Looking Into the Future for a Child With Autism

As my son’s limitations became clearer, I found it harder every year
to write a vision statement for his I.E.P. Then he showed us how.

Keto Food List

Curious to Try the Keto Diet? Here’s Everything You Can and Cannot Eat

The keto diet has been one of the most talked-about health trends in the past year. The low-carb, high-fat diet induces a state of ketosis in your body, creating ketones that burn fat instead of the glucose converted from carbohydrates. In other words, the keto (short for ketogenic) diet forces your body to burn fat instead of sugar, which can lead to potential weight loss.
Just like any other diet, the keto diet has its pros and cons, and while it remains highly controversial among dietitians and nutritionists, some devotees have reported successful weight loss.
So which foods can you eat and which ones should you avoid? If you’re curious about trying the keto diet, read through for a helpful guide on everything you can and can’t eat.

Keto White Chicken Chili

This Keto White Chicken Chili is an amazing comfort food for the changing seasons. It’s filling, tasty and can easily be a crockpot/freezer meal!

Traveling is always a ton of fun, but there’s something so comforting about coming home to your own bed…and fridge.
Last week we went to visit my parents just a few hours away in Springfield. It was our 6 month old’s first mini road trip, and it went amazingly well.
I was a bit unsure because she tends to dislike cars, and doesn’t take a pacifier… so I was kind of bracing myself.
But guess what? She slept nearly the whole time!

It was such a relief and she continued to so well the entire trip.
We all had a fantastic time, ate delicious keto food, and went to an aquarium! Wonders of Wildlife, which just opened last month.
Real talk, I have been waiting for this place to open since I was a kid. Literally. It took FOREVER for them to finally build it.

It. Was. Incredible.
We went early on a rainy Sunday morning, before it had a chance to get crowded.
My absolute favorite part? The jellyfish. They were mesmerizing.

Since we have two kiddos no, we had even less time to sit down and eat. My husband and I have been more into Intermittent Fasting lately or, IF.
I started doing 16/8 which means 16 hour fast with an 8 hour eating window. You can read more about the benefits of IF here. During our trip, and a couple days before I naturally shifted into 20/4.
Doing IF during while traveling made things much easier. The kids had to eat frequently as usual, but my husband and I just waited until we got back to the hotel at night and had a feast! It was so much fun. Grocery store rotisserie chicken, Qdoba bowls, pickles, tons of almonds and wings out the wazoo.
As good as all that food was, it was still super nice to come home to our own fridge. No studying nutrition labels, or strategic food planning…just a bunch of food we’re used to that we know we can eat and enjoy.
Some time during the second half of our trip fall arrived. And it came HARD.
By the time we got back home it was COLD, going from highs in the 80s to lows in the 20s in just a few days.
Cold weather calls for warm meals. And chili is one of my favorite fall dishes.


Sometimes it’s hard for people to understand how you can enjoy chili without beans…but it’s easier than you might think!
Throwing in some extra chicken and veggies adds even more flavor.
This chili is made with shredded chicken, peppers and spicy pepper jack cheese.
It’s not as thick as traditional chili, but it’s loaded with flavor…and I promise you it’s filling!
You can even add one of my keto dinner rolls on the side. They taste like a wheat roll to me, and can be made in less than 15 minutes while the chili cooks.
All the extra fats in this white chicken chili will help keep you full without all the carbs that beans carry.
Here’s the nutrition info for a one cup serving:
Calories: 481
Total Carbs: 5g
Fiber: 1g
NET Carbs: 4g
Protein: 39g
Fat: 30g
This is also an excellent meal to make in the crockpot AND the perfect freezer meal.
To make in the crockpot just add all the ingredients except the heavy cream and cook for 4 hours on low, shred the chicken, return to the crock pot and stir in the heavy cream.
Just put it in a large freezer ziplock bag and when you’re ready to make it put it in a bowl of cold water to thaw it out.
Once it starts getting soft, put it in a large pot on the stove, add a little salt, and warm it up. As a bonus you can throw in some herbs like cilantro to help freshen up the dish.
This Keto white chicken chili is super easy to make and takes as little as 30 minutes in a pinch, or can be cooked low all day in a slow cooker.
Here’s how I made it!


