Before and after – same clothes, minus 70 pounds!
22 months ago, I cleared out my cabin kitchen and started a new lifestyle. I set a goal of 70 lbs weight loss, in hopes that I could reverse dual diagnoses of prediabetes and elevated blood pressure.
As of this month, I have done just that, AND whittled 10 inches from my waist!
This year, In addition to holding steady on last year’s vastly improved annual physical results, I can happily report that I have dropped my fasting AND A1bc blood sugar numbers from the prediabetes range back to normal!!
I continue to benefit from a whole host of other collateral improvements: increased energy and mental clarity, improved strength and recovery from strenuous exercise, relief from back and joint pain, much improved digestion, clearer skin, etc, etc.
I feel that nutritional ketosis played a large role in my success as a result of daily intermittent fasting, which I started just over one year ago. Becoming fat-adapted was also key to controlling blood sugar issues and the resulting cravings that they can cause for some (myself included). Feeling hungry, headache-y and shaky between meals had been my biggest barrier to weight loss in the past.
At 53 years old, I decided to take the long road, giving myself a couple of years to reach my goals. Initially, I eased into carb restriction over the first couple of months (starting with a liberal 100 grams/day), became fat-adapted, and then added intermittent fasting as phase two. Once that became comfortable and routine, I upped my exercise as phase three. Throughout the process I have continued to enjoy a glass of dry, red wine most days, and the occasional higher carb day (think tapioca starch, squash or beans added to a recipe in small amounts or the occasional piece of fruit, or drizzle of maple syrup in a dessert). These slowed my progress no doubt, but I was ultimately able to reach my goal AND enjoy the ride!
This is to be my lifestyle from now on – it needs to be sustainable and enjoyable. 🙂
Now that I have reached my goals, and having learned that I do not tolerate gluten and many other grains as well, I expect that “maintenance” will look even more like a Primal diet, with the occasional Keto “reset” thrown in as necessary (<–affiliate link). Because I am maintaining a lowered blood sugar as well as weight, I will always need to be mindful of how many carbs I include in an average day, and make sure to exercise (especially after meals). This means that I plan to continue discovering, tweaking and creating great Primal & Keto recipes (and posting anything tasty right here, of course)!
I look forward to focusing on other aspects of my health as well: becoming stronger, improving my sleep habits, etc.
And finally, as I have said before: I write all of this, not with the intention of saying “look at me,” but more with a hope that my story will be an inspiration to anyone who comes across it out here on the interwebs to have a closer look at the LCHF, Ketogenic and Primal lifestyles. While this way of eating is not the answer for everyone, it can and does work for many—myself included (thank goodness)!
As always, many, many thanks to you dear reader, and everyone who has followed along, provided encouragement and accountability for me along the way! More recipes and info to come right here. Here’s to an ever-healthier 2018 for all!
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Please note: I am not a doctor or nutritionist. While this LCHF and ketogenic diet experiment has worked well for me so far, your mileage may vary. This diet needs to be balanced correctly, in order to avoid potential side effects. It is always a good idea to discuss any major health decisions with your doctor before getting started.