Keto Christmas?

The question mark in that title is a big one. Honestly, up until the last few days I was determined I was going to stay keto for Christmas but now I’m not so sure. The soul search continues and while I absolutely 100% believe that a low carb keto way of eating is what suits me best it’s definitely time to change it up a little. But more on that later, right now we’re here to talk about Christmas!!!

It’s just around the corner guys! Who loves Christmas as much as I do? I love it for the family gatherings, the traditions the gifts. Just the smell of the paper as I wrap the presents is enough to send me spiralling into the world of nostalgia of Christmases past. But lets not forget the food. How amazing is all of the traditional Christmas food!?

Staying keto for Christmas doesn’t mean you have to miss out. I mean a traditional baked dinner is as keto as can be if you skip the potatoes. And the great Aussie seafood for Christmas tradition? Can’t get much more low carb than that. But what we really want to talk about are the desserts. 

What’s your favourite? Christmas pudding? Gingerbread? Trifle? A good Christmas pavlova?

Luckily there are some fabulous people out there who’ve  managed to convert some of our favourites into keto friendly treats. Leanne at Healthful Pursuit has been kind enough to collect a whole lot of them on her Pinterest page. 

And if you’re looking for something with an Australian twist, be sure to check out Have Butter Will Travel for their fantastic Christmas suggestions. 

Of course there are thousands of people sharing their Christmas recipe suggestions on Instagram and FB at the moment too so let your fingers do the walking and search away people. I’ll be testing out some keto Christmas recipes over the next couple weeks and I’ll be sure to report back on how they turn out. 

Me Oh My Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie

Back in my pre-keto days I had a not so brief love affair with the Pioneer Woman’s Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie and I’ve been dreaming creating a low carb version for a while now. 

Well this morning I did it! I have no idea what took me so long really. But today was the day and this delicious pie was the result. It makes 12 generous serves and is every bit as rich and decadent as the original. Thanks Ree for the inspiration. 

Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie

Serves 12

Energy 1225kj | Fat 24g | Protein 12g | Net Carbs 7g


Base –

3/4 cup Almond Meal

3/4 cup desiccated coconut

1/2 cup raw cacao powder

1/4 cup powdered sweetener (I used Swerve Confectioners)

125g melted butter

Filling – 

250g cream cheese (softened)

1 cup thickened cream

1 cup powdered peanut butter

3/4 cup powdered sweetener


1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius (moderate oven)

2. Add all dry ingredients for the base to a mixing bowl. 

3. Stir in the melted butter until well combined. 

4. With wet fingers, press the mixture into the base of a flan tin or spring form pan until it is spread in an even layer. 

5. Bake for 10 minutes.

6. Remove from oven and allow to cool. 

7. Add all filling ingredients to a large mixing bowl and beat with an electric mixer (start slow then build up speed to medium) until well combined and there are no lumps. 

8. Spread filling onto base and chill to set.


Love Thyself Fiercely

I don’t love my body. Never have and can’t imagine I ever will. I don’t have to and neither do you. This can be really hard to accept. Even more so if you’ve worked your arse off to lose weight, get healthy and feel good only to find you’re still not in love with the way you look. But I’m telling you it’s ok. 

Does looking in the mirror and not loving every little thing you see mean you have a poor self image? Absolutely not.

I don’t love my stretch marks, I don’t love my loose skin, I don’t love my left foot that doesn’t bend properly, I don’t love the hormonal pigmentation on my face or my turkey neck or my thin hair or the signs of ageing that are becoming more obvious all the time. But I am still confident, have a positive body image and love the shit out of myself as a whole.  I appreciate and admire my body for it’s strength and resilience. It keeps ticking away  despite how much punishment I’ve put it through over the years. And I know that I am 100% worthy of treating my body with the respect it deserves.

I think sometimes the Body Positivity and Self Love movements can feel like just another societal pressure that we feel the need to conform to and and that’s the last thing we need. Especially those who are breaking through a lifetime of self loathing.  I just want to tell you to take those phrases and make them work for you. You don’t need to love the details, just love yourself enough to treat yourself right. 

