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15 Grab-n-Go Keto Breakfast Recipes That are Deliciously Guilt-Free

Eating healthy is already a challenge, but coupled with a busy schedule makes it seem impossible.

This was definitely something I’ve too struggled with that made weight loss hard and eating clean a struggle.

If you’ve also struggled with eating healthy on a busy schedule, this list is for you.

keto breakfast recipes for busy people

These are 15 keto breakfast recipes you can easily prepare on a day off and have ready for the week. And a good amount of them don’t even require a plate!

You can eat them in the airport, on a plane, in the car, on the train, (oh snap, that sounded like Dr. Seuss) on the bus, on your walk from the bus to your job. Wherever!

And they’re actually healthy thus guilt free.


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Bunless Bacon, Egg & Cheese

Total time to prep and cook: 10 mins

Bunless Bacon, Egg & Cheese from delish.com | Image Source: delish.com

This Bunless Bacon, Egg & Cheese sandwich from delish.com looks super bomb. And it looks super simple to make (video tutorial included). Only 10 minutes to cook ’em.

Not sure these will freeze well, but I’m sure you can prep 5 to 7 of them for the week and then refrigerate. I suggest making the “buns” and bacon ahead of time and then assembling them each morning since there’s avocado. Or go without avocado.

Wrap one of these bad boys up in a napkin or some parchment paper and you’re good to go! Or carry in a container. Either way, they’re great for the go.

Check out the Bunless Bacon, Egg & Cheese sandwich from delish.com.

Keto Breakfast Sandwhich

Total time to prep and cook: not stated (but doesn’t seem long at all)

Keto Breakfast Sandwich from HeyKetoMama.com | Image Source: HeyKetoMama.com

HeyKetoMama.com is calling this there favorite keto breakfast sandwich. From the looks of it, doesn’t seem like they’re just saying that because it’s their sandwich. It does look like a really good sandwich.

The sandwich is essentially a cheesy omelette cut and placed between two cooked sausage patties with avocado slices. The kick is the sriracha sauce. Now, if you’re a fan of sriracha, I’m sure you can appreciate a splash in your eggs.

These can also be prepared ahead of time by cooking the sausage and eggs on one day of the week and then adding the avocado later. Microwave or toaster oven to heat it up. Wrap it up and head out!

Check out the Keto Breakfast Sandwich on HeyKetoMama.com.

Keto Breakfast BLT

Total time to prep and cook: Not stated (but if you know how to whip and fry eggs you’ll be able to whip these up in no time.)

Keto Breakfast BLT from CraftyMorning.com | Image Source: CraftyMorning.com

More bacon, eggs, and avocado, but this time with spinach.

This recipe looks so simple, a caveman can…. I’m just kidding. I was not about to take it back to those old school Gieco commercials. But it’s funny to make you think I was. Anywho…

This wrap looks scrumptious with that fresh spinach. Not sure these will prep well. Meaning, I’m not sure they’ll survive being refrigerated for a week.

Well, unless you cooked the “wrap” (eggs) ahead of time. And you can cook the bacon ahead of time also. Then just take a few minutes in the morning to assemble with spinach and avocado.

Check out the Keto Breakfast BLT on CraftyMorning.com.


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Ham, Egg & Cheese Roll-Ups

Total time to prep and cook: 20 minutes (yields 5)

Ham Egg & Cheese Roll-Ups from delish.com | Image source: delish.com

These Ham Egg & Cheese Roll-Ups from delish.com look tasty too. (Video included)

What I really like about these is how easy it looks to cook more than the 5 the recipe yields. In their video it looks like they cooked 10 at once. I’m thinking that’s 2 a day for your standard work week.

They’re portable and I’m sure quick to heat.

Check out these Ham Egg & Cheese Roll-Ups from delish.com

Paleo Egg & Chorizo Muffins

Total time to prep and cook: 20 minutes (yields 12)

Paleo Egg & Chorizo Muffins by SweetCsDesigns.com | Image Source: SweetCsDesigns.com

According to Courtney of SweetCsDesigns.com, these Paleo Egg & Chorizo muffins were thought up to solve the struggle of eating a healthy breakfast on a busy schedule. She says she loves these “because I can bake up a big batch, freeze them, and have them ready for single servings on crazy mornings!”

So, they freeze well too. You can cook them on meal prep day and freeze them. Then microwave or bake them when you’re ready. And 20 minutes to make 12 muffins is pretty good too.

Check out Paleo Egg & Chorizo Muffins at SweetCsDesigns.com.

Mini Crustless Quiche Cups with Sausage and Cheese

Time to prep and cook: 30 minutes or less

Mini Crustless Quiche Cups with Sausage and Cheese by twohealthykitchens.com | Image Source: twohealthykitchens.com

Another good one that’ll survive the freezer, these Mini Crustless Quiche Cups are great to be made ahead, frozen, and microwaved or baked for the go.

The recipe looks pretty darn simple. It does call for nonfat milk, but I’m sure substituting with heavy whipping cream, a nut milk, or coconut milk. There’s also a call for reduced-fat cheese. Sub for full fat, raw cheese for a healthier, more keto option.

Check out the Mini Crustless Quiche Cups with Sausage and Cheese from twohealthykitchens.com.

Cheesy Spinach Mini Frittatas

Time to prep and cook: 30 minutes

Cheesy Spinach Mini Frittatas from urbanblisslife.com | Image Source: urbanblisslife.com

Created in the spirit of brunch, but also good for breakfast on the go. These Cheesy Spinach Mini Frittatas from urbanblisslife.com are made with spinach, cheddar cheese and fresh chives.

And peep this. The recipe yields 20 to 24! *gasp* That’s plenty of mini frittatas for the week! Grab a few, toss them in a zip-lock bag, grab a napkin, and head off to your busy day.

Check out these Cheesy Spinach Mini Frittatas from urbanblisslife.com.

Low-Carb Broccoli Cheddar Muffins

Time to prep and cook: not stated (but bakes in 8 to 10 minutes and is a simple recipe)

Low Carb Broccoli Cheddar Muffins by OfficiallyGlutenFree.com | Image Source: OfficiallyGlutenFree.com

Two words: pork rinds. It is the pork rinds in these Low Carb Broccoli Cheddar Muffins by OfficiallyGlutenFree.com that make them taste more bready than your typical egg muffin. I’ve never tasted pork rinds in a egg muffin before but it does sound pretty darn scrumptious.

They’re also high in fat with a good amount of protein in them as well.

Check out these Low Carb Broccoli Cheddar Muffins on OfficiallyGlutenFree.com.

Low-Carb Breakfast Egg Wrap

Time to prep and cook: not stated (but it’s literally a cheese omelette, minus the flip so it can be a wrap.)

Low-Carb Breakfast Egg Wrap by forkly.com | Image Source: forkly.com

Freezer friendly and stupid simple, these Low-Carb Breakfast Egg Wraps by forkly.com look bomb. Matter of fact, I think I’m going to prep a version for next week.

It’s good for keto because it’s high in fat, has a good amount of protein, and is low in carbs. (duh) Plus they survive the freezer and microwave making them great for mornings when… “ain’t nobody got time for that.” (You knew the meme reference was coming.)

Check out these Low-Carb Breakfast Egg Wraps on forkly.com.

Keto Breakfast Biscuits Stuffed with Sausage and Cheese

Time to prep and cook: 40 minutes

Keto Breakfast Bicuits Stuffed with Sausage And Cheese on MealPlannerPro.com | Image Source: MealPlannerPro.com

These stuffed Keto Breakfast Biscuits remind me of Hot Pockets. Remember those things? Eat them too quick out the microwave and the roof of your mouth was burnt tender?

They also remind me of my favorite breakfast day in elementary school – pancake dogs day (breakfast sausage dipped in pancake batter and fried). Guurrrllll….. I used to show up early to school on those days. Yum.

These Keto Breakfast Biscuits Stuffed with Sausage and Cheese look delicious and easy to hold. Now, it might take 40 minutes to make about 6 of them, but um… stuffed keto breakfast biscuits? Totally worth it. Not sure they freeze well considering the almond flour, but’ll likely sit well for a week in the fridge.

Check out the Keto Breakfast Biscuits Stuffed with Sausage and Cheese recipe on MealPlannerPro.com.

Broccoli Ham and Cheese Egg Muffin Cups

Total prep and cook time: 37 minutes

Broccoli, Ham and Cheese Egg Muffin Cups by CupcakesandKaleChips.com | Image Source: CupcakesandKaleChips.com

Cupcakes and Kale Chips… Isn’t that just cute? Ok… focus Latrice.

