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I tried and Loved the Keto Diet

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I have to preface this by saying that I initially began the ketogenic diet, only, I repeat only to prove to my mother that it works, so that she will blindly follow me into a healthier lifestyle! Ahhh the joys of having a desi mother! She tunes my voice out, completely when I speak to her about her health or diet, unless I drop a dramatic amount of weight. A dramatic amount of weight, would be mean when she sees me she feels this urgency within her to feed me! It is truly laughable, but also cute and frustrating all at the same time!

Once I got the hang of this diet I really did love it! I felt satisfied and happy, and at first the pounds didn’t fall off, but slowly but surely the “Woosh” happened and I dropped first 4 extra pounds and up until that point I watched my arms get slimmer, and hips, and basically all over. Clothes fit so much better, so I wasn’t too concerned about the weight, everything that I had read and seen from my friends, I knew it would come in wooshes. Now I must say before I put all these recipes up, I got a few ideas from Hope’s Keto Kitchen, which for the most part is a great group of people following the keto diet. The lady who runs the page, is amazingly helpful, and if I lived closer to her I would be buying her keto goodies.

Lets get down to it!

Prior to doing this, I was already doing intermittent fasting or IF for people who are all up on the lingo. I fast from 9pm to around 3pm the next day, and drink a ton of water with my coffee with MCT oil in it, and sugar free syrup, and instant espresso. I CANNOT survive without my coffee, and throughout the day it is my indulgence, and I don’t feel guilty at all about my indulgences. I use a gigantic bottle of water throughout the day with Nuun tablets dissolved in it to replenish my electrolytes and avocado oil (keto friendly) these tablets have 1net carb in them, which I personally think is worth it because of all the benefits it adds to your body. I also take instant ketones if I know I’ve got a full day ahead of me, to avoid the “low carb crash” that I ALWAYS get when I do any low carb diet. All of my items were bought on Amazon.ca

MCT oil:


Sugar Free syrup:


Espresso powder:


Nuun tablets:


Big Mother water bottle:


Instant Ketones:


Now When I first began the keto diet, I lived on bacon, bacon, all day every day, this was hard for me, because I don’t really eat bacon regularly but I got tired of that and decided to switch to soups and eggs.

Instant Pot Roasted Broccoli & Cheddar soup topped with oven baked bacon (any full fat bacon or meat without filler will work) This was super easy to make: Roasted the Broccoli in the oven I did it at 400 for 15 mins, until the tops of were brown I also chopped up the stem part and roasted it too! Then threw it in my instant pot with garlic salt, sea salt, onion powder, tumeric, chilli powder, mushrooms, half a stick of butter and two chopped up zucchini. I put the pot on Stew and added enough water to cover the vegetables so about 750ml. Then when the pot went off, I buzzed it all with the handheld food processor and added 1 cup of coconut flour, and 2 cups of old fort full fat cheddar cheese. Then I topped it with roasted bacon that I thew in the toaster oven while it the soup was cooking. My kids and hubby ate this for dinner with fresh bread, I ate it with chilli powder and was very, very satisfied.


Instant pot fish Stew with purple cabbage: This looked like a gross brown colour, but it tasted good. Again I put the frozen fish in my instant pot threw the spices over it, added purple cabbage (i would probably use the regular one next time) I used some chicken bone broth stock, and then set it to stew again. I pulsed it again to hide the veggies from my kids and husband, but you don’t have to. I also added the 1 cup of coconut flour to thicken it up and full white cheese. It was good, but not as big of a hit as the broccoli soup.


Cauliflower Mash: I have a surefire easy recipe for this, but I never get a chance to take a picture of it, because it gets inhaled!!!!!!!!!!!!  I make double the portion, and I have fooled my husband, My Desi Mom and children into thinking it was mashed potatoes! Cut up the cauliflower (1 use two), including the stem, boil it for 15 mins in your biggest pot, drain it, rinse it in COLD water to stop the cooking, dry it with bounty, it should still be pretty firm, you can even boil it for 10 mins, it should be pretty crunchy still throw it back in the pot and on a very low heat add butter, salt, garlic salt and onion powder and buzz it with the hand processor, add a bit of cream if it isn’t creamy enough. FULL FAT CREAM! I keep this in the fridge to eat for myself in the week. Update: I found the picture!!


Chilli Lime Green Beans: When I lived in Abu Dhabi, I was re-introduced to corn in a cup, it reminded me of my dad, because he would make this for me as a kid. So I made it keto friendly with Green Beans. I sauteed the green beans in roasted garlic puree, and butter! just until they changed colour so that they were crispy crunchy, then squeezed half of a lime (half a lime for 2 packs of green beans won’t throw you out of ketosis) and Red Chilli powder! like really throw on that chilli powder to make it stick to that butter!


I paired the beans with my turkey Nacho meat above!

Those green beans and Mash can be served up with so many things, to feel full and satisfied throughout the week.

