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Keto Friendly Shawarma-Spiced Chicken Wraps

Keto Friendly Shawarma-Spiced Chicken Wraps

As you know I am a big fan of serving “wraps” for lunch or a light dinner. Today we are going to take a look at Shawarma-Spiced Chicken Wraps Chicken shawarma is traditionally prepared on a vertical, rotating spit over open flames. As a result, […]

Finding the Beauty Within While Dieting

Finding the Beauty Within While Dieting

Finding the Beauty Within While Dieting And why you want to adapt a lifestyle adjustment more than a “Diet” is important to your long-range success. There seems to be one universal truth when it comes to dieting. No one really enjoys the process though we […]

Starting my ketogenic day

Starting my ketogenic day

Starting my ketogenic dayI thought I would take a moment and just “go personal” and talk a little about starting my ketogenic day. Today happens to be a Saturday which for some is the weekend but for those of us that are semi-retired it is just a Day. It seems that the older I get the more I try to remove “time” from my thought pattern. Time is a man made invention because we need to be told or tell ourselves where we are and what we need to do at all times. So my time for starting my day is 4 a.m. most days, but there are days when it is 2 a.m. or 3 a.m.

After getting up I head for the kitchen to make my first 16 ounce of keto Coffee. While the coffee is brewing I brush my teeth etc so I am ready to take the keto coffee to my computer area where I will plan the meal for the day. I will then share the recipe with you on this blog. Today I am not sure of the Menu at this point because it is farmers market day and we will be walking to the farmers market in a couple of hours where I will pick up a few items and develop the dinner menu.

I also have a calico cat named Patches that is waiting for me in my computer room. She likes an early breakfast so I bring it along with my keto coffee.  Funny thing,  I never really cared much for cats before we retired to Mexico but down here you must have a cat so a friend brought us this calico street cat that had been showing up at their back door each morning for a free meal. I don’t know what happened but the minute Patches saw me, she decided that I was to be her pet human. I have never seen a cat that demands that much personal attention. She has also developed a way to “talk to me” so that I understand when she needs to go out or when she needs a snack or to spend some time on my lap etc. So the computer room is “her room” and I am her human.

Starting my ketogenic day
Meet Patches

 

There is a funny side to this and that is my wife and I rescue injured or unwanted dogs. We have 11 dogs at the moment. They all demand a certain amount of our time. They also want a lot of personal attention. One of the Chihuahuas by the name of Zorro must sit on my lap when I am at the kitchen table. I think he thinks he is as big as a lion because if any of the other dogs try to get near me at that time, including the three labs,, he will let them know to back off, this is his space.

Starting my ketogenic day
Meet Zorro

 

You might notice that I share a lot of chicken recipe as part of the keto diet. That is partly because my wife has a “Hobby farm” and has about 100 chickens at any given time. I call it her hobby farm because it takes up about half an acre on our property and she spends a lot of time there. I usually am not involved except to enjoy the eggs and a chicken dinner every so often.

Starting my ketogenic day
Some of My Wife’s Chickens

So much for the idea of retiring, being an empty nester and living the quite life in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Only the last part is true. We do live in the Puerto Vallarta area of Mexico, but about 10 minutes from the ocean that everyone comes to for vacation. We live along a river and swim in that part of the year (when it has water). There is a part of the year when it will get very shallow because the farmers need to divert the water for their crops. We don’t visit the ocean area much during “tourist seaon” aka “The High Season” because everything cost more at that time. We do enjoy our beach time during the “Low Season” when most of the visitors have returned home.

I find it easy to enjoy a meal in restaurants here in the Puerto Vallarta are and still follow the keto diet. The chefs are also happy to change the plate arrangement for me and replace the white rice with sliced avocado and the beans with a small toss salad. That does not change the price of the meal and they always make the food look picture perfect. I don’t know if that is a chef to chef thing or they do it out of love for the art of cooking. I believe it is the latter because we do take a lot of pride in the way we present a dish.

