Curing Sleep Apnea and Living Healthier

Almost two years ago, my husband and I made the decision to take charge of our life and make some drastic changes. You see, I weighed 250 pounds, the highest I’ve ever been and my husband weighed well over 300 pounds. We were unhealthy. He had sleep apnea. While the snoring was annoying, listening to him stop breathing during the night was even worse. After having a sleep study and getting a CPAP machine, we knew it was time to do something drastic. We were in a very unhealthy, downward spiral. Curing sleep apnea was not something we ever expected.

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What did we do?

I had heard a lot about the Keto diet from my friend Summer (The Dirty Floor Diaries…check her out. She’s awesome). If you aren’t familiar with the Keto diet, it’s a low carb diet where you eat high fat and moderate protein. As you can imagine, the idea of eating full fat was terrifying to me. Especially since I was already fat. In my mind, all I kept thinking was, “well…I’m already fat. What’s a few more pounds going to hurt if this doesn’t work?“. Imagine my surprise when this lifestyle change actually worked!

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How did the Keto diet help us?

As you can see, we lost quite a bit of weight on the Keto diet. I lost close to 90 pounds and my husband lost 125 pounds! Besides the weight loss and the dramatic transformation, we had the following amazing things happened, as a result to make the Keto lifestyle our new normal:

  • Dropped MANTY clothes sizes
  • No longer Type 2 Diabetic
  • Lowered LDL cholesterol
  • Raised HDL cholesterol
  • Lowered triglycerides from 300 to 65 <–for real!
  • No more brain fog
  • More energy
  • Cured sleep apnea

Curing Sleep Apnea

The way I understand sleep apnea, there are two main causes…being overweight or something to do with the way your brain functions. Prior to us starting the Keto diet, my husband had a sleep study done. He was snoring like crazy and I couldn’t even begin to count how many times he stopped breathing during the night. It was terrifying. After the sleep study, he got a CPAP machine and let me tell you, he slept better and I slept better. It was controlling his sleep apnea very well!

A few weeks ago, he went to have a repeat sleep study done. His doctor felt it was a good idea since he had lost a tremendous amount of weight. We just got the results back yesterday. He no longer has sleep apnea AT ALL! Curing sleep apnea was a direct result of taking charge of our health with the Keto diet. To be honest, the idea of curing sleep apnea was not

Getting started with the Keto diet can seem very overwhelming. I get it. Believe me…I do! If you are interested in more information and would like to see some sample recipes I personally love, then check out the following links:

How to Start the Keto Diet

Keto Diet Success Tips and Tricks

Keto Diet Long term 

Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Fat Bomb

Keto Chicken Cordon Bleu Recipe

Chorizo Chicken Soup Recipe

If you have some health concerns that your doctor says could possibly be helped with a lifestyle change, then seriously check out Keto as one of your options. If you have any questions please contact me. I will do my best to answer your question or point you in the right direction, if I can!


*Please note, I am not a doctor. While the Keto diet did help us with some of our health concerns, it may not be the best lifestyle change for you. As always, before changing your diet, please consult with your doctor.

Gifts for Him – Holiday Gift List Ideas

The Cyber Monday shopping extravaganza is almost here! I don’t know about you, but the idea of sitting on the couch and ordering the rest of your holiday gifts, while wearing your pjs and watching TV…it sounds like Heaven! My husband and I went shopping for Black Friday, like we do every year, but it’s tiring and cold! Last week, I gave you a bunch of gift ideas for that special lady in your life. Gifts for him is the theme of today’s holiday gift list ideas!

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Guys think women are hard to shop for. I totally disagree. Men, in my opinion, are SOOOO hard to shop for. My husband, for example, buys whatever he wants for himself, whenever he wants, so when it comes time to find him something for a gift, I struggle. Usually, in those instances, I try to think of something outside the box that he wouldn’t think to get for himself. Something like this bluetooth beanie.

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I can honestly say, this is one of those gifts that my husband probably wouldn’t buy for himself, but he would like it if it were given to him.

Gifts for the Handy Man

Tools seems to be the hot gift item for men. While some women don’t always like to get appliances as gifts, men always seem to like tools. It’s like a status thing for them! I’ve heard my husband, on a number of occasions, discussing tools with other guys. If you are looking to get tools for someone, these tools below are definitely something they would like.

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Gifts for Video Game Lovers

Lets face it, men are just giant kids…and it’s OK. My husband still loves video games, and truth be told, so do I. If I am running out of ideas on what to get him, I always know I can pick up a video game and he’d be thrilled. In fact, he and I drove to all the Walmart’s around us to get the SNES Classic that came out a few months ago. We found one, by the way!

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Gift Ideas for the Outdoorsman

If your special guy is really into the great outdoors, then this next list is for them. For some guys, especially those that spend their entire week in an office, taking the time to spend time outdoors is exactly what they need after a hard work week. Any one of these gifts for him items would be well received this holiday season!

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Truly One of a Kind and Unique Gifts

If you are looking for your gift to stand out and be one of a kind, then these unique gifts for him are perfect for you! There are just those people on your gift list that you know will truly appreciate unique gifts like this travel spork.

