Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Tuesdays with a Twist #221

Good Morning and welcome to another No Rules Party!

Mary's 2017 Planting Guide for the US is now LIVE!

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In case you missed it, I recently announced our Gardens Fundraiser! You can read more at "Why are We Fundraising?"
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I've been busy learning and sharing about SOIL.  Find out more below!



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Saturday, July 15, 2017

Keto Fathead Pizza Dough Recipe

I'm back with a recipe!

Just in case you thought Eating Keto was boring or restrictive, my first recipe is PIZZA!  It's kinda funny because pre-keto, we did not eat a lot of pizza.  Now that we are eating keto, I have found several uses for this dough.

Fathead pizza is wheat free, grain free free, low carb and delicious!  It was fairly easy to find all of these items organic and the veggies we used are from our garden!

This recipe is from Ditch the Carbs

FATHEAD PIZZA

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings: 6

Ingredients

  • 1 3/4 cups pre shredded/grated cheese mozzarella is the best or Edam/mild cheese
  • 3/4 cups almond meal/flour
  • 2 tbsp cream cheese
  • 1 egg
  • pinch salt to taste
  • 1/2 tsp dried rosemary/ garlic or other herbs optional
  • your choice of toppings such as pepperoni peppers, cherry tomatoes, olives, ground/mince beef, mushrooms, herbs etc

INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Mix the shredded/grated cheese and almond flour/meal in a microwaveable bowl. Add the cream cheese. Microwave on HIGH for 1 minute.
    *You do not "need" to microwave this recipe.  Instead, leave the cream cheese out of the fridge to let it warm up and soften and then add the initial ingredients to a food processor*
  2. Stir then microwave on HIGH for another 30 seconds.
  3. Add the egg, salt, rosemary and any other flavourings, mix gently.
  4. Place in between 2 pieces of baking parchment/paper and roll into a circular pizza shape (see photos above). Remove the top baking paper/parchment. If the mixture hardens and becomes difficult to work with, pop it back in the microwave for 10-20 seconds to soften again but not too long or you will cook the egg.
  1. Make fork holes all over the pizza base to ensure it cooks evenly.
  2. Slide the baking paper/parchment with the pizza base, on a baking tray (cookie tray) or pizza stone, and bake at 220C/425F for 12-15 minutes, or until brown.
  3. To make the base really crispy and sturdy, flip the pizza over (onto baking paper/parchment) once the top has browned.
  4. Once cooked, remove from the oven and add all the toppings you like. Make sure any meat is already cooked as this time it goes back into the oven just to heat up the toppings and melt the cheese. Bake again at 220C/425F for 5 minutes.

Recipe Notes

Fat Head pastry can also be made by replacing the almond meal/flour with 1/4 cup (4 tbsp) coconut flour.



So far, I have enjoyed making this with organic coconut flour.  It does not taste like coconut.  I made my own sauce with sugar free tomato paste, herbs and 2 tablespoons of sour cream.

If you NEED store bought sauce, look for one with no added sugar.

You'll see in the top pic, half of the pizza had bacon and the other have was veggie.  I also skipped the cheese but I have made Fathead Pizza with cheese as well.  Doc really wanted bacon and I wanted veggie so I made it happen.  This is such an easy recipe to follow.  Enjoy!
 

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Tuesdays with a Twist #220 LINKUP

Good Morning and welcome to another No Rules Party!

Mary's 2017 Planting Guide for the US is now LIVE!

My JULY PLANTING GUIDE is also available

In case you missed it, I recently announced our Gardens Fundraiser! You can read more at "Why are We Fundraising?"
This is a big deal for us


I've been busy learning and sharing about SOIL.  Find out more below!



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Thursday, July 6, 2017

Keto Must-Haves before Getting Started

I'm super excited to share a few recipes with you but I realized I never shared my tracking apps and sources with you in my last post.
Homegrown Watermelon Radish (I cooked these up with breakfast)

This is, in my opinion, a list of Must-Haves when you start the Ketogenic Diet.  Keep in mind, before I started Keto, I eased in my removing sugars and junk carbs for about 2 months.  It worked for me.  Some people like to just jump right in.  So here goes!

