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Valentine’s Day Keto Diet Plan

So it’s Valentine’s Day. The day of celebrating love, chocolate and other sugary sweets, and flowers. Are you freaking out right now that you are following the Keto diet and that means no sugary treats? Because you know, with the Keto diet, there is no cheat days. Once you show your body it doesn’t need sugar, eating it, even just once, can trigger your brain to start craving all the sugary treats again. However, don’t fret…I gotcha! I’ve put together a great list of the perfect Valentine’s Day Keto foods you will enjoy and stay on plan!

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Just because you are following a no sugar diet, doesn’t mean you can’t have a spectacular Valentine’s Day meal! There are so many Keto meals that are on plan that are absolutely delicious and satisfying. You won’t even think about the things you think you are missing! I promise you that!

Valentine’s Day Keto Dinners

Harvest Chicken

Tip: Pick up this pre-seasoned cast iron skillet. Such an amazing deal!

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Chicken Cordon Bleu

Spicy Chicken Thighs

Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf

Valentine’s Day Keto Side Dishes

Keto Creamed Spinach

Baked Asparagus

Mashed Cauliflower with Parmesan and Truffle Oil

Buffaflower Bites

Valentine’s Day Keto Desserts

Vanilla Cheesecake Bites

Peanut Butter Mousse

Chocolate Coconut Bites

Cream Cheese Pound Cake

Lemon Cheesecake

As you can see, you can make a FANTASTIC Valentine’s Day dinner and stay completely on plan with your Keto diet! There is no need to think you are being deprived of something. Tonight I will be eating out with the kids (food is already planned out) and for dessert, when I get home, I will be having the Peanut Butter Mousse! Hubby is out of town for work so no fancy meal, but I’m OK with that!

So…what are you going to be eating for Valentine’s Day? Did this Valentine’s Day Keto diet plan help you make any decisions?

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Keto Diet Update – One Year Later

A little over a year ago (January 23, 2016, to be exact), both my husband and I decided to start a new diet plan that I had heard quite a bit about…the Keto diet. If you aren’t familiar with this diet, the Keto diet, in very simple terms, is a diet where you stop using carbohydrates as your energy source and start using fat. In other words, your body uses your stored fat as a means of energy. Sounds too good to be true, right? Well it’s not! After a year following this diet, I figured I owed you a Keto diet update!

Keto Diet Update

Let’s take a moment to see where I started a year ago:

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A year ago I was over 100 lbs overweight. My cholesterol was high. The triglycerides were 300. I was heading down a very bad path. If I didn’t do something and do it quick…well, I don’t want to even think about what would happen. I told my husband about the Keto diet. Both of us were skeptical, but decided to give it a chance. Here’s where my husband started:

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He, like me, was extremely overweight and in need of doing something for his health too. He had sleep apnea, high cholesterol and who knows what else going on because of his weight.

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So Where Are We Now?

I’d love to say it was easy. In some ways, it was a bit easy, but it took a bit to get to that point. I was a sugar and carb addict. I ate nothing but carbs and sugar. All day, every day. Not even joking. My husband didn’t eat any better. So, as you can imagine, for about two weeks after starting the Keto diet, we went through some major sugar withdrawal. Once those two weeks were over, we were OK. We quickly found amazing recipes that totally took the place of all the sugary things we used to eat. Some of our favorites are:

Bacon Wrapped Smokies (everything is better with bacon!)

Homemade Gummy Bears (you read that right…gummy bears)

Chicken Cordon Bleu

Creamed Spinach

Chorizo Chicken Soup

Vanilla Fat Bombs (essential…you have to get enough fat in)

OK…OK…you want to know where we are now. Well…I am currently down 82 lbs! I’m working out more and building more muscle, so at the moment, I am not losing pounds, but I am still losing inches all over. I just bought a size 10 for a pair of jeans! My husband has lost over 125 lbs! The thing to know about his diet plan is that he works in another state during the week so he eats out 90% of his meals and still lost 125 lbs. This is not just a diet. The Keto diet is a lifestyle. You either commit or don’t do the diet. Here is what we looked like in October of 2016 (since this picture, we both lost another 10 lbs or so):

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So that’s our Keto Diet update. If you are interested in starting the diet, please don’t hesitate to reach out. A good starting point would be to read the books Why We Get Fatketo diet update and Grain Brainketo diet update. Both books are extremely informational about they WHY. Why we need to say goodbye to carbs and sugar. Until you know the why, you probably won’t succeed with this diet or stick with it long term.

