• Recipes/Food Prep

    Focaccia Bread

    Silly me! I posted on Instagram this morning about my bread recipe with a link to this blog, but then realized that my focaccia bread recipe wasn’t actually there – just the incredibly high fibre version called Keto Magic Flax Bread. So here’s the regular bread… This morning, I added 1/2 tsp cinnamon and about 3/4 cups chopped pecans to make a “sweet” version of my bread. Less ideal for soups and stews, but very satisfying as a breakfast bread. I love my silicon mat for baking this bread. So simple. But parchment paper will work too. Use your biggest baking sheet and spread it out evenly. *Amazon links included…

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    Keto Cheesecake

    I don’t usually care much for keto baking. I firmly believe that continuing to rely on sweet-tasting foods while trying to maintain a ketogenic diet is defeating the purpose. There’s solid evidence now that consuming diet beverages (artificially sweetened soda pops, etc.) can stimulate an insulin response in the body similar to that produced by sugar. Small amounts of insulin are also released before any sugar enters the bloodstream. This response is known as cephalic phase insulin release. It is triggered by the sight, smell, and taste of food, as well as chewing and swallowing. That’s our body just being its usual wise self. The problem results when there’s actually…

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    Liver – tips and hacks for adding the ultimate Superfood to your diet

    I’m lucky. I like liver. Always have. It was part of the weekly rotation of foods in my home growing up. Mostly because it was an inexpensive meal, but also because we all liked it. Mom loved cooking it because it took only minutes to fry up. Her version was dredged in seasoned flour. Then dropped into a hot oiled cast iron frying pan. A couple of minutes on each side, then onto the plate. That was it. No onions, no sauces or gravy. Served with mashed potatoes and a frozen vegetable. Simple work-night supper.. Growing up, we lived one short block from a small neighbourhood grocery store, the kind…

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    January Carnivore Experiment – The Results

    I started on my Carnivore Experiment on January 2nd, sort of. On New Years Day, I ate nothing but meat – oh, and one enormous piece of my husband’s mile-high, nut-loaded, home-made baklava. But up until that day, I had been pretty loosie-goosie with my diet for the past 2 months. We were involved in the big fall musical in our little theatre. Our performance run was 3-4 nights each week for three weeks, followed by a huge after party for cast and crew. Each night, the kitchen in the green room was loaded with sweets and treats. Lots of unrestrained snacking went on… Although I tried to exercise restraint,…

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    Carnivore January Experiment – My Impressions

    Well, it’s Feb 2, the groundhog has not seen his shadow and spring is right around the corner. And for the last 2 days, I have not been 100% carnivore. Only about 95%… It’s actually hard to think about messing with the absolute peace that I have been experiencing on this way of eating. I have had a small amount of low carb vegetable intake at supper only for the past 2 days, mainly because I’m away from home, visiting in another home. No intolerance issues at all – GI tract continues to function pretty well as it was during the past month. In particular, I had about a half…

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    Carnivore January Experiment – all meat month!

    January is considered World Carnivore Month by those in the Carnivore community. For those outside that community, it seems downright weird that anyone would choose to remove all plant materials and plant-based foods from their diet, but it’s a real thing. And has some real rationale behind it. Of course, not much evidence in the form of research – it’s too new a concept for that – but lots of anecdotal evidence of it’s positive effect on many who try it out. In human history, there has never been a culture that existed solely on plant foods. Some cultures ate mostly plants because of their location and the rich availability…

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    Looking forward – finding ways to follow my passion…

    There’s nothing like the sharp left turn of a cancer diagnosis to make one examine everything that matters in life. After doing my deep dive into the research around cancer metabolism and my successful intervention of fasting and keto diet for chemotherapy, I developed a passion to share this information with others travelling the cancer and chemotherapy journey. Who knew that we could be so powerfully in control of our own treatment response? And after 35 years (!!!) of being a Registered Dietitian, that I could find a new gig that totally consumes me and gets me excited every minute of the day? I listen to nutrition podcasts and books…

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    Minimalism Keto

    If you were to google “Keto Diet” today, you would be overwhelmed with the search results. Literally millions of hits, covering everything from books to videos to blogs to products to supplements to courses to coaching to recipes and on and on. It’s one of the most popular Google searches in the last few years. And there are so many apparent variations. People have given names to these variations like lazy keto, dirty keto, clean keto, strict keto. And each of these seems to have it’s own set of rules and restrictions. There’s also all kinds of supplements that are discussed and recommended, both nutrients such as vitamins and minerals,…

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    To Snack or Not to Snack…

    With apologies to Shakespeare… Happy New Year! I’m glad to say goodbye to 2019 and look ahead to 2020. This year is my 60th – a milestone made more memorable by my recent cancer journey and by the fact that my mother never lived to celebrate her 60th. She died three days before her 55th birthday of end-stage metastatic breast cancer that she had carried for 10 years. I’m determined to make 2020 a kickass year – a year long project called Martha 6.0. This involves several major goals, one of which is to get my book published. That means that I have to buckle down and write it… January’s…

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    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…