About KetoWoman

ketogenic dietMy journey on the Ketogenic Diet actually began a few years ago when I had lunch with a woman whose son was an epileptic. This poor child had up to 400 seizures per day!
She told me an amazing story of struggle, heartache and pain that they endured going to doctor after doctor and even being advised to institutionalize this boy. Then they found out about the Ketogenic Diet and he has been seizure free ever since. Sadly, he has some brain damage from all the seizures, but he functions enough to drive a car and have a job.

That story stuck in my brain for some time and I even wrote an article called The Ketogenic Diet Therapy on squidoo.

But in my mind, this diet, with it’s very specific ratios, was a medical therapy and I didn’t think it applied to someone like me. Although, when she described it to me, I do remember thinking it sounded like a super low carb diet and perhaps someone could lose weight on it!

So fast forward to August 2013. I had a knee injury that would change my life and not in a good way. Through all the doctors appointments, pain, being on waiting lists to see a knee surgeon, waiting list for an MRI, having surgery and then even more pain and now back on the waiting list to see the surgeon again, I developed a good dose of depression. And along with that depression came a significant weight gain.

When I topped out at my almost highest weight ever (see pictures below), I guess something clicked and I knew this was it. I started looking at low carb diets because they are the only thing that ever worked for me in the past. I am a middle aged, metabolically challenged woman. The weight does not come off easy! Plus with my knee still causing me great pain, my exercise options are limited and I am just not getting enough of it.

So I started off by following Jorge Cruise’s 100 Diet. I think it’s a very good diet, very low carb and I lost 6.5 pounds the first week.  But it was while I searched for recipes on line that I came across blog posts and information about the Ketogenic Diet again.  Only not for epilepsy and cancer, but for weight loss.  I was intrigued and read everything I could find. So then I switched gears and started on the Ketogenic Diet road.

All of the articles I found were written by men and bodybuilders, and showed pictures of plate sized steaks and I wondered if this would turn away women like me.  I don’t know, but I was inspired to document my journey here and hope it helps somebody.  As a person who has struggled with weight issues all my life, sometimes we just need hope!

My plan is to not only document the journey, but to share recipes here that are both low carb and ketogenic friendly, as well as keep up with the latest news and science and share that here as well.  I will also do book reviews as I get a chance to read and study what is out there.

So come along on my journey to lose 100 pounds on The Ketogenic Diet.

This was me before low carb/Keto:

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Me at my heaviest 🙁

And this is about halfway and where I have been stuck now for awhile!

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195 Responses to About KetoWoman

  1. Kate Uebergang says:

    Hello,
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    I’m searching for people who have tried the Keto diet -I’d like to interview them about their experiences.
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  2. Congratulations! You are amazing. Unfortunately I can’t figure out how to follow your site. I guess I will have to bookmark it. I want to continue watching your progress. I started Keto about 11 weeks ago. My goal is to go from 154 to 120 and I am now at 139. I’m having fun creating recipes and trying some that I find online too. Even grocery shopping has become more enjoyable, like a treasure hunt for good stuff. God bless you.

  3. Misty Gribbin says:

    Please send me recipes

  4. catherine says:

    So I have been on the keto diet for almost 3 wks. I’m in ketosis…for over a week now. iI’m healthy, take no meds, don’t really exercise. walk some,…i want to lose about 20-25lbs. I’ve lost 3 then gained 1 back! what am i DOING wrong??

    • KetoWoman says:

      There is just no way of knowing from the information given. Many people think ketosis means losing weight. But unless you are consuming less than what your body actually needs you won’t lose weight in ketosis either. Just throwing that out there, I don’t know if it applies to you or not.

    • Danielle says:

      Did u exercise?

    • Daniela says:

      Best low carb high fat and keto website : dietdoctor.com
      website full of video of doctors explaining how and why it works, recipes, meal plans. It’s free for one month (but it’s worth the 9 dollars per month after that to support the spread news)
      I have lost 10 Kg in 8 weeks, without being hungry and feeling great!
      Daniela

  5. rtnovell says:

    Thank you so much for this story I am also a middle aged woman who was never heavy till mid life and now need to lose at least 50lbs. I have had some success with lo carb but I am now going stricty LCHF. i have read numerous articles, books and papers and started a week and a half ago. I am a good cook and just made your hollendaise egg cups amazing! Thanks and hope to follow you.

    • KetoWoman says:

      Mmm, I was just sitting here thinking about what to make for breakfast and your comment came in. Sometimes I forget about my own recipes! Glad you liked it! I love to cook too. Best of luck with LCHF, you are going to feel great!

  6. Natalie says:

    I have just been very naughty after many weeks of car free eating. My biggest weakness is chocolate which is really bad as I am lactose intolerant. Now I feel ready to throw up and have a really weird metallic taste in my mouth. How can I get back to feeling normal quickly?

    • KetoWoman says:

      I’m sure many people can relate to this. And it’s a tough time of year. Just get back up and start again, it’s all you can do. You’ll feel better after it’s all out of your system.

  7. Vicky Kim says:

    I’m going now a month into Keto diet. I workout 5x a week doing circuit training (bootcamp). I keep my carbs 1200 or below as per recommendation from online macro calculator. I lost about 5 lbs the first 2 weeks but now, I’m at a plateau. The weight is either staying the same or I’ll gain 1 lb here and there. I have introduced intermittent fasting and still nothing. Any suggestions?

    • KetoWoman says:

      I’m assuming you meant 1200 calories? Carbs should be below 20 for weight loss. 1200 calories might be too low with all that exercise too. It’s really hard to make any suggestions with knowing so little about you because there are so many variables. Height, weight, age, medications, hormones, foods, dairy, all of these things are a factor.

