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Keto Thanksgiving: Eat This, Not That

As you know, I have been following the Keto lifestyle for almost two years now. I’ve been through Christmas, Thanksgiving, birthdays, summer BBQ’s and other get togethers where food is the center of everything, and I’ve survived and never felt deprived at all. I know when you start looking at this lifestyle, it can be overwhelming. There is a lot of information and the idea of not eating sugar, is a scary one. I get it. However, I am here to tell you, it doesn’t have to be scary and you can have a very yummy Keto Thanksgiving!

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First things first, the turkey. One of our favorite ways to make the Thanksgiving turkey is beer-can style. While I don’t think the carbs from the beer really get on the turkey, I don’t know that for sure, so I don’t want to steer you the wrong way. The way I make my turkey for my Keto Thanksgiving is to use my favorite seasonings (garlic for sure) and butter. I take the butter and put little pats of it under the skin of the turkey. Putting stuffing in the turkey is not something I am a fan of. Instead I take onions, other vegetables I have on hand, and sometimes a lemon and put it in the cavity of the turkey, making sure to tie the legs together to keep them inside.

 

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 When you think of Thanksgiving, you think of stuffing. While traditional stuffing is not Keto friendly, my delicious, grain-free alternative to stuffing is perfect. In fact, I served it a couple years ago when I hosted Thanksgiving and it was a favorite among everyone there. I had zero leftovers of my Keto friendly alternative and half a bowl of the traditional stuffing I made. Just look at it…doesn’t it look delicious?

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Since the Detroit Lions are playing on Thanksgiving day, my family will be coming over early to watch the game before we eat dinner. So having Keto friendly appetizers are a must. Besides a veggie platter, a couple other ideas that are totally quick and easy to make are:

Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers

#Ad Bacon Wrapped Smokies Recipe

Keto Thanksgiving Side Dishes

Not everyone that attends your Thanksgiving dinner will be following the Keto lifestyle. Since you are the one hosting, you can make everything Keto friendly and ask others to bring the non-Keto staples (like stuffing and mashed potatoes)…or just have the Keto friendly dishes and call it a day. Some Keto Thanksgiving side dishes you could make are:

Garlic Mashed Cauliflower Recipe

Roasted Pecan Green Beans

Creamed Spinach

Au Gratin Brussels Sprouts

Lemon Roasted Spicy Broccoli

When it comes to dessert, typically someone offers to bring a pie. I’m not a huge pie person so Thanksgiving dessert is not something I care too much about. However, here are a few Keto friendly desserts that will surely make your mouth water on Thanksgiving day!

Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Fat Bombs

Keto Chocolate Peanut Butter Bites

No Bake Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake

Caramel Pots de Crème

Did I miss anything? If you have any questions about what to eat on Thanksgiving, please don’t hesitate to contact me or leave a comment below. I am happy to help! Happy Thanksgiving!


Keto Chocolate Peanut Butter Bites

When people hear that I am on the Keto diet, they have so many thoughts and opinions. Usually I am told that I am going to end up with a heart attack because I am eating fat; or I’m told that I’ll never be able to stick with it. Well, sure…I could have a heart attack, but not because I’m eating fat. I get blood work done a couple times a year and my numbers are just fine. As for sticking with it, I’m almost to the 2 year mark and I haven’t gained a single pound back. So I think I’m good in that area too! But, what if I told you that you can be on the Keto diet AND eat Keto chocolate peanut butter bites? Sounds too good to be true, doesn’t it? Well it’s not!

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Halloween is coming up. One of my favorite candies, before I stopped eating sugar, was Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. I used to confiscated all of them from my kids trick or treating stash and hide them in the freezer. The first Halloween, since being on the Keto diet, was a tad rough. It seemed like my kids got more peanut butter cups than they ever did, but I never ate one. Not a single one. This year, while my kids are eating their peanut butter cups, I will be enjoying my Keto chocolate peanut butter bites. The perfect Keto treat!

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Keto Chocolate Peanut Butter Bites

Ingredients

  • 4 TBS Coconut Oil, divided
  • 8 TBS Sunbutter, divided
  • 4 TBS Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract, divided
  • 1/2 tsp Stevia, divided
  • Silicone mold

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Directions

  1. For the chocolate layer, combine 2 TBSP of melted coconut oil, 4 TBSP of Sunbutter, 4 TBSP unsweetened cocoa powder, 1/4 tsp of vanilla extract and 1/4 tsp of Stevia and mix well.
  2. Using a spoon, fill each of the pumpkin molds half full. Place in the freezer for 10 minutes to set.
  3. For the peanut butter layer, combine 2 TBSP of melted coconut oil, 4 TBSP of Sunbutter, 1/4 tsp of vanilla extract and 1/4 tsp Stevia. Mix well.
  4. Using a spoon, fill each pumpkin mold the rest of the way up. Place back in the freezer and allow to fully set for about 1-2 hours.

