Keto Health Benefits

If you’re new to Keto, just finding out about it or have been living a Ketogenic lifestyle for a while now, you already know about the amazing health benefits Keto has to offer.  I’ve been wanting to make this post for a while now, but kept retaining and gaining info so now i’m just bursting at the seams!

First and foremost, PCOS. It has been a nightmare in my life since I was 11 years old.  At age 14 I was “officially” diagnosed, but even then without a name.  They just told me that I had cysts on my ovaries and would most likely end up with ovarian cancer (since my mother had it) and of course would never have children.  They’re solution was to put me on Birth Control.  Which I will forever regret, and have been against birth control ever since.  I am convinced that the BC only furthered my complications that I was already experiencing.  While on the BC I didn’t have one single period for an entire year. Which was then followed by additional medication to make me HAVE a period.  At age 17 they wanted to give me a hysterectomy, which we of course said NO WAY and I went to find a new doctor.  So fast forward a few years; having horrible periods, missing time out of school, abnormal paps, etc.  Went all through my twenties only have 2-3 periods per year. Since being on Keto I am approaching a full year of normal, monthly periods.  I still have not been able to conceive (naturally and medically) but we haven’t lost hope.  With the help of Keto, I really believe that we will have the family that we desire.

Last year my father was diagnosed with a form of Muscular Dystrophy.  He was so progressed that walking was hard for him, and he couldn’t even hold a cup in one hand. It broke my heart seeing him lose so much of his mobility.  So! Research began.  I put him on a strict Keto diet and over the next two month, he regained ALL of his mobility, as if it has never happened.  He and my mother now live an 80/20 lifestyle, and while some of his symptoms have returned, he is still a thousand times better than he was prior to Keto. It was seriously remarkable to watch him get better and better.

Before starting Keto I made appointments with both my family doctor and my gyno. Had blood work panels done and such to be able to compare later on. Both of my doctors were all for me starting a Ketogenic lifestyle. My first blood work results were horrible. I was on the verge of diabetes.  I honestly was not surprised. But at my last screening at the beginning of this year, all of my levels are perfectly normal and diabetes is no longer a threat.

So many things in my life have changed because of Keto.  My skin has cleared up, my PCOS symptoms are completely gone.  Not just having normal periods now; no more weird hair growth. I don’t lose hair anymore, and i’m finally starting to lose my “inner tube” body shape. I also have a gluten intolerance, so cutting out ALL of that stuff has obviously made a difference as well.

If you’ve been considering starting a Low Carb or Ketogenic lifestlye, do it. Do it TODAY. You can potentially get your self off diabetic medication, high blood pressure medication, etc. The list goes on and on. It will truly be the best decision you’ve ever made for yourself.

Bacon Wrapped Poppers

No fancy shmancy stuff here tonight kids. Just bacon wrapped goodness! 

I cut off the tops of the jalapeños and with a small paring knife I hollowed out the inside and removed the seeds. This can be done easily by running your knife around the inside and cutting through the membrane down to the bottom! 


After I mixed together whipped cream cheese and finely shredded cheddar cheese! 


I transferred the mixture into a ziplock bag and snipped the the corner. Then filled all of the jalapeños! 



Now, you could totally wrap each one with a half a piece of bacon; that would work just fine.  But why would you only want to use half a piece of bacon!!?! That’s just crazy talk! You go ahead and wrap those precious babies with an entire piece of delicious bacon. 


You can secure them with toothpicks, but it’s not really necessary. Unless you’re going to be a loser and only use half a piece of bacon. 

Bake at 350 for 15-20 mins, depending on how done you like your bacon. 

I also made a little dipping sauce by mixing sugar free raspeberry jelly with some sweetener and a little water. Heat and stir til well combined! 

Enjoy! 

“Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”

Recently I was asked to tell the story of my engagement! It was quite a memorable one and I couldn’t have been more surprised! We took our first vacation together last year in August ’15.  We drove down to my home state of Florida and went to Disney and Universal, of course, so we could go to Harry Potter world.  We made our first stop in Daytona Beach so Matthew could visit his late fathers wife where they lived together on that beautiful coast line. After two days we made our way to Orlando, found ourselves a random hotel and enjoyed the city for the night. The next morning we headed to Universal bright and early as to try and be the first ones into park.  We weren’t the first, but were in a group of about 10! So, close enough! First stop was Ollivander’s Wand Shop! We sat through the little opening scene and watched two little girls get chosen to have wands picked for them, and then watch them beg and plead with their parents to purchase them haha So then it was our turn to go into the shop and find wands of our own! The night before we had researched all the wands so we could immediately pick out the ones we wanted! At this point everyone else had exited the shop and made their way into the gift area next door. It was just alone in the shop! What a perfect coincidence! and then it happened…..

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I immediately burst into tears and shouted “DUH!!” at his proposal haha It was incredible. I don’t think I could have asked for a better proposal than that.  He’s a keeper, that Matthew.

We went on to spend two full days at Universal and then spent two days with a friend on mine in Orlando that i’ve known all my life. It’s so crazy being back home and seeing how things have changed. I miss it so much sometimes.

Later in the year we had our engagement pictures done so I thought I would share some of those as well!

And the best one of all……….