5 from 22 review
This Keto White Chicken Chili is an amazing comfort food for the changing seasons. It’s filling, tasty and can easily be a crockpot/freezer meal!
  • Author: Hey Keto Mama
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 30
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 4


1 lb chicken
1.5 cups chicken broth
2 garlic cloves, finely minced
1 4.5oz can chopped green chiles
1 diced jalapeno
1 diced green pepper
1/4 cup diced onion
4 tbsp butter
1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
4 oz cream cheese
2 tsp cumin
1 tsp oregano
1/4 tsp cayenne (optional)
Salt and Pepper to taste


In large pot, season chicken with cumin, oregano, cayenne, salt and pepper
Sear both sides over medium heat until golden
Add broth to pot, cover and cook chicken for 15-20 minutes or until fully cooked
While chicken is cooking, melt butter in medium skillet
Add chiles, diced jalapeno, green pepper and onion to skillet and saute until veggies soften
Add minced garlic and saute additional 30 seconds and turn off heat, set aside
Once chicken is fully cooked, shred with fork and add back into broth
Add sauteed veggies to pot with chicken and broth and simmer for 10 minutes
In medium bowl, soften cream cheese in microwave until you can stir it (~20 sec)
Mix cream cheese with heavy whipping cream
Stirring quickly, add mixture into pot with chicken and veggies
Simmer additional 15 minutes
Serve with favorite toppings such as: pepper jack cheese, avocado slices, cilantro, sour cream


I did not add thickening agents to this chili such as xanthan gum so the liquid will be thinner but the amount of veggies and meat make it a hearty dish
I did not measure the amount it serves, I just separated it into 4 equal servings in bowls


  • Serving Size: 1 Cup
  • Calories: 481
  • Fat: 30g
  • Carbohydrates: 5g Total Carbs, 4g Net Carbs
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Protein: 39g

Cheesy Sausage Puffs (Keto & Low Carb)

I’m a little new to this low-carb thing, but in the short time that I’ve been trying to cut out sugar, I’ve realized how hard it is to have quick and easy snacks available. String cheese, nuts and boiled eggs have started to get old and boring, so it’s nice to have a few exciting on-the-go recipes that can last an entire week!
Cheesy Sausage Puffs Recipe | An easy low carb and keto recipe for on the go! They're perfect for breakfast and snacks through out the day. Easy Ketogenic Diet, Atkins and Diabetic Recipe for weight loss... low carb but full of flavor!! Instrupix.com

I stumbled upon this recipe over at KaseyTrenum.com, and now these cheesy sausage puffs are my favorite go-to low carb recipe. They are out-of-this-world delicious! I’m talking, little balls of heaven. They’re also pretty quick and easy which is a huge bonus in my book, and with the exception of the sausage, I usually have all of the ingredients on hand.
Easy low carb keto snack or breakfast idea! Cheesy Sausage Puffs | Instrupix.com

These little sausage puffs are incredibly hearty, so you only need 2 or 3 to satisfy your tummy. They’re absolutely delicious for breakfast or a mid-day snack.
Cheesy Sausage Puffs Recipe | An easy low carb and keto recipe for on the go! They're perfect for breakfast and snacks through out the day. Easy Ketogenic Diet, Atkins and Diabetic Recipe for weight loss... low carb but full of flavor!! Instrupix.com

