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!

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

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!!!”

Crockpot Whole Chicken Breasts: Turmeric, Ginger, & Cardamom

Today, along with meal prep, music discovery for class, and a laundry fiasco, and my first Fantasy Football draft at 6pm,  I figured by the time it got around to dinner, I’d be wiped… So I whipped out the crock pot, and some chicken breasts and was ready to spice those puppies up. Now, choosing spices is always something of habit for me… always reaching for the same ones, which gets boring after a while. So today, I decided to choose some that I rarely use: Turmeric, ginger, & cardamom.

Continue reading “Crockpot Whole Chicken Breasts: Turmeric, Ginger, & Cardamom”

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‘Paleoptimistic’: Paleo + An Optimistic Outlook on Life

What is paleo?

Many people hear paleo and think ‘Oh! The paleo diet! That means you eat like the cavemen ate, right?’ Well, sort of. Now take that idea, add in some 21st century appliances, and better hygiene, and you’re getting closer to the premise of Paleo.  I loathe anything that refers to how you eat or how you live as a diet.  I feel that the word ‘diet’ implicates a quick fix, a fad ‘diet’, or something that will only be followed for x amount of time.  For me and my family, Paleo is a lifestyle, and it’s not a fad for us. My soon to be husband has Crohn’s Disease, and he/we has/have found that being gluten and dairy free as well as avoiding refined sugar and processed foods helps him keep flair ups at bay.  In the most basic version of a half-a$$ed explanation of ‘what is paleo’ that sort of sums it up.  However, no one explains it better than The Paleo Mom, Sarah Ballantyne, so here comes HER EXPLANATION (I straight copied and pasted with the source below, don’t get mad at me! 😛 ) :

The Paleo diet is a nutrient-dense whole foods diet based on eating a variety of quality meat, seafood, eggs, vegetables, fruits, nuts, and seeds.  It improves health by providing balanced and complete nutrition while avoiding most processed and refined foods and empty calories.

How can the Paleo diet improve health?

Clinical trials demonstrate that a Paleo diet improves cardiovascular disease risk factors, reduces inflammation, improves glucose tolerance, helps with weight loss and can even improve autoimmune disease.

By focusing on the most nutrient-dense foods available and by eliminating foods that can contribute to hormone dysregulation, inflammation, and gut dysbiosis (where the bacteria in your gut are the wrong kinds, wrong diversity, wrong numbers, and/or in the wrong part of the gastrointestinal tract), a Paleo diet can improve a vast array of health conditions. It’s also great for weight normalization, meaning that overweight people tend to lose weight but underweight people tend to gain weight.

The Paleo diet provides the foundation for a healthy digestive system.  It supports healthy growth of a diversity of probiotic bacteria in the gut through its focus on prebiotic and probiotic foods and through its avoidance of foods that contribute to gut dysbiosis (where the bacteria in your gut are the wrong kinds, wrong diversity, wrong numbers, and/or in the wrong part of the gastrointestinal tract).  It supports the health of the tissues that form the gut barrier by supplying essential nutrients required for gut barrier integrity and by avoiding foods that are inherently difficult to digest, are known to irritate or damage the tissues that form the gut barrier, or that are known to stimulate the immune system.

The Paleo diet reduces inflammation and supports normal functioning of the immune system.  Foods that are inherently inflammatory are avoided, removing this unnecessary stimulus for increased inflammation. By providing the essential nutrients that the immune system requires to regulate itself, an overactive immune system can be modulated.  By providing the essential nutrients that the immune system needs to function optimally, a suppressed immune system can recover.

The Paleo diet supports liver detoxification systems by supporting gut health and by providing the essential nutrients that the liver needs to performs its functions.  The Paleo diet supports hormone regulation by focusing on foods that contain the nutrients required for hormone balance and avoiding foods known to stimulate or suppress vital hormone systems.  Because providing the body with the essential nutrients that it needs to be healthy forms the basis of the Paleo diet, every system in the human body is positively affected by this approach to food.

A diet that’s not a Diet

The Paleo diet is also the first time a set of diet principles has been compiled using modern scientific health and nutrition research.  While the initial insight leading to the Paleo diet was gleaned from studies of Paleolithic man and both modern and historically-studied hunter-gatherers, the core support for this way of eating comes from contemporary biology, physiology, and biochemistry. There are thousands of scientific studies that each evaluate how components in foods interact with the human body to promote or undermine health.  These are the studies used to form the basic tenets of the Paleo diet.

There are no hard and fast rules about when to eat, how much protein versus fat versus carbohydrates to eat, and there’s even some foods (like high quality dairy and potatoes) which some people choose to include in their diets whereas others do not. This means that’s there’s room to experiment so you can figure out not just what makes you healthiest but also what makes you happiest and fits into your schedule and budget.

