Why I Went Keto

 Photo by:  Edgar Castrejon

Photo by: Edgar Castrejon

In my “Where I’ve Been” post, I mentioned how my health was all over the place and how my priorities were not aligned. I always thought I was putting my health first but I really wasn’t. Because if I was, I wouldn’t be anxiously awaiting my blood work results for weeks and booking various appointments from different doctors to see what the hell was wrong with me.

I had mentioned in that post that I was having major PMS and menstrual issues. I was also constantly bloated, depressed, and my hormones were completely out of whack. I knew I had to make a drastic change in my diet and lifestyle otherwise I was en route to some truly complicated issues.

This fire that was lit under me wasn’t going away. I felt desperate and eager, willing to do whatever I had to do to make my health my top priority. I vowed on September 26, 2018, I was going to do whatever I had to do to get better for me and my future. I used to think I was this invincible being, could get away with late nights, eat whatever I wanted, and push through life. Clearly I was mistaken! So, after tons of research, I decided to try the Ketogenic Diet. And since then, I’ve been feeling more focused, happier, balanced, and hungrier for knowledge. Losing weight was an added bonus - it was not my initial intention but the fact that my body is now properly metabolizing again, I feel so powerful.

The Ketogenic Diet, for those who do not know, is a diet that is very low in carbohydrates and high in fat. Think Atkins or low carb up the ante! It’s kind of like you’re tricking your sugar-craving body by feeding it with high-fat and it will put your body into a state of ketosis. High fats are things like coconut oil, avocados, grass-fed butter. I’ve been having a blast cooking!

The main reasons I decided to do this is because it can be beneficial to aiding women’s hormones (hi, table for 1!), helping inflammation (I suffer with eczema and it’s gotten worse this year- specifically my throat area and shoulders), and my horrendous sleeping habits. And since doing it, I’ve been feeling so much better (happier and focused) and I feel hopeful that my hormones are going to start balancing out. I’ve also dropped 8 pounds in 3 weeks.

Once I started, I completely cleaned out my tiny fridge and stuffed pantry. I got rid of basically everything — I had a ton of food and sauces that were high in carbs + sugar (I didn’t even realize). I replaced it with grass fed butter, sugar free sauces, coconut oil, manna, veggies, fresh poultry (non GMO), aged cheeses, and eggs. I’ve never seen my fridge so packed!

As time goes on, I’ll be posting my favorite Keto recipes and updates! A lot of my friends have asked me when I’m going to stop doing this and reintroduce carbs again. I actually didn’t really ever plan on stopping and I think I’m going to say hi to carbs when I feel like my body is right where it needs to be. Until then, I’m going to keep my daily carb + sugar intake low.

I’d love to hear from you if you’re on this type of journey too. Let’s share!

Love + Health,

Donna