9 Months on a Ketogenic Diet

9 months on a ketogenic diet. Wow. In some ways, it feels like just yesterday I started this way of eating. In other ways, it seems like forever ago that I was in that old body with all those debilitating symptoms. In the beginning, I mentally committed to at least 90 days because I knew it takes at least that long to become very well adapted to a ketogenic diet. The results have been so dramatic that I’ve gone three times as long as my original commitment with no plans of stopping.

If you’re new to my Keto Diet monthly updates, you can catch up here: Month 1, Month 2, Month 3, Month 4, Month 5, Month 6, Month 7, Month 8, Month 10, Month 11

So what’s new?

A lot is new: weight lifting, podcast interview, thoughts on cravings, hair regrowth, and more. And a lot is the same: weight loss maintained, normalized blood pressure and blood sugar, all the other health improvements, and my 90 Day keto challenge programs.

Ongoing Health and Symptom Improvements

Here is a recap of the health improvements I’ve experienced over the last 9 months:

  • Normalized blood pressure
  • No more metabolic syndrome
  • Normalized liver function
  • Normal fasting blood glucose (went from 96 to 70)
  • 70% drop in inflammation (C-reactive protein)
  • Only one migraine headache in the last 9 months (before keto I was having multiple migraines each month that lasted 6 days each)
  • Chronic leg pain is almost completely gone
  • Leg swelling almost complete gone
  • Memory and mental acuity are at pre-accident level
  • Energy is fantastic (one year ago I was bedridden from extreme fatigue)
  • Sleep has dramatically improved, both in quality and circadian rhythm
  • Urinary incontinence is gone
  • Athlete’s foot is nearly gone
  • Toe nail fungus is dying
  • Sugar, carb, and fast food cravings are gone
  • Depression and mood is greatly improved
  • Skin appearance and texture is so soft and smooth
  • Cardiovascular exercise endurance is unbelievable
  • Resting heart rate has dropped from high 80s to 60s
  • Heat intolerance is gone
  • Physical clumsiness and dropping things is almost gone
  • Motivation is through the roof
  • Light and noise intolerance is gone
  • Sense of ease, calm, peace (lack of anxiety)
  • Obesity is gone
  • Central abdominal obesity gone
  • Ability to return to work full-time
  • TMJ gone!

Current Diet

My diet remains pretty much the same and you can see what I eat by following me on Instagram here. For the most part, I don’t weigh or measure my food at this point because I’ve learned what foods and portions fit my keto macros. I did decide to do a dairy-free month, however.

Dairy-free month. Personally, I started to notice my consumption of heavy whipping cream was increasing over time and that each time I had some, it never felt like it was enough. I started having obsessive thoughts about how I could get more, so I decided it was time to take a break from it. This coincided with my 20 year old son (he’s keto, too) expressing his desire to do a dairy-free month, as well. He tends toward cystic acne that he has identifed in the past was triggered by dairy, so prior to keto he mostly avoided it. He decided to try dairy again when he went keto about 7 months ago, to see if the tendency for keto to dramatically reduce inflammation would mediate or prevent his normal reaction to dairy. At first, he did not seem to have his normal cystic acne breakouts, and he still doesn’t. However he wants to take his keto diet to the next level and cut out dairy to see if it will completely eliminate all acne (and my guess is that it likely will).

Keto without dairy is a challenge, however it is not impossible. I’m exploring dairy-free keto friendly foods, like Kite Hill cheese, Go Veggie cream cheese, and Epic Bars, plus some homemade recipes, so stay tuned for updates, new recipes, and product reviews.

Hiking and Lifting Weights

A few weeks ago, I was able to go hiking for the first time since the car accident. It had been 2.5 years since I’d gone hiking. It was a milestone, for sure. What was most impressive for me was my level of cardiovascular endurance. Previously, any time I’d go hiking, I would experience pretty significant hypoglycemia symptoms (like feeling delirious and lightheaded at the end) if I didn’t have a high carb snack along the way. This time I not only didn’t need a snack at all, but I also hadn’t even eaten breakfast. And we hiking for over 2 hours. I felt strong and energetic. And after the hike was over, I had thoughts of going for another walk. It was the feeling of tapping into my body’s ample supply of fat energy. It was glorious!

