Stalled? Add Intermittant Fasting to Keto for a breakthrough!

Intermittent Fasting

Intermittent fasting is not a form of starvation but a way for you to time your meals to maximize your body’s ability to burn fat.  Combining intermittent fasting with ketogenic eating can help break through stalls and peel off stubborn pounds when you’re nearing your weight loss goals!

Non Scale Victory: 7 Months on Keto

I hesitated to make this post but I feel that I should.  Every once in awhile on a diet we feel like we are burnt out, sick of food and thinking about it, planning meals religiously and weighing and portioning food.  It gets harder and harder to stay motivated and mistakes happen.  I know I struggle with these things from time to time.  The ups and downs of dieting can drain the mind and body.  I hope this helps.

I’ve learned several things in the last seven months.  The most important thing I’ve learned is that I am in complete control of my body, my mind and my own fate.  In the beginning it felt overwhelming.  There are many resources that contain so much information that I couldn’t process it all.  I struggled with conviction and staying true to being very low carb.  Small victories along the way like pounds or inches lost kept motivating me to move forward.  When I hit a six week stall (Yes, six weeks….) I felt like giving up but I persevered through and began to lose weight again.  By sheer determination I continued to succeed even when I didn’t have any observable achievements to motivate me.  It was that realization that confirmed I was stronger than I knew.

Sure I had failures along the way.  No one is perfect.  I cheated at least once a month and was reminded just how bad the American diet truly is.  There were days when I was so uncomfortable from carbs that I physically could not move from my chair.  Lesson learned?  Maybe.  I can’t say I won’t ever do it again.  I can say however that the next day I was back on the wagon and limiting my carbs.  I couldn’t give up because I had dedicated myself fully to this way of eating.  As the saying goes “Keep Calm and Keto On.”

I created this blog to simply life for newcomers to keto.  I wanted to be able to give my audience small samples of easy things to make that have helped me be successful at losing weight.  I struggle with calling my posts recipes because they really aren’t.  I quite literally make myself something to eat, take a picture of it and share how I made it.  My family is full time everything and most days we don’t have an hour to make dinner.

I want to leave you with a personal victory of mine.  Hopefully it will offer some inspiration to those of you who are struggling or about to give up.  Maybe some inspiration for someone trying to start.  It took me a lot of courage to put this here but I know it will help someone.  Here it is – seven months on keto, 13.5 inches lost from my waist and 65 lbs gone from the scale.

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So no matter where you are in your weight loss journey keep going.  There will be highs and there will be lows.  You’re in this to make a positive difference in your life and you are strong.  Until next time keto on.

Product Review: Braaitime Biltong

I feel as though my entire life I have been lied to.  I had never heard of biltong before.  Then one day I’m browsing through Amazon looking for some new product to try to supplement my protein and there it was.  Braaitime Biltong. I love beef jerky but you can only eat so much before your jaw falls off from the chewing.  Also the brands that have low carbs (1 or less per serving) are limited.  The reviews for the biltong were rave so I went out on a limb and purchased it.  Holy crap.  It changed my life.  Well maybe not that dramatic but it is VERY good.

Biltong is beef that is dried differently than American beef jerky.  Biltong was first made in South Africa around 400 years ago.  It is cool air dried beef that is lightly seasoned and hung in a special box to dry.  The coriander was added to keep flys away.

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How does it taste?  One word.  Excellent.  Biltong reminds me of roast beef.  It’s soft and easy to chew.  While I’ve read that some brands are oily due to the fat content of the meat this brand was not.  Braaitime Biltong is tender, flavorful and an overall compliment to a keto or paleo lifestyle!

So let’s talk about the nitty gritty keto details out of the way.  Nutritional information.  One ounce of biltong contains 80 calories, 2.5 grams of fat, 1 net carb and 15 grams of protein.  It’s made with beef, salt, vinegar, black pepper and coriander.  It’s keto AND paleo friendly.  It’s a nice little protein packed snack!  Order some Braaitime Biltong today!  Enjoy!

Product Review – Kratos Zesty Pepper Beef Bar

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I considered making this a recipe only section of my blog.  However there are certain products out there that I love having being on keto.  I feel like I would be shortchanging everyone who comes to my blog if I didn’t share EVERYTHING in my arsenal that has made me successful in losing weight.  That being said I’m going to start doing product reviews for things I love to have around my house!

Enter the Kratos Zesty Pepper Protein Beef Bar.  I love this product and if you need extra protein in your macros this is great to have.  Now don’t get me wrong.  I love beef jerky.  I can sit down and eat an entire bag without giving it a second thought.  However after all that gnawing my jaw HURTS.  The texture of these protein bars is a delightful change.  They’re softer with a texture almost like that of a Slim-Jim.  They’re mildly greasy but not in a way that will stain your clothes.  The flavor is like that of any good peppered jerky.  Overall I’d give these a good rating and would order them again.  Here are the ingredients from the manufacturers website.ingredients_zestyPepperIf you want to order these from Amazon the link is here. Kratos Zesty Pepper Protein Beef Bar. At $2.33/bar and free shipping with amazon prime you can’t go wrong.  Enjoy!

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