Keto Meal Idea #14: Chicken and Spinach Soup

Keto Meal 14

Ingredients

1 cup chicken bone broth

2 tablespoon organic red palm oil

3 ounces shredded chicken

1 cup chopped spinach

Macros: 466.4 calories, 34.9 g fat, 32.5 g protein, 2 g carbs, 0.7 g fiber

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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.

Keto Meal Idea #6: Pastrami, Zucchini, Avocado

Keto Meal 6

Ingredients

3 ounces pastrami

1/2 avocado

1 medium zucchini sauteed

Topped with 1 tablespoon olive oil

Macros: 409.4 calories, 32.5 g fat, 21.8 g protein, 12.4 g carbs, 6.4 g fiber

Sweet and Sour Bok Choy

This keto-friendly side dish is made with bok choy, a relative in the same family as broccoli and cauliflower. The base looks similar to broad, white celery, while the tops fan out into dark leafy greens, that remind me of collard greens. Since the bottom needs a bit more time to cook than the tops, this recipe has you cook the bok choy in stages:

First cook the white parts
First cook the white parts

 

...then add the leafy green parts
…then add the leafy green parts

 

Let the greens wilt a bit
Let the greens wilt a bit

 

The final dish. Sweet and Sour Bok Choy
The final dish. Sweet and Sour Bok Choy

 

Ingredients
2 strips of thick-cut bacon
1 large head of bok choy, trimmed and rinsed, cut into 2 inch chunks
3 tablespoons of tamari (wheat free soy sauce)
1 tablespoon sriracha
1 tablespoon sesame oil
3 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1 tablespoon of freshly grated raw ginger
2 tablespoons of Swerve, confectioners style

6 tablespoons coconut oil

Directions

  1. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Roughly chop the bacon into 1 inch pieces. Add to the heated skillet and cook, stirring occasionally, until crispy. Remove bacon from the pan with a slotted spoon and drain on a plate lined with paper towels.
  2. Place the white end pieces of the bok choy into the bacon grease in the already heated skillet. Cook, stirring occasionally, for about 4 – 5 minutes, until the pieces start to brown a bit on the ends.
  3. While the white ends cook, combine tamari, sriracha, sesame oil, vinegar, garlic, ginger, and Swerve and a blender and blend until smooth. (Sometimes Swerve can clump together if you try to mix it with a fork, which is why I recommend a quick whirl in the blender.)
  4. Add the green parts of the bok choy now to the skillet, on top of the white parts. Gently stir. Pour the tamari mixture over the bok choy and cook for 2 – 3 more minutes, until the greens are slightly wilted. Add the bacon and stir. Dish into 6 portions, topping each serving with 1 tablespoon of coconut oil. Serve immediately.

Yield: 6 servings

Nutrition info per serving: 184 calories, 3.9 g carbs, 1.1 g fiber, 18 g fat, 4 g protein

RDA info: B6 12%, folate 16%, vitamin A 86%, vitamin C 78%, vitamin K 55%, calcium 10%,

 

Keto Chocolate Pudding with Chia Seeds

Chia seeds are odd little seeds that pack a wallop of soluble fiber and minerals (check out the RDA info below). The soluble fiber, when exposed to liquids, turns into a jelly-like substance that has impressive thickening ability. Additionally, this soluble fiber is great for stabilizing blood sugar. Many even report lower blood sugar numbers for the whole next day after they consume a tablespoon of chia seeds. Most of the carbs in chia seeds are fiber, which makes them a fun little ingredient to play with in keto and low carb recipes.

While this recipe is quite tasty, I recommend avoiding dessert recipes during your first month or more on keto. Initially, I find it easiest to reduce cravings by avoiding dessert type foods all together. After you have been on keto and your cravings seem mostly a thing of the past, then I would recommend trying a recipe like this, occasionally. If you experience increased cravings in the days following this recipe, I recommend going back to no desserts for a while longer.

