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How To Transition Off Keto

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If you’ve followed along on my YouTube channel you are probably aware that in 2017 I followed a ketogenic diet for 11 months to help improve some of my PCOS symptoms. My body wasn’t using carbohydrates correctly, and I was having a very hard time maintaining my weight, with my body gaining fat despite the fact I wasn’t eating in a caloric surplus. No matter how much I trained or what I did, it just felt like my body didn’t ‘work’.

This was due in part to insulin resistance, which had tagged along as part of my PCOS. Insulin resistance is when your body’s cells don’t respond normally to insulin (a peptide hormone), and glucose (sugar) cannot enter your blood cells as easily, this results in higher blood sugar levels and if left untreated can lead to Type 2 Diabetes (The Clinical Biochemist Reviews, 2005).

I’m happy to report after a few months my insulin functioned correctly (as shown in my blood work), and due to the high fat nature of the diet, my hormonal profile returned to a normal state (previously I had elevated free testosterone, and slightly elevated E3).

After 11 months of being on the ketogenic diet, not having any cheat meals, not a drop of anything with even the slightest bit of caffeine in it, and eating around 3000-4000 calories per day to try and maintain my weight (which had dropped from around 70kg to 56kg), I figured it was time to jump off the diet. That, and I had a concussion and all I wanted was sweet potato hahah.

 
Second month on keto. Video screenshot (filmed Feb 2017)

Second month on keto. Video screenshot (filmed Feb 2017)

During keto October 2017 (scribbles because I would take photos/videos in undies for my own reference)

During keto October 2017 (scribbles because I would take photos/videos in undies for my own reference)

When I felt I'd lost too much weight (I'm 5'8").

When I felt I'd lost too much weight (I'm 5'8").

 

I was hesitant about this at first, because I had gotten so used to eating a certain way, and I am a creature of habit. In the following few paragraphs I’m going to teach you the best way to jump off keto with the least amount of weight gain possible. I personally bent these rules because I wanted to gain back muscle mass, which I felt I had lost (I can cover this in a YouTube video if you are interested).

 
Current picture (July 12 2018)

Current picture (July 12 2018)

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July 18 2018

 

Be aware – you will gain SOME weight

The hint is in the name, carboHYDRATE. Carbs attract water! So the more you add them into your diet, the more water your body is able to retain (Journal of Applied Physiology, 2010). If you got really lean on keto, you’d probably notice you looked ‘drier’ – your abs popped more easily and (for women) during your monthly cycle there was probably very little fluctuation in your look/weight.

This is no reason to be scared of carbs though! Carbohydrates will give you more energy for training, particularly resistance-based training (Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 2003), and are better for helping you grow and retain muscle, combined with a moderate amount of protein intake of course.
 

Plan what you’ll do

Don’t just jump back in to eating oats for breakfasts, wraps for lunch and rice with your dinner. Plan your transition out of a ketogenic diet.

1. For the first 20 days increase your carb intake by 15% of whatever it was initially and reduce your fats by 15%. For example: If you were previously eating 40g of carbs per day, this will now increase to 46g of carbs, and if you were eating 150g of fats per day this will decrease to 127.5g. There will be some calories lost in this transitional period. Keeping in a slight deficit during the process will also reduce the chance of a large amount of weight gain.

2. For the following 20 days increase this to 20% carb increase and 20% fat decrease. Your protein is the only macronutrient that should not be adjusted; this should remain around 1g per kilogram of body weight for sedentary people, up to 2g per kilogram of body weight for highly active people.

3. After this 40-day cycle you can return to your preferred macronutrient ratio. You can learn more about your body type and it’s ideal macronutrient ratio in the Get Lean Nutrition Guide.

 

No processed carbs

Stick to low GI carbs that won’t spike your blood sugar. High GI carbs can cause a spike in insulin, and repeatedly doing this may result in body fat gain (Nutrients, 2011). Here are some carbs that I would recommend adding to your diet, if they weren’t already in it, when you are transitioning out of keto (and also a good base to keep around even when you’re fully off keto!)

