I Found A Awesome Keto Community

Hello family, I know it’s been a minute. Life has been so busy with dodging the Covid19 and being a essential worker WOW. Did I mention I am also in Barber college, yes at 52yrs old I decided to make another life change. So as you can imagine, it’s been crazy.

My wife Debbie is 52lbs down and I am so proud of her, looking hot mama… I love the way it’s giving her a mental boost, she sees the change and having to get new cloths because the old ones are to big rocks. I have been stealing her old tshirts, being in the biker community we have a lot of biker tshirts so now the shirts are to big for her and I don’t want to see them go to waist so I steal them. I wear Large for the first time I think ever, I have always worn 2 & 3XL shirts. Feels good.

I was hunting for a recipe on Youtube and came across a Keto Live – Keto On The Couch by 2krazyketos the host Joe & Rachel Stauffer are just awesome, real people. They seem very down to earth and fun folks. I was so impressed with them both, very knowledgeable of keto and again fun folks. So so so important about this keto journey or really any diet, if it ain’t fun and easy you most likely won’t stick with it… One of the reasons we/I want to loose weight is to feel good and if the journey wasn’t enjoyable I most likely wouldn’t have stuck with it.

I hope you all go and just take a look at the LiveKeto On The Couch I was interacting in and see what you think, they have a lot of videos uploaded the one I liked also was the one explaining what got them started on there keto journey. Ask them questions, they will answer & enjoy this new life. There website is 2krazyketos.com

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Macros? What are they & how to calculate them?

Starting a keto diet we hear the word MACROS a lot, so What are Macros? Macros means macro-nutrients – fat, protein and carbohydrates. These are the building blocks of the foods we eat. Fat has 9 calories per gram, and protein and carbs have 4 calories per gram. A low carb or keto diet is based upon the principle of restricting carbohydrates.

Hummm, what are the macros

Why are macros important? So starting a keto diet, you want to be able to look at a product label and quickly decide if this is good or bad for you. You can at a glance and see if you are exceeding you carbs for the day or maybe trying to up the fat count, track calories, etc. It’s all right there. Make sure to read ingredients make sure there is not a lot of extra junk you can’t even pronounce? You want clean, simple ingredients. Example: Here is a Natural Peanut Butter: Made From Peanuts, Sugar, Palm Oil, Contains 2% Or Less Of: Salt, Contains 2% Or Less Of: Molasses (now I don’t know about you but Peanut Butter doesn’t naturally come with sugar, palm oil, salt or molasses) Here is a real Natural Peanut Butter: Peanuts & Sea salt (this is good and clean).

Now you might want to know how many carbs should I be taking in or how many calories? I found an easy to use Keto Calculator from the folks at Rule.Me , just put in a little simple info and it will give a good estimate of how many Calories, Fats, Proteins you should be getting each day.

We want to make your keto journey as easy as possible so you will have the success we have had and not just another diet disaster. Believe me, I know I have tried so many times just about every diet out there and this has been the easiest and sustainable of them. That’s why I don’t even like calling it a diet because diets fail, this keto journey works.

Here is the link to Rule.Me Keto Calculator enjoy.

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Starting A Keto Journey

Almost New Year and so many folks are going to get on the fitness kick, we want you to start and have a successful journey and not just a New Years resolution kick that ends in a few weeks.

For my birthday we went to a casino in Lake Charles and while play some poker met a really cool couple. The dealer at the table started taking about bulletproof coffee and my wife and I looked at each other and looked back at him and ask if he was doing a keto diet. He replied yes, he had started a couple of months ago and was telling us how he had lost about 20lbs and was excited. We started sharing our journey with him as well as the couple next to us, the husband said (if you had not mentioned you where fat I would have never thought you struggled with being over weight) I almost started to cry, inside I was doing a happy dance and for a biker that is huge. I got to share some tips with the dealer and the couple and I felt so good, then I hit a $500. winning hand and even felt better.

Coming back from our trip we stopped off in had late lunch with some friends and our friend Brandy shared she wanted help getting started on keto so this section is for her and anyone else starting out on keto.

FIRST STEP: Clean out refrigerator & pantry Watch video at bottom by Thomas DeLauer he provides so great resources for a successful keto journey.

