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Keep Calm and FINISH 2020 STRONG

  Let's not sugarcoat it, 2020 has sucked rocks.  In pondering that opening sentence, my teen suggested "2020's mother doesn't even effin’ love it".  Indeed. It's been a tough year for us all. Too much to list; you already know. The world has been on fire and most of us feel like all we can do is roast marshmallows while it burns. The repercussions have been far reaching. Finances, health, relationships, community, nothing seems to remain untouched. Often leaving us feeling out of control. I can't control who wins the election, I can't control covid, I can't control the chaos that rages in our world right now, but I can control me. I can control my reactions. I can choose to take care of me and offer a better, stronger me to the world. I’m in no way trying to minimize the bigger picture. Nor am I implying we shouldn’t get in there and fight for the bigger causes, do our part, and help our neighbors. I’m not talking selfishness.  What I am saying is


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I Went Carnivore for a Week... Here's What Happened

 I am not a health professional and nothing here is medical advice. Hey Guys! You know me...I was curious. I had to try it. Who are we kidding? It was only a matter of time. I went carnivore. Carnivore, also sometimes called zero carb, has been making its rounds and has been on and off my radar for quite a while now. I held off, I researched it, I dabbled in it for a few days here and there, but never really gave it a shot. Finally, I decided to try it for a week. I'd been stalled out on keto and the whole covid quarantine saw my weight sneaking back up. I was bored. It seemed a good time to give carnivore a whirl! Now, in case you don't frequent the parts of the net that I do, what is carnivore? Basically, carnivore is a diet, a way of eating, that is exactly what it says: carnivore. You eat like a carnivore. As with anything, there are varying versions of it: those that seem to eat only ribeyes, those who stick to only beef, those who stick to only meat, those who include al

KETO Pumpkin Spice Coffee Creamer Recipe

  It's that time of year again. Pumpkin Spice Latte season that is! I want all. Things. Pumpkin. Right now.  Pumpkin bread ,  pumpkin muffins , pumpkin spiced everyyyyythingggg. I mean, have you smelled the Pumpkin Snickerdoodle Candle from Bath & Body Works yet? So good. Oh yes, pumpkin obsession is in full force. Just me? Anyway, I'm currently doing pretty strict Keto (more on that in another post), so no good ole PSL's for me this year. Dangit. Unless.... KETO Pumpkin Spice Coffee Creamer Recipe Ingredients 1 can  Organic Classic Coconut Cream 1 Tablespoon  Organic Canned Pumpkin  (YES, it has real pumpkin it it. Seriously, they all should...) 2 teaspoons  Organic Saigon Cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon  Organic Ground Nutmeg 1/4 teaspoon  Organic Ground Cloves 1/8 teaspoon  Organic Ground Ginger Truvia  Packets or  Monk Fruit Drops  to taste - I like to use both together. Sweetness is a personal preference, but just as a guideline: I do 10 drops monk fruit and 5 packets Truvia

Easy No-Bake Paleo Chocolate Protein Balls - Clean and Gluten-Free

People have asked me a lot about my kids. Are my kids keto too? Nope. At this point, they are not. I think keto is fine for kids, we just haven't gone there. Or see the need to at this point. They are however still Paleo. As we all are, my husband and I just do so with keto macros. Paleo was a game-changer for us all and is definitely staying in this here household. The next question I always get is some version of what do they eat? What do you do about snacks?? How do you keep them happy without fruit snacks, granola bars, soda, and cookies?? Well, thankfully there are paleo-friendly ready-made snacks flooding the market (though READ your labels parents, just because it says paleo does not mean it is). Our cupboard is just as full of swaps like  Larabars , Zevia , and Autumn's Gold Cinnamon Almond  as any paleo parent.  Mostly, I make their snacks though. I just like to. We're a busy homeschooling family though, so I keep it quick and simple when it co