Keto Chocolate Chia Pudding
Keto Chocolate Chia Pudding with Whipped Cream

Ingredients

2 cups unsweetened almond milk

2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder

1/4 cup Swerve, confectioners style

1/4 teaspoon sea salt

4 tablespoons chia seeds

1/4 cup heavy whipping cream (optional)

Directions

  1. Place the almond milk, cocoa powder, Swerve, and sea salt into a blender and blend on high until smooth.
  2. Pour pudding into storage bowl with a lid. Stir in chia seeds. Wait 10 minutes and stir again. (This helps distribute the chia seeds evenly, so that they don’t clump at the bottom.)
  3. Cover and refrigerate pudding overnight.
  4. Stir pudding well and divide among 4 serving dishes. In a medium bowl, beat the heavy cream on high with an electric blender until stiff peaks form, about 5 minutes. Top pudding with whipped cream.

Yield: 4 – 1 cup servings

Nutrition info: 180 calories, 8.7 g carbs, 5.7 g fiber, (3 g net carbs), 16 g fat, 4 g protein

RDA info: vitamin A 14%, vitamin D 15%, vitamin E 12%, vitamin K 90%, calcium 31%, copper 16%, iron 14%, magnesium 19%, manganese 24%, zinc 11%

Keto Chicken Heart and Mushroom Stroganoff

Oh EM gee, this is delicious! If you’ve never had chicken hearts, they taste similar to dark meat chicken, just a tad firmer. Like all organ meats, chicken hearts are rich in bioavailable nutrients, especially minerals (take a look at the RDA info below). If you are anemic, or low on energy, you probably need more organ meats. Since they are firm, they lend themselves well to slow cooking. This stroganoff is rich and earthy, with tons of mushrooms. The spices used give it a lot of pep-per! It turned out a little runnier than I would have liked, so I may be tweaking this recipe in the future. The flavors were so delicious, however, I really didn’t care about the consistency! I hope you enjoy this, too.

Chicken Hearts and Mushroom Stroganoff
Chicken Hearts and Mushroom Stroganoff

Ingredients

1 pound mushrooms, rinsed and halved
1 pound chicken hearts, cut into quarters
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup chicken broth
1 tablespoon minced garlic (about 3 -4 cloves)
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
2 teaspoons sea salt
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper

6 ounces of cream cheese
1/4 cup chopped parsley, for garnish

Directions

Place mushrooms, chicken hearts, and onions in the crock of your slow cooker. In a small bowl, combine the chicken broth, garlic, mustard, salt, black pepper and cayenne. Stir until smooth and then pour over the ingredients already in the slow cooker. Stir. Top with cooker lid and cook on high for 2 – 3 hours or low for 4 – 6 hours, or until the chicken hearts are cooked through.

Place the cream cheese into blender. Strain out 1 cup of liquid from the slow cooker. With the blender on low, slowly add the liquid to the blender until smooth and creamy. Pour cream cheese liquid back into slow cooker and stir to combine. Ladel into bowls and sprinkle chopped parsley on top for garnish.

Serving suggestions: serve over Miracle Noodles, or cauliflower rice.

Yield: 5 servings

Nutrition info: 325 calories, 8 g carbs, 1.7 g fiber, 19 g fat, 30 g protein

RDA info: B12 112%, Riboflavin 62%, Niacin 31%, B5 41%, B6 22%, folate 25%, vitamin A 16%, vitamin C 22%, vitamin K 65%, copper 40%, iron 50%, manganese 19%, phosphorus 32%, potassium 16%, selenium 25%, zinc 50%

Low Carb Spicy Broccoli Salad

Apparently,  I didn’t snap a photo of this when I made it! Next time I will for sure. And if you make it, post a photo in the comments.

1 pound broccoli florets, cut into bite-sized pieces
1/4 cup minced red onion
1 ounce almonds, roughly chopped
1 cup mayonnaise
2 teaspoons hot sauce (or more to taste)
1 teaspoon sea salt
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

Place the broccoli, onion and almonds into a large bowl.

In a small bowl, combine the mayonnaise, hot sauce, salt and vinegar and mix well to create the dressing. Pour the dressing over the contents of the large bowl and stir until the broccoli is evenly coated with the dressing.

For best flavor, refrigerate 4 hours or more before serving.