Another recipe with freezing and on-the-go breakfast in mind, these Broccoli, Ham and Cheese Egg Muffin cups look simple to make also. Lots of protein in them too.

They’re safe to grab and go with. As in, they’re described as being pickup-able. Like, they won’t crumble when grabbed.

Check out these Broccoli, Ham and Cheese Egg Muffin Cups by CupcakesandKaleChips.com.

Bacon Egg and Cheese Roll-Ups

Total prep and cook time: 20 minutes

Bacon Egg and Cheese Roll-Ups by delish.com | Image Source: delish.com

These Bacon Egg and Cheese Roll-Ups from delish.com look pretty solid. It’s a simple breakfast with a simple recipe and easily portable.

The recipe calls for milk and cheddar cheese. Substitute the milk for heavy whipping cream, coconut milk, raw milk, or a nut milk for a healthier milk option. And use raw cheddar cheese for the cheddar cheese.

Check out these Bacon Egg and Cheese Roll-Ups at delish.com.

Keto Egg Wraps

Total prep and cook time: a whopping 5 minutes

Egg Wraps by DitchTheCarbs.com | Image Source: DitchTheCarbs.com

The recipe is only for the egg wraps, but imagine the possibilities. You can wrap all types of tasty stuff in one of these egg wraps and head out the door.

Wrap salmon and cream cheese, wrap bacon, avocado and ranch, or wrap some ground sausage and cheddar cheese. You can make enough of these for the week and then take about 5 minutes each morning wrapping up your faves to eat on the go.

Check out these Egg Wraps by DitchTheCarbs.com.

Spinach Quiche Cups

Total time to prep and cook: around 30 minutes

Spinach Quiche Cups by ManilaSpoon.com | Image Source: ManilaSpoon.com

Cook the veggies, whisk the eggs, put into muffin cups, bake for 23 minutes. Simple procedure that’ll get you 12 Spinach Quiche Cups.

Check out these Spinach Quiche Cups at ManilaSpoon.com.

Cinnamon Keto Granola | 5 Ingredients!

Total time to prep and cook: 25 minutes

Cinnamon Keto Granola by KetoConnect.net | Image Source: KetoConnect.net

What?! Something other than eggs?!

Yes. Something other than eggs.

This granola is only 5 ingredients and still has plenty of fat and protein in it for a keto diet. The carbs are a bit high at 11 g per serving, but the granola still looks like a safe break from the norm. Like on those days you don’t feel like eggs.

Put this granola and some blueberries over full-fat Greek yogurt or some chia seed pudding and it can be a very filling breakfast that’s not like every other day. (Well, if you eat eggs every day like I do.)

Eat clean on a busy schedule

Well, there you have it – 15 grab-n-go breakfast keto recipes to help you stay on track with your healthy eating even when you have a busy schedule.

With these recipes, you can make them ahead of time, plenty of them are freezer and fridge-friendly, and they don’t require sitting down to eat them.

Happy clean eating!

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Intermittent Fating for Weight Loss: How I lost 45-lbs in 4 months the easy way

The easy way?

Yes, the easy way.

It seems I lost the most weight when I didn’t know what intermittent fasting was. I just followed the advice to not go to bed on a full stomach.

The weight seemed to fall right off of me. So much so that one morning I got up, stretched my arms to the sky, and my waste beads slid right off. I was shooketh.

Below I detailed how I got to the size I am at right now using an intermittent fasting routine that was relatively easy and didn’t take much thought to follow.

I’m also going to share the foods I believe made it easy to intermittent fast. And I’m someone that used to be a really hungry person.

Like, needed to eat every few hours and will cuss out inanimate objects if I didn’t, type of hungry. It was rough.

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Learned how to eat like a human

Seriously, there’s something liberating about learning how to eat like humans are supposed to eat.

It took me years of trying all types of diets before I realized the “secret sauce,” so to speak, was to just focus on eating real, nutrient dense, clean foods.

Is it still called paleo? I haven’t heard anyone say “paleo” in a while. lol

I’ve been paleo for almost 8 years and going paleo took away plenty of confusion for me.

Foods that come from the earth or have spent their lives living off the earth (eating grass or other animals for example) are the foods that humans are supposed to eat.

All of these newer foods have created the obesity epidemic we’re currently dealing with in addition to the heavy use of sugar, inflammation-causing industrial oils, and soy.

Figuring out how to eat clean, nutrient dense foods helped me then figure out how to eat when I need to lose weight.

I also cleared up my eczema, regained my monthly cycle that’s like clockwork now, and I improved my digestive system.

Here are a couple of my favorite books that have taught me the truth about modern foods, the problems with the standard American diet, and what to do to live a healthier life.

  • Why We Get Fat: And What to Do About It by Gary Taubes – This was the first book I read about what was wrong with the food industry, how the government came up with its idea of what was healthy eating, and how simple it actually is to eat healthy. I have to say it ins’t always easy to eat healthy, but it’s much simpler than we have been led to believe.
  • Eat the Yolks by Liz Wolfe – I listened to the audible and Liz had me cracking up. She’s funny. And hella informative. Eat the Yolks debunks a lot of misinformation we’ve been force fed about what is healthy eating including egg white omelettes.

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Transitioned into a Keto for weight loss diet, did not nose-dive

If you’re someone that knows you get hungrier than most, do yourself a favor and ease into a lower-carb, paleo, ketogenic-ish diet.

Don’t nose dive. Give your body time to adjust to getting less carbs. From experience, it makes it easier to stick to.

Transitioning into this lifestyle made it more of a lifestyle than a diet, which made it easier to stick to. I’ve nose-dived into SEVERAL diets with little to no luck. I’ve been eating paleo for over 7 years now. Longer period of time and better results.

To transition, I spent a few weeks eating your basic paleo diet.

This included sweet potatoes, fruits, paleo-friendly baked treats, dates, and any food that isn’t man made. I also limited snacking and got to a point where I could comfortably eat 3 meals a day.

Once the cravings were under control, I was learning to trust my appetite, and was ready to turn the weight loss up a notch, I cut out sweet potatoes, fruits, paleo-friendly flours, dates, nuts, any super sweet fruits, and starchy vegetables.

I watched protein to make sure I was eating enough calories and loaded up on dark, leafy greens and cruciferous vegetables.

My appetite was in check and it was easier to go without eating for longer periods of time because I honestly wasn’t hungry.

And this is still the case. I still do not need to eat as often as I used to eat before going low-carb.

Currently, there are some days where I do just fine on one meal. Or I don’t eat a second meal until 6 to 8 hours later. Not hungry.

I used to eat every few hours.

Truly liberating for someone that ate like me.

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Stopped eating a few hours or more before bedtime to effortlessly intermittent fast

I’ve been picking up out here in these health and wellness streets that eating right before bed is cool to do again.

Especially in the intermittent fasting convos where people are eating their last meals as late as 9 pm.

When I first heard that, I gasped. Kid you not.

Compared to eating close to bed time, I’ve experienced the easiest weight loss when I stopped eating between 3 to 4 pm and was in bed by 9 pm.

I’ve also heard that most repair goes on while sleeping and if the body is digesting food while you’re sleeping, it won’t use that time to rejuvenate and repair.

So I’ve heard. And it worked for me. I shrunk all while intermittent fasting during my sleep.

The following morning I would eat my first meal by 9 am. That gave me about 17 hours of fasting. With most of it done while I was sleeping.

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What I did NOT eat

Here’s a list of things I stopped eating. These are the foods I got rid of when I learned how to eat in a way that better served my needs.

I’ve also included a food list for transitioning to clean eating and intermittent fasting with a transitioning plan in my FREE Quick Weight Loss and Intermittent Fasting cheatsheets and worksheets.

This FREE bundle also includes worksheets that help you plan your health and wellness goals and healthy meals.

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What did I eat

While transitioning 

These foods made it super easy to stick to clean eating while I was overcoming sugar withdrawals and working through cravings.

They helped my body heal and helped me get to a point where I could trust my appetite.

I also still lost weight.

If you’ve also had challenges with sticking to a clean diet, find yourself feeling addicted to foods and have a tendency to binge eat if you slip off of a super strict routine, give this list a try.

It’s a list of real foods with most of them being Paleo approved. I say “most” because I’ve seen some Paleo site say dairy isn’t Paleo, while others say raw dairy is fine.