  • Wholegrains
  • Legumes
  • Sweet potato
  • Pumpkin
  • Artichoke
  • Asparagus
  • Eggplant
  • Squash
  • Mushrooms
  • Green veg (e.g. beans, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, etc)
  • Berries
  • Grapefruit
  • Pear
  • Apple
  • Orange
  • Plum
  • Flaxseed meal
  • Coconut flour
  • Psyllium husk

 

Nutrient Timing

If your body is functioning correctly and you are not in the process of transitioning off a ketogenic diet, nutrient timing may not be so important (Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition, 2003). However, during the switch from keto back to a regular diet, nutrient timing is a brilliant way to get more carbs into your day whilst allowing your body to use them effectively and discourage them from being stored as body fat (Advanced Nutrition, 2015). This method is one that I stuck to religiously when transitioning off keto.

Here’s an example of how to nutrient time your carbs:

Breakfast: A meal with a moderate amount of protein, high carbs and low fat
[[Training]]
Post-training meal: A meal with high protein, high carbs and low fat.
Lunch: A meal with moderate protein, low carbs and moderate fat.
Dinner: A meal with moderate protein, almost no carbs, and high fat.

As you can see the carbohydrates are focused around my (weight training) session, so that my body can use them more efficiently.

 

Carb Cycling or Paleo

If you find that your body just works better on a ketogenic diet, you may find some relief by swapping to a more long-term sustainable diet such as paleo, or a carb cycling diet.

Paleo

Paleo is similar to keto in that has a ‘no grain/low carb’ approach to eating, however, unlike keto, a healthy paleo diet will give your body a more diverse range of micronutrients, and more access to low GI carbohydrates.

Carb Cycling

Carb cycling is another similar option to swap to. Carb cycling is when you have certain days in the week that you will eat more carbohydrates, it works on a similar principle to how body builders have ‘refeed days’ and allows you to build up your glycogen stores, and then return back to low carbohydrate days to ensure low blood sugar levels.

 

Best of luck on your way out of the ketogenic diet! Keto can be a great way to reset your insulin resistance, rebalance your hormonal profile, or aid in other medical condition improvements (such as epilepsy and Alzhiemer's), but it is not always a long-term solution for everyone! 

Bone Broth Explained

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If you haven’t already heard about Bone Broth WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN!?

Made in most with the connective tissues and bones from animals, one could be forgiven for feeling a little squeamish at the thought. However, for everyday carnivores (meat eaters), it’s really no different to what you already eat, just prepared and served a little differently.

Bone Broth is generally made from chicken, fish, and cattle in general, they get boiled into a broth and are left  with herbs, spices, and veggies for anything from between 10-20 hours.

So, know you know WHAT Bone Broth is, why would you want to consume this?

 

The Health Benefits of Bone Broth

There are more than 30 different reported health benefits linked wit the consumption of bone broth. In this post, I am going to explain the top ten body benefits the are linked to eating bone broth, many of which have been tried and tested and have worked their wonders for many years or many people.

 

1.    It Boosts Immunity

There are a range of essential minerals and properties such as cysteine, glutamine, arginine and amino acids that all work to improve your immune system.

2.    It Reduces Inflammation

There are many studies that have been proven to reduce inflammation in the body and specifically in the gut. If you’ve ever heard the saying that chicken soup soothes the soul and is frequently used to solve the simple cold then this is one particular reason that it is so effective at reducing the signs and symptoms of cold.

3.    It Strengthens Bones - Inc. Teeth & Nails

Bone broth contains all the essential minerals and vitamins that are needed to boost bone health. This not only helps with the core bones in the body, but it can also help to strengthen teeth and nails.

4.    It Aids Weight Loss

Bone broth contains l-glutamine which is a type of amino acid which is essential for the good health of the body. Additionally, there have been countless studies which have proven that people who are overweight have more of a specific type of bacteria in their digestive tract. This bacteria is called Firmicutes. The more of this you have in your body, the more calories you extract from food. Bone both lessens the amount of Firmicutes in the gut and can therefore help you to lose weight as you extract fewer calories from the food you consume.

Studies have also proven that consuming soup lessens your calorific requirements from any following meal. This of course applies to all soups. However, it is an added benefit of eating bone broth as well.

5.    It Helps to Build Muscle

Muscle protein synthesis is stimulated through the inclusion of amino acids. This is vital for the continued growth, maintenance, and repair of muscles. There have been many studies that have proven that this process of muscle protein synthesis is stimulated when a person ingests amino acids.

