I have been writing this Paleo recipe blog for just about a year. Until very recently I knew nothing about the Keto diet.
Paleo for me has always meant sugar, dairy and grain free recipes; I came to this way of eating long before I knew it was called Paleo, urged by my own health needs, as I had been struggling for years with allergies and “gallbladder disease”. I thought it was the best possible thing I could do for my body.
For a time it was indeed a very good thing. In two short years I was able to wrestle my naughty gallbladder into submission and get rid of dairy, which got rid of my allergies.
Eating Paleo was like a stepping stone, a very important one, but little did I know I had just scratched the surface…
Yup, just as I thought I had it in the bag, and I could live happily ever after, drinking Prosecco and eating Paleo cupcakes, I had a rude awakening:
For the first time I measured my fasting blood glucose, and found out that is was quite high. (Normal fasting glucose levels should be around 85 to 95, instead mine was from 120 too 140, that is almost considered diabetic!!) I slowly came to the realization that I am insulin resistant…Then my mother told me that diabetes runs in the family…
In the light of this new knowledge a lot of pieces of my puzzle fell into place: Hormonal imbalance, fibroids, insomnia, mood swings, shortness of breath…
Now it all made sense!
Good thing I thought I am in good shape! DENIAL that’s what I was in, not good shape!
A lucky break!
All those realizations happened as I was sitting in during my colleague Tracie’s Ketogenic diet group. I was in the perfect place.
So I started the diet myself, and got completely sucked into it.
It was like those scenes in the movies, where boy sees girl and romantic music starts playing…
Between Keto and I it was love at first sight…or should I say bite?! In fact I am so lucky to just love fat, any kind of fat, bacon, lard, coconut oil, YUM! This love was meant to be!
My new love!
So far my new Keto diet love helped me lose 6 pounds (not much you say, but weight was not my main problem) and slowly slowly during the last 6 weeks I have seen my fasting blood glucose levels go DOWN.
From 140 to about 95.
Not bad, right?!
Before I was constantly grazing, now I am not hungry, so I do not have to even snack between meals. I can go all day without eating and still feel great.
My brain is working better, my notoriously bad memory is improving, I am much calmer! (and my husband much happier!!)
I can do an hour of yoga without wanting to die, actually starting to really enjoy it!
I can do a whole workout on the rebounder without having to stop gasping for breath!
All this after a meager 6 weeks!!
…so the story continues
Can a girl be faithful to Keto and still see Paleo??
I think so! I think they will not mind.
Especially when this girl likes to take the best out of everything and then make it her own.
I have a very clear vision about healthy and tasty foods. Maybe not everybody shares my taste, because it is quite old-fashioned. I like stuff our grandparents ate. Not just our grandparents, but also somebody else’s Gramps over in Korea, or Brazil, or Japan….any wholesome traditional food is great.
So MY KETO is going to be quite different from most.
I want to bring you the best BESTEST foods!
Fresh, organic, seasonal, local, free of allergens, super nutrient rich….ALL OF IT! Oh wait, I forgot TASTY!!!
Do not forget I am the specialist of making things taste good…ask all the people who ate liver at my house, even for the first time, and loved it! If you follow my recipes, you now they are pretty tasty!
So the story continues, my recipes will be a little different, but not too much.
They will still be healthy, delicious and a bit unusual (like me).
As this post has been a long thought process, you will find that I have already started publishing some Keto recipes, like this first Grocery Haul For the Ketogenic Diet
Even did a nice round-up of low-carb recipes.
AND a whole week of Low-carb meals!
I would love your company…
…on this Keto journey of mine. I would also love your feedback and any idea you care to share with me.
The beauty of a small blog is that it’s like a small business: You can give individual attention to your clients, and make the experience quite personable!
So hang around and I will keep sharing good food and nutrition ideas, and I will keep you posted on my progress.