  8. Julia says:

    I have been on the keogenic diet for 3 weeks and I absolutely love it.
    I am in moderate ketosis (ketostix) and losing weight. My only problem is that I can’t sleep. All the literature I have read says that I should be having 8-9 hours sleep, no problem. Well there is a problem – I can’t sleep. I have tried extra magnesium but it doesn’t seem to help. Any suggestions?

    • KetoWoman says:

      I am sorry to hear that, I have not had that problem before so I’m not sure what to advise. Maybe some of the readers here will have a suggestion. And I assume you are not drinking coffee in the evening or having chocolate? Those things will for sure mess up my sleep.

    • Mleigh says:

      I do not know if you will see my reply, but I had this problem when I first started. I credit it to the idea at first your body is an inferno when it converts to burning fat. Instead of the ebb and flow of carb burning, when you are burning fat it is sustained over the whole day. Over time you will adapt. Wait it out, the reward for me is increased energy levels, and stamina that I have not had since I was a teen. Good luck, hang in there.

    • Kimberly Snow says:

      Hi Julia, I am on Keto and have read quite a bit about this. Sometimes very low carb diets can cause problems with sleep which is why they advise eating carbs at dinner like sweet potato (not bread or other sugary carbs). This helps to relax your body. A couple of books you might like: The Bulletproof Diet by Dave Asprey and The Adrenal Reset Diet by Alan Christianson. Sometimes no matter what you eat you cannot lose the weight and that is due to your adrenals being overworked (too much cortisol which also causes poor sleep).

    • Sondra says:

      I, too, had this problem at first, but it completely went away after a few weeks…just wanted you to know. I would read of everyone having wonderful sleep and wondered why I wasn’t a recipient of this…but it soon followed. Hang in there!

  9. Inspirational post, well done.

    I look at Keto as a way of improving health, with the side benefit weight loss. I didnt have much to lose, but still lost 24 pounds this year. Keto is amazing, and anyone spreading the word is good in my book.

    http:ketogenicendurance.com

  10. D. Marie says:

    Great site I stumbled upon as I was looking for Keto meals for exercise. I heard do 3 days Keto and 4 days off. The latter to exercise. Well, I plan on 4 days a week exercise with Keto. Most important is my adult swim lessons where I need carbs for energy in the water. Any recommendations? Thank you!

    • KetoWoman says:

      I have never heard of this 3 days keto and 4 days off. You will never get into ketosis like that. If you stay keto, after a few days of adjustment your body will be burning fat instead of glucose and carbs are not needed. But you have to stay on keto for that to ever happen. I don’t recommend going on and off like that.

  11. sharon says:

    I saw this ad yesterday so I am starting this morning the Egg Fast. I have like 60 pounds to lose

  12. ErinH says:

    Hi! Thank you so much for sharing your egg fast schedule, recipes and results. I need to get some mayo and plan on starting tomorrow. I requested to join your Egg Fast Stall Breaker group last night. Can you add me? 🙂 My name is Erin Hall.

  13. JDavid says:

    I have been following the Keto diet for 3 weeks.. Using my fitness pal to keep track and ketostix to show I’m in Keto. But have only lost 5 lbs.. Very frustrating to follow so strictly and only have this result.. Is this normal, what else can I do to bump it up”

    • KetoWoman says:

      This is very hard to answer because I don’t know anything about you and keto means different things to each person you ask. So I’ll just list some of the things that slow down weight loss and maybe 1 or 2 of them will click with you. Age (as in the older you get, the slower the weight loss), hormones, medications, dairy, sweeteners, processed foods even if low carb, nuts, carbs too high in general, fat too low.

  14. Brooke says:

    Has anyone had or have any ideas on how to counteract the “female keto flu”? I have been doing the keto diet since May 2nd and I have not had a period in 5 years. But since starting the diet, I have already gotten it one and I feel like I’m about to get it again. Someone said the diet could bring on a heavier period and I have endometriosis really bad, the last few weeks have been hard to say the least. I’d be open to any ideas on how to counteract this without going off the diet. Thanks for your help!

    • KetoWoman says:

      I have never heard this before! I hope you get some insight from someone on this.

    • JJ says:

      I would guess that you may have Polycycstic Ovarian Syndrome. I have PCOS and didn’t have a period for over three years. When I went on a low carb keto diet I got my period in FOUR days! It was really heavy and irregular for three or four months as my body tried to regulate itself. A keto diet is great for PCOS because the syndrome causes insulin resistance. The ovaries turn all that extra blood sugar floating around into hormones, which throw everything out of whack causing more insulin resistance, and so on in a downward (or upward on the scale) spiraling cycle. By cutting all the carbs and sugar out of the diet, the body ceases to have all that sugar floating around to be turned into hormones and the cycle is broken. My doctor was treating me for PCOS so I talked to him about my problem with a heavy, almost non-stop period. He told me to wait things out and give my body time to adjust. I would say it probably took about six months for me to get a completely regular period. Things have finally normalized for me and many of my other PCOS symptoms have vanished. I have also lost 95 pounds. I don’t know if what you are dealing with is the same thing that I have fought, but I hope maybe that helps.

    • Sarah says:

      Hi Brooke, I have had a similar case myself and from super sleuth detective work I have read the following information out there…..I do not know if this is true at all (but because people use the keto diet to improve fertility, I do think there has to be truth to it) OK….so oestrogen can be released from fat cells when they break down so this means there is extra going about in your body. This often triggers a cycle as a result! I’ve had two in less than two months and they are the first in years!