6.    It Restores your Capacity for Exercise

When bone broth is formulated with vegetables, it contains both electrolytes and carbohydrates. Liquids such as these actually work more effectively than water with regard to restoring your capacity for exercise which might have been lost from the depletion of electrolytes or from dehydration.

7.    It Improves your Mood

The bacteria within your gut can significantly impact upon your mood and your diet is intrinsically linked with your gut. When you have a healthy gut, signals are transmitted to the brain. Similarly, when your gut is unhealthy, it can cause anxiety. There are many ongoing investigations that have linked gut health to depression and stress-related conditions.

8.    It Helps Your Body to be Better Hydrated

If you are looking to improve your body’s hydration, during and outside of exercise, the regular consumption on bone broth can actually help you to stay hydrated for longer. When made with vegetables, it provides your body with a solid source of electrolytes and carbohydrates, both of which are essential for hydration. Studies have shown that it is more effective than water for preventing dehydration due to the inclusion of electrolytes.

9.    It Targets and Relieves Joint Pain

Many of the ingredients contained within bone broth are classified as gelatine-rich foods; these specific foods are also the subject of major ongoing research that is proving that the inclusion of such foods in a diet can help to cure inflammatory and degenerative diseases. As we get older, cartilage within the body slowly degrades. During the very long simmering process, collagen is released from the animal parts into the broth, the consumption of which then helps to restore that cartilage.

10.  It Advances any Detox

Bone broth is actually now considered to be one of the foremost detox agents, helping your digestive system to rid itself of waste, and it helps the liver to remove toxins while retaining the integrity of the tissues. Bone broth also helps your body to use its antioxidants more effectively. The further inclusion of two other key minerals which deliver sulphur to the body and in doing so, reduce oxidative stress.

 

As I mentioned at the start of this post, there are more than 30 individual benefits associated with bone broth, with more time and more research, who knows how many more will surface over the coming years.

With 20 different types of essential acids that are super-easy for your body to absorb, powerful elements such as gelatine and collagen, along with a range of nutrients that enhance immunity, the functioning of the digestive system and boost brain health; it’s no wonder that more and more people are adding bone broth into their daily health rituals.

It is low in calories, rich in minerals, and benefits almost every part of your body.

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You Need Fats! Here's Why:

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We often think of fats as something to avoid in our diet; after all, take a look at just how many food products are labeled “fat-free” next time you go to the grocery store.

But the truth is, we need fats in our diet. Without fats, we wouldn't function as people. Read on to learn more!
 

Do I really need fat?

Short answer: Yes! The longer answer is still yes, but with the caveat that not all fats are created equal. We'll talk about that more shortly.

For now, know this: Fats are essential for energy, for cell growth, for proper organ function, and for insulation. They're also needed for some vitamin and nutrient absorption, brain function, and even hormone production. Without fats in your diet, your body wouldn't work very well, and soon, it would cease to work at all. So yes, you need fats.

For instance, consider the following functions fats fulfill:

  • Energy. Because fats are calorie-dense, they remain one of the best sources of energy we can consume. Additionally, when we don't take in as many calories as we're burning, our bodies can burn fats for that extra energy.
  • Vitamin absorption. For instance, vitamins A, E, and K are fat-soluble, meaning that our body doesn't absorb them without fat. We need those vitamins.
  • Flavor. Fats are a huge part of what make some of our favorite foods so delicious!
  • Satiation. Fats can help us feel full longer. (Additionally, if you've ever gone on a low-fat diet, you've probably noticed your diet craving fatty foods. This is a big part of why: Your body needs fats!)
  • Nutrient transportation. It's fats that help nutrients get across cell membranes, allowing your body to use those nutrients.
  • Nerve insulation. Fat helps protect our nerves by insulating nerve fibers and helping facilitate nerve impulses.
  • Body insulation. Without fat, we would be so much colder in the winter, as fat serves an important function by helping insulate and protect our organs.

Without fats, our bodies would be in so much trouble!
 

What are the different kinds of fats?

There are four main types of dietary fats:

  • Saturated fats
  • Trans fats
  • Monounsaturated fats
  • Polyunsaturated fats

Each of the four types are different chemically, and as such, have different physical properties as well. Let's look at each of them a little more closely.

Saturated fats: Tend to be solid at room temperature. Saturated fats are generally considered a bad fat because they raise the LDL cholesterol levels in your blood.

