I LOVE Chia❤️❤️

I love oatmeal.

LOVE it❤️

Probably my favorite food. Ask my former clients, I would train them as I snuck bites of oatmeal and drank my coffee.

Then one day I found out I was allergic to gluten. After my elimination of inflammatory foods I tried to add back in oats and my body wasn’t having it. Not even the GF type. Nope. Nada.

I keep trying occasionally but my body stops me in my tracks.

So I found Ch-ch-ch-CHIA this past week and dang!!! I’m. In. Love. Bye. Bye attempts with oats. YOU DONE BEEN REPLACED! Bam💘

This photo looks not so appetizing.

I know.

As I was eating my brain was screaming, ” MORE, MORE, eat faster and get MORE!!!”

I ignored those primal urges and stuck with my portion. You can be sure this will be a daily food for a while.

We will now be perfecting a new Keto Walking Chia bowl for the markets BECAUSE WE LOVE to share the LOVE❤️



PS making keto tortillas TONIGHT



2T chia

1/3-1/2 c milk of choice (unsweet) I used Silk Coconut milk

Sprinkle cinnamon

Splash vanilla

And heat in small sauce pan for 3-5 mins. That is it!

Week 1 done!

These are my wife’s before photos taken on day 3 I belive. Her only commentary when I asked her to pose was “Why didn’t we do this days ago when I was bloated?!”

Photos done for her. I’m taking my week 1, day 1 pics at the gym today.

I am SO disappointed in my lack of muscle😢

I didn’t work out last week because I didn’t think my adjusting body could handle it. But I’m going to go at it cautiously today.

I did 2- rounds of an infamous workout called “She Fucking Hates Me” and then a few Turkish get-ups. Day 1 at the gym.

We downloaded Carb Manager to help us keep track. I’m thinking my wife is really into this now! Maybe I should adjust my macros to crush her 😁.

Keto here we come!

Can’t stop me now!!!

Day 5&6 Keto Adapt

So I’ve been an UNBEARABLE biz-natch.

My POOR but loving wife having to put up with my keto-adaptation. Yesterday was so rough I couldn’t make myself even write a blog-post.

Granted we were beyond busy getting ready for market.

Today I feel 100% better. No feeling like I’m trapped in my own skin and unable to get out.

My daughter, a budding Chef broke out and made dinner. We love her creations and tonight we got:

Keto Chicken Alfredo 💙

(Sorry for the blur I was getting reprimanded for “not eating while it’s hot” blog post be damned).

My wife posed for her before pics. I never did mine. I’ll get some soon.

Tomorrow is our day OFF and we will keep it sacred. I’ll still send you a blog post and we will be doing some course work and paperwork but NO BAKING will happen…

No, no, no!!


Oscar the GROUCH is My Name Day 4

6AM~ I just rolled my ass outta bed and have a crook in my neck. On the positive side it’s gorgeous out and my doors and windows remain open while I sip my Keto coffee and Seltzer water.

I am however feeling like a real freakin’ grouch. Last night was particularly bad. Not even feeling like myself really….kinda like I was taken over by a force greater than myself, saying:

“I want cake, I want chips, I want a tortilla, I want a glass of wine! I want to be left ALONE!”

I didn’t give in❤️.

10:11am~ out on deliveries and we need comida!!! So challenge today is to eat out Keto!! Omelet here I come! Extra healthy fat! No bread. No potatoes! Mwahhh😘

We owe you photos:

2:03pm~ dry mouth, increased thirst and urination! No major hunger here….is it possible?

4:23pm~ Catch y’all tomorrow, I have cupcakes and donuts to make tonight and then clients to train❤️

Get out of BED


alone bed bedroom blur
Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com

I haven’t stopped being tired since we started this strict keto  (I have done this many times in the past, think Whole30)….but this…this doing it with my wife seems to have a different flavor to it.

I forgot this is how I felt getting fat adapted last time as well. Reading and re-reading even the most basic sentences.  Thank you brain fog.  On the positive side (since life is prodding my optimism) I didn’t wake up hungry today and am going on 16 hours fasted. We had mas café upon waking. Mí wifi likes hers black I take mine with Kerrygold ALWAYS! (yes…you’ll notice little bits of familial Spanglish coming out of us).

2:14pm~ I am feeling so mentally challenged right now.

Is this the Keto flu?  Is it the lack of sun?  I feel like I need to go to sleep.  My wife has a sense of humor, I don’t today.

We had to hit all the stores to get groceries and supplies for baking today and we went out on a 15 hour and counting fast.  I didn’t even make it through the first isle of the store before I was hunting KETO snacks.  Aldi had some really cool gluten free Parm snacks and those coupled with Chiccharonnes (pork skins) saved me long enough to make it through Wal-Fart (as my family so affectionately reffers to that big-box store.

We skipped the last store in favor of going home to clean and make our fast-breaking meal.  Now it is off to go to the kitchen and start filling our killer orders for Market Wagon and some of our local retailers.

Please fog lift off my head I feel like I’m melting into the desk today.


