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Keto Recipe – Cheesy Bacon Chicken

About a week ago, I decided to start following the Keto diet. The Keto diet is a high fat, moderate protein and low carb diet. I do all of my tracking on My Fitness Pal. Making the decision to switch to this way of eating was a real difficult one for me. I kept going back and forth. Finally I got a book that was recommended to me (Why We Get Fat: And What to Do About It) and began reading. Every single thing I grew up knowing about food or thought I knew, completely went out the window. I decided to give this diet a try. Now I thought I felt good after eliminating gluten. My goodness…I feel like a million dollars eating on this new plan. I am no longer craving sugar, I have an infinite number of things to eat when I am hungry, and most importantly, I feel light. I don’t know if that makes sense, the feeling light part, but that’s the only way I can think of to describe it. You really have to give this a try to know what I mean. Before you get started, read, read, and read some more about the Keto diet. There is a TON of info out there. You can also feel free to ask. If I don’t know the answer, I will definitely try to point you in the right direction where you can get the answer!

The other night was my FIRST attempt at making a total Keto dinner. Here’s what I came up with:

Cheesy Bacon Chicken

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. Thin Sliced Chicken Breasts
  • 1 TBS Unsalted Butter
  • 6 slices Fully Cooked Bacon
  • 1/2 cup Mild Cheddar Cheese

Directions

  1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Lightly butter the bottom of your glass baking dish (I used the butter wrapper). You can probably skip this part, if you wanted too.
  2. Place your thin sliced chicken breasts in the glass baking dish.
  3. Cut your butter into thin slices and place over top of the chicken.
  4. Place the bacon on top of the chicken. Sprinkle the half a cup of cheese on top.
  5. Bake for 20 minutes covered. Uncover and bake for about 10 minutes more (or until the chicken is done).

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One piece of advice…use a wide spatula to help you get the chicken out of the baking dish or it will end up looking like that piece on the far right! We devoured the chicken! It was so delicious! I debated about putting the butter on it, but I think it was a good call. It prevented the chicken from sticking to the bottom of the pan and it also kept the chicken nice and moist. Ugh. I hate that word, but it’s true. The chicken was very moist. There’s that word again…

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Thanksgiving Side Dishes You Must Try

I’ve told you before that Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. There is something to be said about just enjoying each others company without any other expectations. One of the things I like most about Thanksgiving are the side dishes! Turkey is good, but the side dishes are the best part! This round-up of Thanksgiving side dishes are definitely something you should consider for this years Thanksgiving meal!

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Thanksgiving Side Dishes

Creamed spinach is one of my favorite side dishes. The creamed spinach at Boston Market was my favorite, until I made my own! Not only is my creamed spinach recipe Keto friendly, but it is BETTER than Boston Market’s! Make this as one of your Thanksgiving side dishes this year. Your family will thank you!

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Sweet potatoes seem to be a staple at Thanksgiving. This coconut ginger sweet potato casserole is not only healthy, but it is packed with flavor. Not only is this flavorful side dish delicious, but it is relatively inexpensive to make! Gotta love that!

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Thanksgiving would not be Thanksgiving without stuffing. This next side dish is not your traditional stuffing recipe, but why not mix things up a bit (or have both traditional and non-traditional). This apple and cranberry sausage stuffing recipe is jam packed with deliciousness, but it contains NO BREAD! I’m super happy about that since I am gluten free!

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When I think of Thanksgiving food, I think of a few things…turkey (duh), stuffing, and cranberries. Rather than have a boring salad, serve this apple cranberry salad. This is super easy to throw together and it is packed full of flavor!

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If you love sweet potatoes, this next recipe is for you! This is actually a recipe I have bookmarked to make over the holidays. The rosemary roasted sweet potatoes sound heavenly. What do you think?

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All of the previous recipes are perfect for small or large gatherings. However, sometimes you want Thanksgiving side dishes that are for smaller groups. This fall wedge salad with romaine and butternut squash is perfect!

