Keto/Low Carb Lifestyle How Keto//OS Saved Me
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Good morning friends! I am back on the continent and finally through my jet lag….thank goodness as I have far too much to do to be crashing and burning at 8 pm every night! Let’s take a break from our recent theme of Keto/Low Carb Mistakes and use this week for a bit of a celebration. I wanted to share with you how I believe my Keto//OS saved me during my trip this year.
As many of you know I spent two weeks touring Israel, as one relative noted, from one border to the next - literally. It was beautiful, busy and at times emotional. Immersing yourself in a new culture for me, means taking in every piece that you can, being the food focused person that I am, that means partaking of foods that I might not otherwise eat as long as they are not harmful to me. I shared with you my troubles with beans last week so I stayed away from those but bread is a different story. While it is neither the most nutritious or beneficial option for optimal health, bread is not a harmful food for me. I am neither Celiac nor allergic to wheat but I know that in my day to day life eating bread leads me to sluggishness and weight gain. On this trip I parked that and enjoyed fluffy pita’s, Yemenite Crepes, homemade baked goods to name a few. Not every day, there were certainly days I was able to stick to my guns but definitely more days than not there was some reason to stray.
A few years ago, we went to Paris - I applied the same logic. I came home 8 lbs heavier than I left. You can imagine how apprehensive I was to step on my scale upon my return although strangely my clothes seemed to fit me pretty much the same as before. This time…the number was 2. 2 lbs that were gone 2 days after we got back. How to explain this? Both trips involved a lot of walking, meals with friends and family and no access to gyms. In spite of my best intentions I did not do daily push ups and sit ups in my room (who has time!?). Not only that, on my first day back it was Back Squat day at my gym and I exceeded my personal best by 20 lbs!!! What gives? I believe that my KetoMax was in no small part responsible for all of this - the weight maintenance, the fact that my muscle mass was at least maintained…that and the occasional day when I managed to fast until lunch. This experience really confirmed to me the power of ketones. A couple of factors that may have come into play:
So that’s it….my personal testimony as to the power of this magic white powder that I just mix in water and chug every day. I brought a recipe back from Israel to share with you - it is low carb and high fat and delicious. I hope that you like it as much as I do!
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Middle Eastern Beef & Lamb Meatballs with Tahini Sauce
1 Lb Grass Fed Ground Beef
3/4 Lb Ground Pastured Lamb
1/2 cup fresh chopped Parsley
1/4 cup almond meal
2 TBSP Brain Octane Oil (optional but great for MCT’s and flavour)
3 teaspoons Ras el Hanout (Middle Eastern Spice Mixture)
1- 2 teaspoons sea salt (to taste)
Place all ingredients in a large bowl, wash your hands, remove your jewellery, roll up your sleeves and blend well with your hands.
Then form meatballs with about 1/4 cup or so of the mixture.
To cook, you can either bake in the oven on a cookie sheet at 320 for 25 minutes or so till cooked through OR (my fave) fire up the BBQ and grill ,them - careful that they don’t flame though, between the lamb and the MCT there will be lots of fat to feed those flames.
Serve wrapped in lightly steamed collard leaves topped with 1- 2 TBSP Tahini sauce
In a small blender place
1/2 cup tahini
1-2 cloves garlic
2 TBSP chopped fresh parsley
Juice from 1/2 lemon
1 tsp Sumac (optional but delicious if you have it)
3/4 tsp sea salt
Blend till smooth.
If it’s too thick you can thin it by adding water a tablespoon at a time till you are happy with the consistency.
Taste to adjust the seasonings - use on meatballs or on steamed veggies.