Keto Break

Hey guys!  Yesterday, I had mentioned briefly that I was taking a break from keto, or nutritional ketosis, at the moment.

Why?

Well, there are a few different reasons & it’s something I’ve been struggling with & going back & forth in my head over for a bit.  Ultimately, I decided to slowly ease my way back out of ketosis on Saturday.

Lately, there has been a lot of talk over ketosis & whether or not it’s either AMAZING or potentially harmful to your hormones, especially if you’re a female.  There definitely seem to be two very different teams of thought on it.  Honestly, I don’t know who to believe, but right now I feel like erring on the side of caution.  I certainly do not want to do my body or hormones any harm.

Many of the studies on ketosis have been done on animals, or in human epilepsy patients, so there really isn’t a ton of research out there to tell us what long-term ketosis would do, or even how it affects us all short-term.  Sarah Ballantyne (aka The Paleo Mom) has been talking a lot about her view on ketosis lately… which she seems to view it as potentially harmful to hormone (cortisol) levels, as well as leptin & insulin resistance issues.  She spoke about it on one of her more recent podcasts, as well as an excerpt from one of her books, here.

Sarah is not the only one in the Paleo sphere that seems to think ketosis is a bit risky & could potentially be troublesome in the long run.  But, on the other side of the coin, people like Jimmy Moore have had great success & swear by keto.  If you ever have taken a look at the Reddit.com/r/keto subreddit, there are so many inspiring & motivational, life-changing stories on there – all thanks to keto.

As for me, personally, I have tried keto a few different times and have run the gamut from feeling amazing, to feeling a bit icky here & there.  I had been feeling pretty great this time around until later this week & after hearing all of these other thoughts on keto & possible fatty liver disease, well… I thought maybe it best I opt out of it for the moment & play it safe.  I really want to lose some fat & lean out, but not at any detriment to my body or hormones.

Sure, keto can offer some fairly quick weight-loss, but is it sustainable?  Ultimately, for me, I think I have probably put the weight back on each time when I started adding more carbs back in.  You lose a lot of water weight when you cut the carbs, but let me tell you – it sure comes flooding back when you have more again!  I’m pretty sure that’s what I’m experiencing right now – good ‘ol water retention.  I know it’ll all even out if I just be patient & stay the course.  I guess what I’m trying to say is that I’m playing it a bit safer right now & just trying to focus on losing the fat the healthy, slow & steady, way.  Now I don’t have to stress over watching my macros & struggling to get my fat levels so high.  Plus, I can enjoy a bit more food freedom, which is always wonderful.

Ultimately, we’re all individual & you’ve gotta do what works for YOU, & I don’t think keto is what works for me, at least not in the long term.  It’s been fun experimenting though, & learning more about my body & how this amazing machinery works!  Keto Break nutritional ketosis lowcarb ketosis ketogenic Keto

Do you keto, or have you ever tried it?  Thoughts?


A PEEK at the Weekend

Hey friends!  I would say happy Monday, but I don’t know if anyone is all too happy about it.  I’m not so much.  It means I’m super tired, back in class all day, plus it means Brian is leaving on a work trip today.  Boo.  Anyway… life goes on & at least we had a pretty great weekend.  How about a little peek into it with some pictures?

Food!

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A ham salad from Cousin’s Subs on Friday night… brought my own dressing. :)

A PEEK at the Weekend weekend peek Miller Park Kombucha healthy eats food Brewers birthday baseball

A Subway Double Chicken Chopped Salad with EVOO on Saturday before our drive to Milwaukee

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Road trip beverage – Kombucha!

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Another salad – was psyched to find this option at the Ballpark!! :)

A PEEK at the Weekend weekend peek Miller Park Kombucha healthy eats food Brewers birthday baseball

Made my Low-Carb Pumpkin Flaxseed Pancakes, topped with some Kerrygold butter on Sunday morning

A PEEK at the Weekend weekend peek Miller Park Kombucha healthy eats food Brewers birthday baseball

More kombucha!! Enjoyed on a mini road trip to Green Bay! My fave flavor!

A PEEK at the Weekend weekend peek Miller Park Kombucha healthy eats food Brewers birthday baseball

Found these at Target last night – score!! All NATURAL flavors too, no artificial! :)

Baseball!

Brian & I had gotten tickets (GREAT seats – fifth row behind home plate) to the Milwaukee Brewers and Chicago Cubs game in Milwaukee on Saturday night.

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A PEEK at the Weekend weekend peek Miller Park Kombucha healthy eats food Brewers birthday baseball

Birthday!!

Our nephew, Graham, had his first birthday yesterday!!!  Brian & I went to his party to help celebrate & I think the b-day boy had a great time!!

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A PEEK at the Weekend weekend peek Miller Park Kombucha healthy eats food Brewers birthday baseball

Birthday boy!!! What a cutie!

A PEEK at the Weekend weekend peek Miller Park Kombucha healthy eats food Brewers birthday baseball

A PEEK at the Weekend weekend peek Miller Park Kombucha healthy eats food Brewers birthday baseball

A PEEK at the Weekend weekend peek Miller Park Kombucha healthy eats food Brewers birthday baseball

He had a Packer themed party & everyone got to watch the game on tv as well. The weather was great & perfect for having it out in the garage!

