There it was, my belly, protruding and extended as if I were pregnant with twins. To be clear I’m not preggers (sorry Dad) I’m just full of a non-keto binge-food-baby. I sat in the tub pondering what had I done to get to this point and how can I stop it from happening again?
My internal monologue went as follows, ‘You deserve a cheat now and again. In 2016 you lost over 100 pounds. You should be proud of yourself.’ As my belly stuck out of the water like an iceberg I noticed something mortifying, my stretch marks weren’t as noticeable as they were 5 days ago. I am either so bloated that my skin is stretching back out or I have gained more weight than I realize. What the heck am I thinking? No, no I didn’t ‘deserve’ a piece of chocolate cheesecake or ‘deserve’ to eat those crackers or that piece of ice-cream cake for my birthday or those Mexican chips and salsa or the trail mix or the…all the things. Why is it in our society we celebrate with food that punishes our bodies? My body was doing so well and it didn’t deserve the onslaught of sugar and gluten but somehow I had convinced myself it had.
Well I did it. I cheated BIG time and instead of excusing it or hiding from it I’m going to let the world know. I am going to own up and say... READ MORE
The first thing you need do is figure out your macros. Macros make up your fat, protein, and carb intake.
Take a deep breath and never fear, LoveAtFirstSpice.com is here to help with this daunting task!
In this article, I will walk you through step-by-step with pictures of how my keto calculator is set up. Don’t worry, no one will see your stats unless you share them, but for demonstration purposes, I’m putting it out there that I weigh 190 lbs(185 now but took me a bit to post this)., and I am a shorty coming in at 5’4. (You’re welcome!)
I want to walk you through how I set up my calculator, which is how I....
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Sometimes you need a little crunch in your life and although it seems practically impossible in every way to have that without grains it is TOTES possible.
This is how it’s done...
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I love when one item has a MILLION different purposes, especially if all of those purposes are for eating! In related news: Cheese is the most magically delicious thing ever (second to bacon obviously). This gift from the cow gods is so multi-functional it can be used for sweet and savory dishes, and can be added to just about ANYTHING to make it better, (except coffee...DON’T ask me how I know this, I finally managed to suppress the memory). There are so many different textures, flavors, and types of cheese, which is wonderful news for us, because doing the Keto diet lends itself to exploring cheese in its all its glory. Here are a few examples of how I use cheese:
As breading for when I fry or bake things, nothing beats that savory crunch!
Making crackers & bread
Desserts! (cheesecake, pudding, & so much more)
As a binder
On its own (obvs!)
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2 Min Guacamole & Bacon Chips
4 slices of Bacon (Thick cut bacon so it doesn't break when you dip...or double dip! We're not judging.)
4 tbsp Salsa Verde (I get the Trader Joe's kind as its low carb and delish)
Garlic salt (I ♡ Trader Joe's garlic salt!)
Cook Bacon. Cut bacon into 3 or 4 sections Lay bacon in a pan (glass or metal) and place in the oven. I cook mine at 350 till it looks right (about 15 min until all the fat is rendered). You can go with the bacon being a bit fattier or cook it until it’s really crispy - it is up to you!
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A question people often ask me is, “If you don’t eat many carbs then what do you eat?”
Well, I eat a lot of things, mostly things that have fats like meat, cheese, butter, avocado and oils. In this post I want to talk about the staples that I’ve found to be helpful in keeping my body in ketosis.
Every diet/lifestyle change site talks about setting yourself up for success, and the ketogenic diet is no different. There is a bit of planning that goes into any big change, so to stay on track I keep my pantry (and fridge) stocked with the following 15 items:
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Bacon Ranch Deviled Egg
One day a major craving hit me, like Betty White getting tackled in that Snicker's commercial.
I wanted loaded potato skins and I wanted them NOW.
You just aren't you when you're hungry.
Alas, how could I make sure this craving was cured with a low/no carb option??
And then it hit me: Bacon ranch deviled eggs were born.
Praise the Low Carb gods!
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