My journey to taking control of my health started 3 years ago. I visited a physician that is known to help people lose weight. Following a strict diet of no sugar and very low carbs and a combination of drugs I was able to lose 30+ pounds in a few months. I felt better and my sugar levels which were starting to climb above normal went down. For about 2 years I maintained my new weight. However, once I started to add sugar and carbs, I began to gain weight and my lab tests began to border on abnormal once again. Fast forward to June 23 of this year when I happen to see a Facebook post from a blogger talking about the KETO Diet. On that Facebook Live post, Jodi Nishida was explaining the reason a KETO Diet is a good answer for so many of us with excess weight and declining health.
As a retired RN that worked with dialysis patients, I definitely understood the danger of excess weight and abnormal lab values. As with most of us, denial is an easy way to copewith these issues. That is not going to fix the problem and so I read and watched Jodi’s video about KETO Lifestyle and how one can truly make a positive improvement in their health by following a KETO diet and use of exogenous ketones can make drastic improvements. I loved that I could message Jodi and ask specific questions that she may not have covered in her quick posts. Her explanations on changing from a sugar burner to a fat burner resonated with me. Having her as a resource is a confidence builder. The Carb Manager App on my iPhone helped in the beginning to aid me in figuring out the macro’s intake, but once I found a balance I rarely use it. Jodi’s knowledge and explanation of the how and why Ketosis is good for us made me realize just how important it was to embrace this new life style.
I have had success with the Ketones as well as the diet. Unfortunately, I did not take measurements but know that I have lost 20 pounds to date but look skinnier than that! I haven’t really delved into too many KETO recipes except for a few desserts (which I can’t stand the sugar substitutes). Since I am not a coffee drinker and really don’t drink sweeten drinks – I didn’t have to change my liquid choices. Primarily have not eaten carbs like bread or wheat products, cereals and grains including rice since the end of June. Fortunately, I don’t miss it and continue to eat simple meals and add avocado and cheese to my daily intake. The MCT oils seem helpful but can’t really say. My lab numbers are normal except for my cholesterol bu it did go down 20 points. The hardest is to drink enough water.
Besides having my clothes fit loosely, I enjoy better mental clarity and increased energy I take half a packet of Ketone drink (Raspberry Lemonade) in the morning and the other half in the late afternoon. My improved awareness of how carbs and sugar affect our bodies is a blessing and a curse. I look around and see so many people who need this information so they too can have a healthier and better life and sometimes offer unsolicited advice. I am happy that I have the tools and resources I need to continue to support my ongoing KETO Lifestyle.