THE BEST FOODS FOR A LOW CARB OR KETO DIET

This simple list summarizes what to eat on a low carb diet / keto diet :

  • Healthy fats like avocado and avocado oil, butter and coconut oil, olive oil,
  • Leafy greens like lettuce, cabbage, spinach and kale
  • Low carb vegetables that grow above ground, like zucchini, cauliflower and asparagus
  • Meat like beef and pork (bacon lots of bacon)
  • Poultry like chicken and turkey
  • Seafood like fish and shellfish, salmon is a great source of good fats
  • Full-fat dairy like cheese and heavy cream (try to avoid shredded cheeses, shred your own)
  • Eggs lots of eggs (stock up)
  • Sugar-free beverages like water, coffee and tea,
  • Herbs & spices like basil, dill and cinnamon, get Himalayan Salt, limit garlic & onion
  • Low carb condiments like mayo, hot sauce and mustard

Himalayan Salt, Why? One of the trickier aspects of the Ketogenic diet, especially to newbies, is understanding the importance of increasing salt consumption. As our body transitions from being a sugar burner to a fat burner, it reduces the amount of sodium stored in the body thus requiring more salt in our diet. Since keto excludes most convenient processed foods that are high in sodium, the amount of sodium consumed is naturally decreased as well. As a result, sodium levels often drop causing unpleasant side effects that can be easily avoided. Himalayan salt has minerals that your body will be missing so get your sodium & minerals all in one shot.

You can also enjoy these on a low carb keto diet in moderation:

  • Low carb fruit like raspberries, strawberries, blue berries, and coconuts
  • Nuts & seeds like almonds, macadamia nuts and sunflower seeds (limit peanuts)
  • Sugar-free sweeteners like erythritol, monk fruit and stevia
  • Low carb flours like almond flour, coconut flour and flax seed meal

The main difference between the low carb and keto diet is the macro-nutrient profile, but the types of foods you eat are mostly the same.

These are the basics, and it’s best to start simple – meat, eggs, fats, and veggies primarily. Once you have it down, you can experiment with extras like low carb/keto desserts or more advanced recipes, but it’s not necessary.

REMEMBER: you can do this, if I can you can. Let’s do it together…

Christmas Cookies ~ Hurry Santa’s Coming

We have an emergency! Santa is on his way and so is Hanukkah Harry, we don’t have cookies yet. What do we do now? Well thank God for a quick & easy recipe from Sarah @ Cj’s Keto Kitchen, she has a sweet awesome keto frosted sugar cookie recipe that will leave Santa & Hanukkah Harry smiling and without breaking there keto diets…

Make sure to stop by Cj’s Keto Kitchen she has some great recipes.

General Tso Chicken Keto, OMG!

I don’t know about you, but I have been a fan of General Tso’s chicken for years. I love some good old Chinese food, and pretty much any Asian foods. It has always been one of my go to’s for take out or the buffet. It got the sweet, slightly spicy, and sticky goodness I love. So when I found this recipe I had to give it a shot and it’s great for a chilly night with the wife. So thank you to Sahil @ Headbanger’s Kitchen he did a awesome job developing this Keto friendly General Tso Chicken please check out his site. It’s not hard just a little prep, but it is so worth it! My wife Debbie got in on cooking, remember Team Work.

Ingredients

  • 17.64 oz Chicken Thighs You want to use boneless and skinless chicken
  • 0.18 oz Garlic
  • 0.18 oz Ginger
  • 1.76 oz Spring Onion Separate the white part and the green part.
  • 1 Egg
  • 2 Tbsp Soy Sauce
  • 1 Tbsp Rice Wine Vinegar 
  • 1/2 Tbsp Sesame Oil 
  • 1/2 Tsp Sesame Seeds
  • 1 Tbsp Chinese Cooking Wine 
  •  Salt & Pepper to taste
  •  Psyllium Husk (as required)
  • 1/2 Tsp Baking Powder 
  •  Oil/Lard/Ghee/Bacon Fat for deep frying
  • 1 Tbsp Chicken Fat
  • 1/4 Cup Chicken stock 
  • 4 Dried Red Chillies 
  • 1 Tsp Stevia or preferred sweetener to taste
  • 1/2 Tsp Xanthan Gum (not in his recipe I added) Helps thicken sauce

Instructions

  1. Start by cutting the chicken thighs into small bite size pieces. Then in a large bowl add the chicken, season with salt and pepper and marinate with 1/2 tbsp soy sauce, 1/2 tbsp vinegar, 1/2 tbsp sesame oil, baking powder and 1 egg.
  2. Then individually dip and coat each piece of chicken in the psyllium husk. Once done breading the chicken heat your oil for deep frying. You can alternatively shallow fry as well.
  3. Once the oil is hot fry the chicken in batches. It should take 3-4 minutes to cook each batch. Since I cook by intuition I cannot give you a temperature for the oil. But to test it I add a bit of the batter in and if it floats up the oil is generally hot enough.
  4. After frying the chicken set it on paper towels to drain of any excess oil.
  5. In a frying pan heat up the chicken fat or any Keto approved cooking fat and fry the garlic, ginger, chillies and spring onions.
  6. Fry until the garlic starts to turn golden brown and then add in the chicken stock, 1/2 tbsp vinegar, 1 1/2 tbsp soy sauce and stevia and cook till it starts to reduce a bit and get syrup like. You can also add the cooking wine if you have access to that and also add some hot sauce if you want to make it spicier. If the sauce looks too little compared to the chicken add in some more chicken stock, this is where I added the Xanthan Gum a little at a time to keep from clumping up.
  7. Once the sauce has reduced a bit then add in the chicken and give everything a good mix. Once the chicken is fully coated garnish and finish with the green part of the spring onion.

