What Is Sharketo

That’s simple….it’s keto with Shar in front of it…but it’s so much more than that.

I started the keto lifestyle on April 17th, 2017 with the hopes of losing a few pounds and I went all out- I started watching YouTube videos and doing research and trying to figure out what I could eat and what I needed to do.

I joined Facebook groups to get valuable information from people doing keto and that is where Sharketo was born- I got so many conflicted opinions that it almost made me just give up and go back to killing myself slowly…then I decided to take keto and make it MINE.

Everyone is different and the exact plan usually won’t work for the same two people and I understand that…I got tired of people telling others what THEY could eat and what they couldn’t and if you didn’t agree with specific people 100%, then they would be snobbish and try to tell you that you weren’t doing keto…but that is their opinion.

Keto is pretty simple – the ketogenic diet is a high fat, adequate protein, low carbohydrate diet that forces your body to burn fat instead for energy.

With that said, it can also get really, really complicated and that could scare people away…throw the rude know it all’s in there and some people may give up…well, those people can come over and do Sharketo with me! You don’t have to do keto perfectly to do Sharketo…you just have to make better changes through research and adapting to what works well for you until you eventually find that sweet spot.

Sharketo is basically keto….only with a learning curve! You don’t have to be perfect when you start Sharketo and you can screw up and make mistakes and even eat the wrong thing and no one is going to yell at you.

My wife and I made huge changes and we still needed some things that “keto elitists” describe as “no-nos” or “chemical shitstorms” and that is because these folks don’t understand that if you do a complete change, overnight, it’s probably not going to stick. I am NOT telling you to go out and eat all the sugar alcohols or eating process food is good for you….I’m saying that if you need that stuff to make the change easier…to slow into it and make long last changes- then go for it!

So…we cut our carbs way down but we still eat some Atkins bars that may contain specific alternative sugars that cause your insulin to spike and YES…that may stall your weight loss but, at first, it’s fine and you adapt and change as you learn more and figure out what works best for you.

Sharketo is keto…without the assholes.

Love, Peace and Sharkyness
~~~~~shArky~~~~~

May 15, 2017 - Recipes    No Comments

Sharkos

Miss tacos on the keto diet? We’ll…you don’t have to!!!

There is a better “taco” out there! My wife saw this idea on Pinterest and then we added some stuff here and some stuff there and came up with Sharkos! Don’t just eat boring ol’ taco’s anymore….

So, basically, these are just taco shells made out of cheese!!!

The first time we made these, we did the same process only we used provolone round slices- overlay the slices a bit so that the two circles form a bigger oval, cook…hang and boom! I think we all agreed that using the provolone was better (than the cheese we used last night)- the taste was a little better but it seems to have a lot less grease and stayed together a little better.

Last night we used a Mexican blend with cheddar and nacho cheese but you can use any type of shredded cheese for this! I think we may even try shredded mozzarella and then use a little red sauce with some pepperonis, hamburger, olives, peppers, onions and make pizza Sharkos!

There isn’t really much of a recipe for the Sharkos…you just use ¼ cup of cheese and make a circle on the pan and cook for 7 minutes or so, at 350 degrees. The cheese melts, gets all bubbly and a little brown on the edges and then you take them out and hang them over something that will form them into shells.

The wife cut squares of parchment paper for each Sharko which helps when you “hang” them. Once they form the shells, you can just slip the paper out. We used clothes hangers to hang them up and then a pan to catch the grease as it drained off.

It worked perfectly!

While your shells are cooking, you fry up some crumbled hamburger, like you would with normal taco meat. I’m not going to go into detail because I’m not a chief- if you don’t know how to fry taco meat, then Google it J (even I can do it though, so it’s not that hard.)

We had a hard time finding a pre-made taco seasoning that didn’t have a ton of carbs, so my amazing wife came up with her own!

Sharkette’s Internationally Famous Low Carb Sharko Seasoning

1 tbsp Chili Powder
1.5 tsp Ground Cumin
.25 tsp Garlic Powder
.25 tsp Onion Powder
1 tsp Black Pepper
1 tsp Sea Salt

This makes 8 servings-

5 Calories
.9g Carbs
.2g Fat
.2g Protein

You mix all that in with your hamburger and cook it up.

Then you build your Sharko with the hamburger, lettuce, sour cream, taco sauce and you can even sprinkle some more cheese on top for a little cheese on cheese action!

These things are amazing!!!!

Of course, remember….anytime you are removing carbs from a recipe, there is a good chance you are adding calories because you usually use cheese or almond flour and low carb things seem to be higher in calories. (side note- if they are removing fat, they are usually adding sugar.)

Here is the breakdown –

757 Calories
4.3g Carbs
60.7g Fat
47g Protein

That is for 3 tacos with hamburger, shredded lettuce, sour cream and some cheese.

They are pretty filling, taste amazing and the calories aren’t terrible….especially if you are doing intermitted fasting. The MACROS are 2C/73F/25P which is almost PERFECT keto MACROS!

If we reviewed these for our Fintastic or Nah section, they would definitely be FINTASTIC!!!

Love, Peace and Sharkyness
~~~~~shArky~~~~~

