Sunday, October 25, 2015

Happy Anniversary to us!

Today marks 7 years of marriage for Bj and I. 10 years this past July we first met. It feels like just yesterday, and I can't believe so much time has already passed. Daily I am reminded of how blessed my life is, having a husband as genuine and loving as him - I honestly don't know what I did to deserve him. But, I love him with all my heart, and everything that I do in this life is to continually improve and benefit our marriage. The path I was on when he and I met was not a good one. I don't know that I'd still be here. As scary as a statement that is, it's true. I think he saved me, as much as I saved him.

I think one of the greatest things about marrying my best friend is that there are no secrets, there are no surprises, we know each other so fully and completely - that when something good or bad is going on in our lives - we know exactly what to do or say in the circumstance. He has never let me down. He has never disappointed me. And he has never had unreasonable expectations of me. It's not to say we don't argue - we do, over really stupid things - but we are 100% solid in our relationship - and that makes me feel so incredibly blessed.

We talked tonight about our favorite memories from this past year, and any regrets we may have had. It's really nice that we can talk about these things. It's nice that we have memories to look back on and smile about.

Being so in love still after 10 years - it motivates me more into changing the course of my life and health. I don't want to ever leave him - and I know that with the path I was on, I was killing myself with food. And I don't want that for him. He deserves a happy, healthy wife. Knowing that there is still so much for us to explore in this world together - that motivates me, even if the scale hasn't moved in two months. I can feel the physical changes in my life from changing our way of eating - and he reminds me daily that it doesn't matter what the scale says right now, it matters that I'm not in pain when I walk, and that I'm sleeping, and that my clothes fit loose. He supports me, and pushes me when I need to be pushed.

I. Am. Blessed.

The past two weeks we've been on the low carbers "egg fast". We literally eat only eggs, every day, for every meal, period. Nothing else. And... I'll be honest. It's been a struggle some days. But we pushed each other to keep going. We'll reap the benefits. We're doing the egg fast again, this is the third week. I don't know if I have a fourth week in me, but I will try. We fast for 5 days, then the weekend we eat normally (low carb still of course) but we eat more than just eggs. So, thankfully our anniversary fell on Sunday - and we had 3 lbs of king crab legs, baked coconut shrimp, and bourbon salmon. Dear Lord... it was delicious. But back to the grind tomorrow. Eggs, eggs, and more eggs.

We had snow for the first time this year, last weekend. I am not ready for it yet. We did get a chance to drive around and take more pictures of the foliage. I love my new camera that Bj bought me last year for Christmas. It takes such beautiful photos. I think I may have found a new calling... photography! I've been telling Bj for years that I'd like to go back to college to take some classes in photography. Perhaps it's time?

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Take pride in failing - it means you're on your way to success

No one wants to fail at anything. People are inherently built to want to succeed in life. We put such pressure on ourselves to NOT fail, that we fail to see (no pun intended) that failure is something to be revered. It means you found a way of not doing something. It means you experimented, and are one step closer to doing it right.

Failure is success in progress.

You know what's funny about that above quote? I thought, last night, I was a super genius for coming up with it. Little did I know that Albert Einstein is the originator of that statement. Therefore, Einstein and I? Yeah, same wave length. LOL!

But in all seriousness, BJ and I were walking the complex a few nights ago, and I find that we have more meaningful and spiritual conversations there than anywhere else. It's our safe zone. We certainly don't talk to each other at the gym. We have our headphones on - and we zone out - going through the motions. But I feel that when we're together at the complex, pushing each other, teasing each other, and making it fun for one another - we talk more. We talked about failure and success the other night, and I've come to realize something. Every time I've "attempted" to lose weight or get healthy - I feared failure. I feared publicly saying "I'm on a journey to lose weight" and then a few months down the road - not making any progress. So, I'd quietly give up and go back to old habits. What I've learned to understand is that I HAVE TO fail sometimes in order to succeed. Success is not a straight line to the top. We learn best when we make mistakes. We find 99 ways to not do something. It only takes 1 right way to achieve our goal. How else do you find that right way? You experiment. You fail. You get up and keep moving.

