Best Keto Pancakes Ever

One of David’s favorite things is Pancakes on Saturday morning.  I have been trying all kinds of different kinds of recipes and I finally found the one we really like.DSC_0635

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Keto Red Chili

I found this recipe The “I Love My Instant Pot” Keto Diet Recipe Book written by Sam Dillard of HeyKetoMama.com. There are some very good recipes in here I want to try. You can buy the book by clicking on the link below.

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A Long Walk to Water

A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park who is a Newbery Medalist for A Single Shard.  This book is based on a true story.

The New York Times bestseller A Long Walk to Water begins as two stories, told in alternating sections, about two eleven-year-olds in Sudan, a girl in 2008 and a boy in 1985. The girl, Nya, is fetching water from a pond that is two hours’ walk from her home: she makes two trips to the pond every day. The boy, Salva, becomes one of the “lost boys” of Sudan, refugees who cover the African continent on foot as they search for their families and for a safe place to stay. Enduring every hardship from loneliness to attack by armed rebels to contact with killer lions and crocodiles, Salva is a survivor, and his story goes on to intersect with Nya’s in an astonishing and moving way.

This was a wonderful book that I think is good for children to read.  They can see how life is in some countries with luck they will learn to appreciate what they have.  The story is about two children who the main thing in their life is survival. You read what they have to do to get water and food to survive.  I think it is good for people to see that this still goes on today.  It is a must read so you can find out how Salva’s life intersects with Nya’s.

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Greek Festival in Anchorage, Alaska

We didn’t get to go camping this weekend due to having too much to do at home.  We decided to go to the Greek Festival at Holy Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church. It is held every year.  They have been doing this for many years and the money goes towards finishing their church. It is nice to see how much they got done from year to year. David has been going to the festival since they started building the church years ago.

It was once again a rainy day for the festival. People didn’t care they come for the wonderful Greek food, the children dancing, the music and to look at the church as it changes from year to year.

http://akgreekfestival.com/

transfiguration.ak.goarch.org

Here our their web pages you can check out.

This is such a big event in Anchorage that they hired the police to direct traffic and the parking attendants were great. David even went and let the information booth know how well he thought they were doing.

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Now We Are Getting Into It!

Module 7 of the Keto Masterclass Let’s Do This Thing!  In this one I needed to about my macros. Lots of good downloads this time.  Robb recommended getting Cronometer to keep track of what you eat until you can get to the point where you just know. He even helps you get set up which I really liked.

Robb suggested going here:

https://ketogains.com/ketogains-calculator/

to help you figure out what you need of protein, fat and carbs you need.  Also, other things too like calories.  You need to do this first to set up he Cronometer.

I learned what vegetables were higher in carbs, how many carbs were in different nuts, and there was an ultimate macro guide. It was a lot of interesting things. Learned more about fat.

Then there were the 9 rules of Keto

#1: Be meticulous with your macros

#2: Your carb count is king

#3: Eat all of your protein allotment—don’t skimp!

#4: Don’t fear fat

#5: Eat real food

#6: Get some shut eye

#7: Electrolytes

#8: Electrolytes

#9: Electrolytes Yes, electrolytes are THREE of the rules—that’s just how important electrolytes are to your keto success. Make sure to keep track of your electrolyte intake the same way you count and track your macros. Failure to adequately supplement electrolytes is the primary reason people don’t succeed on keto.

I did download the Cronometer. I can actually use it. I do like it to keep track of my food intake.

Next will be Module 8. I will let you know what I learn from it next time.

Have a great day!

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!

Round and Round I Go

It dawned on me yesterday that I go in circles all the time.  I start something then I get sidetracked. I was cleaning the bathroom yesterday and went into the kitchen for something, then it happened I was side tracked.  I did get my bathroom cleaned but I know I do this all the time. I mentioned this to my husband and my daughter, they seemed to already know this.  Yes, I start one project and then get excited about another project.  Off I go on something else.  I have decided I really need to finish what I start, so along with my life change in food, there will be another life change.  I just have to keep telling myself to work on one thing. No taking any more online classes until I finish the ones I have started. Finish uploading the photos on cloud to Adobe before I do them anywhere else.  Finish one story before I start another. Don’t leave the clothes in the dryer over night because I got side tracked yet again. I even do it when I am talking.  I will be talking about something then I will go off on a whole other thought. It just seems to be the way my brain works or maybe its the prescribed drugs I take. My mind will even go off in the middle of the sentence and I forget what I am saying. Hum, sounds like drugs to me.  So stay posted and see if I can do this.  Oh yea, I still have to finish two baby blankets.  Wish me luck! I will need it.

Babies and Trailer

Well today I went out to help Dan to pick up their 17′ travel trailer. They were supposed to pick it up yesterday but they didn’t have the stuff it get the van ready, so they asked if they had the stuff to get the truck ready. They said yes and to bring the truck in today. Then since that was only going to take an hour and half we could drop the van off when it was done. It had to be fixed at another shop and they would fix it tomorrow. This means the kids could still go camping this weekend. This was our plan for the day.

Now what happened today went a little different. I drove out to Eagle River where Heather and Dan live. I watched the girls while Dan worked on truck. I got there at 10. While I played with the girls Dan got the hitch put back on the truck, I am not just talking about the ball.

Next we loaded the girls in the van around 12:30 to drop the truck off. I drove my old van to town while Dan drove his truck.

We dropped the truck off and figured we would go to lunch. After lunch we still didn’t hear from ABC RV, so decided to go garage selling. Grandma needed toys for the girls when they were at her house. I only found one toy. It was a wooden logging truck. What little girl wouldn’t want a logging truck.

Dan and I found a toy for us but Heather said no. It was Unimog. I didn’t no what it was but I thought it looked really cool. I wanted to drive it. I used to love to drive our skidder.

Anyway now it is 5 and the girls were hungry, so we headed back to check on the truck. They still didn’t have the truck ready. We got the girls feed but still haven’t got the van dropped off. I told Dan that we would do it tomorrow for them, so they could still go camping. Finally they said it was ready. I took the van to our place and Dan came to pick me up, so I could get my car at their place. When I got home Dan called to say the truck still wasn’t ready but would be soon. He finally made it with trailer in tow.

Dan and Dusty went to put the car seats in the back seat. Now his truck is a 1987 and if you can remember how small the backseats are in them. They had to move the seat all the way up and still couldn’t quite get the back of the seat all the way back. Then you put a 6’2 man behind the steering wheel and it is pretty funny. Dan looks like he is driving some little car with his knees under his chin.

We arrive at their house and I go in to talk with Heather. Dan walks in and tells her you need to see something. He shows her how close the seat is to the steering wheel and her reply was you want me to drive. With her only being 5′, we don’t really think she is that tall, she thought the seat looked just right. We headed home leaving them to pack their trailer and head out. I am not sure who drove.

As for our 5th day of Keto it went good. Had a shake for breakfast and at lunch I ate brisket, collard green, and coleslaw. That was my first time eating out and it was easy to find food I could eat.

I came home and what I had planned to cook was Beef Storganof with cabbage instead of noodles. It was supposed to be cooked in the slow cooker which I had forgot. When I get home I was trying to figure out what to cook. Then I think why can’t I cook it in my express pot. Well I found out I could.

It was really good and I will make this again.

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.