PS… Yes, I’m aware there are no pics of the finished Sharkos… I literally attacked them before I remember to take a pic…. That ARE that good!!! 

May 15, 2017 - Fintastic or Nah    No Comments

Bacon Jerky

You guys every seen Bacon Jerky??? Some favorite foods on keto is bacon…and jerky….and now, it’s TOGETHER!!!

Time for another Fintastic or Nah?

We were looking for some decent jerky to snack on, which isn’t as easy as it seems because most jerky has sugar and a little more carbs than I’m willing to waste. I’m staying around 15-20 for the day, so giving up 8 on a few pieces of jerky just isn’t worth it…however, we found this stuff and it has 2.5g carbs for half of the bag (which isn’t exactly full) but it seemed like a decent snack for the wife and I, while we were out shopping.

This stuff is made by Jack Links and claims to be 100% Real Bacon and that is basically what it is!

It’s basically a bag of bacon but not amazing bacon…sort of bacon that you cooked a few days ago and left in the fridge and it lost it’s crispiness and some of it wasn’t cooked long enough and it was more “fatty” pieces as well. We weren’t really sure why it was considered “jerky” and not just a bag’o’bacon.

The taste wasn’t great (like I said…old bacon) but it wasn’t terrible, because…HEY…it’s still bacon!

The other problem is the serving size…2.5 servings, who the hell wants half of a serving of old bacon? If you are splitting this as a snack, it throws everything off because you are actually getting 1.25 servings. It’s pretty easy to scan into MyFitnessPal and just change the serving size to 1.25 to see what you are really getting but that is beside the point…make servings sizes EVEN!

SO…here is the breakdown of 1.25 serving-

150 Calories
2.5g Carbs
10g Fat
13.8g Protein

This doesn’t exactly fit into keto MACROS- for this, they are 6C/58F/36P which is way off- you would need to add a cheese stick or something to up the fat grams and even things out.

On top of that, it just wasn’t much food for the MACROS.

Add the fact that it wasn’t great, doesn’t fit into keto MACROS very well, and was about $4 for the bag, which was less than half of the way full, it’s not looking great.

So- Fintastic or Nah?

A big fat NAH! It wasn’t even close!! The only good thing about this stuff is that it’s still bacon and even a small amount of highly overpriced, old, undercooked bacon is still, technically bacon.

Love, Peace and Sharkyness
~~~~~shArky~~~~~

One Month

Today is ONE MONTH since stating keto….so let’s break it down!

Week 1 – lost 12.2 lbs.
Week 2 – lost 4.8 lbs.
Week 3 – lost 5.0 lbs.
Week 4 – gained 2 lbs.

Total lost – 20 lbs.

I’ve dropped 20 lbs. in a month and, honestly, I haven’t really done much exercise. I did morning fasted cardio last week but didn’t do it this morning because I was just wore out and slept late. I have been walking 3 days every weekday for a total of 2.5-3 miles and I’ve been playing basketball with my son for about 30-60 minutes- almost nightly.

That huge weight loss the first week was mostly water weight and my body adapting to such a huge change- we literally went from eating hundreds of carbs per day to about 15, overnight.

This 2 lbs. weight gain was almost expected- your body has to sort of level out AND we have already slipped a little.

We haven’t had any cheat days and the highest my carb intake has gotten is around 25g (20g NET) so I haven’t went over carbs yet and, based on the pee strips, I haven’t gone out of ketosis yet…however, we’ve slipped on the snacking, high calorie meals and going over in calories and fat.

Losing weight with keto isn’t just about carbs and, if someone tells you that, I truly feel they are wrong.

You have to find a balance with your MACROS and calorie intake- I was due a week of no loss or even a gain and add that with the slacking and boom….2 lbs. gained.

It’s all good though…I’m not complaining; I’m still way ahead of where I wanted to be- I feel great and still enjoying the food.

With one month down, it is time to change things up a bit though….less “fancy” meals and back to more basic stuff. Less snacking throughout the day…less of the sugar free candy/bars, etc and adding the exercise. All of that combined should get me back to showing a loss for a few weeks.

I’ve been wanting to add exercise the last few weeks and either just flaked on it or thought maybe I should wait until my first initial weight loss slowed so I could “flip the script” and that time is now!

The other change is that we started taking Fish Oil and I’m almost out of my GNC Mega Men multivitamin, so I’m going to switch it up and start taking ALIVE for Men, at the recommendation of YouTuber – Goody Beats.

I’m not expecting to drop another 20 lbs. in this 2nd month but I am shooting for 10 lbs.

The scale is my constant battle right now and the plan is to not weigh again until June 17th (2 month)…it will be a struggle but I think it will help focus me.

Hope everyone else is killing it!

Love, Peace and Sharkyness
~~~~shArky~~~~

