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Keto Rule #1 - Be Prepared

When asked about doing a Keto/Low Carb diet the number one thing I share with people is that "you have to be prepared". It's not something you just wake up one day and start doing it. You have to prepare for it. First be either using up, or eliminating things (all those high carb/high sugar products) from your food supply. Then by prepping foods (or at least recipes) for healthy meals to take place of the not so healthy ones. There are probably hundreds of cookbooks out there that you can find to help educate you as well as provide you with recipes galore. The Jump Start Ketosis books is great because it does both all in one easy to follow book. Of course it only has 50 recipes so you might want a cookbook too with even more options. I prefer ones that are simple and don't have a ton of strange spices and ingredients that I don't already have on hand. And as a busy wife and mom I also prefer recipes that are simple to prepare. The two cookbooks featured above are great for that because they either take one pan or a pressure cooker and that's it!

Sheet Pan Ketogenic
150 One-Tray Recipes for Quick and Easy, Low-Carb Meals and Hassle-free Cleanup
By Pamela Ellgen
Ketogenic cooking has never been easier than with this collection of simple prep and quick cleanup recipes. Your ketogenic dinner just got a whole lot easier. Simply toss the ingredients onto a pan. Roast, bake or broil. Soon you’ll be enjoying a hearty ketogenic meal (and the one-pan cleanup is a snap!). Sheet Pan Ketogenic recipes combine healthy proteins, fresh veggies and savory spices that cook together, enhancing the flavors of each.

• Cheesy Chicken Fajita Bake
• Salmon and Fennel with Orange
• Bacon-Wrapped Filet Mignon
• Citrus and Herb Marinated Pork Shoulder
• Buttery Lime-Baked Halibut and Scallions
• Lamb Meatball Wraps with Tzatziki
• Classic Crab Cakes with Lemon Sour Cream
• Bison Burgers with Bacon Mayo
• Sausage, Fennel and Chicken Drumsticks
• Plus desserts, dips and more!

Ketogenic Pressure Cooker
150 Quick and Easy Recipes for Delicious Nutrient-Packed Low-Carb Meals
By Aileen Ablog
The first book to combine the low-carb, fat-burning ketogenic diet with the popular, fast, and easy pressure cooking method. Thanks to your powerful pressure cooker and this helpful cookbook, following the ketogenic diet has never been easier. Start with protein. Add fresh veggies. Toss in some spices. Press start. You’re on your way to healthy eating.

Cut cook time, boost nutrients and supercharge flavor with this book’s mouthwatering recipes, such as:
• Lemon Chicken Soup
• Salmon Alfredo Zoodles
• Korean-Inspired Pulled Pork
• Barbecue Beef Boneless Short Ribs
• Spicy Coconut Prawns
• Turkey Wing Vindaloo
• Spaghetti Squash and Ham Tetrazzini
• Hot Salami and Kale Soup
• Plus desserts, broths and more!

Jump Start Ketosis
Intermittent Fasting for Burning Fat and Losing Weight
By Kristen Mancinelli
Master the easier, smarter way to achieve ketosis. You want the well documented benefits of having your body enter a state of ketosis. You could do so by trying to follow the difficult and highly restrictive ketogenic diet. This books breaks down the better way–intermittent fasting. The book offers a program of intermittent fasting that limits when you can eat rather than what you can eat. With intermittent fasting, you eat the same foods you normally eat, but also incorporate short periods of fasting into your daily or weekly schedule. Once ketosis is achieved with this program, your body uses fat for fuel instead of glucose. It’s the ultimate way to lose weight and get healthy.

Another great option is The Keto All Day Cookbook. It's filled with more than 100 low-carb recipes that are (in my opinion) a little more complex. I would call them gourmet meals. These are the ones I would prepare for times we have company over or for the holidays because many have ingredients I don't normally have on hand. I do really like that quite a few of the recipes have accompanying photos. I for one always like to see how a food looks prepared before I give it a try for myself. I haven't tried them yet, but there are a few desserts I've been itching to try once I make it to the store to buy some mascarpone cheese!

The Keto All Day Cookbook
More Than 100 Low-Carb Recipes That Let You Stay Keto for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
By Martina Slajerova
Keto is the top-trending supportive diet. Bolstering its reputation is research that strongly suggests that a keto diet may help reverse diabetes, obesity, cancer, and the effects of aging. However, in order to reap the benefits, you need to stick to the keto plan at every meal. That can be challenging when eating breakfast during your commute or figuring out what to eat for dinner after a long day. And what to do about lunch? Especially when your lunch "hour" may be 10 minutes at your desk. With Keto All Day you won't be tempted to blow your keto diet on a carb-filled snack or a processed convenience meal simply because you are tired, rushed, or just don't know what to prepare.