Best of all, the Paleo diet is not a diet in the sense of some hard thing that you do that requires a great deal of willpower and self-deprivation until you reach some goal. It’s a way of life.  Because the focus is long-term health, the Paleo diet allows for imperfection but educates you so that you can make the best choices possible.

Sustainability is an important tenet of the Paleo diet, meaning that this is a way of eating and living that you can commit to and maintain for your entire life.  This means that you have the flexibility to experiment with your own body to discover what is optimal versus what is tolerable, to find what works best for you and fits into your life for the long term. For some people, flexibility is achieved by following an 80/20 rule (or a 90/10) rule, which means that 80% (or 90%) of your diet are healthy Paleo foods and the other 20% (or 10%) are not.  Many people find that they are healthiest when their 20% (or 10%) continues to avoid the most inflammatory foods such as wheat, soy, peanuts, pasteurized industrially-produced dairy, and processed food chemicals.

What foods are eliminated?

The foods that are eliminated in a Paleo diet are the ones that provide our bodies with very little nutrition (especially for the amount of energy they contain), and that are difficult to digest (which can cause gut health problems and contribute to gut dysbiosis), and have the ability to stimulate inflammation or mess around with important hormones.

Generally, a Paleo diet excludes:

  • grains and pseudograins
  • legumes (legumes with edible pods like green beans are fine)
  • dairy (especially pasteurized industrially-produced)
  • refined and processed foods (including refined seed oils like canola oil and safflower oil, refined sugars, and chemical additives and preservatives)

There are many foods that can be additionally problematic, especially for those with chronic health conditions, typically referred to as “gray-area” foods (see the Autoimmune Protocol).

There are also many foods that might be tolerated and reintroduced to your diet after an elimination phase.  This is generally referred to as the “shades of Paleo”.  Some people enjoy white rice in their diets.  Others include good quality (i.e., grass-fed) dairy is generally considered fine to include with the caveat that a large percentage of people are sensitive or intolerant (and might not know it).  The best way to know whether or not these foods work for you is to cut them out completely for a few weeks and then reintroduce one at a time and see how you feel.

source: http://www.thepaleomom.com/paleo-diet 

Visit her blog for more resources and explanations backed by science! She’s my go to when I need help understanding any aspects of this lifestyle.

Now some background about my blog!

How I came up with the name: Paleoptimistic

(Pronounced ‘pay-lee-ohp-tim-iss-tik’)

John and I turned to a paleo lifestyle, optimistically looking for an answer to keeping his flair ups at bay.  The two words shared an ‘o’ and I smashed them together. Kinda catchy right?? We also try to carry out our daily lives with a certain level of optimism; similar to my favorite flower, the sunflower, and how they always point their faces towards the sun, following the sunshine… We too, continue to follow the sunshine when times get tough, or when flair ups set in.  Plus, when you eat real food, good food, flavorful food, you tend to be happier and better fueled to take on anything & everything that life throws your way! 🙂

Yours in sunshine…

xoxo,

Syd

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Yuca is not YUCK-a! Info & a Recipe Round-up

In the paleo world, we’re pretty picky of our starches and tend to lean towards those that pack the best punch (read: are most nutritional and contain a great ratio of micronutrients and minerals to calories). But, can anybody really be mad if we’re just aiming to efficiently fuel our bodies? No? I didn’t think so… 😉

Continue reading “Yuca is not YUCK-a! Info & a Recipe Round-up”

Crock Pot Coffee Pulled Pork (stuffed sweet potatoes with slaw)

Yes, you read that correctly… Crock Pot COFFEE pulled pork.  The idea stemmed from leftover brewed coffee from our french press that has been accumulating in our fridge, and I decided to do something with it. Plus, I figured, everything tastes better cooked in the crock pot. 😉  Continue reading “Crock Pot Coffee Pulled Pork (stuffed sweet potatoes with slaw)”

21DSD Complete Review

21DSD complete review

As promised, here is our much awaited complete review of the 21DSD, from the perspectives of Sydney & John… Continue reading “21DSD Complete Review”

ADD/ADHD & Paleo

As time goes by and our diet gets more Paleo and we try new diet modifications, I’m getting more and more interested in natural cures to diseases/ailments/etc.  Let’s face it… Any unnatural, processed, refined additive in food is bad news bears for us to ingest.  Some peoples’ systems may be stronger than others’ and be able to appear to function regularly, but others are not so lucky. Recently, I’ve decided to research into natural remedies for some of my own medical issues/ailments: ADHD-inattentive, and urticaria (cause of which is still unknown).  I figure since I exploited John’s weakness (Crohn’s), it’s time to share mine as well… Continue reading “ADD/ADHD & Paleo”