What is 75 Hard #75Hard: Documenting My Experience With The 75 Hard Challenge

January 1, I embarked on an interesting journey; I decided to start the 75 Hard Challenge (scroll to the bottom of the post for my updated journal on my progress. I've gotten a lot of questions on this program and what it is exactly, what the rules are, etc. So... What is 75 Hard ? It's a mental toughness skills development challenge started by Andy Frisella. (Since first posting this, it is now a book as well .) His premise is that mental toughness is a skill and therefore can be learned, practiced, and honed. Andy designed this challenge to cultivate: confidence, self-belief, self-esteem, self-worth, endurance, fortitude, grit, perseverance, self-discipline, endurance, resilience... and all of the skills inside the scope of mental toughness.  Check out the podcast that started it all for all the info from Andy himself:  https://andyfrisella.com/blogs/mfceo-project-podcast/75hard-a-75-day-tactical-guide-to-winning-the-war-with-yourself-with-andy-frisella-mfceo291  No

The Top 20 Keto Diet Products on Amazon

With the popularity of the Keto Diet many companies are using it as a marketing ploy.  Unfortunately, just because it says “keto” on the label doesn’t mean it is. There is so much junk out there that I would NOT recommend to a friend. So, for the past 6 months I've been  weeding through all the new keto products and long loved keto staples on the market and weeding out the hyped up junk.  What I've come up with is a top 20 list on Amazon . This list shares only the best of the ketogenic best you can find to support your Keto Diet lifestyle on Amazon!  For my criteria in choosing products, they had to: Have clean ingredients. Be low enough in carbs to sensibly include them in a daily keto diet. Stand up to my quality standards for something I would (and for most of these do) regularly purchase. Taste good! (except, obviously in the case of the ketone meter, etc) Without further yammering, my picks for The Top 20 Keto Diet Products on Amazon : 1.  2.

Cinnamon Vanilla KETO Coffee Creamer Recipe

There are tons of keto coffee creamer products flooding the market right now. Some are fantastic options. Some chock full of nasty ingredients. But most of them are on the pricey side. I decided to work on some clean, more budget-friendly, keto coffee creamer recipes we can easily make at home! (Check out my Keto Peppermint Mocha Coffee Creamer too.)⠀ This dairy-free Cinnamon Vanilla Keto Coffee Creamer is definitely one of my favorites. I just love cinnamon coffees. They're delicious. Plus, cinnamon is supposed to be good for blood sugar control. Win-win. Keto Cinnamon Vanilla Coffee Creamer ⠀⠀ ☕☕☕ ⠀ ⠀ INGREDIENTS⠀⠀ 1 can (13.66 oz)  Canned Coconut Cream 2 teaspoons Organic Saigon Cinnamon⠀ ⠀ 2 teaspoons  Organic Pure Vanilla ⠀⠀ Low Carb Sweetener to taste, generally 5 to 10 packets OR 5 to 15 drops monk fruit (optional)⠀ ⠀ DIRECTIONS⠀⠀ Add all ingredients to your blender. Blend, just until combined. About 30 seconds, scraping the sides if you need t

Top 15 Keto Products to Add to Your Amazon Subscribe and Save

I love my Amazon Subscribe and Save . I always have over 5 items on mine (usually 10+ really) and save the 15%. It's so convenient and budget friendly. I have all of my favorite keto diet supplements and must-have keto staples on mine.  If you're not familiar with Amazon's Subscribe and Save program, basically you can add certain products on Amazon to an auto scheduled delivery. Monthly, every other month, all the way to shipping every 6 months. It's so handy. You can add, subtract, post-pone, change delivery dates etc too, so you're not locked in forever or anything. It's very user-friendly. Plus, you save 5% AND if you have 5 or more items in a shipment you save 15% . Considering how good Amazon prices usually are this is a screaming deal. I have all sorts of staples on mine, but today I want to share the best keto diet products to add to your Amazon Subscribe and Save order . Currently this is what is on my Keto Subscribe and Save list : Keto Fi

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KETO Cocktails: The Lemon Drop

I love a good glass of red wine now and then, I mean it's practically a health food, right? ;) But sometimes I just want a cocktail. I'm all for moderation and having a drink now and then, but I'm just not down with the calorie, carb, and sugar counts of some of my favorites. Seriously, have you ever looked them up? Eek. So, I've set to work at converting my favorite cocktail recipes to be more keto diet friendly! The first cocktail recipe I'm tackling is the keto lemon drop . I used to love these, but haven't had one in years because of the sugar in them. In my early twenties I had a friend who used to make them for me all the time. We would have a shaker full of these, a good dinner, and a chick flick on a weeknight , it was kind of bliss. Her recipe called for so. much. SUGAR though! Looking back I think she may have used a wee bit more sugar than most, but they were really good. I think my keto-ized recipe comes pretty dang close to those del

