Fat head dough

Fat head dough is the name given to dough typically made with cheese and low-carb flour such as finely-ground almond meal or coconut flour. It can be a strange concept to wrap your brain around until you try it yourself. But I am here to tell you it works. And tastes amazing. The resulting dough is indeed low carb, and also very rich and tasty. You don’t need a lot of it to satisfy.

The term ‘fat head’ comes from the movie of the same name. It came out ten years ago and is a documentary which tries to challenge popular opinion and nutrition paradigms regarding the standard North-American diet.

Fat head dough is a popular recipe for many following a ketogenic lifesyle. I make it for myself when our family enjoys a pizza night and my four year old has proclaimed she likes it better than the ‘real’ pizza. How’s that for an endorsement?!

The basic recipe I use is adapted from the site Ditch the Carbs and makes a good size pizza which I cut into six slices. I top it will low-sugar tomato sauce, pepperoni and/or salami, mushrooms, peppers, olives, or whatever I have for pizza that particular day. Since there is so much cheese inside the crust itself, I often just sprinkle some Parmesan cheese on top or leave the top cheeseless.

Fat head dough can also be used for other savory dishes, and even for sweet baking. I have made fat head cinnamon rolls previously and recently made cinnamon cream cheese babka which was divine. It disappeared from my house within 24hrs of being made. It was so good! The recipe is from Keto Diet Channel and I can’t wait to make it again. I will note that the amount of butter the original recipe calls for is way too much. When I make it next I will cut the butter down quite a bit when mixing the cinnamon butter mixture. I also didn’t have any walnuts at home when I made it so I’m looking forward to adding those to my next attempt.

I also just found out a few restaurants locally are starting to offer fat head dough options. One location of Boston Pizza so far, and Pannizzaa. Haven’t tried but looking forward to having more options when out and about.

Do you like fat head dough? Have you made it or have a favorite method?

Dinner pic – egg roll in a bowl edition

Egg roll in a bowl.

No recipe per se. Sautéed mushrooms and onions with garlic, ginger, toasted sesame oil, soy sauce, and added ground pork and a bag of shredded veg with broccoli and cabbage (it’s marketed as a type of ‘coleslaw mix’). Added in Konjac rice, and topped with peanuts, green onion, and hot sauce. It was perfection.

This is the konjac rice product. It costs more than regular rice but I pick it up when on sale (usually online). I like it better than the NuPasta konjac long noodles.

Video talk on food addiction

Be the buzzkill: Food addiction is just as powerful as drug addiction. This video came up in my YouTube feed because I’m subscribed to YouGotThis aka Dr. Kathleen Hallinan. I encourage you to watch it if you relate at all to food addiction or having little control over food in your life.

The doctor talks about similarities between food addiction and her heroine-addicted patients. She talks about staying away from tiggers for the addictive behavior (incl. people and places). And she talks about denial. It’s a plain but powerful message. As someone who still struggles with food issues I found it hit home on a lot of points.

The point I found most interesting was discussion of the lack of social pressure to reform or heal from food addiction. I find a ketogenic lifestyle keeps me away from my triggers for the most part. And I’m learning so much about nutrition, my body, and my mind. I honestly believe sugar as persistent in our society is evil. But will I always do keto? I’m not sure. But right now it helps me fight my own battles.

Judgement and criticism

I’m sure I’m not alone in experiencing judgement, criticism, negative comments, and odd looks when some find out about my ketogenic lifestyle. Some people think it’s okay to care and comment on others’ diets. It likely stems from the same place judgement grows for other alternative lifestyles. Add to the situation that keto has been a hot topic in the media lately and is growing traction. More and more people out there know a little bit about keto and unfortunately that little bit can be negative or just wrong.

You could start by not explaining yourself at all. You don’t owe anyone an explanation of how you live or what you eat. If you’re in a situation where you feel the need to divulge some reason or info you could simply say you’re cutting out sugar, or cutting back carbs in your diet. Give limited information without adding any of your own commentary. I bet if you follow a ketogenic lifestyle for a while you will stop caring what others think. Thankfully, this is where I am for the most part and have my good results to rely on when others judge.

For those I’m closer with and feel would be open to some respectful discussion, I have gone into more details about my diet, why I decided to try it, and why I’m sticking with it. I talk about my unhealthy relationship with food including binging and hiding food, which was essentially an eating disorder. I had an addition with food and even found benefit in attending Overeaters Anonymous meetings. I’ve used the comparison that you wouldn’t say to someone with an addition to alcohol, “oh, just have a sip” or “one drink won’t kill you.” Same should go for someone in my situation but yet I have heard “just have a taste” or “treats like a cupcake or cookie are what [insert holiday or celebration] are all about!” Sometimes people honestly don’t realize how hurtful or triggering their comments can be to someone dealing with such issues.

Finally, if you get the nerve to just be brutally honest, you can give as good as you get. I don’t suggest being snarky but hold your ground. If someone says, “oh, I could never give up bread because it’s so good” tell them that no doubt, traditional bread, pasta, beer, etc. are delicious but your health is more important than a sub-set of delicious foods. There are plenty other delicious foods which you’ve found to not aggravate your inflammation, obesity, diabetes, depression, hormones, etc. If someone says flat out that keto is unhealthy then you could argue with them but I doubt it will be useful. Engaging with someone who who already has their mind made up or isn’t open to learning something is a waste of time. I’ve found it best to say something like, “we’ll have to agree to disagree,” and know they are as entitled to their opinion and behavior as you are to yours.

Now, I totally understand this judgement goes both ways. Search about keto online and there are countless articles, blogs, videos, etc. telling everyone that this is the the way to go. Do I personally think a low carb, high fat diet would help many, many people? Yes. But I’m not going to pew pew anyone for how they chose to live their life. I’m here if anyone wants resources, to chat, to learn about my experience, etc. But I’m not badgering anyone to adopt keto. It’s not ‘my way or the highway’!

We need more acceptance in this world. I don’t comment much in online forums, but I recently felt compelled to make a comment when I disagreed with something – from the great Dr. Berg no less. On a recent Instagram story, Dr. Berg recounted seeing a family in a restaurant when a mother gave a young child juice in a bottle. He urged people to not do this, and (this is what made me concerned) to step in and say something to any mother who gives their child high-sugar food so they could be educated about sugar’s negative effects. I commented and said something along the lines of: please do not encourage shaming mothers because everyone has bad days and moments. That juice might have been the only thing holding everything together that day. I’m a mom and know that sometimes the day, my kid’s behavior, or my sanity can be hanging by one small thread. And it’s not just mothers who have responsibility for nutrition and education in a family so don’t pick on us.

I hope Dr. Berg keeps his up with his teachings and more people do jump on the low sugar train. But please don’t publicly shame someone or get on your high horse to criticize if you see something you don’t agree with. Kids are given sugar everywhere including in schools. I argue that we’re all trying to do what’s best for ourselves and our families. It would be amazing to see advocates like Dr. Berg lobby government and industry to change their ways instead of shaming or attacking individuals just trying to live their lives. I’m hugely supportive of not giving kids sugar. But there are times I let my own children have a juicebox or even candy depending on the context because parents need to pick their battles carefully. Or they have rice or such if we’re dining with friends from a different cultural background and higher carb offerings are on the table. I hope public figures in the keto world understand this and use their publicity and knowledge to help us navigate our sugar-laden society better and advocate for bigger changes. Let’s not sink to the level of those who criticize us for following a ketogenic lifestyle. We can act better and smarter. Everyone: please be tolerant of others, lead by example, and petition for change in systems and regulations instead of wasting energy in comments sections or gossiping.