From my experience, raw dairy (in moderation) is great when transitioning, but not so great when taking your weight loss transformation to another level. Like, when I hit a plateau, dairy was the first to go.

  • Chicken
  • Beef
  • Turkey
  • Pork
  • Eggs
  • Healthy fats
  • Raw milk, raw milk cheeses
  • All types of fruits and vegetables
  • Raw nuts and raw nut butters
  • Keto and paleo friendly flours and packaged foods

While focusing on fat loss

What I noticed while sticking to the foods listed below was a decrease in appetite and an ability to fast for longer periods of time.

I even got to a point where I could not finish my prepped meals. I was simply too full.

From my experience and online research, these foods do not raise insulin as high as starchy vegetables, substitute flours like almond and coconut, or Paleo-friendly sweeteners like Agave or coconut nectar.

  • Beef
  • Turkey
  • Eggs
  • Chicken
  • Healthy fats
  • Cooked dark leafy greens
  • Low-carb fruits and vegetables

Check out my latest post where I share the keto diet meals I put together that has helped me lose 45 pounds. This post can help you put together your own meals.

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Working out

I worked out fasted early in the mornings and continue to do so.

My workouts consisted of a 10 minute warm-up of light cardio, weight lifting, and then a 20 minute HIIT cardio session to finish. Oh, and I stretch afterwards.

Give yourself time to adapt to intermittent fasting before starting a workout routine. If your body isn’t adapted to burning fat and fasting, working out can be a pain in the ass. Especially if you try to workout fasted.

Working out increases your appetite. Fasting increases your appetite (duh).

Stacking hungry on top of hungry will make intermittent fasting way harder than it has to be. Trust.

Instead of going ham at the gym during your first week of intermittent fasting, try giving yourself a solid two to three weeks of intermittent fasting before you start a heavy workout.

I believe walking and yoga is fine, but lifting and hard cardio can be a challenge when new to fasting.

But do what feels best to your body.

As someone that used to be a very hungry person, I gave myself two weeks before working out at the gym.

(Even as someone that’s eaten paleo a majority of the time.)

I knew I was good to workout because I felt energized after my workout and I didn’t get tired during.

Round up

I ended up losing 45 lbs in 4 months by eating foods that kept my insulin relatively low – shortening the amount of time it took my insulin to get low enough for my body to burn fat – and doing a majority of my intermittent fasting while I was sleep.

Before living a Paleo lifestyle, I had tried what seemed like EVERYTHING to lose weight. A weight loss journey that started when I was 15-years-old and 245 pounds.

I’ve juice fasted on juices I made myself, I ate a raw foods diet, I was a vegan, I was a vegetarian, I did the master cleanse, I tried eating one grapefruit a day, I did a blood type diet, I did a liver cleanse, and even did a fat flush diet.

Nothing has worked for fat loss, appetite control, and keeping cravings in check like intermittent fasting and eating real foods meant for humans that don’t raise insulin too high nor trigger cravings.

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The new bundle How to Intermittent Fast on Keto for Fat Loss combines all these weight loss tips into a 30-day plan, and prep guides, that’ll help you lose weight and burn fat.

I not only put together a 30-day plan for intermittent fasting for fat burning, but I also show you how to do keto optimally, and easily, for fat loss and make the lifestyle work in your life.

I’ve put together these tips from my own weight loss success.

Click here to get started with the How to Intermittent Fast on Keto for Fat Loss bundle and its 30-day challenge today! 

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DISCLAIMER: This strategy and these tips I am sharing with you because it has worked wonders for me. I’ve gathered them after spending YEARS trying all types of diets and doing lots of research. I am not a dietitian, nutritionist, nor a medial professional. As always, please check with a professional before starting a new health and wellness routine. ESPECIALLY, if you’re on medications or have health complications.


10 Keto Recipes That Make Awesome Weight Loss Dinners

What makes these recipes ideal for weight loss is they’re low-carb, high-fat, dairy-free, gluten free, won’t raise your insulin high, and should keep you satisfied until your next meal.

And if you’re ready to try new dishes without complicating your routine, and compromising your weight loss progress, this list might have some goodies for you.

I’ve also included calories and macro info so you can quickly scroll through and find something closer to your macro needs.

Below are 10 really tasty keto recipes that make great weight loss dinners.

Mediterranean Zucchini Noodle Pasta – Low Carb, Gluten Free, Primal

Per serving – 231 calories; 20 g Fat; 6.5 g Protein; 6.5 g Carbs

Mediterranean Zucchini Noodle Pasta – Low Carb, Gluten Free, Primal recipe from PeaceLoveandLowCarb.com. Image source: PeaceLoveandLowCarb.com

Super flavorful and simple recipe that’ll fulfill your taste for something pasta-ish. The recipe does include Parmesan and feta cheese. Remove to keep it dairy free and I’m sure it’ll still be scrumptious.

Check out: Mediterranean Zucchini Noodle Pasta

Easy Keto Swedish Meatballs

Per serving (3 meatballs) – 544 calories; 46 g Fat; 28 g Protein; 1 g Carbs 

Easy Keto Swedish Meatballs [Low Carb, Gluten Free] from ketogasm.com. Image source: ketogasm.com
Inspired by Ikea’s Swedish meatballs, this recipe is said to be just as good but without all the carbs. What I like is it includes a sauce and cauliflower mash.

The recipe does include dairy, but I believe you might be able to get away with substituting the cream for full-fat coconut milk or coconut cream.

But, heads up, if you do sub with the coconut milk or cream, you might add a coconut taste to your Swedish meatballs.

Check out: Easy Keto Swedish Meatballs

Chicken and Sausage Jambalaya Recipe

Per serving – 238 calories; 21 g Fat; 5 g Protein; 1.5 g Carbs (net)

Low Carb Chicken and Sausage Jambalaya from tasteaholics.com. Image source: tasteaholics.com

Missing jambalaya and rice? Give this easy recipe a try. Thanks to cauliflower rice, this soulful dish can make its way back onto the keto menu.

Check out: Chicken and Sausage Jambalaya Recipe

Sesame Almond Zoodle Bowl

Per serving – 238 calories; 16 g Fat; 8.43 g Protein; 11.9 g Carbs

Sesame Almond Zoodle Bowl from ruled.me. Image source: ruled.me

Ruled.me has PLENTY of delicious recipes. Many of them include dairy (cheese), but you can also find some great recipes that are dairy free. Like this good looking Sesame Almond Zoodle Bowl.

Couple this recipe with some beef or chicken for more protein and you’ll be good to go although it’s also super good alone, I’m sure.

Check out: Sesame Almond Zoodle Bowl

Keto Grilled Chicken & Peanut Sauce

Per service (1 chicken thigh & 2 tbsp of sauce) – 492 calories; 33 g Fat; 41 g Protein; 3 g Carbs 

Keto Grilled Chicken & Peanut Sauce by IBreathImHungry.com. Image source: IBreathImHungry.com

Summer starts this week! This is a ready for the summer type of recipe right here. Fresh, crispy red cabbage salad with warm grilled chicken and a peanut sauce sounds like BBQ party tastiness. Get into it. 

Check it out: Keto Grilled Chicken & Peanut Sauce


Other goodies:

10 Simple Paleo Breakfast Recipes for Weight Loss

How to break stalled weight loss on the ketogenic diet

How I lost 45 pounds in 4 months on effortless intermittent fasting


Keto Slow-Cooker Beef & Broccoli

Per serving – 430 calories; 19 g Fat; 54 g Protein; 3 g Carbs (net)

Keto Slow-Cooker Beef & Broccoli from WickedStuffed.com. Image source: WickedStuffed.com

Got a taste for some Chinese food, but don’t want the added sugars, bad fats, MSG, and whatever else might be added to Chinese food these days?

Give this Keto Slow-Cooker Beef & Broccoli recipe from WickedStuffed.com a try. You can get this recipe started in the morning and have it ready for you by lunch.

Check out: Keto Slow-Cooker Beef & Broccoli 

Easy Low-Carb Chicken Stir-Fry

Per serving – 396 calories; 26.9 g Fat; 27.6 g Protein; 11.1 g Carbs 

Easy Low-Carb Chicken Stir-Fry from KetoDietApp.com. Image source: KetoDietApp.com

Quick and simple one-pan dinners are the best when it’s the end of the day, you’re ready to eat, and you don’t want to put a lot of energy into making dinner.

This Easy Low-Carb Chicken Stir Fry from KetoDietApp.com is quick, easy, includes fresh vegetables, and is straight to the point.

