It took me two long years to get pregnant after suffering a miscarriage with my first pregnancy. When I finally held my first child in February 2010, he was everything I had hoped and prayed for. More than anything, I wanted to be a mom. My brother and sister-in-law had kids before us, and while I really loved being an auntie, I was so happy to finally have my own child to raise and do fun activities with—like going to the zoo; It should have been one of the happiest days. Unfortunately, at 5 months post-partum, I pulled out my summer clothes and found that nothing fit. I had gained a lot of weight with the pregnancy and weighed an all-time high of 299lbs. I squeezed into the largest capris and a nursing-friendly t-shirt and set off to meet my parents and brother’s family, baby in tow.
Wings are an easy go-to keto option, but traditional honey-garlic sauce is loaded with sugar. This sugar-free “honey” garlic sauce is as delicious as the real thing! And thanks to a secret ingredient, these wings are extra crispy even though they are baked in the oven – no deep fryer necessary! Toss them in the sugar-free “honey” garlic sauce, sugar-free BBQ sauce, buffalo sauce or a simple salt & pepper mix and enjoy!
The word I’m focusing on in 2018 is FREE.
Sure, I know in my head I’m free. I am experiencing so much more freedom than ever before, but I still struggle with habits and tendencies around food that don’t feel very free. I want to be ALL THE WAY FREE.
I was discouraged and miserable. I had made so much headway, but here I was again, waist-deep in the muck at the bottom of the pit. How did this happen again?! How did I get here? Why couldn’t I just DO what I knew to do? Why did I keep slipping up? Why couldn’t I just resist the temptation? I knew in my head I was free—but why wasn’t my heart free? No one knew the depth of my shame. It was a deep dark secret concealed by carefully hidden candy wrappers and forgiving clothing choices. I held the shame in my heart, berating myself for every perceived failure with my eating. It was my penance, the only weapon I held against the fear of losing control completely.
This is a delicious version of everyone’s favourite fall beverage that will keep you focused, energized, and won’t send your blood-sugar off the rails.
You did it.
You finally got over the fear of never eating bread again and jumped on the keto bandwagon. You’ve white-knuckled it through the dreaded carb-flu and now the fog has cleared. Suddenly the weight is coming off effortlessly and you feel free for the first time ever from needing to carry an emergency granola bar in your purse at all times. There are so many mixed feelings; the pure joy of having found something that finally works, the superiority over your co-workers who are still shackled to their sugary pumpkin spice latte habits and the legitimate anger that we’ve all been lied to about what an optimal human diet actually looks like.
For many people, pumpkin pie is an essential part of any Thanksgiving dinner, but for me it has always been pumpkin CHEESECAKE! And luckily, cheesecake also makes a fantastic keto dessert. This Keto Pumpkin Cheesecake will make the perfect addition to any Thanksgiving gathering, and your guests won’t even notice it’s low carb!
What’s your biggest goal regarding food and your body?
Mine used to be to follow a specific eating plan 100% until I finally hit a coveted number on the scale.
Today, it’s PEACE.
The blog will be on hiatus over the summer months but I wanted to leave you with a great recipe for hot days when you just don’t feel like cooking.