Trans fats: Like saturated fats, trans fats tend to be solid at room temperature. They, too, raise LDL cholesterol levels, which can contribute to cardiovascular health concerns.

Monounsaturated fats: Tend to be liquid at room temperature. Monounsaturated fats are generally considered a good fat.

Polyunsaturated fats: Tend to be liquid at room temperature. Polyunsaturated fats are also generally considered a good fat.

 

How many calories are in fat?

Regardless of the type of fat, every single gram of fat contains nine calories; fats are much more energy-dense than proteins or carbohydrates, each of which offer four calories per gram.

This is one of the reasons fats have gotten a bad reputation: Because they are more calorie-dense, they've often been blamed for weight gain and obesity. Additionally, high consumption of the bad fats—saturated and trans fats—has been linked to heart disease and stroke.

As a result, most experts recommend replacing saturated and trans fats with monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats whenever possible.

 

Does that mean “trans fat-free” foods are healthy?

Not quite. Partially this is because trans fats are often replaced with saturated fats, which also aren't very good for you. Additionally, when producers remove fats from a food item, they often add sugars and other similarly nutrient-low ingredients.

Instead, look for foods that are either naturally low in fats or instead of trans fats utilize monounsaturated or polyunsaturated fats.

 

How can I make fats part of my healthy diet?

Fats can, and should be, part of your diet. A few principles to keep in mind when looking at fats in your diet:

  • Balance your nutritional plan for a healthy balance of fats, proteins, and carbohydrates. While some special diets may recommend a different ratio, the general idea for most people might be in the neighborhood of 50% carbohydrates, 30% proteins, and 20% fats, for instance. If you are on a 2,000-calorie diet, that might look like 1,000 calories from carbs (which at 4 calories per gram, is 250 grams), 600 calories from proteins (150 grams), and 400 calories from fats (or, at 9 calories per gram, 45 grams). As you can see, it doesn't take as many grams of fat to reach the same caloric levels because of the higher calorie-density.
  • Aim for a diet that prioritizes vegetables, fruits, and whole grains, as well as lean meats, fish, and nuts, and limits red meats, sugars, sodium, and artificial ingredients. Doing so will help limit your intake of bad fats while ensuring you get plenty of good fats.
  • Whenever possible, replace saturated and trans fats with monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. This means olive oil, for instance, instead of margarine or butter.
  • Lastly, be sure to balance the calories you eat with the calories you burn. 

 

Does this mean I have to give up my favorite foods, like steak and buttery lobster?

No. It does mean, though, that you should practice moderation when it comes to those red meats and other sources of unhealthy fats, instead working toward replacing some of those foods with healthier sources of fats.

For instance, fish, and especially fatty fish like salmon, are a great way to replace some of those steaks, as they're loaded with omega-3 fatty acids, which have been shown beneficial for so many things, including brain function!

 

What should I add to my diet to get more good fats?

So many good things! Great sources of good fats include fish (especially salmon and tuna), nuts, legumes, and lean white meats, such as turkey.

 

Clearly, we need fat in our diet. Now we just have to make sure we're getting the good fats instead of the bad ones, and with the information above, you can do precisely that!

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My Keto Food List

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Before I provide you with my PDF of keto supplies I need to cover these points:

KETO IS NOT FOR EVERYONE.
This diet needs to be monitored, and you should not be guessing portions.
Speak to a healthcare professional before deciding if it's right for you.

Before I jumped into a ketogenic lifestyle I was eating low carb for around 9 months, this made the transition much easier. The reason that I follow this lifestyle is to help with my PCOS and the symptoms I get from it, you may notice a decline in athletic performance on a ketogenic diet.

I do want to cover this in more depth, so if you have questions leave them as a comment underneath this article and I can try to address them in a future post or video :)

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Low Carb vs Keto - What's The Difference?

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Low carbohydrate and ketogenic diets are often confused, perhaps in part because a ketogenic diet is, by default, also a low carbohydrate diet. That said, there are several important distinctions that set ketogenic diets apart from more generic low carbohydrate diets. Let's look a little more closely at each of those distinctions, so you can better understand why someone might wish to pursue a ketogenic diet.

So, what's a low-carb diet?

Okay, so here's where the greatest confusion generally comes in. A low-carbohydrate diet focuses on limiting carbohydrate intake. A ketogenic diet does the same. So how are they different?