Oven baked Chicken Thighs made with herbs and Ghee: I suggest making two batches of this because you will have leftovers, and you will like the leftovers. My kids never fight me on this meal! I do this shake and back style in like a big bag with herbs and seasonings, and then bake it on a sheet, once a week and they have it with cheesy rice and mushrooms, or pasta and butter and herbs (which i make fresh). The picture shows it with rice because I forgot to take a picture of mine.


Jeet’s chicken Recipe: I hate BBQ (ya I said it) but I only eat Jeet’s chicken if I eat BBQ! in a large ziplock I add chicken legs and breast, and add 1 cup of (full fat) yogurt, tumeric, tandoori spice, garam masala,black salt, and chilli powder. I stick it in the fridge and then bake it at 400 for 35-50 mins depending on your stove. I make it in my toaster over in batches because the longer it marinates the better it is (but don’t leave it in the fridge for more than 3 days) you can also grill it! Again I don’t have a picture of this because the smell of it makes everyone inhale it as soon as it is done. I eat this on a bed of fresh chopped cucumber and with half an avocado, for that full fat! I serve it over Orzo Salad for the kids and hubby, the chicken should be bright orange in colour when mixed with the yogurt and seasonings.


I know it isn’t fair that I’m posting carbs but usually not the whole family will be on this diet and I feel like you should be able to go on a diet and the whole family can eat differently without it being more work.
Turkey Nacho Dip: Sounds weird but oddly appetizing right? Basically I allow my kiddos to eat this on top of a bed of Nachos or french Fried, and I eat it on top of cucumbers or my green beans. I guess it would go well on the Cauliflower mash too! Basically sautee in one pot two packages of turkey meat with butter or coconut oil (with seasonings of your choice, I used garlic powder, onion powder, chilli powder and paprika), then add mushroom, and fresh spinach on top and cover the pot. Once the veggies are cooked, throw on some kind of shredded full fat cheese blend, and then cover to get it all melty and gooey. Everyone got their full amount of veggies for the day and all the plates were clean! You can also put this on top of spaghetti squash! That one is for you Tasneem and Mandeep!


Now this diet basically requires you to cut out sugar, this is difficult for someone like me who from the time I was in utero I was having sugar pumped into me! My mother loves to tell people the story that she only ate Indian rice pudding for her entire pregnancy!

My keto replacement for my sweet and salty cravings…

Ricotta Cheese with Cinnamon & Maple Syrup: Full fat Ricotta cheese, with a giant amount of cinnamon and two tablespoons or one of low carb maple syrup. Yes there is a such thing…The Canadian in me that it was sacrilege, but it tastes wonderful. I think i prefer the fact that it tastes more like maple sap, as opposed to syrup. It reminded me of being a kid and going sap tapping with our school trips in the cold, and they would put the sap on fresh snow! If you have never done this before, you need to do this! As you can tell this little snack is fantastic, since it brings back happy food memories for me! I also had this with a sliced almonds on top to cover the salty/Savoury craving.


Also eggs become a staple on this diet.

60 second poached eggs: I am going to let you in on my secret, use a ramekin, add half a cup of water, 2 tbsps of white vinegar and one cracked egg and microwave it for 60 seconds and you will have a perfectly poached egg, I eat eggs with avocado.

Scrambled eggs with heavy whipping cream or full fat Greek Yogurt (a few splashes) spinach and seasonings and sprinkled with feta and pepper.

Celery with Laughing Cow Cheese or Cheese Whiz: I mean this is an easy snack you can have ready quickly. Spread the cheese into the celery stalks eat, it is keto friendly.

TAKE OUT OPTIONS:

Gyro salad plate: I LOVE GYROs but carbs are not your friend on this plan, so I got a Gyro Plate, with extra full fat cheese, no tomatoes, olives and olive oil and tzakiki as my dressing! Gyro is lamb meat with 2.2g of carbs. and the good fats of olive oil fall into keto.


Chicken Shawarma Salad: I didn’t take a picture but take out the tomatoes, add pickled turnips or any other low carb veggie, when in doubt google low carb veggies (this is what i do).

Vietnamese Pho: If you live in Vaughan I would suggest Ox Noodle. The owners are amazing and will make you a double meat, Pho, it isn’t very high in fat, so if you eat this, indulge in a few fat bombs after eating this. I have actually asked for just a small amount of noodles on days when I know my body needs more carbs and then add shirataki noodles to it (remember to rinse them first!)

Wow,
So did you make it to the bottom of this page? I hope so! I’ve been trying to change my lifestyle around completely for a long time so I truly hope that all of my research and development is helpful for you! As I said earlier my Mom is my Rock, a crazy rock, but mine and only mine, and I want her to be around to drive me crazy and tell me my house is dirty until she’s 100 at least!  Again I’m not a doctor, I’ve gone to university and have two degrees, so I am educated. You should make informed decisions about everything I’ve posted above, and consult your physician prior to starting any regime. This worked for me, and I hope it works for my mom and you!

Cheers!
 

 

 

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Are you a Natural Mother?

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Are you a natural Mother? I sure as hell am not!

Being a Mother has been the only job I’ve ever had in my life that brought me to my knees begging for mercy on multiple occasions.