Breaking the Binge Habit

Image courtesy of BBC Good Foods

If you’ve been following me for a while, you might know that for the past few months I’ve been struggling with binge eating episodes. Normally only lasting for a day, which is annoying but I can handle it because it doesn’t do too much physical damage in the long term but last week, I had an episode that lasted 4 days which really scared me. I literally stuffed my face with anything I wanted to the point of being full and beyond. I ate until I felt uncomfortable and sick and then ate some more. I haven’t told anyone this except my partner. I haven’t even shared it on social media yet and I tell the world everything, but at the end of it all I got on the scales and weighed in at a massive 95.25kg. Not too bad you say? Consider that before this episode  my weight was 88kg and reevaluate . That’s over 7kg in 4 days. Now I know it’s not all fat and all that jazz but after what I ate some of it bloody well is and I need to do the work to shift it again. I’m on day 4 back on track now and I’m feeling good so now I just need to figure out how to stop it from happening again.

So how the hell do I do that? I’ve googled til by eyes bled trying to find the answer and man some people have some stupid advice don’t they? But there are some good ones as well so here’s some tips that make sense to me. 

  1. Don’t keep foods you’re likely to binge on in the house. – This is something I try to do anyway. It’s easy when my partner is away at work but when he’s home I feel like I need to have different foods available for him so staying on track while he is home is harder in general. My biggest problem is facing my work days because I’m faced with the constant and never-ending supply of binge worthy junk foods. My plan for those days is the same as always. Pack plenty of food so I don’t need to feel hungry and do my best to control the urge. I’m thinking of taking a notebook to work and just keeping track of my thoughts about food throughout the day and keeping tally of my binge urges. 
  2. Share your pain – a problem shared is a problem halved don’t they say? So that’s what I’m doing. Telling everyone. Eliminating the shame and embarrassment because that kind of emotion can just trigger another binge eating episode. So, be open about it. Some people might not understand but who cares. Find your support network and love them hard. We could all do with a little more support right? 
  3. Listen to your body and figure out your triggers – Thankfully I’ve already figured this out. Stress and boredom. In fact I can pin point a particular stressful event that triggered my 4 day event and I’m finding really hard not to shift the blame to the person who caused me the stress (but that’s another episode)
  4. Be kind to yourself – Accept that nobody is perfect, not even you and when you have those days that don’t go so well, forgive yourself quickly and move on. This is so much easier said than done but I’m working on it. 
  5. Set small goals and treat yourself when you accomplish them – not weight goals of course but small mental health goals. Focus on the number of times you’ve managed to control the urge to binge instead of the opposite and shout yourself a non food related treat. 

What pissed me off most about the online advice I found is the most common suggestion for controlling binge eating is to ‘ditch the diet’. I’m sorry but to me that’s just code for ‘eat whatever the fuck you want.’ Obviously not how it’s intended but please don’t try to tell someone who’s been morbidly obese their whole life and still needs to lose weight to ditch the only form of control they have. Seriously. 

Until next time…

PS – In light of tip number 2, I’ve started a Facebook Group attached to my Keto Kylie page. The idea was to create a little support community for people on a similar journey to me or those wanting to embark on one. Click here to join us if it sounds like your cup of tea. 

Weekend Recap

This past weekend was a big test for me in many ways. Firstly, I got on a plane to go to Weipa and as you all know, I’m not a big fan of flying. In fact, when I left 6 years ago I was so excited that I’d never have to get on that flight again if I didn’t want to. Trouble is, I wanted to. Well not the fight specifically but my sister still lives there and I wanted to see her and go to her birthday party and it’s a bloody long drive so I had to put my fears aside and just do it. And I did, even though I was sick and the kids were sick, and I hated leaving them, and I wanted to cancel so many times. But I still did it. And lived to tell the tale.