The difference is like that between a doctor and a surgeon. The surgeon is still a doctor but may be far more specialized. Keto diets, similarly, are specialized low-carb diets. So let's look at the generic—the low-carb diet—first.

First, it's important to note that “low” in this case is pretty subjective. There's no clear consensus on how many carbs one can eat before a diet is no longer low-carbohydrate, for instance.

In general, though, the idea here is to be more selective than the standard western diet. Often this means fruits, vegetables, and beans are still acceptable parts of the diet; while grains, baked goods, and processed sugars are either completely eliminated or drastically reduced.

As a result of shifting from carbohydrate-dense foods in your diet, to more low-density foods, the daily carbohydrate quantity you intake is significantly cut.

The subjectivity of the diet, however, can be problematic. For instance, if you were consuming 300 grams of carbohydrates daily, and cut it to 200 grams per day, this is a lower-carbohydrate diet. If you don't replace the lost calories, you may still lose weight, and technically, you could consider this a low carb diet, as you lowered your carbohydrate intake. Conversely, though, if you replace those lost calories with extra proteins or fats, you may have very different outcomes.

As a result, this subjectivity makes it hard to determine whether or not low-carbohydrate diets are effective, as they're not very well defined, and as such, cannot be very well judged.

Then what's the ketogenic diet?

The two biggest differences between low(ish)-carb diets and ketogenic diets are these:

  • Low-carbohydrate diets are imprecise; everything in a proper ketogenic diet is measured.
  • Low-carbohydrate diets are predicated by cutting back on a single macronutrient (carbohydrates), whereas ketogenic diets require very precise balances of all three.

In short, a successful ketogenic diet is high-fat, moderate-protein, and low-carbohydrate. When done correctly, it allows your body to shift from burning carbohydrates (or glucose) to burning fat in the form of ketones and fatty acids.

In fact, in order for a diet to truly be ketogenic, it has to pursue nutritional ketosis; if it isn't done properly, however, it can go very badly, and leave you feeling terrible—without any of the benefits ketogenesis can provide.

So, how should ketogenesis work?

When ketogenic diets are balanced correctly and appropriately, that carbohydrate restriction should result in increased ketone production. Ketones, which are a byproduct of fat distillation and produced in the liver, can actually be measured (via blood or urine), so if you are a ketogenic diet, you can test progress.

A few guidelines: Traditional western (high-carbohydrate) diets generally result in blood ketone levels between 0.1-0.2 millimoles (mmol), and even moderate-carbohydrate diet (which some may confuse for low-carbohydrate diets, as discussed above) will generally fall in this same range. A truly effective ketogenic diet, however, will result in much higher blood ketone levels, generally above 0.5millimoles but safely as high as 5.0 millimoles. This higher ketone level is a sign that your body has reached a state of “nutritional ketosis,” and shows that the ketogenic diet is working.

But what does this look like as a diet?

For an effective ketogenic diet, consider the following guidelines a starting point for each of the three most major macronutrients.

Carbohydrates

Standard western diets are frequently between 40-70 percent carbohydrates, by calories. Most research studies equate low-carbohydrate diets as gaining less than 30 percent of their calories from carbohydrates (generally in a range of 50-100 grams per day).

Ketogenic diets, however, often suggest as few as 5-10 percent of your total caloric intake comes from carbohydrates, which is generally in the 25-30 gram range. Many ketogenic plans offer a little more leeway, but almost all suggest a maximum intake of 50 grams on any given day, as keeping carbohydrate intake below that threshold seems necessary for triggering nutritional ketosis, in which your body begins relying on fat for fuel.

Proteins

This is where ketogenic diets show the greatest range, depending on the goals of the ketogenic diet. If weight loss is the aim, for instance, the plan may suggest moderate to high protein intake, in order to maintain muscle, strength, and satiation, so you aren't left feeling hungry.

Consider the following basic divisions: High-protein diets may recommend 0.7-1 grams per pound of body weight (2 grams per kilogram) or more; moderate-protein diets generally recommend between 0.6-0.7 grams per pound of body weight (1.3-1.5 grams per kilogram); low-protein diets may recommend less than 0.35 grams per pound (0.9 gram per kilogram) of body weight.

One note of caution: As Dr Jacob Wilson, director of the Applied Science and Performance Institute, notes, high-protein diets can make achieving nutritional ketosis impossible. (As a result, he recommends no more than 1.5 grams per kilogram as an upper limit.)