Check it out: Easy Low-Carb Chicken Stir Fry

Paleo Beef with Broccoli

Per serving – 273 calories; 17 g Fat; 24 g Protein; 3 g Carbs 

Paleo Beef with Broccoli by IHeartUmami.com. Image source: IHeartUmami.com

Dinner in under 30 minutes? Yes ma’am! If you’re not feeling the slow-cooker beef and broccoli recipe above, this is another healthy take on the tasty, classic combo.

ChihYu of IHeartUmami.com shows how quick and easy this recipe can be put together in a helpful video.

With this Paleo Beef and Broccoli recipe you can get in, cook, and get back to the summer fun.

Check it out: Paleo Beef with Broccoli 

Keto Pork Chops al Pastor

Per serving (1 pork chop, 2 tbsp butter) – 495 calories; 47 g Fat; 25 g Protein; 1 g Carb 

Keto Pork Chops al Pastor from IBreathImHungry.com. Image source: IBreathImHungry.com

Need a good pork chop recipe in your life? How about topping that pork chop with a butter loaded with fresh herbs, red onions, and chopped pineapple?

And don’t worry about the pineapple. It’s not enough to kick you out of your keto stride.

Another delicious recipe out of IBreathImHungry.com. They have a load of goodies over there. This is one of their latest.

For sides, I’m thinking cauliflower mash, a green salad, or a raw kale salad.

Check it out: Keto Pork Chops al Pastor 

Keto Shrimp Scampi

Per serving – 366 calories; 15 g Fat; 49 g Protein; 7 g Carbs 

Keto Shrimp Scampi by ketogasm.com. Image source: ketogasm.com

Since going paleo 5 years ago, I haven’t had a good shrimp scampi in a while. This shrimp scampi calls for summer squash noodles and tips on how to make them.

Now, there are stores that sell spiralized vegetables so all you’ll need to do is grab a box instead of a spiralizer. Unless you’d rather make your own.

Shrimp tossed in white wine or chicken broth coupled with butter over summer squash noodles? Um, yum! 

Another tasty one from ketogasm.com.

Check it out: Keto Shrimp Scampi 


Other posts you may like:

10 Simple Paleo Breakfast Recipes for Weight Loss

How to break stalled weight loss on the ketogenic diet

How I lost 45 pounds in 4 months on effortless intermittent fasting


How to break stalled weight loss on the ketogenic diet

Weight loss is already challenging enough. When a plan stops working, it becomes even more challenging and frustrating.

Keto is no exception especially considering how restrictive a ketogenic diet can seem. For some, this diet is the best thing since Kerry’s Gold butter.

For others, it’s limiting and if there aren’t any weight loss results, keto appears to be not worth the effort.

If you’ve started experiencing a weight loss plateau with the ketogenic diet, don’t toss out the keto approach just yet.

Give these tips a try if you’re looking to stick with keto. But if you’re totally over keto, by all means, give it up. There are other real food, healthy methods for weight loss.

But if you’d like to stick with it below are 9 tips for breaking stalled weight loss on keto that I’ve picked up from around the way and given a try myself.

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Cut dairy out of your keto routine or cut down

Some people can lose weight on a keto diet that includes dairy, and some people simply can’t. The difference? Insulin resistance or insulin sensitivity.

Dairy causes a high secretion of insulin in some people. (source)

If you’re insulin resistant as it is, it is highly likely dairy will be an issue for you. But if not, dairy won’t effect you in that manner.

“Dairy seems to stall weight loss for some people, so you might try taking it out of the diet if you can’t lean out.” – MarksDailyApple.com 

Remove keto snacks – processed “keto-friendly” packaged foods

Every once and a while, a packaged keto-friendly snack might be fine, but making it a daily occurrence can be why your weight loss has stalled.

For myself, I even had to cut them out as my weekly treat.

Packaged foods that call themselves keto-friendly are easy to overdo or can have extras in them that’ll throw off your appetite or macro count.

Sticking to real foods helps you keep a closer eye on what what you’re eating.

Limit (measure) or remove nuts and nut butters

People tend to go overboard with the nuts. Myself included. Start out with a cute little handful and before you know it, you’re 5 handfuls in. If you know you’ve got a problem with nuts and nut butters, don’t even start.

Also, watch which nuts you consume. Raw nuts are better than roasted nuts. Raw nuts have their nutrients still in tact and their fats. Roasted nuts tend to be higher in carbs and are usually coated in bad fats like cotton seed oil. 

And avoid cashews or keep a CLOSE eye on how many of them you eat. They’re high in carbs. And peanuts ARE NOT a nut. They’re a legume. 

Nut butters are also better when raw. And they are easier to overdo.

Again, if you know you tend to have more than you intended, don’t even start.

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Keep your meals super simple

I’ve noticed my 75-pound weight loss was much simpler when I kept my meals simple and to the point – meat, vegetables, fat.

My mom even joked with me saying, “dang, all you eat is meat, fat, and vegetables. Meat, fat, and vegetables.” Yup! Pretty much.

This makes it easier to track macros and calories, removes worries of eating too much protein or carbs, and makes it easier to keep an eye on what foods work best for you.

Recipes are cool and all, but limit the fancy ones for special occasions. Definitely limit them when you’re on a weight loss regimen. 

Quit snacking and stick to 2 to 3 meals a day

If you’ve been snacking on a ketogenic diet, and your weight loss has stalled, it’s time to give up the snacks.

And honestly, if you’re following a keto routine correctly, you shouldn’t have to snack. Your meals should be nutrient dense enough to hold you over in between them, without snacking.

If you find yourself needing to snack in between your meals, consider adding more fat to your meals. You might even need more protein.

However, if you notice your hunger is actually a craving, you might be consuming too much protein. Too much protein can be converted into glucose by the liver. Glucose in the system can increase cravings.

Yes, keto is a delicate balance.

Incorporate intermittent fasting

Intermittent fasting is another tool for keeping your insulin low and limiting the amount of times it is elevated, thus increasing how long your body is in fat-burning mode.

When I first gave intermittent fasting a try, it helped me lose a significant amount of weight quickly. Like, one morning I got out of bed and when I stretched my arms up, my waist beads slipped right off my waist and onto the floor. The fat loss around my waist and hips alone was REALLY impressive.

All I did was quit eating around 4 pm and didn’t eat breakfast until 8 am the following morning. That was 16 hours of fasting with a good chunk of it done in my sleep.

You can give intermittent fasting a try by easing your way into it with the method I’ve mentioned above. Have your dinner a little earlier than usual and eat a little later the following day. Work your way up to 16 hours of fasting.

Limit artificial sweeteners or remove them

Listen, if you’re prone to binge eating, food addiction, and sugar cravings, cut even the artificial sweeteners.

Now, if you’ve overcome those behaviors around food with artificial sweeteners in your keto diet, than they work fine for you.

But if you’re like myself where something sweet can make you have more than you wanted to have, then cut those sweeteners out.

They can trigger cravings which can lead to over eating.

Remove low-carb flours from your routine

Almond flour, coconut flour, tapioca and pretty much any of those lower-carb white and wheat flour substitutes can still cause a higher insulin response.

It’s the refinement that increases how much insulin they cause the body to create.

Removing them also helps you keep a closer eye on how many carbs you’re getting. If you’re weight loss is struggling, ditch the flours all together.

At least until you reach your weight loss goals. Or, you can limit them to once a month if you must have a keto-friendly, baked treat. 

Eat more protein

This video on protein was just released on June 17, 2018. It’s a quick message on if you should eat more or less protein.

According to Dr. Ted Naiman’s findings, those that ate more protein did better. They had lower abdominal fat and lost more body fat.

Check it out…

Here are a few good videos to check out on common ketosis mistakes

10 Simple Paleo Breakfast Recipes for Weight Loss

Simply eating a paleo diet of real, nutrient dense, wholesome foods can give you great weight loss, health, and wellness results.

I’ve experienced many of these benefits since going paleo over 5 years ago. Benefits have included cleared eczema, no more allergies (sneezing, coughing, hayfever), a consistent and on-time period, improved mood management,  and a 75-lbs weight loss.

If  you do experience a weight loss plateau, or aren’t seeing the weight loss results you’ll like to see, there are tweaks to the paleo diet you can give a try.

I’ve made these same tweaks and saw improvements quickly.

What I removed from my paleo diet to improve weight loss

I removed foods that are starchy and, or super  sweet so typically these are fruits and any root vegetables. Also removed nuts and nut butters.

