This Is 330 Calories Per Serving!

Syd loves his rare london broil.  We do not eat a ton of red meat, but when we do, I like to make something he loves!

I went online in search of recipes with zucchini, london broil, swiss, and mushrooms.  I found my inspiration recipe from Cooking Classy, took it and made it my own.

1 large zucchini
3-4.5 oz thin sliced london broil
4 large mushrooms, thick sliced
3 ish oz swiss cheese (you could use cheddar or provolone as well)
1 medium yellow onion
4-5 garlic cloves chopped
2-4 Tbsp butter
1 Tbsp olive oil
garlic salt, salt & pepper to taste

Slice your zucchini into 1/2″ slices. Our zucchini made 4 slices/servings.  You could also make zucchini boatsand make them boats. Oil the zucchini, salt, pepper and cook for 10-15 minutes in an oven at 400°.

While this cooks, saute onion and garlic in 2-4 Tbsp of butter (remember this is a meal for 4, not 1 or 2). Saute for about 5 minutes. Add sliced mushrooms, garlic salt (to taste), and cook for another 5-8 minutes. When the zucchini is al-dente, remove it from the oven. Chop the london broil into smaller bite size bits, so that it is easy to eat and cut. Put the mushrooms and onions in a bowl, and add the london broil and mix well.  Put this mixture on top of the zucchini, add your favorite cheese on top, broil for approximately 4-5 minutes until top just starts to brown.

Oh an after thought is throw some cooked/crumbled bacon on top!

This meal was so good and so filling, we can not believe it was so low in calorie. And we get to eat the other part tomorrow for lunch, whoop whoop! Hope you try this and enjoy it!

 

 

 

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Our cat Sketchy snuck out of the house on 7/19/2018, we live on the 3rd floor of an apartment complex and she has not come home as of 9/12/2018.

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My Husband Likes It More Than I

Beef & Butter Fast

We changed our eating lifestyle about a year ago and are on a low calorie, ketogenic diet.  We added  intermittent fasting back in November.  I was in a weight loss stall, just bouncing around for a couple of weeks.  Someone recommended a beef and butter fast, and we thought, what the hell and I bought a 10 lb 80/20 ground beef log that would get us through 4 days of meals.

The Diet:

  • Coffee with 1 Tbsp MCT Oil and 1 1/2 Tbsp Heavy Cream
  • Lunch:  1 cup seasoned ground beef & 2-3 Tbsp butter
  • Dinner:  1 cup seasoned ground beef & 2-3 Tbsp butter
  • 48 oz of water, between each meal

Our Weight Progress:

 

 

 

 

 

This beef and butter fast is not for everyone.  We will never try this again.

Important Considerations:

  • Our typical daily calorie range is 1200-1400 calories
  • This meal was about 650 calories per serving which increased our daily calories to almost 1600.
  • Also, I have a colon issue, called Divirticuli.  When you have this problem, you want to avoid eating an excessive amount of red meat and full fat foods.

Ground beef and butter for 4 days was not a good idea.  By Saturday evening, I had a fever and went to bed by 7 pm.  I felt better on Sunday morning.  On a positive note, I am no longer stalling and I am down almost 4 lbs since Friday, you could say, it was because of this beef and butter fast, but not sure it was worth it!

If you are on the ketogenic diet, without the low calorie, you may find you get better results than we did.  The recipes listed below were tasty and filling.  Each recipe makes four meals, 2 for dinner and 2 for lunch the next day.  Making the meals were super easy and it freed up some of my time during the day, trying to deciding what was for dinner.

In all recipes, cook the meat in a skillet first and then drain it (you may cook in butter, for flavor).  Add spices, beef bouillon and water, simmer for 5 minutes, and serve hot. Do not forget the butter.