When plan A and plan B don't work - get up, dust off, keep going - and be grateful that there are 24 more letters in the alphabet.

I've been on a weight plateau for the past several weeks. Now, normally at this time I'd say "fuck it" and quit. I'd get discouraged and wallow in self pity and go eat a cake. Instead, BJ and I have been looking more deeply into WHY I've been on a weight plateau, and finding ways to get me off it. In our midst of research, we've decided that a partial factor may be because of how tightly wound I am as a person. I have a very high maintained level of stress every day. I'm constantly worried about things. I stress about my job, I stress about money, I stress about bills, and upcoming doctor appointments. I stress about BJ's job, I stress about the house being a mess. I stress about my family and their health. I stress about our vehicles breaking down, I stress about heating costs in the winter, I stress about EVERYTHING. So, with all this stress - my cortisol level is always extremely high.

Cortisol is a stress hormone. And, it is public enemy #1 when it comes to retaining and gaining fat instead of muscle. Cortisol is released from the adrenal glands and sends your body the "fight or flight" signal - and this occurs when you're fearful or stressed. The problem with high levels of cortisol don't stop at weight gain - it is directly linked by scientific study to depression, mental illness, and shorter life expectancy. It also interferes with your ability to learn and retain information, with memory, lowers your immune system, lowers bone density, and the list goes on and on. That's some pretty terrifying stuff. And it's something to really be looked at if you're a person who is high strung like I am.

A few weeks ago BJ was surfing Youtube for videos about cortisol and its affect on weight loss. We discovered Dr Sara Gottfried (LOVE HER!) who had a video (about an hour or so long) discussing the many things that are both good and bad about cortisol, about the female body, and it's response to hormonal changes. I highly recommend looking her up on YouTube and checking out her videos. She's not one of these boring technical doctors that use big words and make it as confusing as possible to understand.

So after watching many videos, and learning all we could about cortisol - we looked into cortisol blockers. That, also, entailed much research to make sure we were getting something that was not only effective, but also not harmful to my body. We ended up with Cortibol, a cortisol fat blocking supplement. I've been on this supplement for about a week, and so far I'm very impressed with the results. Not scale results, as I don't plan on weighing in for another 2-3 weeks - but as far as stress and anxiety go - my cortisol levels are way down. I haven't exploded, gotten overtly or irrationally angry, I haven't worried about work or whats not getting done, and the best part? I've actually slept the past couple nights without nightmares. I would say last night was the best night sleep I've had all week. I got about 9 hours. I normally sleep 2-3 hours a night. We will see what the next week of being on Cortibol brings.

While I may not have moved on the scale the past several weeks - what I have succeeded in? Not giving up. Not allowing the scale to dictate my worth or my progress. Not giving in to old habits. Have I stumbled? Have I had things I probably shouldn't have in the past few weeks? You betcha. But I didn't allow those one or two bad things snow ball into a weeks worth of binge eating. I got back up, dusted off, and tried again.

Next week we are going to do the egg fast challenge from our Low Carb forums on Facebook. I like eggs and all... but I can't lie and say I'm not apprehensive on this fast. It will take much creativity to come up with 7 days worth of only egg recipes to keeps us satisfied. But I am pretty sure we can do it. When you have a goal that you know is attainable, you fight for that end rewards. So, if I have to occasionally egg fast to get there? By golly, I'm going to do it.

This weekend we are going to find a place for BJ to target practice with his bow, and I will work on some photography. The leaves are changing vibrant colors, and the earth feels more alive. Perhaps some apple picking is in our future this weekend. I'll leave you with these beautiful shots I got last weekend from one of our adventures.