This makes a paleo routine more ketogenic. If you do fine on nuts and nut butters, keep them. But if you know yourself to go overboard, don’t even start.

Here’s a list of what I removed from my paleo diet to see the most weight loss:

  • Sweet potatoes
  • Yams
  • Yellow potatoes
  • White potatoes
  • Essentially all types of potatoes
  • Carrots
  • Parsnips
  • Beets
  • Bananas
  • Strawberries
  • Watermelon
  • Melon
  • Apples
  • Oranges
  • Dates
  • Dried fruit
  • Honey
  • Agave nectar
  • Coconut nectar
  • All nuts and nut butters (although I would have the occasional handful of macadamia nuts)
  • Coconut flour
  • Almond flour
  • Tapioca flour
  • Pretty much any flour substitutes

And if you did eat beans, rice, oats, and sprouted wheat grain breads as part of your paleo diet, you should also try removing those from your routine to see better weight loss results.

10 simple paleo breakfast recipes great for weight loss

These paleo recipes are perfect for weight loss because they don’t include any of the real foods from above. They’re also simple for those with busy schedules or don’t usually cook.

And they’re not all going to be your typical “breakfast” meals. Any meal that breaks your fast is breakfast, fyi. Plus it’s cool to switch it up and try something different.

(In no particular order)

Mini Egg Frittatas

Mini Egg Frittatas recipe from iHeartNapTime.net. Image source: iHeartNapTime.net.

Ingredients: bell peppers, onion, breakfast sausage, spinach, kosher salt, and ground black pepper

Recipe link: Mini Egg Frittatas 

Easy Paleo Ham & Egg Cups

Easy Paleo Ham & Egg Cups from PaleoNewbie.com. Image source: PaleoNewbie.com

Ingredients: slices of ham, full-fat coconut milk, orange bell pepper, red bell pepper, yellow onions, salt & pepper, coconut or olive oil

Recipe link: Easy Paleo Ham & Egg Cups

Paleo Bacon Zucchini & Red Pepper Frittata

Paleo Bacon Zucchini & Red Pepper Frittata from PaleoNewbie.com. Image source: PaleoNewbie.com

Ingredients: bacon, zucchini, medium onion, eggs, full-fat coconut milk, Italian seasoning, salt & pepper

Recipe link: Paleo Bacon Zucchini & Red Pepper Frittata

Chorizo and Spinach Omelette

Chorizo and Spinach Omelette from PaleoLeap.com. Image source: PaleoLeap.com.

Ingredients: eggs, spinach, onion, coconut milk, chorizo sausages, tomatoes, green onion, garlic clove, ghee, sea salt, black pepper

Recipe link: Chorizo and Spinach Omelette

Garlic Shrimp with Zucchini Noodles Recipe

Paleo garlic shrimp with zucchini noodles from PaleoLeap.com. Image source: PaleoLeap.com

Ingredients: shrimp, zucchini, garlic, white wine (optional), fresh lemon, fresh chives, cooking fat, sea salt, black pepper

Recipe link: Paleo Garlic Shrimp with Zucchini Noodles 

Slow Cooker Paleo Teriyaki Chicken

Easy slow cooker paleo teriyaki chicken from RubiesAndRadishes.com. Image source: RubiesAndRadishes.com

Ingredients: chicken thighs, coconut amino, ginger, garlic cloves, salt & pepper, and the recipe does call for honey, but it’s a tbsp and I’m sure you might be able to sub for a few drops of stevia

Recipe link: Slow Cooker Paleo Teriyaki Chicken

Cavemanalicious meatballs

Cavemanalicious meatballs from FitnessInAnEvolutionaryDirection.com. Image source: FitnessInAnEvolutionaryDirection.com.

Ingredients: 80/20 ground beef, organic, chopped frozen spinach, sea salt and black pepper, butter, avocado or coconut oil, garlic cloves, medium white onion

Recipe link: Cavemanalicious Meatballs

BLT Salad with Garden Ranch

BLT Salad with Garden Ranch from PrimalPalate.com. Image source: PrimalPalate.com

Ingredients: bacon, grape tomatoes, red onion, butter lettuce, and there’s a dairy-free ranch dressing linked recipe

Recipe link: BLT Salad with Garden Ranch

Diane’s 6-Minute Salmon

6-Minute Salmon from BalancedBites.com. Image source: BalancedBites.com

Ingredients: wild salmon, sea salt, and a teaspoon of their Abodo Spice Blend

Recipe link: 6-Minute Salmon

10-Minute Sliders with Creamy Ranch Dressing (dairy free)

10-Minute Sliders from BalancedBites.com. Image source: BalancedBites.com

Ingredients: garlic powder, onion powder, sea salt, pepper ground cumin, ground beef, iceberg lettuce, tomato (“optional, omit for nightshade free” – balancedbites.com), red onion, and a recipe for creamy ranch dressing

Recipe link: 10-Minute Sliders

Weight Loss Transformation Resources

If you need help with your weight loss transformation or looking to start strong on your transformation goals, please check out these weight loss transformation resources I’ve created based on my own weight loss success and research:

Weight Loss Transformation Journal + Workbook 

How I IF on Keto Free Guide – 3 things you can do today to improve your weight loss results with intermittent fasting 

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Intermittent Fasting Weight Loss Week 1 Results: 4-lbs down and 1 inch off waist

Not exactly week 1, but I’m calling it week 1 because it’s the first week I’m challenging myself to do 30 days straight, no cheating.

Realized I haven’t gone more than a couple of weeks clean in months. (That’s part of why I’ve gained 20 pounds, I’m sure.)

intermittent fasting weightloss week 1 results

I also feel really good and energized with the clean diet. And not hungry enough to eat outside of my fasting window, so I know things are moving in the right direction.

Each week, I’m going to give updates of what I did, what I ate, what worked, what didn’t work, and what I’ll do the following week. I think I’ll also do a weekly live broadcast as well and link it.

Sharing to hopefully help, inspire, and motivate others. It’ll also help hold me accountable as I practice being more disciplined.

I’ve tried LOTS of diets, but paleo has been a lifestyle.

Challenges last week

On Sunday, I went on a Tinder date at the Cheesecake Factory and had a glass of wine, some crab cakes, and some fried, wrapped Chinese food inspired finger food thingy.

That triggered a craving for cheesecake, of course. And I brought me some. After my date left. lol

That trigger is why following the dating tips in Friday’s post are crucial for me. They’re especially helpful to those that are prone to strong cravings and have a hard time eating just one.

I’m definitely not the “few bites” and “just one” type of girl. I get a craving and give in, I go all in until I’m REALLY full. Which is what happened with the cheesecake. Some of it I had to toss out because I was sooooo full.

I do give myself a pat on the back, however, for not allowing that day to turn into a week. It stopped on that day. That’s an accomplishment.

Here are some tips for getting back on track as fast (and as realistically) as possible:

  • Ate breakfast in the morning instead of at noon when my fasting window is over
    • This allows focus on ridding the body of sugar (cravings) instead of fasting. It’s easier to fast when the cravings aren’t kicking my ass. I also ate sweet fruit (bananas and grapes), fatty meats, eggs, and cheeses. By Thursday, I was back to fasting comfortably until noon.
    • If you have a slip up that kick starts your strong cravings, start getting back on track with sweet fruits, cheese (if it isn’t a problem for you), eggs, and sausages or bacon. The sweet fruits and cheese tricks your body into thinking it’s getting what it’s craving. The sausage or bacon makes sure you’re eating fat and protein too. Knocks those cravings out in a few days.
  • Ate sweet potatoes in my scrambled eggs for my second meal
    • Sweet potatoes are a fave. They’re enough sweetness and starch to handle cravings, but still a real, nutrient dense food. Love em’!
    • 1/4 cup of cooked sweet potato was usually enough; if you’re prone to going overboard, limit your sweet potato serving to what you can tolerate – I’m sharing this from experience and since we’re both human (I’m assuming), and if you have a tendency to go overboard like I do, I think this might work for you also
    • Ripe plantain is also really good – limit this as well
    • Note, however, that you’d want to give yourself a “deadline” for when you’ll remove these starchy, sweetish foods if you’re on a ketogenic diet or doing a paleo for weight loss protocol. It doesn’t have to be a hard date either. It could be when you finish your supply of sweet potatoes or plantain.
  • Test if you had too much sweet or starchy real foods
    • Persistent cravings – cravings that don’t seem to lesson with time
    • Wanting to nibble – wanting to continue to pick off the leftovers, grazing after the meal

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What went well during week 1

Gaining control over cravings MUCH sooner. Tapering off of sugar with real foods instead of going cold turkey into keto helped a lot.