      • Lori says:

        wow, this is interesting. I’m a week in and have lost weight already (but I have around 90 to lose). I had a hysterectomy about 9 months ago which left only ovaries. I have felt awful the last 3 days….weapy, racing thoughts, and sweating alot especially. I wonder if it’s because of an estrogen rush. I’m not menapausal yet and don’t take hormones. I am not sure if I’m in ketosis, but I hope so. My first mistake was taking the advice of a fitness “guru” who said to drop my water intake by half each day, for 6 days. I was on day 4 and so dehydrated I felt like I was going to go crazy so I let myself have some water. It made the dizziness go away somewhat. ALSO, I am not sleeping well yet. The first day I went on this style of eating I started sleeping much worse. Hoping it adjusts soon!!

  15. Mary J says:

    PS: I can’t figure out how to add exercise to the MyFitnessPal program. I don’t know how to calculate calories used, etc., so for now I have just left it off! Mabe a FitBit?

  16. Mary J says:

    OK, its three weeks since my last post, and I am still kinda frustrated! I lost seven lbs right off, and there it has stayed. I got MyFitnessPal and am ready to loft it at the nearest wall. It sounds like a great concept, but I find it not very user friendly. If any of you use it, maybe picking brains will help. For example, I must re-set my goals every day or it puts me back to their standard. Also, I prepare most of my foods and their lists include few of what I need so that I must enter “new” foods often. That said, since my diet is pretty stable, it might get easier when I have more of my own recipes in there. I am not ready to abandon it yet, but it sure is annoying in the beginning. I’ll keep on keeping on for now and let you know how it goes.
    Otherwise, learning new stuff every day, and have discovered that there are things I have the energy and the motivation to do, but lack the strength. I am adding strength training to my Curves workouts. Once a week I do a “high intensity” workout at Curves, by doing each station full tilt boogie for 30-45 seconds, then walk around for 45-60 seconds to recover. I go around just once at this rate. (This is my modification of Dave Asprey’s recommendation.) I do have to find a time when there are few people there so not to get trampled, but it seems to be helping develop strength. I’ll go to weights later, when I am stronger.
    Meanwhile, I am so glad you are here. I would love to find a local group, (or even person!) but for right now, you are my lifeline!
    Thanks

    • KetoWoman says:

      Yes, MFP is a bit of work in the beginning! But after a bit you will see that you can just select foods off the ‘Recent’ list or Frequently used food list. As far as the exercise, look at the Blue Tabs on top of the screen. Right beside ‘Food’ click on ‘Exercise’, and then ‘Add Exercise’. I usually just find the closest thing to what I did. If you like Face to Face meetings of people doing what you are doing, try a search on Meetup.com. There are meetup groups for just about everything! I’ve been to a few for other reasons and they are awesome. You can search your city and put in the topic low carb, keto or even just weight loss or health. Good luck!

  17. josh says:

    great job on making a change for yourself…it takes serious will power.

  18. Laurie says:

    You look FABULOUS in your Minnie Mouse shirt, by the way. What a difference! Can you tell me how to get my portrait to go with my comments? I feel weird being one of those video-game-looking thingies. Or whatever they are. I like seeing people’s faces.

    • KetoWoman says:

      awww, thanks! I think my picture comes from my gmail settings. I seem to remember uploading a picture in there someplace. I usually have to ask my son for help in these things and then of course I forget how we did it. But go check out your gmail account settings, it’s a wheel thingy in the top right corner. I’m sure I am of no help, sorry!

  19. Laurie says:

    I appreciate your response and your encouragement, Anita. Just wanted to mention about the knees: I had both knees replaced about 4 years and 50 pounds ago. After a long winter of inactivity, the supporting tendons and ligaments are VERY weak and not supporting the joints properly. The recumbent bike sounds perfect! Am just taking short walks up and down little hills, and doing stair climbing–three stairs, on my front porch. But when I visualize carrying around TWO 50-pound bags of cement–constantly–it’s easy to see why that wight is so hard on the knees. And feet. Highly recommend the artificial knee–finally pain-free, except for those dar overworked ligaments…

    • KetoWoman says:

      Thanks for the heads up about that! I really want to lose more weight before my surgery, I am pretty sure that it will make recovery easier.

  20. Laurie says:

    My NP and I just started on Atkins 20 program (I am exactly 100 pounds over weight, with lots of complications due to the weight); then my sister turned me on to “Keto-eating”. It makes a lot of sense to me to eat a bit less protein than suggested by Atkins, and more healthy fats. My health problems are so serious, I HAVE to consider bariatric surgery, but am giving the dietary changes my very best shot for as long as I possibly can. Am VERY metabolic-resistant, and limited for exercise due to knee problems. KW, what were you able to do for exercise, when you were at your heaviest? Am loving all your recipes I’m seeing on Pinterest!

    • Laurie says:

      Typed in my email incorrectly! Sorry, have pretty bad case of keto flu right now…

      • KetoWoman says:

        haha, ya that keto flu!

        • MaryJ says:

          Wow! I have been searching for keto diet for older women, and am thrilled to find you at last. There are differences and all the hype about body building and performance is a bit daunting for me. My lifestyle is not high performance! That said, I do try to move more, because whatever the source of all that energy, if you don’t use it, it will pile on as fat deposits for sure. I started keto in Feb, and Bulletproof in March. It is now mid April, and I am a bit discouraged. I have lost some weight, but although I could lose 20-25 lbs, my primary goal is cognitive. I am keeping to the ratios pretty well, but keep finding foods that do not agree with me, like the white rice recommended by BP……disaster! Took me days to get sorted out again. I am 5’3″, 150 lbs, retired, fairly busy but probably too much sedentary time, as I love to read and write. I need help in keeping my energy up and activity up (I do Curves three time a week, but need to do more) and carbs down. Love your suggestions and the insights of your readers. You are now on my favorites! Thank you for meeting a real need! MMJ

          • KetoWoman says:

            Thankyou so much, you have really made my day! Keep going and trying new things, you’ll get there. I agree about the rice, what are they thinking!? The older I get, the less carbs I can tolerate. Sadly true but at least we know it right!? We can do something with this! Great to hear from readers like you! 🙂

    • KetoWoman says:

      Well I did a lot of foolish things at my heaviest which has resulted in a torn meniscus and I’m waiting for a knee replacement. Hint, don’t take up running! The best things to do with a knee issue is stationary bike and aquafit. I bought a recumbent bike from craigslist for $20 and I’m really happy with it.
      Oh and good for you for getting started. Whether you have bariatric surgery or not, staying low carb and keto will be a great way to eat for the rest of your life. It will save your life! best of luck to you!