Stay focused. Stay strong. Stay the course. Failure is not the definition of you. It's just a stepping stone towards the person you want to become.

Friday, September 25, 2015

Septembers song & Chicken Wing Bites!

I've been absent the past few weeks. I apologize for that. Work has seemingly taken up more of my time than I was aiming for with this transition I am making in my life. Unfortunately, the stress has me in a bad head space, and I've had very little time to think. The one thing that has been weighing on my mind is how easy it would be for me to just throw in the towel right now, and quit. That's my normal go to when things become overwhelming and stressful. But, even though I've stumbled the past few weeks, I've not given up. I've still gone to the gym. I'm still eating (relatively) healthy (with the exception of a couple days where I had the "fuck it's").

The thing about stress, and not sleeping, and nightmares is that all that cortisol is building up and building up and storing everything as fat. So while I haven't lost any weight in the past few weeks - I (thankfully) really haven't gained, either.

So, I would have to say I'm blessed. I have a very hard time digging myself out of slumps when I feel like I'm losing my way - but am working hard at not letting the negativity rule every aspect of my life. The past two weeks have been trying, and I haven't been perfect in keeping my cool. But, I am blessed. And those blessing are what I need to keep focused on while traveling this road. I have no pain in my knees since losing some weight and going to the gym. I am blessed. I wake up every day to a loving husband, soft fur baby kitties and bunnies that love me and depend on me. I am blessed. I have a job when so many are without an income. I am blessed. I have made friends that I can truly depend on and lean on when I feel myself spiraling out of control. I am blessed. I have a family that supports me and loves me, despite my faults. I am blessed. I love in an area with such visual beauty in the mountains and the rivers. I am blessed. I have food to eat, a bed to sleep in, and clothes on my back. I am blessed.

With all these things - why do I let the few negative moments that happen rule my mood? That is a question I am still trying to answer - but am slowly learning how to (better) manager my emotions. I have never really had the best coping skills.

BJ and I are going to take a "mini vacation" at the end of October for our anniversary. I'm looking forward to that. I would love to get some good photographs of the foliage in the mountains here in Pennsylvania. This time of year makes me long for home - Vermont. Some of the best memories I have are during the fall, with my friends, at the fall foliage parade in Groton - the end of summer parties, and bon fires, and ghost stories. When I look at my life in pieces - despite the few fragmented parts that were negative - my life has had plenty of blessings.

This is the time of year where I would normally bake lots of fall treats, warm comforting foods that fill our bellies and warm our souls. Bj and I have been trying to experiment as much as we can on weekends inventing recipes of favorite foods so we can still feel that same comfort we would eating the things that got us to where we are - but with much healthier versions.

One of which is wing bites. It's foot ball season, it's fall, you want something snacky on the weekends. There is a place down the road called Nina's and they have *** the best wing bites ever ***. But... they are dusted in flour, then fried in vegetable or corn oil. Not so healthy. We found a low carb gluten free version that is the bomb! And so few ingredients.

Here is BJ cooking up some low carb gluten free wing bites. Awww!

First, what we did was take chicken breasts and trim them of fat and what not as well as we could. Then with kitchen sheers, we snipped the chicken into bite size pieces. In a bowl, we combined 1 jar of Parmesan cheese, and 1 bag of pork rinds (crushed into crumbs) and mixed together. In a separate bowl, we broke some eggs, and mixed with a little water. Dip chicken bites into egg, then into the Parmesan and pork rind mixture, back into egg, then back into Parmesan & pork rind mix. This is a double dredge technique. It makes the chicken *** super *** crispy and oh so good.

I am super terrified of deep frying things. I hate working with oils and have a fear of getting grease burns. So we did small batch pan frying using coconut oil in a deep small pot. We filled the pot maybe 1/2" with coconut oil.

These are what the chicken bites look like right out of the coconut oil. Yum!