Keto Diet Tools

You will want to utilize the following tools to get started:

https://keto-calculator.ankerl.com/ (to figure out your macros)

My Fitness Pal app (to track your food. VERY IMPORTANT)

A Support System (like this Facebook group)

So…are you ready to get started? Take charge of your life. I can’t wait to hear about YOUR Keto Diet update soon!

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10 Keto Game Day Recipes

If you are a football fan…even if you aren’t a football fan, you know that this weekend is the biggest game of the year…the Super Bowl! Whether you are going to watch the game, hang out with friends, or watch the commercials, one thing stays the same…the food! Don’t let one day derail you from your diet plan. I’ve been following the Keto diet for a little over a year now and I plan on enjoying this weekend and all the food, but still stay well within my plan. You can too! Below you will find yummy Keto game day recipes that won’t make you feel like you are missing out on anything!

Keto Game Day Recipes

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With any diet, planning is key. Like I said, I’ve been on the Keto diet for an entire year. In that time, I have lost over 80 lbs. I wouldn’t have lost that weight if I didn’t plan. I also never had a “cheat day” because with the Keto diet, you don’t need a cheat day! I’ve put together a round-up of recipes that you will love (and so will your non-Keto friends) that are perfect for your Game Day party!

Most Super Bowl watching parties that I’ve been to over the years have had chili. On any low carb diet, Keto included, chili is not exactly on plan. But that’s OK! This Chorizo Chicken Soup recipe will knock the socks off all your guests and no one will miss the chili!

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Many times, Super Bowl watching parties have a lot of finger foods. These Keto game day recipes are perfect finger foods for you to make for your party!

5 Layer Keto Dip

Bacon Wrapped Smokies

Spicy Poppin’ Meatballs

Pepperoni Chips (great to dip in the 5 layer dip above)

Cheese Crisps (another great option to dip in the 5 layer dip…just make the 5 layer dip!)

Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers

Hatch Green Chile Marinated Drumsticks

Spicy Chicken Thighs

We all know there will be bowls of candy out. Don’t fret! I got you covered there! Make these super easy homemade gummy bears and you can have your candy too! Don’t forget to pick up your gummy bear molds like this 3 Pack Gummy Bear Moldsketo game day from Amazon!


Which team are you hoping will win this weekend?

10 Amazing Keto Recipes

Early on in 2016, I made one heck of a lifestyle change. I decided to drastically change the way I was eating. Going from eating WAY too many carbs and sugar to eating very low carb and zero sugar was difficult at first. Obviously any drastic change in a person’s diet would be difficult, but once I got over the hump, following the Keto diet was the best decision I ever made. Over the course of the past year, I have come across a lot of really great Keto recipes. Below are the top 10 Keto recipes!

10 Amazing Keto Recipes

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If you aren’t familiar with what the Keto diet is, it’s a way of eating that is high fat, moderate protein and very low carbs. For instance, I only eat 20 total carbs a day. Like any new lifestyle change, it’s a little stressful in the beginning trying to figure out to eat. Well stress no more! I put together the following list must try keto recipes!

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These recipes I have made myself and love. Especially the Chorizo Chicken soup. You have to make that!

Keto Recipes I Want to Try

The following recipes are Keto recipes that I can’t wait to try! If you try them before me, you have to let me know what you think! They sound delicious to me!

Don’t these Keto recipes sound amazing?!? If you have any questions about starting this amazing lifestyle, please don’t hesitate to leave a comment below or send me a quick email. I’d love to answer your questions, if I can or point you in the right direction!