  21. Dyann says:

    I’m afraid I yo-yo. Back up high and starting yet again. Love your meal ideas. Hopefully they will keep me on the straight and narrow.
    Day three – wish me luck.

  22. Victoria says:

    Good luck on your journey and congrats for coming so far! If you’re still feeling stuck, have you tried bulletproof coffee? I find it’s great to curb cravings and keep me on track 🙂

    Victoria
    http://www.kleinerwanderer.com

    • KetoWoman says:

      Yes, I do drink that! I checked out your blog, so great that you are out there in the world while you are young! I love reading travel blogs, hope you write some more on there! 🙂

  23. Kristina says:

    I am looking to start the egg fast and was wanting to know how much is the average people are losing on this fast? My first goal is 86lbs which I know is not possible with this diet alone…I have major carb loving issues and need to fix that!!!!

    • KetoWoman says:

      You might want to start off with just regular low carb before trying the egg fast. Many people get pretty sick with keto flu the first time they attempt low carb high fat (LCHF). How much you lose will really vary because of so many things! In the Egg Fast group I have seem anywhere from zero to 12 pounds in the 5 day egg fast.

  24. Lisa says:

    Congratulations on your success. I started in 2013. I’ve lost about 80 lbs – had lost close to 90, but I got stuck and wasn’t losing any for months! Then, I lost my motivation and I’ve gained about 10. I am quite frustrated. Before losting my motivation, I was eating about 20-30 grams of carbs daily, protein and fat intake was good, fats at about 60-70%. I walked 3 miles per day, and weight resistance 3 x weekly. It was the RARE occassion that I ate anything I shouldn’t. I maintained but did not lose. I went from 295 to 213 and then hovered there. I’m now 226 this morning. I was on meds too but have weaned off of those since I was stagnant. Any advice for me? Would be so appreciated. BTW, love the recipes.

    • KetoWoman says:

      Congrats on your success too! It seems like a lot of us hit this wall! I find that every now and then I have to really get back to basics and do what is basically Atkins induction. Carbs below 20, protein and small amount of veg. Severely limit sweeteners, cheese, nuts, etc. Do that for a couple weeks to get back on track. Hope that helps!

  25. Jocelyn says:

    Iam having uterine fibroids, can this diet help me shrink them and lose weight

    • KetoWoman says:

      I’m sorry I don’t know anything about uterine fibroids. But a low carb/keto diet will help you lose weight if you have weight to lose! And that is always a good thing.

  26. Ana Perry says:

    I would love to follow your posts but I’m unable to find a email sign up or a wordpress follow button. I don’t do pinterest or twitter.

  27. Lisa Howard says:

    Greetings! I’m reaching out to let you know about my latest book: The Big Book of Healthy Cooking Oils. Although the main focus of the book is explaining the value of unrefined oils and fats, the content and recipes are also​ keto- and Paleo-friendly. Coconut oil is used as the main oil in about half the recipes, and then the other half feature a variety of oils, from roast chicken drippings to avocado oil to walnut oil. Each section is accompanied by an explanation of how to use the oil (heat tolerance and flavor characteristics being the most important factors to consider), plus there’s over 40 pages of information at the front of the book about oil refinement, why it’s a good idea to avoid refined oils and embrace unrefined oils, and how to choose, use, and store saturated fats, monounsaturated fats, and polyunsaturated fats. The recipes also feature pastured animal products and ​natural sweeteners–I do not use white sugar in my recipes. And because the recipes are keto- and Paleo-friendly, I also focus on nut and seed flours rather than grain flours.

    As you can imagine, I’d love to spread word about the book–it’s the only cookbook so far to tackle the issue of why it’s so important to choose unrefined oils over heavily refined versions, and it’s the only cookbook to cover 18 different oils and fats rather than just one or two (most books only talk about olive oil or coconut oil). If you think your audiences would find this kind of information valuable​, I’d be happy to request a that a review copy be sent to you, or I could send you a press release about the book and/or recipes and images excerpted from the book. I’d also be happy to do an online interview/Q&A. And of course I’d be happy to spread the word about your blog via my social media networks as well–I’m a big fan of keto and Paleo lifestyles. It’s all about quality ingredients! 🙂

    Best wishes,
    Lisa Howard

    Cookbook Author, Culinary Speaker, Recipe Developer & Cooking Instructor

    Chair of the Food Writers, Editors & Publishers section of the International Association of Culinary Professionals
    Vice President of the Les Dames d’Escoffier Ann Arbor chapter

    The Big Book of Healthy Cooking Oils from Page Street Publishing is available wherever books are sold.

    Healthier Gluten-Free is available! Get your copy hot off the Fair Winds presses.

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    • KetoWoman says:

      ok, this book sounds pretty amazing but most people won’t see this comment. I’m going to do a blurb for you on my Facebook page, I have about 14,000 followers there. Thanks for writing it!

  28. Francine says:

    Hi fellow keto dieters…I’m doing really well so far on keto lost 4 kilos in 13 day, having fun challenging myself to cracking the code of 70 25 5. I’m going interstate for 4 days to celebrate my sister’s birthday this will be the test socialising with my family party food birthday cake….big sigh…I find myself always avoiding social events when I’m focusing on losing weight.