We love Nina's wings so much, we decided to just buy a container of their buffalo sauce - which is nearly zero carb. This makes the perfect weekend snack, especially for those of us who watch football.

So in the midst of the craziness that is life, counting my blessings, and reaching towards my goal - we find time to create comforting food that reminds us why being healthy isn't just a diet, it's a way to live.

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Having a bleh day?

So last night after we made that delicious Lobster Cauliflower "Fried Rice" for dinner - we ended up going to Planet Fitness around 11pm. Yep. 11pm and we headed to the gym. Yesterday was kind of a rest up day for me. I haven't been sleeping that great recently, and the weekend is sort of my time to rejuvenate. Although, I always seem to be up at about 6am regardless. I napped for about 4 hours last night, got up, made dinner, then went to the gym. Hence the late hour. But you've gotta do what you've gotta do.

Last night we worked out pretty hard. I had been sick this past week, as was my husband, so we didn't really "push" it at the gym. Last night was good, I felt good, and was happy we went. Though, I was having a "fat girl at the gym" kind of evening. I knew I was doing something good for myself, but at the same time, I felt horrifically fat (well, fatter than I am) and sort of bleh. That "bleh" moved into today as well. Even as I sit here typing, I'm looking down and am wondering - why does my stomach seem more distended today?? What is going on? Perhaps I'm retaining water for some reason, that could be it. But it's not discouraging me.

I got up this morning, I made coffee - I did some beginner basic yoga to stretch my arms, legs, and torso out. It felt ** good ** to stretch. I don't stretch enough, I think. That may be partly why I cramp so much. I did some squats with my exercise ball against the wall - then I did a different type of squat using the ball on the floor, and hand weights. I always feel better after I do some exercise. It makes me question why I fought it so hard in the past.

Before we went to the gym last night, I watched the video that is making rounds on the internet by Nicole Arbour titled "Dear Fat People". I guess my reaction is the exception, not the rule, when it comes to peoples reactions to her video. Now, before I post this - I'm going to state upfront - I do NOT condone what this woman did or said in her video. I have PCOS, I am fat, I have lived with an eating disorder for almost my entire life. I do not tolerate or condone bullying. But I also do not let other people like Nicole Arbour dictate how I feel about myself, anymore.

This is what I posted on my facebook today in regards to the video.

Okay, I have to address this because clearly the world is ending because a pretty, thin chick posted a video about fat people. You know what? Who the fuck cares.

Maybe if we stop pacifying each other and deliver some brutal honesty - perhaps people might change. Perhaps allowing people to believe that they are not killing themselves with food is part of the problem.

I am 100% for positive body image. I am 100% for people being happy as they are, and who they are. What I am not ok with is pretending that being big and beautiful DOESN'T come with health risks. Being obese is NOT ok. Being obese isn't empowering. It's a CHOICE. And while we all have the right to chose how we want to live - we also have to accept the consequences of those choices.

I've lived almost my ENTIRE LIFE over weight. Maybe it was the 12 years at Blue Mountain Union of being bullied and harassed ** every day of my life ** for being over weight that gave me a thick skin. But as a fellow "fat person" I will not sit here and say that I am healthy, even if I am loving myself, my body, and my journey as I am traveling now.

It has taken 35 years for me to come to this point where I finally LOVE MYSELF enough to CHANGE. To care about my health, my mind, and my body. To also acknowledge that my choices don't only affect me - but they affect my family, my friends, and society as a whole.

Part of caring about each other is caring enough about yourself to make healthy choices. Maybe if I had ONE FRIEND 20 years ago that was THAT brutally honest with me and didn't pacify me with shit like "Oh you're just big boned" or "You'll grow out of the weight!" MAYBE just MAYBE I would have woke up sooner. Don't pacify people - no matter what the issue. Drinking, smoking, drugs, eating disorders - you're doing people a disservice when you don't tell people the truth. Be honest. Be brutally honest. It's the only way.

