Best Ninja Pressure Cooker Air Fryer for Low Carb Lifestyle

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“I Love my Ninja Foodi Tendercrisp!”

I’m so excited! We just picked up our new Ninja pressure cooker air fryer. We have been wanting one for a long time but couldn’t decide on which one to get. But after a lot of research, we picked the Ninja Foodi TenderCrisp Multi-Cooker and Fryer All-in-One (OP305)

The thing that attracted me to the idea of an air fryer is that I wanted an easy way to make some of my favorite low carb foods like bacon and steak. And believe me, this air fryer does an amazing job. Bacon is very crispy and steak cooks perfectly.

But I also make a lot of bone broth as I like to sip on it when I’m doing my extended autophagy fasts. However, when I make homemade bone broth in my crock pot it can take 36 hours or more. So I wanted a pressure cooker so I could make in only a few hours. This would save me a lot of time and electricity!

So this brought me to the idea of getting an air fryer and pressure cooker combo.

Brian and I researched and looked at several different ones and we decided that the Ninja Foodi was the best value. This Ninja is a pressure cooker, air fryer, roaster, baker and broiler. I love that I can roast or pressure cook then finish off with crisping. Also, I saw that it has 4.9 out of 5-star reviews at Amazon.com.

Oh, and I have the 305 model with also includes a dehydrator. We just tested it out and made some yummy beef jerky! It came out perfectly. I can’t wait to make some kale or zucchini chips with it.

We have only had this all in one fryer for a couple of days but we keep using it for everything that we would normally use our oven for.

For example, yesterday, Brian made salmon with asparagus. The salmon was perfect as was the asparagus. The salmon was juicy and delicous. And the aspparagus was crispy on the outside yet tender.

And I ate every bite!

The Ninja Foodi is about 30 pounds and as you can see in the image it does take up a good amount of space on my counter. But think about all the things that I no longer need. I no longer need my crock pot, my toaster oven or my George Forman grill. Oh yeah, I also don’t need my rotisserie as I can even make a roasted chicken in my Foodi. So all in all, I am gaining lots of space in my kitchen.

Just a suggestion: We purchased the warranty to go with it and we kept all of the packagings just in case we run into any problems down the road. You may want to do the same thing.

So in conclusion, If you are looking for the perfect air fryer for your low carb diet, then you need to get a Ninja Foodi. It is worth every penny. I love it!

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Best Sugar Free Hard Candy For Diabetics

sugar free candy for diabetics

One of the nice side effects of following a low carb diet is that your cravings for sweets go away. And this is really a good thing if you need to avoid sugar for health reasons.

I made a decision to give up sugar for my health and overall happiness. Once I gave up sugar, I lost weight and I feel like I have gotten my life back.

I love this keto lifestyle, but with it being a lifestyle, the thought of never having candy or sweets sounds awfully restrictive. I mean would you want to go through the rest of your life and never have something sweet? I certainly wouldn’t. So I think having a treat once in a while is perfectly okay.

But if you are a diabetic or are severely overweight, you may want to totally eliminate sweets until you are off of your medications and healthier.

Safe for Diabetics

The good thing is there are some sugar-free hard candies out there that don’t include sugar in its ingredients and therefore it shouldn’t raise your blood sugar. But actually, you have to be careful about what you are eating because most artificial sugars are full of fake food and even chemicals. And they can do more harm than good. Personally, I stay far away from candies that use, Aspartame, Saccharin, and Sucralose.

Instead, I suggest candy that only uses natural sweeteners like monk fruit, stevia, erythritol as they don’t raise blood sugar at all. And xylitol hard candy is a good option as well because the blood sugar effects are minimal. Actually, when it comes to candy, I would go for hard candy with xylitol as you wouldn’t have the same aftertaste you get with the others.

Xylitol is a natural sugar alcohol which comes from birch bark or corn. It tastes sweet and is actually good for you.

