The ketogenic diet, also known as the keto diet which is a low carb, medium protein, high fat diet. Rule of thumb, or the mathematical equation is 5 % carbs 20% protein 70% fat equals a good formula for a Ketogenic diet. It truly is that simple. Carbs should come from your leafy greens, not starchy vegis, nuts, and berries. There’s more to the list but I tend to focus on the things I like to eat. Proteins can come from your meats, try for grass-fed, eggs, and dairy. Your fats can come from coconut oils, olive oils, meats, MCT oil, avocados and more but what I’ve listing I eat a lot of. I’ll share bigger lists later along with recipes I’ve tried and like. If you follow the guideline, your body will go into a state of ketosis which is where all the benefits start to happen. This is where you could and most likely will start seeing weight loss and your body may even start feeling better. Those aches and pains you might experience might disappear. It did happen for me. I’ll get more detailed in future posts. I try to be conscious of the fact we are all different. I don’t want to throw out guarantees about anything but my experience has been nothing but positive. I’ve shared it with others who are close to me and they also have had a good experience. I can only hope it happens for you and you will want to share your story here with me.
So as I said in the last post, I was a vegetarian for 15 years, although I did eat fish and eggs, during that time I always thought of myself as being a pretty healthy eater, but for some reason I was just not feeling it and my weight started to increase a bit. I was not a happy camper. My cute little shape I was always pretty proud of was some how starting to vanish in my eyes. There’s the old attitude that many share and that is, as you get older it’s going to happen. The metabolism slows, you shrink and you gain weight. People like to remind you that you aren’t as young as you use to be and that is just the way it is. You hear it over and over as you share with your friends how you feel. The problem is many start to believe it and thats why so many do accecpt it. Ok, so I am 58. So yah I am older, I, for one, was not ready to throw in the towel. So while this was all evolving, I have this little angel on my shoulder, my lovely daughter who is a very active healthy girl. I love her to death. She knows me, knows how I am and how I like to carry myself and most importantly knows when I’m not happy with things. For a year before my new journey began she stressed to me, start eating meat mom and you’ll start losing weight. I heard it over and over but the thought of doing it after 15 years was like giving up and Oh my, what if it didn’t work and I would have to start the clock all over again. It just wasn’t easy to think about. Then there were the aches and pains that slowed me up a bit. I’m usually the girl who never stops. I knew I needed to do something and at this point I still wasn’t sure what is was going to be. In October of 2016, a year into thinking about what I was going to do, a friend of mine received a book in the mail from another friend of ours to read. The name of the book was Keto Clarity. I snatched up the book for 2 reasons, One, I knew my friend wouldn’t read it and two I was familiar with the subject matter, Keto. Little story: A few years back I had another friend who was diagnosed with Pancreatic cancer. It wasn’t good. Between his wife and myself we searched high and low for something that could help outside of the most common cancer treatments which we knew in our hearts would only cause other problems and maybe only maybe extend the inevitable. In my search I came across the ketogenic diet, a low carb high fat diet. Every thing I read sounded to good to be true but it sure was worth a try. Other treatments I came up with would take going out of the country and financially it just wasn’t an option and the disease was taking its toll on my friend. On the other hand this ketogenic diet you could do in your own home and financially, it didn’t change anything because he’s already eating, he’d only have to change what he was eating. Well, during these few months of much research I learned a lot to apply for my friend, but his wife was afraid to try. One of the biggest hurdles one has to get over is making a change. In the situation of my friend, well I know just he change of being diagnosed with a deadly disease, stage 4, was already change enough and the grasping of something that was going to help was hard enough and since what we know best is what we have been use to. In his case traditional chemo and drugs. For my friend, The ketogenic diet was not an option. For me in the future if I were faced with this horrible disease it would be an option because of my knowledge I now have. There is no more fear of how the diet works along with the human body and how it can affect cancer cells. I’m attaching a link of a study everyone should at least read. At this time in my life I wasn’t in the search mode of changing my lifestyle, I still felt comfortable with my vegetarian lifestyle but I do remember being very intrigued by what I read and learned. It wasn’t until the book I talked about crossed my path in 2016. That is when I opened the book got half way through it and knew I was going to try something new. I went to work the next day, with the book, held it in my hand and stared at my partner with a grin on my face and told him, we are going to do the keto diet. He looked at me and said OK! He has always trusted my judgement because of my research. That’s one area I could be considered an over achiever. So October of 2016 right before my 57th birthday is when I started the diet. My starting weight was 141pounds. It’s now 2018, I’m now 58 and 122 pounds.
This is Makwa, a part English Bull dog and part Pit Bull, I think they like to call them Bully Pits. Makwa was a 4 week old puppy when I first saw him. He was one of my childhood friend’s son’s new puppy. You know that exciting time when you decide to get a dog. In this case it was a young man getting a popular dog in his circle. So many forget to think about the responsibility of not only time but money that comes along with owning a dog. When I first saw him, he was adorable, so perfect. I knew his son had already given up another dog to his dad, my friend, and there was this gut feeling that it was going to happen again and this time, his dad wasn’t going to take him. I told my daughter all about him and what I thought, she didn’t live with me at the time. All she could say is she would take him if anything happened. I laughed and said you know, one day maybe. If my guts are correct that may just happen. I told my friend that if he thought there was an issue let me know right aways. Well 6 months later it did happen. Or at least we needed to step in and convince the son that the puppy deserved more than being left in hotel rooms and not getting the consistent attention. so I basically had to plea my case several times before they actually agreed that they weren’t doing this little guy justice. At this time, my daughter became his proud mommy. Then a year later, she took a 6 month leave out of country and I accepted the job of puppy sitter. 6 months turned into a 5 years love hate relationship. I just love him to death except when I am trying to put something together on the computer and he insists on using it as a pillow. Problem is, he’s so dang cute that it’s hard to push him away. Even if I tried, it wouldn’t be easy. He’s a 65 pound lap dog. lol. I’m a sucker for his unconditional love and attention. When my daughter comes home for a visit, he remembers her as if she never left. As I said, he’s a most amazing dog with much love to give and he deserves that love back in return. Makwa is on his journey with us on his side as he is on our side. We are lucky to have him in our lives.