    • KetoWoman says:

      Don’t throw away your amazing result to some lump of chemicals on a plate! I find that in a family gathering, if I keep myself busy helping others, I do way better. Good luck!

  29. Whitman H-N says:

    When I first started Keto I lost 30lbs total and then plateaued. My weight was good and I decided to settle with it. I think all I really needed was to tone up a bit by exercising. Then my friend introduced me to Isagenix and told me to give it a try. I did it for 2-3 weeks and ended up gaining 10lbs, so obviously it wasn’t for me. When I went back on Keto, I was not able to lose the weight again. I felt really stuck. Then I went on vacation and are whatever I wanted and gained another 10lbs. Since coming back I’ve been back on Keto consistently for 3 weeks. I stayed at around 25-35 net carbs a day. I lost the 10lbs I had gained from vacation within 1.5 weeks but I can’t seem to lose that pesky 10lbs I gained on Isagenix. This past week I’ve cut my carbs to 15-20 net a day and drink 8 cups of water a day after reading that this can help. I eat higher fats and a moderate amount of meat and dairy. I also cut out Atkins bars completely way before now after looking at the ingredients. What am I doing wrong? Did Isagenix ruin my metabolism? I will try carb cycling to see if it kickstarts my metabolism. I have the Keto test strips and I’ve maintained Ketosis this whole 3 weeks but no weight loss. Still stuck with the extra 10lbs plus it would be nice to lose another 10lbs on top of that.

    • KetoWoman says:

      All of those processed foods like shakes and bars really can stop people from losing weight. I don’t do net carbs, it’s too deceiving. 20 carbs is the max I can do to show a loss, not net 20 but 20. That pretty much means none of the extra foods that people freely consume on low carb and then wonder why they don’t lose. So maybe try that?

      • Hazel says:

        I’m with you! Net carbs are not for me. I read Dr. Bernstein’s book. The edition I read said 4 carb grams at breakfast, 5 for lunch, and 5 for dinner.

        If we really need to lose weight (clinically obese), we need to cut down drastically. High fasting blood sugar is the defining symptom of the need for a very low-carb diet, and “net” carbs don’t belong and won’t work.

  30. Della says:

    FYI…I recently found out that if you have gallbladder disease or no gallbladder at all, then your body does not metabolize fat correctly. I just started taking Ox Bile (yes the bile of an ox). This mimics what our body should naturally do. I tried to do the Paleo diet several times and ended up gaining weight instead of losing because of the lack of my gallbladder. This is just one article I read. http://mirandajorgenson.com/2014/07/is-your-gallbladder-or-lack-of-stopping-your-weight-loss/

  31. Doris says:

    Just found your site, I am 51 years old and stop eating sugar and carbs five weeks ago, so far I have only lost 5 pounds, I am really disappointed 🙁 but will continue trying. Thank you for sharing your story it is very motivating

    • KetoWoman says:

      Oh I feel your pain, do I ever! I am 57 and I have to fight for every ounce. I also only lose when I’m not eating dairy, which I have found hard to deal with. So sometimes I lose nothing for weeks on end because I am eating cheese and cream. A soon as I have a few days without, the scale drops. So I know how to speed up my weight loss, just not always willing to do it! Glad you found low carb, just keep at it.

    • Hazel says:

      Doris, I hope you’ve stuck to the low-carb routine and by now are down a significant number of pounds. I’ve been on low carb for 6 years, am now much slimmer and much healthier. It’s worth doing, and maintaining for a lifetime.

      • Marilyn says:

        Thank you for the amazing recipes!! I have been eating low carb for 3 years. I lost 30 pounds, and have maintained that for 2 1/2 years. It really does become a lifestyle not a diet. I am 67 years old and last month after my yearly physical and blood tests, my lDoctor actually wrote the word “ideal” on the test results. Sugar is the enemy for sure, including bread, pasta and anything made with flour. I have a carb up day every week or two where my husband and I split a dessert or eat some chocolate with a glass of red wine. It has never been a problem. We eat out a few times a week. We only keep fairly low carb snacks and veggies at hand for ease at home. The packaged “low carb” snacks are so filled with chemically sounding stuff I generally steer clear of all that…I weigh every other day and remain at 110-112. I hope my journey helps someone realize this is such a healthy and eventually easy way to eat the rest of your life. Good Luck!

        • KetoWoman says:

          Thank you for such an inspiring comment! It is hard for mid life and older woman (I am one as well) to lose weight, keeping it off is even harder. Thank you for this inspiration!

    • Liz says:

      I am moderately in ketosis, started a week ago and have not lost any weight. I need to lose 20 lbs. 🙁

  32. Nim says:

    Just finished reading your site, thank you for sharing. I am in my fifth week of Keto-eating and am noticing my deodorant and antiperspirant isn’t working. Do you have any suggestions?

    • KetoWoman says:

      No, I have never heard this before, bad breath maybe … Maybe one of the readers will know 🙂

    • Lulu says:

      Have you tried matcha green tea with stevia, or some other supplement containing a lot of chlorophyll? It seems to help me with the same issue. Is that considered keto friendly?

      • KetoWoman says:

        Someone else just mentioned Matcha powder to me last week! I’m going to look into it, I don’t know anything about it yet! Thanks for your comment.

    • Christine says:

      I had noticed an odor once when a.not drinking enough water,b.not eating enough fresh veg and c. When I was in ketosis the first time. When I fixed a. And b. The odor issue left.