Now, with this being said - I do not condone nor do I agree with bullying people, being disrespectful to people, or being an ignorant asshole about subjects that you clearly know nothing about. I do, however, believe it is our responsibility as people to ensure that those in our lives understand and recognize that poor choices, and bad behavior - whether it be eating disorders, drug addiction, alcoholism, etc - is not something that is "ok".

Lets say you have a family member or a friend that is headed down a dangerous road with heroin. Do you pacify that person and say "Oh it's ok, you'll grow out of it" or "Don't worry, you'll get board with that stuff eventually, and then you'll kick the habit.". No. You wouldn't do that. You would fight, scream, cry, beg, bargain, and sometimes bribe that person to STOP what they are doing that will ultimately kill them. We see this every day, yet we as a society put blinders on because we think it's "not our place" to say anything.

Fuck that shit.

If it isn't our place to say anything - whose place is it? And when will that person show up? Will they show up before it's too late?

We keep hoping and waiting for someone else to make the first step towards awareness. Eating disorders, obesity, drugs, alcoholism - it's all linked. They are all addictions. And they SHOULD BE talked about. They SHOULD BE brought to light. There is no shame in that. There is no shame in saying "I'm addicted to food, and I need help". There are millions of people who suffer from some form of addiction.

Yet, telling a fat person that their choices are not only affecting their own health, but also affecting their family, friends, etc - it's frowned upon.

Why? Why is it NOT ok to tell someone that what they are doing to themselves is dangerous? That it's hurting them, and others?

Believe me - I know all about eating disorders. I know all about fat shaming, and being bullied, and how terrible it feels to be on the receiving end of it. But I also know the strength I have in myself - the strength I have found in myself through the commitment and determination of others - that those words from people who have no idea what my health is, what my history is, what my path is - those words FUEL me. They are what keep me FIGHTING.

So I'd like to say Thank You to the Nicole Arbours of the world. To the Christine Emerson's. To the Jim Nelson's. To the people who at one point in my life made me feel "less than" and "worthless". Thank you for giving me a reason to keep fighting. You've only made me stronger. You've empowered me by showing me that I am stronger than you, than your words, than your misunderstanding and your judgmental hate. I am stronger than you gave me credit for. And I prove that every day.

People, words, actions... these things only have power over you if you allow them to have power over you.

And tomorrow is only as threatening as today we allow it to be.

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Lobster Cauliflower "Fried Rice" - Low Carb and DELICIOUS

Who doesn't love Chinese food? I have a love/hate relationship with it. I love it going in... but two hours later...

But lets face it - you eat Chinese food, you're hungry shortly after. Why? Because there are not enough good fats and proteins to actually satisfy your hunger. Bj and I developed a delicious and satisfying version of fried rice using cauliflower tonight that will sure to become a regular staple.

I am not a "huge" cauliflower fan, per say. In fact, it has taken my husband almost 2 years to convince me that Cauliflower is not the evil mush of the universe that I think that it is. Many recipes have been tried where cauliflower was involved, and I steered clear because of my preconception of how it is going to taste. I think it may be a texture thing.

But, I am learning to appreciate it. In this recipe, you don't know that you're eating cauliflower. It tastes like rice. Which is fantastic, because I love rice. You can't have "Fried rice" without that classic rice taste, right?

So, we start with ricing the cauliflower. We took a whole head of cauliflower, and riced it in our ninja blender. I ended up only using maybe half of the head of cauliflower. It makes ** A TON ** of rice.

We found a giant bag of frozen all tail lobster meat at Wegmans a few weeks ago. I thawed about 1 cup of the lobster meat. In a saute pan with white truffle oil and butter, I reheated the lobster meat with a clove of minced garlic.

I had some frozen peas & carrots in the freezer, so I microwaved them for a few minutes - about 1 cup - and strained. After we fry up the cauliflower rice, we add these in.

