Last weekend Heather wanted to see her brother, Jared, before he headed back home to Sterling, Alaska. We are still under lock down and social distancing. We know we can visit in our backyard with making sure to stay 6′ between us. It was hard to not touch the girls though.Continue reading “Backyard Granddaughters”
I had the most wonderful Christmas this year. Four of my five children were here for Christmas and 8 of my 12 grandchildren were home. Then Heather also had her in laws and her brother in law at her house.
We had a gathering at our house on Christmas eve. We opened a few presents then with my grandson, Rickie, because he was working on Christmas day. The rest of us got to open one package which was new pj’s that Grandma got for everyone.
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
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:
- The great Keto cleanout – get the cupboards, freezer and ridge empty of bad foods.
- Plan your week one meals – I have already been working on the diet for a while and I do plan my meals
- 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!