Ice Chips Candy

I love Ice Chips Candy because they only use Xylitol that comes from birch bark. So I don’t have to worry about Xylitol that has come from genetically modified corn. This is important to me as part of my healthy lifestyle is to avoid GMO whenever possible.

I first heard about Ice Chips on Shark Tank. And I’m so glad I did. Ice Chips were actually created by two grand-moms in a garage!

As Seen on Shark Tank

I love living a low carb lifestyle, but sometimes I just have a sweet tooth and want a hard candy to suck on. Most mints have sugar or are made of other artificial sweeteners which are not good at all.

If you haven’t heard about Ice Chips Candy then I am excited to share it with you now. Ice Chips candy is a keto diet friendly candy that is made with Xylitol. So it will not knock you out of ketosis if you follow a low carb diet and it is the perfect sugar-free candy for diabetics. Ice Chips is good for most diet plans as it is gluten free, carb free and sugar-free candy.

They come in 13 different flavors. I love them all but if I had to chews a favorite it would be the Chocolate Brownie Ice Chips.

I poured some out on my counter so you could get an idea of what they look like. The brownie ones are brown like chocolate but most of the other flavors are clear. They sort of feel like rock candy in your mouth. I love them. They taste amazing, yet don’t contain any sugar.

Benefits of Xylitol and Sugar Candy For Diabetes

These candies contain zero net carbs which are perfect for a low carb, high-fat diet. It doesn’t raise blood sugar which makes it perfect for diabetics because it doesn’t raise insulin levels.

The “GOOD for YOU” Candy

This product is very kid friendly not just because it is good for you but also because kids love the taste! And parents love the fact that they are great for your teeth as they don’t promote tooth decay as other hard candies do. This is why I love these candies.

I also love that they are good for dry mouth. Sometimes I just need something to moisten my mouth and throat. These candies a perfect for any craving. You can satisfy any taste you are looking for. There are sour, sweet, tart, minty. My favorite is the spicy cinnamon flavor.

There is also menthol flavored Ice Chips which are also perfect for colds as it soothes a sore throat and calms a cough. These candies even help with sinus congestion.

Menthol, Eucalyptus and Grapefruit Essential Oils to sooth the throat and sinus

Anyway, I could go on and on about these sugar-free candies. I just love them. If you are curious, I suggest you just check them out for yourself. You will not be disappointed.

Moms Love em

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Best Almond Flour Pizza Crust

I really don’t have many cravings or miss the carbs much since I’ve been living a low carb lifestyle, but one thing that I do miss once in a while is a nice slice of pizza.

The good news is there are lots of ways to make pizza with fewer carbs. I’ve had cauliflower crust pizza and I’ve even made personalized pizzas using portabella mushrooms. And although I love the taste, I really just miss the crunch.

But no worries because if you use Simple Mills pizza crust you will never worry about not having a good tasting pizza crust. Seriously, Simple Mills makes the best almond flour pizza crust.

This low carb pizza crust is made of natural ingredients like almond flour, coconut flour, and ground flax. It is gluten free meaning it doesn’t contain any grain or corn. It is also not genetically modified. You can rest assured that you will be eating real food that isn’t full of artificial crap.

The most important thing for me is that it is delicious. Honestly, if you make a pizza using simple mills pizza mix you will not ever want to go back to starchy pizza crust again!

I have to tell you when I first saw the box sitting on the shelf at Leg Up, my local health food store, I thought it was a bit costly. But I decided to go ahead and try it out. I reminded myself that before I lost my weight and got healthy, I would have easily spent twenty or more dollars on a pizza delivery service. So I purchased it. Since then, have purchased many more! Now, I just buy my Simple Mills products in bulk at Amazon and it is totally worth the price.

The Simple Mills pizza dough is really easy to make. All you need to do is add a bit of olive oil, water, and vinegar. Mix it until it becomes like dough and press it into a well-greased cookie sheet. I like to press my dough out so it is really thin. This way it gets nice and crispy.

I love Simple Mills products!

