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Ginger Beer aka The Mule, Refreshment With A Kick

Ginger Beer?

When it comes to spring and summer cocktails, lite and refreshing is the key. As the temperature begins to rise, and clothes become skimpy, adults tend to enjoy socializing with an alcoholic beverage. While most mixers are just cheap fillers, ginger beer adds a surprisingly refreshing kick that you are sure to enjoy.

One of my personal favorites over the last few years has become “The Mule.” The Moscow Mule (vodka), the Mexican Mule (tequila) or the American Mule (bourbon) added to a few ounces of ginger beer and a dash of lime juice creates a lite drink with a surprising kick.

While you may find recipes that substitute ginger beer with ginger ale, it will not nearly be the same drink. Ginger ale, like most sodas, is overly sweet and syrupy. Even the driest ginger ales don’t have half the kick that ginger beer does.

With all of that said, here I present to you a few unique takes on “the Mule.”

The Mexican Mule

1 oz El Mayor Tequila Blanco

4 oz ginger beer or diet ginger beer (less kick, no carbs)

1/2 oz of Santa Cruz Lime Juice

2 blackberries (garnish)

Served over ice in an old fashioned, double old fashioned or collins glass

The American Mule or Kentucky Mule

1 oz Bulleit Bourbon

4 oz ginger beer or diet ginger beer (less kick, no carbs)

1/2 oz of Santa Cruz Lime Juice

1 Lime Wedge (garnish)

Served in a mug or mason jar

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Gosling Diet Ginger Beer $5.98
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Santa Cruz Organic Pure lime Juice, 16 Fl Oz, 1 Ct $5.28
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Feel free to leave a comment about your experiences being kicked by the mule!!!

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How I went from size 42 to size 36 pants on Keto Diet

Seeing Is Believing: I Didn’t Believe At First

Until a few years ago, I did not realize that not eating a lot of starch was a thing. To be honest, I didn’t think eating so few carbohydrates was healthy. After all these years of believing that fatty meat was the devil and that bread was a savior, the ketogenic diet is quite refreshing for someone like me. I know for a fact that psychologically the keto diet is not for everyone, but if you can get over yourself, the benefits are worth the effort. That is where the keto diet shines.

For the first week, I took a supplement called Real Ketones Prime D+. It is a meal replacement that while not necessary, definitely helps if you don’t know what to eat. You can take it twice a day and eat a normal meal for dinner. I only took it in the morning as I really didn’t know what to expect. I lost 12 pounds in those first 5 days. It is normal to lose that much when you first start as most of it will be water. In my case, I was already in ketosis, so I don’t think I was holding water.

How I Actually Did It

For the most part, I did not experiment with substitutes for my favorite high carbohydrate foods. I definitely didn’t in the beginning. I actually only cut carbs out of my diet. So it was not more expensive like many people try to make dieting out to be. I only ate meat and vegetables for the first month or so. I would cook enough meat on the weekends to eat throughout the week and if I ran out or got bored, I’d just pick up a salad. Sometimes I would grill a bunch of meat or put a roast or shoulder in the pressure cooker. Frozen and canned vegetables, while not the best option was the quickest.

I don’t have a scale, so I did not weigh myself every day. My goal was not to lose weight, it was to live healthier. As I came down in weight, I felt much more energetic. What I really noticed was my waist shrinking. I noticed my stomach flattening out. While I am probably a little heavier than my recommended weight for my height and age, I am happy where I currently am. I am going to try to maintain my current weight at around 205 to 210 pounds. In my opinion, weight doesn’t really matter anymore. Most people want a good healthy look. Getting to a certain weight is only to impress your doctor. Being healthy is about improving your quality of life.

Before I knew it, my pants wouldn’t stay up. Not only were my pants too big, but my belt was also too big. I was lost in most of my shirts. I was so small, I could shop in stores like American Eagle, Cotton On, J. Crew, Express, etc.. You know the stores where they only have one 2X shirt in the entire store and you might have to fight someone for it. Now I can wear size 36 jeans in most brands and fits and 34 others. I also wear XL or L shirts depending on the brand and style of the shirt.

A Few Things To Think About

In order to lose weight all you need is a calorie deficit. Meaning you need to burn more calories than you intake. While it is much more effective to exercise while dieting, you can lose a ton of weight just by incorporating some ketogenic ideals. If you don’t believe me, I challenge you to try a few things out:

  • Find and download a free app and track how many calories you burn for about a week.
  • As you shop for food, check out the nutritional fact on the packages you pick up. Check out the correlation between the carbohydrates and calories in the foods you normally eat. The more carbs, the more calories.
  • Slowly cut sugars, bread, pasta, potatoes, rice, corn, beans, and other high carbohydrate foods out of your diet. You might not get in ketosis quickly but it’s a start.
  • Do not worry about intermittent fasting, I did not do it and I have had fabulous results.
  • Have fun with, join a group of supportive people and/or do it with your friends, family, co-workers and other social groups.
  • Don’t ride the scale. Being healthy should not be a task, it should be a way of life. If you are in such dire need of confirmation, you may not be mature enough for the ketogenic diet.
  • Stop looking for advice from people promoting what I like to call “Psycho Keto.” Psycho Keto is 5, 10, 20 grams of carbs a day. Most will never get started chasing unrealistic goals or going cold turkey.