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Each and every one of these Thanksgiving side dishes are perfect for your holiday get together. Which one will you be making?


Must Try Thanksgiving Appetizers

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday of all the holidays. With Thanksgiving, there is absolutely zero expectations. No presents. Nothing but family and friends getting together, enjoying some good food and wonderful company. When we get together with family for Thanksgiving, we really enjoy the food part! These Thanksgiving appetizers are perfect for your holiday get together!

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When I think of Thanksgiving appetizers, nothing screams “perfect” better than this turkey veggie tray. We all want our kids to eat more veggies and I think this adorable veggie tray will do just that! The nice thing about this veggie tray is that you can customize it with the veggies you like best!

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I’m always down for trying new appetizers and having something that may not be the norm. Who wants to have the same things over and over again? I sure don’t! This Mexican Corn Dip from The Salty Side Dish definitely fits that bill!

Thanksgiving appetizers

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For the low-carb/Keto folks at your Thanksgiving, this next appetizer is perfect for them! Not only are these bacon wrapped smokies delicious, but they are a real crowd pleaser, as well. I like to make extra and store them in the fridge to have the next day. They reheat well too.

Thanksgiving appetizers

 

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This next Thanksgiving appetizer would be perfect as an appetizer or with the meal…your choice! However you choose to use it, the Turkey Cranberry Crescent Roll from This Mama Cooks sounds absolutely delicious. I may make it for my Thanksgiving this year!

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And finally, no holiday or family get together is complete with out this next recipe. Can you guess what it is? Deviled eggs! But not just any deviled eggs for Thanksgiving…these Pumpkin Deviled Eggs are super cute and totally appropriate for the holiday (and no, there is not actual pumpkin in the recipe…they just look like cute little pumpkins).

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So tell me, which Thanksgiving appetizers recipe is your favorite?


Top 5 Tips for Dieting Success

Making the decision to make drastic lifestyle changes can be a difficult one. If we’re being honest, it’s WAY too easy to not make changes. However, my about three years ago, my husband and I made the choice to drastically change our lifestyle. We were done being fat and out of shape. Over the course of the last three years, I have learned a lot about my body and what I needed to do for dieting success. These are my tips.

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Pre-Plan Your Day

One of the first things I found to help me be successful day after day, whether I was doing the Keto diet or Weight Watchers (WW), was to pre-plan my day. Whether you are using apps like My Fitness Pal, Carb Manager, or the WW app, start your day out right by pre-planning it out. What I do is, I eat breakfast, log that information, and then I input my dinner. That way I know what I have left for the rest of the day. I used to say I didn’t have will power. However, I think that by pre-planning my day, it taught me how to have will power. I never ate something I didn’t have tracked in my app. Try it…it’s a great tool for dieting success!

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Drink Your Water

I know…I know…this is one of those dieting success tips that we are always hearing about, but it’s so true. Not staying hydrated is so bad for us, for so many reasons. If you are like me, you may get bored drinking water. One of the things I do every day is fill my glass water bottle with ice, put a few drops of Young Living lemon oil, and fill with water. I find that drinking the lemon water helps me get my daily intake of water in, and not get bored with plain old water.

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Take Measurements

This is probably one of the most important dieting success tips. So many times, people (me included) will get discouraged when they are making lifestyle changes because the number on the scale is not budging. The day you decide to make your lifestyle changes, take measurements. Write them down. Once a month, take new measurements. Even if the scale doesn’t seem to be moving, I promise, if you are sticking to your diet, you will see your measurements changing. For almost one entire year, the scale didn’t seem to budge. However, I dropped another pant size and I went from needing an XL shirt to needing a L or sometimes a M. So pick up a measuring tapedieting success and get measuring!

