Kettlebells

Today’s post is about the ‘E’ word… Exercise! Now that I’m starting to feel better due to first keto and now a zero carb diet, I’m starting to dabble in the physical. I want to be strong!

Exercise has always been an issue for me. I’ve always had a hard time finding things that I actually liked.

Have you heard of kettlebells? I hadn’t until a few years ago. It seems they’ve been around since the 1960’s where they were invented in Russia. I’ve seen others have good results with them so thought I’d give them a try.

kettlebellI have had some endurance issues and was really looking for a low cost option to get stronger without a gym membership. Plus I wasn’t quite sure what to expect so I did a bit of research on the subject. I found out that workouts are low impact, and a strength workout combined with cardio. The ‘bell’ has a handle on it that you swing around in various moves. People of various fitness levels can do this type of exercise…

I started with the 9 pound (4 kilogram) kettlebell pictured on the right. Women that are more fit than I am could start with an 15 – 18 pound kettlebell, and men generally start in the 25 pound range.

I also bought a Lauren Brooks DVD because it had great reviews on Amazon. I am very happy with the DVD so far. It has a demo section that demonstrates all of the kettlebell moves that are on the DVD. This section and each move is easily accessible if you need to review them at a future time, or you can go through each move demo all at once. She also has a ‘joint mobility’ warm-up which I also find to be very helpful, as I’ve had joint issues. The DVD also contains a 12 minute workout and a 40 minute workout. In my opinion the DVD is well worth the price due to the tips on how to perform the kettlebell moves. When you’re swinging a weight around your living room and around your head, you want to do these the right way! Also if you do the moves wrong you could actually do more harm than good.

My first workout, all I did was the demonstration of each move. I was tired afterward but not wiped out. It definitely got my heart rate up, and quickly.

After that, the next day I did the 12 minute workout for the first time. It was much more of a workout than I thought it would be. I like the DVD because you do two different moves for a minute then you get to rest for 30 seconds. The first time, I didn’t really need the 30 seconds but after that I was very glad for the rest!

I’ve done the 12 minute workout 4 times (aiming for 4 times per week) and I already feel stronger, which surprises me as I didn’t think I’d feel different for a couple weeks. I took my measurements and am looking forward to about 6 weeks from now to see if those change. I will keep you updated on my progress!

Do you workout with a kettlebell? How do you like it?

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Reverse Sear Steak

This is hands down the BEST way to cook steak that I’ve found! It’s a close to foolproof as it comes, folks. Tender, juicy and cooked to your preferred temperature too.

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Fermented Cabbage Juice

Yes, I know that a Zero Carb diet is “supposed” to be all animal foods. HOWEVER, I’ve been having some digestive issues as of late, and have felt the need to add a bit of fermented good bacteria into my system. We will see how this sauerkraut related cousin works…

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The Bear's Chicken Thigh Recipe

This recipe has been around the interwebs for a long time and I just made it for the first time today. It is hands down one of the best (and easiest) chicken recipes I’ve made, so I had to share.

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Wow sorry about that guys! I was so busy living my life and not focusing on food that time just slipped away and I didn’t update you on how I’m doing. Summary: I’m doing GREAT on zero carb! I’m currently on Day 22.

Read my first post on zero carb
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Read my first post on Zero Carb Diets here.
Read my first update on Days 1 through 4 here.

I’m on my 9th day of my Zero Carb Diet experiment (I started Monday April 6, 2015),  It’s been a bumpy ride so far but overall going very well.

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Read my first post on Zero Carb Diets here.

I’m on my 4th day of my Zero Carb Diet experiment (I started Monday April 6, 2015), and doing pretty well! Have noticed some major differences so far.

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zero carb diet, low carb, keto

As you well know, I’m very interested in nutrition and diet differences, and have dabbled in many different WOE’s (Ways of Eating). I started reading some interesting blogs about a “Zero Carb Diet”, basically a keto diet on steroids! The zero carb diet can be even more effective than a plain ol’ keto diet for those that are very insulin resistant (I just raised my hand), have extreme metabolic issues such as PCOS (yep), digestive issues (check) such as IBS or Crohn’s or who have a disease that needs treated such as cancer or epilepsy.

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SproutsEFLF

Many of us have eaten sprouts at one time or another. I’ve been keen on them ever since I first tried them in the 1980s. They were all the rage and I’m fairly certain that nearly everyone back then tried them. Eating an avocado sandwich with alfalfa sprouts on whole wheat bread (or in a pita) was a kind of revelation for many. Who knew vegetarian food could taste so good!?! Now I don’t eat bread, but I still want to take advantage of these little nutritious power houses! Luckily sprouts are still with us, and we now have many additional options aside from alfalfa. Thank goodness, sprouts will also fit into most any way of eating that you have – low carb, paleo, primal, keto, gluten free, SCD, GAPS and more!

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broiled wedge salad with text

I’m always in search for ways to eat more veggies, especially in the winter time. This “salad” was surprising to me… a natural sweetness combined with the saltiness of the bacon. It’s a super simple side dish to prepare, and is even guest-worthy! You can top it with bleu cheese to make it more traditional ‘wedge’ or leave it off for a dairy-free paleo side dish treat!

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