Hi, and welcome to the Keto Cabin blog!
In March 2016, 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.
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. 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)
In 2011, I sold a house, “right-sized” my life, and moved to a neighboring state. It was a nutty year that eventually involved TWO moves within 6 months, a stressful daily commute that kept me on a notoriously bad highway for at least two hours a day, and, to top it all off: menopause (yay!).
After reading all of that, would you believe me if I told you that this was a good move?? Well it was definitely difficult…but also definitely worth it for the many things that I gained…
Unfortunately, I also gained 80 extra pounds over that first year and the next. Ugh!
I had always lived what I thought was a healthy lifestyle: all things in moderation and get a little exercise each day, and though I had to be careful, my weight had always stayed in a healthy range. Suddenly, my usual maintenance strategies were no longer working for me. In an alarmingly short amount of time my body grew 4 sizes!
I tried strategy after strategy with only a little bit of progress here and there, until I discovered the Low Carb High Fat (LCHF), Primal, and Ketogenic (Keto) diets. I started with a liberal LCHF/Primal plan, with the aim at gradually reducing carbs over time, keeping things simple and wholesome, until achieving a Keto lifestyle.
This is a space to share progress (good and bad), favorite recipes, insights, and—most importantly—inspiration!
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A word of caution: I am not a doctor or nutritionist. While this LCHF / Primal / 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.