I have also tried Simple Mills artisan bread and it was wonderful. I made it into a flatbread. I topped it with some Himalayan sea salt, fresh rosemary, and some melted butter. It was out of this world!

All of the Simple Mills gluten-free products are very low in sugar and carbs so they are perfect for Type 2 diabetics or those who are trying to limit sugar in their diet.

Keep in mind, these products are all wonderful but to me, they are NOT for every day. Just like anything else, if you go overboard you can easily knock yourself out of ketosis and slow down your progress. But for a once in a while splurge, it is worth it!


 

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What is the No Carb Diet Plan ?

Recently I’ve been seeing a lot more information out there about the No Carb Diet Plan which is also known as the Carnivore Diet and I wanted to share with you what I learned about it.

The no carb diet is when you eat a diet that is mainly just meat. And meat and fish have zero carbs. So if a person eats a diet consisting of only meat, then they will not getting any carbs. Most carnivores try to stick with the fattier cuts of meat or fattier fish like salmon and it helps their body use the fat for fuel. So they use ketones for fuel rather than glucose. Some carnivores also eat other meat products like cream, cheese, and eggs. And some use the bones to make bone broth which is full of healthy colegine

What’s The Difference Between The Carnivore Diet and The Ketogenic Diet?

The no carb diet is very similar to the low carb, high-fat way of eating except is is much more extreme. We both use ketones as fuel. However, with a low carb lifestyle, you also get to include a wide range of veggies and even some fruits. Most people keep their daily carbs below 30 grams.

I personally keep my daily carb intake below 20. I eat lots of meats (I prefer grass fed beef), and fish. I also eat cheese, eggs, and veggies. I don’t eat root veggies or fruits. Once in a blue moon, I may have some berries. I just find other fruits are too high in natural sugar for me and makes my joints hurt. I also get headaches when I eat too much sugar. My body simply prefers the lower carb foods.

You may be wondering why in the world a person would want to eat a no carb carnivorous diet. I mean it does sound very extreme and not very appealing. But people do it for a number of reasons. The biggest reason is the many benefits that come with eating an extremely low carb. There are lots of benefits to doing a carnivorous diet. 

Benefits of Carnivore Diet

  • Eat the Foods You Love! Many people hate veggies and love eating meat. Most men would prefer a nice t bone steak over veggies any day. Eating a zero carb diet is perfect for them. They get to eat all the foods they love while they lose weight.
  • Lose Weight or Kick-Start a Weight Loss Plateau. Sometimes when someone is losing weight they hit a plateau where it feels like their weight simply isn’t budging on the scale. Eating zero carbs for a few days is a great way to kick start your weight loss. You can lose weight quickly while maintaining your lean muscle. You can read more about pushing through a weight loss plateau here.
  • Feel Better! Many people find that by eliminating processed foods, starches and fruits from their diet they are able to think clearer and have more energy. People just feel better in general.
  • It’s Simple: There is nothing easier than eating meat all day long. It is the simplest plan out there.
  • No Hunger:  When you eat meat you feel very satiated. So you are less likely to crave other foods.

Will I be trying out the carnivore diet myself? Probably not as I love my veggies too much. I’m not ready to give them up at all. I also enjoy a variety of tastes and textures. I think I would get totally bored eating only meat products.

But from time to time when I have had a cheat day, I will do an egg fast for the next few days. On egg fast days, I just eat eggs when I’m hungry and I can really drop a few pounds quickly. Then I go back to eating my normal low carb. I suppose in a way this is similar to the carnivore diet.

What about you? Have you tried the no carb diet? If so, what were your results? I would love to hear from you.

Recommended Carnivore Diet Books:

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Lies My Doctor Told Me: Medical Myths That Can Harm Your Health

I just finished reading, Lies My Doctor Told Me: Medical Myths That Can Harm Your Health by K. D. Berry, MD and I loved it! Dr. Berry doesn’t write like a doctor at all, meaning his book is really down to earth. It is an easy read. Not like some of the books that are hard to read with a bunch of medical mumbo-jumbo.

