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Pulling the Sweet Tooth!

I love the keto diet. It has done wonders for me, and in record time. My first introduction to it’s principles was the Atkins diet. It blew me away. Years later I discovered that the fundamentals of ketosis had been researched long before, There is, or will be soon, much more information on that in other areas of the kitchen.

Let me confess from the start. First of all, everyone is on a ‘diet’. Diet, as a noun, simply represents what we tend to eat. These days we seem to apply ‘diet’ strictly as a verb, to indicate we are actively involved in trying to lose or control our weight. In terms of what we will generally refer to as ‘the keto diet’, I have really only been truly successful in this second application of the word ‘diet’. I have had great success applying the principles to achieve weight loss, but I struggle in terms of regularly living with the strict guidelines and thus controlling my weight long term. Not to mention my stamina, ability to focus, and overall health.

I'm a Sweet tooth Victim

I crave sweets. Even when I’m not actively craving them, I’m thinking about what I’ll sneak when the cravings come. It’s a curse, and not one that I alone suffer. But there is hope! Read on.

Cravings are signs your body needs something.

(Yeah, sweets maybe)

According to my sometimes exasperating and frustrating, but almost always correct diet know it all named Nancy, whom I shall not identify, there are specific causes of these cravings and they can be addressed.

NOTHING ON THIS SITE SHOULD BE CONSIDERED AS MEDICAL ADVICE. CONSULT WITH YOUR DOCTOR.

Crave sweets all the time?

Possible cause. Low serotonin, dopamine

5-HTP during the daytime may help. Take it along with a little sun and your body will make serotonin.

If you take it at night, your body will make melatonin and you will sleep deeper. 

Another help:  L-glutamine for tissue recovery (if your gut is messed up and not making serotonin and melatonin etc)

If you have a bad case of cravings, you can open a capsule under the tongue.

(gee, doesn’t that sound delicious)

Crave Chocolate?

Try magnesium glycinate.

Or, try keto chocolate! The recipe for this will be found in the kitchen soon! It’s easy and adheres to the strict keto regimen.

Just need a little sweet after a meal?

You might need Zinc

Take it with food, otherwise it can cause nausea.  25-50mg

It Might be STRESS

Yeah, believe it or not, stress can cause cravings for sweets. Fortunately, nature supplies its own brand of Valium, and we call it GABA.

We hope this helps!

Remember to consult your personal physician for specific guidance and counsel. No medical advice is given on this site and nothing should be interpreted as such. Only you and your doctor know the specifics of your personal health needs.

Gramps Curry Coconut Chicken

Gramps has responsibility for preparing dinner on Fridays, and one of his go to favorites is this curry chicken with awesome ‘left over’ flavor. That is, if there is any left to be saved at all.

Gramps Curry Coconut Chicken

Gramps has responsibility for preparing dinner on Fridays, and one of his go to favorites is the curry chicken with awesome ‘left over’ flavor. That is, if there is any left to be saved at all.

  • Prep Time8 min
  • Cook Time24 min
  • Total Time32 min
  • Ready in30
  • Yield4
  • Serving Size1 cup
  • Energy320 cal
  • Cuisine
    • Indian
    • Thai
    • Asian
  • Course
    • Main Course
  • Cooking Method
    • Stove top
  • Suitable for Diet
    • Diabetic
    • Low Carb

You'll Need

  • 1.5 lbs skinless boneless chicken breast
  • 1 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1-1/2 tbsp coconut palm sugar (or honey)
  • 2 tbsp curry powder (yellow mild or red for more heat.)
  • 3 cloves garlic (finely minced)
  • 1 cnt large white onion
  • 13.36 oz unsweetened coconut milk (1 can)
  • 1 ea large red bell pepper (seeded & stemmed)

Prep your stuffs

1

Tip! Put your chicken in the freezer to firm it up before starting. Makes it easier to cut.

Cut the white onion and the bell pepper into strips. Cut the chicken into nice bite size cubes. 

Mix your spices, except sweetener, together in a little container.

Note! ‘Bite size’ is a personal choice, but the smaller these bites, the more flavor they generally have because of the greater surface area for spices. On the other hand, you want them big enough to know you have a chunk of chicken in your mouth 🙂

 

Let's get it done!

2

Sprinkle about half your spice mix over the chicken, mix to uniformity, and put the chicken in the fridge (in a zip lock bag, or covered on a plate).

Bring the oil to medium heat in a large skillet and add the onion and peppers. Sprinkle with salt and stir to coat all pieces. Cut the heat to a saute and stir occasionally until onions are translucent and soft, about 10 minutes or so.

3

Increase the heat to medium and add the chicken to the pan, mixing well for 2-4 minutes until the chicken takes on a slight golden color and the spices are pleasing. Add the rest of the spice mix, the sweetener, and the coconut milk. Raise heat and mix well. Bring it almost to a boil, then cut back to low heat.

 

Fix yourself some brown rice (cauliflower rice for low carb) while your chicken simmers for about 10 minutes or chicken reaches 165.

 

Serve with, or over, your chosen rice and enjoy!

If you manage to save any, this is great the next day! I heat it and eat it from a small cast iron pan with a little butter to get it going.

  • 4 servings per container
  • Serving Size1 cup
  • Amount per serving
  • Calories320
  • % Daily Value*
  • Total Fat22 g28.21%
  • Saturated Fat16 g80%
  • Trans Fat0 g
  • Cholesterol68 mg22.67%
  • Sodium174 mg7.57%
  • Total Carbohydrate8.5 g3.09%
  • Dietary Fiber1.4 g5%
  • Total Sugars2.4 g
  • Protein25 g50%
  • Calcium51 mg3.92%
  • Iron4 mg22.22%
  • Potassium533 mg11.34%
  • Vitamin A144 mcg16%
  • Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid)10 mg11.11%

Every meal needs a cook

Now that we’ve built a kitchen here at Gapoz, we’re going to need a little support in order to get it fully stocked! This particular counter space will be devoted to recipes, hints, tips, tricks, and sage advice from you, our loyal participants. The Grump is not responsible for your misdeeds.