This week we get up close and personal with Keto expert and health food extraordinaire, Syeda Rubab Rizvi. It all started a few months ago when I had tried my hand at Keto and came across Keto Fix. I spent hours in the kitchen making my own meals and then decided to take some load off my shoulders. I started a one meal a day plan with Keto Fix and not only has it made my life easier, but revolutionized the way I see food.
So to understand The Keto Life a little better, I asked Rubab to explain to us in a nutshell was Ketosis really is.
What is the state of Ketosis and how is it achieved?
Ketosis is a state when your body produces ketones in the liver. It’s the state in which the body shifts its metabolism away from glucose and towards fat utilization! In simple words, ketosis is when your body uses its own fat to fuel itself rather than using the glucose in the body. Ketosis can be achieved by minimizing the carb intake, keeping protein intake in check and consuming high fat.
What inspired you to get on the Keto diet and how much difference has it made?
The no-sugar-no-wheat diet really appeals to me as excess wheat gives me bloating. Initially, I started Keto to discipline myself mainly and it did help along with the glowing skin and weight loss! In any diet, limiting your carb intake really does make a positive difference. For me personally I’ve been very energetic than before, my allergies have gotten better, and of course the weight loss.
We’ve heard some mixed reviews about negative effects of Keto, could you shed some light on them?
Everything has its pros and cons. What might work for one may not be as effective for the other. I always recommend my clients to take on a minimum of two weeks package to understand if this diet would be suitable for them. Where it might not be the ideal lifestyle for heart patients, it is perfect for individuals with diabetes (stables blood pressure and ensuring a drop in triglycerides and an increase in healthy HDL cholesterol). However, with all other lifestyle choices, one must do their research before they make any change in their lifestyle!
What advice would you give to someone starting out on their own?
There’s nothing that you can’t do yourself. With the right research, understanding and dedication Keto is definitely a practice for all! However, I’d advice everyone to count your daily macros and follow your body, listen to it & love it!
How did you get the idea to start Keto Fix? Has cooking always been a passion of yours?
I’ve always loved cooking! From my earliest memories of childhood cookouts with family to taming my teenage angst in the kitchen! I’ve always come back to it.
Keto Fix was actually a very small idea initially. I got on Keto myself and started researching on it. It was actually quite an interesting experience for me, understanding the biological aspect of it & the technicalities.
As the understanding developed I started cooking for myself and for a very dear cousin who was kind enough to be my guinea pig. Then through word of mouth as more people started reaching out, it expanded exponentially.
Since Keto requires one to be completely sugar free, how do you aid to people’s sweet cravings?
Being completely sugar free is one of the main prerequisite of getting into the fat loss state i.e. being in Ketosis. After the initial few days of starting Keto the sugar cravings do hit in, however for those days we have a wide range of Keto desserts- luckily 90% dark cocoa is allowed, cream and much more! Once you get on the Keto lifestyle there’s a Keto option to most of our desserts! I feel that’s one of the reasons why it’s a sustainable lifestyle for many.
Mouthwatering delights: Tempting treats by Mahena
Tempting Treats by Mahena is a home based food caterer who has been in this business for the last 10 years. Now back with a bang after a well earned break, we bring to your tables the latest and international cuisines to tantalize your tastebuds. And for all of you out there on a Keto diet – don’t you worry, they have you covered! They can make treats for you by keeping all the macros and calories counted and measured to a tee. Don’t forget to check out their Instagram and Facebook page!
1. Keto Granola
Crunchy, nutty clusters of wholesome goodness. It can be eaten in a handful and it’s equally delicious if you top it with some greek yogurt, almond milk, coconut milk, and a handful of berries.
2. Thai Green Curry with red chillies topped with fresh basil and spring onions.
3. Burmese Khowsuey
Noodles covered in creamy Coconut Chicken Curry and served with a variety of crunch and spicy toppings.
4. Keto Pizza
Those of you who can’t have carbs because of Keto, don’t you worry we have you covered with our delicious Keto Pizza!
5. Chocolate Buttercream Cake
Adorned with macarons, fresh flowers and fondant accents, customized just the way you like it!
Dervish (The Food Souq) – Our Summer Go-To place
This perfect outdoor spot with an amazing ambiance, Sufi music and mouthwatering food & drinks from 5 different restaurant is located at Barki Road Lahore. The one of a kind place that’s actually an incubation hub for food startups was opened up in February 2017 and since then it has been a success story and an idea that has been copied by many.
Dervish – The Food Souq is your everyday go to place with family, friends or just by yourself. The serenity that’s created by greens, lights and music will just make you fall in love with this outdoor concept.
