If you haven’t yet heard about Keto, I’m surprised. Seems folks everywhere are talking about it.
My daughter, who’s into everything that’s good for your looks, body and health was the first to say “Go Keto mom!” when I was complaining about my arthritis flaring up as the cold weather set in.
“I’m not trying to lose weight,” I grumbled (though of course, I’d love to…and need to…lose weight).
“Just my arthritis is killing me!”
You know, sometimes, the chicken really is smarter than the hen. She just gave me that wise-owl look of hers and said, “Trust me. Keto works! Not only am I losing weight but I feel marvellous…healthier than I have in ages. I have aches and pains too, mom. After all, I’m over 30, remember?”
“Yeah, yeah, I know. But you say I have to cut out sugar too…and I can’t handle coffee without sugar!”
“Small steps mom!” She replied. “Here, taste this Keto pizza I just made. No flour!”
“Oh sure,” I said as I took a bite. It was amazing! “Tastes just like regular pizza,” I said shovelling the rest of the slice into my mouth. “If there’s no flour in that base, then what’s it made of? It’s delicious…so crisp and crunchy!”
“Cauliflower and cheese!”
I nearly gagged. Cauliflower? I’m not even fond of cauliflower but this was fantastic. “Okay,” I said. “Tell me more.”
She did, and just after Christmas, I went KETO, eating eggs, bacon, cheese, even cheesecakes like those shown above. I made them for her engagement party and folks raved. (Yes, I’ll share the recipe in a future VIANVI KETO KRAZY blog post. So SUBSCRIBE, okay? See home page)
“What’s the base?” (Not cauliflower by the way!)
“Finely ground almond flour,” I beamed.
“But there’s sugar in them right?”
“Nope! Sweetened with Erythritol.”
Since then, I’ve started baking again too. I’ve always hated baking as I never had much success with anything other than yeast-baked cakes. But just look at that Bundt Coconut Lemon Cake on the right. Unbelievably good and the flavour gets even better after a few days. Keeps so well too. No mould. Made with coconut flour, almond flour, philly cheese. Yum!
So, am I missing sugar? Flour? No way! I just make my own breads, muffins etc using almond and/or coconut flour and eggs, sweeten with Erythritol, (natural!) and enjoy. I think I’ve only had 1-2 slices of regular bread of any kind since Christmas, and to be honest, the longer I stay away from flour and sugar, the less I crave it.
And you know what else I’m not missing…and this is the most important side-effect of “going keto” for me: my arthritic pains have diminished so much I’m in shock. Oh yes. Occasionally I flare. After all, I have scleroderma. That’s an auto-immune disease and I hyper-react to allergens of all kinds, including the histamines in strawberries or strong scents. But hey, all that’s for another post in the future.
Want to know more about the benefits of eating the Keto way? Visit DR. BERG’s WEBSITE. He has so much information on there on the hows and whys of Keto, it’s a great place to start educating yourself about Keto. I just recently purchased that book on the left from his site. It’s a beauty. You’ll love it.
And one of the first books I read with keto recipes and a 7-day eating plan is this one,7-Day Ketogenic Diet Meal Plan: Delicious and Easy Keto Recipes To Burn Fat and Gain Energy available for FREE from Amazon.
So, what do you think?Want to give KETO a try? I know many of my Facebook friends are following a Keto lifestyle with great results. I hope they’ll read this blog and share it with their friends. And comment below too!
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