I found myself laughing through the book and I kept wanting to say out loud “I told you so”. Because sometimes I get so frustrated with the backward thinking that people have when they are dieting. But they are following the advice of their well-meaning dietitians and doctors who tell them to count calories or eat a balanced diet.  Rather, than use common sense and realize that if you have done all of that and keep getting fatter than perhaps it isn’t working. It really isn’t rocket science.

The biggest thing that I took from this book is that we all have perfect DNA from our ancestors from over 30 thousand years. If we eat the way we are meant to eat, for the most part, our bodies will take care of themselves and we may even possibly avoid many illnesses.

In this book, Doctor Berry covers several lies that have been told to us in a very honest way. It is mind-boggling to me that many of these lies have absolutely no research or medical facts behind them. It is just simply lies that keep getting past on.

For example, one of the biggest lies that we have been taught is that Milk is good for you. You’ve heard the commercials. “Milk, it does the body good”. No. It doesn’t milk is horrible for adults. And also we think we are doing a good thing for our bones by drinking milk. Again not true. Vitamin D comes from the sun. The sun is good for you. It is healing.

These lies really opened up my mind to the fact that many of our beliefs and the beliefs of doctors offer no real proof or evidence. And many of the lies were created by the food industry. We hear commercials so many times over the years that we actually start to believe them.

The entire point of this book is to empower readers to be in charge of their own health. It is sad that many people simply listen to their doctors and pop pills. Taking medications may not always be the best solution. Sometimes turning an illness around is a simple as changing your diet.

In this book, Dr. Berry empowers readers to take charge of their own health and do the research. Everyone is encouraged to Google each topic. Also, he shares a link where you can dig deep and get some real facts about any topic. And at the end of each chapter, you are given some books that go deeper into each topic.

If you have any sort of health issue, you really owe it to yourself to be a critical thinker and do some of your own research on your health issue and the cause. A great place to start is with this book.



 

 

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Best Electric Egg Cooker 2018

If you are living a low carb, high-fat lifestyle then you probably go through a lot of eggs. Eggs are the perfect food for a keto lifestyle. They are especially healthy if you use fresh free range eggs.

I always have hard boiled eggs on hand for a quick meal or snack. Eggs are also very portable which is great when you are often on the run.

But when I’m home and not in a rush, I like to make soft boiled eggs. They are yummy with just a bit of garlic powder and pink Himalayan salt. I like my yoke just a bit runny. But, unfortunately, my timing isn’t always right and I often overcook them which makes the inside more dry and crumbly.

This is why I like using an electric egg cooker. With an egg cooker, timing is always perfect. So I can enjoy every bite of my soft boiled egg. I can make it as runny as I want.

An electric egg cooker is a great investment and will be used often if you do keto. It can save you a lot of time in the kitchen. And your eggs will turn out perfect every time.

So if you are looking for one, I wanted to suggest for you the one that I think has the best features for the Keto Lifestyle.

Dash Rapid Egg Cooker

    • The dash electric egg cooker cooks up to 6 eggs at a time. You can make soft boiled eggs, hard boiled eggs, omelets, poached eggs or even simple scrambled eggs. The cooker comes with different trays depending on the kind of egg you want. You can easily switch out the trays.
    • The Dash egg cooker makes perfect hard-boiled eggs. They are ready in about 14 minutes and are super easy to peal which make me happy. This is especially important if you want to make deviled eggs and appearance is important to you.  There is nothing worse than having your egg fall apart as you peel it.
    • This egg cooker has an automatic shutoff. It will make a buzzing noise when the eggs are ready and it is a good idea to remove them then if you don’t want them to overcook, for example, a soft boiled egg might get a smidge more cooked than you prefer.
    • Doesn’t take up much space on the counter. And since it is compact it is easy to store away if you want it out of sight.
    • You can cook as few or as many eggs as you want at a time.
    • The plastic parts of this egg cooker are BPA free which is important to a healthy lifestyle. We don’t want to be adding extra chemicals to our diet.
    • This egg cooker has a 1-year warranty.
    • There is a recipe book included.