Biryani Flavored Ground Beef

  • 4 cups ground beef (raw)
  • 1 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp ginger powder
  • 3 Tbsp garam marsala
  • 1/3 tsp cardomon
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp coriander
  • 1 tsp beef bouillon
  • 1 cup water

Egg Roll In a Bowl flavored ground beef

  • 4 cups ground beef (raw)
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 tsp ginger powder
  • 3 Tbsp Sriracha
  • 1.5 Tbsp Chili Garlic sauce
  • 3 Tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1 tsp beef bouillon
  • 1 cup water

Cincinnatti Chili flavored beef

  • 4 cups ground beef (raw)
  • 1/3 cup chili powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/3 tsp allspice
  • 1/3 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/3 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 3 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp beef bouillon
  • 1 cup water

Good luck, let me know if you have ever done a Beef & Butter fast, and was it successful?  What were your results?

Feeling better with Hormone Therapy

July 2018

July/August,

Feeling better with Hormone Therapy.  It has some pluses and minuses.

Pluses:

  • More focused.
  • Increased sex drive.
  • Less intense hot flashes.

Minuses,

  • Only sleeping 5-6 hours per night.
  • Returning hot flashes or side effect of sweating via Thyroid meds

When the sweating started becoming more prevalent, I called on my Doctor and she ran my blood work again. My Testosterone levels are good, so no additional pellets needed at this time. She suggested taking 1/2 of the thyroid medication to see if that helps.  I tried taking half a tablet for two with no significant changes, so back to a full tablet.

The doctors say that it could take more than 1 injection to get the full benefits of Pellet Therapy.  At this point, I am likely to give it another round, just to see how it goes.  Will update again as my menopausal symptoms return in a couple months.

 

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BioTE Hormone Pellet Therapy – The first twelve days

Have you ever thought about replacing the hormones that are leaving your body?  I had been contemplating it for months, ever since my hot flashes started.  My body was bursting into flames, I could handle the heat alone, but in March, I hit a new low and began the full body sweats.  Ten to seventeen hot flashes every day!

By the end of May, I was feeling absent minded, the hot flashes were disrupting my sleep and I decided to call my Dr.  They use BioTE a natural hormone pellet therapy.  I had heard good things and was hoping it would be a good fit for me.  I went in for a consultation and found that my doctor, Dr. Amanda, takes these pellets as well (comforting to know).  They drew my blood and a couple days later, the results came in.  I am a good candidate, they said.  They scheduled an appointment for the implant.  I was still really nervous and had more questions and figured if I was comfortable by the end of the appt, they could insert the pellets, otherwise, I would wait.  My most important question was:

  1. Do you custom make these pellets for each patient?  The answer is no, but they do make various pellet doses and based upon the blood results, choose the pellets that best fit your test results.  That makes more sense, doesn’t it, although, they promote that it’s custom blended for you at the time of your test results.  I don’t like the hype.

Dr. Amanda told me that BioTE does a VERY good job at determining what exactly your body needs based on the blood test and 96% of their Pellet Implant customers come back to have them put in again.

The blood test results showed my Thyroid – T3 and T4 counts were both low and that I could use some testosterone and some estrogen.

Have I mentioned that the pellets last for 3-5 months in your body?  I think this is great if they work, but if they don’t, you have to deal with whatever happens.  Find a good doctor, with a good reputation.

After speaking with Dr. Amanda, I decided to move forward with the pellet therapy.  She decided that because I have not gone into full menopause, she is not comfortable giving me estrogen.  If she did, it would send me back into having a menstrual cycle every month.  They have given me Testosterone pellets and suggested taking some thyroid medicine and DIM (which helps the body absorb the pellets). What do I have to lose?

Here  is my experience.

June 5, 2018

I got the pellets put in my bottom.  They cut a small slit in your skin and use some sort of a needle/pump to inject these pellets into the fat in your touche.  Then they put suture tape on it to hold it in place (no stitches), and a large waterproof type bandaid that seals all the way around the area. They ask you to leave it on for 3 days.  They also tell you not to do anything strenuos for a couple days.  The pellets can work their way out!  If that happens, you have to go back and do it again, more money and more pellets. (Thankfully, this did not happen to me, I took it easy)

Here’s a video of someone’s procedure (don’t watch if you are squeemish – #thisisnotmybackside).

