Beginning the next phase in life – Dietetic Intern!

Hey there, friends!!  It’s Saturday night as I’m writing this & I’ve just finished packing.  Yep, packing.  Again.  But, this time it’s not for pleasure… this trip is all business.  I’m getting ready to begin the next phase in my life – dietetic intern!

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I’m all packed up & ready to go for my 3 day dietetic internship orientation in Boston, MA.  Orientation will be all day Monday through Wednesday & we’ll (Brian is accompanying me – he’ll make a mini vacation out of it) fly back home late Wednesday night.

All packed up & ready to be Boston bound!

All packed up & ready to be Boston bound!

How am I feeling about everything?  Well, thanks for asking!!  I’m currently having all the feels.  I’m feeling excited, nervous, scared, proud, & mostly… anxious.  It took a lot of hard work & a bit of luck (to be matched to a dietetic internship – AND my FIRST choice) to get here, but it’s amazing to think I’m going to be beginning my DI so soon & that I’m DONE with school!

I’ve been so nervous & anxious over my orientation that I’ve been spending quite a bit of time prepping…

I went & got my hair trimmed yesterday – & I hate getting my hair cut!!

So fresh & so clean.  All tidied up!

So fresh & so clean. All tidied up! (gotta love the car selfie)

AND… I’ve been stressing over my wardrobe & what to wear!!!  I’m really not a dress-up/professional attire kind of girl.  I’m a jeans, t-shirt, & sneakers kind of gal, which makes it… challenging.  But, after some searching, I think I’ve found a few outfits that will look professional & feel semi-comfortable in.  I have a blazer & some cute shells to wear under it, as well as some new ankle boots, so I think I can try to pull this whole adult thing off. 😉

I also am kind of digging this skirt... & I NEVER wear skirts!!

I also am kind of digging this skirt… & I NEVER wear skirts!!

I don’t know… I think this whole adulting thing is hard work.  lol  BUT, I know it’s all worth it & I’ll adjust.  I just want to take a minute to thank all of my family & friends for all of the encouragement throughout the years, & most of all – my amazing, loving, supportive superstar of a husband, Brian.  I couldn’t have done any of this without him & I would never be where I’m at now without him by my side, cheering me on & always encouraging me.  Thank you!!!!  <3

Well, this girl has to get to bed – because I’m Boston bound tomorrow!!!

New Costco Store Opening

Hey there friends!  This post is going to mainly just be relevant to my local peeps… the Fox Valley, WI area.  In case you haven’t heard yet, let me be the first to tell you – we’re getting a new Costco store in Grand Chute, WI!!!!  Are you as excited as I am?!

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Here’s a link to the Costco Craze CNBC segment that is a great introduction to Costco. http://www.cnbc.com/id/46603589

I’ve never had a Costco membership & I think I’ve only ever been in a Costco store once in FL a long time ago.  I remember it being huge!!  I have to say, I’ve been hearing GREAT things about Costco from friends & family who have memberships & live near a Costco.  I hear they are starting to carry a lot of organic & healthier products, which is totally awesome!!

The new location will be opening in November… Saturday, November 7th, at 8am, to be exact.  Here’s the flyer…

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Membership info can be found HERE.

The Costco social media director has reached out to me & has offered to send some product samples, an invitation to a VIP party, & has said we can discuss potentially doing a gift basket of Costco products as a giveaway!!  She’s going to be sharing store updates as well, so please stay tuned for more info, which I’ll be sharing here with you!

Have you ever been to a Costco store?  Are you as psyched for this new store as I am?

I Got to Visit the Bulletproof Coffee Shop!

Heeeeyyyy there!!  I wanted to pop in & share one last bit of my California coast vacation with you!  I was pretty excited about this – I got to go to the Bulletproof Coffee shop!!!  I’m not sure if you follow Dave Asprey or are familiar with his book The Bulletproof Diet – or maybe you’ve just heard of Bulletproof Coffee?

If you’re not familiar with Bulletproof, it’s a brand that was developed by a man named Dave Asprey, who is a biohacker.  It’s his brand of products, especially coffee that is toxin-free (he claims other coffees have micro toxins).  He also sells XCT oil (like MCT), & other items, including bars.  And now… he has a new Bulletproof Coffee shop that is open right near Santa Monica.

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Brian & I stopped by the shop late in the afternoon after walking around in LA at Venice Beach.  I wasn’t particularly craving coffee at that point in the day, but hey, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to check this place out!  So, we went in & I just got a small original BPC (small Bulletproof Coffee with XCT oil & butter) while Brian, not much of a coffee drinker, got a rooibos tea with stevia.

Inside - some of the products for sale

Inside – some of the products for sale

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Pretty cool looking coffee shop!