Dash Deluxe Rapid Egg Cooker

If you want more eggs or you have a bigger family, I suggest the Dash Deluxe Rapid Egg Cooker. This cooker can make up to 12 eggs at a time. This would be perfect for picnics or family get-togethers. You could bring a nice tray of keto deviled eggs with you!

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Stevia Water Enhancers

Do you drink enough water? Most of us don’t. I know I never did. I might sound a bit weird, but I genuinely don’t like the taste of water and for that reason, I have a difficult time getting in enough. And water is important for keeping your body healthy and hydrated. Drinking water helps to cleans your system and it helps keep your breath fresh as well.

So recently I have started a few strategies to help me drink more water. For one thing, I drink hot lemon water as a way of cleansing my system.

Drinking water can also help to support your weight loss and dietary efforts.

Recently, I have started adding water enhancers to my water.   All I need to do is add a few squirts and I get a wonderful fruity flavor. Now I drink more water than ever before.

I also would like to mention, if you want the best quality drink it is best to use fresh spring water or filtered water and you will be less likely to be drinking any unwanted chemicals.

Stevia Water Enhancers

When choosing a water enhancer, I choose the ones that don’t contain sugar or artificial sweeteners. I try to be as natural as possible and that is why I endorse products that contain stevia which is a natural product. I like that I get to control the flavor. The more drops I add to water, the more intense the flavor is. Just add so ice and you have the perfect way to hydrate on a hot summer day.

A stevia-based water enhancer, like Sweet Leaf, is also beneficial to a diabetic who is trying to avoid sugar and not raise his or her insulin levels.

Sweet Leaf Water Drops

Sweet Leaf Water Drops comes in a large variety of flavors. My favorite is Peach Mango but they also have raspberry Lemonade, Lemon Lime, and Strawberry Kiwi. These water enhancers are a great way to refresh any glass of water without adding unwanted sugar or dies and food colorings. It is keto friendly so it helps satisfy a sweet tooth without giving you the added calories and sugar.

When using these drops, a little goes a long way. You will only need a few drops. And if you really want a special treat, try adding a few drops to sparkling water. It almost tastes like sprite except you don’t get all of the chemicals. This is a great option if your kids like sodas. They will be happy and you will appreciate the fact that you are helping them to be healthy.

I also like to add Sweet Drops to my hot beverages as well. The caramels drops taste great in a cup of hot vanilla tea or sometimes I’ll add the coconut or chocolate flavored drops to my morning bulletproof coffee. Sometimes the extra little kick is nice.

 



 

 

 

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Best Stick Hand Blender

Conair Cuisinart Smart Stick CSB-75BC 200 Watt 2 Speed Hand Blender (Brushed Chrome)
Best Stick Hand Blender

Since living this low carb life, I have realized I use many of my appliances much more than I have in the past. I’m sure it is because I am making more home cooked food which is a good thing.

So today, I wanted to share with you the one tool that I could never be without. And that is my Conair Cuisinart Smart Stick CSB-75BC 200 Watt 2 Speed Hand Blender. I chose this brand because it is considered the best-rated hand blender on Amazon.com. And I have to agree with all of the 5-star ratings that it is the best stick hand blender on the market.

It is really easy to use and comes in a variety of colors. There are two speeds. I like to use the low speed when I just want to break up vegetables or if I want to thicken soups. I used low when I made my low carb cream of mushroom soup.

I love my stick blender because it is so convenient and easy to use. I can leave my food (whatever needs mixing) in its pot or bowl and then I just pull out my stick blender and blend away.

But since it is a mixer, I always make sure I use a taller bowl so it doesn’t splatter. I learned that the hard way when I was making some whipped cream. There was whipped cream everywhere! Opps!

Actually, this hand mixer comes with a 16-oz plastic mixing cup which works perfectly if you just want to make a shake or small portion of whipped cream. I make up whipped cream in less than a minute.