For the last few months or so, it’s taken weeks to a month (at my longest) for me to gain control. I’ll eat cleanish during the week, but the weekends? Forget it.

I was even back to getting Jack-N-The-Box breakfast after a night out and eating it while I watched TV. Pigging out at 3 am and then falling asleep on all that food.

Tapering off by eating fruits, cheeses, and sweet potatoes allowed me to get right back on real foods the following day. Record timing, I must say.

Getting back on it quickly has helped with keeping my weekends on point as well.

Another benefit has been having freedom from food.

Having less cravings and being able to go 20 hours without food is truly a blessing.

There’s truly more freedom in this discipline. This feeling of being in control is the other side I forgot about when I was high on sugar and craving.

Noticing the new mindset is growing roots.

Instead of only tackling the food and exercise aspects of weight loss, I’ve also been working on how I think about healthy living and managing my weight.

Sticking to my personal development plan has helped A LOT. With daily practice, I’m noticing the thoughts that don’t help me and the thoughts that do. I’m learning to focus on what I do want instead of what I don’t.

Let me tell you, it works big time.

No working out and no measuring – took it easy

This past week, I didn’t workout at the gym, but did go on walks during my lunch break.

I also didn’t measure any macros or consider my caloric intake. The only things I measured was how much butter and avocado mayo I used and how many eggs I ate.

I didn’t measure vegetables, ground beef (but did eyeball about half a cup), nor sweet potato. But I did finish my supply of sweet potatoes and fruit by Wednesday. By Thursday, I was back to eating no sweet potatoes or fruit for breakfast.

Oh, and I didn’t eat after 4 pm.

For my first week of 30 days clean, I kept it as easy as possible. The only two focuses was eating clean and allowing the cheesecake, wine, and fried foods to leave my system.

Since I ended this week feeling good, I’m going back to the workout and ketogenic, paleo approach.

I’ve been on a predominately paleo diet for so long (5 years now), I’ve found that I don’t usually need more than a week of clean eating to feel in control again. It’s those pesky psychological triggers that usually get me.

Finding that easing in and taking as long as I need, however, helps with those triggers as well. There’s like less bodily things (cravings) going on to focus on the mindset.

I’ve put my weight loss routine into a full bundle of meal plans, intermittent fasting schedules, lifestyle prep guides, and food lists. Checkout the How to Intermittent Fast on Keto for Weight Loss bundle. 

Need some more weight loss tips? I’ve got you!

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How to survive date night while on a weight loss routine

Quick little post here. Whipped up a lil’ something for your weekend adventures.

These are things I’ve been learning how to implement for the last few months. I honestly got tired of starting back at “day 1” if I cheated during a date.

So to combat all that, I came up with these rules for myself. They worked like a charm the first day I seriously implemented them.

Actually, I’m tired of dating and having that “why don’t you drink with me” conversation.

Highly likely I’ll lay low and then pick up dating again in a few months.

Unless he’s everything I ever wanted and it’s incredibly obvious he’s a God send. Otherwise… nah. I can give up the attention for a while.

But if you’d like to date or got a boo thang you love going out with, here are a few tips for sticking to your weight loss routine while you date.

What to eat

Skip the bread, the sweets, the fried foods, the sugary drinks, the creamy foods, the noodles, and anything off of your routine.

ESPECIALLY IF YOU’RE PRONE TO FALL COMPLETELY OFF OF YOUR PLAN – For instance, you let yourself have

Opt for meat and vegetables. Do salads, chicken, fish, steamed vegetables, or a small steak.

If going for breakfast or brunch, do scrambles and omelets without cheese, without sour cream, and with plenty of vegetables. Add bacon or sausage for extra protein. Skip the pancakes, grits, donuts, cookies, danishes, orange juice, or muffins.

On all occasions drink water, sparkling water, black coffee, or tea.

If you’re intermittent fasting, schedule your date during your fasting window if possible (and if you want to keep a strict fasting window).

And whenever possible, choose a restaurant with smaller portions and cleaner options. These are usually higher end restaurants. You can also check their menus beforehand.

What to alcohol to drink

Now, I’m going to tell you straight up. Drinking while you’re trying to lose weight, especially if you’re prone to tough/slow weight loss, is a huge no-no.

Trust me, I know.

I’ve also seen a few weight loss coaches on my Insta preach against it. Alcohol, even those drinks that aren’t sweet, is essentially sugar.

But, gurl. If you’d like to drink, I do have suggestions for “safer” options. They’re “safer” because they’re not mixed with sugary shit (oops…) and have 0 carbs.

Vodka (0 carbs): Burnett’s, Smirnoff, Absolut, Svedka, Grey Goose, Stolichnaya, Ciroc, Skyy

Whiskey (scotch/bourbon) (0 carbs): Crown Royal, Jack Daniels, Jim Beam, Seagram’s, Dewar’s, Wild Turkey, Chivas Regal Johnnie Walker

Tequila (0 carbs): Don Julio, Tres Agaves, El Jimador, Patron, 1800 Tequila, Milagro, Cazadores, Sauza

Rums, Gins, and some Brandy’s are good as well.

(Resource: “The Ketogenic Diet and Alcohol”)

When I did drink on a weight loss routine, I would have vodka with sparkling water. Sparkling water is a good mix.

Try going on dates that don’t involve drinks and food

Oooo that’s a challenge huh?

I know it is for me which is why I’d rather not date right now. I keep meeting men that want to go out and eat or drink.

But if you can manage, try doing something different. Here are some ideas:

  • Horseback riding
  • Museums
  • Aquariums
  • Visit and walk an old town
  • Historical sites
  • Touristy city tour
  • Golfing
  • Driving range

Eat ahead of time

Eating before the date helps with curving those “you want something to eat” questions.

Answer in confidence, “no, thank you. I’m good.”

Plus it’s hard to eat when you’re satisfied and don’t have an appetite.

Or… you could date someone that gets it

I’m kidding here, but not really.

Ok, so this is light weight my goal.

I’d rather date someone that’s also on a fitness routine, wants to eat clean, and that understands why I’m not eating certain things or skipping on the alcohol.

I’ve dated men that actually get upset or think I’m being too restrictive. And in my “weaker” less prepared days, I’d give in and fall of course.

Happy dating!

Go and have fun, gurl.

Put these tips to work for you as you navigate the dating scene. Let me know how it goes.

Weight Loss Transformation Resources

If you need help with your weight loss transformation or looking to start strong on your transformation goals, please check out these weight loss transformation resources I’ve created based on my own weight loss success and research:

Weight Loss Transformation Journal + Workbook 

How I IF on Keto Free Guide – 3 things you can do today to improve your weight loss results with intermittent fasting 

How To IF on Keto – successful keto diet meal plan + intermittent fasting schedule + workout + food lists + transformation journal and more 

 

 

 

 

Get back on track: What you can learn from my 20-lbs weight gain

Over the last 8 months or so, I’ve gained over 20 pounds.

It seems like one month I was celebrating getting back down to the 160’s and then the weight started creeping up to where I’m just 6 pounds shy of being back in the 200’s club.

I struggled with binge eating, food addiction, and feeling controlled by parties, dates, and event. It usually started with an event, now that I think about it.

It would start with an event (party, date, special occasion). Then my cravings would be through the roof and I’d continue to eat sugary, processed foods. This would go on for weeks until I finally gained control.

That cycle of losing and gaining control went on and on causing my waist to go up 4 inches. There is way more belly fat around my midsection. I teared up when I noticed the difference.

I started doing some mindfulness work and keeping track in a journal to recognize where I was struggling the most and what steps helped me the most.

So, I thought I’d come here and share what I’ve noticed has made the biggest difference in getting back on track. Hopefully these things that have helped me will also help you.

Be relentlessly forgiving of yourself. Beating yourself up can make the situation more challenging.

Something I’m definitely still working on.

I got into a habit of beating myself up and scolding myself on all the things I needed to do and do better. With every binge, I became harsher on myself to the point that I felt depressed and trapped by my cravings. I felt powerless.

Feeling powerless led to feeling hopeless. With each ridicule of what I could have done differently I stacked up more things I would have to do in order to be back in control. Which made it seem as if getting control was more and more impossible.