A PEEK at the Weekend weekend peek Miller Park Kombucha healthy eats food Brewers birthday baseball

Party food. Yummy! In case you’re wondering – yes, I did have a small piece of b-day cake as well! Taking a hiatus from keto at them moment… more on that later.

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Getting ready to open our gift – it was a 6′ tunnel tent!! Hoping he has a blast crawling through it!

A PEEK at the Weekend weekend peek Miller Park Kombucha healthy eats food Brewers birthday baseball

Smash cake!!

A PEEK at the Weekend weekend peek Miller Park Kombucha healthy eats food Brewers birthday baseball

Haha! LOVE this one!

Well, that was a peek into the highlights of my weekend.  Believe me, there was some studying & also some volunteering last night at The Campus Kitchen (cooking) for class assignment.  Needless to say, I’m pretty exhausted today.  Hope you all have a GREAT Monday & stay dry!  It’s a rainy looking one here! A PEEK at the Weekend weekend peek Miller Park Kombucha healthy eats food Brewers birthday baseball

What did you do this weekend?  Are you sad baseball is pretty much over for the season?

The Week In Fitness #58

Hey there friends!  Happy Sunday!!  Time for another fitness recap!

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Monday 9.22.14

Rest day

Tuesday 9.23.14

Jazzercise

The Week In Fitness #58 workout the week in fitness Jazzercise goals fitness

Wednesday 9.24.14

Rest day

Thursday 9.25.14

Jazzercise

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Friday 9.26.14

2.2 mile dog walk

Saturday 9.27.14

Jazzercise Fusion class (circuit)

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Sunday 9.28.14

most likely some sort of walk

Not too horrible.  I managed to get 4 days with some activity in throughout the week, so I’m ok with that.  I wasn’t feeling great on Thursday/Friday morning, so that’s why I opted to just walk on Friday.  Wanted to take it slower. The Week In Fitness #58 workout the week in fitness Jazzercise goals fitness

Happy Sunday!! The Week In Fitness #58 workout the week in fitness Jazzercise goals fitness

How was your week?  Did you reach your goals?  

LunchBots Review + [primal] Lunch & Snack Ideas

Hey there, foodie friends!!  I’d like to talk to you about some awesome lunch & snack containers – LunchBots!!  For my birthday earlier this month, Brian (my amazing husband) had me pick out some LunchBots containers on Amazon.com.  He knew I had been eyeing these amazing stainless steel containers for a bit, but he wasn’t sure which ones I wanted – so he had me pick them out myself. LunchBots Review + [primal] Lunch & Snack Ideas stainless steel containers snack ideas review primal eats meals on the go LunchBots lunch ideas keto snacks healthy eating

LunchBots Review + [primal] Lunch & Snack Ideas stainless steel containers snack ideas review primal eats meals on the go LunchBots lunch ideas keto snacks healthy eating

So which containers did I pick out?  Good question!!  There are SO many fun options & arrangements, which I LOVE.  I tried to pick what I thought would be most versatile for me & best fit my lunch & school snack needs.  I purchased 3 items:

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Also, if you’re interested in purchasing any of these, I’d really, really, love you bunches if you’d help support my blog & purchase them from the Amazon Affiliate links above. LunchBots Review + [primal] Lunch & Snack Ideas stainless steel containers snack ideas review primal eats meals on the go LunchBots lunch ideas keto snacks healthy eating

LunchBots Review + [primal] Lunch & Snack Ideas stainless steel containers snack ideas review primal eats meals on the go LunchBots lunch ideas keto snacks healthy eating

Ok, so now on to how I like them… I LOVE them!!!  Yeah, they are a bit pricey, but I really think they are worth it.  They are very solid, stainless steel & environmentally friendly, & lightweight.  I’ve heard that they last a LONG time & are very durable as well.  Also, my food stays cool quite awhile in these & the condiment containers have not leaked.  Plus, did I mention they’re FUN?!

So what have I been packing in them?!  Glad you asked!!

Lunches…

I have been using the Uno for my main lunch dish on school days… often times it’s a salad of some sort.  I’m able to put the salad into the Uno, & then tuck a condiment container with a dressing or sauce right into the inside corner of the Uno.  The Uno & Quad are NOT leakproof, so just keep that in mind. LunchBots Review + [primal] Lunch & Snack Ideas stainless steel containers snack ideas review primal eats meals on the go LunchBots lunch ideas keto snacks healthy eating

LunchBots Review + [primal] Lunch & Snack Ideas stainless steel containers snack ideas review primal eats meals on the go LunchBots lunch ideas keto snacks healthy eating

Salad with hard boiled eggs, avocado, almond slivers, & some Tessa Mae’s dressing

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A salad with grilled chicken thighs, avocado, & some homemade chipotle mayo in the condiment container

Or, you can go the roll-up style & make ham & organic cheese roll-ups, with, or without pickle spears!  I also had some homemade chipotle mayo to dip them in for some added healthy fats.