Serves: 8

Nutrition info: 240 calories, 6 g carbs, 2 g fiber, 24 g fat, 2.7 g protein, 86% of vitamin C

My Ketogenic Diet Experiment

I’ve been living a secret life. I’ve been following a ketogenic diet for the last month. Why is this a secret? I’m a nutritionist and we are trained to believe that we need to eat a balanced diet of proteins, “healthy” fats (but not too much), and “healthy” carbohydrates. That whole grains are part of a healthy diet and we need them in order to get all our vitamins and other essential nutrients. And that a high fat diet is only a fad that will soon be proven to be harmful to us. And I’ve been trained that mindful eating, intuitive eating, and the Health at Every Size model are all you need in order to achieve a healthy weight and maintain a healthy body. I’ve told just a handful of people about my experiment because I fear judgment from well-meaning, but ill-informed people. But after successfully competing one month of keto, and having amazing results, I’m ready to come out of the closet. Hey everyone, I’m running on ketones (ketone bodies) and loving it!


This post is part of a series about my Ketogenic diet: Month 2, Month 3, Month 4, Month 5, Month 6, Month 7, Month 8, Month 9, Month 10, Month 11


Butter vs. Sugar
Butter vs. Sugar

Why did I start this experiment?

I was very sick. I was in a car accident on March 4, 2014, that was pretty devastating to me physically, emotionally, and financially. As I write this, it has been nearly 16 months since that accident and I still have not fully healed. Initially my legs were the worst of my injuries and I spent a couple of months in bed from the pain. As my legs began to heal, I started experiencing neuro-endocrine symptoms. The symptoms became so bad in January of 2015, I was again bedridden for nearly 3 months due to exhaustion and extreme lightheadedness and had to shut down my private practice. I went to doctor after doctor after doctor that didn’t have any real solutions for me. Due to frustration, and having all that time on my hands, I began searching research literature to see if I could figure out what was causing all my symptoms. I finally landed on Post Traumatic Hypopituitarism (PTHP). (here is an excellent article if you’d like to know more.)

My symptoms of PTHP: hypoglycemia*, low cortisol, mental fogginess, cognitive problems, memory problems, constant lightheadedness, extreme fatigue, amenorrhea, insomnia, and clumsiness with my hands, among many others.  Additionally, I had chronic pain and hypersensitivity in my legs. And then I developed gastroparesis (my stomach was not digesting food and it would just keep getting fuller and fuller all day), GERD, and diarrhea. I was also prone to week-long migraines with no known cause.

(*The hypoglycemia was caused by adrenal fatigue likely from PTHP. When adrenals are fatigued, they struggle to make cortisol, which is necessary to help mobilize energy in between meals. Without enough cortisol, my blood sugar was highly unstable and even the simplest of tasks, like going to the grocery store, would make me shake, tremble, feel confused and forget where I parked my car because my body was unable to mobilize glucose from storage to maintain my blood sugar level.)

Being stuck at home (mostly in bed) for so long, my metabolism was also in terrible shape. I had gained 25 pounds in a little over a year; my inflammatory markers, LDL-cholesterol, HDL-cholesterol, and triglycerides were not great. My waist measurement exceeded the 35 inch mark and my blood pressure was making doctors consider putting me on meds. I had Metabolic Syndrome. Part of this I can blame on the accident, part I can blame on genes, but I have to admit looking back now, I hadn’t been taking the best care of my metabolism over the last 7-8 years. I had been embracing the modalities that I had learned in grad school and taught to my clients. But they weren’t working. The intuitive food choices I was making were more and more full of refined carbohydrates, that I very mindful ate (and enjoyed!). (What I know now is that once this level of glucose intolerance is achieved, it actually perpetuates appetite, cravings, and overeating, so much so that willpower and mindfulness can’t overcome it.) These poor food choices plus inactivity, when you have the genetic code for metabolic syndrome, leads to a ticking time bomb. And my bomb was ticking.

