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THINGS I'M LOVING RIGHT NOW - November Monthly Favorites


Since I stopped doing video wayyyyyyy back in 2014, I have had so many requests to do this particular video series again. It's one of my favorite videos to do, and I'm so happy you guys missed it too. I completely apologize that it took me SO LONG. But now that I'm back on YouTube this was definitely one of the first series I wanted to bring back...so, starting NOW I've brought back Things I'm Loving Right Now! And it's back to stay. Every month, the last week of the month (hopefully, this one is late ;), I'll be sharing what I'm currently obsessed with.

Without further rambling...My November Monthly Favorites for keto, fitness, and maybe my unicorn pants?!





Links to all products mentioned in the video:


PERFECT KETO


Collagen + MCT (pefect for easy keto coffees)





Chocolate Sea Salt Exogenous Ketones


Probiotic





Wholly Guacamole Single Serves (I find them at Walmart and Natural Grocers)



Primal Kitchen Green Goddess Salad Dressing (no carbs!)




Polar Watch

Holiday deal on Polar.com:
20% off sitewide



Keto Mojo Ketone Monitor




Reebok Crossfit Nano 7 Weave (in vital blue)



Workout Program, Recreating You


My unicorn jeans 


OK, not a great pic from Amazon, but they're super cute. I'm 5'6 and they are longer on me. I sometimes roll them up to be crops like this, or lately I just cuff them to be ankle length. 



Also, you can now shop my favorites and recommendations anytime on my Amazon Influencer page! I update it constantly with keto, fitness, etc things I'm currently loving.


I'd love to know what you're loving lately!!




















2017 Gift Guide - Iconic, Must-Have, Can't Go Wrong Gifts on Amazon

FitViews 2017 Gift Guide - Iconic, Must-Have, Can't Go Wrong Gifts from Amazon



It's that time of year again! Crank up the holiday tunes and pass the peppermint mochas it's time for my 2017 Gift Guide!

I've decided to do something just a little bit different this year. This year I'm completely focused on those iconic, must-have, truly cannot go wrong gifts that are readily available on Amazon. I really wanted to narrow my list down to just a handful of really great gifts. Well, I have agonized over my suggestions, and I truly believe you cannot go wrong with anything from my gift guide this year!


Kitchen Gifts


Kitchenaid 5 Quart Stand Mixer

Nothing says I Love You like Kitchenaid. Just sayin'. I don't know many women (and lots of men) who wouldn't love and really use this gift. It's truly the top iconic kitchen gift. Pro tip: you're going to want to be sure and pick a color that goes with their kitchen.

Instant Pot Ultra

Everyone's mother's sister's dog's aunt's neighbor wants an Instant Pot. They really are all the rage, and for good reason. I was resistant at first, but I'll admit it's in my Amazon wish list right now and I'll be buying this exact model soon. It has the most features and seems like the best model to me. It doesn't have the bluetooth, but that model seems to be lacking some key things to me, so definitely this one. 


Vitamix Ascent 2300

You cannot go wrong with a Vitamix. Diamonds? Pffft, Vitamix is a girl's best friend. They're just another one of those truly iconic kitchen items that virtually anyone will use and love. This is the model I have picked out for myself and I really think it's the best balance of features and cost. Plus, not going to lie, I just love the look of it.


Fitness Splurges


Concept2 Model D


I have researched rowers for a year now because we're looking to buy one and Concept2 is hands down my pick for best rower buy. They consistently get the best reviews on all platforms (I don't just trust Amazon reviews these days) and are just good solid machines. This is the model I'll be buying. Rowers are an amazing cardio option for those who don't want the impact of a treadmill or are simply looking to shake things up.

NordicTrack C 990 Treadmill



OK, there's a million treadmills on Amazon. I chose this one because, first NordicTrack is a great, reliable name, and second the features. The C 990 has everything I think a good treadmill should have:

  • 7-Inch web-enabled touchscreen.
  • 3.0 chp drive System.
  • 0 - 12% incline
  • 32 preloaded workouts
  • 0 – 12 MPH SPEED
  • 20 x 60 inch tread belt.
  • Folds up for storage.


Just For Fun


Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 - Ice Blue


These are just so cute and fun. I know they're on a TON of wish lists!



How about you, which one would you most love to receive this year??









Best Ketone Meter? Keto Mojo Unboxing, Demo, and Review

Best Ketone Meter - Keto Mojo Unboxing, Demo, and Review


Since going keto I've noticed quite the debate going on in the keto community surrounding testing your ketones. How can you tell if you're in ketosis? Should you test for ketones? Is it a waste of time and money? What's the best method for testing for ketones? Urine strips, blood meter, breath meter? Is it too obsessive to monitor your ketone levels? Are urine strips inferior? What's the best blood ketone meter?

