Picture this scenario if you will: one morning you wake up, swing your feet out of bed and notice you’re swimming in your pyjamas. You rush to a mirror and find to your sheer delight that somehow all of the excess fat on your body has melted away overnight! You stand there admiring yourself. The fact that (for the first time ever) you literally don’t have anything to wear to work doesn’t even put a dent in your pure joy. Now everything will fall into place. Now you can finally be happy.
This is a quick and easy (and delicious!) dish for those nights you want something a little special. On a keto diet heavy in meat and dairy it’s possible to overlook fiber for fear of extra carbs. It’s important to make sure that you’re including as much low carb veg like leafy greens, broccoli and cauliflower as possible to feed the bacteria in your gut (the vitamins and minerals they house don’t hurt either!). Shirataki noodles are another great way to add fiber (and zero carbs) to your eating plan.
Eddie Morra seems stuck. His life is grey and uninspired, his career is going nowhere and his girlfriend just dumped him. Things look pretty bleak. Then everything changes when he encounters a smart drug that enables him to access the entirety of his brain power. Suddenly life is in colour and full of possibility. Tasks that once seemed impossible become effortless. He is filled with a new zest for life—he wants to learn, he wants to discover, he wants to be and do all he can. The limitations that kept his life small and grey have been abolished.
We all know what it’s like to feel stuck and long for transformation. But unlike man-made quick-fixes that come with negative side-effects, each of us has something far superior available to us. When I first saw the movie, Limitless, I was struck by the similarity between the effects of the fictional smart drug and the supernatural life available to us through the Holy Spirit. When you’re yielded and filled with the Holy Spirit, it truly is like life is suddenly in colour and full of new possibilities.
Recently we were invited over for supper at the home of some good friends and I brought this cheesecake for dessert. Cheesecake always goes over well, but this classic version is definitely a favourite!
It was the perfect storm. My husband was away for five days and I was home alone with the kids. I had just got them settled with supper and stood in the kitchen contemplating the next thing on my to-do list. I was stressed out. I was tired. I was bored. I had a thought, “some sugar would perk you up. You deserve it. A few bites won’t hurt.” Before I gave it much thought, I decided to comply. As I took the first few bites I began to feel control slipping away. The casualty ended up being half a frozen tuxedo cake. Intellectually, I knew that cake could not solve any of my problems (only add to them actually), but something inside compelled me to stand there at the kitchen counter shovelling cake into my mouth while I stewed in self-pity and shame.
Pork Rind nachos are an easy go-to dinner for us on the weekends and pair great with a movie and sugar-free cocktail! Despite commonly held beliefs, pork rinds are actually higher in protein than fat and are full of collagen, which is great for your skin and joints!
Every woman longs in her heart to be loved. From a little girl twirling in her dress for daddy, to a young woman hoping for flowers from a secret admirer, to a woman who has been married for years and knows that one of the most romantic things a man can do is the dishes. We long for the thrill and beauty of romance in our lives. We want to feel noticed, treasured and fought for… everyday. Unfortunately, even in the happiest of relationships, it is simply not possible for another person to meet our every need for romance. Never completely satisfied; we try to ignore our longings for more or we meet them ourselves with romance novels or The Bachelor. We may simply seek to numb ourselves with ice cream or wine (or both!), not recognizing that the craving is deeper and it is there for a reason. We were made to be loved.
This dessert would make a great treat this Valentine’s Day for the peanut butter lover in your life! One of my husband’s favourite desserts that I used to make is Peanut Butter Silk Pie. Throughout the years it often made its appearance on his birthday or Valentine’s Day. When we began a low carb lifestyle, it wasn’t too difficult to adapt the recipe with sugar substitutes. I find my square glass pan to be the most convenient, but you could easily prepare this recipe in a round pie pan instead.
Slowly but surely our society is adapting to the larger size of today’s “average” woman. Plus-size clothing is becoming increasingly available, even trendy (it’s about time!). Plus-size models are becoming celebrities in their own right and inspiring “everyday” plus-size women to celebrate and display their own beauty on social media. This burgeoning culture of “beauty beyond size” is freeing women to accept themselves as they are, heal their relationships with their bodies, and hopefully recognize that it is meant for so much more than just being attractive.