In addition to all this, my family history was staring me in the face. One of my grandparents had died with dementia a few years ago. My other grandparents had just been placed in assisted living due to dementia. And I have family members with type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure. If I didn’t do something drastic, I was headed down the same road. (July 2015 update: my second grandmother died due to complications from dementia, as well.)

After I thoroughly researched ketogenic diets, I knew it could help reverse my Metabolic Syndrome, but I wondered if it could help heal my brain and PTHP, providing me with better, more stable energy since my adrenal fatigue was contributing to the frequent energy dips and hypoglycemia and likely my mental fogginess. Could it be the answer to all my health problems?

So how did I land on a ketogenic diet?

I don’t remember the exact trajectory, but I began looking for research on herbs, supplements, and diets that supported healing a traumatic brain injury. I started on a regimen of anti-inflammatory herbs, which helped, but it wasn’t enough. I remembered hearing/learning that ketogenic diets were quite effective in the treatment of epilepsy, so I wondering if it could help heal the brain and started looking down that path. Somewhere along the way, I was reading an article on Chris Kresser’s website (I’ve been a big fan for several years) and one of the comments mentioned Dr. Peter Attia and his website Eating Academy. I began reading his site and the more I read, the more fascinated I became. It really started to pique my interest about what a ketogenic diet could do for me and my health. As I read more, I realized that I recognized Dr. Attia from this Ted Talk. Finally I watched Dr. Jeff Volek’s research in this video and this video, and then bought his book, The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Living: An expert’s guide to making the life-saving benefits of carbohydrate restriction sustainable and enjoyable. I felt very strongly that this diet was not only safe, but very healing and healthful for me, as well as a large percentage of the population.

What is a ketogenic diet?

A ketogenic diet, or keto diet, is a very-low carb, high fat diet (LCHF), with adequate protein. Basically, I limit my carbohydrates to no more than 20 grams per day, eat adequate protein (0.8 grams per kilogram of my body weight) and eat the rest in fat. Limiting carbs (in the presence of adequate protein) forces your body to begin using fat as its primary fuel source, which unlike glucose, is abundant in they body. With a steady supply of energy from fat, your body no longer is dependent on the carbs from each meal you eat and you get a constant, steady energy for both body and mind. Once you experience it, there really is nothing like it. You’ll wonder why you’ve been doing it the other way your whole life.

Isn’t a ketogenic diet dangerous? Isn’t ketosis harmful to our bodies?

Short answer: no.

I’ve discovered that only people that don’t understand the biochemistry and haven’t read the research think that a ketogenic diet is harmful. You can find articles about how unhealthy it is, but it’s all based on false and/or misunderstood information. Why would we put little kids with epilepsy on this diet if it was harmful or dangerous?

Long answer, read this. And then read this and then this.

Don’t we need carbs for energy?

I was surprised to learn after re-reading my biochemistry lessons from grad school that we do not need (to eat) carbs for energy. And Dr. Peter Attia answers this perfectly on his website:

“This is actually the wrong question.  If the question is, “Do we need to eat carbohydrates for energy?” the answer is, no.  The conventional wisdom is that we need a minimum of 120 to 130 grams of carbohydrates (glucose) per day to fuel our brains, and we need copious glycogen (the storage form of carbohydrates) for endurance activities. This is just a misconception of what is not controversial science.  Our body can fuel both our brains and hours and hours of endurance activities from protein and the breakdown products of fats.” (See the links in the question above for all the biochemistry and sciencey stuff.)

What does a typical day of food look like? What do you eat?

Breakfast: Decaf coffee (with cream and/or coconut oil), 2-3 egg omelet with spinach, topped with salsa and cheese

Lunch: Salmon filet, a few almonds, and side of broccoli with butter

Dinner: Hamburger patty (no bun) topped with sliced tomato, avocado, and cheese and a wedge salad with blue cheese dressing.

This is a typical day, but there is a lot of variability. I don’t typically snack because I’m not hungry between meals. Each of these meals keeps me full and satisfied for 4-6 hours.

