I finished my journal last night. It is the journal I have been working from since February of 2017. In these 19 months, I have created a new life.
The very first entry was affirmations that I created after reading The Miraculous Morning by Hal Elrod. This post is not about that book, but it is a great read, and it inspired me to accomplish a number of things that I have in the past year and a half.
Here are the affirmations that I wrote on Feb 6, 2017:
I want to live a lifestyle that allows me the opportunity to secure wealth and stability.
I want to own land and property for both investment and wealth-building.
I want to be healthy and slim to maximize my quality of life.
I want to grow in my study of philosophy, the occult, and esoteric knowledge.
I want to deepen my love and appreciation for my partner to bring us closer together and walking a shared path for as long as we both choose to do so.
If you’re following the keto diet to lose weight, one of the most important rules to abide by is the macronutrient profile. According to Catherine Metzgar, PhD, RD, and a clinical team member at Virta Health the macronutrient profile should be close to 70 to 80 percent fat, 15 to 20 percent protein, and five to 10 percent carbs. By following this macronutrient profile, you’ll be able to reach nutritional ketosis — the state where the body begins to burn ketones and fat for energy instead of glucose (carbohydrates).
“The target number of total carbs that allows one to achieve and sustain nutritional ketosis varies from one individual to another,” said Stephen Phinney, MD, PhD, chief medical officer at Virta Health. According to Dr. Phinney, if you’re overweight and starting the keto diet, you should aim for 30 to 50 grams of carbohydrates per day in order to achieve nutritional ketosis. In contrast, “a very active athlete might tolerate 50 to 100 grams per day,” Dr. Phinney told POPSUGAR. In both cases, Dr. Phinney advises keeping protein moderate and the carbohydrates low enough to maintain keto adaption.
The best way to know if you’re in ketosisis by checking your blood ketone levels with blood test strips. Ketone levels at or above 0.5 mM (millimolar) indicate you’re in ketosis. Other options include doing a urine test or by using a breath analyzer. The ketones in your blood, breath, and urine vary and can be hard to compare. If your goal is to lose weight, it’s imperative you follow the above macronutrient profile and check your ketone levels.
I am always excited to learn about new foods from all over the world. Today, I stumbled across Halloumi cheese! This is a brined goat and sheep’s milk cheese and has a high melting point. It is also rather salty.
I am a huge cheese fan and am often scouring the cheese isles of Trader Joe’s, Earth Fare, Publix, and my local grocery store. I had never run across this particular cheese. You can imagine my excitement when I found it on Amazon!
If your Haloumi does not come pre-sliced, then slice it into roughly 1-ounce slices.
Slice your tomato and discards the top and bottom slices.
Warm up your charcoal grill and place Halloumi cheese directly onto the grates of the grill. Give them a little shimmy back and forth right when they touch the grill to help prevent them from sticking. Sometimes a little bit sticks to the grates of the grill anyway, but it’s not the end of the world.
Carefully flip the Halloumi over after the first side if cooked to your liking. Be very careful when cooking the second side, as it cooks WAY faster than the first side from my experience. Keep your eye on it.
When the Halloumi is cooked to your liking, bring it in and assemble your Caprese Salad.
Alternate between Tomato slice, Cheese slice, and Basil until you have assembled your whole Caprese Salad.
Top with a sprinkle of dried Oregano, Olive Oil drizzle, and Balsamic Vinegar.
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Before I begin I’d like to say that I made several recipes in The KetoDiet Cookbook (Fluffy Grain-free Sunflower Bread, Caesar Salad In A Cheese Bowl, Chicken Kiev) but the recipe my family raved about was Martina’s Fudgy Grasshopper Brownie recipe – MINUS the mint filling. The recipe can be found on page 222. These were some of the best most amazing fudgy keto brownies we have had in years. If you want the recipe… jump to the end. You won’t be disappointed. If you want to see what’s inside The KetoDiet Cookbook, Amazon will give you a peek.