About Us

Welcome to CjsKetoKitchen

 

CJ and Sarah
CJ and Sarah

 

We are C.J. and Sarah and we are the founders and host for CjsKetoKitchen.  We live in the beautiful Pacific Northwest in Tacoma, Washington.  Our love for Keto started in August 2016 when Sarah decided to adopt the keto lifestyle as her way of eating, I did not join her with Keto until December 2016.

 

Mount Rainier at Sunset
Mount Rainier at Sunset or Local Volcano

In 2016 we both needed to lose weight, I had started my weight loss journey in December 2015, after I finally decided that I had spent enough time, energy and money trying to lose weight.  I started with a standard calorie counting, and exercise approach to losing weight and it did work well for a while. I lost probably 30 lbs. but then I hit a major plateau where I was stuck for several months.

Sarah 2016 - Motivation to Change Photo
Sarah 2016 – Motivation to Change Photo

Sarah’s journey began when I sent her a photo I had taken by chance on a trip to the ocean in July 2016, apparently, she didn’t like what she saw, and it motivated her to change.  We have both lost 75 – 100 lbs. and lost a considerable number of inches.  I have lost 8 inches from my waist going from size 48 pants down to size 40 pants.  Sarah has had even better results with Keto going from size 20 pants to size 4/6 pants.

We believe Keto/Low Carb can be lived as a lifestyle and not just a diet.  Keto has been one of the easiest diets that we have done.  The secret we discovered was the need for variety.  We try and provide you with a wide range of keto and low carb recipes.  We try and make recipes that are easy to prepare, with the idea that you can make a dish that the entire family will enjoy Keto or not.  We release new recipes every Sunday on YouTube and generally do 2 sweet and 2 savory recipes per month.  We also do holiday themed recipes to make sure that you can still enjoy special occasions such as Christmas and Thanksgiving but remain Keto.

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Frequently Asked Questions About CjsketoKitchen:

Question:  Why is it called “CjsKetoKitchen” when Sarah does all the work?

Answer:  When we originally started this journey CJ also was doing cooking videos and keto conversation videos solo.  I joined CJ much later. In fact, the idea behind the channel was to chronicle his weight loss journey, but also his journey to becoming a chef, and building a YouTube channel. As I became more involved, we considered changing the Domain Name but “SarahsKetoKitchen” was not available at the time.  We’ve talk about this a lot because we get asked this question over and over.  This is a partnership, and although Sarah is on camera cooking 95% of the time.  C.J.’s work includes filming the videos, doing all of the editing, managing the blog which includes uploading the recipes, calculating the macros and making the blog a place where you can get information. 

 

Question:  Does Sarah dress that way all the time?

Answer:  Yes and No.  Of course, when she sleeps, she is not dressed to the hilt (smile).  But generally, 98% of the time Sarah dresses very nicely and wears full makeup, just because that is how she is.

 

Question:  What kinds of recipes do you specialize in?

Answer:  We probably specialize in easy to make Keto/Low Carb Casseroles, but we also have lots of dessert recipes. We try and provide our audience with a wide range of keto and low carb recipes.  We try and make recipes that are easy to prepare, with the idea that you can make a dish that the entire family will enjoy Keto or not.  We release new recipes every Sunday on YouTube and generally do 2 sweet and 2 savory recipes per month.  We also do holiday themed recipes to make sure that you can still enjoy special occasions such as Christmas and Thanksgiving but remain Keto.

 

Question:  Why are your YouTube videos long versus the sped-up videos on YouTube; “I don’t have time to watch long videos”.

Answer:  When we prepare a recipe, our goal is to explain it in such a way that experienced and non-experienced cooks can have success making the recipes.  We realize that we probably could get more subscribers and greater views if we sped everything up with the recipes. However, that is not how we roll.  We understand that our style and content might not be for everyone, but that is fine there are a lot of keto cooking channels on YouTube and if we don’t resonate with you that’s fine.  We still wish everyone success on their Keto journey, and we try and provide options so that you can adopt Keto as a lifestyle.

 

Question:  Why does CJ not act more enthusiastic and excited when doing his taste test on YouTube; He does not seem very appreciative of Sarah’s Cooking

Answer:   All of the assumptions about C.J. being unappreciative of my cooking is totally wrong, not even close to reality!  He is very appreciative or my cooking and what I do.  Unfortunately for C.J. he is often misunderstood by people because he doesn’t show much emotions and that is pretty consistent on and off YouTube. We are total opposites personality wise, but we keep each other grounded and we both appreciate who the other person is.

Most people do not realize how much work C.J. does to make all of this possible.  He is our camera man, our video editor, our webmaster, our social media expert…people also don’t realize that when we film our videos that 99% of the time, he is just getting home from working all day, and is often exhausted mentally because of his job.  He never really wanted to do the taste test, that was something that came because people requested it on YouTube.  C.J. is one of the strongest, kindest men that I have ever met. Unfortunately, people see a small snippet of his personality and make snap judgments. You just do not know how hard he works to bring content to our channel and blog.