Why is there a whole head of lettuce on my plate?

So this week, when I should have been reading during reading week, I went on a road trip with a few of my favourite people to the mountains!

I told myself before I left that I didn’t want to have unreasonable expectations for myself when it came to eating on the trip. Obviously, I was going to treat myself a little bit being away and wanting to try some of the different and exciting foods other cities have to offer. That being said, I promised myself I would eat better than I usually do on vacations since I have spent the last while being devoted to the ketogenic lifestyle.

Accurate representation of how I usually am on trips:

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This trip, I did things a little bit differently. I definitely still ate a BeaverTail in Banff , but I also ate a LOT of caesar salads and ate healthier than I usually do when I am away. I tried to keep mostly everything keto friendly while keeping in mind that I was sharing groceries with 3 people who did not eat keto.  Now, I could have come on here and posted a photo of every caesar salad I ate, but instead, I have one  a little bit of a review for you.

I got a caesar salad for a starter at the Sky Bistro in Banff. Now, I am more of a Boston Pizza girl than a “There’s a separate menu for the expensive wines” kind of girl, but when in Banff, of course I wanted to eat at a restaurant ON TOP OF A MOUNTAIN! SO, this restaurant was fancy, like cloth napkin fancy, and this is the description for the caesar salad I ordered to start: 

Judging by the fact there are a few words in there I did not understand and some things I have never heard of in a caesar salad, I wasn’t sure what to expect. So, the salad arrives and it was literally just whole lettuce leaves on my plate with all of the other ingredients whole too! Apparently fancy restaurants mean you cut your own salad- or so I’ve been told. So, the caesar salad was good but definitely not like “wow this is the best salad I’ve ever had” amazing. A lot of that could be because it took me 45 minutes to eat it because I did not know how to go about eating it so I had to cut it and mix it first.

When I started writing this post and realized that I forgot to take a picture of the salad, I turned to google to find one. I searched “Sky Bistro caeser salad” and this was the first post that came up:

I guess I should have looked into the reviews more before I went?

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My learning project this week was less what I ate when I was away and more learning that it is okay to sit back and enjoy yourself when you are away- even when you are on a diet! 80% sticking to it and 20% treat yo self is still better than 100% treat yo self.

All in all, I’d say that I had a super successful trip and my meal at the Sky Bistro was one of the highlights even if I did have to cut my own salad hehe.

On a serious plus side, I was able to keep down my lettuce leaves on the Gondola ride down when my boyfriend kept rocking it purposely which was super not cool with me because it was a looooong way down.

If anyone has any questions, would like any advice on eating out when you’re on a diet, just want to know about eating better from restaurants, or have any thoughts on my journey,  feel free to comment below or tweet me @missjuliapapic  

I would LOVE to answer any questions anyone has about the ketogenic lifestyle or lifestyle changes in general.  Also looking for recommendations for my next post!

See you next week!

-Julia 🙂

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Your phone can do what?

“Every 6 months there’s a new tool out there that connects us in a new way”.  While watching the Wesch video, that is one of the things he said that really stuck out to me. Our world changes so fast and the biggest reason for that is technology. New technology that is the “fastest and greatest” is released and in a very short time it is not considered the newest and best anymore simply because our world and the “needs” of our world changes so incredibly fast.

To put it into perspective, I got my computer about a year and a half ago, it’s a MacBook Air, that’s what I knew. I was in Best Buy one day browsing and I was looking at the computer’s there. One of the sales people came up and struck a conversation with me and asked what computer I was currently using. “Oh I have a MacBook Air” and he then said “Oh what version” and I was like:

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I had NO idea that there were different types of MacBook Air’s, absolutely NO clue. After telling him that I got my computer almost 2 years ago, he went on to tell me how much they have changed in even a short time, and that I should definitely be sure to keep up with the software updates. In less than two years, my computer that I bought brand new was now considered old news. That is how fast technology changes and how it contributes to our ever changing world.

