• Recipes/Food Prep

    Keto Crackers – the best!

    So, as I’ve said before, I love crunch… I’ve been a cracker and hard cookie girl all my life. I don’t care much for soft or filled cookies, and certainly not cakes with icing. I like a hard, not-too-sweet cookie, or preferably a savoury and crunchy cracker. Think digestives, arrowroots, shortbreads, gingersnaps. Or Stone Wheat Thins or Triscuits… That crunch generally comes from baked grains. So it’s a bit of a rare commodity on a grain-free diet. And I miss it. Crunchy raw veggies just don’t fit the same flavour and mouthfeel profile. Either do nuts, especially the healthier raw or soaked ones… So when this recipe idea passed through…

  • Ketogenic Diet

    The Great Canadian Keto Conference 2019

    I attended my first ever Keto event in August. One thing that I discovered by attending my first ever Keto Conference was that keto baking is a big thing, and big business. Over half of the booths on the trade show floor were full of keto baking. Almond flour, erythritol and eggs in every possible sweet combination known to man. Cookies, squares, cakes, even “sugar” coated cinnamon donuts! Holy crap, Batman!! To me, that’s not real keto. Not real food. Not a healthy approach to what should be a health-promoting way of eating. I realize that whole foods such as vegetables and non-processed meats do not make flashy content for…

  • Attitude

    What a year!

    It was one year ago this week that I received the phone call that would rock my world off of it’s axis and send me down a path that I never saw coming. I was sitting in my living room, moving around gingerly as I recovered from the laparoscopic removal of a huge ovarian cyst, both ovaries, both fallopian tubes and about 1.5 litres of fluid. Despite the tiny incisions, my insides had been majorly messed with. But I was rocking recovery, healing up like a boss. Friends had brought over food, I had lots of time for knitting – this surgery thing had some perks! That day, I had…

  • Recipes/Food Prep

    A tale of two muffins…

    “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…” (Sorry Charles Dickens 😂) Somebody’s garden had produced a bumper crop of torpedo-sized zucchinis and they had ended up on the staff table at work. So I brought one home. And researched keto zucchini muffins. What I ended up with was two recipes. One was a sweet zucchini muffin with cinnamon, cloves and ginger, plus pecans for texture. The other was a savoury muffin with oregano and cheese. Both use coconut flour, which reduces the overall caloric content in comparison to an almond flour muffin. I have tasted them both when warm and fresh. I like the cheesy…

  • Attitude,  My Story

    Rediscovering a love of physical strength…

    Last summer, my just barely reborn running career came to a screeching halt when I was told that I had a 15-16 cm ovarian cyst. All bouncing activities were to be avoided, in case the cyst ruptured and spilled its contents throughout my lower abdomen. Given that the cyst turned out to be cancerous, it’s a good thing that I grudgingly conceded defeat and quit running early last August. In hindsight, a ruptured cyst would have been a really bad thing… After surgery in late September, finding out I had cancer, another surgery in early December, 5 weeks of post-op bladder spasming, then 5 months of chemo, I was pretty…

  • Research

    Humans are high level carnivores – the evidence

    I have just recently discovered podcasts. Holy cow! What a resource! I have also discovered, almost too late, that you want to download podcasts onto your phone when you are sitting at home on your WIFI, not stream them using your precious phone data. Ask me how I know… I have been listening to a podcast called Peak Human and just finished Part 45- a discussion with Dr. Miki Ben-Dor PhD from Israel, about “Humans Eating Fatty Meat for All of History”. It was a fascinating look at the evidence for our ancestral eating pattern being that of a high level carnivore. This is real biological science, not conjecture or…

  • My Story

    Happy Anniversary to me!

    It was one year ago today that I received the fateful text from my girlfriend that had me lay down on my belly on the floor to do a plank and found the hard bulge in my lower abdomen. The start of a journey of the last year that has taken me from smugly healthy and strong, to humbled and uncertain, to overwhelmingly grateful and highly motivated to share what I have learned in the past year with others. I am grateful for the wonderful healthcare system that Canada has for its citizens. Other than a couple of small prescription expenses, I have not had to spend a dime of my…

  • Recipes/Food Prep

    When you are really missing bread on a keto diet…

    Following a low carb diet or a keto diet is usually great, but there are days when you just can’t face another egg, or when you want the comfort of that bread texture, or when you don’t feel well enough to manage heavy foods and comfort food is the go-to. This recipe is for those days. It’s bread, kinda… It’s got the texture of bread or biscuits or muffins or even not-very sweet cake. I’m not promising that it’s a carbon copy, but it’s close. And it’s only about 3 minutes away from your plate and your belly, a good thing if you are in a rush or not feeling…

  • Ketogenic Diet

    Happy Solstice! Raise a glass…

    Well, in my part of the world (Central Ontario Canada), we are about a month behind in the weather but despite that, it’s the Solstice – the longest day of the year, the first day of summer! Although we seldom get a high temp above 20C (68F) yet, the long evenings and sunny days (in between the rainy ones…) entice us to sit around with a cold beverage. Lots of socializing happens at this time of year, often involving barbecues and long cold drinks. You can do this very easily while keeping it keto. There are more and more great sugar-free and low carb options available this summer. As an…

  • My Story,  Powerful Beyond Measure Book

    Me, the online instructor!

    Well, today I screwed up my courage and did what I have been hesitating to do. Kind of afraid to do, if I’m being honest. And now that it’s done, I feel as light as air! What was it? I had been approached in mid April, though my website, with the offer to be part of the faculty of an online learning platform for health professionals worldwide who want to learn more about low carb and ketogenic diet theory and applications. This organization is from South Africa – The Noakes Foundation (https://thenoakesfoundation.org/) and the Nutrition Network (an online LCHF health professionals training platform): https://nutrition-network.org/). My invitation went like this… “I am involved…