May 12, 2017 - Fintastic or Nah    No Comments

Quest Protein BBQ Chips

I see a ton of folks on YouTube doing food reviews and, sometimes, it makes me want to punch them.

You will see them setting there, opening up a product and then eating/drinking it and you get to just set there and watch them chew or swallow- usually shaking their head up and down and making stupid looking faces like their taste buds are putting on a show. I usually skip to the middle so I don’t have to watch that crap.

I don’t think people want to watch you eat or drink….they just want to know about the product and what you thought of it- there is no need to video that, unless, it’s for a weird food eating fetish porn site…but then again, they probably don’t really care about the MACROS though.

So….since the wife and I are trying some new things and changing everything about the way we eat, I wanted to review some of the new stuff we are trying.

First up- Quest Protein Chips! (bag looks rough because we rolled them up and tried them at two different times…to be scientific and shit.) 

This is the ONE thing I’ve actually been missing, hitting up the store for a big of chips…we just can’t find a good replacement. I saw someone talking about this and I had really high hopes. I did some researching and found that our small town Wal-Mart actually carried them and there is a reason why we never found them- they are in the weight loss pill section of the pharmacy!

I have no interest in weight loss pills so I don’t really go into that area much…I figured chips would be with chips…but NOOOOOO!

We also found some Atkins “candy bars” which I’ll do a review of later.

We picked up BBQ flavor and Sour Cream and Onion- we’ve only tried the BBQ so I’ll break this up into two reviews.

The first thing I noticed was the $3 price tag and this wasn’t a full sized bag of chips, it’s one of those little bags like you get in the checkout lane; the little $1 bags of Lays…1 1/8th oz or 32 grams. Don’t be deceived…the bag is barely full so I can tell you now, unless they taste like chips dipped in solid gold, they are overpriced for me.

The bag says there is 21g of protein and only 2g net carbs with 4g fat so the keto MACROs aren’t there either…but they are soy and gluten free! (woohoo!) The bag also says that these are “chips, evolved!”…they claim to “completely change the chip game” and that “Quest has finally made a delicious, crispy chip that lets you #CrunchClean.”

Well…now I’m pumped up!!! They done changed the chip game playa!!!

We popped the bag open and they smelled amazing! They look like Lay’s Baked Chips but, sadly, they do not taste like them…nor do they taste even close to a potato chip.

At first, they taste like eating crunchy air covered in BBQ sprinkles…then they have the feel of wet thin cardboard, like the back of a notebook…not that I’ve ever eaten that. Then they have a bad, chemical type after taste.

We ate a couple to get the full feel and flavor and quickly realized, not only were they already almost gone but there were only a few “chips” on top and the rest were really small crumbles.

This could just be the way the bag was handled during shipping/stocking, etc…maybe the chips got crumbled but there were seriously only 5-6 actual chips.

We honestly ended up throwing the rest away- Quest hasn’t changed the chip game; they didn’t even make it to the playoffs- these things are terrible and way overpriced.

Fintastic or nah?

These are differently – NAH!

Don’t waste your money on these things and if you are someone who likes them- you may need to make a DR appointment because your taste buds have a terrible disease.

I’ll write up a little review for the Sour Cream and Onion once we try them, but after this bag I’m tempted to just throw them away.

Love, Peace and Sharkyness
~~~~~shArky~~~~~