Wallace Falls hike Jan 2016

I also decided to start lifting weights and settled on the 5×5 stronglifts program. I joined my local no-frills gym and really enjoyed the feeling of challenging my muscles. Soon I noticed though that lifting weights three times per week suddenly brought my appetite roaring back. This freaked me out a bit, so I took a break from the gym to do a little investigation. After all I could from /ketogains on Reddit and Facebook, I came to the conclusion that I was dramatically under-eating calories (even when following my appetite) for the workouts I was doing and would actually need to go back to monitoring my intake to ensure I was getting enough calories on workout days. Since I have a trip to Phoenix planned a couple of weeks, I decided to hold off on my 5X5 workouts until I return and can adequately monitor my food intake.

Guest on Ketovangelist Podcast

A few weeks ago I had the honor of being a guest on The Ketovangelist podcast. It was really fun talking to Brian and sharing the story of my health transformation, plus some insight into what it is like working as a nutritionist while following a diet that goes against what mainstream nutrition says is health. Take a listen if you haven’t yet. 

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The Ketovangelist podcast interview

On the Ketovangelist Podcast!

Body Changes

Over the last 3 months, my weight has been fairly stable, as well as my body fat percentage and measurements. There is a theory that your body remembers past weights that it was at for any significant period of time and tries to maintain that weight, which can result in plateaus. My body may just really like this weight (mid to low 160s). Or I might be consuming too much dairy, which equates to too many calories and/or extra inflammation. I shall continue to watch and see what happens. This does show that this way of eating is sustainable, however, since I don’t really track or measure my food any more.

Keto 9 month progress


September to February. Comparing measurements from September (pictured top right) to February (bottom right) I’ve lost nearly 1 inch on some measurements (chest, calf, bicep), almost nothing on my hips, but almost 2 inches on my waist.

December to February. My body’s measurements were pretty much the same when comparing December (middle picture on bottom; last time I took measurements) to February (picture on bottom right), which confirms that my body is in a holding pattern of weight maintenance.

Health Issues Improving

No more TMJ?!? So I hadn’t even reported on this in the past, but I just noticed two days ago that the former popping in my jaw is gone. I can open and close my jaw with ease, without any popping or locking. While this wasn’t something that I experienced any pain with, it was a sign of something not working correctly in my body. Another keto surprise benefit.

Hair regrowth. During the time that I was losing weight, my head shed a lot of hair. After researching this, I found that it is quite common on ANY diet where a person losing a significant amount of weight. I also found that there weren’t any supplements that counteracted this (research showed biotin supplementation, for example, was no more effective than waiting it out). It seems that weight loss is a significant stressor on the body in what ever form it takes. So it seems that as my weight loss has stopped, my hair has begun to regrow. I have about 1.5 – 2 inches of regrowth everywhere on my head. It makes for interesting extra fluff to style, but I’m happy to report that keto doesn’t make your hair fall out long term.

Athlete’s foot and nail fungus update. At one point I reported that my athlete’s foot of 10 years had gone away, but it seems to be dying a slow death. It is no longer occupying the bottom of my foot (no scaly, peeling skin there at all), but I have a small patch that has moved up onto the top of my foot and my little toes. It’s quite odd, as it seems to be moving in a wave, trying to run away from the ketone bodies, but it can’t escape. Athlete’s foot fungus is notoriously hard to kill, even with the strongest pharmaceuticals, so it is interesting to see how it is dying off with keto. And my nail fungus (which I think I also erroneously declared gone after a month) has grown out about one quarter of the length of my nail, so it too is dying a very slow death. I hope it’s painful, too. Well, not painful for me (which it’s not), but a slow, painful death for fungus just sounds like the stuff of a B horror movie.