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I hope you’ve enjoyed our story!! ❤

Spaghetti Squash Chicken Popper Casserole 

Whew! What a title!! My dear friend Danielle posted earlier today about a jalapeño popper Casserole using spaghetti squash. It may have been one of the most glorious dish I’ve ever seen! As soon as I saw it I knew it would be in my belly by the end of the day. 


What you will need: 

1 spaghetti squash

4oz cream cheese 

1 egg

Salt/pepper 

Diced chicken  (roughly two cups)

Jalapeños (amount to your liking)

1 cup shredded cheddar 

Start by preheating your oven to 400.  Cut you squash in half, long ways and place cut side down on a greased baking sheet. (I like to use bacon grease on mine, it gives it an UHmazing flavor). Cook your squash for 50 mins! When it’s done scrape out the halves with a fork and add to a baking dish. 

Lower oven temp to 350.  Mix in your cream cheese, egg, salt and pepper, chicken and half of the cheddar into the squash. Stir until creamy. (It helps to beat the egg first before adding it). Top with remaining cheese and jalapeños! Bake for 35 mins; broil for 2 mins at the end. 

It is so hard to describe the flavor of this dish. It’s a combination of Mac and cheese, a pot pie and jalapeño poppers. It just too damn delicious for a description!!!! Just try it! I promise you will love it! ❤️️ 

Keto Shopping Tips

I have quite a few staple items that I buy every single time I go grocery shopping.  Which is every two weeks, with the exception of maybe 1 or 2 times randomly in between for other fresh ingredients that I may need for a recipe. Here is what a typical shopping trip looks like for me:

Produce:  Brussel Sprouts, Asparagus, Kale, Green Beans, Shredded Cabbage, Onions, Mushrooms, Avocados.  ::These enter my cart every trip::

Frozen Produce:  Cauliflower (for caulimash), Broccoli, Corn (if I feel like having the extra carbs).

Cold Section/Dairy:  Heavy Whipping Cream, Eggs (usually x2), Shredded cheese, Sour Cream, Cream Cheese (always x2), Kerry Gold Butter.

Meats:  Ground Beef, Bacon, Pork Chops, Chicken Thighs, Chicken Breast (for boiling and shredding for salad and crack slaw), Kielbasa, Sausage. 

Random Items:  Pickles, Olives, Low Carb Tortillas, Deli Meat (actually from the deli, not the packaged processed stuff), Coconut Oil, Ranch Dressing, Mayo, Taco Seasoning, Chicken Broth, Beef Broth.

I try to keep everything as basic as possible and then just add in other things when needed. I find it easier to create different recipes off of the basics, instead of having completely different recipes and buying ingredients accordingly. Basics save time and most importantly, MONEY!!

Lemon Blueberry Cheesecake

What you will need ❤

For the crust:

  • 1 /2 stick of butter (I used Kerry Gold; used 1/4 of the block)
  • 1/2 Cup Almond Flour
  • 2 tbsp Sweetener of your choosing (I used granular Stevia)

For the Cheesecake:

  • 2 8oz blocks of cream cheese
  • 3/4 cup sweetener
  • 2 Tbsp Torani Sugar Free Vanilla Syrup
  • 2 packets of True Lemon (can be found at walmart near the sweeteners)
  • 2 eggs
  • Blueberries (optional)

You will need cupcake liners if you want to make individual cheesecakes, but it can also be done in a normal pie pan.

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees! 

Begin by melting your butter and mixing your crust ingredients.  Add a TSP amount to each cupcake liner.  Press with your finger or utensil.

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Bake these by themselves for 5 mintues! Set aside to cool and deflate while you mix the filling.

I heated my two blocks of cream cheese in the microwave for 30 sec intervals and mixing in between until it was all soft and shiny. With my electric hand mixer I mixed the cream cheese and sweetener together first to dissolve it better. Then added remaining ingredients minus the blueberries.

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The crust will look like little cookies after they have fallen and had a chance to cool. Fill each cup with 2 TBSP of filling. This is where you will add your blueberries on top if you feel so inclined.  But you should… because it’s delicious and compliments the lemon so perfectly 🙂

Bake at 350 for 25 mins or until the tops start to brown!  Let them cool for 10-15 mins (if you can stand it) while the tops fall slightly and the crust hardens.  It makes it easier to remove the wrapper if they’re cooled.

After they were cooled I stored them in a container and kept them in the fridge over night. They were so good while they were warm, but having it the next morning while the fridge made them firm was even better.  The carb content I calculated came out to 2g each. I hope you all enjoy this recipe!

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Ricotta Cheesecake 


For when you need cake and cheesecake at the same time 👌🏼

What you will need:

15oz container ricotta cheese

2 eggs

3 tbsp sweetener (granular or powdered)

1 tbsp vanilla extract

1 packet sugar free cheesecake pudding mix

Directions:

Mix all ingredients in stand mixer until thick and fluffy! Spread into a small baking dish that has been sprayed with cooking spray! Bake at 300 for 60 mins or until brown and set. Mine took an additional 10 mins! Let cool in the dish for 15 mins and then refrigerate for an hour. Flip cake onto a plate and refrigerate for another hour. By all means, you may enjoy this still warm, it’s delicious that way as well, and has sort of a bread pudding texture. But after it was completely chilled it had a nice firm cake texture. Enjoy!

I also made this little snippet video on my Instagram 💕