A Skeptic’s Guide to Ketones, the new supplement on the block.

key-tones? what?

I WILL PREFACE THIS REVIEW WITH THE DISCLAIMER THAT I AM NOT BEING PAID TO WRITE THIS  POST, NOR AM I A PHYSICIAN OR MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL, THE FOLLOWING ARTICLE IS A CONGLOMERATION OF MY OWN OPINIONS AND FINDINGS FROM TRYING THESE NEW KETONE//OS THINGS.  YOU SHOULD ALWAYS CONSULT YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER BEFORE STARTING ANY SUPPLEMENTS.

Let’s get started!


You know when you find these people that vibrate at such a high frequency (SHOUT OUT TO Jen Sincero ‘You are a Badass’ for that phrase) that you just need some of what ‘they’re on’?  That was Katie Rollins for me.  I just had to get my hands on this stuff that was changing her life and making her sleep better and focus more and hey also lose those extra annoying, lingering, pounds.  (Plus the fact that she is hysterical and I’m mad we moved because I think we could be besties lol!) Here I am 2 months later, drinking the Ketone Kool-aid and loving life. Sleeping better, focusing with less caffeine, and eating more bacon. YUM.

sorcery ketone

The very simplified version of these ketones are that they biohack your body into burning fat for fuel. If you already follow a Keto diet, get ready for even more efficiency, and less stressing over following the ‘rules’ 100%. Live yo life!

Watch this video.

Read some FAQs.

I’ve had people ask me about the correlation between diabetics and ketones in their urine.  This can clear all that up for you :).  Click here.

Watch a Nurse Practitioner’s testimonial and talk ‘shop’ about all of it here.

KetoU: All your questions answered!

Knowledge is power, people.


Now let’s jump into some background information on why I thought this was a great idea for me to try.  I have done a few rounds of the 21 Day Sugar Detox (read about that here) and LOVED how low sugar high fat nutrition plan helped me think more clearly and shed some ‘fluff’ as I like to call it. Seriously, the results I experienced cutting out sugar and enjoying all the whole foods AND all the avocados and bacon that would fit was fantastic!  21DSD was a LOT of work (manageable if planned appropriately of course),  and when I watched the campfire pruvit video, that was all I could think about was how much my body actually liked and benefitted from fat as fuel, and this would make it more efficient for me to stay on the diet my body liked so much.  Fat IS your friend.  Sugar is not. Plain and simple. And if you haven’t broken up with gluten yet, I’m saying it– it’s time! I’m embarrassed to now say that my ‘hatred’ for all of Paula Dean’s usage of butter is now invalid.  Unsalted Kerrygold butter for the win, friends!

butter

I snagged a trial pack sampler, since I’m a skeptic by nature… tried it for 5 days and they are so easy to add to your routine.  Mix with water, milk, heavy cream (gasp! yes this is ok! remember, full fat, organic is good!), etc — be creative! Started noticing how much more energy I had right away, slept better (say bye by insomnia!), and was burning more calories in my workouts than I had been in months.   And the best part? My ADHD was being maintained too by clearer thinking and an unfoggy head.  WINNING!

Now, I do want to point out, within those first 5 days I was taking 1/2 a pack to help my system get used to everything ‘new’.  I did notice I was a smidge bloated for the first few days, but then flatter tummy was right around the corner! When your clothes fit just a little more loosely it’s such a confidence booster! And you know I’m all about boosting confidence and lifting others up!

So, maybe after reading my review, the FAQs, watching the videos, you still have some questions. I have some contacts you can reach out to if you’d like them, let me know (want samples? fill out the sample request form below and someone will be in touch)!   It may or may not be for you, but I do think I have finally found *my* supplement.

Now, if the mailman could deliver my Swiss Cacao so I could add it to my coffee ASAP that would be fab! Bulletproof ketone coffee, here I come!

