What’s the first thing that comes to mind when I say … Thanksgiving: I think of pumpkin pie. Christmas: I think of Christmas cookies and eggnog. Valentine’s Day: Do you think chocolate? Birthdays: Do you think of cake and ice cream? State Fair: This annual event is synonymous with deepfried cheese curds, corn dogs, and deep-fried Twinkies! They all bring up images of food! Even when our children learn to go on the potty as toddlers, we reward them with food.

Micah always asked for kale chips, but still, food was his reward. I hear all the time from parents who are frustrated when their kids’ Little League team goes out for ice cream after every game. One of my clients sent me a picture of the giant bag of Skittles that her type 1 diabetic second grader was given for scoring 100 percent on her math test! I love to create beautiful food. I enjoy being in the kitchen on a rainy day.

(If it’s nice out, I prefer to be outside on my bicycle or kayak!) I’m not one to meditate on a mat with my eyes closed. I like to think of my cooking and baking time as mindful meditation. Some healthcare clinics and counselors are using cooking or baking as a therapy tool for people suffering from depression, anxiety, and other mental health problems.

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Sounds crazy, right? But cooking soothes stress, builds selfesteem, and helps curb negative self-talk by focusing the mind on following a recipe. If it were up to Craig, I would make meatloaf cake instead of my Death by Chocolate Cheesecake (here) for birthdays, but I love dessert. Having keto treats at home helps me say no to a slice of cake at a party.


If I never let myself have a treat like keto ice cream (I always have some on hand), I wouldn’t be able to say no to sugar-filled treats. Allowing myself keto indulgences ensures that I never feel deprived. And with the recipes in this book, you will never feel deprived, either! Whether your old favorite comfort foods were sugary desserts or carb-laden bowls of pasta, I’ve got you covered. Enjoy!


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