So I guess it all started at the end of 2015. I wasn’t feeling well. I had 0% energy, less than ZERO, -110% energy. I couldn’t wake up in the mornings, slept through the weekend, even fought to stay awake all afternoon at work. My migraines were becoming a daily hindrance but I couldn’t figure out what was wrong with me.
The end of the year Health Evaluation rolled through and my numbers where horrible. No one really explained them or told me what to do but they were so concerning they made me sign a wavier that I was going to see a doctor.
All this time I was eating what I considered a pretty healthy Standard American Diet (S.A.D.). I thought I was eating healthfully and doing my 45 minutes of exercise a day, if I was persistent enough it would eventually improve.
A few months passed, and on an off hand day, when my mother-in-law was visiting, she checked my fasting blood-sugar. It was 249. I didn’t know what that meant, but everyone in the house was alarmed, so I promised to make an appointment that week.
I went and my test results came back and my A1C was 8.4 (that is really bad), but the doctor didn’t seem alarmed at all. She put me on Metformin and that was pretty much it. I had high expectations but nothing really changed.
I was given a diagnosis of Poly-cystic Ovarian Syndrome. I wasn’t entirely surprised as I reviewed my memory for the signs as the doctor explained them. I had many of the signs: an inability to lose weight (no matter how little I ate or how much I exercised), hirsutism, amenorrhea/oligomenorrhea.
By this time it was April and I needed to figure out what to do so I googled Best Diet for Diabetics and I found DietDoctor.com and how LCHF has helped correct many of the symptoms.
At lunch, I started looking up Keto friendly foods and started cutting down on carbs. After work I bought my own Glucose Meter and started checking my blood sugar daily and that is how my journey began.
What is Ketogenic Diet?
In a nutshell, it’s Low Carb/Moderate Protein/High Fat.
In less of a nutshell, it’s about getting your body to burn fat as fuel by burning ketones instead of sugar.
The reality is that it’s not fat that makes us fat, it’s sugar that makes us fat. (I will provide more details on the mechanics here).
Basically, the diet consists of eating whole natural foods and avoiding chemical laden psuedo foods.
Is this diet right for me?
Everyone is different and I feel like this diet accounts for that. Because you calculate your “macros” (how many grams of carbs, protein and fats are right for you) tailored to your needs and goals this diet could be tailored to fit almost anyone.
This diet has helped people with inflammation, PCOS, diabetes, seizures and so much more.
I was never diagnosed diabetic but I’m sure I at least had Pre-Diabetes and Insulin Resistance. I also have PCOS (hirsutism, amenorrhea/oligomenorrhea, skin tags) of which the symptoms have greatly improved.
My Results (so far)
I’m not at my goal yet but the journey so far has taught me so much about myself and my body that I know I can make it with time.
My A1C went from 8.4 to 5.1 within 3 months. I have lost 70 pounds and 11 inches around the middle, plus many more in other areas. I have energy to chase my son and help with farm chores, once in a while ;). Above all I feel like I am in control of what I eat.
Helpful Articles, Videos and Links:
Books and Reference Materials:
- Keto Clarity: Your Definitive Guide to the Benefits of a Low-Carb, High-Fat Diet
- The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Living: An Expert Guide to Making the Life-Saving Benefits of Carbohydrate Restriction Sustainable and Enjoyable
- The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Performance
- Why We Get Fat: And What to Do About It
- Good Calories, Bad Calories: Fats, Carbs, and the Controversial Science of Diet and Health
Please note that I am not a medical or nutritional professional. I am simply recounting and sharing my own experiences on this blog. Nothing I express here should be taken as medical advice and you should consult with your doctor before starting any diet or exercise program. I expressly disclaim any and all liability of any kind with respect to any act or omission wholly or in part in reliance on anything contained in this website.