Quick and Easy Keto Biscuits and Gravy

One of my very favorite breakfast meals on planet earth is biscuits and gravy.

Seriously though, every year for my birthday my mom would ask me what I wanted for my birthday breakfast and I'd most often say "biscuits and gravy".

After having been in Croatia for a few years, I went back to the States to visit and when my mom asked, "What do you want for breakfast?"

I'll be you can't guess the answer.

Okay - you guessed.

Biscuits and gravy.

But here's the thing: a few years ago, biscuits just didn't taste the same.

Actually, I don't think it was the taste as much as I knew what they'd do to my body.

Clump all up in the pit of my stomach and sit there like Haystack Rock in Cannon Beach, OR.

Imagine my joy when I discovered that I could make a keto version of biscuits and gravy that didn't require a lot of work...

because, let's face it, if it's complicated, requires a lot of steps, and dirties up too many dishes, I ain't makin' it. 

Also, the biscuits do not turn into giant rocks and sit in the pit of my stomach.

WIN!



Keto Creamy Bacon Chicken Over {Fake} Pasta

I wont even lie.

I love me a good pasta dish.

I may have been known to stand at the stove "trying" a pasta dish.....a few times. Then a few times more....

I have a touch of Italian blood....so it stands to reason that this girl loves her pasta.

But pasta doesn't love me. Really, it doesn't love anyone - if we're honest. Pasta has 0 nutritional value and does bad, bad things to our blood glucose levels.

The good news is - there is an alternative that is healthy and delicious!

And I am excited to share with you one of my favorite fake pasta dihes!



Homemade Keto Maple Breakfast Sausage


For the longest time, after moving to Croatia, I craved maple-flavored breakfast sausage.

I've tried many different kinds. Some were okay, others were just not the same at all. And then I stumbled on "the one".

Problem is, it was definitely not keto-friendly.

But, an adjustment here, a change there....and ouala - I now have perfected the recipe and I always have breakfast sausage patties on hand.

Stay tuned for my favorite keto biscuits and gravy recipe!!

Christian Meditation for Adrenal Fatigue

It's been 10 years ago now since I was told I had adrenal fatigue.

Looking back, my journey to recovery looks a lot like the Cascades that served as the gorgeous backdrop of my childhood:

  • A lot of peaks and valleys 
  • A lot of highs and lows
  • A lot of progress and regress
I've spent countless hours researching adrenal fatigue recovery, and one thing most doctors (those who recognize adrenal fatigue) recommend for their patients is meditation.

Meditation has become an accepted form of stress relief and healing in our society today, even among Christian doctors.

However, as Christians our first question should be "What does the Bible say?"

Because while science recognizes meditation as a viable tool for healing, we don't bow the knee to science, we bow our knee to God's Word.

Every time.



Actually, the Bible does talk about meditation.

No-Grain {Fake} Nutty Oatmeal {with variations)



There is something so fall-ish about a warm bowl of oatmeal. Especially when it's got some yummy flavors and spices.

I wont lie, this was one thing I kind of struggled with when I decided to go Keto.

That is, until I found out about "noatmeal".


Keto Tuna Salad

I eat a lot of salads.

By "a lot", I mean that I eat giant salads nearly every single day.

In fact, I've found it is the easiest and most delicious meal modification I've found. Nearly every meat dish I make for my kids gets turned into a salad.

Just take the meat, chop it up, and throw it on a bed of lettuce.

Add some chopped vegetables, don't forget the avocado, make a dressing.....and bam!

You have a delicious meal.

One of my favorite meals is this Tuna Salad.

Keto Tuna Salad


There are several variations I've added below that you can make to keep it fun and delicious, too.


7 Things That Derail My Keto Journey Everytime



I hope I am not the only one that struggles with this.

I am sitting here frustrated by the fact that so much of my hard work with weight loss is down the drain.

I know I lose it almost as fast as I put it on. I can gain and lose rather quickly...but I tend to hit a certain weight and the sabotage myself.

