I Am Half the Person That I Used to Be and Will Never, Ever Go Back

I Am Half the Person That I Used to Be and Will Never, Ever Go Back

I started the ketogenic diet using ruled.me because of the wonderful help I received. Craig gave us detailed info on why it works and how to do change our habits and recipes step-by-step. I followed the diet exactly and started to lose about 4 pounds a week.I hit a plateau at 20 pounds, and emailed Craig. He was very kind to answer my email himself with specific advice. I started losing a little slower this time, but consistently until I reached a loss of 40 pounds.I am half the person ...

Artichoke Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms

Artichoke Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms

These meatless, artichoke stuffed, portobello mushrooms are capable of taking center stage at your next meal. They're stuffed with a creamy mixture of cheese, spinach, and marinated artichoke hearts. These are great served with zoodles or a nice side salad. If you're not into the meatless thing then this dish makes a hearty side for steak. Most importantly, you can get this recipe on your dinner table in less than 30 minutes!If your market doesn't carry the large mushroom caps, then the ...

Vegan Sesame Tofu and Eggplant

Vegan Sesame Tofu and Eggplant

This sesame tofu and eggplant recipe makes a wonderful light lunch, and is surprisingly vegan. The eggplant is julienned then tossed with a spicy Asian style marinade before it's cooked down into soft noodles. The tofu slices are crusted with sesame seeds then pan seared and caramelized with soy sauce.I love these eggplant noodles because the spongy texture allows them to soak up all of the flavors. I love zucchini noodles too, but sometimes it's nice to use something that's a little ...

I Was Scared of Dropping Dead of a Heart Attack at Any Moment

I Was Scared of Dropping Dead of a Heart Attack at Any Moment

The High School Football Player I have struggled with my eating habits for most of my life. My problem was that early on, I didn’t really realize that my habits were bad. I played sports while growing up and transitioned to strictly football throughout my high school and college days. I was an offensive lineman, you know, one of the guys that carry the nickname of the “fat boys” or the “hogs”. I didn’t think much about it at the time and it was paying for school so I didn’t care.Things ...

Keto Gelatin Rum Shots

Keto Gelatin Rum Shots

These little cups of fun may look sweet an unassuming, but they pack quite a punch! These are fun to make for parties, but unlike other gelled shots you may run into at the celebration - they are made with erythritol instead of sugar.The ones pictured are 2 ounce shots because of the size cups I used. You can also find 1 ounce cups and extend the recipe to 20 servings.Not a fan of rum? Feel free to substitute other low carb alcohol types. Check out our article on keto friendly ...

Pork and Cabbage Casserole

Pork and Cabbage Casserole

This pork and cabbage casserole is a reconstructed cabbage stuffed with a ground pork filling. It slices just like a cake, and is a wonderful hearty dish that is fun serve. This dish is similar to stuffed cabbage rolls but without all the fuss of messing around with individual rolls.The recipe does take a few hours to put together and cook, but I think it's time well spent. If you do not have a lot of people to feed in your house then this dish also reheats well during the week.I ...

It’s easier for me to do day-to-day things

It’s easier for me to do day-to-day things

I've been following a low-carb diet since May, and have lost over 40 pounds so far! I still have a way to go, but the energy I have already is incredible. It's easier for me to do day-to-day things, and I have become far more active. My skin has also cleared up, and some medical problems I was having have disappeared. Eating a keto diet has hugely helped my relationship with food, and I am living with a clearer mind and less anxiety! Friends and family have told me what a difference they can see ...

Keto Matcha Roll Cake

Keto Matcha Roll Cake

This dense, but delicate, matcha cake is filled with sweetened whipped cream. This dessert has spring flavor rolled up in each bite! The verdant green and crisp white swirl looks beautiful served with fresh raspberries.The whipped cream filling is stabilized with gelatin, so the cake can be held in the fridge for serving after a meal. I've kept this cake in the fridge overnight with no weeping or deflated cream. I think it's best when served the same day though. Just be cautious not to ...

Soy Sauce Marinated Deviled Eggs

Soy Sauce Marinated Deviled Eggs

Do you think that hard boiled eggs are boring? Well, think again! These eggs are marinated just like the eggs you find at a ramen restaurant, then whipped with cream cheese and chives. They're salty with a touch of sweet, and make the perfect appetizer or snack.The first time I encountered a version of this recipe was from a wonderful cookbook by Harumi Kurihara. She is kind of like Martha Stewart in Japan. I was fascinated by these brown dyed eggs, and she suggested toppings like cream ...

My body said “I’m in!”

My body said “I’m in!”

I have always been a bit of a gym rat. I was a soldier, and have always tried to stay in good physical shape. That being said, I was constantly stuck in this rut of working out, eating what I thought was "healthy", and never getting any real results. Years went on and on like that. Sometimes I would loose a little weight through sheer will, and then I would just gain it back; plus some. The last few years I went through a bit of a depression. Chalk it up to PTSD, a failed marriage, turning 40; ...