  33. Cathy says:

    Hi, I am a 52 year old women and had metastatic thyroid cancer removed 1 1/2 years ago and have gained 30 lbs since. I have tried everything! Weight watchers, ideal protein, nuts system, personal trainer twice a week yet I cannot lose anything. I started LCHF 4 weeks ago and have managed to lose 3 lbs. are there any tweaks that thyroid compromised middle aged women need to do for success? I have searched everywhere and cannot find this answer. I appreciate any help.

    • KetoWoman says:

      Cathy, first thanks for visiting my site and congrats on starting low carb! I myself don’t know the answer but there is a facebook group called MidLife Women doing Low Carb that probably has someone who knows. I hope you find some answers!

    • Lucy says:

      Hi Cathy

      I’m in a similar situation. It took me three years after the surgery to feel like I have the energy to go to the gym! I have been completely off grains for quite a while as I become gluten intolerant after the surgery. I’ve also been off sugar for nearly three months (except for an occasional small amount of maple syrup, and a little dark choc). I’ve also been following the LCHF diet for the last 6 weeks. Weight loss is very slow, but swimming has really helped, especially with the arthritis in my knees and feet. I know I’ve lost inches, just struggling with the weight. (I need to loose 50kg!). So, I’m going to try this egg fast and see how that goes. I think I have the same issue as keto woman with the dairy. I know I should try and go off it as well to see what happens, but I just can’t yet! I’m sure it would reduce inflammation as well. Anyway, hang in there, and try the egg fast. Also, something very important I learned after the surgery. The thyroid medication can deplete you of vitamins and minerals, so you really need to replace: multi B, Magnesium, Zink, and Selenium is very important too.

    • Mar says:

      Hi I am 67 yo woman, had thyroid storm 2 yrs ago, from Grave’s disease,very hyper thyroid, nearly died from the complications,, lost 50 lbs the hard way. Couldn’t put on any weight eating like I was 3 people, then thyroid shifted, and the lbs started to come back on, have gained 40lbs, diets wouldn’t work.Had thyroid removed Mar 2016. Have started Keto and Intermittant Fasting….helps boot up the metabolism. ,and takes away cravings. I don’t get on the scale yet because its discouraging, but feel better in my clothes. It really does work.. I heard about it from Butter Bob Briggs on youtube…. check him out. I did further research….and I was really amazed. Hope this helps! If anyone has ruined their metabolism from regular dieting, Internittant Fasting is like a mortacle!

  34. McDonna says:

    Thank you for this site! I can’t tell you how **frustrated** I am by alllll the advice on dieting, health, fitness, etc., that comes from the under-30 crowd. At 30 years old, I was often asked how I kept my figure. But at 57 post-menopausal, adrenal fatigued years old, my figure is more like a barrel than hour glass.

    All that said, I’m excited to find that you’re also in your mid-50’s and on the ketogenic journey to losing the extra pounds. I have 65 to lose. It isn’t coming off quickly, unfortunately. I’m not cheating. At all. But I’ve been STUCK for 11 days now. Stuck! I’ve done the Fat Fast which helped some, but only did it for two days and didn’t really see any benefit.

    Husband and I joined a gym and have been going regularly. In our 50’s with injuries, we’re not exactly gym beasts, but at least we’re moving.

    Open to ideas, suggestions…anything that will help!

    • KetoWoman says:

      haha, you sound just like me! I know your pain, believe me! But you are on the right track with looking at Keto and getting more movement into your life. If you are on Facebook come and find our Mid Life Women doing Keto group! Thanks for visiting!

  35. Chelle says:

    I started at 181
    5 weeks and 5 days later, I’ve lost 17lbs.

    My husband started at 258
    he has lost 21lbs.

    We have tried every fad diet, every pill, every shake, you name it we’ve spent the money on it. THIS ACTUALLY WORKS!!!!!!

    My only complaint is that I had headaches really bad the 1st 3 weeks, better now but still have one daily and my legs have started cramping in the last week…other than that I feel amazing, I have tons of energy and the best part is that my clothes are already starting to fall off of me!!!

  36. Katieroo says:

    I’m really wanting to start this lifestyle. I just found your website and wanted to thank you for helping me decide to start. I am at my heaviest weight in my life and it scares me. Thanks again and wish me luck.

    • KetoWoman says:

      I do wish you luck! Keto/low carb has succeeded for so many where other eating plans have failed. I hope you love it!

  37. lana9155 says:

    hello 🙂 I just started my 4th week on Keto diet yesterday. I lost 13 lbs my first 2 weeks then gained 3.6 last week. I was very discouraged. I have stayed in my 5% carb / 75 fat/20 protein and even count my calories…1350 a day. if I exercise I sometimes add some of those calories back in but stay in my ratios. Do any of you count your calories? I am trying to figure out what I did wrong last week an am not sure if I need to cut my calories more but all the fats are high in calories so it doesn’t take much for them to add up. thanks for any advise.

    • KetoWoman says:

      I kind of have to watch calories but that is because I’m in my mid fifties and have a pretty messed up metabolism. It seems that some people do and some don’t. I also think that people should be careful about 5% carbs because while 5% seems low, it is actually better to count carbs as grams and not %. Stay under 20 grams a day, no matter what % that turns out to be.

    • Margaret pope says:

      Lana, do not give up. I started the keto diet about 8 weeks ago. I have lost 22 pounds. I do measure all my food. If you cut food cut protein and carbs first. I do not know the percentage. I go strictly on grams. Total of 20 grams carbs a day. I count the carbs in cheese, sour cream, advocadoes. You would be surprised at how much carbs are in things like celery. I ate 2 oz of pork rinds, they have 0 carbs. They do have about 15 grams protein. That put me way over my protein allowance. I eat two eggs per day and then 3 oounces of protein spread out for the rest of the day. The rest of my 1500 calories are fat.
      Somewhere I have read that cutting back more than 1500 / day is counter productive. I can not remember the sequence but basically your body believes it is in starvation mode. It then works against your glucagon releasing the fat for energy.
      There are are two other things to consider. 1. the first weight is usually water weight. 2. As your body starts changing you will be getting more muscle. It weighs more than fat, but it will burn fat.