Yes, this is me being brutally honest.


10 Powerful Verses to Renew Your Mind About Food


Do you struggle with your relationship to food?

For many, the battle with weight-loss is more internal. It is more spiritual than it is physical; because we fail to turn to our true source of comfort - Jesus Christ - and make food our comfort instead.

So, for those who find themselves battling food more in the mind; who find themselves craving food more than God, there needs to be a renewing of the mind.

"And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God." Romans 12:2



Renewing the mind isn't some complicated thing that only seasoned Christians understand. It is quite simple...and yet it requires discipline and determination.


Do You Drink Enough Water On Keto?


I am not a doctor, none of the information on any of these pages pertaining to the Ketogenic Diet/Way of Eating should be considered medical advice and should not replace the care of your personal physician I am simply eager to share the information I have learned while on my own journey to health. Before you embark on this journey, please consult with your physician.

We've always been told: eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day.

The first question is: Do you even know how much water you drink each day?


7 Keto Lies You Should Stop Believing Right Now!

It doesn't take me much to get me fired up about Keto lies.

I have tried nearly every diet and they've all failed me. Even the Keto diet has failed me. And that is exactly why I am writing this post.




Here's the thing:

I am so tired of feeling like a failure.

I am so tired of feeling negative about myself, my body, my weight....and I'm so tired of "trying things", only to find out that they don't work.

And I don't think I'm alone.

I am 99.9% sure that there are many, many people just like me out there who have tried and failed at dieting until they are so frustrated that they've given up.

Keto Pizza Dough

I have tried so many different kinds of pizza crust.

The only kind I haven't tried was a cauliflower crust, because you can't buy it here, and I've made cauliflower bread once.

I'll just put it this way:

If it's complicated, I may try it once, but I wont try it a second time.

My life is already so incredibly busy, that I don't have time for complicated meals.

Hey! I like to get busy in the kitchen as much as the next lady, but I like to get busy creating quick, easy, and delicious meals.

Especially considering that I'm the only Ketonian in my house - so most meals require either a modification for me, or a completely different meal.

So, if it's not quick and easy, I'm not eating it.




I've tried the all cheese crust, which is okay - but a little too much cheese for me.


How Exercise Affects Adrenal Fatigue

My battle to recover from Adrenal Fatigue has been long and arduous.

To be sure, there have been factors that have contributed to the battle: comfort eating, not recognizing my load limits - just to name a couple.

In fact, last year I nearly gave up on recovery. I was so discouraged by a major setback when my entire right hand was rendered almost useless by severe eczema. The dermatologist told me that the cause wasn't allergy related, but glandular.

I knew what that meant.

It was getting worse, not better.

I finally told the Lord that if this was meant to be my "thorn in the flesh", the thing that would keep me humbling coming before Him for the strength that could only come from Him, I would accept it.
Although deep inside I knew that this couldn't possibly be His will. My family needed me! They needed all of me. Not a shell of me.

There was one thing that holding me back, and I knew it.

Exercise




I have always hated exercise.

Being more of a book worm and nerd, I would much prefer to stay indoors and read a good book, listen to music, cook, bake, clean, research...just about anything else.

How Food Affects Adrenal Fatigue

"The battle is real" - as my friend says.

And when it comes to Adrenal Fatigue and food, it is a tough battle wage.

I don't know what it's like for others, but for me it was a vicious cycle. Giving into fatigue led to mindless eating, and mindless eating usually meant unhealthy "comfort" foods" that would put my body in a relaxed state that only fed the fatigue. And so the cycle went.



The fact is that much of our diet causes chronic inflammation to our organs and arteries. Inflammation puts stress on our bodies, which causes strain for our already over-taxed adrenals.

The trick is to stop listening to our emotions that want to be soothed with chips, cookies, and burgers, and go for the foods that will help heal our bodies, reduce inflammation and boost our metabolism.

 

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