My boyfriend uses it to make homemade low carb mayonnaise. He uses a wide lip mason jar to mix it up with the stick mixer. This way, he can leave it in the jar. He simply puts the lid on it. You can’t get easier than that.

Do you have a stick mixer? What do you use it for?

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Best Weight Scales For Home Use

People start eating high fat, low weight for different reasons. For me, it was to get healthy and get down to a more normal weight. For my boyfriend, it was to reverse is type 2 diabetes. And of course, we are both concerned about non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.

Regardless of the reason, it is really important to know where you are starting from. This way you can track your progress and see how you are doing.

Using an accurate scale can help you know where you stand so you can track your results.

These days, body scales are pretty reasonably priced and they have lots of bells and whistles. Plus many of them include a phone application so you can track your results as often as you would like.

The scale that I recommend is the Weight Gurus Bluetooth Smart Connected Body Fat Scale with Large Backlit LCD, by Greater Goods (Black) because it is very accurate. Some scales seem to give fluctuating results. I’ve had other scales where I can get off then back on and get a different reading each time. This one is always the same.

It is really easy to read as the numbers are very large. I don’t even need to wear my glasses.

But the best part is that your results upload to the application on your smartphone through Bluetooth. So you can clearly see your results and any sorts of changes in your weight loss or weight gain real time. I’m a bit of a geek and I like to check my weight often.

This scale will also help to keep track of your BMI as well although, for me, that isn’t as important.

The Weight Gurus Digital Body Fat Scale with Large Backlit LCD and Smartphone Tracking (black) is also a good option for someone with a smaller budget. It does everything as the other scale but rather than having a Bluetooth option, this one syncs with your smartphone through an app. You still get quick results, and you get to save a bit of money.

Along with the weight loss, I really get motivated by checking my body measurements as well. I find that even when I don’t lose any weight, I will see my measurements go down. And this is very exciting.

Using a good tape measure, you should measure your right arm, right thigh, and your waist.

Placement of the measure is easy, for your arm simply measure the point between your elbow and shoulder. Your thigh you should measure between your hip and knee. And your waist should be measured along with your belly button.

 

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Rachael Ray Cucina Stoneware Evoo Dispensing Bottle

Rachael Ray Cucina Stoneware Dispensing Mushroom Brown

I use extra virgin olive oil all day long as a way of adding flavor and good oil to my food. And I hated having to drag my huge bottle out of the cabinet. Plus the oil would always drip down the sides of the bottle making a huge mess.

So I decided to find a canister that I could use which would be more convenient, making my life much easier.

I wanted something that I could leave on the counter so I wanted something pretty, yet solid. Olive oil should be stored in a dark bottle rather than a clear glass container as it keeps it fresher.

So after much research, I found the Rachael Ray Cucina Stoneware Evoo Dispensing Bottle and I love it. It is exactly what I was looking for and very classy looking.

I like this dispenser because it has an easy pouring spout with a handle that I can comfortably wrap my hands around. It is easy to grip it and control my pouring.

First of all it comes in a variety of colors. I like the brown because it matches my kitchen. But there is also blue, orange and red. If you keep your eyes out, you can also sometimes find other colors depending on the season.

This dispenser is very pretty and solid. Actually it does take a little getting used to. I was used to pouring from a bottle, but after using it a few times you will love it.

The spout is perfect for pouring. Enough air gets into it that the oil pours smoothly, yet it would be difficult for dust or dirt to get into it. You can easily control how much you want to use.

It is a bit difficult to fill the dispenser with oil, but I simply use a funnel and it is not a big deal. Fill it and then you’re good for a few days.

It is dishwasher safe, although I think I will wash it by hand. I’m not much of a dishwasher kind of person.

Anyway so far I’m happy with my new kitchen toy. 🙂 and it is nice to know that Rachael also offers a money back guarantee just in case I’m not happy..

This Rachael Ray Cucina Stoneware Dispenser is great for anyone who is an evoo lover.

Do you have one? If so how do you like it?


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