In a perfect world, I’d eat a perfect vegan diet and love every second of it. I hate eating meats and would prefer at least a vegetarian diet with a little healthy fish thrown in. In the past, I have tried to limit my consumption of animal products by making a lot of green smoothies, eating tons of almonds and sunflower seeds, and really cutting back on anything with animal ingredients. I am not crazy about eggs and eat cheese sporadically.

Going gluten free due to health issues eliminated so many food options for me and then developing systemic candida took away more foods, even nutritious things like fresh and dried fruits, yogurts, and my beloved gluten free whole grain bread and waffles which were my go-to breakfast for years.

THEN determining I had a problem breaking down oxalates in foods eliminated even more, specifically super healthy foods like pumpkin, spinach, almonds, sunflower seeds, kale, chia seeds, hemp seeds, and the list goes on and on. Gluten free baking was and is, challenging when I can’t utilize almond flour which is called for in many gluten free/paleo recipes. (if you have a substitute for almond flour, please let me know!)

 

Cool Ketogenic Diet Infographic!!:

 

I have now been eating a mostly Ketogenic diet which is a high fat, low carb, and low sugar style. Its a little difference than Paleo- here’s a good article outlining the difference. Keto features more healthy fats than the other diets and is very low sugar/low carb. Bulletproof coffee kind of kicked off this whole idea of consuming fats for health and its worth your time to read about the whole Bulletproof diet.

I have two really good ketogenic cookbooks that I will feature shortly and in one of them, a recipe calls for Pork Rinds. 

PORK RINDS.

What?

This is one food that I have always found highly revolting. First of all, I’m not wild about eating anything from a pig and second, they are pure fat.

 

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I stumbled upon this particular brand in my local healthy grocery store and grudgingly bought a bag. Everything I used to enjoy snacking on is off limits and darn it, I am hungry! 

They contain zero sugar,  zero carbs, 9 grams of fat — 43 percent unsaturated — and 17 grams of protein. They don’t contain gluten or oxalates so with my many health issues, they are safe to eat. I don’t eat many, just a few pieces to keep my stomach from growling.

If you have an alternate snack that doesn’t contain nuts, gluten, sugar, soy, oxalates or carbs, then I’d love to hear about it!