 

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Hope this gifts for him holiday gift list helps you find the perfect gift for that special guy in your life. What items would you add to this list?

Gifts for Her – Holiday Gift List

Thinking about holiday gifts stresses me out. I would love to say I always know what to get everyone on my holiday gift list, but sometimes I have a little trouble. My husband says I am difficult to shop for. Mainly that’s because the things I want, you can’t buy. For instance, when he asks me what I want, I say something like, “for the kids to stop fighting with each other”. Obviously he can’t buy that! So…for all of you out there struggling on what to get that special female in your life, this “gifts for her” holiday gift list is for you!

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Great Gifts for Her

When I start thinking about those things that I have to have, they are usually appliance related. I know some women get upset if they were to get a vacuum or some other appliance as a gift, but for me, I would love it. On my appliance wish list, a few things I would be thrilled to get are:

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I don’t know about you, but there are some nights that I really struggle with what to get on the table for dinner. It will be 5:30 pm and I will realize that I didn’t take meat out or even start anything. With the Instant Pot, you can have meals on the table, ready to go, so quickly. I’ve been told by people that have one, that you should go for the 8 qt right away.


Another little appliance that I would be dying to see under my tree this Christmas, is the Air Fryer. If you don’t have one, or don’t know what it is…keep reading! You will want one after this! My friend Lynsey has an Air Fryer and she has said many times over how amazing Brussels sprouts are in it. She even made a steak in it. I swear, between the Air Fryer below and the Instant Pot above…I’d be killing it in the New Year when it comes to meal time!

Power Air Fryer XL 5.3 QuartPower Air Fryer XL 5.3 Quart

Gifts for the Book Lovers

While I would love one of the two appliance above, I also would love anything book related. My Kindle Paperwhite goes everywhere with me. Since I am forever driving my kids to sports practices and waiting for them to get done, I spend that time reading. I like the portability of the Kindle Paperwhite. With it being backlit, it doesn’t matter if it is light out or not. I can always read!

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For some other really great book related ideas, check out the gift ideas at my book blog, A Real Page Turner! Not only do I have gift ideas for her, but also kids and toddler books ideas too!

Unique Gift Ideas

Sometimes you just need to find something utterly unique or different. I can tell you right now, if my husband got me a T-Rex costume for Christmas, I would be so excited! I love that T-Rex costume and all the fun videos I see people post while wearing that costume.

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While you are checking out the T-Rex costume, be sure to read the reviews. They are the best!! These next gifts are fun and unique. I can tell you right now, I would love to sit and watch TV with a mermaid tale. I’m just saying!

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For the Cat Lovers

You’re either a cat person or you’re not. You cat people out there, these next set of gifts are perfect! Every time I see the sweatshirt with the pouch for the cat…I just have to have it. I have visions of walking around my house with Roxie in the pouch!

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Gifts for Board Game Lovers!

My husband and I love to play board games. In fact, our old tradition used to be that we played Trivial Pursuit EVERY SINGLE New Years Eve. We were so highly competitive with each other and that game. Some years he would win and then others years I would force him to pay the 90’s version and I’d wipe the floor with him! So as you can imagine, board games are definitely high on my “gifts for her” list. These are some of my favorite board games:

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Gift giving is supposed to be fun! Think about all the different people on your gift list. Are there any gifts for her here that you think someone on your list would like? What gifts for her would you add to this list?

Play K-6 Math Games with Zapzapmath

Math is not my strong suit. It never has been. Thankfully, both of my kids do well with math and they enjoy it (no joke…they really do). With great apps out there that allow kids to practice their math skills while playing math games, getting kids to do their math skills each night becomes less of a chore. And trust me, as a parent, I am all about finding the easiest way possible to get my kids to study. Zapzapmath is our go to app for math practice. Not only is it fun, but it challenges my daughter too. If Bella isn’t challenged, she will get bored quickly.

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About Zapzapmath

Zapzapmath initially launched in 2015. Since then, the app has grown tremendously! With over 180 math games and 900 difficulty levels, there is a math game for everyone! Not only are there math games for everyone, but Zapzapmath is ranked in the top 10 of the education category in 58 countries…the U.S. and China are two of those 58 countries!

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New Features

Like I mentioned above, Zapzapmath has significantly improved since the launch in 2015. Those changes include:

  • Login system – new and improved to help young players
  • Web browser version – you can play on your desktop or Chromebook by going to http://play.zapzapmath.com/
  • Multiplayer mode – play math games with a friend
  • Adaptive learning with percentile scoring – games increase and decrease according to the child’s mastery of the level
  • Improved web dashboard – you can sign in as a parent or teacher to get a detailed report on your child’s progress
  • Enhanced user interface – enhance for more user friendly experience
  • Pretest and posttest – this feature is for teachers and students. You can measure how you’ve improved and compare your starting point with the end point
  • Download and play for free – 20 games for free for grades K-6. For more games, there is a yearly subscription (scroll to the end fo the post for a giveaway!)
  • Multilingual – Play in English or Spanish

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Where to find Zapzapmath

You can find Zapzapmath online at the following locations:

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Good luck! I hope you enjoy the Zapzapmath math games!

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!