Cheesy Sausage Puffs (The BEST Low Carb Keto Snack)
This quick and easy low carb keto recipe is delicious for breakfast or snacking throughout the day, and perfect for on the go!
Servings35 puffs
  • 1 pound Jimmy Dean Sausage, browned and drained (I like the hot variety)
  • 2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 4 eggs
  • 4.5 tbsp butter, melted and cooled
  • 2 tbsp sour cream
  • 1/3 cup coconut flour (heaping)
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder (optional, but I love garlic!)
  1. Melt the butter, and then place it in the refrigerator to cool for 5-10 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 375 degrees and line a large baking sheet with non-stick foil or parchment paper.
  3. Brown and drain the sausage, chopping it into small chunks; set aside.
  4. In a medium to large size bowl, combine the melted and cooled butter, eggs, sour cream, salt and garlic. Whisk together.
  5. Add the coconut flour (slightly more than 1/3 cup) and baking powder to the mixture and whisk until well combined.
  6. Stir in the browned sausage and cheese.
  7. Roll or drop batter into 1 inch balls onto your lined baking sheet. I make 35 and they fit perfectly (5 rows of 7). They only need to be about 1/2 inch apart.
  8. Bake for 14-18 minutes or until slightly browned. Enjoy immediately, and store any leftovers in the fridge for up to a week.
Recipe Notes
  • Although a little drier, 1/2 cup or more of coconut flour will give you more of a bread-like texture which is kind of nice when you haven’t had bread in ages! The 1/3 cup that the recipe calls for makes them super moist and hearty. It’s really just a personal preference.
  • I’ve had a lot of questions about using almond flour in place of the coconut flour. Although I haven’t tried it, you would need to triple or even quadruple the amount of almond flour, so plan on using a cup or more if you’re substituting.

Recipe from: Kasey Trenum 

Cheesy Sausage Puffs Recipe | An easy low carb and keto recipe idea for on the go! They're perfect for breakfast and snacks through out the day. Easy Ketogenic Diet, Atkins and Diabetic Recipe for weight loss... low carb but full of flavor!! Instrupix.com

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Cheesy Sausage Puffs | An easy low carb and keto recipe idea for on the go! They're perfect for breakfast and snacks through out the day. Easy Ketogenic Diet, Atkins and Diabetic Recipe for weight loss... low carb but full of flavor!! Instrupix.com

Little balls of cheesy, sausage heaven.


How Symptoms of ADD Change The Way You Feel and Think

3 Defining Features of ADHD That Everyone Overlooks

The textbook symptoms of ADD — inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity — fail to reflect several of its most powerful characteristics; the ones that shape your perceptions, emotions, and motivation. Here, Dr. William Dodson explains how to recognize and manage ADHD’s true defining features.
The DSM-V – the bible of psychiatric diagnosis – lists 18 diagnostic criteria for attention deficit disorder (ADHD or ADD). Clinicians use this to identify symptoms, insurance companies use it to determine coverage, and researchers use it to determine areas of worthwhile study.
The problem: These criteria only describe how ADHD affects children ages 6-12, and that has led to misdiagnosis, misunderstanding, and failed treatment for teens, adults, and the elderly.
Most people, clinicians included, have only a vague understanding of what ADHD means. They assume it equates to hyperactivity and poor focus, mostly in children. They are wrong.
When we step back and ask, “What does everyone with ADHD have in common, that people without ADHD don’t experience?” a different set of symptoms take shape.
From this perspective, three defining features of ADHD emerge that explain every aspect of the condition:
1. an interest-based nervous system
2. emotional hyperarousal
3. rejection sensitivity
[Self-Test: Could You Have Rejection Sensitive Dysphoria?]

1. Interest-Based ADHD Nervous System

What is an interest-based nervous system?
Despite its name, ADHD doesn’t actually cause a deficit of attention. It actually causes inconsistent attention that is only activated under certain circumstances.
People with ADHD often say they “get in the zone” or “hit a groove.” These are all ways of describing a state of hyperfocus – intense concentration on a particular task, during which the individual feels she can accomplish anything. In fact, she may become so intently focused that the adult with ADD may lose all sense of how much time has passed.
This state is not activated by a teacher’s assignment, or a boss’s request. It is only created by a momentary sense of interest, competition, novelty, or urgency created by a do-or-die deadline.
The ADHD nervous system is interest-based, rather than importance- or priority-based.
[Free Download: 3 Defining Features of ADHD That Everyone Overlooks]

How do I recognize an interest-based ADHD nervous system?