      Do not be afraid to eat the fat. That is what triggers your body to change from using glucose to using ketones for energy. Dietary fats prime the pump.

    • Hazel says:

      Counting calories is for low-fat/low-calories diets.

      If you lost the first two weeks and then stopped, try reducing carbs for two weeks and see where you are. We (including me) who fatten on carbs need to keep carbs very low. Try no more than 5 carb grams per meal for a while.

  38. Laila Terra says:

    Hello all the keto-lovers and curious ones!

    I started my Ketogenic diet around end of November and I just turned 2 months this week. I congratulate everyone that is following a Ketogenic diet. It’s an amazing diet and a wonderful lifestyle to follow. I thought carbs were necessary for a human life but when I found out that they are not, I immediately looked into it which lead me to the keto diet.

    I have chronicled my journey in my youtube channel. So far, 24 videos in English and I also put up about 16 in Spanish for those that don’t speak English or for those with parents or family that is Spanish speaking.

    Good luck everyone and stay in Ketosis!

    Laila Terra

  39. Lee says:

    MMMMMmmmmmmmm!!!!! Keto Coffee is da shadizzle!
    Been keto(assuming the purpleness on the strips isn’t fibbing) now for just over a week,lost 6 lbs then put 2 back on(assuming this is from weightlifting as it makes you hold water in your muscles).I add a spoon of cocoa, a pat of Kerry gold butter, a bit of cinnamon and a table of coconut oil.I drop it while it’s hot 🙂 into my ninja blender single serve to whip it into shape.Energy in 10 minutes and keeps me from thinking about food for several hrs yesterday was 7hrs and I thought HOLY SHUT THE FRONT DOOR! I forgot to eat! The norm is to skip shower,work,life before I’d miss a chance to eat!
    BTW does anyone else have a warm fuzzy feeling in there belly while in ketosis?

    • KetoWoman says:

      Yes, there is something that feels much like contentment when you hit that sweet spot right? Thanks for your yummy sounding ideas here…

  40. Pernille says:

    Hi, I really like your website, your approach to Keto/LCHF, and your recipes:-) I just launched my LCHF blog and I would very much like to add a link from my blog – section Resources & Inspiration – to your website. Would that be OK?

    • KetoWoman says:

      Hi, that’s great, we need more information out there! I look forward to reading your articles and am honored to be a resource. Thanks for your support!

  41. Trudy Lapping says:

    My daughter has been on the ketogenic diet for 10 years to combat seizures, she is now 18, does anyone else have experience with ketones dipping pre-menstrually, and if so how have they combatted this?

  42. Tiffany says:

    Hi, I just started Keto and I’m having a hard time getting my fat past 65%. I’m allergic to coconut and I can’t use coconut oil. Any suggestions on a good oil substitute.

    • anitabreeze says:

      Hi Tiffany! Have you ever tried Kerry Gold butter? I love it and if you add that to your meals as much as possible, it is delicious, you will get your fats up and this butter is from grass fed cows. Very good stuff!

  43. Mel says:

    Hi,
    I have been on the keto diet for the past week and i found that i was having difficulty with movement. I had to take laxatives the other night. Is this normal for my first week or could i be doing something wrong? Also, what blood type are you? I am blood type A and i find that i cannot digest white or red meat as easily as plant based protein which are not suitable for the low carb keto diet.

    • anitabreeze says:

      Hi Mel. No, I don’t think that is normal. I use coconut oil, it seems to act as a natural laxative for me. If you are getting enough fat your BMs should be normal. Are you tracking your macros by any chance? I strive for 80% fat. I have no idea what blood type I am! Sorry!

    • Belle says:

      Hi Mel, Forget about which blood type you are. Instead, you should think about your gut (intestines). Eat FERMENTED veggies like Sauerkraut and cheeses like Labneh (found in Middle-Eastern and Greek supermarkets). The sickness will stop.

      No need to tell you to stay away from “Activia” commercial foods…(and Dr. Oz!).

    • Margaret pope says:

      My sister has problems with digesting beef. An alternative doctor gave her enzymes to take before meals. Also the old book protein power suggested marinating the beef in wine and olive oil for at least 24 hours before cooking.

    • tbird says:

      I had the same thing. I read somewhere about magnesium supplementation while doing low carb. Since I’ve been taking a magnesium supplement everything is better in that department. 🙂

  44. Tara says:

    The ketogenic diet is neuro-protective meaning it is good for the brain. It has been proven to improve mood, autoimmune disorders, insulin resistance and metabolic disorders of all kinds including Alzheimers. Check out info by Ameer Rosic online and his book that gives alot of information about nutritional testing. There is also good information in the book “Perfect Health Diet.” It is a modified ketogenic diet and has had amazing results for people. The use the 65-70% fat, 25-20% protien, and 10-15% carbs but allow starchy veggies…check it out

  45. Shelly Rowe Pender says:

    My sleep doctor put me on a diet very similar to what I found here on your site. I am excited to learn more and find different ways to eat.

  46. anitabreeze says:

    I’m not sure about studies done particularily for Keto and the brain, but certainly coconut oil which is a big part of my Keto eating plan. There is a link to a video in my coconut oil post that talks about this. I’m not sure how to leave the link here but if you click on the recipe tab and scroll down, you will find the Coconut oil post.