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Ham & cheese roll-ups! Putting the pickle in the silicone baking cup helps catch any liquid

Snack Ideas…

I’ll admit, I’m often a creature of habit… I find food I like & I tend to stick to it, especially when I’m eating a very low-carb ketogenic style diet.  It’s just easier that way too.  But, here are some snack ideas for you…

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1 oz of almonds fits perfectly in the condiment container

LunchBots Review + [primal] Lunch & Snack Ideas stainless steel containers snack ideas review primal eats meals on the go LunchBots lunch ideas keto snacks healthy eating

Grass-fed (KerryGold) Cheese slices, olives, & raw zucchini slices

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1 oz macadamia nuts, a chopped Applegate beef hotdog, raw zucchini slices, & guacamole for dipping

LunchBots Review + [primal] Lunch & Snack Ideas stainless steel containers snack ideas review primal eats meals on the go LunchBots lunch ideas keto snacks healthy eating

1 oz of macadamia nuts fits into the condiment containers – great for sticking in my purse

LunchBots Review + [primal] Lunch & Snack Ideas stainless steel containers snack ideas review primal eats meals on the go LunchBots lunch ideas keto snacks healthy eating

Raw zucchini slices, green bell pepper, grass-fed cheese, macadamia nuts, & guacamole (in container)

LunchBots Review + [primal] Lunch & Snack Ideas stainless steel containers snack ideas review primal eats meals on the go LunchBots lunch ideas keto snacks healthy eating

And… the above snack again, on repeat – cause it’s good!!

Well, I really hoped that opened up your eyes to the potential of healthy, chemical-free, environmentally friendly stainless steel lunch containers.  Hopefully I gave you some good primal style food ideas as well!  These are some of my favorites that I often take to campus with me & help keep me fueled with healthy food while my classmates chow down on Poptarts & other junk food.  LunchBots Review + [primal] Lunch & Snack Ideas stainless steel containers snack ideas review primal eats meals on the go LunchBots lunch ideas keto snacks healthy eating

Whether you’re a kid or an adult (or kid at heart, like me) – then you’ll love these containers & all of the ways to make healthy eating more fun!

Have you ever tried LunchBots?  If not, do you think you would?  Let me know if you have any other great primal-style snack or lunch ideas I should try out!

WIAW: Clean Keto Eats

Hey there, foodie friends!!  Happy Wednesday & What I Ate Wednesday!!!  I didn’t want to miss the food link-up party, so here I am with some quick keto style eats!

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Big thanks to Jenn from Peas & Crayons for hosting!  Click on over to see what it’s all about & get inspired!

In case you didn’t know, I have been primarily eating a ketogenic style diet & am in something called nutritional ketosis.  It’s where my body runs on ketones, which are made from fat, rather than glucose from carbs for fuel.  In other words, it’s very low carb, high fat, & moderate protein way of eating.  It’s not for everyone, but I feel good on it. Do what works for YOU. WIAW: Clean Keto Eats WIAW primal lowcarb low carb ketosis ketogenic Keto clean keto clean eats

WIAW: Clean Keto Eats WIAW primal lowcarb low carb ketosis ketogenic Keto clean keto clean eats

my macros for yesterday

Breakfast…

My usual go-to on school days (I leave the apartment at 6:30am) is a Bulletproof [style] Coffee with 2T MCT oil & 1T Kerrygold grass-fed butter blended up.  #fatfuel 

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A.M. Snack…

Sometimes (depending on my schedule) I feel like a bit of a snack before lunch, especially if I still have to drive an hour home before I can throw something together.  I enjoyed some un-photographed macadamia nuts in the car yesterday.

Lunch…

When I got home I dug through the fridge & found some leftover grilled chicken thighs, so I warmed those up, shredded them, & put them with some lettuce, organic cheese, sour cream, salsa, & avocado to make a little taco-less taco salad.  Yum!!

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Taco salad, minus the taco

Afternoon Snacks…

I was planning on heading to Jazzercise for a workout, so I fueled up with some more Bulletproof [style] coffee (decaf) with half a T of grass-fed butter & 1T MCT oil.

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Brian was making us dinner, but unfortunately, it was taking FOREVER to cook all the way through, so I had a little something to tide me over – a chocolate fat bomb (made with coconut oil & cocoa powder, frozen)!  WIAW: Clean Keto Eats WIAW primal lowcarb low carb ketosis ketogenic Keto clean keto clean eats

WIAW: Clean Keto Eats WIAW primal lowcarb low carb ketosis ketogenic Keto clean keto clean eats

Dinner…

Brian wanted to use up one of our rump roasts from the 1/4 grass-fed cow we have in our freezer… so, he made us dinner!  It took a long time to cook, but it was pretty good once it was time to eat!!

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Grass-fed beef rump roast

Dessert…

To cap off the night, I enjoyed devoured one of my Low-Carb PUMPKIN Cheesecake Cupcakes!  If you haven’t made these yet & LOVE pumpkin pie – I HIGHLY suggest you do!!

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So… there you have it!  My day of keto eats yesterday.  Stressed out & on the go, but I did notice I still managed to eat clean & not eat out of packages all day.  #realfood

What’s the best thing you’ve eaten today?