Stress getting you????

Our lives are so upside down right now, with “Shelter at Home Orders” and “6′ Distancing”, sometimes the last thing we want to thing about is our food.

More of us now than ever before are having to make choices for our health. Now just might be the best time in your life to start Keto. I have found over the last three years that it doesn’t take stress away, but it sure helps my head to deal with it better.

The reason for that is it clears the brain fog away and allows us to get healthy. I just got done reading an article about Rocco DiSpirto talking Keto Comfort Food (article from Woman’s World). Rocco has become a champion of Keto by developing low carb comfort food recipes to help someone stick to a low carb keto lifestyle.

Not only do you feel better physically, but also mentally, thus helping with dealing with stress at this time in our lives.

We’ve never lived in a time where we have had limits on travel and getting together with friends and family. And I hope we never experience this again in my lifetime. FaceTime, Marco Polo, Skype, Zoom, etc are all ways to help us get around not seeing people. They are all FREE as well so take advantage of them. This can help with stress as well.

Sometimes we just need to do things the old fashioned way – pick up the phone and call someone to hear their voice. It is amazing to me how many of us choose to just text instead of hearing someones voice. It really doesn’t take that much more time to sit and chat for a few minutes. It helps with stress because now you can sense in their voice how someone is holding up.

But seriously if you need comfort food, now’s the time to do a little research and realize that eating a low carb keto lifestyle isn’t that difficult and it’s really not that expensive. Plus for the most part there is always a great selection, because we don’t eat the junk food that everyone else eats.

Later in the week I’m going to post one of Rocco’s easy keto recipes. It is Keto Jalepeno poppers. Or if you’re like me and don’t like jalepeno’s that much you sub with the little orange and red and yellow sweet peppers.

So as we go through this time of challenge and change – grow a garden, ride a bike, go for a walk around the neighborhood, or learn to meditate. Do something you’re not used to doing because you’re so used to being busy all the time.

Stay safe and we’ll talk next week. Enjoy your time at home too – spring cleaning gives you such a sense of accomplishment. LOL.

Have a great week.

Do you believe

When you make the decision to start on this low carb keto lifestyle – do you believe that you can get to that ultimate goal? Or are you doing it just for others?

What is your mindset? I’ve been studying about mindset and thoughts and did you know “You are what you think”?

If you are constantly on a “diet” or trying to “lose weight” then you will constantly be on a diet and trying to lose weight. Change your mindset to the positive and say “I am at my perfect weight”. Stop being on a diet which is negative and temporary. Live a lifestyle which is positive and permanent.

Close your eyes and see you in your perfect body! It doesn’t matter if you have 10 pounds to lose or 100 pounds to lose. See you in your perfect body and believe you are already there. Believing is half the battle.

If it helps get a picture of you when you were at what you thought was the perfect weight and you were happy there, put it on the mirror in the bathroom and look at it every day. See yourself in that perfect body.

It isn’t only food that makes us gain weight. It can be our beliefs that hold us there. Belief that “it is hard to lose weight after having a baby” or “as I age I get that middle aged spread” or maybe it’s “everyone in my family is big boned and heavy”. Those are all negative thoughts and you will never lose weight if you don’t change your mindset.

So let’s take a look at our mindset and then make it a habit to see yourself in your perfect body. Maybe you just repeat it over and over again in your mind or you thank God or the universe for having that perfect body. See it and believe it has already happened.

If you struggle with this concept – read or listen to the book “The Secret” by Rachel Byrne.

We are always here to help if you struggle with mindset. Have a happy and blessed week.

How to Stay Motivated Week 5

Keep It Fun!

So in recapping Take It One Day At a Time, Surround Yourself with Positivity, Ask for Advice and Know Your “WHY” have been the topics so far.

This weeks topic is “Keep It Fun”. How do you keep a lifestyle like this FUN?

So keeping it fun may consist of playing at the beach with the kids or taking long walks in the mountains or just eating right. On our blog we have posted some really good recipes of FOOD which is what most of us want when we think of being on a “DIET” but remember, we are not on a diet we have moved to a lifestyle. When you change the mindset from “DIET” to “LIFESTYLE” you will be amazed at how food takes a back seat.

Maybe you think you will have to give up certain foods – like PIZZA. If pizza is one of your staples every week, then hit the highlighted pizza button above and go see how easy it is to make pizza and stay keto, low carb.

Are you a sweets eater like myself and think you have to have sweets or you’ll die then maybe you like brownies or maybe you love zesty lemon bars. Maybe you are looking for some dishes made with shrimp that are super easy to make or one of my all time favorites Keto Tex-Mex Casserole. Food doesn’t have to be difficult. It can be fun and you can pretty much make any dish keto or low carb friendly.

It isn’t about eating the same meal every day it is about having fun with food and eating a variety of meals and deserts. Portion control is still a big thing so just use a small plate and fill it – makes you think you’ve eaten a whole lot more than you probably have. I’ve just highlight above a few of the ones that are posted here on our blog. Feel free to browse and print them all off. Each week we post another recipe and I’ve got some great ones coming up.

