My StoryFor years I've been a fatigued, sluggish, sleep deprived, and carb-craving, insomniac.
I began putting on weight after I got married in 2007, but weight has been a problem for me since my early 20s. I was your classic yo-yo dieter.
I lost a significant amount of weight after moving to Croatia in 2004, but not in the healthiest of ways. While I was definitely more physically active than before (walking, biking, climbing), I was a "grab-as-you-go" eater: eating fast-food, sandwiches, and bites of what I could fit in to my very busy schedule.
In 2006 I was told I had chronic fatigue, and because "I didn't believe in that" I felt the best way to conquer my "laziness" was through more physical activity.
3 years later, after hitting rock-bottom energy-wise and experiencing two miscarriages, I was told I had adrenal fatigue.
At that time I had my hemoglobin A1C tested. It was at 5.6%, and told that it was normal. I now know that I was right on the border of being pre-diabetic, but there wasn't a lot of talk about pre-diabetes at that point.
I took a round of powerful supplements that helped tremendously and began to feel great! By 2011 I had a newborn and a toddler and my energy had completely bottomed out.
I felt even worse than before.
And I was at my highest weight of 200 pounds
December 2011 - 200 lbs and ready to start 30 Day Shred
Over the next 5 years I tried multiple diets and exercise programs: such as Couch to 5 K, 30 Day Shred, and various low carb and elimination diets.
I began to have skin eruptions and stomach issues that resulted in gall bladder surgery in 2015.
I did lose 40 pounds during this time, but was having a lot of trouble maintaining it, because I couldn't seem to find one program that worked for me.
My Biggest Problem With DietsI think the #1 reason why I've had trouble sticking with any diets is because I find that the diet ends up consuming my whole life.
I am a work-at-home, part-time homeschooling mom of two and I run an online ministry.
In short, my life is very busy. And when I'm constantly thinking about meal-planning, and eating, I find it extremely hard to balance the diet and everything else that I need to do in a day.
Each time I found that I could do either-or, but I couldn't do both. And in frustration I'd just end up back where I started.
In February 2017, I stepped on the scales and once again found myself gaining, gaining, gaining.
I was exhausted, weak, and once again unable to exercise. All of my favorite clothes were growing tight, and just felt horrible!
It was then that I knew it was time for a change!
While cleaning house, I went on YouTube and began searching for a BBC documentary to watch.
And this is the video I landed on:
That video led to another and another. Then I started visiting websites, Facebook groups and by the end of the weekend, I was convinced that I needed to give it a try.
It didn't take long for me to begin seeing a change in my body, both structurally and health-wise.
I began by just doing a simple low-carb, high-fat diet, but quickly moved into a ketogenic way of eating.
February 19, 2017 - the first day of the Keto Lifestyle[/caption]
My Keto JourneyThe ketogenic diet is a more strict diet that typically restricts carbohydrate intake to 20 grams or less per day, increases fat to 70-75% of your caloric intake and keeps proteins at a moderate level of about 20% of your caloric intake.
The first week, while my body was adjusting, I experienced what is commonly called "keto flu", which included flu-like symptoms resulting from a rapid loss of water weight, electrolyte imbalance, and my body adjusting to the rapid decrease in carbohydrate intake.
It only took about 3-4 days for that to pass and afterward I had a regular increase of natural energy, but I also noticed that many of my chronic symptoms had disappeared.
Before starting the ketogenic diet, my migraines were growing more frequent and lasting longer. In fact, I was beginning to have migraines every 2-3 weeks, lasting up to 5-6 days at a time.
Keto Is SustainableOne thing I began to notice with the Ketogenic lifestyle is that over time I was less hungry after eating meals. At first I snacked a lot, not because I was hungry, but because I was still caught in a rut of emotional eating.
But after a while, I even stopped snacking and found that I was only hungry twice a day.
That is when I knew that the Ketogenic lifestle was totally sustainable for me!
I didn't spend a significant portion of my day meal-planning or thinking about food.
In fact, I rarely thought about food at all!
Intermittent FastingAround the 2-month mark I realized that was naturally going longer and longer between meals. By this time I was eating breakfast and my usual mid-day lunch around 3pm. After that, I would be in a fasted state for the next 15 - 18 hours.
As I began to research intermittent fasting, I began to realize that the health benefits were amazing.
In mid-April of 2017 I began doing an intermittent fasting experiment and have been tracking my findings and will publish them after one month.
After only 1 week of 18-hour intermittent fasting every day.
How the Ketogenic Lifestyle Has Helped MeI now have sustained energy through the day.
One of the symptoms of adrenal fatigue is a slump period mid-afternoon where one is forced to nap. I no longer hit that slump.
My migraines have completely stopped (so long as I stay properly hydrated and follow the Ketogenic way of eating).
My stomach issues I had after my gall-bladder surgery are gone.
My skin eruptions are gone
My carb-cravings are gone.
My weight is dropping.
My head is clear.
I genuinely feel great!!