Paleo Peppermint Mocha Coffee Creamer Recipe

It's just not the holidays for me without a Starbucks peppermint mocha (or white chocolate peppermint mocha, mmm). I generally splurge once or twice during the holiday season with the real thing. Since going keto paleo, however, I'm not sure if I will. Sometimes the sugar just isn't worth it! Problem is I like them, miss them, and would really enjoy them all season long! So..... I decided I wanted to tackle the peppermint mocha and come up with Paleo-friendly version . With this simple recipe, I can have a peppermint mocha anytime. Not only is this recipe Paleo, but it's also Whole30, gluten-free, vegan, primal, and 100% junk-free. Paleo Peppermint Mocha Recipe Ingredients: 1 can Organic Canned Coconut Milk (Regular, NOT light. Seriously, ew.) 1/3 cup Organic Cocoa Powder 2 to 3 Tablespoons Organic Grade B Maple Syrup  (Optional, leave out for keto or Whole30.) 1/2 to 1 teaspoon Organic Peppermint Extract (Depending how pepperminty you like

Jillian Michaels BodyShred Full Review

I was sent the Jillian Michaels BODYSHRED program and supplements for review purposes.In this BodyShred review, as always, opinions expressed are 100% honest and my own. I have to say my two months of BodyShred flew by! It seems like I just started yesterday. Ah, time flies while you're having fun. Right? OK, in this full review post, I hope to give you a good overview of exactly what the BodyShred program is as well as my thoughts and opinions on the program. So, is Jillian Michaels BodyShred hype or help? Let's chat... Jillian Michaels BODYSHRED is Jillian's latest total-package fitness program. This set includes: What is included in the BodyShred program? What's in the box: BodyShred Fitness Guide BodyShred Meal Plan BodyShred Rotational Calendar BodyShred "Let Them See You Sweat" Workout Towel DVDs-      8 - Shred Style Circuit Workouts        1. Launch        2. Rise        3. Amplify        4. Escalate        5. C

The Killer Jillian 30-Day Workout Rotation #killerjillian

If you've visited FitViews before you have probably noticed I'm rather fond of Jillian Michaels at-home workouts. I own virtually all she has and have reviewed many on this blog. They're just good, solid workouts that give me great results.  I'm particularly fond of Jillian programs, calendars, and challenges. I've blogged through Body Revolution and BodyShred . I vlogged through the 30 Day Shred . Pretty much every Jillian challenge set forth I've delightedly owned. But I'm feeling a bit "been there done that" lately. I want a new Jillian challenge . Something fresh, something challenging, something different. Something new to motivate me and push me. So, I decided to come up with my own! I'm calling it the #KillerJillian Challenge . The #KillerJillian Before I launch into the calendar, a little disclaimer : This challenge is in no way endorsed by Jillian Michaels. It's just a for-fun workout calendar I came up with.

What is 75 Hard #75Hard: Documenting My Experience With The 75 Hard Challenge

January 1, I embarked on an interesting journey; I decided to start the 75 Hard Challenge (scroll to the bottom of the post for my updated journal on my progress. I've gotten a lot of questions on this program and what it is exactly, what the rules are, etc. So... What is 75 Hard ? It's a mental toughness skills development challenge started by Andy Frisella. (Since first posting this, it is now a book as well .) His premise is that mental toughness is a skill and therefore can be learned, practiced, and honed. Andy designed this challenge to cultivate: confidence, self-belief, self-esteem, self-worth, endurance, fortitude, grit, perseverance, self-discipline, endurance, resilience... and all of the skills inside the scope of mental toughness.  Check out the podcast that started it all for all the info from Andy himself:  https://andyfrisella.com/blogs/mfceo-project-podcast/75hard-a-75-day-tactical-guide-to-winning-the-war-with-yourself-with-andy-frisella-mfceo291  No