  47. Monique says:

    Your story sounds so much like my own, Keto diet is the only one that ever worked for me, lost 40 pounds over a few months. Loved hiking, have always had knee problems, screwed my knee on the teton mountain hike 12 hours half straight uphill gaining 5000 in elevation. Had surgery, a patella tibia transfer, off my feet totally for 5 months and lots of rehab…50 pounds wt gain and 1 1/2 years later. I quit diet pepsi X 6 months, working on quitting smoking, made it 15 days and menopause/depression/anxiety got the best of me. Not giving up though. Sure hope you are still going strong. Thinking about committing to this lifestyle.
    M

    • anitabreeze says:

      Monique, yes I am still going strong! I fell flat on my face about a week before Halloween and binged on sugar for like a week and had to start again. But I feel more convinced than ever that this is the right path for me. Please give it a try. The first days are tough, but then it gets really easy as the fat totally kills your appetite. Hope to hear from you again. 🙂

      • mcmahan says:

        We fell off the proverbial bandwagon as well at Halloween. Dang those candies!!! My daughter has a brain tumor and this diet is essentially starving her tumor(s). I look forward to following your blog. Thanks!

        • anitabreeze says:

          Oh wow, I will certainly pray for your daughter that this Keto diet will starve those cells! The research on this is so exciting and I wish more people had this information. Please let me know how she is doing from time to time if you can. In the meantime, I hope I can provide you some recipes to help keep things interesting.

  48. Jennifer says:

    I too have started a Keto diet/lifestyle and I get a LOT of inspiration from http://www.reddit.com/r/keto you should check it out! Also, My Fitness Pal is a life saver when it comes to counting carbs/fat/protein. I have your blog favorited, I’ll be checking it out daily now! I too have considered blogging my journey (I have about 100lbs to lose too) but I just don’t know if I have the time between work/kids etc! I have lost 11lbs since Monday and feel great already! Good luck with your diet!!!

    • KetoWoman says:

      That is so awesome Jennifer! I am currently at 12 lbs lost and I love MyFitnessPal. I have configured it to the Keto ratios I am shooting for! I will for sure check out Reddit. Thanks and please come back, we can help each other stay motivated!

  49. Corinne says:

    I really might consider this. Once I hit my 40’s my metabolism has slowed dramatically and my regular approach of eating healthy and getting daily exercise hasn’t stopped the extra pounds from piling on. Clearly, I need to make a change. I will definitely read more about this. Thanks!

  50. I am not familiar with the Ketogenic Diet but, I am really desperate of losing some pounds. Thanks for sharing!

    • KetoWoman says:

      It has not really hit the mainstream yet, it’s mostly still considered a medical therapy for epilepsy. Bodybuilders know about it and love it though.

  51. amanda says:

    i am sharing this with a friend whose daughter has seizures

  52. I’ve never heard of this diet before! I’m definitely going to research more information, though. My husband and I are trying to lose weight and get healthier together. I wish you the best of luck and can’t wait to read about your journey!

  53. I haven’t heard anything about this diet. I am eager to see how it goes and what it is exactly. Good luck on your weight loss journey, I look forward to reading about your progress.

  54. Pam says:

    Will enjoy following your progress and what you share. I have been reading a lot about the benefits of Coconut oil and I saw on your home page that you have also noted this.

  55. OH Good luck!! I can’t wait to watch your progress 🙂

  56. lisa b says:

    I have never heard of that diet. Good luck on your journey!!

  57. Rosey says:

    It’s nice that you’re sharing as you go. Good luck to you and I look forward to reading more.

  58. Akhil says:

    Never heard about ketogenic diet but its sounds interesting to me…see how we get know about new things by meeting good people. All the very best with your ketogenic diet 🙂

  59. Fingers crossed that this works! I’m very proud of you for putting it out there publicly that you want to lose the weight…it really does keep you accountable! 🙂

  60. Tess says:

    This is very interesting. I dont need to “diet” but would like to eat healthy. I am checking this out!

  61. Viccy H says:

    I’ve never heard of this, but I too am on a weight-loss journey so will investigate more xxx

  62. I can’t wait for some update posts on how you are dealing with this diet! Keeping my fingers crossed everything works out well for you 🙂

  63. melanie says:

    Very cool! looking forward to following your journey. I have never heard of this diet before but sounds like it could be a good one. I’m always looking for healthier ways to eat.

  64. Areeba says:

    Good luck with your action towards Keto Diet. I’ve never heard of this. Go girl!

  65. Pam says:

    I hadn’t heard of this diet before but I am anxious to see how it goes. Good luck!

  66. T. Marie says:

    Hmmmm. I have never heard of this diet but it sounds interesting. Congratulation on taking this step to improve your life. I keep trying to lose weight but fall of the wagon after a few pounds. Luckily I havn’t gained any of it back. I will have to try get back to my weight loss goals though. keep us posted on how well this works for you.

  67. Michelle H says:

    I’ve never even heard of this, but I hope it works well for you!

  68. sarah clegg says:

    well done on such a great job /:)

  69. I have never heard of the Keto Diet but I bet I do it and don’t even know it. I did the candida diet and it works very well for helping to get candida out of the body. I still follow it to a point, but am not as strict as I used to be. Now that I am healed, I don’t have to be strict.

  70. Annemarie says:

    I have been struggling the last year to lose weight. Never having had a weight problem before I am finding it difficult. This diet sounds interesting, I will be checking in to see how you are doing. Best of luck!

  71. Sarah Bailey says:

    Best of luck with your new diet – I really hope it goes well for you and I will be following you along your journey 🙂 x

  72. This sounds like something I’d be interested in doing. I’ve been trying to lose about 15lbs for the past 18 months. Not only will this help in my weight loss but it’s a healthy diet as well. Looking forward to reading more.

  73. I applaud you for taking such an important step in order to improve your overall health. I would love to see you lose the weight that you are planning on losing. I’m sure you will feel great afterwards.

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