How to Digitally Enhance Your Cooking Experience

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By Jennifer Scott of spiritfinder.org

Keto Kooking shares information surrounding a keto friendly diet, intermittent fasting, and metabolic health. Read more informative articles today!

Whether you are learning how to cook, wanting to break out of a cooking rut, or looking for ways to make cooking easier, technology can help. Keto Kooking wants you to know that you can use the internet, smartphone apps, and the latest gadgets and devices to find new recipes, try out new cooking methods, and save some time in the kitchen. Now, let’s get cooking!

First, Look at Your Kitchen’s Accessibility

When you begin working in the kitchen, you want to think about two things right off the bat: safety and comfort. If your kitchen doesn’t comfortably accommodate your needs and you don’t feel safe using it by yourself, then you may want to think about making some modifications to the space to make it more suited to you. The added benefit of making upgrades to your home, like installing an island or new countertops, is that the value of your home is likely to increase.

Kitchen renovations are a big job, and you want to make sure the additions/changes are made by a team of professionals who understand what you need. So, before hiring a contractor to make these alterations, particularly for the plumbing, search online for local plumbing companies and check out reviews from previous customers.

Get inspired at your favorite restaurants

One fun way to dive in is to recreate some of the dishes you love at your favorite restaurants. If you reach out to restaurants via email or social media, they might just be willing to give you their recipes. But even if not, you can try to recreate copycat recipes at home. It can be a fun challenge between you and a friend or a partner to see who can do it the best. You can do the same with your favorite drinks from local bartenders or your favorite pastries from your neighborhood bakery.

Find interesting recipes

As Digital Trends shows, you can find hundreds of different recipe apps available for your smartphone or tablet. However, some of the best are the ones that find delicious recipes for ingredients you already have on hand. SuperCook or BigOven are great choices with easy-to-use features and recipes galore.

We also love Allrecipes Dinner Spinner (dish.allrecipes.com/mobile-apps). This app features trending and seasonal recipes, allows you to search for recipes by ingredients or themes, and you can create custom collections to share with families and friends. There are also many interesting recipes that you can prepare from pantry staples like rice, pasta, nuts, and canned vegetables and fruits.

Finally, for those who love the keto lifestyle as much as we do, check out these great resources for recipes:

Turn to video tutorials to try something new

Video has really changed the way we cook. It’s so much better to actually see recipes being made instead of just reading about them. One of the best ways to learn a new cooking method is by watching online video tutorials. For example, you can learn how to zest an orange, how to quarter a chicken, or try a number of other cooking techniques with some assistance from Bon Appetit.

Investing in a quality wireless speaker or set of speakers is a good idea, as you’ll benefit not only from clear audio and voice-activated commands (meaning hands-free control of the videos) but you’re able to place the speaker anywhere you need in the kitchen. Using smart devices like Google Nest with Google Assistant, you can do so much more as you prep your dishes, such as using voice commands to set your cooking timer.

Avoid touching your screen

If you are following along with your favorite recipes on your tablet in your kitchen, you will want to keep your messy hands off the screen. And thanks to the Food Network, that’s now possible. Intel teamed up with the Food Network to enhance your cooking experience. Now you can use gesture control and voice commands to scroll through their RealSense-enabled recipes without getting oil, flour, or anything else all over your screen. You also might want to add a screen protector, just in case you get carried away.

Take advantage of new cooking gadgets

Make cooking more fun and interesting by trying one of the latest cooking gadgets. Smart technology has made its way into the kitchen in the form of various devices that can be controlled from your smartphone. For example, BGR explains sous vide machines allow you to set up everything, leave for a while, and then come back later to an absolutely perfectly cooked meal.

You can also find a wide array of other smart kitchen appliances and gadgets, from refrigerators and ovens to scales and thermometers, that are integrated with Alexa, Google Assistant, Bluetooth, and Wi-Fi to make prep and cooking easy from anywhere. Many have found that cooking with an air fryer is a healthier way to enjoy their favorite foods because meals cooked in this device won’t have the extra oil (or calories).

Cooking can sometimes be boring if you are making the same meals for your family night after night. It also can get frustrating if you don’t know your way around the kitchen well. But no matter your level of cooking expertise, technology can lend a hand. If you are looking for interesting recipes or different ways to cook, tap into the latest tech, gadgets, and apps to augment your cooking.

