My 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 an info website.
But in my mind, this diet, with its very specific ratios, was a medical therapy and at the time, 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!
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 Atkins and Jorge Cruize. I think they are good diets, 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 Keto 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 weight on The Ketogenic Diet. (PS yes I did lose 100 pounds doing Keto!)
Here are my before and after (actually still-a-work-in progress) photos.