Quite the hot topic!

As for me, I read all the opinions and did my research and decided that I wanted to test my ketone levels. I'm kind of a data geek anyway, but also I'm looking at this keto thing as more than just weight loss. My goal is therapeutic levels of ketones and optimizing my ketogenic diet. So, for me, monitoring my ketone levels seemed the way to go.

I started out the first 2 weeks doing the Ketostix urine strips. They're easily accessible (I found them at my local Walgreens) and let me know whether I was in ketosis or not. I know there's a lot of controversy in the keto community whether they're a very accurate measure, but they were fine for my purposes at that point.

Then, about 6 weeks into doing keto, I decided that I was ready to go all in and order a blood meter. After doing some research, I decided to order the Keto Mojo. I was really on the fence about it at the time, but now that I've had it and used it...

Keto Mojo Unboxing, Demo, and My Thoughts:




As I said in the video, I love this monitor and am absolutely so glad that I bought it. I love being able to track my ketone levels and pay attention to how different foods and macros affect them. I absolutely appreciate how affordable they've made these test strips compared to others on the market. (It's funny, I've noticed that since the Keto Mojo came out the other strips do seem to be coming down in price!) The autoship program for the strips is also super convenient for me. Overall, I highly recommend this company and product if you're looking to optimize your ketogenic diet. 

Best Way to Test Ketones - Keto Mojo Unboxing, Demo, and Review




So, what do you think? Test your ketones? Don't waste your time and money?











Fitness Fashion Friday - My Secret Crossfit Obsession


I don't really do Crossfit, exactly...

OK, I haven't talked much about Crossfit, it was just one of those things everyone was jumping on the bandwagon a few years ago and I wasn't following the crowd. I get weird about things like that sometimes. Like when everyone was juicing and I was like, whatever. No. Buuuuuut, I have a confession: I've been dabbling. I admit it, I'm a little Crossfit curious.

I do a lot of Crossfit-like workouts and I've done some WODs from the site, but I don't belong to a box or anything. Crossfit related books have been showing up on my Kindle at alarming rates lately, and I think I've watched everything Crossfit on Netflix. And I might be binging crossfit podcasts on occasion. OK, and maybe I rented the Rich Froning documentary too...

I have always really related to the Crossfit community. I have a lot of friends who do Crossfit and I just dig the vibe around the Crossfit community. AND? I really dig Crossfit gear.

For years I've owned a LOT of Reebok Crossfit gear. A lot. Shirts, socks, shoes, and leggings. Stuff that I go to again and again. Not to mention I love my custom Nano 2.0s:


You can't see in the pic, but they have my initials "KO" on the back. Totally worth the splurge.

Plus, I just bought these this week:


But, I kind of LOVE these too! #NEED


They're very Wonder Woman-ish and I kind of want them too. Dear Santa...

The latest Reebok Crossfit gear definitely has me making a Christmas list! (scroll through to see all my favorites)




These aren't all Crossfit-specific, but I'm loving these Reebok capris and leggings (you might have to scroll through these too if you're on mobile):








So, what about you? Are you a Crossfitter? Crossfit curious like me? Loving the gear? Or no way on all counts??









I'm Back on YouTube!

Ketogenic Diet Vlogger on YouTube


Hey guys! I wanted to let you know that I'm back on YouTube. I've been meaning to dust of my channel for a while, and now seemed like a great time to just do it. 

I'm vlogging through my keto journey and answering questions on keto. I will also be talking weight loss, my new workout program, my monthly favorites, etc, etc.

I'd love for you to come on over! And maybe subscribe? ;)

Here are last week's videos if you missed them:









Have a question or video request?





Cinnamon Cardamom Turmeric Latte - Paleo, Low Carb, Gluten-Free, Keto


Cinnamon Cardamom Turmeric Latte

I love turmeric lattes. OK, so I feel a little weird calling anything lacking espresso a latte, but well, everyone else is so I guess I'll just go with it ;)

Turmeric is an amazing anti-inflammatory super food. Dr. David Perlmutter recommends it in his awesome book Grain Brain (I definitely recommend this book if you haven't read it yet). Also, Dr. Axe has an interesting post on the benefits of turmeric and video on the health benefits of turmeric. Definitely check those out if you're not quite sold on turmeric! 

I am always on the lookout for more ways to add turmeric into my daily diet. I add it to everything from curry, to taco salad, to lattes...