MY FITNESS PAL APP
This is an amazing app for your phone to track your daily food and water intake, your weights and measurements and even fitness.  I use the FREE version and it works for me.  There is even an option to enter an entire recipe then track the portion you ate and it automatically calculates the MACROS in your meal


TRACK YOUR MACROS
You might be thinking "what the heck is that?" so I'll explain.  The Kertogenic Diet is High fat, moderate protein and very low carbohydrates.  I personally try to keep my total daily carbs to 20grams or less.  that is a personal choice and some people eat as much as 50grams a day.
YOUR personal goals will determine what you should be consuming daily...MACROS

Use the KETO CALCULATOR to figure out your daily goals


VITAMINS
I wasn't a big vitamin person before but in order to have the best results possible, I decided to start taking a women's multi, vitamin E and Calcium along with my regular Magnesium I add to my drink


DRINK LOTS OF WATER
I am currently drinking 100 ounces or more of filtered water a day.  That is my personal goal and will vary per person depending on size, weight and activity level.  If I sweat a bunch while working outside I always drink more and adjust my electrolyte drink


ELECTROLYTE DRINK
If you are new to Keto or you haven't started yet, you might not understand the need for electrolytes.  There is something called KETO FLU and it's not very fun.
From Keto Diet Blog: Beat Keto Flu with Homemade Electrolyte Drink
" Electrolytes, especially magnesium, are often deficient when you eat less than 20-30 g net carbs."
Sometimes I make my electrolyte drink the night before so I don't forget!

Here's one recipe I use (there are so many)
20 ozs Water (I sometimes dilute in 32 ounces)
2 tsp Pink Himalayan Salt
1 tsp no salt
2 tbsp Lemon Juice
5-10 drops Stevia (I used this in the beginning but no longer need it)
STIR it up and pour over ice

**I recently added Magnesium powder to my drink and I like it even more.  I do this when I am not eating foods high in magnesium**

DO NOT GUZZLE THIS or it could cause gastric distress.  I sip this over a few hour.

There are many recipes available online.


Next up, we're making a bunch of Keto-Friendly foods to share.  Everything I've made so far has been a hit!


DISCLAIMER:
I am not a doctor or healthcare provider and I am not offering medical advice.  If you have health-related concerns, please seek medical attention.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Tuesdays with a Twist #219 LINKUP

Good Morning and welcome to another No Rules Party!

Mary's 2017 Planting Guide for the US is now LIVE!

My JULY PLANTING GUIDE is also available

In case you missed it, I recently announced our Gardens Fundraiser! You can read more at "Why are We Fundraising?"
This is a big deal for us


I've been busy learning and sharing about SOIL.  Find out more below!



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Monday, July 3, 2017

Starting my Keto Journey

When I first started reading about the Ketogenic diet I was SO skeptical.  After all, this is completely different than what we are taught by most mainstream doctors, dietitians and nutrionionists.

RESEARCH is key here.  The Ketogenic Diet is not a "fad diet."  I'm sure I've said this before but the Ketogenic Diet was developed in the 1920s.  The science behind this way of eating is sound and continues to prove a viable option for people looking to improve their health.
Me and the fake cow having a little fun volunteering at harvest day for a local school

The benefit for me was that I tried a similar program back in 2009 and I successfully lost 50 pounds.  I managed to keep most of the fat off and build muscle.  I went back to eating garbage food here and there so I started to yo-yo a few years ago.  What really sent me over the top was when my husband had emergency surgery in December of 2016.  He had to have his gallbladder removed after having trouble with stones for almost 20 years.  The doctor recommended "diet" was low-fat or no-fat foods.

Have you ever read the labels on low-fat foods?  It's usually FULL of sugar!  Between December 2016 and April 2017 I gained almost 20 pounds by eating low-fat foods.

THAT is an eye opener!  My pants no longer fit.  My t-shirts were snug and showed bulges here and there.

Weight aside, I have had migraines off and on for 25 years (I'm only 34).  My chiropractor is awesome and keeps them down to a minimum as long as I do my homework and get adjusted once a month (more if necessary).  I used to get migraines weekly but now it's only 4 or 5 times a year.  I also get regular headaches frequently.  By frequently I mean almost daily.  I have seen a doctor, had MRIs and CAT scans and there is nothing wrong with my brain.  The headaches stem from trauma to my cervical spine.

So why did I start eating Keto?  If this way of eating was developed for patients with Epilepsy and it helps diabetics, surely it might make a difference for me.  I started reading the neurological side effects of the Ketogenic diet.  If this way of eating can reduce inflammation, possible calm down my headaches and battle the bulge, I'M IN!

Below you will find some of the studies that I found

Ketogenic Diet and the Brain

Ketogenic Diet prevents Seizures by enhancing Brain Activity Production, Increasing Neuron Stability

Dr. David Ludwig clears up Carbohydrate Confusion

A Diet to Protect the Brain

Your Brain on Ketones

KETOGENIC DIETS AND PAIN 


Well, that's all for now.  Before I get into what I'm eating and how I am progressing, I wanted to share a bit more about what Keto IS and what it is NOT.  After sharing a few posts on my personal facebook page, it is CLEAR that there is so much misinformation out there.  I've been cooking and prepping meals so I'll have a bunch of Keto-Friendly recipes to share. 

DISCLAIMER:

I am not a doctor or healthcare provider and I am not offering medical advice.  If you have health-related concerns, please seek medical attention.