Keto Peppermint Mocha Coffee Creamer Recipe

It's just not the holidays for me without a Starbucks peppermint mocha (or white chocolate peppermint mocha, mmm. Swap recipe for that coming soon ;) In the past I've splurged once or twice during the holiday season with the real thing. However, now that I've been keto for over a year I know that the sugar load will likely have me not feeling great post-mocha. Is it worth it? I don't know... Plus, I really, really like them and would love to have them all season long! Hoping for a solution I picked up some ready made sugar-free peppermint mocha creamer at the grocery store, shuddered at the ingredient list, and promptly put it back down. Yuck. So I decided I wanted to tackle the peppermint mocha and come up with a dairy-free, sugar-free,  Keto  friendly version . It took some trial and error, but I think I've got it! Now I can have a keto peppermint mocha anytime. Not only is this recipe Keto, but it's also paleo, vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, so

Paleo Smoky Grilled Pineapple Burgers

Since going Paleo my family has fallen even more in love with our grill. Paleo and grilling just work well together. The past couple of years I've even been stepping outside my grilling comfort zone more and more. Grilling things I'd never thought to have grilled before and trying new flavor combinations. I have to say I'm pretty thrilled with the results of most of my flavor experiments.  In the past I'd never have thought to grill fruit, but it's amazing. Grilling fruit and adding it to traditionally savory dishes? Brilliant. Oh yes, and? New rule: every burger recipe for the rest of forever must contain grilled pineapple. OK, maybe more of a guideline. It's a seriously delicious combination though. This Smoky Grilled Pineapple Burger is always a crowd-pleaser at my house. It's not only Paleo, but Whole30, glutenfree, lower carb, and clean eating friendly. I promise you won't miss the bun!  paleo, grilled pineapple burger, sm

KETO Pumpkin Pie Cream Cheese Pancakes

I have gone back and forth with low carb since I was 24 . I feel better when eating keto  and I definitely have good progress with weight loss when I eat that way, but it can be a challenge to stick with. As I get older I find that the feeling better part of being low carb has become my driving motivation for sticking to it. I'm completely committed to keto now and that has me finding new ways to stick with it! Ways such as keto  pancakes . Say what-what? Yes. Low carb pumpkin pancakes no less. And? They're pretty darned yummy... Whether you're seriously bored with your egg fast or just a low carb or keto style eater these Pumpkin Pie Cream Cheese Pancakes are for you! With only 5 grams of carbs for the ENTIRE RECIPE they'll fit nicely into your plan. They're a quick and super easy breakfast option. Plus, yes, they're delicious! And oh so appropriate for pumpkin spice season . Oh, who am I kidding, I eat them year-round. This recipe makes 3 or 4 dec

Hype or Help: Jillian Michaels Body Revolution Final Program Review

*This post contains affiliate links. I make a small commission if you purchase items by clicking these links. It costs you no more. Disclaimer: I received  Jillian Michaels Body Revolution for review purposes. As always opinions are 100% honest and my own. After three long months of testing this program I'm finally down to the review! I've had so many questions, and I hope to answer them all here. So, is it hype or help ? Have a seat, let's talk about that... What you will need for these workouts: A set of light, medium, and heavy hand weights to suit your ability level. What's Included with Jillian Michaels Body Revolution : 15 Workout DVDs Resistance Cable Fitness Guide Book Fat Burning Meal Plan 7 Day Kick-Start Your Metabolism Plan 90 Day Journal Bookmark What's in the box? My unboxing video if you want to see it all: The Body Revolution Diet Plan I've had a lot of questions on what exactly the diet plan for Bo

Should My Food Processor Smoke Like That? Plus, This Week's Workout Schedule

My food processor in it's pre-smoking days. This past weekend I was happily making my kids' snacks when smoke started coming from my food processor. I quickly unplugged it, and smoke continued to roll out of the motor area. This was a whole new take on my saying that dinner just isn't done until I set the smoke detector off! "Is it on fire?!" My kids wanted to know. "I don't think so," I reassured them. Though I wasn't entirely sure. It eventually cooled down and stopped smoking, but now I'm afraid to use it. I mean really: should my food processor smoke like that? I'm thinking not...  I use my food processor a lot. Like, a lot a lot. From energy bars (and balls ) to nut butters to Paleo Pops to making my own nut flours in a pinch, I really do put it through its paces and can't imagine not having one! So, I need recommendations. What's a good food processor that will stand up to my foodie blogger ways?? Onto