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Avocado, Super Keto Food? Why?

One of my favorite things about being on a keto diet is the fact I get to eat Avocados and I don’t know about you but I love avocados. After starting keto and learning the benefits of avocados I was a happy fellow and my wife, she loves them to so there ya go.

What can you do with avocados you ask, well good question. You can cut that baby open, pluck that big seed and eat by it’s self or make Guacamole, Avocado Shake, Puddings, top a Salad, Extreme Fudge Avocado Cookies. So many goodies, you got to give them a try…

Benefits:

Although it’s chock full of calories, avocado is perfectly fine to eat on a keto diet, which is great because it’s loaded with good-for-you nutrients. In fact, they’re packed with the potassium your body needs to stay functioning properly.

When your body is low in potassium, it comes with an array of possible side effects, including: high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, arthritis, cancer, digestive disorders, and infertility. Getting plenty of potassium in your diet can possibly prevent you from developing one of these health issues. Potassium may also help improve your cholesterol and triglyceride levels.

However, the reason avocados are acceptable on the keto diet is that half of a medium avocado contains nine grams of carbs. Seven of those grams of carbs are fiber, which means you’re only consuming two grams of net carbs when enjoying your avocado. So, go ahead and have that avocado and enjoy.

• The amount of nutrients in avocado is very high.

• An average avocado has between 500 to 800mg of potassium which is good for energy, blood sugars and the heart.

• It is also a physiological relaxer that helps with your sleep and blood pressure.

• Folate, vitamin C, vitamin K, B vitamins, vitamin E, manganese, magnesium, zinc, vitamin A

• It is loaded with fat soluble vitamins which also enhance the absorption of other nutrients Keto-Friendly • Per cup, an avocado has 12 grams of carbohydrates

• Net Carbs: 2g / cup High Amounts of Fat

• 77% of avocado is fat – mostly monosaturated.

• Fiber ~ 75% of insoluble fiber • Food for bacteria • Insoluble fiber speeds up digestion – too much of it could give you diarrhea. • Two types of Insoluble Fiber: Fermentable and Non-Fermentable Phytonutrients

• Benefits: Anti-inflammatory, Anticancer, Antimicrobial, Supports blood sugar • Carotenoids (Fat Soluble) • Phytosterols

New Logo Gift, What DO You Think

So a good friend of the Keto Funky site sent us this cool new logo, my wife and I like it and we want to know what YOU think? We like the simple and funky look of it, high protein and low carb look.

Again, give us your thoughts and let us know if you don’t like it. Thanks

Wow, A Very Keto Thanksgiving

So the girls in the kitchen my wife Debbie did a awesome Cauliflower casserole, our daughter Christine assisting chopping the celery for chicken stuffing, while our friend Svetlana creates a Baby Spinach Salad and where was I well snapped a couple of picture and went back outside to watch the smoker. Yes I was cooking a awesome smoked turkey…

So what all did we have, well a oven baked turkey, a smoked turkey, Cauliflower casserole, deviled eggs, Russell sprouts (brussels sprouts) our friend Russ makes them and he is working on his keto journey with us. Also some keto cornbread, cheese dip, pork rinds for the dippen and chicken keto corn bread dressing. For dessert keto Pecan pie… OMG!

So did we suffer? Did we feel like we where missing out? Absolutely not.

We are so blessed and to have family and friends to spend the day hanging out, cooking, laughing, getting healthier, just a little of our Thanksgiving we wanted to share with you.

Work Out, What?

Yep it’s time to get to work, I have lost a significant amount of weight and now I got a good bit of extra skin. My wife told me I should have been working out from the beginning and I told her I didn’t think I was going to stick with the diet long enough to worry about having this extra skin issue. Don’t get me wrong I wanted to loose weight but I have never stuck with a diet in the past so why would I think I would be successful this time.

So as you see if I don't life my arms I am good but I ride a motorcycle...
Yep extra skin under them arms

I found a cool upper body workout, and on 11/25/19 I will start a 6 week of daily workouts. Anyone that wants to join me is welcome, I will be starting at 6:30am Central Time and will be doing some live on our Keto Funky FaceBook page. It’s a 30min workout and all you need is some dumbbells. Start with a lower weight and work up, it should be fun and get us toned up.