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Can You Do KETO and Crossfit? #ketolovescrossfit


Can you do keto and crossfit together? I've seen much debate about this since the rise in popularity of the ketogenic diet. Many contend hotly that a keto diet is NOT a good fit for crossfitters. While others seem to feel that being a fat-burner could be an asset to crossfitters.

Those adamant against mixing keto with crossfit seem to feel carbs are a must for the average cross-fitter. It seems they are convinced that being a sugar-burner is the only way to power through a crossfit workout. 

In fact, many of the people that I have seen trying to do keto and crossfit at the same time are doing so at a much higher carb range, 50-100+ net carbs, than I would consider "keto" (I wonder if they remain in ketosis, I know I wouldn't). Or they are doing a boost of carbs timed around their workouts. Again, often in amounts higher than what I consider keto.

I hear their arguments. Glycogen stores, intensity, blah, blah. But still, I wonder...


I really miss my tractor tire. Unfortunately it didn't make the move from CO.

It seems to me that keto and crossfit could be a fantastic match for someone like me. Someone very fat-adapted - I've been keto for a year - who likes a good tough workout and has fat stores to spare. I'm not talking an elite crossfitter here (though some theorize there could be value in keto even for them, but that's beyond me). I'm talking just an average Jane doing crossfit to get stronger and more fit and maybe lose a bit of fat. 

I'm seriously curious. You know me, that means an experiment!

KETO + CROSSFIT?

My little N=1 keto + crossfit experiment starts October 15th and will go 6 months. I'd like to give it the full 6 months just to truly get a picture of how the two coexist for me. Though, I'll check in and give myself an out at 3 months if it's a disaster and I'm absolutely miserable.

I'm going to start with the Beginner workouts from Firebreather Fitness for the first 21 days and work on learning the basic moves of crossfit. I've called myself a crossfit dabbler for years, so I've done some workouts here and there, but I want to start this out right and reinforce the basics. Then, I may advance to the intermediate workouts or repeat the beginner level. Eventually I will transition to using the WOD's from the Crossfit Journal App at home. Modifying where needed for ability and equipment, though this fitness junkie has a lot of equipment. I currently have no plans to join a crossfit box, but we'll see how it goes.

As far as the keto part it will be steady as she goes with what I've been doing. Dairy-free, 1600-1800 calories, with 30-40 grams TOTAL carbs (don't blame the keto for what the net carbs did ;). Just plain old everyday keto, no upping my carbs, no extra workout timed carbs.

Workout related supplements I'll be utilizing will be: Creatine and my Keto Preworkout. I also like to use my BCAA lemonade recipe if I'm especially sore. All are very low or no carb.

My beginning stats are:
BF 39.3% (using an Omron)
Fasting Glucose 90
Weight 194
Bust 42.5
Rib Cage 34
Waist 36
Hips 43
Right Mid-Thigh 21.5
Right Mid-Calf 15
Right Mid-Bicep 13.5
Neck 13.5

Currently I can only do a couple regular push-ups and cannot do a pull-up. 
Here's my before shot:




My first set of goals are to do 10 regular push-ups, 2 strict pull-ups, and 10 pistol squats (because of my NOVD I haven't been able to do these for a few years). Not setting any time frame, just as long as it takes. 

I'll update with a post here once a month and I'll be tracking much of the process on my Twitter (please tell me I'm not the only one still on Twitter...). Using the hashtag #ketolovescrossfit. Positive thinking right? It's going to be great, right?

Will I crash and burn? Will I seriously bonk during tough workouts? Will my energy levels take a dive? Will I feel fueled for a good workout? Will my workout performance feel seriously trashed? Or will I shred fat, get stronger, and feel great? Who knows, but I'm excited to see!


***UPDATES***

KETO + CROSSFIT Month 1 Results





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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 RecipeIngredients:
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 it. I do 1/2 teaspoon)
1 teaspoon Organic …

30 Easy Prep and Pack Whole30 Lunch Recipes

The Whole30Program is amazing. I highly recommend it. Every time I've done a Whole 30 I have felt AMAZING by the end. It's a very empowering experience. It is not however an easy one. Mostly because the food prep can take much more time if you're used to grab and go options. A little planning ahead and you can definitely make it through the 30 days.

When it comes to Whole30 lunches, 3 things worked best for me:


Quick and easy salads.Prepping food on Sunday.Cooking too much at dinner and eating leftovers for lunch the next day.
I thought I'd share 30 of the awesome Whole30 lunch recipes I've found from my favorite bloggers (and a few from me!). I've included all three options I listed above. Some quick and easy salads, some to prep an entire recipe on the weekend and then portion them for lunches that week, and some to be cooked for dinner and the leftovers packed for lunch the next day. Play around and see what works best for you.

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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 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.



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Easy Paleo Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Growing up the only encounter I had with sweet potatoes was at Thanksgiving dinner. I hesitate to even call them sweet potatoes though. They were more like sugar coated sugar, with a side of sugar. Seriously!
The recipe was to coat a baking dish in margarine, add diced sweet potatoes, top with more margarine and a healthy heaping of brown sugar. Bake. And then? At the end you top the whole thing with a bag of marshmallows and bake again.
Blech! Needless to say I was never fond of sweet potatoes.
When I first went paleo I decided to reacquaint myself with sweet potatoes. They’re a great paleo-friendly carb source. I must confess the thought made me shudder, but I persevered. I tried them simple. Baked. I was so shocked. They're so good!
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OK, I know I've been on quite the low carb pancake tangent lately, but THESE! Seriously, these are yummtastic. Yummazing? Ya, they're really good. They just might be my favorite recipe I've ever done. Ever. OK, that might be my paleo apple crisp recipe, but that's not low carb...ooo, I wonder if I could tweak that low carb...

That would be brilliant!

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Anyway, pancakes. KETO Hot Cocoa Low Carb Pancakes no less. So good. 


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Keto Paleo Friendly Coffee Creamer Recipe

Going keto paleo has me missing one thing: the organic grass-fed half-and-half I'd been having in my coffee. Since going paleo over a year ago I've searched and searched and just never found anything else I love in my coffee. I'd just about given up on a keto paleo-friendly coffee creamer!

I was almost to resign myself to black coffee forever, but then I decided to resort again to trying to make my own. This version is simple and quite delicious. Not only is it keto paleo, but Whole30 and 21 Day Sugar Detox friendly as well.




Keto Paleo Cinnamon Vanilla Coffee Creamer
Ingredients
1 can Organic Canned Coconut Milk(the kind in the carton just won't do it)
1 teaspoon Cinnamon Vietnamese Organic
1 teaspoon Organic Pure Vanilla for 100% Whole30 compliant swap for vanilla powder
2 teaspoons raw local honey or Organic Maple Syrup (optional, leave out for KETO, Whole30, or 21DSD)





Directions
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BodyShred "Let Them See You Sweat" Workout Towel
DVDs-
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       4. Escalate
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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.


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