If you are following the Keto diet and using My Fitness Pal, you will want to put all of your ingredients into My Fitness Pal to create a recipe to get the appropriate macros for this recipe. Things may be different depending on the mold you use, ingredients, etc. With the molds I used, I got 25 Keto chocolate peanut butter bites. The nice thing about this recipe is that you can use any silicone mold you want!

 

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So, the next time someone tells you they can’t do Keto because they can’t give up chocolate, tell them they don’t have to!

Other Keto Recipes You May Enjoy:

Homemade Gummy Bears

Fuzzy Navel Gummy Bears <—seriously so good!

Cheesecake Fat Bombs


HELP! Scale Not Moving on Keto Diet

One of the hardest things I had to do a year and a half ago was believe that the Keto diet (when done properly) will work. The idea of eating fat to lose weight was foreign to me. It went against everything I had ever been taught about dieting and losing weight. However, I was at my breaking point and knew I needed to do something. Having the scale not moving at all should freak me out, right? WRONG!

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Pre-Keto Diet

A few years prior to starting the Keto diet, I tested in the Type 2 diabetic range. I started monitoring my carb intake, like my nutritionist suggested. However, I was not committed to it and I gained everything I lost (and then some) right back. I had ballooned up to 250 pounds. My highest weight ever. I was miserable; hated shopping for clothes; and I had begun to resign myself to being fat for the rest of my life. My friend Summer (go read her blog, The Dirty Floor Diaries) started telling me about the Keto diet. To be honest, I thought she was crazy. No way you can eat cheese and bacon and still lose weight. But…I was 250 pounds. What did I have to lose?

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At my highest weight, I wore a size 22 for pants, a 22/24 for shirts and I was absolutely miserable.

Keto Diet Success

In the year and a half that I have been following the Keto diet, I have lost 83 pounds! I am currently holding steady at 167 pounds. My pant size dropped to a 10/12 and I went a medium or large in shirts. Here is a picture of my husband and I this past weekend:

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The three biggest things I can tell you to do to be successful on the Keto diet are:

  • Weigh everything you eat
  • Track everything on My Fitness Pal
  • Drink your water

If you hear the words “lazy keto”, don’t listen to them. There is no such thing as lazy Keto.

 

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 Scale Not Moving

I hinted at the beginning about the scale not moving. Which is true. I’ve been stuck at 167 pounds for months and months. I’d be lying if I didn’t say it upset me. We put so much stock in what the scale says. However, I’m here to tell you to stop that! If you still feel amazing; if your clothes fit great; THEN WHY CARE ABOUT THE SCALE NOT MOVING? I just told you that I am a 10/12 in pants. That JUST happened. A few months ago, I tried those same pants on and I couldn’t button them. This weekend I tried them on again and not only did they fit, but they fit well. And I don’t mean in a, “I crammed my body into them” kind of way!

I love that Facebook shows you what you posted over the years. The other day, a picture popped up from a couple years ago. It really helped to show me that I have come a long way and while the scale not moving may be annoying, it doesn’t mean I’m not still losing inches, etc.

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If you find that the scale doesn’t seem to be moving, but you still feel that you have weight to lose, then try doing these things:

  • Recalculate your Macros
  • Read up on Ketogains (and use their macro calculator)
  • Change up or begin an exercise program

All in all, I know this plan is working for me. While I still get upset with the number on the scale, it’s definitely not the be all and end all when it comes to my success on the Keto diet. Try finding little wins elsewhere. I guarantee you, they are there!


Living the Keto Lifestyle Long Term

January 23, 2016. That was the day I decided to introduce my husband to the Keto lifestyle. Let me tell you, we were very nervous to start. Me more than him, but that’s normal for our relationship! I do the freaking out on things and he calms me down and says “everything will be alright”. Even when he has no clue if it will be. Oddly enough, I know all this, yet it does calm me down…some! We’ve officially reached the year and a half mark. Can we do this Keto lifestyle long term? We’re planning on it!

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Keto Lifestyle Long Term?

