding my writing and what to post. You could say I’ve been uninspired.

I Got A Cat Ya’ll!

Well, I acquired a cat, a baby kitten. My boys rescued it from my dad’s old boat. They couldn’t keep it or find it’s mother, so I brought it home with me to see how my dogs took to it before I decided whether to take it to the no-kill shelter.

Thing is, I miss my old cat and have been talking about getting another. However, my dogs are spoiled rotten, they use a doggy door and what does that lead to?? My cat learning how to get out, that’s what.

So now I have a dilemma. Yes, she’s a distraction and takes lots of time and attention. Yes, my writing has suffered this week. But I keep trying to reason with myself that I can make this work.

I need your help and input! What is the solution? Keep her or wean and train her and find her a home? She gets along fine with my dogs, I thought maybe I could train her to potty outside (after I litter train her of course) and then maybe she would get used to that and not run off.

Any help with this would be great. I talked to Stephanie’s sister-in-law who fosters kittens and cats, she wants to know if I want more!!! I don’t think I have time for all that! She did help me out by telling me what to feed my little one though.

I found a formula on the internet and she has been loving it, however, I can tell she needs more sustenance, so I will get her some solid food today (if I decide to keep her). That means I need to go get some litter soon too. So far, she poops on a towel.

I Got Some Great Advice On Freelancing

One of the bloggers I follow suggested that I get a new app called Brain.fm    to help with distractions. She just started a new blog herself called Imperfectly Perfect Mama-A Blog For Imperfect Moms, which shows just how together she is!

She has been blogging for years and teaches others how to do it now. You CAN make a living at it, I just don’t have all my ducks in a row yet. I feel like I’m spinning my wheels some days. She says you have to have a plan. True, and I still don’t.

If you guys are interested, I provided the link to her new blog, just click on the underlined words Imperfectly Perfect Mama up there. Elna Cain is her name and she has lots of great advice for writers. (And new moms)

I know, I’m supposed to be posting about some Keto recipe, or great product I’ve tried, but she has a point with the fact that I have not developed a plan and that is why I’m failing as a freelancer. This is important ya’ll. Any other writers out there having a problem “getting your sh*t together, or is it just me???)

I’m just being honest here, time sucks like Facebook and Pinterest are killing my productivity and now I have the added distraction of my kitty (wait, did I just say “mine”), so I’m sorry if I have been ‘present’ this week. My point is, (I know I have one around here somewhere) my writing is all over the place, and so is my head.

I need to get my head in the game if I’m gonna make this thing work, so I need to take some time and work on a plan. Maybe take some of Elna’s advice, implement her suggestions and come back with a bang.

In the meantime, I’ll leave you with this video showing me feeding the kitty, and you will see why my decision is so hard. Feel free to leave your questions and/or comments and have a great day!!

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Don’t forget to see what I write on my other blog from time to time-Words On A Page.

 

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.)

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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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Let it Bleed Challenge- Yearning

Let it Bleed…the brainchild of Saumya Agrawal of RandomnessInked is a prose/poetry/photo challenge. Come join in.

Yearning-

“Oh Father I am burning,

and my heart is yearning,

For others to hear your truth, and then spread it wide.

Can you feel the joy,

that this mode would employ

If we all just reached out to each other and tried?”

An original poem by yours truly. Hope you enjoyed it.

Y’all come play along with Randomness Inked and give it a try! Yes, I know this is supposed to be a blog about alternative health and such, yet every once in a while I do a bit of creative writing, so this challenge kind of tickled my fancy. Now it’s your turn! Play along with Suze and I won’t ya?

 

Did Someone Say Truffles?

Going Keto Doesn’t Mean No Dessert

*This post may contain affiliate links, please check my disclosure.

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.

Dave with his birthday present from Sean
The other birthday boy, Sean, with his brothers Chris and Josh and Josh’s girlfriend Chasity

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. 😉

Guys, these are seriously yummy!
Fresh from the freezer and ready to devour!

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.  🙁

Not perfect but better after weed removal

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!

 

 

 

*Disclosure: Mentions of associated products, services, or businesses within the content of this blog may or may not be noted as an affiliate in every reference. I only choose to promote products, services, or businesses that I trust.

 

 

Have You Tried Avocado Egg Nests?

