I haven't been talking a lot about my Keto diet lately because quite frankly, there's just not a lot to talk about. I'm still on it, I'm exercising, and I'm losing weight. However, sometimes people ask me about Keto and when I explain it to them, the first response I almost always get is either "I could never give up bread" or "I could never give up sweets". My response is to always tell the person that really, after about three days, you don't miss them all that much. That's not to say that every now and again I don't wish I could just go nuts on a tub of ice cream or a mound of french fries, but I've come to know that by denying myself those pleasantries for a short amount of time, I will be allowed to enjoy them (in moderation) for the rest of my life while also being at a healthy weight.
If you're one of the people that has the "I could never give up (carbs)" mentality, let me ask you this: If you could give up something for one single year of your life that would make you happier, healthier, and that you could go back to enjoying every once in a while after that year is over, would you do it? That's what it takes to put yourself in the right mindset for this diet. I love carbs as much as anyone else, but I'm also aware that I've been having a carb party for 30 years and it's put me dangerously overweight and could hinder my ability to enjoy the next (God willing) 50 or 60 years of my life. So, if I plan on living to 80 or 90 or 100, what's one single year? Really, not that much at all. Sure, when you're doing it it feels like it will never end, but I promise that it really is a short amount of time that has the potential to make you healthy and save your life.
Could you give it up for 1 year? I know I can, and I hope you can too.
As you know, I've been on a Keto diet since February. One of my favorite recipes to make is my Quick Chili, but sometimes chili just isn't the same without cornbread! My wife was on Pinterest the other day and came across this recipe from Food.com that was a low-carb substitute for cornbread. I have to be honest, it wasn't exactly like cornbread (which is a bit sweeter and slightly grainier), but it was still a delicious substitute regardless! Here's the recipe if you want to make your own:
1 cup almond flour (OR 1/2 c almond flour & 1/2 c hazelnut flour)
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 eggs, beaten
2 tablespoons cream
2 tablespoons water
1/4 cup butter, melted
1 teaspoon Splenda sugar substitute or 1 teaspoon honey, substitute
Preheat oven to 350 Combine the almond meal and baking powder. Add the cream, water, sweetener, and eggs, stir to combine. Add the melted butter, stir to combine. Spray Pam (or other nonstick spray) into a muffin tin. Divide the batter amongst 5-6 muffins. Finally, bake for 15-18 minutes until edges are slightly browned and the tops are firm to the touch.
TMZ has confirmed that Chris Kelly, 34, was found unresponsive at his home in Atlanta and has been pronounced dead. Chris was one of two members of the 90's hip-hop group Kriss Kross, famous for their song "Jump" and wearing their clothes backwards. Keep checking back to KJ103fm.com for updates.
A blogger for Houston radio station CBS Sports Radio 610 who wrote a scathing and immature article questioning whether OKC Thunder cheerleader Kelsey was "too chunky" to be an NBA cheerleader has been fired. The blog was written under the pseudonym of Claire Crawford but is believed to be CBS Houston Digital Content Manager Anna-Megan Raley.
As the Thunder look to close out their first round series against the Houston Rockets tonight, I'd definitely say this is a "win". While I hate to see anyone lose their job in this day and age, the article was certainly non-newsworty and blatently untrue as exhibited by the outpouring of support for Kelsey from NBA fans and non-NBA folks from all over the world.
Kelsey has been mum about the whole situation since the beginning, however today she released a couple of tweets that allude to the firestorm caused by the Houston blogger:
“We wouldn't know what blessings were if we didn't go through trials. Thank you to EVERYONE for the compassion and love today. I'm in awe."
“I find it incredible that so many people have gone out of their way to lift me up this past week. God really is so good. Thanks again!”
Do you think the blogger deserved to be fired or should she have recieved some other harsh punishment but been allowed to keep her job?
Thunder PG Russell Westbrook will undergo knee surgery for a torn lateral meniscus in his right knee. It's unknown how long he will be out or if he'll be able to return at all this post season.
OKLAHOMA CITY, April 26, 2013 – Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook will undergo surgery in the coming days to repair a lateral meniscus tear in his right knee, the team announced today.
Westbrook suffered the injury in the second quarter of Game 2 of the First Round of the Western Conference Playoffs. The three-time NBA All-Star averaged 23.2 points (6th in NBA), 7.4 assists (7th), a career-high 5.2 rebounds and 1.77 steals (9th) in 82 games this season.
“Our players' health is our first and foremost concern. The Thunder’s medical team and several specialists we consulted with determined that Russell undergo a procedure to address the issue,” said Thunder Executive Vice President and General Manager Sam Presti. “We have thoroughly discussed this with Russell. Despite being the competitor and teammate that he is, he respects and understands the decision and is committed to come back even stronger. Certainly Russell is a leader and core player for this team, but we are in the midst of the playoffs and I know other players are determined to step up and contribute. We have a resilient group of players who have always taken pride in playing as a team and that approach will continue."
There is no timetable set for his return.
Here's hoping he has a speedy recovery and we can see him back on the court soon!