*parks herself in front of the window to watch for the mailman*

…Stay tuned for flavor reviews as I try them! 🙂

xoxo,

Sydney


**Update: Including Flavor Reviews, preference indicated with stars**

Orange Cream ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Orange ‘Dream’? A smidge bitter but not bad just mixed with water! When I tried this packet, I took half in the morning ASAP when I woke up, and half after lunch.

Chocolate Swirl ⭐️⭐️⭐️

I’ve heard Chocolate Swirl is a great option for those with digestive issues (always check with your doctor of course!) as they have pre- and pro- biotics in them.  This one was real sweet and much more bitter than the Orange Cream, which makes sense as ketones are bitter by nature and this flavor has more than the orange cream.  I had to mix this with milk/heavy cream to be able to take it. Not too bad, but not my favorite.

Maui Max ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Oh baby! Kool Aid! Seriously tastes like red Kool Aid to me, or even how jello smells when you just added the cold water to the mix. This was great mixed in water, mixed with heavy cream, or even La Croix!  **Note, when I added heavy cream, it was about 2ish tablespoons that I whipped with the ketones, then added some sort of water/sparkling water for more of a drinky drink.  Max is the sports drink version of the Ketones and has the most ketones of any packet in the line.

Swiss Cacao ⭐️⭐️

Much more bitter than the Chocolate Swirl. Mix with heavy cream and water or ice cubes for a ‘milkshake’ consistency.  I found when I added it to my hot coffee (as I mentioned above) it accentuated the bitter of the ketones, still learning here 🙂

Kreme

I cannot wait to try this! MCT oils! I heard it’s like bulletproof coffee in a packet! No ketones in this.

Raspberry Lemonade

I also heard rumors this is coming as well. If so, this sounds right up my alley since I’m digging the fruit flavored ones!

Come follow along! I’ve rebranded!

Over time, we decide to update our tech, our lives, our wardrobe. All the things.  I started my blogging here on paleoptimistic and will continue to use and share these original posts, but I am transitioning my ‘brand’ over to my www.sydneydelucchi.wordpress.com page. I’m SO excited to broaden my post offerings!! Join me there for everything that falls into the foodie, fitness, and feelin’ fancy categories!  Time to have some new-fangled fun!

follow your butterflies

As always, I am obsessively grateful to all of my followers who started with me as a new blogger! Make sure to click that ‘follow’ button on my new page! I follow back!

xoxo,

Sydney

Meal Prep Recipe: BBQ Stuffed Sweet Potatoes & Broccoli

This is a hearty meal perfect for a heavy workout day, or when you need a little extra fuel. Tip: Look for Sweet Potatoes that are perfectly sized for your containers and your portions so you don’t have to cut them.

BBQ stuffed sweet potatoes (makes 6 servings): 

  • Sweet potatoes, 6
  • favorite seasoning,
  • Jack Daniels BBQ pulled pork (got ours from BJ’s Club),
  • 3 heads broccoli raw,
  • Coconut oil spray, found ours at Marshall’s
  • salt & pepper to taste.

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven 350*.  Bake sweet potatoes on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper for 1-1.5 hours or until soft.
  2. Once baked, slice sweet potatoes down the middle and season liberally with your favorite seasoning.
  3. Stuff pulled pork into sweet potato
  4. Fill rest of container with broccoli
  5. Spray broccoli with coconut oil spray, and sprinkle salt and pepper.
  6. Allow meal to cool before putting lid on and storing in the refrigerator.

Stores safely for 5 days.

 

Enjoy!

Sydney

Meal Prep Recipes Coming Soon!

Ya’ll asked and I’m delivering! Everyone has asked for help with meal prepping, recipes, how to do the thing, etc, so here we go! I’ll be posting each recipe I make as its own separate post.  You can always return to the top banner and click ‘Meal Prep’ to see all of them.

Meal Prep Basics:

Let’s get started on some basics.  Meal prepping isn’t rocket science and it’s definitely not brain surgery, but it does take a little planning.  Oh boy… planning… That’s what I’m here for.