The caulifower rice goes into the saute pan with white truffle oil, butter, and garlic - saute for 4-5 minutes - and then I made a well to add two scrambled up eggs. I cooked the eggs in the pan with the rice, and once the egg formed curds, I mixed the rice into it. I added the peas & carrots, and the lobster - and voila. Fried rice.
This is so easy to make, and it's so satisfying. I don't think I'll ever need to call in for Chinese food again. Why spend money on sub par food when you can make your own healthy versions at home? Plus, you get to spend time with those you love. The kitchen is the heart of a home - this is where memories are made. Go get you some Cauliflower fried rice, and make some memories in the process. It's well worth it.

1/2 head, medium (5-6" dia) Cauliflower, raw, riced
1 cup Peas and carrots, thawed
1 cup Lobster Meat Cooked
2 clove Garlic
4 tbsp White Truffle Oil
4 tbsp Butter, salted
2 tbsp Liquid Aminos

1. Cut Cauliflower florets and rice in a food processor or ninja blender. Set aside.
2. In a wok put 1 TBSPN White truffle oil with 1 TBSPN of butter, and 1 minced garlic clove. Sauteed the thawed Lobster meat in this mixture to heat through - set aside.
3. Cook frozen peas and carrots in microwave for 3-4 minutes on high (covered) and let stand.
4. In the wok, pour 2 TBSPN White truffle oil, and 2 Tbspn butter with 1 minced garlic clove - allow butter to melt - add in RICED cauliflower. Cook cauliflower for 4-5 minutes.
5. Make a well in the Cauliflower - add two raw scrambled eggs - allow to cook, stirring constantly - once the eggs form into curds, mix into the rice - drizzle with 1 TBSPN White truffle oil, and add 1 more TBSPN Butter.
6. Add in your strained carrots and peas - mix into the cauliflower / egg mixture.
7. Add in your lobster meat, and stir. Drizzle 2 Tbspn of Liquid or Coconut aminos on top - and serve.

Low Carb Hazelnut Pumpkin Pancakes

Mmmhmm... Pancakes. Fluffy. Delicious. Satisfyingly perfect for a weekend brunch.

This morning I woke up and was about to make our usual waffles for breakfast - but I really wanted something different. We recently bought Hazelnut flour from Wegmans about a week ago and I've been wanting to experiment with it. So, this is sort of a no recipe, recipe. I started putting things in a bowl, and voila! Pancakes.

3 TBSPN Crushed pork rind crumbs
3 TBSPN Hazelnut Flour
2 TBSPN Coconut flour
1 TBSPN Swerve sweetener
1 Tsp Himalayan pink salt
1 Tsp Baking Powder
1/2 Tsp Cinnamon

Mix all these in a bowl together, set aside.

3 Ounces cream cheese - softened in microwave for a few seconds
2 TBSPN Softened butter
2 TBSPN Unsweetened pumpkin puree
2 TBSPN Water
1 Tsp Vanilla extract
4 eggs

In a separate bowl - mix all the wet ingredients. Once everything is completely incorporated - add in the dry ingredients. Mix. If the mixture is too thick, add a tad bit more water to thin out.

Spray a frying pan with coconut oil, and griddle as you would normal pancakes. But be careful when flipping - these pancakes are delicate. Nothing is better than pumpkin in the fall. I do believe this will be a staple for us on the weekends.

This made 10 nice size pancakes. I topped ours with sugar free maple and a little whipped cream. It tastes like you're eating something bad, but these are low carb, sugar free, and gluten free. What more could you ask for?

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Lets talk breakfast

Eggs are a main staple in a Low Carb lifestyle. Two eggs equal 1 Carb. So, we eat a lot of eggs. But plain ol' eggs get boring after a while. I'm always looking for new and creative ways to have my eggs (and more protein, too!). Weekends seem to be the time that my husband and I experiment in the kitchen. We shop normally on Friday nights, then prep and cook the weekend away. Here are a few our breakfast creations - and hopefully if you're in an "egg rut" this will inspire you to try something new!

