I’m not a fan of fad diets. I’ve never tried a single fad diet for that reason. I tend to be extremely, scrutinizingly skeptical. My poor friends have seen my eyebrow incredulously raised on more than one occasion when they’ve commented on a new diet craze. I’m all about finding solutions to problems and applying them. I don’t believe in get-rich quick schemes, miracle hair growth potions, or diets that promise you’ll lose 20 pounds overnight.
If you have heard anything about keto, you’ve heard that it’s great for losing weight. But you’ve also probably heard that people are using it for seizures, inflammatory diseases, ADHD, anxiety, PCOS, lyme, heart disease, diabetes, psoriasis and other autoimmune conditions, celiac disease, cancer, depression, etc.
I want to know if the ketogenic diet is all it’s cracked up to be. If you’re like me and don’t want to drink the kool aid without knowing what’s in it, you’re in the right place. I will examine this diet from every angle to see how it holds up to scrutiny. (Actually, just don’t drink kool aid, period. Definitely not a keto-approved beverage.)
If you don’t know what the ketogenic diet is, you’ll want to start here.
From what I’ve learned so far, the keto diet is promising. Promising enough that I foresee myself converting over to keto or something very like it when this is over. In the meantime, I’m reading, researching, seeking out science behind any claims, and developing recipes for the day when I’ll take the plunge and actually try it out, possibly making a lifestyle change.
Yes, recipe development. Because none of us likes the feeling of stepping over to the fridge and not knowing what you can even make with the ingredients you have. And if I can’t feed my family meals they’ll actually eat, then no lifestyle change is going to happen anyway. I know it sounds ridiculously thorough and painstaking, but that’s me. I want you to benefit from this journey, too!
Features you’ll find as fixtures on this site:
- Recipes. Of course! I am unbelievably excited to start sharing my creations with you! My recipes on the site will always be ketogenic-friendly, low carb, and gluten free. Many are naturally paleo, Atkins, and/or anti-inflammatory. Many recipes include options that are also dairy-free or vegetarian/vegan as well. I’ll include a bit of everything: easy and quick meals, fat bombs, main dishes, sides, breakfasts, lunches, desserts, snacks, homemade convenience meals, substitutions, and even keto versions of your favorite staple meals. I also plan to post estimated macronutrient percentages for each recipe, so you can make better decisions about your food.
- Information. Since the whole point of this blog is to dive into the ketogenic diet to see what it can do for me, I’ll be sharing what I learn with you as I go along and citing some great research I’ll dig up.
- Book Reviews. I love to research almost as much as (maybe more than) I love to create delicious new recipes. When I’m done reading a book about nutrition or healthy eating, I’ll post a review so you can decide for yourself whether you want to dive deeper into that topic by reading the book. And if you use the affiliate links provided to purchase your books, I’ll know this feature is a hit and I should keep the reviews coming! And if you think of a book you want me to review, please recommend it! I LOVE reading and learning about nutrition science.
- My experiences. You get a front row seat to watch as my body responds to keto.
- Product reviews. If I try anything out and like it enough to recommend, you’ll be the first to know!
- Freebies, tips, hacks, and more!
How Can I Help You?
I’m thrilled to interact with readers of this blog! Please throw ALL your requests my way. If there’s a book you’d like me to review, tell me about it! If there’s a recipe you love that you’d like me to try to adapt to the keto diet, I’m so ready for the challenge! If you want me to develop a certain ebook or printable, suggest away! If there’s a product you’re curious about, let me know and I’ll try it out. Want to know more about my health journey?–please ask! I’m here as a resource for you, and I honestly love experimenting and researching, so don’t worry that I might be bothered or get tired of it!! You can comment with a request or question on one of my posts, or you can email me here.
One of the things I’m most excited for is to meet and interact with a community of people who share the same desires for pursuing health as a complete whole, including diet, exercise, sleep habits, meditation, education, and inspiration. If you comment on one of my posts, you can generally expect a reply (as long as I’m not busy scarfing down some Strawberries and Cream or California Sushi Roll Stuffed Avocados, that is).