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Today is National Keto Day. Who knew??

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I had no idea this existed. Have at it people! It’s not that hard. Just cut out most of the carbs you are consuming and you’re well on your way. You don’t need a diet plan or a dietician to tell you what to eat. Just look at your next meal and remove the carbs.

You don’t have to eliminate them if you’re just starting out. Cut your current serving in half and over a week eliminate them altogether. Increase the portions of your protein and vegetable to compensate and you’ll find you’ll start eating less but be more full. Satiety is a feeling most people don’t feel because they’re filling themselves with empty carbs.

The Vitamin Shoppe founded the national day in 2019 as a way to raise awareness about the low-carb, high-fat diet, which has been credited for weight loss and epileptic seizure reduction. While many dieters have found success with ketogenic meal plans, researchers aren’t certain about keto’s impact long-term.

A study from National Jewish Health – a cardiac, respiratory and immune hospital – found that keto diets might help people shed pounds and promote “modest” improvements to heart health, but researchers warned that this high-fat dieting method could encourage “consumption of foods that are known to increase cardiovascular risk.” The study also claimed that keto diets might be ineffective in preventing heart disease because dieters left to their own devices tend to eat unhealthy saturated fats.

National Keto Day: Here’s what you should know before trying the diet | Fox News

Keto Diet and Intermittent Fasting helps woman lose 105 lbs.

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It’s not all about calories in and calories out. Although on a Keto Diet you may indeed eat fewer calories because your satiety levels are much higher. If you’re not hungry all the time you’re not eating all the time and that’s where the magic of Intermittent Fasting adds to the progress.

I lived a keto diet lifestyle for three years and lost 100 pounds. Keto was amazing for my weight loss progress. It kept me on track because it was very clear what I could eat. I tracked my calories and carbs and would very rarely eat off plan.

When I hit my goal weight I transitioned from the keto diet to macro counting and incorporated healthy carbs back into my diet.

‘The Keto Diet And Intermittent Fasting Helped Me Lose 105 Lbs.’ (womenshealthmag.com)

Solving the obesity epidemic can help fight the COVID-19 pandemic

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It’s well known that one of the leading risk factors for severe COVID-19 is Type-2 Diabetes and obesity. The two conditions are tightly tied together. Poor metabolic health leads to both conditions and that can be solved purely through diet.

I’m not a doctor, obviously, so consult with your physician on your health. It’s my opinion that a keto friendly diet that is low in carbohydrates can help solve most metabolic health issues.

While eating right cannot prevent contracting coronavirus, optimal metabolic health can help prevent the negative impact of infection, several studies have shown. That’s because “good nutrition and maintenance of a healthy body weight is essential for adequate immune function, supporting resistance to infectious disease and reducing adverse outcomes in the event of illness,” according to Prof. Mona Boaz of the Department of Nutrition Sciences in the School of Health Sciences at Ariel University.“A poor diet, like the modern American diet, with its junk food, ultra-processed starches and cheap fats, causes metabolic dysfunction that can be a disaster when it’s combined with the coronavirus,” Glandt wrote in an eBook titled How to Eat in the Time of COVID-19 that she recently published with Ross Wollen and Jessica Apple.

Can what you eat save you from COVID-19? – The Jerusalem Post (jpost.com)

Just say no to Keto Chow

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I ran across this favorable review of these packets of Keto powdered drinks and soups called Keto Chow (sound like dog food much?) that will cost you nearly $5.00 per packet. That’s on single packet that is supposed to replace one of your meals. When ground beef is less than $3/pound in many places this is a lot of money wasted.

Keto Chow is a drink/shake mix that has been designed to provide complete nutrition to keep you in Nutritional Ketosis. It contains a third of your daily nutritional needs of electrolytes, vitamins, protein, and more.

The Gadgeteer

This is highly processed junk food that will not provide the satiety you’re looking for. In addition, it’s fortified with nutrients. Foods that have to be fortified generally means it doesn’t have the nutrients to begin with and has to be added in artificially. Absorption of nutrients from fortified foods are generally not as good as nutrients that are naturally part of the food.

Eat real food.

Today show covers the keto diet

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What is ketosis?
The body always seeks out glucose (and its stored form, glycogen) for fuel. Limiting carbohydrates mean limiting the body’s favorite fuel — and so it must adapt.