First, you’ll need some containers.  The OCD in me requires all the containers to be the same size so the stack and store well whether in the refrigerator/freezer, or in the cabinet. If you aren’t as neurotic as I am, any freezer and microwave safe containers will do.  I found the ones we use at BJ’s Wholesale Club, but Amazon also has a ton of great options (like these).  Make sure you get enough for as many meals as you’ll be preparing. 🙂

Second, if you’re a planner freak like me, I LOVE my Erin Condren Meal Planning planner insert.  I write on it with a Vis-a-Vis marker (you know like for the overhead projectors!).  I plan out the different meals I will mass prep and on the back I create my shopping list. Get yours here.

Third, consider downloading the app Flipp.  This is where I scour the circulars for the best deals on the items on my list.  This app has saved me so much money and I love how everything is in one place!

I usually choose 3 different lunch/dinner meals to prep and a breakfast for 2 adults for the week.  Whatever we don’t eat, we toss in the freezer.

Now that we have the 3 most important things out in the open, make sure to subscribe to my email list and share this post with your friends so ya’ll never miss out on a meal prep update.  Start thinking about some meals you LOVE! and let’s get to prepping!  Hit me with all your questions and your favorite meals and I’ll help you mass prep!!

xoxo,

Syd

Paleo Shrimp & Grits

Growing up in the south has instilled some deep southern culture in me.  I say y’all, wear flip flops pretty much in any season, & love some hearty comfort food.  For example, the quintessential southern dish, Shrimp & Grits, has been my favorite favorite dish ever since I learned to love grits.

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Paleo Chicken Parm

Thought about going paleo, but love pasta too much? Chicken Parm is your favorite comfort food, & not ready to give it  up?  Well, I’ve got you covered!

I made this dish the other night and John said “If you ever wonder why I keep you around, THIS! Best comfort food ever right here!”

Of course, my husband loves me for more than my cooking, but that’s always an added bonus. 🙂

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Adele & Chili

‘HELLOOO FROM THE OTHER SIDEEEEEE’

I know, I’m an awesome singer. 

I’m happy to say that the first complete album I have purchased from iTunes, in like ever, was Queen Adele’s “25”. And may I just say that it is PURE gold. I absolutely love the entire thing, but my fav tracks include ‘River Lea’, ‘Send My Love (to your new lover)’, and ‘Sweetest Devotion’ which makes me think of my sweet husband. 

This weekend was definitely an’Adele & Chill’ weekend especially after such a busy week, a CRAZY Saturday morning, & a icky blustery forecast. 

Food to match this weekend’s weather was on the menu for today. It’s like the weather knew Adele’s new album dropped Friday, so it was feeling all the feels as well 😭🌧… And sobbing


So, I give you ‘Adele & Chili’. 

  
Ingredients:

2# ground meet of choice

2 green peppers, diced

3 plantains, cubed

1 medium onion, diced

4 garlic cloves, minced

1 box Pomi diced tomatoes

1 can full fat coconut milk

2 cans black beans (optional)

4 cups shredded collard greens

2 cups bone broth

1 cup water 

4-6 TBS Coconut oil 
Chili spice mixture:

2 TBS chili powder

1 TBS cumin

1 TBS Trader Joes BBQ seasoning (has cocoa & coffee in it. YUM!)

1 tsp chipotle powder

1 tsp cayenne pepper powder

1 tsp parsley

1 tsp salt

1 tsp pepper

1 tsp paprika 
For garnish:

2 medium avocados

1/4 cup minced cilantro
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Directions:

1. Sautée green peppers, onions, & garlic in 2 TBS coconut oil. 
2. Cook ground meat 
3. Fry plantains in 2-3 TBS coconut oil until golden brown. 
4. Combine ALL ingredients (save avocados and cilantro) in slow cooker. Stir. Cook on low for 6 hours. 

  
5. Prior to serving, in a small bowl, combine avocado and cilantro and mash until texture is creamy. 
6. Serve it up, plop a dollop of avo-cilantro concoction on top and mangía!

