Food. Fanfare. Football. Oh my!

Another reason for more food teasin’. When does it end?!
And adding insult to injury we are resigned to sitting on the couch while watching others living out one of the defining peak-health moments of their lives?! Crikes!! Put me in coach!! I want to play!


Okay… I’m being a tad dramatic. But you know there is truth to this. We are either in the game or on the sidelines… of our own life!

We SHIFTers are players. We are doers. We are seekers and action takers. And we know how to enjoy the big game while continuing to optimize our health. We fortify (with fat!) and forge ahead. But what about the other fans in the stands or on your living room couch? Well… they’ll be faced with the following: Triple bread sandwiches piled sky high. Pizzas super-sized and deep fried. Chips of corn, potato, or other “healthier” (wink) organic origin. Giant soft pretzels, wheat tortillas, and bread bites. The food orgy buffet will be all about the big C. And it’s broken down form, Glucose. And then the hormone of carbohydrate consequence… Insulin. The silent guest at every party and the invisible presence in every body. Most of those not on the team… the SHIFT Team.think the great health compromiser is the fat. It’s the extra cheese on the pizza and the oil in the chips and the mayo on the sandwich and the butter on the bread. We know this just isn’t so. And then there are the low fat-ers, the organics, the scorekeepers and the martyrs reaching for the raw veggies, quinoa crackers, and whole grain pasta salad. No thank you!

We SHIFTers, the ‘knowers’, will go to the big game and we will bring our own stash. Yup. I’ve been known, in the early days of my shift, to show up to a classy country club party with my little baggie of ‘fat’ which I’d discreetly chow down on between dance sets. But for a Super Bowl party, we can walk right up to the buffet bringing a spotlight stealing dip and dessert that even the ‘others’ will rave about. It happens every time. Why do the ‘others’ end up eating our goodies too? Because we don’t skimp on the flavorful fat. In fact, we heap it on! Take a look at the dip and the dessert below. Both are simple and satisfying. And they work every time. The best part though, is that you won’t be left out of the food fanfare. You can eat while both enjoying and knowing you are not compromising your efforts. In fact, you are continuing your journey to chronic health… waist whittling, ‘what-the-what!’ energizing, and health issue unraveling. And if (and you know it will) someone side-tilts their head, smirks and asks the question we all get asked which spoken many different ways translates to the same “What the hell? You know you’re crazy, right?” You can simply reply, “Date the carbohydrate. Marry the fat”. Nuff said. Walk away. Let them think you really are crazy.

SHIFT Super Bowl Dip

They’ll be scratching their heads wondering why you look so good while they’re counting calories and controlling portion sizes and grappling with their “all things in moderation” mantra that just isn’t working out for them. They’ll be thinking, “How can you possibly be losing weight eating that?!”

Cheesy Artichoke and Spinach Dip, Topping, or Casserole

FP : CB (Values are for the entire batch, not individual serving)

Butter 22 FP : 0 CB
Garlic 0 FP : 2 CB
Spinach 0 FP : 10 CB
Artichoke 0 FP : 12 CB
Cream Cheese 72 FP : 13 CB
Parmesan 14 FP : 2 CB
Mozzarella 7 FP : 1 CB
Sour Cream 8 FP : 3 CB
Mayo 11 FP : 1 CB
134 FP : 43 CB
3 FP : 1 CB (Dip falls within ketogenic range. Score!)

We use this recipe for:

a) Dipping with bacon chips, Beanito Brand Chips, Pork Rinds, Celery, Raw Cauli
b) Topping for roasted green vegetables
c) Casserole-ing for baked shiratake noodles/zoodles-n-cheese/cauli-fauxtatoes


In large skillet over medium heat:

2 TBSP butter
2 TBSP minced garlic

add and cook 1 ½ cup spinach (chopped)
then add 2 cups or 2 cans artichoke hearts (chopped)
Transfer skillet to 9-inch baking dish.

Lower heat and add to skillet to melt:
1 package cream cheese (8oz)
1/2 cup Parmesan (shredded or shaved)
1 cup Mozzarella (shredded)

Pour melted and mixed cheeses over artichoke and combine.

Now add the
3 TBSP sour cream
1 TBSP mayo
dash of salt, pepper and paprika.

Stir well and top with more parmesan.
Bake 20 – 25 minutes at 375 til browned and bubbling.

SHIFT Super Bowl Chocolate Swirl Cheesecake


2-3 tbsp butter
1/2 cup pecans (finely chopped)


2 packages (8oz each) cream cheese, room temp. softened
1/2 cup (or less!) truvia
2 tsp vanilla
4 eggs


4 2-in squares of dark chocolate or Lily’s Brand
2 TBSP coconut oil
Melt together in small microwave safe dish

Oven 300. Butter bottom and sides of 9 1/2 in. spring form pan.
Coat bottom of pan with butter then sprinkle pan bottom with chopped pecans, working into the butter.
Electric mixer beat cream cheese, truvia, and vanilla.
Then eggs one at a time.
Pour batter over nuts in the pan.
Pour chocolate in center and use a knife to swirl it throughout.
Bake 60 -70 mins. Clean fork test.
Cool before removing from pan. Chill 2 hrs. before serving.

Yields 12 servings.
Each slice approximately 10 g. fat, 6 g. protein, 7 g. carbohydrate.

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