Keto Egg Nog

Egg nog!

You love it or you hate it. So this is a recipe for those of you that love it. The rest of you might want to check out my Thanksgiving 2016 Recipe Round-up post instead…

Egg nog is actually very easy to make keto because the basic ingredients are eggs and cream. Before a couple of years ago, I’d only had store-bought egg nog is super high in sugar and filled with fake-food thickeners to avoid all those “bad” foods like eggs and  heavy cream (oh, and probably to save a bunch of money for the food manufacturers). I had no idea that it was something you could make at home! And like most things made at home, it puts store-bought to shame. Most recipes use milk for a good portion of the liquid, but when you’re on a low carb, high fat diet, why not go all out and use all heavy cream?

Ingredients

4 large eggs

1/3 cup Swerve confectioners style sweetener

3 cups heavy cream

3 ounce rum (optional – substitute 1 teaspoon rum extract for non-alcoholic version)

1 teaspoon nutmeg

Directions

Separate eggs and place egg yolks into the bowl of a stand mixer. Beat for a few minutes, until light in color. Gradually add the Swerve and continue beating until dissolved. Add the cream, rum (or rum extract) and nutmeg, and stir to combine. Pour this mixture into a pitcher or large bowl.

In cleaned and dried bowl of the stand mixer, add egg whites and beat to soft peaks. Whisk the egg whites into the egg yolk mixture.

Chill and serve.

Yield: 6 servings

Macros: 491 calories, 46.6 g fat, 7.6 g protein, 3.8 g carbs

 

Thanksgiving 2016 Keto Recipe Round Up

What are you making for Thanksgiving this year?

Many people use the holidays as an excuse to jump off the keto wagon and over-indulge in high-carb and sugary carbage. Why? There are so many delicious keto-friendly recipes out there, there really is no reason to ruin your keto high.

Here are my favorite Thanksgiving appropriate, keto-friendly, delicious recipes for this year.

Turkey

Turkey is definitely the easiest part of a traditional Thanksgiving meal to convert into a low-carb version, because it’s naturally low carb! So most any turkey recipe out there will work, but I thought I’d include a not-so-average way of making turkey – sous vide – (Thanks for the suggestion, Mike!). Try topping your turkey with one of the compound butter recipes below, too.

Sous Vide Turkey

Stuffing

Probably the most missed traditional Thanksgiving side dish is the stuffing (or is it mashed potatoes??). But do not fret, dear Ketonian! There are delicious ways to have your stuffing and maintain ketosis.

Spicy Sausage and Cheddar Stuffing (from i breathe i’m hungry)

Cauliflower Stuffing (from Delish – considering leaving out the carrots, and perhaps even adding sausage!)

Veggie Sides

Creamed Brussels Sprouts (from The View from Great Island – I would use heavy cream in place of the milk, and omit the flour in the recipe)

Loaded Cauliflower “Faux-tato” Salad (from Keto Carole)

Gravy & Condiments

12 Compound Butter Recipes (flavored butter from Keto Diet App)

Keto Country Gravy (from Ruled.me)

Desserts

My son has been asking for a Pecan Pie, so I’m going to try this version from Holistically Engineered and omit the molasses.

Classic Pumpkin Pie (from Maria Mind Body)

Keto Egg Nog (recipe from Keto Carole)

 

What are you making this year? Post recipes in the comments below.

Loaded Cauli “Faux-tato” Salad

Although summer is taking its sweet time arriving here in the Pacific Northwest this year, that isn’t stopping me from grilling up some tasty meats (like tri tip) and making delicious, high-fat side dishes to go along with them.

I was inspired to make this potato salad style side dish (made with cauliflower instead of potatoes) after having a version of it made by my cousin’s wife at a family birthday party. It was so incredibly delicious, everyone at the party, even the non-Ketonians, LOVED it and asked for seconds.

I made my first version of this while visiting a friend and his family (HI JERRY!) in Oregon and it was received with similar accolades. “We need the recipe!!” is all I’ve heard the last few weeks.

So here it is, finally! I made this dish for 4th of July and it’s still as satisfying as the first one I had months ago. For a tasty variation, try subbing out the sharp cheddar for blue cheese. And of course you can always add more bacon.