I had a deliciously simple breakfast this morning that anyone can try if you like the combination of eggs and avocado. They are called avocado nests or cups and the recipe is so easy a child could make it (if properly supervised, of course!) I’m sharing mine off of Pinterest at Add a Pinch’s blog. (click the link for pics and the recipe)

Avocado Egg Nests

All you do is halve an avocado, scoop out the center a little bit where the pit used to be, crack an egg in each half, salt, pepper and if you’re like me, add some grated cheese. Place the halves in an oven-safe baking dish, pop them into a 400-degree oven for 15-20 minutes and BOOM! You have a quick, easy, delicious breakfast to go with your coffee! I only ate one half and now I’m wishing I had done two! Oh well, there’s always lunch!

We always try to eat farm-raised eggs and not buy eggs from the store. Luckily, my hubby Dave has a source where he works that provides him with plenty of fresh eggs-We eat A LOT of eggs. Egg cups, bacon, and eggs, avocado nests, boiled eggs for breakfast or adding to salads…like I said. They are a great, easy protein source-6g each that can be grabbed and eaten on the run, or incorporated into other recipes.

Avocados are one of the “good” fats you need to be eating when you’re on a keto diet. They are low carb (1/2 is 1g carb) and 10.5g fat and 1.5g protein. So, my macros for this morning’s breakfast were approximately 7.5g protein, 52.5g of fat, and 2g of carbs.  Lunch should be mostly concentrated on protein or skipped altogether for me to balance out just right for the day. Ideally, my daily macros should be 66g of protein, 65g of fat, and 25g of carbs based on my Keto Calculator. If you would like to figure out yours, just click on the link and follow the easy directions. The plug-in your values site gives you the values you need to strive for to obtain your goals, whether it be weight loss or maintaining ketosis.

If you’ve never tried them, give them a shot and let me know what you think! Avocados and eggs are a heavenly, melt-in-your-mouth combination, I’m betting you’ll love it!

 

 

Test Post for Keto For Beginners

Hey guys, just a quick test post to see if you can see my new site, I’m still me, but I have a new domain name- you can find me now at https://www.kimmy1563.com

 

Please comment or like so I know you are still there! Thanks in advance!

 

Why You Should Get Your Daily Flax Fix

Why You Should Get Your Daily Flax Fix

There has been much talk lately about the benefits of incorporating flax into one’s diet, however, many people are still not jumping on the flax bandwagon. Why are people so reluctant to try this amazing seed is anyone’s guess, when it provides so many nutritional and disease fighting benefits. Let’s investigate a few of those and attempt to identify and allay those fears shall we?
It Will Affect They Way My Food Tastes

Not at all! You can simply add to smoothies, muffins or top off your salads, and never know it is in there. Flax may add a level of texture not normally found in your favorite foods, but you shouldn’t notice any difference in the taste. Your smoothie may be slightly chewy, however, that’s no different than when you add coconut- which is a delicious addition as well by the way! If anything, you might notice a little nutty flavor which in most cases adds a new layer of flavor you might find delightful.

I’ll Never Get Out Of The Bathroom

This is simply not true. Most people find that because flax provides a low carb source of dietary fiber, they simply “go” on a regular basis- something that women should find as a positive benefit, since we are notorious for having problems with constipation. Two tablespoons provide around 6 gms of fiber, which is about 15-25% of the amount one should incorporate daily. Flax seeds also contain mucilage, a gel forming fiber, which helps keep food from emptying to fast into the small intestine, a benefit since it can increase the nutrient absorption. Besides, it helps to detox the colon which could lower the risk of colon cancer and help fight Crohn’s disease by reducing inflammation in the lining of the stomach. As long as one doesn’t overdo it- a tablespoon or two a day is all it takes, it should not cause stomach pain or loose bowels.

It Is Too Hard To Incorporate Into My Diet

Again, this is an unfounded rumor because flax is sold in many different forms and does not have to be ground to enjoy, but it is easier to use that way. One can add it whole when topping a salad for instance, just sprinkle a few seeds on like you would when adding any other nut or seed like walnuts or sunflower seeds. Or, it can be purchased already ground and used by the tablespoon to add to a smoothie, baked goods, and soups. If one simply gets into the habit of adding some flax to your food, you will enjoy so many benefits like lower cholesterol, weight loss, and healthier skin and hair! Dr Axe at draxe.com says that the ALA fats in flax can help reduce dryness and flakiness of skin by providing the needed fats and b-vitamins. Also the fact that flax provides a gluten free option for those wanting to get off the inflammatory grains like wheat, means that it could help those suffering from Celiac disease. Adding a tablespoon or two to your daily smoothie, you are replacing one meal a day with a delicious home made smoothie, right, can add antioxidants, or lignans, which can aid in balancing out hormones and provide anti-aging benefits. It’s a habit easy to learn and not hard to keep, once you start reaping the benefits.