Don’t Worry What the Scale Says

This next dieting success tip goes right along with the last one. You will never hear me say, “don’t step on the scale” because I don’t believe that. I believe we should weigh ourselves. Shoot, when I did the Keto diet, I was so freaked out that it wasn’t going to work, that I weighed myself every single day for a few months. The idea of eating fat to lost weight was one I could not wrap my mind around in the beginning. However, if your scale is not budging, don’t worry. Remember, take those measurements. Plus, at the end of the day, if your clothes are fitting looser, then you know you are doing something right, despite what that scale says!

Tomorrow is a New Day

We all slip up. It happens. Don’t let it completely derail you. At the end of the day, remember that tomorrow is a new day. If you allow a slip up to completely throw you off course, it will be harder to get back on track. Simply finish out your day and start your next day back on track with pre-planning your day, etc. I know you can do it!

Figuring out what works for you takes a little time. These 5 tips are what helps me stay on track. I have one more tip for you. We can call it a bonus tip. For me, paying for a service, whether it be the premium version of My Fitness Pal or Carb Manager, or signing up for Weight Watchers online, has helped me stay accountable. I don’t like to waste money!

What are your dieting success tips?

How to Break the Diet Coke Habit

If you’ve been following along, you will know that, over the course of the last three years, I have really been making improvements in my life. I was able to successfully get rid of my sugar addiction. It wasn’t easy, but what was easy was physically feeling how much better I felt without the sugar. The one vice I still had was my Diet Coke habit. I’m finally at the point in my life that I want to break that habit.

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As you know, my husband and I embarked on a new lifestyle a few years ago. The Keto diet helped us lose a combined 215 lbs. We felt better, looked better, it has been amazing. Recently, we decided to change things up a bit and give Weight Watchers a try. I had been stuck in a place of not losing so I wanted to jumpstart my body and give a new lifestyle a change for a bit, while hanging on to a lot of the principles that I learned from doing the Keto diet for so long.

While I felt like I mastered the ability to not want or care about sugar any longer, I was still not great about drinking enough water. I am amazing at drinking Diet Coke. I could drink that stuff all day long, like it was water. That’s one of the main reasons I don’t buy a case of pop at Sam’s Club to have at home. I would drink way too much per day. It was time to break that Diet Coke habit.

Breaking the Diet Coke Habit

As addicted to sugar as I was, I am probably more addicted to Diet Coke. I don’t drink coffee, so my only source of caffeine comes from pop. Believe me, I wish I liked coffee. For many reasons. The caffeine being one of them, but also so I can drink out of fun coffee mugs like this mugdiet coke habit. But more than needing caffeine to get through each day, or wanting to drink out of fun coffee mugs, I need to up my water intake.

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Back before I started the Keto diet, I was really into Young Living essential oils. I still use the oils for things, but not like I did. That changes now! One of the ways I got my water in then, was putting my favorite Young Living essential oils in my water. Not only did the flavor help, but the oils are good for you!

Why Essential Oils?

Grapefruit essential oil (my favorite) is very high in D-Limonene. If you are not sure what D-Limonene is or what it is good for, check this out. While all of those benefits are great, I like that it makes my water taste good, as well as benefit my health at the same time. As a side note though, not all essential oils are created equally. I would only add Young Living oils to my water (and only those approved for ingesting). Other Young Living essential oils that I like to add to my water are lemon, orange, and lime.

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So What’s My Plan?

Am I giving up my Diet Coke habit for good? No, probably not. I want to break the habit of feeling like I “need” a Diet Coke to get through my day. Which, let me tell you, I’ve been up since 5 am and I’ve yet to have any caffeine and I’m still wide awake! However, with that said, I see the Diet Coke habit the same as I used to see my sugar addiction. I want to get to the point that I don’t care about whether or not I have it. Once I get to that point, then I know I can have a pop and it won’t trigger me to have more, just like I can have a piece of candy and not eat another for days, weeks or months. To me, that would be breaking the Diet Coke habit.