I've been playing around with turmeric latte recipes for a few months and lately this one is hands down my favorite. It is not only paleo, low carb, keto, gut health friendly, anti-inflammatory, gluten-free, and clean, but it's just plain delicious! It has become part of my nightly bedtime ritual.

Keto Cinnamon Cardamom Turmeric Latte

A huge thank you to Wild Foods for sending me their Turmeric Powder for this recipe.

Ingredients


1 cup water
1/4 teaspoon Organic Cardamom
Organic Steviaor Raw and Unfiltered Honeyto taste (These are completely optional, I prefer it unsweetened. Leave it out to keep it keto.)


Low Carb Cinnamon Cardamom Turmeric Latte


Directions


Add all ingredients except the collagen to sauce pan over low heat, blend ingredients well. You can either heat this to desired temperature on your stove or you can add the ingredients to a mug and microwave for about 95 seconds. Once you've heated via either method, add the collagen and stir well. If you have a Frother, give it a whirl. (If you don't have a frother, you really need one, they're amazing and pretty cheap.) It will be amazing frothy deliciousness this way. Top with a sprinkle of cinnamon if desired.

Paleo Cinnamon Cardamom Turmeric Latte


Notes


Yes, you can use canned coconut milk instead of the culinary, it will have slightly less carbs with the canned. I've tried it with the unsweetened vanilla coconut milk in the carton and that was OK too. 

As mentioned, sweetener is completely optional. I prefer this with none, but turmeric can be an acquired taste, so play with it. To keep it low carb use stevia or other low carb friendly sweetener and as I said, leave out all sweetener to keep it keto. Otherwise, honey or maple syrup are nice options to keep it paleo, primal, etc.


Gluten-Free Cinnamon Cardamom Turmeric Latte


Let me know if you try it!!



Cinnamon Cardamom Turmeric Latte - Paleo, Low Carb, Gluten-Free, Keto, Primal, Anti-Inflammatory, Gut-Healing








Fitness Fashion Friday - Transitioning From Fall to Winter Running


Happy Fitness Fashion Friday! Best day of the week. Today I want to chat about the upcoming change most of us will make in our running gear. The Brrrrrrrr change that is.

If you workout inside your workout gear doesn't likely change much with the seasons. If you run or workout outside however, well, your gear changes immensely. Currently we're having a decently warm fall here and I'm still running in capris mostly, but I'm already planning for the dropping temps and changing gear.

As Fall fades into Winter I will start to pull out the gloves, fleece headbands, and even hats. I always make sure my jacket or hoodie has pockets big enough to stash them if I warm enough to take them off. I also break out the wool or wool blend socks this time of year. I think Santa needs to check out the Smartwool knee-highs below. Hint. Hint. Nudge. Nudge.


Generally I change from a regular running shoe to a trail shoe for Winter too. I just find with the questionable surfaces and weather I do better in a trail shoe this time of year. Luckily I don't have to go full on Yaktraxaround here. Well, I haven't yet that is!

Then, of course, I have to break out my running hoodies and jackets. I'm seriously crushing on the ones in the collage above. Season change is a great excuse for new gear, right?! 

Oh yes, and leggings. I generally prefer to run in capris, but when those mornings begin to get below 32 degrees I am running for my full length leggings. Currently I'm loving my UA ColdGear Leggings, but aren't the ones I have picked out in the collage seriously cute? Again, I believe more shopping is needed ;) One can never have too many cute leggings you know.


How about you? What do you change up in your gear transitioning from Fall to Winter? But seriously, which jacket should I get??









Low Carb, Keto-Style Frozen Chocolate Protein Shake

The Perfect Keto Chocolate Shake

Since I went low carb, and then keto, I have been on the quest to make a good, creamy, frozen chocolate protein shake. Previously my cheat was a frozen banana, but that's too high carb for me right now. Well, after much testing, I think I've finally got it figured out!

Two words: Frozen. Cauliflower.

I know, I know, sounds weird, but seriously, try it! It's perfection. Plus, the MCT Powder makes this sooooo good and keto friendly.

Whether you're low carb, keto, paleo, or just eat clean this shake is for you. It's completely delicious, packed with protein and MCT's, and is a great way to sneak in more low carb veggies. Total win.

Keto Chocolate Shake


Ingredients


1 cup frozen cauliflower


Directions


Blend all ingredients in your blender until smooth.

Options


Change it up by using any flavor protein powder. French Vanillaand Cafe Latteare amazing in this as well. Also, this is a great recipe to add your exogenous ketones to. The chocolate sea salt is an amazing addition.


Keto Chocolate Protein Shake



Let me know if you try it!