I just launched a blog at www.foxyketo.com!
WHERE DO YOU LIVE?
TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF:
I dream of living in a world filled with creative technology businesses that do good, books that come bundled with extra dark chocolate and bacon and a personal teleporter so I can do more spontaneous travel.
I spend my days as an Executive in the tech sector (I won’t bore you with the details) and my personal time is dedicated to my spouse Rob and our two adopted senior-citizen bully breed dogs. We have a soft spot for bringing home the dogs in the shelter who get overlooked, they’re typically older and have the unfair reputation for being aggressive.
I’m 37 and the driving force in my life is learning and curiosity. Because of that, I have a full spectrum of hobbies from carpentry and welding to writing and my newly found fun in cooking and food photography.
Fun Fact: I visited a psychic 6 years ago in San Francisco who told me I’d get into something like being a Food Stylist. Which I thought was total B.S. The other day I was looking at my IG channel and it hit me. This is what she was predicting.
YOUR KETO JOURNEY:
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN KETO?
Just over 5 months, I started on August, 1 2016.
HOW DID YOU COME TO THE KETO WAY OF EATING?
I came across keto when I was researching holistic food-based strategies to support terminal cancer. I was reeling from a year of fear and grieve around my mom’s diagnosis and realized that I was speeding towards the same fate of illness if I didn’t start treating myself and my body like I gave a damn.
WHAT KIND OF RESULTS HAVE YOU GOTTEN FROM EATING KETO?
More important than the weight loss (I’ve lost 50lbs in 5 months) is the way I feel towards myself. I love myself. Over the years of piling on weight and losing myself I really got stuck in self-shame. I’ve been focusing on cognitive behaviour change and getting to the root of why I turned to food, which I believe is the foundation of lasting physical change.
HAVE YOU HAD ANY SETBACKS OR CHALLENGES IN YOUR KETO JOURNEY?
Nothing comes to mind as a massive set back. I think it’s in how I approached it. When I decided I was going get healthy through keto, I made a for-realz commitment.
As someone who’s done 100s of diets I know the drill. If it’s only about the food or the diet something like a stressful situation, celebration or intense painful emotion will always come up (cause, that’s life baby) and derail the diet. To manage that risk this time around I made an unwavering commitment to myself to do the things that move my towards my goals. That doesn’t mean I’ll never shift out of ketosis. It’s one tool I’m using to heal and energize my body. When my body feels like it needs something different, I’ll switch it up. I believe that all-or-nothing thinking is unproductive.
LET'S TALK ABOUT FOOD!
WHAT ARE A COUPLE OF YOUR GO-TO KETO MEALS?
I keep it pretty simple for the most part. I’m an all-day breakfast sorta gal so bacon, eggs and avocado is on regular rotation. I usually have some type of a huge flavourful salad for lunch like a greek salad with chicken or caprese salad with prawns. And bacon-wrapped jalapeno poppers are always good.
WHAT ARE SOME OF THE KETO ESSENTIALS YOU ALWAYS HAVE ON YOUR GROCERY LIST?
- Beautiful artisan cheeses
- Coconut Oil
- Leafy greens
WHAT SITES, BLOGS, IG PAGES, FACEBOOK GROUPS, ETC… DO YOU GO TO FOR INFORMATION AND/OR INSPIRATION?
This would be a HUGE list so I’m not going to get specific. I adore the keto community on IG and find these women are my greatest source of motivation, food ideas, and inspiration. The vulnerability, honesty and support that happens is a thing of beauty. On IG search the hashtags #ketofam, #ketolife etc.
I’ve participated in a few facebook groups but ended up leaving because I tone/vibe of them just wasn’t a fit for me.
I’ve started seeing a ketogenic naturopath and ask her all my questions.
WHAT ARE THE TOP 3 TIPS YOU WOULD GIVE TO A KETO NEWBIE?
- Don’t get overwhelmed. Relax. Believe in yourself. And just take it one day at a time. You’ll get the hang of keto. It takes time.