Clinicians often ask, “Can you pay attention?” And the answer is typically, “Sometimes.”
This is the wrong question. Parents, loved ones, and teachers answering it often express frustration because they have seen you hone in on something you enjoy – like video games – for hours, so your inability to conjure that same focus for other tasks and projects is interpreted as defiance or selfishness.
Instead, practitioners should ask, “Have you ever been able to get engaged and stay engaged?” Then, “Once you’re engaged, have you ever found something you couldn’t do?”
Anyone with ADHD will answer along these lines: “I have always been able to do anything I wanted so long as I could get engaged through interest, challenge, novelty, urgency, or passion.”
“I have never been able to make use of the three things that organize and motivate everyone else: importance, rewards, and consequences.”
[The Mystery of ADHD Motivation, Solved]

What can I do to manage an interest-based nervous system?

An effective ADHD management plan needs two parts:

  • medication to level the neurological playing field
  • a new set of rules that teach you how to get engaged on demand

Stimulant medications are very good at keeping people with ADHD from getting distracted once they are engaged, but they do not help you get engaged in the first place.
Most systems for planning and organization are built for neurotypical brains that use importance and time to spark motivation. Instead, you must create your own “owner’s manual” for sparking interest by focusing on how and when you do well, and creating those circumstances at the outset.
This work is highly personal, and will change over time. It can involve strategies like “body-doubling,” or asking another person to sit with you while you do work. Or “injecting interest” by transforming an otherwise boring task through imagination. For example, an anatomy student who is bored with studying can imagine she is learning the anatomy to save her idol’s life.
For more on the interest-based nervous system, read “Secrets of Your ADHD Brain.”

2. ADHD Emotional Hyperarousal

What is emotional hyperarousal?

Most people expect ADHD to create visible hyperactivity. This only occurs in 25% of children and 5% of adults. The rest experience an internal feeling of hyperarousal. When I ask people with ADHD to elaborate on it, they say:

  • “I’m always tense. I can never relax.”
  • “I can’t just sit there and watch a TV program with the rest of the family.”
  • “I can’t turn my brain and body off to go to sleep at night.”

People with ADHD have passionate thoughts and emotions that are more intense than those of the average person. Their highs are higher and their lows are lower. This means you may experience both happiness and criticism more powerfully than your peers and loved ones do.
Children with ADHD know they are “different,” which is rarely experienced as a good thing. They may develop low self-esteem because they realize they fail to get engaged and finish what they start, and because children make no distinction between what you do and who you are. Shame can become a dominant emotion into adulthood as harsh internal dialogues, or criticism from others, becomes ingrained.
[Self-Test: Could You Have Emotional Hyperarousal?]

How do I recognize emotional hyperarousal?

Clinicians are trained to recognize mood disorders, not the increased intensity of moods that comes with ADHD. Many people with ADHD are first misdiagnosed with a mood disorder. On average, an adult will see 2.3 clinicians and go through 6.6 antidepressant trials before being diagnosed with attention deficit disorder.
Mood disorders are characterized by moods that have taken on a life of their own, separate from the events of the person’s life, and often last for more than two weeks. Moods created by ADHD are almost always triggered by events and perceptions, and resolve very quickly. They are normal moods in every way except for their intensity.
Clinicians should ask, “When you are upset, do you often ‘get over it’ quickly?” “Do you feel like you can’t rid your brain of a certain thought or idea when you want to?”

What can I do to manage emotional hyperarousal?