The science behind this is based on a process called gluconeogenesis, by which the body, in a carbohydrate-limited state, breaks down proteins to create glucose, thereby bypassing the aims of ketogenesis, which requires the body not have access to glucose, so that it instead will create ketones for fuel.

Fats

 When it comes to low-carbohydrate diets, you still need a moderate amount of fat, because otherwise, the only way to get calories is through an overabundance of protein. In a low-carbohydrate diet, though, you're still mostly burning the carbohydrates you're still consuming, so this is less important.

In a ketogenic diet, however, fat is what you're burning. As a result, you want 70 percent or more of your daily calories to come from fat, as fat is your new fuel source.

 

For many people, this is the hardest change to accept when looking at a ketogenic diet. After all, isn't it fat which contributes to obesity? The truth is, the research on high-fat diets are inconclusive at worst, whereas as plenty of evidence suggests that the real culprit for so many health issues is the combination of high-carbohydrate and high-fat diets, or what we might consider a standard western diet.

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Recipe: Power-Packed Green Curry

Makes 3 servings
(per serve) Carbs 11.5g / Fat 38.2g / Protein 22g / Calories 465


Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp peanut oil
  • 3 tbsp green curry paste
  • 500g (1lb) chicken tenderloins
  • 1 tbsp fish sauce
  • 1.5 cups chicken stock
  • 1 can coconut milk
  • 1 stalk of lemongrass
  • 1" ginger
  • 1 cucumber
  • 1 green chilli
  • 2 florets of broccolini
  • Juice of 1/2 a lime

Method

  1. Put a pot on your stovetop on a low heat and add peanut oil until hot
  2. Add the green curry paste to the peanut oil and allow to cook for approximately 2 minutes on its own before adding the chicken
  3. Cut the chicken tenderloins up into small pieces and add to the pot
  4. Cook the chicken for 5 minutes, making sure to turn the chicken over so it doesn't burn on any side
  5. Add fish sauce, chicken stock, coconut milk, lemongrass, grated ginger, chilli, and cucumber
  6. Allow the pot to simmer for around 15-20 minutes on a low heat
  7. Add in broccolini and lime juice and cook for a further 5 minutes
  8. Remove the lemongrass stalk and serve! :)

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Recipe: No Bake Macadamia Pecan Slice

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These are actually addictive! You've been warned.


Makes: 10 slices
(per slice) Carbs  3g / Fat 26.4g / Protein 2.5g / Calories 250

This recipe is created for people who are on a ketogenic diet. If you are not on a ketogenic diet this macronutrient ratio might not suit your goals.


Ingredients

  • 2 cups macadamia nuts
  • 2 tbsp almond butter
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 2 scoops (2 grams) stevia
  • 10 pecans

Method

  1. Place macadamia nuts into a food processor and break them down into fine pieces
  2. Tip the macadamias into a mixing bowl and add in the almond butter, coconut oil and stevia
  3. Mix together well
  4. Take a baking tray and line it with baking paper
  5. Tip the mixture into the baking tray and press it up to one side (the mixture should be thick enough to want to hold together, it should not be runny and should not take up a large amount of the baking tray)
  6. Evenly spread the 10 pecans on top (as guidelines to where you will cut the slice
  7. Place in the freezer for 1-2 hours before eating, and keep stored in the freezer

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Recipe: Salmon + Dill Bites

 
 

Makes 20 bites
(per 1) Carbs <1g / Fat 2g / Protein 3g / Calories 34


Ingredients

  • 1 cucumber
  • Cream cheese (1/2 tsp per cucumber slice)
  • Smoked salmon (100g for all 20)
  • Dill

Method

  1. Slice up cucumber
  2. Add cream cheese on top, followed by a small amount of smoked salmon and dill
  3. Keep stored in the fridge if not serving immediately

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Recipe: LCHF Strawberry Shortcakes

Makes 3 servings
(per 1) 11.6g Carbs / 30.2g Fat / 26.1g Protein


Ingredients

  • 3 eggs
  • 6 strawberries
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup ricotta
  • 1/4 tsp stevia
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 140G (5oz) cream cheese
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/3 cup coconut flour