The alternative solution is to burn stored fat instead. The metabolic shift from burning glucose to fat produces ketones. Ketones are important because while the body is burning fat for energy, the brain doesn’t have the ability to do this. Instead, the brain will fuel on ketones produced by the liver instead. Once the body fuels on fat and the brain fuels on ketones, you are in ketosis.

What is the ketogenic diet?
The keto diet is one in which you drain your liver glycogen stores and force the body to find that alternative fuel. In addition to limiting carbohydrates to achieve this, protein content may also need to be reduced. That’s because protein actually has a small insulin-stimulating effect, which suppresses ketone creation.

Today.com

I would say this is a good overview. Some of it is a little off the mark and Kristin Kirkpatrick doesn’t cover the part about how your body can make it’s own glucose through gluconeogenesis.

Gluconeogenesis – 24 hours to 2 days – The liver manufactures new glucose from amino acids in a process called “gluconeogenesis”. Literally, this is translated as “making new glucose”. In non-diabetic persons, glucose levels fall but stay within the normal range.

The Fasting Method

It’s a good introduction to keto and low carb lifestyles. I would suggest picking up some books though if you really want the details on a lifestyle that can have enormous health benefits for almost everyone.

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The Spruce Eats – keto friendly meal delivery services for 2020 reviewed

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Going keto is confusing for some. It doesn’t have to be any harder than starting with reducing your intake of carbohydrates. But, if you don’t know where to start there is an article on The Spruce Eats where they review 9 keto meal delivery services that could get you started right away without the guesswork.

I haven’t tried any of the services mentioned but I’ve been living this way for a long time so it’s second nature. They give you the ins and outs and what each service might set you back. Check it out!

It seems every day there’s a new meal delivery company hitting the marketplace, many of which cater to special diets like paleo and low-carb. Since they take the guesswork, as well as the prep work, out of cooking, they’re a boon to anyone trying to eat healthy.

We searched for companies that truly cater to the needs of keto dieters when coming up with this list. We also prioritized those that build their meals on high-quality ingredients. And nobody wants to be frustrated by the ordering process, so we looked for companies with easy-to-navigate websites that are transparent about their pricing, plans, packaging, and shipping. For instance, we chose offerings for one-time orders (Paleo On The Go), as well as subscription options (Snap Kitchen, Fresh N’ Lean, Factor).

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Are cherries keto friendly?

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I say they are not. Only because it is very hard to stop eating too many. According to this article in Women’s Health Magazine there are way too many carbs in a cup of cherries. I wish they would give the portion size by weight because it would make more sense than by volume. You can’t fit too many cherries in a cup and the number will very depending on the size of the cherry.

In one cup of tart cherries, there are 18.9 grams of carbs and 13.2 grams of sugar. In one cup of sweet cherries, there are 24.7 grams of carbs and 19.7 grams of sugar. Eating a whole serving of tart or sweet cherries can take up almost all of your daily allotment of carbs. Instead, Agyeman suggests eating a few cherries at a time.

Women’s Health Magazine

Fighting COVID-19 by going low carb

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More and more evidence shows that the high risk factors for dying from COVID-19 can be reversed within weeks when going on a low carb diet. Almost immediately blood sugars stabilize, people become less insulin resistant, and inflammation throughout the body goes down.

Other studies have found that dietary changes can rapidly and substantially improve cardiovascular risk factors, including conditions like hypertension that are major risk factors for worsened Covid-19 outcomes. A 2011 study in the journal Obesity on 300 clinic patients eating a very low-carbohydrate diet saw blood pressure quickly drop and remain low for years. And a 2014 trial on 148 subjects, funded by the National Institutes of Health, found a low-carb diet to be “more effective for weight loss and cardiovascular risk factor reduction” than a low-fat control diet at the end of the 1-year experiment.

Wall Street Journal

Ketogenic diet as therapy through the pandemic

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The reason I’ve stayed with the ketogenic diet is because it’s transformed my mental well-being. After a lifetime of struggle with anxiety and mood swings, I am now a relatively relaxed, calm, and stable human. My energy levels are through the roof: Now that my metabolism burns fat instead of carbs, I sleep one or two hours less each night than I used to, and I rarely feel tired or need an alarm to wake up. And I’ve gone from being a nightly pot smoker to being 100% sober.

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