Hey everyone! This video is so long overdue, I’m sorry it literally took me three months post vsg to post this. I really do want to do more YouTube videos, and now seeing how…large I looked in my first one I feel that I have […]
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Simple Bleu Cheese Dip I can’t take any credit for this recipe, as my mother-in-law actually introduced me to this recipe. It is ridiculously easy, but it’s really just a nice way to change up your basic dip. You can use this on wings, with […]
In this Journey, I have I have just learned an incredible amount of myself. One of the many things that has really stuck out to me is that I’ve been an addict. If you replace the classic things alcoholics say about needing a drink you could easily replace it with food. “I’ve had a hard day at work, I want a drink [some comfort food] to calm me down”, “I’ve been super stressed lately, I just need a drink [a bite of something tasty] to calm my nerves”. It really is the same thing, although the addictions ruin lives in completely different ways.
Furthermore, throughout this journey I have had to grieve the impending loss of my relationship with food. I have had a very unhealthy relationship with food for the better part of the last 26 years. Ending this relationship with food has also been a similar experience to dealing with grief: I know, it sounds silly, but hear me out:
- Denial: “I’m not that fat. I still look acceptable. If I really wanted to get healthy I would at any time”. I also call this my “beer goggles” phase. I have refused to see the situation for what it has truly been. This is why I’ve been obese for the entirety of my adult life.
- Anger: “Fuck! Why did I allow myself to get like this?! I hate myself and the choices I’ve made.”In my case, I have also been almost angry at myself for being so weak to have to resort to surgery. I know this isn’t true, but I know I’m not the only one who’s had that thought.
- Bargaining: “Well, maybe if I just really stick to keto this time I won’t need the surgery.” Let’s just ignore the fact that I’ve been trying to lose weight my whole life. Seriously, I was overweight since I was probably in the 1st grade. I’ve gone through stages where I’ve tried to convince myself I don’t need it this surgery: Truth is, I DO need it and that’s OK. Not everyone will have to resort to surgery, and that’s ok too. In my case, I need surgical intervention.
- Depression: Similar to the anger stage, just more sad about it, this one goes without saying.
- Acceptance: OK, I need to do this. Yes, I have allowed myself to get here, but at least I’m really going to do something about it this time. My current lifestyle has been unsustainable, and is slowly killing me. I cannot sugarcoatof how obesity WILL kill me. Fat is not fabulous, and changes must be made before my excessive weight will harm me even more. However, there also won’t be a next time if I commit myself to my new tool.
See! Each apply perfectly. Please tell me I’m not alone in this?!
Regardless, thanks to my Instagram family, and all you wonderful people I have been staying away from the Anger and Depression phases, and I’ve been happily in the Acceptance phase, and that’s OK! Hating yourself is really just a complete waste of time and energy as it accomplishes nothing. Also, seeing everyone progress and transformation have made this process so much easier, and I want to thank each and every one of you for sharing your journey. I really can’t wait to share mine: 3 classes left and then I can go to my surgeon for my referral, I can’t wait!!
Low Carb Keto Lasagna As someone who is Italian, lasagna is such a comfort food for me, but I never thought I would be able to make a keto-friendly lasagna that actually tasted good. And honestly, even though it is low carb, I think I […]
Jerk Chicken Wings So, I may be slightly obsessed with my Air-Fryer. These wings are actually super easy to make. The only other thing I would consider adding is maybe adding a very, very finely minced amount of habanero if you really want to kick […]
Gluten Free/Ketogenic Empanadas
Here is a little gem that I can’t take any credit for, this was 100% Cody’s own creation: low-carb empanadas. If you aren’t familiar of what an empanada is, it’s traditionally a masa (corn flour) based folded into a portion of meats, cheese or both! My step mom is Colombian and she can cook a killer empanada (when she does feel like cooking; love you Vicky!) and these are definitely a nice little dupe of the real deal, and much much healthier.
The key to a good empanada is a crisp shell. Even though I’m eating a ketogenic diet I wasn’t keen on frying them so I actually purchased this Air Fryer, because all of you lovelies on Instagram have been raving about them. I gotta say, these were absolutely delicious! We had leftover steak so we ended up just shredding it up with seasoning, but there are also many ways to make the empanada filling. If you want more ideas for the filling, let me know!
- 1 1/2 C mozzarella cheese
- 2 oz Cream Cheese
- 3/4 C Almond Meal (or Almond Flour)
- 1 Egg
In a bowl, microwave all of the mozzarella and cream cheese for approximately one minute on a high setting. Then, with a wooden spoon or spatula stir cheese until they’re combined. Microwave for an additional 30 seconds, and then add almond meal/flour and egg to mixture and combine ingredients. Consistently should be that of dough.
Gather dough and roll out to a thin sheet around 1/8th of an inch thick onto a workable surface. Using a three inch cookie cutter or the rim of a bowl, cut out circles. Place precooked meat, cheese, or desired ingredients in center of cutout and spread onto about 1/2 to the edges of the center. Fold the dough in half and seal by either pinching the edges, or by using a fork.
Cook in air fryer for approximately 10 minutes at 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Serve with salsa, or eat alone. These make great sides, or they work great as a meal. Enjoy!