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 150C (300F)
  2. Take two separate bowls, separate egg yolks from whites
  3. In bowl with egg yolks add: cream cheese, vanilla extract, stevia and baking powder
  4. Beat together until smooth
  5. Beat egg whites
  6. Slowly add egg white mix to yolk mix, half at a time
  7. Once combined add coconut flour and mix well
  8. Take a baking tray lined with baking paper and scoop out 6 circles of mixture
  9. Bake for 20 mins
  10. After 20 mins remove from the oven to cool
  11. Take a small bowl and place ricotta and nutmeg in, mix together
  12. Slice up strawberries
  13. Once 'shortcakes' are cool serve with ricotta and strawberries

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Recipe: Prawn Salad

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Makes 1 serving
Carbs 8.3g / Fat 26.3g / Protein 20.7g / Calories 348


Ingredients

  • 12 prawns (peeled)
  • Avocado oil
  • Smoked salt flakes
  • Chilli flakes
  • Radishes
  • Baby watercress
  • Baby spinach
  • 1/2 a lemon
  • 1/2 an avocado

Method

  1. Place a pan on medium heat with prawns, avocado oil, smoked salt flakes and chilli flakes (it's best to prepare these ingredients together in a bowl beforehand and then add them to the pan). Cook for around 3-5mins per side
  2. Separately, prepare your salad ingredients
  3. Combine all ingredients into a bowl
  4. Dress the salad with lemon juice and avocado oil

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Recipe: Prawn & Asparagus Zughetti

Makes 2 servings
(per 1) Carbs 102g / Fat 22.9g /Protein 24.8g / Calories 250 (per serve)


Ingredients

  • 350g prawns
  • 6 cloves of garlic (can be crushed or minced if you prefer)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 10 spears of asparagus
  • 3 zucchini
  • 1-2 pinches of smoked salt flakes (this can be omitted) 

Method

  1. Place a plan on the stovetop on a medium heat with the olive oil and garlic, cook these for 2-3 mins
  2. While the garlic is cooking set out a large bowl, and boil a kettle (to make the zucchini noodles)
  3. Using a mandolin slicer or vegetable spiraliser turn the zucchini into long, thin noodles and place them in a large bowl.
  4. After the kettle has boiled pour the hot water over the zucchini and allow it to cool for around 10 mins.
  5. Back to the pan on the stovetop, add in your prawns and allow them to cool fully on one side.
  6. After they have been sitting on one side for a few minutes flip them over
  7. Wash and slice up asparagus and add to the pan, along with smoked salt flakes
  8. Allow the asparagus and prawns to cook for a further 5 minutes
  9. Once your zucchini noodles are finished drain the water from the bowl and pat them down with paper towel a little so that they aren't soaking.
  10. Remove your asparagus and prawns from the pan and serve all together.

Food

Recipe: Lower Carb Spaghetti & Meatballs

Makes 2 servings
(per 1) Carbs 75.7g / Fat 39.5g /Protein 69.9g / Calories 927


Ingredients (Main)

- 3 zucchinis
- 10-12 grass fed beef meatballs (or use mince to make your own)
- 6 cloves of garlic
- 6 medium size cup mushrooms
- 1tbsp avocado oil
- Rosemary

Ingredients (Pasta Sauce, if making it yourself)

- 2tsp olive oil
- Parsley
- Salt & pepper
- 2 tins of tomato puree
- 2 brown onions, chopped
 

Method (Pasta Sauce)

  1. Place a saucepan over high heat
  2. Add the olive oil, garlic and onion and cook until fragrant (~3 mins)
  3. Add the tomato puree, parsley and salt and pepper and simmer for 10-15 mins

Method (Everything else)

  1. Place a skillet over medium heat and add garlic, avocado oil and meatballs, cook for around 5 mins
  2. Boil a kettle
  3. Take your zucchinis and cut off both ends, then using a vegetable spiraliser or a mandolin slicer, slice it up (longways) to create 'spaghetti'
  4. Place the zucchini spaghetti into a large bowl and pour boiling water over the top, let these sit for 10-15 mins, strain, and then pat them off slightly with a paper towel (so they aren't soggy)
  5. While the zucchini is sitting in the boiling water head back over to your skillet and add in the mushrooms, rosemary (tear off just the individual leaves) and pasta sauce
  6. Place a lid over your skillet and turn it down to a lower heat
  7. After you have plated up your zucchini spaghetti remove the lid on your skillet, mix it around a little and serve