Oh shoot…I forgot to add one of my other favorite recipes! Fuzzy Navel Gummy Bears! Yes…gummy bears! Just pick up one of the adorable molds below, follow the recipe and you have a yummy, guilt free treat!


Keto Diet Plan – Taking Charge of My Health

On January 23, 2016, I decided that I was done being fat. I had gotten comfortable. I knew my husband loved me for me and didn’t care one bit about my size. While that is a great feeling to have and not have to worry about what the one person I care what they think, thinks about me, it led me to just give up and not care about my own health and well being. Maybe not intentionally, but that’s what happened. A friend of mine (shout-out to Summer at The Dirty Floor Diaries) had been talking about the Keto Diet Plan for quite some time…I finally decided to give it a try. Rather than do it by myself, I talked my husband into giving the diet a try with me. Strength in numbers and all. What has happened over the last 4+ months has been amazing.

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After having my kids, and over the next several years, I hit my highest weight ever. I also was diagnosed Type 2 Diabetic. It was a real game changer when my doctor told me I as diabetic. Shit was getting real, as they say. I had just turned 30 years old. I wish I could say that I handled the news well those first few weeks, but I didn’t. I cried. I cried about the thought of having to give up all the food I liked. I cried because I thought something was going to happen to my feet (Google told me so). I cried because I didn’t want to put in the work that I needed to with this new diagnosis. And then I woke up. I went to a nutritionist. I learned how to eat so that my sugar would stop spiking and my body would start producing and using the correct amount of insulin. In like 9 or 10 months, I lost 50 lbs. I felt amazing! The best part is, after losing that weight and eating like the nutritionist told me, I haven’t tested Type 2 Diabetic since. I had completely reversed things on my own. But then the weight started creeping back up. I started to eat poorly again. While I was still able to stay out of the diabetic range on all my blood tests, I was not eating healthy at all. For the most part, I was a carbaholic. I ate all the things I knew I shouldn’t eat. And then I became fat again. I stayed that way for years.

Shortly after this last Christmas, I saw a picture of myself. I was mortified. I thought I looked good…but I didn’t. I was one of those, “well…at least she has a pretty face”. You know, the phrase every fat girl hates to hear. I started messaging Summer on Facebook and asking more questions about the Keto Diet Plan and finally on January 23, 2016, I was ready to jump in and give it a try.

This is a picture of me at my heaviest weight. To be honest, looking at it is really difficult.

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What is the Keto Diet Plan?

Basically, it’s a diet where you eat high fat, moderate protein, and very low-carb. Your body stops using carbs to fuel it and switches to fat. In doing this, you start burning your fat stores. The weight starts melting off! I use My Fitness Pal to track everything. I pay for the premium service because I want my macros to be exact. A few sites I recommend checking out for more information and to figure out what your macros are…

So…I bet you are wondering how much weight I’ve lost…

As of today, I am down just over 57 lbs!! I look and feel amazing. I am down four pant sizes and five shirt sizes! Shopping is fun again! It’s so nice to be able to try anything and everything on at pretty much ANY store! The other day I was shopping for dresses for a wedding I have in July. You can see the progress I’ve made…

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Don’t mind the crazy tan lines! We had my daughters soccer tournament all weekend long! Never in a million years would I ever try a dress on like this OR even consider getting it. I felt comfortable in the dress and I think I look pretty good!

Is the Keto Diet Plan Right for You?

My advice…do your research. Know what you are getting yourself into. I will tell you, it’s not as hard as it seems. Give yourself a couple weeks to get used to it. When you get into Dietary Ketosis (do NOT confuse this with Ketoacidosis…they are not the same thing), you will go through something referred to as the “Keto Flu”. Power through. Once in Ketosis…stay in it. You can check whether you are in Ketosis by using these Ketone Test Stripsketo diet plan I picked up on Amazon.

If you have any questions about the Keto Diet Plan, please don’t hesitate to ask! I will gladly help you!