No gas. This may be TMI, but I never fart. OK, almost never: when I add a lot of high-fiber seeds like chia, that can cause a little gas the next day, but a very small amount. And when I tried out Quest’s powdered MCT oil for travel last month, it caused a little gas and bloating initially, which I’m attributing to the small amount of corn fiber it contains. All of this “no gas” stuff is actually old news, but something I just realized that I hadn’t mentioned here. Keto is really great for getting rid of bacterial overgrowth (the wrong kinds in the wrong place, and too much of the wrong kind) in intestines.

Normal resting heart rate. A year ago, and for a very long time before that, my resting heart rate had always been in the high 80s. I’ve never been a super fit person aerobically, but even when I was in “better shape” my heart rate always remained in the mid- to high-80s. While at my endocrinologists office, I discovered that my resting heart rate is now about 68 – 70 beats per minute. Wow! It dropped about 20 points over last year. Now some might jump on this and say, “Well, you lost all that weight. Of course your heart rate dropped.” And to that I would say, no, I’ve been this weight in the past and even then my heart rate was in the 80s.

And others may say, “Oh, well you’re working out now, so you’re in better cardiovascular shape.” No, no, I’m not doing much “cardio” at all, so the drop in heart rate has nothing to do with being in better cardiovascular shape. At least by the standard idea of training hard, doing lots of exercises that make you breath hard so your body gets more efficient at carrying oxygen to your tissues idea of cardiovascular shape.

And still others may say, “Aha! That keto diet slowed down your metabolism!” Which may be partially true. However, since I’m not constantly freezing (in fact I still run warmer than most people around me), I would disagree that my drop in heart rate is due primarily to slowed metabolism. I would argue that since my body is using fuel more efficiently, as evidenced by the anecdote I shared above about hiking and treadmill walking, my heart does not need to pump as furiously to get oxygen and nutrients to my tissues.

Chronic Leg Pain

The chronic leg pain (Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome or CRPS) that I was suffering from after my car accident of 2014 did lift pretty quickly after I started keto. However, most recently as I’ve become more physically active with hiking and weight training, I am being reminded that there is still damage and scar tissue in my legs. Whereas before keto, if I would do ANY increased activity, like even sitting without my legs elevated, I would have extreme swelling and pain to the point that it would interfere with my sleep. Now as I resume hiking and begin lifting weights, I notice after that my legs feel tight (instead of swollen) and tender to the touch (allodynia, which means pain upon non-painful stimulus to the skin, which is a remnant of CRPS and sign of nerve damage). And when my massage therapist has worked my leg muscles, there is considerable pain with deeper work. But knowing where I was almost 2 years ago, I am very grateful I’m not back there!

Sleep Issues

I continue to have issues with sleep (central apnea) as I reported a few months ago. I’ve been working with a wonderful chiropractor as well as a massage therapist to properly align my neck and spine, and it has been helping. My sleep is improving, but I still continue to have issues with hypnoapnea early in the morning, which prevents me from getting optimal sleep. All of my doctors have said that central apnea is hard to treat, which is similar to what I was told about my neuro and endocrine symptoms after my car accident. And since I found a solutions for that (yay, keto!), I’m not giving up hope on resolving my central apnea. I’ve added chlorophyll with the idea that increasing my blood’s oxygen carrying capacity may help. And I continue to work with my primary Naturopathic Doctor as well as my Naturopathic Endocrinologist as we delve into the genetic medicine and nutrition of methylation defects.

How about you?

What health improvements have you noticed after following a ketogenic diet?

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Keto Chat Episode 3: Brion’s Life Changing Keto Diet

Brion and I met randomly while hiking with friends and as it turned out, he too follows a ketogenic diet. And as so many have experienced, he also had a health transformation as a result of following a very low carb, moderate protein, high fat diet.

I invited Brion over to chat about his keto diet. Some of his health improvements include improved mood, less alcohol use, and weight loss. Plus he talks about keto compared to other diets, like how with keto he’s not constantly hungry, unhappy, or irritable.

He concludes our discussion by saying, “I think it’s been a life changer.” Take a watch and listen. This is what keto is like for real people.


