Welcome to my blog! I enjoy sharing my ketogenic experience, meal creations, and knowledge. I’m inspired by the movement of keto, and the low carb lifestyle.
This is a place where you can come and gather recipes and ideas. I hope you feel like you can relate to me while venturing through life and eating mindfully!
Before & After 20mo on Ketogenic Diet
I had my share of unhealthy eating, weight gain, malnutrition, hormone complications and fatigue. So much so, that I developed an autoimmune disease called Hidradenitis Suppurativa (acne inversa). The only treatment dermatologists provided was lancing and routine antibiotics, which was not an answer to me. This disease affects 1 out of 3 individuals and is very common, debilitating and embarrassing.
Aside from my autoimmune disease, I remember seeing my body in window reflections and thinking, “is that really how big I am?”. It may not have looked as terrible as I felt about it, but what I saw did not reflect how I felt, or even how I thought I looked. Regularly, I had forced myself pep talks just to go to social events, and I had some serious body-loathing thoughts. I wouldn’t feel comfortable in clothes and would wind up on the bedroom floor crying over what to wear because my clothes stopped fitting. I gained roughly 65lbs over the course of 7 years, and I had no idea how to fix it. I wanted to be healthy and feel good about my weight and skin.
My choice to continue to eat unhealthily was a rejection to the love and nourishment my body deserved.
I knew my solution was to change my diet. I came across the Autoimmune Paleo Diet (a restrictive diet that allows you to introduce one food group at a time to see which group produced ailments in relation to autoimmune diseases) but it seemed far-fetched for a french fry-lover, to where I would probably give up easily. I wasn’t skilled at cooking or knowledgeable about nutrition and counting grams. In the end, I wasn’t confident that I could commit to something so drastic. Well, my very dear friend and I were talking about my idea of starting this restrictive diet, and she told me about the Ketogenic Diet and how easy it has been for her to revive her energy levels and lose inches without enormous effort, and that some individuals with an autoimmune disease have decreased ailments or completely prevented symptoms. You don’t have to be a great cook, or a nutritionist to excel on the keto diet.
So, I did a lot of research. I wanted to make sure this lifestyle was safe, because a “bacon & cheese diet” doesn’t make sense… well I learned quickly, that’s not really keto. I found amazing resources and took some notes, I followed some recipes and learned what made my body feel good. After 6 months of trying different dishes and accounting for each bite, I was down 25lbs. I only had HS break outs when I ate something with starch, sugar or grain. I still have breakouts sometimes during weeks of complete stress, but I’m able to manage my stress better with some mental clarity. I think the hardest part for me was dining out, you never truly know what is in the food — so I stuck to basics and asked a lot of questions. It’s a little uncomfortable at first asking all these nutrition questions, but if I didn’t ask, I wouldn’t know and I would unknowingly create more bad habits. Since starting Keto, my family has also joined and together we’re striving for a healthier lifestyle. Intermittent Fasting is also a big game-changer for me, and I urge you to learn about it here. It really coincides well with a keto or low-carb diet!
Thanks for taking the time to read my story, I hope that you find my blog inspirational. I wish you all the best in your journey and I’m here for any questions or thoughts you’d like to share! I post a lot of my creations on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter so feel free to follow me there!