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It was pretty neat to be able to actually visit the Bulletproof Coffee shop in California!  My coffee was pretty good, although I have to say, it really didn’t taste any different from how mine tastes at home – except I sometimes add a bit of cinnamon to mine.  Sadly, Brian wasn’t a big fan of his tea, so he ended up giving that to me.  The cold tea was sweet tasting & refreshing after the hot coffee, so it was all good.  It’s just neat to say we saw the place & were there – a nice memory from our trip.

Are you a fan of Bulletproof Coffee?  Do you like to add anything extra to yours?

Keto Travel Snacks

Hey there, friends!!  I have another travel/vacation themed post to share with you all again today – keto travel snacks!  It can be tough sometimes to be prepared & stick to your preferred way of eating, especially on vacation.  It’s not impossible – or all that hard, really!

It helps to bring along a few things, especially for the airport & on the plane.  Airports have some low-carb friendly items such as nuts & Quest Bars (over $4 each!), but they are definitely pricey.

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Some of the snacks I pre-packed to take with me on the plane were (pictured above):

  • Pistachios
  • Raw mixed nuts
  • Macadamia nuts
  • Extra virgin olive oil packet
  • Coconut butter packet
  • Quest Bars (the stevia ones)
  • Stevia packets

It helps SO much to be prepared – because you KNOW they aren’t serving anything but carb-tactic junk on those planes!  Plus, prices in the airport are insane!  😉

Some snacks I picked up on the road were…

Sprouts!!  I’ve heard of this grocery store, but never actually seen one until now… so, had to go in & check it out!  Happy I did because I got some nice goodies… a (real California) avocado, coconut butter, & macadamia nuts.

Sprouts grocery store snacks... avocado, coconut butter, & macadamia nuts

Sprouts grocery store snacks… avocado, coconut butter, & macadamia nuts

Later, we were also able to stop at a Safeway… I’ve never been in one of those before either.  They had these great organic Go-Raw coconut snacks!  There was a chocolate one & a lime one – they were both good, especially the chocolate!

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Go Raw snacks – junk-free food

One other thing we discovered – at Starbucks of all places, were these great little olive packets called Oloves!

Oloves from Starbucks

Loves (Chile & Oregano flavor) from Starbucks

Well, I think that was about it for snacks on the road… of course, there are always cheese sticks & meat at the gas stations, as well as occasionally hard-boiled eggs or pork rinds.

What are your favorite low-carb/keto snack ideas for traveling?

Dining Out Keto While Traveling

Hey there, foodies!!  It’s summertime, which means – it’s travel season.  What’s one of the most difficult things about traveling & vacations?  Well, for me… it’s not eating every delicious looking thing in sight & feeling like junk afterwards.  I’m being real here, it’s often a struggle.  I’m happy to say that this time during our CA trip it was much easier though. We were gone a week on vacation in CA, spending much of the time in airports, & our rental car.  Brian & I flew into San Diego, then rented a car & drove up the coast, ending our trip in San Francisco & the Oakland/East Bay area.

 

Ok, so what did two keto-ers eat on vacation?  Here’s a run-down of some of our eats.  Please keep in mind that they are not always the most clean & optimal choices, but sometimes there were few options – & you gotta do what you gotta do!  Plus, no one is perfect… & it was vacation after all.

Breakfasts…

Ok, so let’s just start with the first meal of the day, even though we arrived in CA pretty late, if I remember correctly.  Anyway… it feels more natural to kick this off with some breakfast ideas, so let’s roll with that, shall we?

Bacon, scrambled eggs, salsa, butter, & black coffee.

Bacon, scrambled eggs, salsa, butter, & black coffee.

Hotel breakfast day 2...

Hotel breakfast day 2…

The above breakfasts were courtesy of our hotel in San Diego.  They had a continental breakfast buffet that was included with our stay, so we were able to take advantage of that for the first two mornings.  Thankfully, they had bacon & eggs the first day, then sausage & eggs the second (along with french toast).  Of course they had tons of all the traditional carby breakfast fare: cereal, waffles, bagels, juice… you name it, they had it.  I was just super happy there was something low-carb that we could eat.  I’ve had experiences in the past where it was only crappy carb junk available (like in our last hotel).

Burger King's Double Sausage King Croissan'whiches, minus the croissant

Burger King’s Double Sausage King Croissan’whiches, minus the croissant

Our other hotels that we stayed in either didn’t offer a breakfast, or it was just junk.  Two of the other mornings when we were staying in Novato (outskirts of San Francisco) we ended up going down the street to Burger King (slim pickings around there).  They didn’t have many low-carb options, so I got creative & simply asked for the Double Sausage King Croissan’wiches (4) without the bread.  The guy was so nice that he even offered to put them on platters for me, two on each.  It was a nice, easy, filling keto breakfast, but did get a little pricey for what it was.  It worked though.

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And of course… what would a morning be without coffee?!  I was thankful to be able to get my beloved coffee fix in each hotel we stayed at… plus, a couple Starbucks where they were kind enough to add heavy cream to my coffee without any weird looks or fuss. 😉

On one morning when we stayed near San Francisco, we drove into the city & went to eat at a little cafe on Haight Street, called The Pork Store Cafe.

