Who doesn’t love homemade chocolate chip cookies?!
Growing up, I was so fortunate my mom was both a great cook and a great baker! We always had a delicious home-cooked meal on the table for supper and *almost* always had something for dessert, too. She’s also a dietician, so I had the best balance of eating all the yummy things, but staying within healthy boundaries.
Ever since the stay-at-home rule started in Dallas due to COVID-19, I’ve been eating everyyyything in my pantry. Snacks on snacks on snacks, y’all.
Thankfully, I’ve still kept those healthy boundaries I learned growing up, for the most part. C’mon, we’re all human!
Another reason I wanted to try out making cookies is because I’ve n e v e r done it before. I’ve only ever baked the tear apart ones! I know, I know. Fairly sad for a 27-year-old.
OKAY, OKAY now for the recipe.
Ingredients: – 1 stick plant-based butter (I love the Country Crock avocado oil brand) – 2.5 cups superfine blanched almond flour – 1.5 cups erythritol (I love Swerve, granular) – 1 tsp vanilla extract – semi-sweet chocolate chips to taste (I used Lily’s brand to keep it keto) – 1 egg
Directions: – mix dry ingredients together thoroughly – stir softened butter with vanilla extract – combine wet and dry mixtures until smooth – add egg – fold in desired amount of choc chips – scoop into small balls on parchment-paper-lined baking sheet – bake at 375 for 9 – 11 min
Depending on the size of dough scoops you make, this should come out to about 2 dozen cookies.
I’m so glad I now have something sweet to reach for, and I don’t have to think twice because it’s still in line with my health goals! Staying keto and eating dairy free 95% of the time has not only helped me lose weight, it’s tremendously helped my autoimmune disease, hidradenitis suppurativa.
People are sharing their testimonies on losing 100+ pounds on keto, posting before-and-after photos that are honestly mind blowing.
Truth bomb: When I first heard of the keto diet, I didn’t think it was very sustainable. I was afraid of what would happen to my body when I stopped fueling it with what it’d been used to for YEARS, and started eating a higher fat content than ever before.
But, I kept seeing other people’s successes, and decided I wanted IN. And while I eat more of a low-carb than a true keto diet, simply because I don’t track my macros, I’ve reaped an insaaaane amount of benefits in the short months I’ve been on this path.
Drinking exogenous ketones has played a huge role in my success. I truly don’t think I’d be where I am today without them, which is exactly why I’m telling the whole world allll about them!
I mean, look at my personal transformation…
Liiiike, 60 pounds less and feeling like a new person transformation!
Hit me with the facts, Hannah!
Pure therapeutic ketones are D-BHB (beta-hydroxybutyrate) isomer ketone salts that are bio-identical to what your liver produces when you’re in a state of nutritional ketosis. Typically, ketones are very hard to produce naturally in the beginning stages of the ketogenic diet and production differs for each individual. Even keto-adapted individuals may find it hard to circulate high levels of ketones in the blood.
Exogenous ketones are a powder supplement that you add to 16oz of water and drink within 15 min of mixing. They put you into a state of ketosis in under 1 hour.
*Exogenous = outside of the body, while endogenous = what your liver naturally produces*
Why would you want to be in ketosis?
D-isomer BHB has been shown to decrease the hunger hormone ghrelin. Less appetite = less cravings/unhealthy choices = weight loss. Ketones are neuroprotective and higher circulating ketones calm neurons in your brain.
Ketones have been shown to increase endurance in aerobic activity.
Ketones are also anti-inflammatory, leading to less bloat & better gut health.
Additionally, C-med 100 is the only peer-reviewed supplement shown to aide in DNA repair and help immune function. (Since my HS diagnosis last summer, any immune help I can give myself is huge).
Lastly, why KETO//OS Nat over other ketone products?
Prüvit holds the only multipatented exogenous ketone on the market.
NAT ketones are the only naturally fermented pure and bio-identical ketones.
Other ketones are “racemic” aka mixed isomer ketones. Those ketones are not identical to what your body produces and can actually end up damaging the ketone receptors.
Think of trying to jam a key (ketone) into a lock (receptor) that isn’t compatible.
Everyone gets to reap the benefits of ketosis, even if you don’t want to eat keto!
You don’t have to eat keto. That’s the best part. These exogenous ketones were created so that everyone can benefit from ketosis without the strictness of a true ketogenic diet.
This was actually a big reason why I finally took the leap to try them – I’m your average woman, who has had her fair share of body image issues, eating disorders, emotional attachment to food, you name it. So when I decided it was time to take my health back into my own hands, I got nervous, because putting myself in any sort of “box” aka “diet”, meant restriction. Meant deprivation. Meant sacrifice. Meant the possibility of bad eating habits and overall nutritional health.
*Remember* that these are just one tool in my health&wellness tool belt, though. I still take daily walks, drink an insane amount of water, eat whole foods, don’t eat gluten or dairy (because of my autoimmune disease), etc. But these are by FAR the MOST IMPORTANT tool I’ve yet to find, and I don’t think it gets better.
Want to join me on the pursuit to B E T T E R? Message me!
Yikes…making this side-by-side, finally weighing myself for the first time since starting this journey, coming to terms with reality. It’s a bitter pill to swallow.
But for the first time in years, I finally am starting to see Hannah in the mirror again✨ ⤵️ ➖ May 2014, injured my back ➖ Dec. 2015, had back surgery ➖ Jan. 2016, started therapy ➖ July 2019, diagnosed with skin disease ➖ July 2019, decide to TAKE MY LIFE BACK ⬆️ To say my health journey is unique, especially at the ripe age of 27, is an understatement. I’ll be sharing more and more about how and why I’ve made the changes I have.
Why, you may ask? Because I can see my goals right in front of me. They’re tangible. Because I can live my days out of the box I had put myself in. I’m motivated. I’m optimistic. So I’m sharing, because I want you to feel just as empowered and fulfilled as I do.
Realizing you are the one in the way of your own success is not easy, but once you make that step, the rest of the journey is just one foot in front of the other.
Since my HS diagnosis back in July, I’ve completely cut out gluten and dairy and follow a low-carb diet. This decision was based off of my personal research about autoimmune disease and how what we put into our bodies effects EVERYTHING.
Sure, I’ve lost 55 pounds. But what I’ve gained back is my optimism, my motivation, the ability to LIVE my life fully.🙌🏼 The girl on the left was hurting, inside and out, but chose she was worth it and put in the effort. I’ve got a long way to go, but I’m sure as hell celebrating my success thus far!
This is really hard for me to post, but part of my healing and growth is accepting my past and overcoming. I’ve struggled with my body image since I was a kid. No, seriously. I’ve never had a healthy relationship with food or my body confidence. Teetering between too restrictive and overindulgent. Never letting myself have a bite of dessert, or letting myself eat three desserts. You get the picture.
Once you’re really far in one direction or the other, finding middle ground feels impossible. So you let yourself live in the extremes, further promoting unhealthy habits on both sides of the spectrum.
Well, I realized enough was enough. Living with mental health issues since elementary school, having had knee surgery at 17 and back surgery at 23, I’m no stranger to ailment. But getting diagnosed with a skin disease that stems from an autoimmune/auto-inflammatory disorder at 26, THAT was the straw that broke the camels back. Hearing my body is attacking itself was my wake up call. How could my own body betray me? Time to fix that!
Yet through these hardships, I chose to persevere. If I can do it, you can too. I promise you it will only make life better to choose yourself. Choose her every day.
Never give up on yourselves babes. You’re always worth it.♥️