Then there was the party itself. I had myself worked into such an anxious state about it because even though I was going in with a clear intention not to drink alcohol or overeat, it’s exactly the kind of situation where I’ve found it almost impossible to control myself in the past. I would love to have been able to have a few drinks and relax and enjoy myself with everyone else and it’s not even about the drinking, it’s about the loss of control that comes with it. As soon as I have a couple of drinks I know I won’t be able to resist indulging in all that party food and before I know it I’ve eaten and drank a weeks worth of kj’s in one night. Then comes the guilt the next day, not to mention the hangover which only makes me want to eat more crap. But this time I was strong. In a seemingly impossible situation I remained strong. It was tough, but for some reason I had it in my head that If I could make it though this weekend without giving in to temptation, then I can do anything. I mean, seriously, if I can fly to another town, while I’m sick, just to go to a party then not even indulge and relax enough to really enjoy myself is there anything I can’t do? So yeah, right now I’m feeling pretty fucking invincible.

Seriously Good Peanut Butter Cookies

Ok guys this is no joke. I know I made this recipe up but these are the best Low Carb Peanut butter cookies I have tried yet. They were born of a want to use some of the PB2 Peanut Butter Powder I ordered from iHerb a couple of weeks ago so I threw a few things in a bowl and they turned out amazing! Try them and let me know what you think.

Seriously Good Peanut Butter Cookies

Makes 20 Cookies (1 per serve) Energy: 362kj’s Net Carbs: 2g Fat: 7.9g Protein: 2.7g


  • 1 cup of almond meal (110g)
  • 1/2 cup PB2 Peanut butter powder (60g)
  • 1/2 cup of granulated sweetener. I used Natvia Baking (100g)
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 Tablespoons Gelatine powder
  • 125g salted butter (melted)


  1. Add all dry ingredients to a bowl and stir to combine
  2. Add melted butter and mix well to form a dough
  3. Roll into balls (approx 2cm diameter) and place onto a baking sheet lined with baking paper
  4. Flatten biscuits with a fork
  5. Bake in a moderate oven for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown

Note: These biscuits will be extremely soft while they’re still warm. Allow to cool almost completely before carefully removing them to a cooling wrack to cool completely. Once completely cook they will be nice and firm and are best stored in the fridge. 

Lets Talk Goals


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Goals, goals, goals. It’s all I seem to be able to think about lately. Weight loss goals, health goals, mental health goals. It’s all about goals. For such a long time, the biggest goal for me has been about a number. First it was to get to anything under 100kg, then it was to get to an ultimate goal of 85kg, now that that feels just around the corner I’ve been floundering a bit trying to decide where to set my next goal. Everyone says it shouldn’t be about a number. And they’re right, it really shouldn’t. I can say that I’d like to get to 75kg to be able to say I’m literally half the person I once was but how do I know if I’m going to be happy there? How do I know how I’m going to feel there? When you’ve been obese for for your entire adult life, you have no benchmark size or feeling to aim for. I can’t say, oh, I’ll be happy if I get back to X size or X weight because it’s all foreign to me.

So I’ve decided I’m going to try and push the number goals to the back of my mind for a bit and focus on the important stuff.  Publicly acknowledging my food addiction was a massive step on the road to figuring out what’s important and many hours spent pondering the why’s and hows of it all have led me to realise I really only have one goal and that is to heal my relationship with food. Honestly if I could have just one selfish wish, it would be that I could eat intuitively without having to stress that my head hunger will take over and I’ll overeat and fall back into old habits.

Tracking has been such a huge part of my journey so far and with good reason, without tracking everything there’s no way I would have come this far. But it has almost become another addiction in itself, something I need to stay in control but since ultimately I want to be in a place where I don’t have to enter everything I eat into an app for the rest of my life I’m going to trial loosening the reigns for a little while and see what happens. I have the knowledge I need, I just need to trust myself.