To counteract feelings of shame and low self-esteem, people with ADHD need support from other individuals who believe they are a good or worthwhile person. This can be a parent, older sibling, teacher, coach, or even a kind neighbor. Anyone, as long as they think you are good, likeable, and capable – especially when things go wrong. This “cheerleader” must be sincere because people with ADHD are great lie detectors.
A cheerleader’s main message is, “I know you, you’re a good person. If anybody could have overcome these problems by hard work and just sheer ability, it would have been you. So what that tells me is that there’s something we don’t see that’s getting in your way and I want you to know I will be there with you all the way until we figure out what it is and we master that problem.”
The true key to fighting low self-esteem and shame is helping a person with ADHD figure out how to succeed with his unique nervous system. Then, the person with ADHD is not left alone with feelings of shame or blamed for falling short.

3. Rejection Sensitivity

What is rejection sensitivity?

Rejection sensitive dysphoria (RSD) is an intense vulnerability to the perception – not necessarily the reality – of being rejected, teased, or criticized by important people in your life. RSD causes extreme emotional pain that may also be triggered by a sense of failure, or falling short – failing to meet either your own high standards or others’ expectations.
It is a primitive reaction that people with ADHD often struggle to describe. They say, “I can’t find the words to tell you what it feels like, but I can hardly stand it.” Often, people experience RSD as physical pain, like they’ve been stabbed or struck right in the center of their chest.
Often, this intense emotional reaction is hidden from other people. People experiencing it don’t want to talk about it because of the shame they feel over their lack of control, or because they don’t want people to know about this intense vulnerability.

How do I recognize rejection sensitivity?

The question that can help identify RSD is, “For your entire life, have you always been much more sensitive than other people you know to rejection, teasing, criticism, or your own perception that you have failed?”
When a person internalizes the emotional response of RSD, it can look like sudden development of a mood disorder. He or she may be saddled with a reputation as a “head case” who needs to be “talked off the ledge.” When the emotional response of RSD is externalized, it can look like a flash of rage. Half of people who are mandated by courts to receive anger-management training had previously unrecognized ADHD.
Some people avoid rejection by becoming people pleasers. Others just opt out altogether, and choose not to try because making any effort is so anxiety-provoking.

What can I do to manage rejection sensitivity?

98-99% of adolescents and adults with ADHD acknowledge experiencing RSD. For 30%, RSD is the most impairing aspect of their ADHD, in part because it does not respond to therapy.
Alpha-agonist medications, like guanfacine and clonidine, can help treat it. Only about one in three people experience relief from either medication, but 60% experience robust benefits when both are tried. When successfully treated, people with RSD report feeling “at peace,” or like they have “emotional armor.” They still see the same things happening that would have previously wounded them, but now it bounces off without injury. They also report that, rather than three or four simultaneous thoughts, they now have just one thought at a time

Woman with ADHD Has Powerful Message for the Mom Who “Drugged” Her

Are you a parent who has struggled with the decision to give your child medication for ADHD?
I am and it’s a hard decision to make. So much of the time, parenting feels like you’re just winging everything. You research. You listen. You ask for advice. You trust your gut, take a deep breath, and hope you’re making good decisions — that your child will be okay.
My daughter took medication for mild ADHD when she was in the fourth and fifth grade. I reached the decision to medicate after talking to doctors and educators, reading, and hoping I was making the right call. No matter how much information we arm ourselves with, when making these difficult decisions for our kids, we always wonder if we’re doing things right, while bracing ourselves for comments from those who tell us we’re doing it wrong.
If ADHD has touched your life in any way, you need to check out the online community How to ADHD. There’s a Facebook page and a YouTube channel that offer a dynamic toolbox containing help on navigating life with ADHD.
The Facebook message posted by actress, writer, and YouTube personality, Jessica McCabe captioned “To My Mom, Who Drugged Me” has been shared more thank 3K times and the video version on YouTube has been viewed nearly 60K times.

The message is spreading like wildfire for one reason: ADHD impacts people. Regular people. Maybe you.
If you’re an adult who has ADHD (or if you think you might), then you need to read this, or watch this (or both). If you are a parent who has chosen to give your child medication for ADHD, you really need to read this, or watch this (or both). From one parent who has been there to another, this perspective from the other side might help you. At the very least, the message and comments will assure you that you’re not in this alone.