- Keep food super simple for at least the first 30 days. Steer clear of all sweeteners (even stevia), fat bombs and ketofied junk food for the first month. You don’t want to keep fighting the craving and hunger monster.
- Drink lots of water. And when you think you can’t possibly drink any more - have another glass.
YOU CAN ONLY EAT 5 KETO APPROVED FOODS FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE, WHAT ARE THEY?
- Bulletproof coffee. I make mine with Coconut Butter, MCT Oil, a dash of heavy cream and spiced with cinnamon, ginger and a hint of cayenne.
EXERCISE! DO YOU DO IT?!
DO YOU EXERCISE IN ADDITION TO YOUR KETO WOE? IF SO WHAT IS YOUR WORKOUT PLAN AND WHAT HAVE YOU FOUND TO BE MOST SUCCESSFUL?
I exercise once or twice a week. Success to me is that I move my body and I ENJOY it. Currently I’ll do interval cardio for 20 min to warm up then love free weights, kettlebells and bodyweight exercises. I never want exercise to feel like a chore or something “I have to do”.
DO YOU TAKE ANY SUPPLEMENTS, IF SO WHICH ONES?
I take probiotics (gut health, yo!), Magnesium, Potassium, Fish Oil, MK-7, Vitamin D and Spirulina. I’ve recently added collagen to combat hair loss.
WILL YOU SHARE ONE OF YOUR FAVORITE KETO RECIPES WITH US?!
Warm Your Belly Keto Chili
- 4 lb - ground beef
- 1 lb - Italian hot sausage meat (just the meat, no casing. If you only have casing sausage available, remove meat from casings & discard the casing)
- 3/4 lb - bacon cut into 1" pieces
- .5 - onion, diced
- 1-2 cups - fresh mushrooms, diced
- 1 - bell pepper, diced
- 1 - jalapeno pepper, diced
- 1.5 cups - whole peeled stewed tomatoes (liquids and solids)
- 5 - cloves garlic, crushed or minced
- ~2 cups - chicken broth
- ~2 cups - beef broth
- 4-6 tsp - sriracha
- 1 tbsp - unsweetened cocoa powder
- To taste - chipotle chilli spice and cayenne pepper
- 2 tsp - oregano
- 1/2 tsp - ground cinnamon
- 1 - packet of Truvia or Stevia
- 1 lime
- To taste- Salt and pepper
- In a large, heavy bottom stock pot, fry bacon over medium low heat until nearly all fat has rendered and bacon is crispy. Remove cooked bacon and set aside in a large bowl. (Pour ½ of the bacon grease into a bowl for later)
- Increase heat to medium and fry sausage in the bacon fat, breaking up with wooden spoon into bite sized chunks. When sausage is browned, transfer to bowl with bacon.
- Working in batches over medium heat, brown the ground beef, adding 2-3 tsp of the bacon grease for each batch. If the grease starts smoking bad, reduce heat slightly; if moisture begins to collect in the pot, increase heat slightly. Transfer browned
- After all meat is browned and transferred from pot, reduce heat to medium low, add another 2 tsp of bacon grease and add diced fresh vegetables. Cook until softened. Add garlic and cook for about 1 minute.
- Increase heat to medium-medium high. Add another 2 tsp bacon/sausage grease, add tomatoes, crushing large chunks with wooden spoon. Cook for about 5-7 minutes.
- Reduce heat to medium low and add spices. Stir to combine and let flavors combine for 2-3 minutes.
- Add back in the bacon, sausage and beef you have set aside and broth and stir to combine. Increase heat to medium high. When pot starts to boil, reduce heat to low and simmer, uncovered for 3-4 hours, stirring occasionally. You can also transfer to a crock pot and cook uncovered.
- The chili is done when the liquid is reduced by about half. Add sriracha, cocoa, and juice of half a lime. Add Truvia or Stevia slowly, mixing and tasting in between to your desired hint of sweetness. Then, salt and pepper to taste.
Serve immediately. Can be topped with avocado and cilantro or sour cream and cheese.