They also gave me two additional medications, NP Thyroid 1/2 Grain(30 mg) Levothyroxine (T4) 19 mcg and Liothyronine (T3) 4.5 mcg and DIM (150 mg).  I started taking the DIM right away and held off on the thyroid meds, because I just didn’t want to start taking too many things at the same time, if there are any side effects, I want to know what is causing the problem.

After the pellet injection, I started doubting myself and wished I had tried some sort of hormonal cream or patch to see if it the testosterone was even helpful before I put 3-5 month lasting pellets in my a$$.

June 7, 2018

I got a pain in my backside (24 hours after my pellet insertion).  Not pain from the incision but pain in the sciatic nerve area.  It made me so uncomfortable at the end of every day and was keeping me up at night.  Can you say cranky?  I was thinking, omg, I can’t do this for 3-5 months.  I gave it a couple of days in case it was a fluke.

June 9, 2018

I started to panic a little bit, I hadn’t done anything that would have caused sciatic nerve pain, so I reached out to Dr. Amanda.  Her reply was that pellets weren’t inserted close enough to cause sciatic nerve pain, but take 800 mg of ibuprofin 2x/day and if it doesn’t go away in a few days, make an appt to come in.  Ibuprofin, underway!!  Oh and hot flashes are still happening, but maybe slightly less intense, hard telling with all the pain in my backside!

June 11, 2018

Sciatic pain is gone. No more Ibuprofin.

June 12, 2018

I started the NP Thyroid meds today, we’ll see how it goes.  1/2 tablet for the first week, then 1 tablet/day.

June 13, 2018

Ankles swelling, feeling gross.  Did some research on this brand of thyroid medicine “NP Thyroid”, and there are some pretty nasty reviews.  I’ll give it another day or two before making any assumptions.

June 15, 2018

Feeling worse than yesterday, ankles were not swollen in the AM, but by evening they were.  I am not happy and HATE having swollen feet.  Also I have gained about 3 lbs. (Although, she did say that this was a temporary side effect of the pellets.)

I took the thyroid medication for about three days.  My ankles were swollen at the end of every day and honestly it was making me uncomfortable all over, like my body was swelling on the inside.  I decided to stopped taking it and notified Dr. Amanda.  It made me really nervous, especially since I didn’t know how the pellets were going to impact me and I was hoping to start feeling some relief soon, and trying not to panic, you can make adjustments by adding more pellets in 6 weeks, but from all my research, you don’t want to get an improper dosage.

June 19, 2018

It seems the hot flashes are not as bad, but still present.  I am not full body sweating, but still experiencing the flush, they also seem to be less frequent.  It’s weird.  4 AM and 4 PM every day, sometimes I get them every hour, for about 3 hours and then, none for about 8 hours, and then another round at 4 pm.  There doesn’t seem to be any trigger, except for the hour of the day.  They were not this regimented before.  My mood seems to be improving, I was a little cranky for the first few weeks, but everything is leveling out.  My mind seems to be a little clearer and I feel pretty good today!

June 22, 2018

Started taking Natures Thyroid today, recommended by a friend who uses them.  They seem to work much better, no swelling and feeling a little better every day.

June 27, 2018

The hot flashes are no longer producing a full blown sweat factory on my body, YAY!! I am definitely sleeping better.  Nine out of the last 12 days I have gotten over 7 hours of sleep.  Not waking up in the middle of the night to play with the covers. The weight I gained is starting to come off.  Bottom line is that it seems to be working for me.  I do have to say our sex life has gotten a little spicier, pellet therapy or married to my best friend, who can tell.