I’m just as skeptical about the ketogenic diet as I have been about fad diets, which is why I’m approaching it cautiously and not without careful examination. Over the years, I’ve had subtle hints that this is a path I should look into:
- I realized after I’d had my first child, that my sugary treat consumption drastically affected my mood. This was a pivotal discovery for me, since severe clinical depression and obesity has appeared in our family history, and I did not want that to happen to me. Finding out that I had control over a small part of the presentation of this disease gave me encouragement.
- My second pregnancy ended up being a complete molar pregnancy. An ultrasound was performed and I was scheduled the very next day for a D&C to remove the mass of cells that should have been a baby and that would have turned into cancer and metastasized all over my body if it hadn’t been found in time. This was devastating to me, and I almost immediately began searching for a cause. What did I do wrong? After reading every medical article and abstract I could find on complete molar pregnancy, I found that there was no specific known cause, but it is suspected that it has to do with a nutritional deficiency of the mother.
- Gestational diabetes with my third pregnancy. I don’t know why this is so hard for me to admit. Probably because I’ve always tried so hard to follow what I thought was the right health protocol. With all of my pregnancies, I also had very difficult morning sickness. Having the solution-bent brain that I have, I was my own guinea pig, trying all sorts of remedies and diet tweaks to see what would work. I even tried those bracelets that are supposed to push a certain pressure point and relieve the constant stomach irritation. Nothing worked, but avoiding certain processed foods and high carb foods was the closest I got to relief. Now that I’ve found keto and am done having kids, I wish I could go back and experiment with keto and morning sickness! If you do, please let me know how it goes!
- I’ve always had erratic periods. When I began making yogurt from home and eating it almost daily, my periods almost immediately began to come regularly for the first time in my life. That was one of the first signs I recognized that maybe food could change some things for me.
- Recurring skin blemishes on my face, especially in the last 4-5 years, including acne that favors my chin area.
- A sudden acute eye pain that became regular at night and was first diagnosed as uveitis, a type of iritis, treated with steroid drops, and then diagnosed as a possible symptom of an autoimmune disease, possibly psoriasis, by my GP, and then downgraded by another optometrist as dry eye (the correct diagnosis–phew!). What they all agreed was that it was caused by inflammation.
- High levels of cholesterol at one visit, even though I’m a moderate exerciser.
There are so many other, smaller issues that I didn’t even really accept as problems until I started researching and making small changes. Like most people, I just accepted the accumulation of health problems as confirmation that I was getting older. Isn’t your body supposed to atrophy as you age?
I detailed all the improvements to my health that happened in one year just from taking my first keto step of eating gluten free here, if you’d like to have a read.
Allow me to do the research for you. I’m insatiably curious about what foods are best for optimal health across all medical conditions, and I want to share with you what I learn. I’ve already read a ton about keto. I just can’t stop! I’m one of those crazy people who check out cookbooks at the library.
I’m infinitely fueled by my passion to cook, create, learn, and uncover truths about what’s right for my body (and possibly yours!). When I was trying to decide whether to create this blog, I did some soul searching, trying to ascertain whether I had enough passion, content, creativity, and grit to keep it going. That took all of 10 seconds. I cook 3 meals a day for my family, trying new recipes and original ideas regularly! I read health books regularly. I love taking photos of food. I love to express myself with writing. And I never tire of any of it!
Another purpose of this blog is to make a little side money to save up to begin earning a masters degree. I have a bachelor’s degree in psychology, but I’m hoping to go on to become a dietician or something nutrition-related eventually. Food and nutrition fascinate me, especially the capability of food to nurture the mind and soul. I want to help others have a better life through education, encouragement, and inspiration. I hope to accomplish this both through this blog and further down the road, through gaining a deeper education of the processes of the body. Anytime you click on an affiliate link or order products or share one of my posts using pinterest, instagram, facebook, or other social media, or just tell your friends about this blog, that helps me get a little bit closer to my goal. Thanks for supporting those aims!