When we first read the words “to my mom who drugged me,” we imagine all kinds of terrible things. We simmer down when we see it’s an ADHD page, but then brace ourselves to read criticism from an adult who was medicated for ADHD as a child, expecting a “How could you do this to me!” rant.

Why French Kids Don't Have ADHD

French children don’t need medications to control their behavior.

In the United States, at least 9 percent of school-aged children have been diagnosed with ADHD, and are taking pharmaceutical medications. In France, the percentage of kids diagnosed and medicated for ADHD is less than .5 percent. How has the epidemic of ADHD—firmly established in the U.S.—almost completely passed over children in France?
Is ADHD a biological-neurological disorder? Surprisingly, the answer to this question depends on whether you live in France or in the U.S. In the United States, child psychiatrists consider ADHD to be a biological disorder with biological causes. The preferred treatment is also biological—psycho stimulant medications such as Ritalin and Adderall.
French child psychiatrists, on the other hand, view ADHD as a medical condition that has psycho-social and situational causes. Instead of treating children’s focusing and behavioral problems with drugs, French doctors prefer to look for the underlying issue that is causing the child distress—not in the child’s brain but in the child’s social context. They then choose to treat the underlying social context problem with psychotherapy or family counseling. This is a very different way of seeing things from the American tendency to attribute all symptoms to a biological dysfunction such as a chemical imbalance in the child’s brain.
French child psychiatrists don’t use the same system of classification of childhood emotional problems as American psychiatrists. They do not use the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders or DSM. According to Sociologist Manuel Vallee, the French Federation of Psychiatrydeveloped an alternative classification system as a resistance to the influence of the DSM-3. This alternative was the CFTMEA (Classification Française des Troubles Mentaux de L’Enfant et de L’Adolescent), first released in 1983, and updated in 1988 and 2000. The focus of CFTMEA is on identifying and addressing the underlying psychosocial causes of children’s symptoms, not on finding the best pharmacological bandaids with which to mask symptoms.
To the extent that French clinicians are successful at finding and repairing what has gone awry in the child’s social context, fewer children qualify for the ADHD diagnosis. Moreover, the definition of ADHD is not as broad as in the American system, which, in my view, tends to “pathologize” much of what is normal childhood behavior. The DSM specifically does not consider underlying causes. It thus leads clinicians to give the ADHD diagnosis to a much larger number of symptomatic children, while also encouraging them to treat those children with pharmaceuticals.
The French holistic, psychosocial approach also allows for considering nutritional causes for ADHD-type symptoms—specifically the fact that the behavior of some children is worsened after eating foods with artificial colors, certain preservatives, and/or allergens. Clinicians who work with troubled children in this country—not to mention parents of many ADHD kids—are well aware that dietary interventions can sometimes help a child’s problem. In the U.S., the strict focus on pharmaceutical treatment of ADHD, however, encourages clinicians to ignore the influence of dietary factors on children’s behavior.
And then, of course, there are the vastly different philosophies of child-rearing in the U.S. and France. These divergent philosophies could account for why French children are generally better-behaved than their American counterparts. Pamela Druckerman highlights the divergent parenting styles in her recent book, Bringing up Bébé. I believe her insights are relevant to a discussion of why French children are not diagnosed with ADHD in anything like the numbers we are seeing in the U.S.
From the time their children are born, French parents provide them with a firm cadre—the word means “frame” or “structure.” Children are not allowed, for example, to snack whenever they want. Mealtimes are at four specific times of the day. French children learn to wait patiently for meals, rather than eating snack foods whenever they feel like it. French babies, too, are expected to conform to limits set by parents and not by their crying selves. French parents let their babies “cry it out” (for no more than a few minutes of course) if they are not sleeping through the night at the age of four months.
French parents, Druckerman observes, love their children just as much as American parents. They give them piano lessons, take them to sportspractice, and encourage them to make the most of their talents. But French parents have a different philosophy of discipline. Consistently enforced limits, in the French view, make children feel safe and secure. Clear limits, they believe, actually make a child feel happier and safer—something that is congruent with my own experience as both a therapist and a parent. Finally, French parents believe that hearing the word “no” rescues children from the “tyranny of their own desires.” And spanking, when used judiciously, is not considered child abuse in France. (Author’s note: I am not personally in favor of spanking children).
As a therapist who works with children, it makes perfect sense to me that French children don’t need medications to control their behavior because they learn self-control early in their lives. The children grow up in families in which the rules are well-understood, and a clear family hierarchy is firmly in place. In French families, as Druckerman describes them, parents are firmly in charge of their kids—instead of the American family style, in which the situation is all too often vice versa.

