The reason I have started this blog is that there is so much information available…and there is also so much misinformation available (FAKE NEWS!). It can be overwhelming trying to figure out what is truth and what is not truth (or maybe just part truth). I believe we are becoming a society of fickle faddists that listen to newsbytes of the latest trends and beliefs and buy into them hook line and sinker. I am seeking to sort through that information and make sense of it all.
I have always been sort of a skeptic at heart. My husband thinks I was surely born in Missouri (the Show-Me State). So, when I hear of new ideas, beliefs, fads, and such; my first response is, “show me the evidence”. What is interesting is that in researching these new things, sometimes I find out that I have myself fallen into the collective mind meld trap.
For instance, I bought in to the “low-fat” hype for several decades of my life. I weaned myself (and my family) from 2% milk all the way down to the skimmed variety, ate low or nonfat dairy products, I cut all the fat off my meat, I even rinsed my ground beef after frying, and I tried to follow the standard food pyramid way of life (see below). I am not a chronic “dieter” but I really have tried to eat healthy most of the time, I love fruits and vegetables, and I have worked out consistently for years. Guess what, it wasn’t working anymore. I was steadily gaining weight and just a few short months ago, I was at my heaviest weight, I was in a perpetual state of brain fog, and I wasn’t sleeping well because my joints ached so much at night. So, I decided I needed to try something different. But being the “Show-Me” girl that I am, I had to do my due diligence and make sure I wasn’t blindly falling for the latest fad that had no solid evidence behind it.
What I have learned in my search for the holy grail of eating is that I believe we have been more or less duped by our food and drug industry. The USDA food pyramid (left) is basically a high carb, low-fat (HCLF) diet. Is it entirely bad for everyone? Maybe not. But consider this; the bottom of the pyramid says we should eat 6-11 servings of bread, cereal, rice and pasta. In the American food industry most of those foods are highly processed and most have added sugars. In addition, typically what we Americans consider a serving is likely much more than just a serving. More significantly, the producers of those foods are making lots and lots of money (which is a topic for another time). With the rising obesity epidemic in our country and more and more people developing diabetes, high blood pressure, insulin resistance, and heart disease, it doesn’t seem like the food pyramid is working all that well.
Although my own experience is anecdotal, I am absolutely thrilled that I have found something that is working for me when other things have not worked. I have also read countless testimonies of others who feel the same way, and I continue to learn of Medical Doctors and Dieticians and Nutritionists who are successfully using this way of eating (WOE) with their patients to help them not only lose weight, but lower their blood pressure, stabilize their blood sugar and insulin levels, and get them off of many of their medications.
What is this WOE? It is the ketogenic (keto) lifestyle, sometimes called low carb high fat (LCHF).
What are the results so far you ask? My joint inflammation is much improved, my mind is much clearer, my energy levels are consistently higher, and I lost 30 pounds in just under 6 months. Another caveat is that my cravings and hunger are diminished significantly.
I don’t claim to have all the answers and I don’t necessarily think that everyone needs to be on a strict ketogenic diet. I also advise anyone to seek your Doctor’s advice first, especially if you have significant health issues. My aim is to share some of the things I have learned and am learning so that if you are considering this WOE you won’t have to do as much hunting and researching as I have done. I will also be sharing some of my favorite recipes since that is my creative outlet and I love experimenting in the kitchen!
I am passionate about total health, not just physical, so there will be different health related topics discussed here including physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health. I believe we are multidimensional beings and I am passionate about learning about all of it!
To Your Health!