I've struggled with weight my entire life. I was always the biggest kid growing up. Not necessarily fat, but bigger than everyone else. My nickname was Moose, and later I became known as "Big Mike,” and that's just who I was. So it was natural that I had to be "Big.” It's something I identified with — it's what everyone identified me with.
Despite that, I tried all kinds of diets and ways to lose weight but none of them ever worked long term. I'm a social person and to me “being social” usually including going out to eat and drink and usually it was greasy, carb loaded and bad for you. Plus, "Big Mike" having a salad? Diets didn’t simply didn't fit into "who I was.” Until I found the Ketogenic lifestyle.
The Ketogenic lifestyle made complete sense for me.
On Keto, I learned I could eat meat, bacon, butter, cheese, fish, chicken wings (baked, of course), avocado, and cream — so it wouldn’t seem like I was on a "diet," or depriving myself of certain foods. It was June then, perfect timing for BBQ season, so I decided to give it a shot.
The first few days were a little rough, but I stuck it out (thankfully). After about Day 3 I started to feel amazing, I was sleeping better, my mood was better, my skin was clearer, I had more energy, my mind wasn't foggy anymore, and I already started to feel lighter. I became obsessed.
I started researching Keto constantly and I came across guys like Drew Manning, (which is a great program to start on fit2fat2fit.com), Dr. Jason Fung (the obesity code, great great book), Dr. Dominic D'Agostino (Mr.Keto), Dr. Jeff Volek, Dr. Stephen Phinney, Dr. Timothy Noakes, www.ruled.me (great keto resource), Dr. Angela Poff, Dr. Andi, and so many more. I watched all the YouTube videos, listened to podcasts, and read every book I could find. As I said, I was obsessed!
I couldn't stop talking about keto. Plus, I was losing an average of 10 lbs per month in the beginning. I lost 100 lbs and felt the best I've ever felt in my life (I turned 40 and felt better than I did when I turned 20!).
Fast forward to The Keto Oven.
I’m a Real Estate Broker in Toronto. My wife Georgina was staying at home with our first child and started playing around with some Keto pizza and pasta recipes, along with Keto buns. Pizza, pasta and bread were the 3 things we missed most.
I should mention here that we both have a background in food: together, we have 25 years of experience managing restaurants, owning our own Healthy Restaurant and my wife is an amazing chef. So it was fun for us to experiment in the kitchen and share these creations with family and friends, and exciting when they kept asking for more.
One day, a family friend who owned a bakery for the last 40 years asked us for the recipe. Georgina and I looked at each other and knew we were onto something. Bam! The Keto Oven was born.
Now, you, me and everyone else living a Ketogenic lifestyle can enjoy a healthy, delicious, home cooked Keto pizza, pasta, entrées, and buns — without shopping for ingredients, and spending time in the kitchen to make it. Whether it's 2 pm or 2 am, simply take a frozen pizza (or entrée) out of the freezer and pop it in the oven for 10-12 minutes.
Something that was very important to us right from the beginning is that we use only quality ingredients, and we wouldn't make something that we wouldn't eat ourselves or feed to our children. Our foods are infused with MCT Oil, Apple Cider Vinegar, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Himalayan Pink Salts and have no added sugars or fillers and we use organic where possible. There are lots of Keto snacks on the market, but no "Keto" ready to eat, ready-made pizza, pasta, and bread substitutes. The Keto Oven is here to fill that need. We're Making Keto Easy!
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Have a Keto day :)
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