I eat real, natural whole foods. The proteins I eat are beef, pork, chicken, fish, seafood, eggs, lamb, bacon, etc. For fats, I eat butter, coconut oil, olive oil, olives, avocado, cheese, lard and bacon fat. For my carbs, I mostly eat leafy greens (lettuce, kale, spinach), tomatoes, zucchini, broccoli, cauliflower, etc. Salt, herbs and spices are used freely, too. For the most part, I avoid sugar, grains, starchy vegetables and fruits, and any oil besides coconut or olive (no hydrogenated anything, too.). After my health stabilizes and I reach some goals, I plan to add back in some carbohydrates to a level that my body tolerates and my health is still stable.

Is keto safe for everyone?

Of course, you’ll want to check with your doctor. Dr. Volek’s research shows that almost every body type can thrive on a well-formulated keto diet, but only about 30% of the population can thrive on a low-fat diet (but even that type still does great on a keto diet). There are numerous health conditions that can be helped by carbohydrate restriction (PCOS, GERD, chronic pain, hypercholesterolemia, hypertension, type 2 diabetes, pre-diabetes, Metabolic Syndrome, just to name a few), but a few that may need to use caution, like those with gallstones or gallbladder disease. Some people with IBS find that keto eliminates their symptoms, while others find they do better with a bit more carbs.

Is it hard to do it or stick with it?

It does take some time for our bodies to adapt to primarily using ketone bodies (keto-adaptation). I read about this and was well-informed going in, so I knew what to expect, for the most part. It typically takes 1-3 days to get the body into ketosis, and about 3-4 or more weeks (for some up to 12 weeks) to become keto-adapted. Signs of keto-adaptation are clear head, steady energy, improved energy, reduced appetite, and general sense of well-being. While the body is adapting, it is common to feel a bit fatigued, but since I was already feeling that way, I figured it couldn’t be any worse. I self-committed to trying it for at least 3 months and if it wasn’t working for me by then, then I would give it up. (Spoiler alert: I didn’t have to wait 3 months to see if it would work.)

Adapt Your Life

I gave myself a “Week 0” the week prior to my start date to eat what ever I wanted, but the opposite happened. I was so very ready to start feeling better, I actually reduced my sugar and carb intake to 100 grams per day. It ended up being a great natural transition week of reduced carb eating.

I expected the first 3 days of full-on keto to be the hardest, giving up sugar and most carbs, but it wasn’t really until Day 5 that I had the worst sugar and carb cravings. I didn’t know if I was going to make it and it felt like the hardest thing I’d ever done in my life at that point! But I knew that if I gave in then, I’d be setting myself back that many more days and I’d just have to go through it all over again. I wanted desperately for my brain to heal and for the debilitating symptoms to go away. I knew if I could get through the withdrawals, the other side would be so worth it. And it was. By about Day 10, things started getting much easier.

I developed some strategies to make things easier in the beginning:

  • Avoid looking at recipes and Pinterest
  • Keep meal prep really simple. Follow my hunger, eating when hungry. Make meals that take only a few minutes to prepare.
  • Stock fridge and freezer with easy to make, keto-friendly foods that I love (butter, bacon, avocado, beef, salmon, pork, fresh veggies, etc.)
  • Toss out any sugary/carby foods that might derail me
  • Avoid going to the grocery store (My kitchen was already stocked, so I didn’t need to go. I used to go out of habit, often, just buy more unnecessary carbs.)

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 metabolic health problems and a 50 pound weight gain over 10 years! However with keto, it has been so easy for me to stick to it, partly because of the threat of having to start over with keto adaptation, but mostly because of the lack of constant hunger and how good I feel. And once I removed the carb and sugar addiction, I can now actually intuitively and mindfully eat healthful foods.