I do not have a recipe for you this morning because I was very busy yesterday and did not plan ahead to gather the food items I would need to make the recipe myself. I hope to have one for tomorrow but Sunday is “Newsletter Day” for the blog so I want to get that out to all of you that are signed up and I will spend a part of today writing it to share with you.If you would like to enjoy the newletter you can sign up at the top of the page. I would love to have you join our family of Whole Food Low-Carb Keto Enthusiasts..And when you sign up you will get a copy of my Top 10 Tips for starting the Keto Diet.

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Broccoli Bacon Salad with Toasted Pumpkin Seeds

Broccoli Bacon Salad with Toasted Pumpkin Seeds

I do not believe that Broccoli gets the respect other vegetables do. That is about to change. This salad will make a believer of people that only eat a small piece from the buffet table during the office party and only because there in not […]

Tuna Salad Lettuce Wrap

Tuna Salad Lettuce Wrap

Today I am sharing a recipe for a simple Tuna Salad Lettuce Wrap. The goal of this weeks menu is to give you recipes that are pretty easy to make and that the family should not have a problem enjoying. Most of the time, I […]

Keto Spinach And Eggs Breakfast

Keto Spinach And Eggs Breakfast

 

Keto does not need to be fancy. There are many more times when just a simple dish is what we want. As a working chef it was my job to sell t keto Spinach and Eggs he meal with how well I made the entree look. As a retired chef, sometimes simple is better. An example is this Keto Spinach and Eggs Breakfast. I really enjoy it and the flavors are wonderful together.

This week at the farmers market I  was able to get clean, tender baby spinach. I recommend you use organic baby spinach if you can get it because it is much easier to chew and enjoy. The full grown spinach tends to be a little tough. I usually slice the larger leaves of full grown spinach before I cook it to make it a little more desirable when I must use it. (more…)

Keto Pickled Jalapeno Peppers & Red Onion

Keto Pickled Jalapeno Peppers & Red Onion

With summer in full swing and cook outs almost every weekend This Pickled Jalapeno Peppers & Red Onion condiment will come in very handy for many of the entrees and sandwich wraps you will be serving. It allows everyone to add a little spice according […]

Managing The Ketogenic Induction Phase

Managing The Ketogenic Induction Phase

Judging by the questions I am asked it is time for an article about Managing The Ketogenic Induction Phase. I have noticed that there is a lot available about how to live after you are following the ketogenic lifestyle but perhaps we need a little […]

Peanut Butter, Coconut, Cocoa Fat Bombs

Peanut Butter, Coconut, Cocoa Fat Bombs

Yesterday I ate the last fat bomb that was in the freezer so today I made Peanut Butter, Coconut, Cocoa Fat Bombs. I can say without question that these are a one a day fat bomb and no more. They are a shade high on calories as fat bombs tend to be. They taste so much like they should not be allowed when weight loss is a goal. But they are – in moderation of course. When you need to raise you fat grams a little and you want something a little decadent, these might just do the trick.
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Amazing Keto Coffee

Amazing Keto Coffee

I have chosen Keto Coffee as the second Breakfast because for coffee drinkers this is the answer to no hunger pains during the day. I use this recipe every morning to kick the energy to a high level while adding some much needed GOOD FAT […]


My Diary

Daily Functional Fitness

Daily Functional Fitness

Long ago I decided that daily Functional Fitness was going to be the way for me to go if I was to exercise and stay in any kind of shape at all. This past year I have adjusted to a Ketogenic lifestyle that includes a lot more whole foods and I use functional fitness as my exercise program. As a side effect and without effort on my part other than the above, I have dropped 51 pounds that needed to go. When I had my annual physical the doctor discovered through the blood work that I had a health issue that needed to be addressed.The pounds had to go in the fastest possible time without putting a strain on my health in general. That made it extra easy to make the changes. I have more pounds to drop (the curse of being a chef) and I plan to share with you what I do so perhaps if you want to drop a few pounds or just want to add a little Daily Functional fitness to your life, you will join me.

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