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My husband recently brought it to my attention that other people he knows (sometimes himself included) feel inadequate when around me as a parent. This made me sad. Never since becoming a Mother have I EVER tried to force my opinions or ideas on another Mother because I know people parent from their own experiences. What may be important to me, may not be for you.

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Here is a perfect example. When my husband and I were about to become first time parents, I had actually gotten my ideal job offer, BUT, it wasn’t meant to be because my husband was on a trajectory that would make him 3 times more money than I would ever make, but it would require him to leave for long stretches of time, and IF I took my job offer, it would have meant that my baby would be without either of his parents for most of the beginning of his life.

My own Mother’s words rang in my ears about how much she had wished she could have stayed home with me when I was small instead of leaving me in daycare or with various babysitters and I made the decision to stay home, because I wanted better for my son than I had. I wasn’t sad about it because I have faith in myself and know if I went back to work tomorrow I know I could get a full time job, without much headache.

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I think this is what makes me come off to other Mothers as being a natural. The opinion that others have of me, doesn’t bother me. I will tell you it is entirely because of the fact that life has taught me, when others find fault in you, it is because they don’t have the bravery to look at themselves and figure out what is driving them to criticize others. I know I look crazy to others and I know others think I should care more about their opinions but I just walk through my life to my own beat, looking a touch crazy on a regular basis, and I’m proud of that!

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I parent my children without apologies. I make every bad situation into a teachable moment for them and myself. I’ve turned every meltdown that my kids have thrown in public into a teachable moment for me, sometimes I learn my lesson and say, “No way am I gonna attempt that shit again” other times, I just am hurting to solve the issue and try and try and try again! I hear the criticism from others, I just don’t care! Also I have developed this amazing ability to tune out people, I mean if I can tune out the screaming banshee of a child of mine throwing a tantrum about having the wrong spoon colour, tuning our a mean mommy wannabe is easy peasy.

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Back to my original point, I am not a natural Mother, nope not me, you must have me mistaken for someone else! My house is constantly a mess, I swear in multiple languages, multiple times a day! Everything about Motherhood has been difficult for me, I just stepped up, and did my best, researched the shit out of everything I could and then applied what I could to my own situation. Now I will make a list of the things that didn’t come easy to me.

Pregnancy

Childbirth

Recovery from childbirth (two c-sections that had open holes for over two months, and terrible nurses making me cry in hospital both times)

Sleep (the fact that none of my kids slept for more than 3 hours at a time for more than a year a piece) I am not a morning person.

Breastfeeding judgement

Pumping problems

Judgy Grandma telling me to give formula because my kid was too skinny

judgy relatives thinking that both of my kids were on the Autism spectrum (even though I am trained to find markers of learning disabilities and they are trained to be gossipy Aunties, please give me your unsolicited and uneducated opinion)

Hormonal imbalances

Infertility issues when trying for my second

Miscarriage when trying for my second

Dealing with having my health deteriorate due to complications from childbirth

Weight gain for someone like me who used to be athletic!

Dealing with postpartum depression

Despising my husband for not helping because of his and our culture’s chauvinist ways.

My husband not standing up for me to people who constantly criticized me in his circle of people

My husband not stepping up to the plate once we became parents

Recognizing my children have allergies, and then having to step up to the plate and change everything that I had learned to about cooking and relearn to make everything from scratch. A whole lifestyle change.

Even now, I get so much judgement for REFUSING to hang around people that despise me, because it isn’t worth my emotional sanity to give toxic people even a moment of my time.

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The point of all this is to show you, or someone you know that even when you suspect that someone is perfect, chances are they aren’t. I struggle EVERY Day! I am constantly learning how to deal with life so that it doesn’t tip me back into depression. I don’t want your pity because I deal with my emotions, I have balances and checks in place to ensure that I don’t fall back on hard times. I am emotionally intelligent enough to ask for help when I need it, but I am very cautious of whom I ask.

I hope you take a good hard look at yourself today and just be happy that you have made it this far!

 

Mustard glazed salmon over udon noodles

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1/4 cup butter
1/4 honey
2 tbsp of low sodium soy sauce
1/4 horse radish grainy mustard
2tbsp of minced garlic
Udon noodles pack (T&T brand is already portioned controlled)
3 heads of Broccoli

Whisk it together and pour over 4 salmon pieces bake in oven for 20 mins at 425 degrees

Cook udon noodles and steam broccoli at the same time if you have a steamer basket like me for your big pasta pot, which I Love! Less dishes are always a good thing!

Drain noodles and toss with broccoli and pour sauce of fish over all noodles and then place the fish on top so that the noodles soak up the yummy goodness!

As a side note if your salmon pieces are bigger, you can double up the sauce recipe or just add water to the sauce to have enough sauce to cover your fish in the baking pan. I used a banana loaf pan.

The whole point of this recipe is to make one family meal, that is relatively healthy, and you can always use rice noodles or buckwheat soba noodles whatever floats your boat! Enjoy, and remember if I can make it anyone can. Seriously I only began cooking, regularly, when I moved to the burbs!

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