Then I started practicing forgiveness by acknowledging that I was working on it. It took some time, but eventually I started countering my negative talk with thoughts of forgiveness.

I talked to myself as if I was learning a new concept instead of as if I could have been doing better. 

Eventually wanting to be nice to myself led to wanting to learn how to love myself better. I discovered that self-love isn’t easing my discomfort by giving in to my cravings. Self-love is being the parent that knows what’s better for the child (my addicted body.)

I learned that by being forgiving, and refusing to beat yourself up, you make space for learning how to treat yourself better and how that self-love actually looks. You quit being mean and start being patient. In that patience, you’re more likely to open up to being solution oriented. 

Stay aware of your weight and, or how your clothes fit even if you haven’t figured out how to stay on track yet

My biggest mistake when I started slipping was taking off my waist beads. The waist beads got tight so I took them off. Once I put them on a couple of days ago, they were cutting into my skin. It was VERY obvious I gained 20 pounds and my belly had gotten bigger. At one point those beads were slipping off of me.

Waist beads also serve the purpose of weight management. When they get tight, there’s something that needs to be addressed regarding what you’re doing. Having that awareness can help you get back on your health and fitness routine much sooner than if you ignored the signs and kept getting triggered.

When you’re on a weight loss routine, keep weighing yourself and being aware of how your clothes fit. Don’t “look away” because you’re too scared to watch what’s happening. Watching what’s happening empowers you and helps you form the thoughts that’ll eventually get you back on track.

Some might argue that weighing yourself too often can be discouraging, but I’ll argue it’ll maintain awareness when you know you’re slipping up in healthy behaviors.

Perhaps, instead of letting those poor habits creep in and cause significant weight gain, tighter waist beads, tighter clothes, and a telling scale could lead to paying attention and working on those poor habits much sooner.

Start with the easiest approach from where you’re at

Anxious to get back on track, I would nosedive back into a strict routine only to fall off again because it was too strict. Strict enough to make my head hurt and cravings so strong I couldn’t concentrate at work. I’d have to eat something just to finish a project.

Then I decided to try starting where I was at. My first day after a binge, I’d make myself some oatmeal with lots of butter, stevia, a banana, berries, walnuts, and dried cranberries. That kept me full for 6 to 7 hours. Then I’ll have my low-carb dinner. 

This routine of tapering off with high-carb real foods helped me beat cravings with much less will power. Getting back to my healthy food plan was much simpler.

Try starting with real foods instead of going into something strict like keto, calorie restriction, or intermittent fasting. Getting back on track with foods like oatmeal, rice, beans, sweet potatoes, fruits, dried fruits, and nut butters will weaken the cravings for junk foods. 

Being mindful that the goal is to eventually get back to a weight loss protocol, give it a few days to feel how cravings lesson. Soon, it’ll be a natural next step to get back to a routine that’s more supportive of weight loss.  

Learn to work through your triggers instead of thinking they control you

What made me really get a hold of my 20-pound weight gain was learning to work with my triggers. I used to think my triggers were trapping and controlling me. For instance, I would hold off on dieting because there was a party. Then I would feel upset that I had to hold off on eating healthy because there was that party.

See the problem there?

Why was I allowing these things to control my progress? These things that are going to happen regardless. They’re a part of life. But they’re also my triggers.

Once I realized I had to learn how to work through my triggers, and prepare myself way ahead of time with daily practices, I started surviving my triggers.

My daily exercises include daily affirmations, taking 15 minutes a day to visualize and think positively about my health, and working with subliminal messages. (They’re actually not scary at all and highly effective.)

And the last time I went to an event that would have triggered me, I ate a really healthy, high-fat meal and packed food. It was a huge success!

Learning to identify these occasions as triggers and then working through them is a much better method than thinking you can conquer them once you get there. Will power doesn’t work like that. 

Strengthen your will power by preparing yourself daily for these situations that typically get you caught up.

I’m back on track

Working my triggers and doing my mental exercises daily has definitely helped me beat those situations that I used to allow squash my efforts. 

I still have lots of work to do until I’m strong enough to go 100% clean for cleansing and healing.

The other night I had a glass of wine. Not beating myself up about it, but I know I did make a commitment to cleanse and not drink any alcohol. I forgave myself and acknowledge that I’m getting better and doing the work that has to be done.

Try these tips out if ever you fall off or you know you’re prone to slipping up when you’ve made a commitment to be 100%.

Weight Loss Transformation Resources

If you need help with your weight loss transformation or looking to start strong on your transformation goals, please check out these weight loss transformation resources I’ve created based on my own weight loss success and research:

Weight Loss Transformation Journal + Workbook 

How I IF on Keto Free Guide – 3 things you can do today to improve your weight loss results with intermittent fasting 

How To IF on Keto – successful keto diet meal plan + intermittent fasting schedule + workout + food lists + transformation journal and more 

 

 

Intermittent fasting – 5 simple tips for painlessly getting started

Through my own experience, and from watching intermittent fasting channels on YouTube, I found out there is a hard and an easy way to getting started with intermittent fasting.

You could jump right in and deal with the sugar withdrawals and cravings on top of adjusting to eating one to two times a day.

Or, you could prepare your body and experience a much easier transition to the intermittent fasting lifestyle.

Jumping right into intermittent fasting makes it harder to stick to and incorporate as part of a healthy lifestyle.

Being prepared for intermittent fasting makes it easier for the body to transition without having to suffer through sugar withdrawals while fasting.

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Here are the 5 simple (but not easy for everyone) steps I noticed I took that made intermittent fasting really easy to do.

These steps might not be for everyone, but for what they’ve done for me, I had to share.

Start by removing sugar, flour, and other highly processed foods from your diet

Some people advocate for eating anything you want while intermittent fasting. As long as it fits in your macros, the meal is all good.

What I’ve noticed is still eating whatever foods can make those hours when no food is eaten much harder than they have to be.

For myself there were more cravings, I thought about food more often, found it harder to sleep at night, I felt irritable without food, experienced foggy brain at times, and intermittent fasting wasn’t something I could enjoy.

When I removed sugar, flour, and all highly processed foods, I felt liberated from food. I could easily do my fasting without thinking about food all day. Sleep got really good. My physical cravings weakened big time. And going without eating didn’t turn me into an ass hole.

Start preparing for intermittent fasting by first removing all highly processed foods including sugars, white flour, and wheat flour. Remove soda and juice as well.

It’s highly likely you’ll experience withdrawals, but it’s much easier to get those sugar withdrawals out of the way before you start intermittent fasting.

Focus on removing highly processed foods from your diet for two weeks to a month. Removing those foods alone will cause weight loss without starting intermittent fasting.

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Start eating three meals a day and load up on real foods

Cut out snacking and stick to three meals of real foods a day.

I’ve found it’s just easier on the body and less stressful in life to ease into intermittent fasting by going back to the basics. Three meals a day.

It’s a good way to get into the habit of timing and scheduling meals, sticking to an eating window, and preparing the body for less frequent feedings.

And sticking to real foods allows the body to detox from sugar, regulates blood sugar (which helps A LOT with intermittent fasting), and helps control appetite.

What I’ve experienced is that eventually my body will naturally want to eat less frequently than three meals a day. Making a transition to intermittent fasting super easy.

Work on eating three meals of real foods a day for two weeks and see how you feel. You might also find your appetite more in check.

Remove root vegetables and sugary fruits from your diet … if you’ve got a problem with sugar

I’m someone that spent a good chunk of my childhood borderline diabetic. Sugar and starches, even from sweet potatoes, white potatoes, and fruits, cause me problems.

I get cravings, my weight loss stalls, I can be triggered to binge, and my results with intermittent fasting aren’t as impressive.

Some people can deal just fine on fruits and root vegetables. However, if you find yourself still suffering with cravings and stalled weight loss, remove sugary fruits and root vegetables.

Berries, tomatoes, and avocados are cool, but avoid all potatoes, bananas, strawberries, melons, apples, oranges, plums, grapes… basically all really sweet fruits and starchy vegetables including carrots.

Instead, load up on dark vegetables, dark leafy greens, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, and asparagus. Fit in 6 to 8 cups of vegetables when possible. If you’re find on blueberries, keep ’em. If not, toss ’em.

Related resources:

How to Create Your Own Keto Diet Meal Plan in 3 Simple Steps 

How to Choose the Best Intermittent Fasting Method FOR YOU

How to Break Stalled Weight Loss on the Ketogenic Diet 

How I Lost 45 Pounds in 4 Months on Effortless Intermittent Fasting


Start eating more fat to increase fat burning and control appetite

Eating more fats in my diet has definitely made intermittent fasting easier to maintain when I first started.