Don’t worry, I’m not planning on throwing caution to the wind and winging it. I’m smart enough to know that’s a recipe for disaster but an opportunity has some up that I’m going to take advantage of. Last weekend I went to  Luke Hines cooking demonstration for his latest book Smart Carbs. Long story short due to some flight issues, he had to leave early and was kind enough to gift everyone in the audience free access to his Luke Hines 10 Program

A few years ago I started my weight loss journey with Pete Evan’s  The Paleo Way 10 week program which was an amazing kick start and really cemented my belief in eating a predominantly whole foods from scratch diet and I’m happy to say that for the majority of the time since I’ve maintained that way of eating. So this time around I plan on using the program mostly as a mind reset. To try and let go of some of the stress related to food and get back to basics. Wish me luck! I’ll be sure to keep you updated along the way.

Low Carb Berry Chia Jam

Low Carb Berry Chia Jam I’ve been making my own version of low carb jam for a while now but this weekend I’ve finally gotten around to actually recording what I put in it and thought I’d share it with you. It’s so quick and easy to make, has no artificial sweeteners and is 100% toddler approved (well, my toddler anyway).

As with all of my recipes, they change a bit depending on the day and what ingredients I have on hand so feel free to experiment and enjoy!

Low Carb Berry Chia Jam

Nutritional Info Per 20g Serve :

Energy 70kj’s Total Carbs 2.8g Fibre 1.5g (Net Carbs 1.3g) Protein .08g Fat .04g


  • 250g fresh strawberries sliced into quarters
  • 150g frozen mixed berries
  • 1/4 cup sweetener of your choice ( I used Swerve Confectioners)
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 1/2 tablespoon gelatine


  1. Place berries and sweetener in a saucepan over low heat and simmer,  stirring frequently until berries have softened.
  2. Add chia seeds and continue to cook while stirring until the mixture has reduced by about 1/3
  3. While stirring, sprinkle in the gelatine powder and stir until dissolved.
  4. Pour into a clean jar and allow to cool completely before covering and storing in the fridge.

Keto Strawberry Cheesecake Slice

Last week my 10 year old was begging me to make him a strawberry cheesecake and of course I wasn’t going to do that unless I could make one that I could eat too, so this simple but delicious low carb strawberry cheesecake recipe was born.

The chocolatey base is quite rich so you could probably halve the amount of cocoa powder in there or omit it all together if you’d prefer. I baked the base to make it more biscuit like so it would appeal more to my son but it would be perfectly fine left unbaked too. It’s up to you.



  • 100 g almond meal
  • 100 g desicated coconut
  • 1/4 cup sweetener (I used Natvia Baking)
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 125g salted butter melted


  • 250g  softened cream cheese
  • 150g strawberries, pureed
  • 1/2 cup sweetener ( I used Swerve Confectioners)
  • 1/2 cup thickened cream
  • 2 teaspoons gelatine


  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius and line a slice tray with baking paper
  2. Combine almond meal, coconut, sweetener, cocoa powder and melted butter in a bowl and mix well to combine.
  3. Press into slice tray and bake for 10 minutes, then allow to cool.
  4. In a large bowl, combine the cream cheese, cream, sweetener and strawberries and beats with an electric mixture until smooth.
  5. Dissolve the gelatine in approx 3 tablespoons of boiling water
  6. Mix the gelatine into the cheesecake mixture.
  7. Pour the cheesecake mixture onto the cooled base and refrigerate until set.
  • My Favourite Aioli

    After lots of experimenting and tweaking I think I’ve perfected my Aioli recipe and it’s so incredibly simple. Just follow the same one minute mayo method as I use for my Chipotle Aioli recipe

    The ingredients are:

    • 200ml Olive Oil
    • 1 egg
    • 10ml Lemon Juice
    • 5ml Dijon mustard
    • 5ml Apple Cider Vinegar
    • 2.5ml Sweetener of your choice
    • 2.5ml Garlic Powder
    • 2.5ml salt

    I like to emulsify the egg and oil on their own first then blend in the other ingredients. It’s seriously so easy. Hope you enjoy 😊