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In the early summer season of 2017, Alex and I have been standing within the kitchen making breakfast, our typical go-to of an enormous cast-iron skillet crammed with veggies and eggs, and Alex halfheartedly says “we should start a site called Cast Iron Keto.” Alex is like this, he has nice branding/enterprise concepts and I want we may create all of them. That time although, I knew I may make it occur. At the time, I owned a Paleo meals weblog known as Wicked Spatula that I based in 2011, 2012? What is time today? I had success with it and knew that I may take all the pieces I realized from that first website and create one thing even higher, one thing Alex and I have been each keen about, these issues being something associated to meals and the ketogenic weight loss program which we had been on for a couple of months whereas Alex was coaching for his first triathlon. 

We hit the bottom working, inside a couple of brief weeks we had thrown up a web site with a couple of recipes and we have been off. Cast Iron Keto grew shortly within the time earlier than TikTok and IG Reels dominated each publish you see on social media. We constructed an engaged viewers who supported us by sharing our work and we supported them by creating ingenious recipes that toed the road between wholesome and indulgent. We have been on a roll however then life began to occur, because it does. 

Between 2017 and summer season 2021 Alex completed up his second Bachelor’s diploma program then determined to come back on board with me to scale our companies, we based Healthful Creative – our content material company, we bought our first dwelling in TN, purchased an RV to journey full-time, wrote a cookbook, moved to Portland, OR, moved again to Asheville, NC in 2020 when the pandemic hit to be nearer to household, then lastly moved again to Portland a couple of months in the past after we realized it was actually dwelling.

We’ve been by way of numerous modifications the previous few years not even pertaining to the quite a few well being struggles that I've and am going by way of. Between autoimmune ailments, PCOS, a number of miscarriages, and too many ER journeys to depend over the previous few years, we knew that one thing needed to change. 

I’m at all times one to attempt to repair my weight loss program first, considering that all the pieces will fall into place if I simply land on the correct one for my physique. It went all-natural, Pescatarian, Paleo, then gluten-free, then Keto, then AIP, then this then that, and all the pieces in between. You’re determined once you really feel such as you’ll by no means be wholesome once more and also you don’t know why. Spoiler, well being is about a lot extra than simply meals or your physique dimension. I’ve felt higher at 260 kilos than I've at 170. True well being is tied to many alternative components and weight loss program is only one part of that. Don’t get me unsuitable, I really consider that meals is medication and we each actually consider, and there’s loads of analysis to again it up, {that a} Ketogenic leaning weight loss program free from processed meals is one of the best ways to eat for long run well being. However, the huge quantity of animal-based elements in most Keto recipes is solely not sustainable or wholesome, in our opinion. There’s additionally tons of analysis that reveals {that a} plant-based weight loss program is the perfect weight loss program for long-term well being. Again, you will discover a analysis research to again up an all chocolate chip cookie weight loss program in the event you actually wished to. I used to be and am uninterested in in search of the holy grail of the “perfect diet” to repair all of my points as a result of it merely doesn’t exist and if it did, there’s no telling if that very same manner of consuming will serve you for a yr, a month, or a decade as your physique, wants, and surroundings change. It’s not nearly meals. So the place did that go away us now that we believed that each a plant-based weight loss program and a Keto weight loss program have been the best choice for us however that there’s no one-size-fits-all to dietary decisions? 

In August of 2020 we determined to go plant-based for a couple of months, this was after months of debilitating abdomen points on my finish and a few excessive ldl cholesterol readings on Alex’s. Within a couple of brief days, the abdomen points that I’ve attributed to greens (particularly cruciferous ones) for years shockingly vanished all of the whereas consuming tons of cauliflower and broccoli. Over the following few months, Alex stayed the course however I added in a little bit of dairy once more and instantly bought very, very sick. I begrudgingly lower out dairy once more, bought to feeling higher, then added again in some rooster and fish and was sick another time. The conclusion is that consuming plant-based has nearly 100% mounted my digestive points. One’s I’ve handled since I used to be a baby. Alex’s ldl cholesterol was again to a wholesome vary inside a couple of months. So, with this newfound manner of consuming we have been left with the big elephant within the room query, what did that imply for Cast Iron Keto? 

It’s a bizarre factor to have your consuming habits and dietary decisions tied up in the way you make a residing. We’re so lucky to have labored during the last decade to make sure that we've a dependable supply of passive revenue by way of advert income however with out recent content material hitting the positioning, that may dry up shortly. We should proceed to create content material for this model to be sustainable. We are additionally lucky to have an excellent group of creators that work for us however the ROI isn’t there for outsourcing all content material. We additionally thought-about promoting as we did with my first website, Wicked Spatula, however we love this neighborhood, the story behind the model, and our mission. So, we landed on the one choice that feels true for us…

We’re excited to announce that transferring ahead Cast Iron Keto recipes will probably be 100% plant-based and keto-friendly! We know this will probably be a shock to a few of you which have come to know our content material as meat and dairy heavy. Our resolution to transition to a plant-based life-style is a private one and we’re not right here to attempt to persuade anybody that a technique of consuming is true for them. While we've at all times emphasised the significance of greens on a ketogenic weight loss program, in addition to the significance of sourcing humanely raised meats and sustainably sourced seafood, we consider a plant-based weight loss program is the perfect weight loss program for our our bodies and the planet. This is our opinion and we respect that quite a lot of you'll disagree. Do know that whereas we gained’t be sharing recipes with animal-based elements going ahead, you’ll nonetheless be capable to entry your favourite CIK recipes in our archive. We respect the huge variations in dietary wants and dietary beliefs and hope that you simply’ll proceed to stay round for all of the veggie goodness we’ll hold bringing your manner, even in the event you additionally serve it with a steak on the aspect.

Do know that this resolution was not one which we took flippantly. One reader on Facebook known as us “corporate sell-outs for plant-based propaganda companies”. First, how impolite, however second, we've truly canceled a number of contracts with animal-based product manufacturers over the previous yr if we weren’t capable of outsource that content material. This resolution has nothing to do with monetary achieve however the truth is that this website is at all times going to be a bit private until we develop so massive that we've a full-time employees (we don’t foresee that taking place and even actually want that) and sure, it's a enterprise that does must earn a living in order that Alex and I can assist ourselves and different creatives.

You might have seen that we additionally modified up our colours a bit and we’re excited concerning the new look. We have a full web site redesign scheduled for late subsequent yr with all types of nice options and we will’t anticipate that. In the meantime, I hope my Google diploma in internet design isn’t too horrid. 

Lastly, thanks for studying this far. This is by far essentially the most private replace we’ve ever shared right here however we consider that sharing our struggles, inspirations, failures, and all the conventional human life issues creates connections and brings us all nearer collectively. So thanks for being right here and we will’t anticipate CIK 2.0! 

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