Dervish – The Food Souq offers a great variety of scrumptious food n drinks. You can order up from a complete range of Bbq from “Kababchi”, Desi specialities and Tawa treats from “Thela”, Charcoal Grilled Burger/Sandwiches, Pizza and Fast Food from “The Backstreet Kitchen”, Pan Asian cuisine from “Dragon Bowl” and a variety of Teas n Qehwas from “Shai-Al-Haqiqi”.
The core idea behind the food at
Dervish –The Food Souq is serving all different age groups with the kind of food they like according to the weather and their mood.
If you want to enjoy your food under the starry sky with soulful Sufi music in background, this place is a must visit for all!
BBQ from KABABCHI has kababs (chicken, mutton, beef), chicken pieces, tikka boti, achari boti, malai boti, mutton chops, and grilled fish (seasonal/winters only). The complete variety of bbq is marinated in aromatic signature spices and is cooked to a juicy perfection for an unforgettable burst of flavors!
DESI specialities from THELA include, Karahis (mutton & chicken), Handis (boneless chicken). The Special Karahis have desi ghee and butter added to them for an extra rich aroma and flavor, that’s finger-licking good. Hands down to their palak paneer and daal makhni, that’s the best in town. The Thaali comprising of daal gosht with rice and palak paneer, served with achaar is also a treat for desi food lovers.
TAWA treat from THELA are also not to be missed. Chicken tawa pieces with a spicy yet super flavorful gravy, topped off with green chilies and lemons is an all-time favorite. They also have mutton chops, brain masala, takka taks (gurda/kapoora/maghaz/qeema), kabab masala (chicken, mutton, beef), dum ka qeema (chicken).
All of the Bbq goodness and desi as well as tawa treats are served with naan/roti of your choice from the exclusive tandoor, using top quality flour.
BURGERS and SANDWICHES from THE BACKSTREET KITCHEN are a must have. Made with their signature marinations for beef n chicken, cooked on charcoal grill and assembled using their secret sauces packed full of flavor, these burgers and sandwiches are to die for.
PIZZAS from THE BACKSTREET KITCHEN are another treat to be enjoyed. Available in Thin crust (10”) and Deep pan (7”, 10”, 13”) pizzas, you can choose from a variety of flavors, including vegetarian options as well.
THE BACKSTREET KITCHEN also serves chat-patti Chaats, crispy fried chicken, zinger burger, chapli kakbab burger, Anda Shmai burger, a few options for kids meals, and seasonal/winters only fish ‘n’ chips, fish fingers and the most scrumptious fillet o fish burger in town.
PAN ASIAN cuisine by DRAGON BOWL has a range of Chinese, Thai and Japanese specialities. They serve a variety of piping hot soups, appetizers including honey chili/siracha wings and tempuras (chicken, fish and prawn), a variety of rice and noodles, chicken, beef and sea food mains. You can opt for single serving and get it customized by choosing your favorite rice or noodles as base with any of the chicken, beef, seafood gravy or you can order up the family serving. Every serving is made to order by using fresh vegetables, proteins and signature sauces. Authentic Pan Asian food to tickle your taste buds and send you on a memorable journey of flavors.
At DERVISH – The Food Souq, apart from the regular carbonate beverages you can choose from a variety of refreshing drink as well.
• Meethi and Namkeen Lassi by Thela.
• Mint Margarita, Lemonade, Fresh Lime, Mojita and Pina Colada by The Backstreet Kitchen.
• Dragon Beer, Lemon Beer, Mint Beer and Pineapple Beer by Dragon Bowl.
TEA, QEHWAS and GULAB JAMUNS by SHAI AL HAQIQI are just perfect to enjoy in any weather. The teas are made using pure fresh milk n premium quality tea leaves, cooked upto 25 – 30 minutes for an unmatchable flavour anywhere in Lahore. Qehwas are light and aromatic with a hint of cardamom. Gulab Jamuns from Sharaqpur need no introduction. They are just a perfect ending to a scrumptious meal.
Happy Eating Folks
Easy – Coming Not That Easy
So this place now I know is better then a lot of places we already knew in K-Town , it has Ambience , Color , perfect interior , and most importantly very very very GOOD FOOD !
Easy by Fatso is definitely a star place to-go-to every time you are in Karachi and definitely a very much everyday breakfast casual lunch , dinner and Donut Heaven for all the Karachi people.
Easy was established in July 2018 and is the brainchild of Maha Jawed who is the chef and partner.
Easy focuses on hearty comfort food and doughnuts and has become very popular in a very short time.
The core idea behind the food at Easy is nostalgia with modern flavours and basic foods like hotdogs and pizzas are made with Maha Jawed’s unique spin on it.
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