Even when I fell off, eating high fat meals made it easier for me to go longer without eating thus easier and sooner back to intermittent fasting.

People do it, but intermittent fasting without a high-fat diet made not eating hella hard. And I would get hungry shortly after my meals.

If you’ve also experienced getting hungry soon after eating or feeling too hungry to complete your intermittent fasting schedule, try eating more fats.

Try following a Ketogenic Paleo diet that includes butter, coconut oil, olive oil, avocado oil, avocado oil mayonnaise, avocados, organic lard, egg yolks, and beef tallow. Load up.

There are lots of recipes and resources online for more details.

[UPDATE 8/28/18]

But…

You might also need to eat more protein, and less fat, at a certain point if your goal with intermittent fasting is to lose body fat.

I write about this on How Much Fat Should You Really Eat on a Ketogenic Diet.

Keep meals hella simple

I know I just mentioned recipes, but avoiding elaborate recipes is how I’ve seen the most success getting started with intermittent fasting.

I stuck to meat, veggies, and fats. Still really tasty but super simple. And sticking to simple meals has made weight loss easier for me.

Keeping it simple, for me, makes eating healthy and incorporating intermittent fasting easier because it removes the stress of figuring out if the recipe fits in the macros, if there was there enough fat, and if there’ll be enough to keep me full.

It’s also easier to find out how to eat healthy consistently and on a busy schedule and which foods work and which foods don’t.

After reaching goal weight, it’ll likely be easier to eat healthy consistently so trying out recipes regularly likely won’t be an issue.

But to simplify things, and build healthy habits easier, it’s been better to keep meals simple.

Learn how to write your own keto diet meal plan: How to Create Your Own Keto Diet Meal Plan in 3 Simple Steps.

Round Up

Through trial and error, I’ve found it was these five things that made getting started with intermittent fasting easier to do:

  • Remove sugar, flour, and other highly processed foods
    • Do this as soon as you make the decision to start intermittent fasting
  • Start eating three meals a day and load up on real foods
    • Cut out snacking and eat three meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner) a day
    • Stick to three meals a day for at least 2 weeks or until comfortably eating three meals a day
  • Remove root vegetables and sugary fruits from your diet… if you’ve got a problem with sugar
    • If you’re still experiencing lots of cravings even though you’ve cut out sugars and highly processed foods, eliminate root vegetables (carrots, all types of potatoes, beets) and fruit (except avocados, berries, and tomatoes) from your diet
  • Start eating more fat to increase fat burning and control appetite
    • Healthy fats include grass-fed butter, beef tallow, lard, avocado oil, olive oil, avocado oil mayo, and avocados
  • Keep meals simple
    • If you’re using intermittent fasting to lose weight, it’s easier to skip the complexity of recipes and stick to simple meals.
    • Meat, veggies, fat. Simple.

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How I maintained a sugar-free holiday weekend

Memorial Day weekend is winding down as I write this and I have to say I am pretty proud of myself.

I stuck to my food list! No snacking, no sweets, and no nibbling on junk foods.

This Memorial Day weekend I went to a two-day concert, visited with my brother, and went out to eat for my mom’s Birthday.

All triggers which have sent me into binges in the past.

Not this Memorial Day weekend!

The big difference has been doing the work to mentally prepare for these triggers. Something I have never given serious work before.

Because I mentally prepared myself, I made sure to cook food ahead of time, I had the mentality to painlessly ignore cravings and manage them properly, and I made it through the weekend without any regrets.

Truly a huge accomplishment!

If you’re on a weight loss journey and, or a health journey and find it hard to stick to your routine and food list, this advice might work for you as well.

Get honest about your triggers and RESPECT THEM

As I have learned through LOTS of error, triggers are NOTHING to play with!

Triggers in this context are events, people, occasions, things, places, or feelings that lead you to binge eating, cheating on your diet, and disregarding your promises to yourself.

Triggers can cause you to forget it all and then regret it all later.

It’s an ugly cycle I grew all too tired of.

Then I learned about triggers and how important it is to identify them and RESPECT them enough to prepare myself to deal with them in a healthy and sustainable way.

What I did to start being honest about my triggers was identify them first. This took me experiencing them and then taking mental notes each time I fell victim to them.

Patience with yourself is required for this process. Being angry and frustrated with yourself usually removes the opportunity to be analytical and strategic. As I have realized in my own weight loss and overall health journey.

Showing myself love and patience, instead of beating myself up, lead to me realizing there was work I could do on my end to better prepare.

Once I identified what triggered me, and got honest that I was triggered, I started respecting them by preparing for them.

I prepared for my triggers by thinking of what self-talk better served me and also by preparing food ahead of time as to not be caught in a compromising situation.

To find good self-talk, I started realizing what I was telling myself that made my triggers so powerful. Then I started formulating ideas and self-talk that strengthened me over my triggers.

This past weekend, positive self-talk was probably one of the most powerful tools against my triggers.

Be mentally prepared and do the work BEFORE the holiday, vacation, event, etc.

Prior to this Memorial Day weekend, I had been sitting with myself for 15 minutes a day to think about how healthy I am and am becoming. No action, just peer thoughts and good feelings.

I spoke about my healthy eating habits as I would want them to be – sticking to my healthy habits, feeling good in my body, having my body feel fantastic all weekend. And I made sure to speak as if they were already my habits.

Outside of those 15 minutes, I gave thanks for being healthy, in control, prepared, and for feeling awesome anytime I started thinking about the subject.

The most distinctive evidence of this method working was the inner conversation I had with myself when I felt myself getting a craving outside of my eating schedule.

Instead of telling myself I could give into the craving because it was a holiday, I reminded myself of my goal to strengthen my will by riding the craving. And it worked! I finally successfully rode the cravings.

Try this out by speaking to yourself about how you’d want your healthy habits to be. Make sure to not hold yourself to how you used to act. That can be limiting.

If you find this exercise hard to get started with, start by simply telling yourself “I am healthy.”

Starting out with “I am healthy” is what helped me find the other thoughts that helped me build a self-image of health and wellness.

And make sure to prepare ahead of time by making this a daily practice. Trying to do this during a trigger makes it less effective because the healthier thoughts (protection and prep) simply isn’t there or aren’t strong enough.

Used subliminal messages

Some people get freaked out by subliminal messages. I love them and consider them to be ultimate cheat codes and life hacks. And I do make sure to “protect” myself by using subliminal message creators with great reviews.

From my experience, using subliminal messages is like doing lots of work in much less time with much less effort. Much. Less. Effort.

Since using subliminal messages, things I’ve been working to change and improve upon for months and even years, have started improving and changing in a matter of days and weeks.

It’s like magic.

There are plenty of subliminal messages on YouTube. My favorite on YouTube is Mind Audio Central.

Pick subliminal messages for healthy eating, weight loss, healthy living, and control of cravings to get started. Create a playlist and give them a listen.

I also like to use an app called Subliminals Work. It’s a subscription app where you pay monthly for access to their library of subliminal messages. They seem to keep it pretty updated with new content regularly.

Here are the health related subliminal messages I’ve been using through this app: Healthy Lifestyle, Diet Willpower, Weight Loss, Self Discipline, and Boost Self Confidence.

I like the app more than YouTube because the affirmations are listed and I’ve actually noticed results much sooner. In a matter of days.

Some tips I’ve found helpful for getting the most out of subliminal messages:

  • Believe they work – I’ve read in a few articles that using them while believing they don’t work will cause them to not work.
  • The more you listen, the sooner you’ll see results
  • Listening while sleep helps a lot
  • Make a playlist to listen to while doing any activities except driving
  • Try boosters and blockage removers for that extra support – my subliminal playlist on YouTube starts with Super Fast Subliminals Results | Affirmation and is followed by Remove Subconscious Blockages | Blockage

Conclusion

Finally experiencing a sugar-free, healthy eating holiday weekend was a goal of mine I’d been working towards for some time.

What finally made me successful was identifying and working through my triggers, getting mentally prepared before the triggers through daily 15-minute thought exercises, and using subliminal messages consistently.

Paying attention to and working on self-image has made a huge difference in my weight loss and health goals. Perhaps it was the missing component in your journey as well.

Hope these work out for you. And if you’ve done some similar work on your health and wellness journey, please share. I’d love to hear about it.

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