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Brian & I each had the same thing: The Denver Omelet with roasted tomatoes on the side. The dish normally comes with toast or some sort of biscuit, but they were nice & accommodating when we said we didn’t eat bread – they then offered to do a side of roasted tomatoes.

Lunches/Dinners…

Lunch & dinner options were a bit more challenging, but doable.  The most difficult thing was trying to find things that were familiar to us.  Here are a few of the things we managed to find to stay keto…

In the airport (Las Vegas) we found a Jersey Mike’s, which is a sub shop that offers a “sub in a tub” option so you can basically get any sub w/out the bread, in a tub.  I had a cheesesteak sub in a tub, & Brian had a roast beef one.

Jersey Mike's Cheesesteak Sub in a Tub

Jersey Mike’s Cheesesteak Sub in a Tub

On our first night in San Francisco we felt like some serious comfort food & something familiar… Chipotle to the rescue!

Chipotle salad with carnitas, cheese, veggies, sour cream, & guacamole.

Chipotle salad with carnitas, cheese, veggies, sour cream, & guacamole.

On one of the nights we stayed outside of LA we found an Outback Steakhouse that was open late where we had a delicious steak dinner…

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Salad w/ranch dressing (no croutons), 6 oz sirloin steak, & broccoli with cheese

We also indulged in some burgers (protein style) from In-N-Out!

In-N-Out Double Doubles protein style (lettuce wrapped)

In-N-Out Double Doubles protein style (lettuce wrapped)

Another night when we stayed in San Diego we arrived late at our hotel, but there was a Chilis nearby… so, we walked over & had some burgers for dinner.

Chilis Guacamole Burger in a lettuce wrap

Chilis Guacamole Burger in a lettuce wrap – not a standard option to lettuce wrap, but just simply ask & they’re usually happy to accommodate you

Another burger option that we tried out in downtown San Diego was Burger Lounge, which offers all grass-fed burgers!  They also have a lettuce wrapped & paleo option.

Burger Lounge grass-fed lettuce wrapped burgers

Burger Lounge grass-fed lettuce wrapped burgers

Our second/last night in San Diego we had seen that they had a Seasons 52 nearby, which we had always loved that restaurant when we had lived in FL – so we decided to have a little dinner date there!  It was so nice out, so we sat outside in their patio… candlelight, good company… good food.  Brian ordered a steak with veggies, no starches, & I ordered the pork loin w/veggies, no starches.  They were happy to add extra veggies in place of the potatoes.  It was a delicious & such a relaxing dinner out.

Seasons 52... always fresh & seasonal - love this place!

Seasons 52… always fresh & seasonal – love this place!

Another option for a quick lunch or dinner is Hardees/Carls Jr.  We went here one morning for a late breakfast/early lunch & I was able to try their new Mushroom & Swiss All-Natural Burger, which is a pretty tasty grass-fed burger.  I of course had it in a lettuce wrap.  I can’t wait until the Hardees around this area eventually get them – it seems Carls Jr. always gets everything first.  Although, Hardees does have the original All-Natural Burger, which is grass-fed.

Carl's Jr. Mushroom & Swiss All-Natural Burger

Carl’s Jr. Mushroom & Swiss All-Natural Burger

Brian & I decided to check out the little town of Mill Valley (just outside SF) one night & looked on Yelp for someplace to go for dinner.  I came across a place called Avatar’s that was an Indian restaurant with great reviews… we had a bit of trouble finding it since they had no sign – only paper hand-written “open” signs.  However, the place did have some pretty tasty food!  Brian & I each got the Low-Carb Chicken Curry.  It was a bit different than what I was expecting, but it was really delicious.  I just chose to eat around the rice, beans, & pineapple.

Low-Carb Chicken Curry at Avatar's in Mill Valley

Low-Carb Chicken Curry at Avatar’s in Mill Valley

Another airport meal… there was a Moe’s Southwest Grill in the Las Vegas airport where we had our layover, so we opted to have burrito bowls for breakfast/lunch before our noon flight home.  We each got double meat (steak & chicken), no rice, no beans, cheese, lettuce, sour cream, & guacamole for me.  Delicious, but these babies set us back out $34!!!  Airport prices.  Yikes.

Moe's Southwest Grill - Burrito Bowl

Moe’s Southwest Grill – Burrito Bowl

I guess my goal of showing you some of our vacation meals is just to show that you CAN stick to your goals & your normal way of eating while traveling & on vacation.  You just simply have to WANT to.  You can do anything you really put your mind to, & sure, it can be a bit challenging sometimes, especially when you eat a bit different than the majority of typical Americans, but it CAN be done.  Hopefully you got a few ideas for the next time you travel, or are just out & about, or wanting to dine out.

Do you have any low-carb/keto restaurants that you frequent that I didn’t mention?  Please share!