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Old 03-13-2015, 07:33 PM   #61
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Congrats Steve!

I haven't had any weight loss lately, but clothes are fitting differently.
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Old 03-18-2015, 07:51 PM   #62
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Those look good Steve.

I did break down and buy some Xanthan Gum (EXPENSIVE) to use for slight thickening. It does wonders for a light thicken (jelling) of soy sauce based sauce in place of cornstarch. I used about a quarter teaspoon for about a quart of soup.
This is too late to help you, but it may help others. In a couple of our local grocery stores they sell these little packets of Xanthun Gum for a about sixty cents. A good way to check it out before making a large investment. It is usually in with the specialty baking items like Bob's Red Mill.

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Old 03-18-2015, 11:50 PM   #63
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This is too late to help you, but it may help others. In a couple of our local grocery stores they sell these little packets of Xanthun Gum for a about sixty cents. A good way to check it out before making a large investment. It is usually in with the specialty baking items like Bob's Red Mill.

Thanks Aunt Bea! I hadn't seen that before I will check it out...when I run out in 20 years
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Old 03-20-2015, 08:20 PM   #64
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A little does go a long......long......................LONG ways.

I drank a shot glass of heavy cream for breakfast today. It was surprisingly filling and strangely tolerable.

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Old 03-21-2015, 11:35 AM   #65
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A little does go a long......long......................LONG ways.

I drank a shot glass of heavy cream for breakfast today. It was surprisingly filling and strangely tolerable.

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I love the heavy cream in my coffee, between it and the coconut oil, I don't miss sugar at all.
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Old 03-21-2015, 01:10 PM   #66
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I made a cheesecake last night. I did my normal non-baked cheesecake but I didn't use the crust. It is in a bowl. The only real difference is I put the cinnamon in the custard since it normally goes in the crust.

WOWIE... that is good.

Roughly:

2 blocks of cream cheese
10 ounces heavy cream (start less and work towards it, it can get too soupy fast)
1/2 cup granulated splenda
1/2 tsp of vanilla
1/2 tsp-ish of cinnamon (I use the Saigon cinnamon from McCormick)
juice of 1 lemon

start at the top and work your way down with a mixer.
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Old 03-21-2015, 02:19 PM   #67
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Okay, my turn to be a PITA, but just cause I like you and care...

So, 1/2 cup of granulated sugar would be 387 calories in the whole recipe, most likely you would get 12 servings out of the cake. That's 8 gms carbs in a serving.

Just pointing it out...I really hate artificial sweeteners and think everyone should give them a pass. Stick to real sugar.

Also, if you made a baked cheesecake you would use eggs, increasing the fat and protein in the cheesecake, making it more healthy for a Keto diet. I find that increased fat, especially using unsalted butter or coconut oil, will actually make a recipe seem sweeter and you can reduce the sweetener used.

Aside from all that, I'm glad you played with the recipe and made something you like that fits in the Keto Lifestyle. I would enjoy cheesecake for a bit in place of my dark chocolate daily ration. Time for some strawberry fat bombs...
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Old 03-21-2015, 02:24 PM   #68
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I finally got a Ketone Monitor...I have some work to do. While I am in Ketosis @ 0.7mmol/dl, it is a mild ketosis. I need to be in the 1.5-3 mmol/dl range for max weight loss assist. More fat, less of the veggies I have been craving and enjoying, less protein, too!

Have to watch my macros closely.
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Old 03-21-2015, 09:59 PM   #69
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So, 1/2 cup of granulated sugar would be 387 calories in the whole recipe, most likely you would get 12 servings out of the cake. That's 8 gms carbs in a serving.

Just pointing it out...I really hate artificial sweeteners and think everyone should give them a pass. Stick to real sugar.
Not here. I simply can't tolerate real sugar at all. Even 8 gms of sugar kicks my blood glucose through the roof.

For baking, I use a sugar alcohol called erythritol, and specifically a brand called Swerve. Even the health nuts around here swear by it. I like it because it has no weird aftertaste and does nothing to my BG. I ate a spoonful of the stuff today just to see what effect it would have. Nothing. In fact, my BG went down a bit.
More about Erythritol: Erythritol - Like Sugar Without The Calories. Too Good to be True?

Tomorrow is Kellie's birthday, and we are getting together with some friends. I am surprising her with a Keto Chocolate Cake, made with almond and coconut flour, and topped with chocolate ganache. I always end up kicking myself afterwards when I experiment with these things, but I'll take one for the team since it's her birthday and I wanted to do something nice.

It came out pretty good. A little tilt, but that just contributes to the homemade appearance...

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Old 03-21-2015, 10:08 PM   #70
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I guess, if I couldn't tolerate even a little bit of sugar, I would just give it up, not look for a substitute. As it is, I'm not using added sugar and what I do get from foods is what comes naturally. Even on my cheat days, every two weeks, I get maybe another 9-12 additional carbs for the day, for a total of 20-21 grams.
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