If you have any questions please leave a comment below and I will answer it to the best of my ability. Let’s start a conversation, it doesn’t matter if you’ve been doing keto for years or you are just slightly interested.

 

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Health Recipes

Low Carb Tacos

 

Tacos Can Be Low Carb

Low Carb Tacos
Low Carb Tacos

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Before I realized the Keto was a thing, I actually thought that Tacos were healthy. A Taco is basically a salad on a tortilla, right. But when I actually started counting macros, I came to the conclusion that corn tortillas have just as many carbohydrates as bread, maybe more. Nowadays there are a few options for low carb tortillas. Some taste great and others, not so much. My favorite, La Banderitas Carb Counters are only 5 net carbs per wrap. The only problem is that they are a bit large for tacos. If you want Taco Tuesday, you gotta do what you gotta do.

Taco Ingredients
Taco Ingredients

The Recipe

  • 2 pounds of ground beef or 1 pound of ground beef and 1 pound of ground pork or chorizo sausage
  • 8 oz of cream cheese
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon of soul seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon of garlic salt
  • 1 bag of shredded lettuce
  • 2 cups of diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup of sour cream
  • 8 carb counter tortillas
Beef, Pork and Cream Cheese Mix
Beef, Pork and Cream Cheese Mix

Mix the ground meat, cream cheese, paprika, pepper, soul seasoning, and garlic salt together and cook to brown. Open the tortilla, add the meat, then lettuce, tomatoes, and sour cream on top. That’s it. Very simple and quick. You can fry the meat or pressure cook it as I did for this article. Makes enough for at least 8 tacos. It takes about 30 minutes, great for a quick family meal after work.

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Low Carb Pecan Pancakes

The Best Pancakes Ever

Unless you’re indulging in a “cheat day,” pancakes and waffles are almost definitely a no-no on a low carb diet. We recently got our hands on a low carb, Keto-friendly alternative called Carbquik. Most of the content creators I’ve seen use Carbquik have created great alternate bread recipes. They have also all failed to create a fluffy bread. None of the recipes on the Carbquik box add an ingredient to make a fluffy bread alternative either. One secret we found was adding a little bit of baking powder.

Low Carb Pecan Pancakes

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Recipe makes 5 large pancakes

Mix all ingredients together. Using a non-stick pan or well-oiled pan, cook to a golden brown. Add your favorite sugar-free pancake sweetener or use the Torani Sugar-Free Salted Caramel as I did. If the Torani syrup is not thick enough as is, you can mix it with baking powder or some other thickener.

At less than 5 grams of carbs per serving, you’ll never want to go to a pancake house again.

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Is The Ketogenic Diet Sustainable?

Can the Keto Diet be Sustainable Long Term?

 

The ketogenic diet is the newest dieting craze. Many people, including celebrities, are now promoting the diet, and which is more of a lifestyle than a diet. But the question many people ask, is it sustainable for a long period? Since most critics say that it is not, I will only detail how it is.

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Supplements

Tons of supplements available have low carbs or no carbs at all. Many of these supplements are meal replacements. You will not have to worry about preparing a meal for at least one or two meals out of the day. One of the biggest issues people have with the ketogenic diet is that it’s too time-consuming to prepare the proper meals. My favorite, Real Ketones Prime D+, includes a bunch of other vitamins and minerals that you could become deficient in on the keto diet. While I highly suggest using Real Ketones products, many others work as long as you keep away from consuming high amounts of carbs.

Substitutes

Another big issue people have on the ketogenic diet is just simply not knowing what to eat. At first, it would seem as if you will have to give up all of your favorite foods but I can tell you that could not be further from the truth. For the snackers, one of my favorite substitutes is eating pork rinds instead of potato chips. Nowadays they actually have chips that are made of substances other than potatoes that taste pretty good. For normal meals, there are bread, wraps, and pasta made of almond flour, coconut flour, and zucchini. These versions have 1/3 the carbs of flour made of grain, wheat, and corn. As for sugar, there are more low glycemic options than you could count on your fingers. Two of my personal favorites are monk fruit sweetener and stevia.

I Can’t Find It

Even I have to admit, it is difficult to find low carb options at just any grocery store. Many times, I do find things that I like and the next time I go back, they are no longer selling it. Other times, I’ll see something, pick it up and the next time I go back the grocer has jacked the price up. To this, I suggest you subscribe to ABVM below to keep up with the newest items and best prices online. You can also send me emails or comments about the items you are looking for. I will do my best to find the lowest price available for you.