What the Pain of Trigeminal Neuralgia Feels Like

The Monster in My Face: What the Pain of Trigeminal Neuralgia Feels Like

I am a big-time lover of everything scary. Scary movies, haunted houses, going to get the mail in my PJs, you know…scary. I still remember watching scary movies with my best friend Rachel when we were little girls. We would huddle up together in one chair, our eyes closed through most of the movie and our arms latched together.
Several years ago I sat watching a scary movie with my spouse and a thought came into my mind. If you are a horror movie fan, perhaps you have wondered the same at some point. There was a scene in the movie that was so horrible I had to turn away. One of the characters in the movie was being tortured. They were screaming and thrashing and eventually they passed out from the severe pain they were enduring. As I watched this movie, I couldn’t help but wonder, what would that kind of pain feel like?
I of course would never want to experience such pain as being tortured, but couldn’t help to wonder what is the worst pain a person can feel? I had worked in emergency medicine for years and had seen people in severe pain, but still I wondered how severe pain could really become. This was just a fleeting thought as I watched the movie. What I didn’t know at that moment was that one day, I would get to find out.
Up until that point in my life, I had already struggled with my own moments of severe pain. I have several chronic illnesses and have experienced horrible pain from them, as well as the countless procedures I have endured. Pain was not something I was new to by any means.

Things People With Chronic Pain Want You to Learn

It was about two and a half years ago when I was first introduced to the monster in my face. I was asleep when suddenly I woke to the most extreme pain to the side of my head. I sat up in bed and thought, “What is happening?” The pain was like nothing I had ever felt before. It went from my left ear down into my mouth and teeth and back up through the top of my face on the left side. It was a constant pain I would describe as burning, electric, throbbing and sharp. You can think about the worst headache you have ever had and multiple that pain by a million. It almost felt as though someone was using a taser on my face over and over while stabbing me with a hot poker. It was absolutely excruciatingly and it wasn’t stopping.


Colcannon is an Irish mashed potato dish mixed with greens and sometimes cabbage. I’ve also seen it with bacon, and most often topped with a knob of butter. This low-carb mashed swap uses cauliflower, which I have to say is really darn good!
Great as a side dish with pork tenderloin, corned beef, or any type of roast.
Creamy Cauliflower Mash with Kale (Low-Carb Colcannon)
Servings: 4 • Size: 3/4 cup • Points +: 3 • Smart Points: 2
Calories: 112 • Fat: 5  • Saturated Fat: 3 g • Carb: 16 g • Fiber: 6 g • Protein: 6 g
Sugar: 3 g • Sodium: 78 mg • Cholesterol: 11 mg

  • (6 cups) 1 large head cauliflower, cut up into florets
  • 4 teaspoons unsalted butter
  • 3 cups chopped kale
  • 4 cloves crushed garlic
  • 2 chopped scallions
  • 1/3 cup fat free milk
  • kosher salt and pepper to taste

Boil the cauliflower: Put the cauliflower in a medium pot and cover with cold water by at least an inch. Add salt, and bring to a boil. Cook, covered until fork tender. 6 to 8 minutes. Drain in a colander (reserving some liquid if needed).