So you’ve heard about the Keto diet and the first thing you think (after you get over the shock of giving up sugar) is “can I do this long term?”. The answer is that you absolutely can! My husband and I have been following the Keto lifestyle for about a year and a half now and in that year and a half, we have had several holidays, many birthdays and a TON of family get togethers. We’ve always managed to stay on our plan 99% of the time. I say 99% of the time because I don’t want to lie AT ALL! I did taste the frosting on my sons cake at his birthday. I also ate a little bit of watermelon at a family BBQ.  Are those thing part of the Keto diet? Of course not. However, that one taste did not derail me. I didn’t go on a cake frosting bender. The Keto lifestyle is so ingrained in me that I will not allow myself to go back to my old lifestyle.

 

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Starting the Keto Diet

When I started the Keto diet, I did a lot of reading up on the subject. Remember, I told you I freaked out at first! Everything I read stated that you need to follow a high fat/moderate protein/very low carb diet plan. As I’ve evolved through this diet, I have learned even more things and thanks to the Keto Facebook group I belong to now, I learned that we really only need to eat 50g of fat because the rest of the fat in our body (that we want to burn off) makes up the high fat macro! So using this nifty macro calculator, I recalculated my macros for My Fitness Pal and I am trying this “new” way to follow the Keto lifestyle. Was the way I started out with Keto wrong? No. Absolutely not. I believe that this, life everything else, is just another way to accomplish the same thing. I mean, I did lose 83 pounds…

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Keto Tips

Like anything else, it’s always best to get started with a few tips. No one likes to go in blind. If I have to give you just five tips to get started, they would be:

  1. Go in all or nothing. This diet is not one of those diets where you have cheat days. You either plan on sticking to it or don’t bother doing it. Trust me. You don’t want to experience the “Keto flu” more than once.
  2. Read this post on the Top 10 Keto Diet Must Haves. Bacon Jerky is so delicious!
  3. Purchase the premium version of My Fitness Pal. It’s worth it. Especially if you are like me and you need everything to be exact!
  4. Don’t be afraid of fat bombs. Especially this Chocolate SunButter Fat Bomb recipe!
  5. You can have gummy bears!! Not the store bought ones, but these homemade Gummy Bears are just as good and no sugar!!

The biggest thing you need to know when embarking on the Keto lifestyle journey is that YOU CAN DO THIS! If my husband and I could, then you definitely could. Actually, I should say, “if I could”…I was a sugar addict. I’m not even joking. I ate a weeks worth of sugar in one day…every day. Giving up sugar was probably the best thing I have every done. When I reach my goal weight, I will probably add in a little more carbs in order to maintain, but I will always be low carb. There is no going back for me. To me, following a Keto lifestyle is no different than me eating gluten and tree nut free due to my allergies.

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4th of July Keto Menu

The most stressful thing about starting a new diet or being on a diet are those social settings, like holidays or get togethers where you don’t know what to serve or what to eat. You don’t want the host to feel uncomfortable because you aren’t eating what they are serving because you don’t know if you can, and you don’t want to make others feel like that are eating some crazy diet food. Well good news, with this 4th of July Keto menu, you don’t have to worry about those social settings!

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Being on the Keto diet for over a year and a half now, I am, in no way, an expert, but I do feel comfortable going anywhere and knowing I will have something to eat. Well, unless it is an Italian pasta themed party…then I may have a little trouble! Thankfully, pasta themed 4th of July parties are not typically a thing! The nice thing about 4th of July parties is that they are typically BBQ’s and meat is A-OK on the Keto diet! Just skip the bun!

 

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4th of July Keto Menu

Like I mentioned above, traditional BBQ foods like hamburgers, hotdogs, sausages, etc. are really good for the Keto diet. Typically a BBQ will have lettuce for the burgers. Grab a couple and wrap your food in the lettuce or just eat it on a plate with a fork and knife like I do! If you are hosting the 4th of July celebration, your Keto Menu (which your guests will never realize is full of “diet” foods) should look like this:

Appetizers

Main Course

  • 80/20 Burgers with all the fixings
  • Hot dogs
  • Sausages (I like the Koegel brand)
  • Spicy Chicken Thighs

Side Dishes

Now you may be thinking that this is a great menu, but what about dessert. The nice thing about the Keto diet is that there are many options that you can make/modify that are Keto friendly and just as good! This Strawberry “Pretzel” salad is one of them. I am willing to bet your guests will not know that this is not the traditional strawberry pretzel salad that they are used to!

When it comes to 4th of July parties, you do not have to fear going! As you can see, there are many options for you to eat. If you are worried about what to drink or are afraid you won’t be able to enjoy a drink with your friends and family, fear not! Grab a diet drink, add some alcohol and have at it! I guarantee you will have a great time and be plenty full. Your guests will even ask you for some of your recipes!

What Keto recipe are you having at your 4th of July party?