Results  the First Two Weeks

At about 2.5 weeks in I was feeling fantastic. Improvements at that point:

  • Pain and swelling in my legs is nearly gone
  • Cognition is nearly as good as pre-motor vehicle accident
  • Gastroparesis gone
  • Heartburn gone
  • C-RP (inflammation marker) dropped 62%
  • Hypoglycemia symptoms gone; energy stable all day
  • No more migraines
  • Menses returned
  • And appetite normalized

Results the First Month

  • Blood pressure normal
  • 5 inches gone off my waist
  • 18.5 pounds gone
  • Even more improved mental cognition; no more hand clumsiness
  • Appetite greatly reduced, no hunger between meals. Normal.
  • No headaches or migraines
  • Dramatically improved energy that is stable all day
  • Lightheadedness improving (I still seem to have adrenal fatigue symptoms, but improving)
  • Even more reduction in pain, swelling, and sensitivity in legs
  • Sleeping better and my clock is getting reset. Whereas I used to stay up late (until 2, 3, or 4 am), now I’m tired by 11 pm or midnight and getting up by 9 am with no alarm clock.
  • Steady energy all day. No hypoglycemia dips, no crashes, no problems! In fact, I was able to go to an event and hadn’t eaten lunch, and I didn’t get hypoglycemic, no headache, not ravenous, nor irritable, nor food obsessed; I could have gone all night without food. It was extremely liberating.
  • And for the first time in my life, I’m WANTING to walk for exercise everyday; and when I go for a walk, I feel like I have enough energy that I could walk forever.
  • Additionally, I’m saving lots of money on food. This is the cheapest way I’ve ever eaten.

Bottom line is, I feel fantastic. My health has dramatically improved. Doing a keto diet experiment on myself might have been the greatest thing I’ve ever done for myself.

Stay tuned, for more updates.


My next 90 Day Keto Challenge starts soon. Would you like to join me? It includes weekly webinars, meal plans and shopping list, a workbook, and private online support group. For more info, click here.


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Slow Cooker Butter Chicken

Slow Cooker Butter Chicken

Butter chicken, or murgh makhani, is a classic Indian dish that typically takes hours and hours of prep and cooking attention to create. This slow cooker version captures the rich flavors and immense anti-inflammatory benefits of all the spices used in the original, however saves you hours of time in the kitchen.

Ingredients

4 skinless, boneless chicken thighs, cut into bite-sized pieces (I used skin-on, bone-in and left them whole – they were on sale!)

4 tablespoons organic butter

1 onion, minced

4 cloves garlic, minced

6 ounce tomato paste

1 tablespoon curry paste

2 teaspoons curry powder

2 teaspoons tandoori masala

1 teaspoon garam masala

1/8 teaspoon cardamom

1 teaspoon sea salt

1 14 ounce can coconut milk

1 cup plain organic, whole milk yogurt

Directions

  1. Place the chicken pieces in a large slow cooker. Add the butter, onion and garlic.
  2. In a small bowl, put the tomato paste, curry paste, curry powder, tandoori masala, garam masala, cardamom and salt. Slowly add the coconut milk, stirring as you go to mix well. Add the yogurt and stir well.
  3. Pour the coconut milk mixture on top of the chicken in the slow cooker and stir until mixed.
  4. Cook on low 6 to 8 hours (or high 4 to 6 hours), or until the chicken is cooked through and tender.
Blend spices with tomato paste, coconut milk and yogurt
Blend spices with tomato paste, coconut milk and yogurt

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Prep Time: 15 minutes prep, 6 to 8 hours cooking time on low (or 4 to 6 hours on high)

Servings: 4

Copyright 2013, C. Freeman, http://www.HypnoticNutrition.com

Tandoori Masala Spice Mix Recipe

Tandoori Masala Spice Mix

Tandoori masala is a blend of spices used in Indian recipes such as tandoori chicken, butter chicken and tikka masala. Like a curry powder, tandoori masala can have variable ingredients. It has an intense, pungent flavor that goes well with all kinds of meat. This blend is anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and anti-viral and can help stabilize blood sugar.

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Ingredients

2 tablespoons ground coriander

1 ½ tablespoons ground cumin

1 teaspoon ground fenugreek

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon ground black pepper

1 teaspoon ground cardamom

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1 teaspoon ground ginger

1 teaspoon ground cloves

1 teaspoon mace

½ teaspoon ground nutmeg

Directions

  • Combine all in a small bowl and mix to combine. Store in an airtight spice container.

Prep time: 3 minutes

Yield: makes 1/3 cup

Copyright 2013, C. Freeman, http://www.HypnoticNutrition.com