Trying the Keto Diet 

If you’re not familiar with the Keto Diet it is when you’re training your body to use fat as it’s primary source of fuel instead of carbs. Essentially it’s a low carb, moderate protein and a high fat diet. This diet helps produce a fat burning molecule called Ketones in the body which is an alternative fuel molecule for the body, only utilized when there is a shortage of glucose in the body. 

To produce ketones you have to eat low carbs and moderate protein. The reason it’s moderate protein is because an excess in protein intake can actually be converted to blood sugar in the body.

Ketones are produced in your liver from fat. Once your body adapts to this diet (typically 1-2 weeks) your body will switch to running entirely on fat for its fuel. Even the brain will be consuming this great energy source from the ketones being produced. When the body is producing ketones, it means your body is in a state of ketosis. 

People who should avoid a Keto Diet are 

  • People with diabetes taking insulin 
  • People on medication for high blood pressure 
  • If you’re breastfeeding 

As always consult with a doctor to see if this is a good option for you. Everyone is different. 

Benefits of a Keto Diet: 


When you’re first starting out on the Keto Diet, you might experience something called the Keto flu. This is your body trying to adapt to the new changes, it’s very common and only last for a bit until you’ve adapted.

Symptoms of the Keto flu are: 

  • Fatigue 
  • Headaches 
  • Cough 
  • Sniffles
  • Nausea
  • Irritability 

This is basically a reaction of how dependent you were to carbs. Your body will withdrawal from the carbohydrates you are now limiting. It’s absolutely normal.

Foods you can eat on a Keto Diet: 

*Yes! You can eat bacon, this is what I’m enjoying the most. Awesome crispy bacon! Also, as you can see most of your carbs are coming from vegetable sources. 

Here are some foods to avoid: 

  • Processed foods 
  • Sugar 
  • Wheat 
  • Pasta 
  • Rice 
  • Fruits (high in sugar) 
  • Avoid “low fat” products they are usually packed with sugar and starch 
  • Starch & grains (cereals, pasta, bread, rice, potatoes, French fries etc) 
  • Beer 
  • Pastries 
  • Candy 

It’s been a few days and so far I’m not craving the carbs I was so use to eating all the time like rice and potatoes. I will be documenting my progress on here and let you guys know my results in a month or so.

Here are some great resources to check out: 

https://www.ruled.me/guide-keto-diet/
https://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/ketogenic-diet-your-complete-meal-plan-and-supplement-guide.html
https://www.tasteaholics.com/the-complete-keto-diet-guide-for-beginners/
Have a beautiful day!  

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Benefits of drinking organic apple cider vinegar

I’ve recently been doing a lot of research on the benefits of drinking organic apple cider vinegar with mother. I’ve personally have seen some benefits I would love to share with you guys.

Here’s my top 5 reasons why you should drink organic vinegar: 

  1. It’s actually great for acne prone skin! This is the reason why I first started drinking apple cider vinegar. I drink a glass of water with a tbsp. of apple cider vinegar in the morning. I’ve seen a significant difference in my skin since I’ve incorporated this into my routine. I’m not breaking out as often and my skin looks brighter and softer. The vinegar can be used to detoxify your body and remove bacteria or toxins inside that may be causing you to break out. It’s antibacterial properties will help keep your acne under control. Some people even use it as a natural toner. You can use one part vinegar and two parts water and use it on your face in the morning and night before moisturizing to balance your skin’s PH.
  2. Apple cider vinegar can help you lose weight. The acetic acid acts as an appetite suppressant, increases your metabolism, and reduces water retention.
  3. Lower blood sugar. A few studies have determined that taking apple cider vinegar at night resulted in lower blood glucose in the morning. Scientist believe the antiglycemic of the acid is the key.
  4. Apple cider vinegar could lower cholesterol. A 2006 study found the acetic acid in the vinegar lowered bad cholesterol in rats. Also, a similar study done in Japan resulted in lowered cholesterol in the participants.
  5. Whiten teeth. Swishing some diluted apple cider vinegar  with two parts water in your mouth before brushing your teeth will help whiten your teeth.

If you want to learn more about the benefits of apple cider vinegar. Check out this article http://www.rd.com/health/wellness/apple-cider-vinegar-benefits/

If you know about other benefits of apple cider vinegar please share them below!

Thanks for reading! ❤

One pan Mexican Quinoa

I was inspired to create this Mexican Quinoa after seeing this recipe on Facebook here  and gave it my own little twist.

It was my very first time cooking Quinoa, so I was bit hesitant but I’m actually super happy how yummy it came out!

Heres what you will need:

  • 1 1/2 cups of Quinoa
  • 1 1/2 cups Chicken broth
  • 1 can of corn
  • 1 can of black beans
  • 1 can of diced tomatoes
  • Minced garlic or garlic paste
  • 2 small Onions
  • Oregano
  • 1 teaspoon Chili powder
  • Salt + Pepper

Directions:

  1. Place your skillet on high heat, grease it with coconut oil. Add minced garlic or garlic paste, onions, corn, black beans, and diced tomatoes. Cook for 1-2 minutes on high heat.
  2. Add the quinoa, season with a pinch of salt and pepper, chili powder and oregano to taste. Mix well.
  3. Add chicken broth
  4. Cover and lower heat until the chicken broth is absorbed and the quinoa is fully cooked. I let mine sit for about 40 minutes in low heat.
  5. Enjoy!

6 healthy snacks on the go

If you are like me, you are constantly on the go and don’t always have time to sit down and eat a meal.

Here are 6 healthy snacks you can eat on the go that are easy to prepare

  1. Hummus and carrots: Carrots are loaded with rich vitamins and fiber that’ll keep you full for longer. Hummus is a healthier option for dips. Its primary ingredient chickpeas is packed with protein and fiber.

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   2. Peanut butter and apples: Peanut butter also has protein and potassium which is great for your heart because it helps lower your risk for high blood pressure, stroke and heart disease. Apples are great because it lowers your risk of diabetes and helps reduce cholesterol.

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  3. Kind bars: My favorite is the almond and coconut bar. It’s packed with 4g of protein and 4g of fiber. It’s wheat free, gluten free and dairy free.http://www.kindsnacks.com

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4. Nuts: My favorites are walnuts, almonds and cashews. They are are a great source of healthy fat. They are rich is minerals, protein, fiber and antioxidants.

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5. Quest bars: 20g of protein! Gluten free, no added sugars and they come in delicious flavors like cookies and cream! http://www.questnutrition.com

 

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Strawberries: This yummy fruit is a great source of antioxidant like vitamin C which is an immune system booster. It helps prevent cancer and surprisingly it’s helps keep wrinkles away.

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I hope this gave you some great ideas for snacks you can eat on the go to help you never miss a meal. Constantly eating small meals throughout the day can help fire up your metabolism and stay fuller longer.

Enjoy!