  
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NOTE: black beans are NOT Paleo, so if their presence in this recipe personally offends you, please skip right over them. You may be interested in replacing them with 1 medium sweet potato, diced & boiled til soft, then drained. 

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xoxo,

Syd

Mio Global DIY Spinning® Ride: ‘Speed Demon’ How To Program Timer

For those of you interested in programming your own interval timer to make this ride a breeze, here’s a ‘How To’!

Download the free interval timer  app here

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Here are the ride notes I used to program my timer:

•October vol 2 ‘SPEED DEMON’• 

(via my original post on Mio Global’s blog!
1 min 55% 90 RPM, flat road.
4 min 75% Tabata style warm up seated surges (110 vs rest) 
5 min 70% 110 RPM, flat road + 1
4 min 65% 90 RPM, flat road + 1
3 min 80% MAX INTENSITY SURGE! 

May be ridden in the saddle, or at HP3. High RPM or heavy climb. Rider’s choice! 
4 min 75% 100 RPM, flat road + 2
3 min 70% 90 RPM, flat road + 2 
2 min 85% MAX INTENSITY SURGE

May be ridden in the saddle, or at HP3. High RPM or heavy climb. Rider’s choice! 
3 min 80% 90 RPM, flat road + 3
2 min 75% 80 RPM, flat road + 3
1 min 90% MAX INTENSITY SURGE

May be ridden in the saddle, or at HP3. High RPM or heavy climb. Rider’s choice! 
2 Minutes 90% 80 RPM, flat road + 4
1 min 85% 70 RPM, flat road + 4
1 min 95% MAX INTENSITY SURGE

May be ridden in the saddle, or at HP3. High RPM or heavy climb. Rider’s choice! 
True Tabata Sprints! 95%+ 

20 seconds of seated saddle sprints, 10 seconds of rest.  Repeat 8 times. (Do not exceed 120 RPM)  You should feel completely exhausted after accomplishing these sprints. Dig deep and give everything you have left!
5 min Cool Down 55% 85 RPM, flat road.
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Using the above ride notes, I then went into my Free Interval Timer app and plugged it all in. Note: The % number is % Max HR. And, you’ll want to select ‘complex intervals’ so you can add more information. (Also, ignore how the background says ‘Bad Mama Time Trials’… That’s another timer I have set.) I like to alternate the high vs low intervals as the high screen is red and low is green, that way there is a visual, as well as a sound, of when the drill changes. 

   
   

  

And here’s a more in depth view of 2 of the ‘interval cycles’:  

   

Setting this up your first time may be a little challenging, but setting the timer makes this DIY ride brainless so you can get after an intense workout. 🙂
If you have any questions, leave them in the comments and I’ll be happy to help!!! 
Happy riding!
xoxo,

Syd

Spicy Kale & Chicken Frittata {21DSD Compliant}

Frittata’s are so simple.  Easy grab and go breakfast, make a huge batch at once then cut and store.  Easy peasy. I’m all about easy real food meals. So many people believe that eating healthy is more difficult and takes too much time to prepare, which in turn keeps them from even trying this lifestyle.  Well, I’m here to tell you that if I can do it… YOU CAN! It’s all about planning ahead, taking about 2 hours on a sunday to prep everything for the week, that way when the time comes to make dinner for the day, you’ve already chopped/diced/sliced everything and all you have to do is cook.  The only things you have to dirty are the dishes you eat off of and the pans you cook the stuff up in.  You can do this.  Your health is worth it.

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Our Paleo Wedding Cake!!!

I’m sharing this ahead of time, as this has been quite the project, so stay tuned for the final product and actual pictures from the wedding.  I’ve enjoyed every second of it and am amazed at how much help I’ve received from Otto’s Cassava Flour themselves.  Their customer service is amazing, and I’ve greatly appreciated all the information and recipes they’ve shared with me in the process. I’m proud to be using such a wonderful product from such an amazing company on such an important day! Continue reading “Our Paleo Wedding Cake!!!”