All recipes are tried and verified by my taste buds that they are awesome, healthy and keto, low carb friendly. Enjoy your week and have fun with your new lifestyle.

Low Carb Keto Lifestyle Event

There are many times when I wish I could have learned at a much younger age how to take care of myself.  Learning from Naturopathic Drs, or experts wasn’t at the top of my list of things to do. As I’ve aged I’ve gotten more and more interested in a Lifestyle – not just a diet for a short term goal.

So I started a Meetup group in the town I live in  – Savannah GA about a year and a half ago.  We’ve been meeting people every other week for a while now and oh what fun we have.  A couple months ago I listened to a webinar series on Microbiome and gut health and I realized that I wanted to learn more and I wanted to help others get better too.

So we are having an event in Pooler, GA – which is a suburb of Savannah on Saturday, February 23 from 9:30-4:30 and having several Naturopathic Drs there and some other experts in the health arena to learn all about a healthy lifestyle.

Please share this as much as you can  – we are getting closer and closer to our live event. We are so excited!!!

Traveling???? And Eating KETO?

For the last week and a half I’ve been in PA for a family medical issue.  My dad was taken to the hospital and had to have surgery.  I am actually very excited he will be home this week and I’m excited because I was pretty good with my healthy Keto Lifestyle.  I must admit I did cheat a couple of times, but for the most part I ate pretty good.  Normally I am a stress eater and nothing more stressful than having one of your parents in the hospital.

Kudos to Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, PA though for taking all sugar and most salt out of the options for their food choices in the cafeteria.  The food was amazingly good for hospital food and their salad bar was great.  I did a lot of salads.  I also had come prepared with some keto snacks – like nuts and jerky and  Zen Evo Pretzel and Sea Salt Protein Cups.  These are awesome. 

I just wanted to give you 4 tips to eating out and while traveling.

One.  Don’t count calories.  If you are traveling and it is a stressful situation, stop worrying about calories and macronutrients.  If you are just going out to dinner locally and no stress is involved, then just have an idea of what you are going to eat before you go.  Check out the restaurants menu online and decide what you want before you go.

Two.  Get rid of the grains, starches and fruits.  So you really don’t need all of those items with all that natural sugar.  A few berries once in a while won’t hurt, but most of the fruits you get in a restaurant have extra sugar added to them.  Grains and starches aren’t necessary either.  I had a burger while I was gone and just asked for it without the bread.  I had bacon and cheese added to it and they even offered to put it between two lettuce leaves for me.  Starchy veggies really aren’t good either especially potatoes and corn.

Three.  Fats, Protein and Fiber.  Healthy fats is what makes a Keto Lifestyle – Super food of Avocado is number one on the menu.  Have 4-6 oz of protein and find some healthy veggies full of extra fiber to fill you up.  Collard greens, kale, spinach, artichoke just to name a few.  If you remember Ketogenic is 70% fat, 25% protein and 5% carbs.

Four.  Be creative.  Ask for no bread to be brought to the table.  Ask for your sandwich without the bun.  Ask for extra butter on top of your steak.  Ask them to add a slice or two of avocado to your plate.  There are all kinds of ways to eat Keto at a restaurant. 

So all in all, a Keto lifestyle can even be kept while dealing with stressful family situations.  I do know that it isn’t easy to eat right all the time.  And don’t punish yourself if you aren’t as strict as you normally are.  I can say that when I go off meal plan though, my body definitely tells me that I ate wrong. 

Have a fabulous day and I hope you got a lot out of this.  Please share with your friends and family.  And we’d love to have your comments on what you do when you travel under stress.

Have you Adapted to a Keto Lifestyle?

Adapting to a Keto Lifestyle from our SAD (Standard American Diet) of high carbs and lots of sugars can be a little daunting sometimes. High carbs and sugars cause us to go from being high energy to crashing and needing more carbs and sugar to get that energy boost again. You’re left feeling sluggish. The science behind how a keto diet improves energy is we go from SAD – where most people eat 225g of carbs a day to a keto diet where we try to eat 50g or less. This forces the body to a “fat adapted” state where it relies on fat stores instead of carbs for energy. Your body can tap into those stores anytime for energy. So no more spiking and crashing – you will have a constant flow of energy. For most people once you become keto adapted (3-10 days or with a Ketone Supplement – under an hour) your energy level will ast for as long as you are in ketosis.

Some of the things you will want to make sure of when you start this journey is:

  1. Make sure you are well hydrated when you decide to start.
  2. Make sure you have some electrolytes around – smart water, powerade zero, life water, etc
  3. Buy some pink Himalayan salt – it still has all the minerals available in it. Not like table salt that is stripped of all it’s nutrients.
  4. Go through your pantry and get rid of all processed foods – donate to Second Harvest any unopened items you no longer want.
  5. Make sure that you bought some of your new superfoods at the grocery store – Broccoli, avocado, fish

I recommend that you start out slow to make sure you don’t get the Keto flu – which comes from going cold turkey on carbs and sugar. So go slow and eliminate something new every day til you are in ketosis. Ketogenic means 75% fat, 20% protein and 5% carbs. Aim for 25-50g a day of carbs.