Storage Is A Pain

Nothing could be further from the truth! One simply transfers it from the bag it is purchased in to a gallon storage bag and tosses it into the freezer to keep it fresh. That way, when you reach in to get your frozen fruit to add to the smoothie, take out your bag-o-flax and dip out a tablespoon or two of it’s golden goodness and toss it in with the other ingredients. Easy peasy! It is a low cost way to protect yourself from inflammation and disease and could even reduce the symptoms of menopause! Just by keeping it in an air proof container or ziplock bag keeps it from going rancid and affecting the efficacy of the oils found in the flax. By the way, flax can be purchased in the form of oil as well, making it even easier to add to a soup or smoothie. Whole seeds can be stored in a cool dry place for months. Either way, there is no reason not to get some in your daily diet and start enjoying the many benefits it provides.

Fact is, flax provides so many vitamins and minerals as found in an article at nutrition-and-you.com, you would be hard pressed to find a better oil or seed to add to your daily routine. The benefits far outweigh the negative ideas some folks seem to have associated with them. My hope is, after reading this post, you’ll give flax a chance and start enjoying better health!

Kim Smyth is a freelance writer from Texas, living in the DFW metroplex. She enjoys blogging about lots of topics and her Paleo lifestyle at Kimmy’s Patio. She has been writing and blogging on these subjects and more for her freelance writing business and also works part-time as a caregiver and enjoys spending time with family, playing with her two Shorkies, reading, music and occasionally lounging by the pool.

When Change is Good

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Old door

Last year we changed our scenery from the south east coast of Texas to the place we call home, North Richland Hills, Texas. We came back be close to our families following the deaths of my mom, David’s dad, and then tragically, his older brother. Coming back here was a good change. We needed to be with our people, and they are glad we are home.

Last year, right before the holidays, we bought our new home. We thought we wanted a move-in ready home, but like all the homes we’ve lived in since we got married 31 years ago, this one needs a few changes. Like today, we changed the French doors leading to the patio to a shiny, new sliding glass door. This too was a change for the good.

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New door

Of course, it needs trim, but it works beautifully, and I love it! As we age, we become more resistant to change, kind of set in our ways. So far, I’m not like that, I embrace it. Of course, I am more adaptable than most, since I moved around a lot as a child. Then, after high school I joined the Army and moved around some more. Since David and I have been married, we have moved ten times! I guess I’m a bit of a nomad, but for me, change is good. It’s a new beginning, a fresh slate. It sparks my imagination and makes me want to create.

We like making fresh new changes to the places we call home, we make them our own. Sometimes they need changing, like that door that didn’t work properly any more, sometimes, we just have a better idea or use for the space. Like the time David created a beautiful archway into the area off the living room at our second home (the first time we lived here in NRH). Or like in this house, he built a special platform in the corner of the living room to mount the tv on. I’m always so proud of the work that he does, and just like coming home, that’s when change is good.

Life is short, let’s not get stagnant, let’s embrace change and keep moving forward toward a shiny, new tomorrow.

Work in Progress

So, today I thought I’d share a couple of the decorations I’ve been working on for my patio. Since we have only been in our new house a few months, it has taken me awhile to decide what I want for my patio to look like. My sisters-in-law have been helping me plan and the folks who lived here before us left some nice wall art, so….we decided to make it look like coral. Then my sister-in-law gave me some metal fish that look similar to the metal that will become the coral. Here is a preliminary look at what I have so far.

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So there you have it, before and after, however, the coral needs a second coat and I only have one fish done. That’s ok, there’s always tomorrow! Maybe when the whole patio is done, I’ll post the pics and I’d love to get your feedback. It’s kind of a beachy, tropical theme and I also incorporating flip flops.

In the meantime, I need more paint and some new plants, among other things. It’s coming along though, all in due time. We are working inside the house as well, so….as time and money permit, ya know? This is how I spent one of my free days, and I’m happy with it!