What is a Plateau?

No I don’t mean high flat ground. What I mean is a state of little or no change following a period of activity or progress. This is what Module 12 is about; troubleshooting.

First off what you should do is retake your measurements because sometimes we may lose inches and not pounds.  You could try on those pants that were just a little tight.

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Beer Tasting

As the day went on our sun started to get covered by clouds.  As the people arrived we were deciding where to have the beer tasting, inside or outside.  We finally decided on eating inside and drinking by the fire pit.

I took my brisket off the pit. It had been smoking for 7 to 8 hours.  It looked beautiful.

 

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Get Rid of Tempting Food

Well I finally got time to do Module 4, The Foods of Keto.  It explained in very simple language what you can and shouldn’t eat.  There is a simple food list of staples for your home. Also, it tells you what to get rid of.  The main thing you need to get rid of is any processed food, high carb foods and anything with ingredients that you can’t say.  The hardest part for me is the beer.  It doesn’t recommend beer because of the high sugar content.  They recommend drinking hard alcohol such as; vodka, tequila, whiskey. It you have to mix it choose a no sugar, no carb mixer. Here is a recipe for a margarita:

NorCal Margarita Recipe
The NorCal Margarita recipe can be made in a few simple steps. Make sure you use a 20 ounce glass:
1. Pour 2 shots (3 ounces) of 100% agave tequila.
2. Add juice + pulp from one lime.
3. Add ice and shake.
4. Fill glass with soda water.
5. Garnish with salt, if desired.
Muddled mint also goes well, for a mojito-esque twist.

Wine is another high sugar content product. If you do want to drink wine here is a place to get your Keto friendly wine.

Dry Farm Wines

https://www.dryfarmwines.com/

Robb recommends 1-2 glasses.  He doesn’t say a day or a week but he does tell us that our body is bumped out of Ketosis while you metabolize the booze.  Drink in moderation. If you are strictly dieting to loose weight you may what to get on the wagon for a while.  I have gotten down to only drinking one or two beers a week.  No, I DID NOT GIVE UP BEER! This was probably the hardest part because there is nothing like a cold beer on a hot day after working in the yard.

Rob came up with what he calls his Food Matrix. It is really pretty cool and will really help you understand how to get started eating right. There is a line for protein, vegetables, fats and herbs and spices. What you do is take one out of each line to create a meal. Actually I think you could really have fun with this and come up with more meals than you probably would ever use.

There was a to do list:

  1. The great Keto cleanout – get the cupboards, freezer and ridge empty of bad foods.
  2. Plan your week one meals – I have already been working on the diet for a while and I do plan my meals
  3. Start your shopping list – Yesterday I went to Costco and bought a lot of the staples what I couldn’t find I have ordered from Amazon.

It also tells us we should take a photo of ourselves front, back and side, get measurements, scale weight. I have just been going by weight.  I should at least do the measurements.

There is a list of supplies you should get such as: digital food scale, keto monitor and/or strips, measuring spoons, measuring cups, and glucose strips. I am diabetic, so I had a blood sugar tester and I did not get the keto monitor but found some strip you can use without the monitor on Amazon.  The rest of the stuff I already had which I am sure most of you do too.

Last there are the electrolyte supplies: Natural Calm, No Salt and salt. My sister, Dina, has been using the Natural Calm and highly recommended it to me.  I order some off of Amazon. She also told me that they drink coconut water to help with electrolytes. I used to drink this and am not sure why I quit.

There is a joke in my family that I am becoming the bionic woman because of all the fancy metal I have in my body. Dina sent me a text the other day and she said that she was excited about me working on my health and I really will be indestructible soon.  Of course, she also says I am like a cockroach. You try to kill it and it just won’t die! GOT TO LOVE BABY SISTERS!

Massage and Neck Cracked

Today was a good day.  I couldn’t stand it, so I had to weigh.  I have lost some weight so I am happy.  David came home from working and took a shower.  When he came out he told me that he lost some weight.  This is really encouraging.