Day 2

Woke up feeling sluggish and overheated. I just couldn’t get comfy last night and was either too hot or there was a draft so I donned my Beast Mode shirt for inspiration ❤️.

We started today with Sumatra and Kerry Gold. Barely scratched out enough grounds for each of us to have a full cup (apparently my coffee pot calls one of my cups 2 actual cups **WTCup).

My hands are Uber swollen. Hardly got my rings off, normally they’re spinning around my fingers. Hmmmm….we have a super busy day and all I want is another cuppa. Have zero food plans and hope that doesn’t bite me in the ass today.

15 hour fast today and broken it with smoked cheddar and some salami on a quick drive by to Aldi. + Hard boiled egg and a few sips of coffee

Small palm full of frozen pecans and a 3 egg bowl of egg salad (mayo, mustard, salt, pepper, dill and ground chili peppers).

We are off to a meeting at a coffee shop….it’s not Starbucks so the dilemma…can I have a coffee? Our challenge was ONLY not Starbucks for a week. Does coffee tasting with a potential partner count as cheating…?¿

-I opted to drink the shot of espresso offered to me without guilt and it was amazing! We came home after a 2 hour business meeting and I could EAT A HORSE. Jessi is working on dinner while I’m doing school. Her first attempt at food just went down the garbage disposal…now we are debating on where if anywhere we could eat out. Nope! Going to scavenge the fridge. I’ll report back with whatever hodgepodge we assemble LMAO

Dinner from the fridge tonight: keto bagel dry toasted, one half with an all beef, uncured Aldi hotdog, Batch No 2 mustard and cooked cabbage. The other bagel half is reheated crab cake, home made tartar sauce with skillet fried celery and a side of guac.



Strict Keto Day 1

So….if you know my wife and I we love a few things very dearly: my kids, our dogs, each other, good coffee and fine wine. Her California roots have introduced me to really good wine, took me from boxed wine to OMG! The really, really good stuff.

(My favorite wineries I found in Cali were Chronic Cellars, J. Lohr and Justin.) BUT…it’s almost summer and I want to don a bathing suit and see my abs through my shirts again. Not to mention feel better so….while we are always gluten free and Paleo…we aren’t allllwaaayyysssss….keto (Jessi is Mexican and we love our corn tillas and tilla chips).

That ends today. We agreed to a two week challenge which is a REALLY BIG (she has never done this with me before) deal. We are both going to do this…full force! Pics and tape measurments. My goal is through 2 weeks of reprogramming our bodies we decide to keep going without cheats. She is Keto by proxy….I’m keto by choice with cheats. But No more! (*Cue serious face!)

So far today it’s been dark roast Sumatran coffee with Kerrygold and water. I’m breaking in today with intermittent fasting as well starting with a 14 hour fast.

-broke my fast pre-training with 2 hard-boiled eggs and a tablespoon of avocado at 1130am…

Now it’s nearly the end of my eating window and while I’ve eaten well and have about 10 NC left I think my body is catching on…all those carbs yesterday….got me feeling like “is it bed time at 730?”

This is how I ended my night….a Thai inspired soup with chicken, shrimp and crab cake. My wife is a food magician.

We love you all and look forward to seeing you this week!


Delicious Celebrations

Today was such a great day as we got to make these delicious Keto Cakes for a client’s birthday! We love being a part of our customer’s lives, and we really love being a part of their celebrations.

In a way, it makes me feel connected to Small Town America, in a time when people knew their baker and their grocer and their seamstress. It’s part of our roots, and being able to make these custom orders makes us feel truly and deeply connected in that way.

The cakes turned out so great, we ended up making some for the house. #Guilty !!!

They tasted like a Ding Dong with a twinkie style filling…. um, yum.

I love you, so here’s some chocolate.

I probably don’t have to tell you this…. Tomorrow is Valentines day. You probably know that, because every single retail store from here to the edge of the earth is bedecked in red and pink. (I so seldom get the chance to use ‘bedecked’ in a sentence, I just had to!)

I am not one of those ‘anti Valentines day’ people, but I’ve never really been big into celebrating it either. It just kind of comes and goes. In the past, I looked forward to the clearance candy —- chyeauh! But eating a strictly keto diet means that those days are over. (It’s ok, we make our own chocolates, and you better believe I’ll be indulging in a few of those!)


Lately, I’ve been thinking an awful lot about our relationship to food and it’s role in our society. (Don’t worry, I’m not gonna get too deep here, just an observation!) We use food as a form of expression — at least, I think most people do.

Happy Birthday – here’s a cake!
Congrats, Grad – here’s a giant cookie!
You got that promotion?! Let’s have a birthday dinner!
Pregnant? Gender reveal cupcakes!
I love you! Please take this heart-shaped box of truffles. (mmmm truffles)

So just to start a dialogue, and get your thoughts on the matter, here’s a question:

What would you like to receive for Valentine’s Day, besides candy?

What is your other ‘love language’? Tell me in the comments, or come find us on Facebook @42Bakery and be a part of the discussion!

Ciao for now!