In the same pot, melt 1 teaspoon butter medium high heat and add the garlic and scallions, cook 30 seconds, add the kale, 1/4 tsp salt, cover and cook until wilted, 6 to 7 minutes.

In a blender, puree the cauliflower with milk, transfer to the pot with the greens and add 2 teaspoons butter, 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper, keep warm. To serve, transfer to a bowl and top with remaining teaspoon butter

Keto Bacon Cheeseburger Casserole

Dreamy cheesy keto bacon cheeseburger casserole, doesn’t that conjure up a taste sensation for tonight?
Scroll below and watch the quick cooking video to see how easy the recipe is to throw together while your oven is warming up.
Quick recipe for keto bacon cheeseburger casserole. Now with a NEW cooking video. Grain free, low carb and gluten free slice of cheesy heaven. | ditchthecarbs.com


The superb thing about this recipe, is that while you are waiting for your oven to heat to the required temperature, you will have prepared the quick and easy keto bacon cheeseburger casserole. Simply pop it in the oven.
Bake for 15 minutes until the cheese is golden and crispy.
I love to serve this dish with a huge side salad and homemade 1 minute mayo. What would you serve it with? Leave a comment below.

This recipe is so simple, it has to be seen to be believed. I have even thrown it all together and omitted the first step of browning and cooking the beef first. Yes, that’s right. I mixed the raw beef, onion, garlic and cream cheese together, placed it in the casserole dish, continued with my cheats cheese sauce and the rest of the recipe.
If you cook the beef first, the bacon cheeseburger casserole only requires 15 minutes of cooking for the sauce and cheese to bake, but if you are using raw beef, cook for 40 minutes to ensure all the meat is thoroughly cooked through the centre of the casserole dish.

To make economical use of a warm oven, I always cook some extras at the same time. How about these little recipes that you can make while the bacon cheeseburger casserole is cooking?

  • coconut flour choc chip cookies
  • mini cheese loaves for lunch boxes
  • keto chocolate brownie
  • 3 seed loaf for breakfast
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Keto Bacon Cheeseburger Casserole

A family friendly easy recipe for keto bacon cheeseburger casserole. Yes, you read that right. Heaven on a plate. Your kids will guarantee to love this, the only thing missing is the bun and the soda – perfect!
 Course Dinner
 Prep Time 10 minutes
 Cook Time 15 minutes
 Total Time 25 minutes
 Calories 613 kcal


Beef Layer

  • 1 onion quartered and sliced
  • 1 clove garlic crushed
  • 750 g ground/mince beef
  • 60 g cream cheese full fat
  • 3 slices bacon diced
  • salt/pepper to taste

Cheats Cheese Sauce

  • 3 eggs – medium
  • 125 ml heavy cream
  • 100 g shredded/grated cheese
  • 2 tbsp mustard
  • 2 gherkins/pickles sliced
  • salt/pepper to taste
  • 50 g shredded/grated cheese to sprinkle over
Metric grams – US measurements


Beef Layer

  1. Fry the bacon pieces until cooked then remove and set aside.
  2. Fry the onion, garlic and beef until thoroughly cooked. Add salt and pepper to taste, stir through the cream cheese.
  3. Pour the beef layer into the baking dish. Sprinkle the bacon pieces over.

Cheats Cheese Sauce

  1. Mix the eggs, cream, shredded/grated cheese, mustard, salt and pepper together. Pour the cheese sauce over the beef and bacon.
  2. Place slices of gherkins/pickles all over the top then cover with the remanning shredded/grated cheese.
  3. Bake at 180C/350F for 15 minutes until the cheese is golden and crispy. Serve with salad and 1 minute mayonnaise.
Nutrition Facts
Keto Bacon Cheeseburger Casserole
Amount Per Serving
Calories 613Calories from Fat 459
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 51g78%
Total Carbohydrates 3g1%
Sugars 1g
Protein 33g66%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.