When I think about my future classroom, I think about internship and try to imagine how the teachers who had been teaching for thirty years evolved (or tried to) with the changing and inclusion of technology into schools. Going from teaching in a time when there was minimal technology, to a time when  a lot of schools make sure every student has an iPad or a computer at their disposal, one word that I think of is current. How important it is to stay current with the ever changing world and technology or it will leave you behind. I’ve seen this with my grandparents just as I’m sure lots of people have seen it with their parents, grandparents, etc. My grandpa still calls every cellphone a blueberry (???) After I had a BlackBerry about eight years ago. As a teacher,  the students in my classroom will almost always have the newest technology and gadgets, so it is so crucial to try to stay connected with the “new world” per say.

I think that the ability to harness technology is something that is often taken for granted. For schools in general, it means giving students the power to use technology while giving them the tools they need to use it responsibly. In order to capture the spirit of open, networked, and participatory communities in our learning environments, I think it is important to create a healthy mixture of on and offline participation in the learning environment. Teaching students to be a digital citizen while still teaching them to be a “world” citizen. Children now are sometimes missing the capability to have real life connections where there is not a computer or phone between them. Knowledge is power, and knowledge about technology usage and online participation is a tool that will never expire- and empower students to be responsible when online and when they have one of the most powerful tools in the palm of their hand.

BRB, going to make sure I know about the newest tech trends. Wait, is “BRB” even a thing anymore?

-Julia

Gram, gram, gram.

Personal Update: Cheat days are a debatable thing in the keto community. But, after much contemplation, I decided to take a cheat day this Saturday, and I will say it was GREAT. Here is why I liked having a cheat day: It gave me something to look forward to and stopped me from cheating on keto many times before. Thinking about and planning my cheat day was motivation to work my tushie off. That being said, I definitely wouldn’t recommend having a cheat day very often because it does take your body a few days to get back into ketosis, but, I plan on having one every 5-6 weeks which I think is totally doable. I ate ice cream and fries and loved every minute of it and felt no guilt about it! I am back on track after not very much difficulty and am still loving the keto lifestyle.

So last week I said that I was making it a goal to weigh all my food. My biggest struggle was weighing my salads because I generally just throw it all together. Here is why I decided I needed to weigh out all of my foods:

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I saw this photo a couple weeks ago online, and it got me thinking how many extra calories I eat because I eyeball my food and dressing instead of weighing or measuring.

So, my 4 minute salad I talked about in previous posts did turn into a 10 minute or so salad because I weighed everything. Here was my process!

Zeroing out your scale is so important and makes weighing and tracking food so much easier and a lot less messy!! Weigh everything as you go right in your bowl or on your dinner plate.

My finished product might look the same as the salad in my previous post but the quantity is a lot less! My final verdict is that eyeballing and weighing food really does make a huge difference! Continuing on with keto, I am going to make my best effort to weigh and track foods and avoiding those “hidden” calories!

This week, I am heading to the MOUNTAINS! Hey, its not sunny and tropical but its not Regina and I am SO excited for a get away! But, going away means a lot of eating out and temptation. I am going to try my best to stick to my keto diet during my time away which brings me to next weeks blog post: Eating Out on Keto!

Since I can’t end a post without a gif:

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I hope everyone has a relaxing and rejuvinating February break 🙂

See you next week!

Julia

Twitter Chat Newbie

On Tuesday night at 6pm, I participated in #edchat on Twitter. I have seen twitter chats before, and the format I have seen has always been multiple questions asked to which people tweet the answers with the hashtag associated with the Twitter chat. So, I had my TweetDeck ready to go, and right at 6, the tweets started coming in. This was the first question asked:

“How can we go from teacher based teaching to student based learning?”

So I tweeted, hashtagged and scrolled through and replied to some tweets that were being added to the hashtag while I waited for the next question… But, there was no next question. The way the #edchat runs, is the facilitator introduces a topic/question and the Twitter chat is just introducing your ideas and replying and sharing others ideas.