Well any way about the title.  The receptionist at my chiropractor found out that my insurance would pay for a massage because it is part of my physical therapy.  Also since I have reached my out of pocket I didn’t have to pay anything.  Well I said, “Of course, I will have a massage!”  It was this morning before I got my neck cracked.  My neck is finally getting better since I am sleeping in my bed and not traveling.

Day 4 of our life change.  David had to work today, so I sent him with water bottles and leftover meatloaf that was in the freezer.  He said he just ate one slice.  I really think he needs to eat more.  I had a shake for breakfast and lunch.  I also have been having the last of the coffee in the pot with ice and almond or cashew milk.  It has been a nice with the hot weather.

For supper I fixed hot wings.  I had cooked the wings last night while I fixed our supper.  Then today I made a sauce and put them in a gallon baggy with the sauce.  I stuck them in the fridge for later.  I was going to make a spinach salad but if it has been in the freezer it just welts when it thaws.  I sautéed them in butter with pecans.  We then put a vinaigrette on it and that was really nice.

Today was Thursday, so we go to Midnight Sun Brewery where David volunteers with the tour.  This is supposed to be our one day with a beer. I did stick to my one beer but David had two.  He doesn’t need to get in shape as bad as I do, so I don’t think it will hurt him.

I do have to seem to have more energy.  When I got home from the chiropractor I decided to tackle the kitchen. I had bought some OXO container to start putting my different flours and other things in.  I was Ketoing, is that even a work if not it should be, my kitchen.  I even got the stove cleaned.

 

Baby steps but I am getting our new life changed organized in my kitchen.  It will make it a lot easier now I think.

Keto Day 2

I didn’t get this written last night because I was too tired. We ran a ton of errands and I went with David and Dusty to look at some jobs. We chased down the original owner of the truck Dusty, my youngest child, and finally got it in his name. Hurray!

Back to the diet. We had a really good breakfast, who would ever think of baking an egg in an avocado. You should give it a try because it was great with a little cheese on top.

We dropped the groceries off. Yes, I am really getting things in house that we can eat. I also had to buy the briskets I am going to BBQ for the church picnic. I then made a protein shake to fill the empty whole in my stomach. It was wasn’t bad at all.

We had to go out to the valley, Wasilla to be exact, to look at a job. After leaving David says let’s go to one of the breweries out here. I am thinking, oh no our second day on our diet and we are already screwing up. Actually we hadn’t eaten that many carbs yet, so I thought we might be ok as I gulped down my beer with a guilty feeling.

We went to the Last Frontier Brewing company.  We had been there before and I had enjoyed it then too.  We had a very nice brew. We could tell it was where the locals hung out.   You can check them out here.

http://lastfrontierbrew.com/

We got home and I fixed stuffed chicken thighs. They were stuffed with cream cheese, spinach and bacon. They were very tasty. We had a chopped salad I had bought at the store. All in all I didn’t think we did too bad.

Right now I am waiting at the doctor’s office to get my A1C results. I did loose a little weight already though. That makes me feel great about my new life change. A1C is down to 6.3. I have to come back in 3 months to see if I can drop down on Metformin or come off all together. He also said people have had good results on the Keto diet.

Flat Ole Hippies First Camping Trip

Our friends asked if we wanted to go camping with them.  We agreed to go because we have never been before and it sounded fun.

The first place they took us was the Girdwood Forest Fair.  There people with flowers in their hair, people all dressed up and even pirates singing.  We thought this place was pretty cool.  As you follow the trails through the forest you will find all kind of booths.  There was really a lot of people though.

 

Then we stopped for a nice brew at Girdwood Brewery.

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We found a nice place to camp by a pond. The camper was really comfortable and scenery was nice.

 

I got to play with the twins.  That was lot of fun.  They are really cute.

 

The next morning we packed up after breakfast.  This camping stuff is fun. I hope they invite us again.