Ingredients

1 head cauliflower

1 cup mayonnaise

1 cup sour cream

3 large hard boiled eggs, diced

4 strips thick-cut bacon, cooked and crumbled

4 ounces sharp cheddar, shredded

2 green onions, white and green parts, thinly sliced

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

Directions

The only slightly tricky part of this recipe is cooking the cauliflower “just right”. You want it to be sort of soft, but not mushy.

After you remove the hard core and any leaves, you can try one of these techniques:

  • Dice cauliflower and steam it until fork tender, 1 – 3 minutes
  • Place entire head into pressure cooker and cooking LOW pressure for one minute. Use quick release method and slice and cool. Then cut into cubes. (This is the method I used.)
  • Dice cauliflower and put in a bowl in the microwave with about 1/4 cup of water. Cook on medium-high for 3 -5 minutes at a time, checking each time for doneness. Since microwave ovens vary so greatly, the total time may be 15 – 20 minutes.

Cool cauliflower cubes and then toss all ingredients in a large bowl. Taste and add more salt or pepper if desired.

Yield: 8 servings

Nutrition per serving: 382 calories, 6 g carbs, 2.4 g fiber, 11 g protein, 35 g fat

One Year on a Keto Diet

Like everything else in life, it feels like a long time, yet it feels like a very short time. No matter the relative time, this last year has been life-changing, that is for sure.

Want to catch up on my monthly updates? Start here with Month 1

When putting together all that I wanted to share with you about the last year of my ketogenic diet, I looked back at the diary I started at the beginning, when I still considered it a 90-day experiment. Here is what I wrote about 2.5 weeks in:

“Why did I do this?

So many reasons! I was in a motor vehicle accident (MVA) last year and in addition to the chronic pain in my legs, I’ve also been having a really long list of other symptoms (fatigue, lightheadedness, cognitive impairment, gastroparesis, heartburn, extreme hypoglycemia symptoms, uncontrollable appetite, extremely high CRP (inflammation marker), etc.) that I think are related to a mild brain injury and Post Traumatic Hypopituitarism. So I wanted to see if this WOE could help heal my brain. Also, dementia runs on both sides of my family (one side is dead, other side was just sent to assisted living due to it). Family history of diabetes. Metabolic Syndrome (I currently fit the criteria). Low HDL cholesterol. AND I really wanted to learn all I could about keto because I’m a nutritionist and if it worked as well as everyone says it does, then I can’t wait to take it to my clients. (I’m about 2.5 weeks in and so far I’m feeling FANTASTIC and more and more motivated each day to keep going. Improvements I’ve seen already: pain in my legs is nearly gone, cognition is nearly as good as pre-MVA, gastroparesis gone, heartburn gone, CRP dropped 62%, hypoglycemia symptoms gone, and appetite normalized. I haven’t had my cholesterol numbers checked yet, but I’m sure things are improving there, too.

I’ve never been able to follow any kind of diet plan in the past due to extreme feelings of deprivation and constant hunger. And as far as the middle path, mindful eating, intuitive eating, all that stuff I used to teach to all my clients, well, that is what lead me to all the health problems and 50 pound weight gain over 10 years! However, with keto, although it is very restrictive (still plenty to eat though!), it has been way easier for me to stick to, mostly because of the threat of having to start over with the fat adaptation process. It isn’t that fun to go through and takes some time, and I don’t want to start that all over again. The other reason it has been easier is that my appetite is more normal rather than ravenous because my body is actually getting an efficient fuel source.”

Video Updates

This month I decided to do two videos. One is a montage of all my monthly progress photos so you can really see the body transformation. The second video is a verbal update of all the health improvements plus other things that have happened over the last month.

Full Year of Monthly Progress Pictures

My 12-Month Update

What I share on my video:

    • Review of what made me start a keto diet
    • Weight loss history
    • My intermittent fasting experience
    • My visit to Levl Now lab in Seattle, a company creating a new breath ketone meter
    • My Top 5 Tips for long-term success on keto
    • Details of my Instagram giveaway!