#BioTE, #HormoneTherapy, #pellets, #hotflashes

 

The Stingray Experience

As the stingray approached me, I was nervous, it was huge!  I had my hand in the water and he was supposed to take the piece of squid and move on by.  That’s not what happened!

Eight of us were in Green Turtle Cay, Bahama’s for six days!  We stayed in this beautiful house at the end of the island, called Coco Hideaway.  It was about a 20 minute ride to downtown via golf cart.  The water was crystal clear and the most majestic color blue.   The Hawkbill turtles came for a visit, they were so cute!

We decided to rent a boat to see the sights: Swim with the pigs, stingray beach, tool around the beautiful islands.  The water and weather was beautiful!  Our first stop, No Name Cay, to swim with the pigs.  Look at them, living on the island. They even had little babies, awwww aren’t they cute?  Oops, in that third photo, she left a smokey trail in the water…

This is pretty cool; There is a guy, named Craig Russell who has been taking care of feeding these pigs for about 5 years.  If you want to help out, here’s a link.

That was fun, now off to Nunjack Cay (stingray beach), we were hoping to see some!  Look at the clarity of that water, it is so heavenly.  A boat passed by us and anchored much closer to the pass between the two islands.  We jump in the water and decide to head that direction.

As we approach the boat, we realize that this captain has paying customers and we watch, hoping to touch one as they pass by.  After a few minutes, the captain offered to give us some squid to feed them.  He says, hold your hand flat and they will swim by and take it from you.  Woo hoo, okay, I’m in!  He tosses us some squid, I crouch down in the water and this huge stingray approaches.  He slides up, he is so soft and silky smooth and he runs his body up onto my leg and next thing you know, he’s got my outer thigh!  Look at my facem Lesa was able to somehow capture the exact moment, really freaked me out!  I stood right up, and said, he SUCKED ON MY LEG!  I obviously was done feeding the stingray squid and got right out of the water lol.  Lesa got another shot of him after. Amazing photos of the big guy (I think it was a guy)!

I have never seen the underside of a stingray in person and figured I should get to know him a little bit better.  I found this photo on Shutterstock, kind of cute right?

This was such a monumental moment, something I will never forget.  Melissa suggested I get a tattoo and well, that was exactly what I did, as soon as the welt healed.  We met with Johnn when we got back to the states, the same guy that did our wedding band tattoo’s, and he began sketching the tattoo outline.  This was the final result and we were all extremely happy with the outcome.

Getting a Stingray hickey is not uncommon, although, more people get jabbed with his spiny tail (a much more painful experience).  Thanks to Johnn Sosa for the beautful tattoo! I have a permanent reminder of an amazing moment!

We think we should create a hot sauce called The Stingray Hickey, or a spicy cocktail – with an oyster shooter, will keep you posted if that happens, lol!

I miss this car.

Sous Vide bone-in Ribeye

Being on a keto diet has its advantages.  A wonderful meal at 1038 calories. I kept it light the rest of the day and was still under 1400 calories.

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Keto Crackers

Made some gluten free, keto friendly crackers this morning, they taste a bit like wheat thins, probably would be more so if we added some sesame seeds before toasting.  Here’s some pics and the recipe if you are interested in trying them!

  • 2 cups almond flour
  • 1 scoop protein powder
  • 1 tbsp water
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  1. Place all ingredients into a food processor, or bowl.
  2. Stir until it becomes dough like.
  3. Roll dough out between 2 pieces of parchment paper, until it is approx 1/16 inch thick
  4. Transfer dough to a cookie sheet
  5. Slice with pizza slicer, or sharp knife, into squares or rectangles
  6. Poke crackers with fork, this helps the cracker get crispy
  7. Bake at 350 degrees for about 15 minutes.  Watch it so they don’t burn.

 

I forgot to poke my crackers with a fork before I cooked it, so I had to add an extra 10 minutes… If the edges get done early, pull those crackers out and keep cooking the center.