This week I have a very special keto roundup for you!
Jimmy Moore of Livin’ La Vida Low-carb
A recipe and quote roundup of some of the most famous and fantastic keto and low-carb bloggers!
They were so kind to share with us their life changing experience with the keto (or lowcarb) diet and their favorite recipe! You are in for a treat!
The best thing that keto has done for me is reminded me what normal feels like in terms of hunger. Back in my carbohydrate-addicted days, I was constantly hungry because my blood sugar was on a neverending rollercoaster ride. But once I limited my carb intake, moderated my protein, and ate more healthy saturated and monounsaturated fats, hunger is completely controlled and I don’t ever think about food anymore. It’s the kind of freedom that hardly anyone gets to experience unless they’re keto-adapted!
Favorite Recipe: Bernaise Sauce
Maria from Maria Body Mind Health (Keto Adapted)
…I ate Special K with skim milk for breakfast and dinner, carrots dipped in mustard and dried fruit for lunch and still was too heavy for my frame. Sure, once the weekend hit, I was so hungry on my fat-free diet, I ate junk. It was impossible to balance my neurotransmitters and control my cravings on a diet like that! As I learned more about nutrition, neurotransmitters like serotonin and the ketogenic lifestyle, I started to switch my running to lifting weights and yoga. I do run a bit in the morning, but the neighbors all laugh at me because I am usually looking down at my phone answering emails! It is a relaxing run. I’m telling you about my exercise regime because I want you to realize that it is NOT about calories in and calories out. Albert Einstein’s definition of insanity = doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results, yet we all seem to be succumb to this lie. Our bodies are more complex that that. It isn’t a simple answer. Our hormones and mitochondria determine our fat loss and fat gain. I want you to know that you do not have to kill yourself at the gym in order to lose weight. I certainly was sick of running all the time and living off of diet food like fat-free pretzels; which, are higher on the glycemic index than jelly beans! Anyway, my testimony is to help you feel encouraged and empowered to take control and understand that you deserve this and you do not have to live off of salads or live at the gym. If you are willing to take the time to prepare meals, even if they are slow cooker meals, you CAN do this! You deserve to feel amazing too!
My website: http://mariamindbodyhealth.com/
My favorite recipe: Keto Eggs Benedict
Ellen from Ketogenic Diet Resource
In my struggles to feel better and lose weight, I’ve become convinced that good health and normal weight are the result of controlling blood sugar and insulin. Anything you can do to increase your insulin sensitivity is going to help.
So that’s my story. I hope it helps you in your own journey. If you are struggling with weight issues, please know that you can and will succeed, if you just stick with it, and make the changes necessary.
It may seem hard at first, but you will adapt to the new way of eating, and it will become habit after a while. If I can do it, so can you.
Read Ellen’s complete story on her blog HERE.
My favorite recipe: Keto Bread
Martina from Keto Diet App
Carolyn from All Day I Dream About Food
Susie from Fluffy Chix Cook
Over 14 years ago, the Fluffys decided to throw in the carbs in favor of a healthy low carb ketogenic diet—little did we realize, the diet would quickly become a permanent fixture. Oops! Hey! A low carb keto lifestyle happened on the way to our diet! *pout* We are grateful to soooo many health benefits of a keto diet, such as: lower blood sugar and insulin, lower blood pressure, lower chronic, inflammation and pain levels, better cholesterol balance, more energy. I could go on and on! But the most important thing the keto lifestyle did for the Fluffys is save this Fluffy’s life. I had a stage IIIC breast cancer that typically did not respond well to neo-adjuvant chemotherapy (before surgery treatment), and yet, with the help of a ketogenic lifestyle and intermittent fasting, the primary tumor shrank over 60% before surgery. My oncologist was speechless and could not explain the results. Needless to say, we were all very pleased—and have no plans to break-up with keto! We’re from Texas, so we quickly knew if the Fluffys were gonna make keto a way of life (WOL), we’d better find a tortilla recipe to solve our Tex-Mex cravings. Psylli wraps came about as a spin off from a friend’s brilliant recipe using psyllium husks and egg whites. (Secret: there’s a reason to use the egg whites only.) It’s the fillings that make these psylli wraps a perfect keto food for this Texas gal; and it’s one of the most popular recipes on Fluffy Chix Cook.
My Favorite recipe: Psylly Wraps, low-carb and gluten free.
Dominic from No Bun Please
The best thing that a ketogenic diet has done for me has been regulating my blood sugar. I used to live for my Coca-Cola breaks. In fact, I’d even prefer drinking a Coke to having a full meal. But, with the constant stomach distress and blood sugar roller coaster, I knew I had to make a change. Now, I have sustained energy and don’t have to rely on popping a sugary, caffeinated beverage to make it through the day!
Cheesy Cheddar Biscuits
Craig from Ruled.me
“Keto has been a life changing “diet” that soon turn into a long-term way of life for me. Not only did I drop the weight I wanted to lose, but I learned the ins and outs of the modern diet dogmas and why it’s incorrect for us. Low-carb has not only given me energy, it’s shocked my doctors in my bloodwork and given them insight on what ketogenic diets might do for us in the future. I’ve not only single handedly convinced 3 of my doctors that keto is the right way to do things, but I’ve also helped thousands of people lose weight and gain confidence through proper eating.”
Sweet and Sour chicken. I seriously got this as a kid every single week and I don’t regret that choice at all. I was addicted to sweet and this sweet and savory chicken gave me exactly what I wanted. Here’s a keto rendition of my favorite Chinese take-out dish: Sweet and Sour Chicken
My Favorite recipe: Sweet and Sour Chicken
Vivica From The Nourished Caveman
Well, I am not a Keto Star (yet) but I still would like to share my story and my favorite recipe with you:
Keto totally changed my life! About 6 months ago I discovered I was pre-diabetic. I though I was doing everything right, eating Paleo for 3 years and studying nutrition…I could not be wrong, right?! Well, I was!
A Paleo diet can unfortunately be a high carb diet, for sure too high for a person who is very insulin resistant, like me!
Eating a well designed ketogenic diet and incorporating the right kind of exercise into my life has made all the difference: I lost 12 pounds, got my blood sugar levels back to normal and feel 100 times better.
You might be just as intolerant to carbs as these wonderful bloggers and I, and that might be the hidden reason of much pain and loss of quality of life!
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Just like Carolyn I can not choose a favorite recipe, but this one is the one my readers love the best: Coconut Chocolate Bars