Egg Taco's with a cheese taco shell

We start with about 1/4 cup of shredded cheese. For this we used a cheddar cheese. I line a paper plate with a piece of doubled over parchment paper. This helps to prevent the plate from melting, but also to peel the cheese off. I spread it out evenly on the plate, making sure no big obvious holes in the cheese - and I place in the microwave for 30 seconds. If the cheese isn't slightly golden brown yet - I put it back in for 10 seconds. Normally it takes about 45 seconds, depending on how much cheese I use. You don't want this to turn BROWN. Otherwise the cheese is burnt. Once I get the color I'm looking for (a slight golden brown) I take the parchment (making sure to NOT touch the area with cheese) and lightly fold it over to make a shell shape. I hold it in this position until the cheese sets. About 1 minute. Then carefully pull the parchment off the cheese, and set the shell aside to completely cool.

Meanwhile, I scramble a couple eggs with heavy cream - and SLLLOOOWWWWLLLYYYY cook them on the stove top. Season with salt and pepper, and mix in a tiny bit more cheese to the eggs. Set aside.

We always have batches of cooked grassfed taco meat in the fridge - so I'll heat up about 1 cup of the meat, and with a spoon ladle a bit into the cheese shell, top with egg, then a tablespoon of salsa. This is absolutely delicious. It is one of my favorite go-to's in the morning. Hell, even as a snack at night!

Paleo Wrap Brisket & Egg burrito

A few years ago we went Paleo. We discovered some really neat recipes to make food more wholesome and healthy. These wraps (if made very large) can be kind of carby - but we found making them in our small frying pan, the carb count was only about 4 carbs. What you'll need is:

4 Large eggs
2 Tsp melted coconut oil
2 Tbspn water
1/2 cup Arrowroot
2 Tsp coconut flour
Pinch of salt

Whisk eggs with water and oil. Add all dry ingredients, and whisk until no lumps. In a small frying pan, lightly spray with coconut oil. With a 1/4 measuing cup, ladle some of the batter into the hot pan. You want this to be set at about medium to just below medium heat. If you've ever made a crepe - it is the same process. Put the batter in the pan, and turn the pan to coat the enter bottom with the batter. Cook for a minute or two until the surface is not very tacky. Flip over for another 30 seconds. Set aside, and continue making your wraps. You will get 4-6 wraps out of a batch depending on how big you make them, and how much batter you use.

I start by putting a bit of shredded cheese on the base, then scrambled eggs, then shredded brisket. My husband slow cooks our brisket for 10 hours with his own spice rub, and omg... it's delicious. Top that with some sugar free low carb BBQ sauce, and roll 'er up! Voila! Brisket egg wraps.

Sometimes, just a big plate of Eggs and meat is all you want... Taco meat, eggs, salsa, sour cream, and of course - cheese. I know, I'm addicted to cheese. It's DELICIOUS.

Pumpkin Cream cheese Flax Pancakes (3 carbs per pancake)

So, we just kind of threw things in a bowl one weekend. And somehow, magically, it worked. These definitely satisfy my urge for pancakes. And they are super filling!

3 Tbspn coconut flour
2 Tbspn flax meal
2/3 Cup unsweetened pumpkin puree
2 Ounces cream cheese, softened
1/4 Cup cottage cheese
6 Eggs
1 Tsp Salt
1 Tsp Vanilla extract
2 Tbspn Vanilla protein powder
2 Tbspn swerve
1 Tsp baking powder

I know it seems like a lot of ingredients - but trust me - these are worth it. And it's easy to make. Throw all WET ingredients in a bowl, and mix together. Throw all dry ingredients in a bowl, and mix together. Pour the wet into the dry - and mix. This made Ten 4" pancakes.

I hope this gives you some new ideas for breakfast - we certainly enjoy them!