Enjoy tasty, flavorful recipes for snacks and meals, such Breakfast Egg Muffins, Pizza Waffles, Carrot Cake Oatmeal, Southern Duck Deviled Eggs, Eggplant Parma Ham Rolls, and Taco Frittata. Keto All Day even has recipes for delicious drinks and desserts, including Cookie Dough Mousse, Boston Cream Pie, and Raspberry Lime Electrolyte Cooler.

Another thing I recommend is checking into a MCT oil or powder as a supplement for your Keto journey. Products like KetoMCT Powder and Oil shown above from LifeSense Products help with weight management, mental focus, rapid fuel for the brain and body, improved sugar control, and digestive health improvement. I personally use them every morning in my bulletproof coffee. It's the only thing I consume for "breakfast" every morning and I'm left feeling satisfied and don't start to feel hungry until lunch time. I can definitely tell the difference on a morning I don't get my coffee in right away. I feel sluggish and would just rather go back to bed. So for me that morning "cup of Joe" is my first stop when I get out of bed. I want to start my day prepared and ready to succeed!

The LifeSense Products, manufactured in the USA, are more ketogenic than coconut oil (mostly C12 - Lauric Acid) and MCTs with mixed fatty acids. The product line is premium quality and Non-GMO. All products do not contain sugars, artificial preservatives, colors or additives and are suitable for vegan and Gluten-Free lifestyles. All LifeSense products are developed with biologically and physiologically meaningful amounts of active ingredients on a single or dual serving basis.

Product Background:
C8 KetoMCT Oil: The most potent MCT on the market. Achieve better results with these healthy fats called MCTs (Medium Chain Triglycerides). These unique healthy fats contain fewer calories than other fats, do not store as body fat, and contribute to increased metabolism to burn extra calories and regulate appetite.  Improve your long-term success of weight management without feeling deprived and weak. MCTs provide rapid energy to the brain and body to help Increase productivity and get more done. Focus better, decrease brain fog and support optimal brain function with MCTs.  Supplementing with MCTs will provide your brain with an alternative energy source (ketones) as opposed to solely glucose (sugar). Enhance exercise performance by supplementing MCTs to fuel physical exertion and help with post-exercise recovery. Benefits include weight management, increased energy, blood sugar control, improved cognition and increased sports endurance.

C8 KetoMCT Oil Powder: Delicious fat to help stay full and energized; may improve digestive tolerance in individuals sensitive to oil forms; no corn or milk derivatives; no silicone dioxide; may require use of blender. Exceptional pure quality, easy to digest, and portable. This is a great keto alternative to dairy-free creamer for coffee, smoothies, lattes, tea, yogurt and supports weight management; does not store as body fat; aids exercise performance/recovery.

And one last thing I recommend to be prepared is to have a snack with you at all times when you're out and about. At least in the beginning when your body is in the transition stage. Before my body adapted to the Keto way of life I struggled quite often with feeling hungry through out the day. And if I was away from home it was hard to find something quick and easy to grab that fit my dietary needs that wasn't fast food. So I started carrying things with me in my purse or car like beef jerky and low carb bars. I will say you need to be careful though as not all forms of beef snacks are created equal, so make sure you're reading your ingredients and nutritional labels.

One I have found that I really enjoy is Stryve Beef Biltong. Its similar to beef jerky but it has a different texture and taste to it. As someone that makes beef jerky at home I have to say this is right up there as being my favorite. The flavor combinations they have are really good and nothing like I've ever come up with at home. And they are packed full of the protein that we need without the added sugars and additives we don't.

Stryve also carries a nice line of Beef Biltong Sticks and Trail Mix with Beef Biltong that are pretty good too. The sticks are perfect for keeping in your car or purse for those moments you really need a snack. They are just the right size for one serving to tide you over till your next meal. The trail mix is a little higher in carbs (5-8 net) but honestly much better than grabbing fast food, or junk food at a convenience store. Plus they really satisfy that desire for a salty snack with the nuts in them. They also make great one serving snacks.

You can find these and other Stryve products online.

I guess what I'm trying to say is don't set yourself up for failure, set yourself up to succeed by being prepared!

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