For the first 10 minutes this was me:

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But, have no fear, this was me after I realized it was one topic instead of a group of questions:

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I think one of the most obvious benefits of Twitter chats is the connections you make with fellow educators. Just from being online for an hour, I connected with so many people by retweeting, commenting, following and being followed back. I connected with people from all over the world and heard different opinions from varying viewpoints- definitely a beneficial event that gave me several things to wonder about.

I am looking forward to joining another Twitter chat, next time I want to try #saskedchat. I have heard lots about it but have not been able to tune in yet- but I plan to very soon!

Keep on tweeting, it really does have the power to spark crucial conversations.

 

Keto Grilled Cheese? Yes Please.

Personal update: My weight loss has stalled and I am actually starting to get super frustrated after a couple weeks of dropping really quickly and now I am just stalled. I almost let myself have a cheat day this weekend out of frustration but I held my ground and decided that this next week I will be making some changes to start seeing progress again.

This week my goal was to find a replacement for bread because I have been missing bread lately. I found this recipe for 90 second keto microwave bread. It was super simple to make. It took me about 5 minutes in total- a few minutes to toss the ingredients together and a few to cook it. Since I didn’t have a 4×4 microwavable container I just used a mug and it worked very well!

First, all I did was dump the ingredients as listed on the recipe into the mug and whisk it together.

This is what it looked like after I microwaved it. I was a little nervous about the texture so I decided to toast it and turn it into a grilled cheese.

I cut it in half, added cheese, and put some butter on the bottom of a pan.

The bread was getting really toasty but the cheese wasn’t melting because the bread was too think so I covered it with a plate to make the cheese melt faster.

The finished product! I eat a lot of egg salad just on its own without the bread because it is made from all keto friendly foods! I will definitely be making this 90 second bread again, but I plan on slicing it thinner and using it for 2 servings! Maybe I will make an egg salad sandwich next time.

KETO FAIL #1- I also made this “Egg Roll in a Bowl” recipe that is otherwise known as “Crackslaw” that everyone in the keto community RAVES about. Long story short, I think I did something terribly wrong because it did not taste at all like an egg roll and tasted more like plain taco beef with cabbage in a bowl.  No pictures because I’m an airhead and was more focused on getting the food to my stomach than the pictures to my phone. I challenge someone to try this recipe and let me know how it works so I know if it was just me who royally messed this up. #SOS.


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My goal for next week is to start weighing all of my food and recording it to the exact gram to see if that affects the scale at all. I also have to remind myself that the number on the scale is not the only factor. Its also about how you feel, how your clothes fit, and so much more! I am also terribly and awfully out of shape so I am going to start tossing in some at home workouts because exercise honestly heals my soul, so it is time to get my sweat on. Trying to stay positive on this journey and I will say that it makes it easier to be held accountable by this blog! Maybe the #learningproject might be the key to my success.

See y’all next week!!

 

Feelin’ Out Feedly

Lets just start this post off by saying the internet never ceases to  amaze me. Upon creating a Feedly I was a little bit skeptical, but after starting off slow I couldn’t believe what one search of “edtech” could get me. I created an “Edtech” feed and started saving anything that interested me with plans of reading everything I can when I miraculously found the time to read all of them. I found articles, resources, and more! I am definitely excited to explore Feedly more as this course goes on. There are countless ways that Feedly could be used in classrooms as well, such as searching for resources, finding articles for students, or searching for interests with students!

This is what my Feedly looks like at the moment:

I am looking forward to keep adding to my Feedly and seeing what all it has to offer!

I found this  post on Feedly. It is called “Freetech4teachers”. Their page has often missed free features useful to classrooms on commonly and uncommonly used online resources such as Google Classroom.  This is useful to teachers who are just getting into the technology world. Its nice to find somewhere that focusses on incorporating technology without spending a lot of money!

Another resource I found when searching “Edtech” that I added to my feed is this. It is different posts and uploads about Educational Technology and Mobile Learning.  Its topics range anywhere from free iPad apps to how to create educational posters to use in class.

There are LOADS of resources out there for teachers if you just know the right way to find them. Feedly is definitely a good way to decipher these resources and weed through the good, the bad, and the ugly.

I would highly recommend checking it out!