 

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We will say Good-Bye for now and hope to see you soon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ole Flat Hippies Day 6 in Iceland

Well this is our last day before we head home to Alaska.  We enjoyed a couple of breweries, met a new friend, Donbird, went looking at the boats and had one last meal with our friends the Crewdsons.

 

We know this adventure is coming to an end but are sure we will have many more great times with the Crewdsons.

Day 6 Final Day in Iceland

We decided to just hang out in Reykjavik today because we hadn’t really checked the town or the breweries out yet.

Our first stop was the Bryggjan Brugghus Bistro & Brewery.  We met Arturo Santoni a Brewmaster from Argentina who gave us a tour of the most beautiful brewery we’ve ever seen.  We then enjoyed a flight of the their beers which we really enjoyed.  Sorry guys we couldn’t bring any back because the liquor store we stopped out didn’t carry any.  We will check at duty free on our way out though. Arturo even gave us a sample of his red ale with cherries and coriander.  That was our favorite.  When we told him that he gave me a cap.

To Fred I think these people started with a little more than 5000 pounds since they have only been open for two years.

 

Then we looked at some of the boats and the ducks with one duckling in the harbor.

 

 

We then stopped at the Sun Voyager to take a couple of photos.

 

Then we were off to meet Alyson Hartwig the brewer at RVK Brewing Company.  Alyson is an American from Colorado. They are not open to the public yet but if you contact them you can go for a tour. We really enjoyed her beers.  I think she will really make a name for this place in the future, so be watching for her.

 

We did find some interesting buildings today.

 

We then went to eat at Le Bistro.  We ate here our first night but couldn’t remember the name or where it was.  At that time I had some wonderful mussels and David had a very nice lamb shank.  They had an Icelandic sampler that we wanted to try. We had the goat’s cheese, carmalized onions and dried apricots baked in a filo pastry served with beetroot and a French vinaigrette.  This was very nice.  Then we had the Icelandic sampler which was black pudding made with lamb, pickled herring, smoked salmon, dried cod, smoked lamb, dark rye bread, rotten shark and a shot of Brennivin.

Kæstur hákarl or Rotten Shark is a national dish of Iceland consisting of a Greenland shark or other sleeper shark which has been cured with a particular fermentation process and hung to dry for four to five months. Kæstur hákarl has a strong ammonia-rich smell and fishy taste. Kæstur hákarl is readily available in Icelandic stores and is eaten year-round, but is also served as part of a þorramatur, a selection of traditional Icelandic food served at þorrablót in midwinter.

I was also told that the reason the shark has to fermented is because it is full of toxins.  The ammonia smell is because it looses its urine through its skin.  The closer the skin the worse the smell.  We didn’t think it was as bad as everyone said but the waitress told us this is because it was not from close to the skin.

 

We highly recommend this restaurant if you ever get to Iceland.

Our last day was a nice relaxing day.  Now time to start getting packed for our trip back to Alaska.

 

 

Flat Ole Hippies Day 3 in Iceland

We took off with our friends today and they said we were really going to have a great time.  I guess they knew where they were going this time.

We did have a great day! We saw some great rivers and waterfalls, played in the snow, went down a long gravel road, checked out some tomatoes and stopped at a brewery for a couple.

Can’t wait to see what adventure they come up with tomorrow.

Flat Ole Hippies in Iceland

Well we started off this morning with our friends.  We were not sure they knew where they were going but they said, “Sure we do.  We are going to the Golden Circle.”  We never saw a golden circle but we did have a good time.  We headed out on our road trip.  We saw beautiful waterfalls, great scenery, wonderful clouds and drove through a tunnel under a fjord.

When we got back to the apartment we found out that we never did get to the Golden Circle, but fun was had by all anyway.

We then decided to go to downtown Reykjavik and have a beer.

 

The bartenders were so pleasant that we left them a tip.  Then we all walked home discussing what we would do tomorrow.