Before and After Keto

Health Improvements:

  • Weight: 220 pounds to 161.2 pounds
  • Body Fat: 40% to 28.9%
  • Waist: 40 inches to 30 inches
  • Inflammation dropped (CRP down almost 70%)
  • Clean, whiter teeth
  • Skin tags on my neck are all gone
  • Heat tolerance (now I love the sun and heat! I used to get super sweaty all the time and hated the heat)
  • Normal sleep times (All my life, I had been a night owl, naturally staying up until 2 or 3 am. After the accident and my PTHP symptoms, I could not sleep at night at all and often could not sleep until 6 or 7 am. Now I am sleeping by about 11 pm and up around 7 am. My central sleep apnea is much improved as well.)
  • No more non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (something I recently realized that I haven’t even mentioned here)
  • Normal blood pressure (after the accident, it was high enough I was considering taking medication)
  • No more stiff ankles in the morning (pre-accident symptom)
  • No more head twitch (something I had not reported here yet, but something else that I remember from pre-accident and pre-keto was a random, uncontrollable head twitch)
  • Mental and nervous system function greatly improved (after the accident, I was having issues with words getting jumbled when speaking or typing, along with frequently dropping things)
  • No more popping jaw (TMJ)
  • Normal digestion (no GERD, no heartburn, no gastroparesis, normal bowel movements, no gas or bloating)
  • Lightheadedness nearly gone (post accident symptom)
  • Chronic leg pain nearly gone (no edema or swelling, still having some hypersensitivity late at night (allodynia) but not intolerable)
  • No more dry elbows
  • Very soft skin
  • Clear skin
  • Plenty of energy for all day (post accident fatigue was debilitating)
  • Exercise endurance (I can go hiking for hours without any food)
  • And much more than I’m remembering right now!

Come Do Keto with Me!

Let me show you the way. My 90-Day Keto Diet Program teaches you all I’ve learned along the way, plus gives you the tools to make this a long-term health solution.

Taste Test: Adapt Bars and Coffee Shots

The only truly keto-friendly protein bar on the market is from Adapt Your Life, Dr. Eric Westman’s company. Low-carb (2 grams), moderate protein (5 grams), and high-fat (8 grams), these tasty little morsels give keto dieters an on-the-go option for a quick snack or the occasional dessert-like treat. The Coffee Shots are designed to be a convenient travel option for making Bulletproof-style coffee, with coconut oil, MCT oil, and butter, sweetened with just a touch of stevia.

On this episode of keto chat, Mikayla and Carole sample:

  • Cookies and Cream Adapt Bar
  • Lemon Cheesecake Adapt Bar
  • Chocolate Adapt Bar
  • Vanilla Coffee Shot
  • Hazelnut Coffee Shot

Have you tried any of the Adapt Your Life products?

Which is your favorite?

Adapt Bars

 

Mikayla is powered by ketones for college performance

Keto Chat Episode 16 is with my intern, Mikayla. She is an undergrad at Seattle University and nearly finished with her bachelor of science degree in sports and exercise science.

What we talk about:

  • How she originally found keto
  • What it was like starting a ketogenic diet while in college in San Diego
  • What health improvements she’s experienced
  • Who else she’s converted to keto and their motivation to keep going for long-term health
  • Her keto struggles and tips for navigating them
  • What she plans to do after graduation

What health improvements have you notice on keto?

Moving away from a vegetarian diet transformed Randy Webb’s health

Keto Chat Episode 14 is with Randy Webb, Licensed Professional Counselor in Arizona and Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Washington. Randy was my counseling internship supervisor when I was completing my graduate degree in 2012, and at that time, he was a vegetarian. When I went to visit Phoenix in March 2016, I was excited to talk to Randy about a couple of  the therapies he’s passionate about. But then I discovered that he had a big surprise for me regarding his diet!

What we talk about:

  • Randy’s surprise development of metabolic syndrome, fatigue, sleep trouble, and kidney issues when he was eating, what he thought was, a health diet.
  • His journey from a low-fat, high carb, vegetarian diet to a lower carb, omnivorous diet
  • Who inspired Randy to look at his diet and give up oatmeal and consider eating sardines for breakfast
  • What health improvements he’s seen since changing his diet
  • Which dietary change had the biggest impact on his health markers
  • How Randy became interested in hypnotherapy
  • How trauma can lead to mindless eating, emotional eating, or stress eating and what can be done about it
  • How EMDR therapy empowers a person to build their own internal resources for health and well-being as opposed to other talk therapy that focuses on identifying and changing what is “wrong” with a person

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