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8 Months on a Ketogenic Diet

This is an article in a series about my ketogenic diet, which I started May 18, 2015. If you’ve missed the other posts, you can read Month 1, Month 2, Month 3, Month 4, Month 5Month 6Month 7, Month 9, Month 10, Month 11

January 18, 2016, marked my 8-month anniversary of starting my ketogenic diet. In some ways it seems like it has not been long at all, but when I reflect on where I was one year ago, it has been a very long time, and in a good way.

One year ago I was bedridden, again, for the second time, after that car accident in early 2014. The symptoms I was experiencing a year ago were even more debilitating than the pain and swelling in my legs that occurred right after the accident (which caused me to be bedridden in early 2014). One year ago, early in 2015, is when my Post Traumatic Hypopituitarism symptoms hit. The symptom list was long, and I’ve gone into a lot of detail in my past posts, but here is a partial list:

  • Extreme fatigue
  • Constant lightheadedness and dizziness
  • Intolerance to light and sound
  • Hypoglycemia upon any exertion, which caused memory problems
  • Cognitive problems (verbal and written word mix ups, memory issues)
  • Severe insomnia
  • Insatiable appetite coupled with gastroparesis and GERD

Calm and Peace

Instead of a long list of health problems, now what I mostly notice is a feeling of calm and peace. Plus gratitude. Lots of gratitude. I’m at peace with food. I’m at peace with my body. My mind is calm and happy. I know from past experience that being “on a diet” feels like war. War against food and your body. War against appetite, cravings, and war against the scale. Regret, anger, hatred, and disappointment, too. Very little sense of calm and peace. But this feels nothing like that. I’ve learned how to harness the biological power of my body so that we are in sync. I know when, what, and how to feed my body so that it has a steady supply of what it needs. And in return, I get a steady supply of energy, calm, peace and gratitude. Keto is the ultimate mind-body dietary approach.

My next 90 Day Keto Challenge online program starts soon

Are you ready to experience keto for yourself? Do you have any of the symptoms I had, like chronic pain, metabolic syndrome, high blood pressure, an ever expanding waistline or an insatiable appetite? Might you enjoy eating bacon, butter, and burgers (no buns) while feeling better than you have in a very long time, perhaps ever?

I’m offering an online 90 Day Keto Challenge program that includes everything you need to start and be successful on a nutritional ketogenic diet. I’ll lead you through exactly how I’ve been successful on a keto diet, sharing all my secrets, tips, and tricks to success.

For more info, or to enroll, click here.



“I bet you don’t recognize yourself!” said one of my friends. Actually, I feel more like myself than I have in a long time! When I look in the mirror, I finally see an image that matches what I feel like on the inside. I look like me again!

Over the last couple of months, my weight has been pretty much the same, which is reassuring, because I really haven’t been tracking my food much at all. I’ve just been sticking with the meal formula I’ve come up with and the foods that I know work for keto. I eat when I’m hungry and I stop when I’m satisfied. This is quite reassuring because I’ve had many people come to me saying that this way of eating, that a keto diet, would make me gain more weight, that it would “ruin your metabolism” and so on, which after all my research, I highly doubted. And after experiencing this diet for myself, I’ve found validation in the exact opposite being true.

To track my progress each month, I take progress photos, take basic measurements, and measure my body fat percentage. So even though my weight and waist measurements are the same as last month, I was surprised to see that I’d dropped another 3% of body fat over the last month. That turned out to be a gain of almost 5 pounds lean mass AND a loss of 4 more pounds of fat over the last month! I was pretty amazed. I must have lost inches in other places on my arms, legs, and torso that I’m not measuring. So overall, I’m in the “normal” categories. Normal BMI, normal waist measurement, and normal body fat percentage. It feels good to be normal.

Below is a before photo compared to what I looked like this year for New Year’s Eve. I was able to wear 4 inch heels and dance the night away. None of that would have been possible a year ago. None of that would have been possible without keto.


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Fall Speech Available!

November 7, 2015, I had the honor of speaking at the Toastmasters’ District 2 Fall Conference in Redmond, WA. This was a dream come true for many reasons and I’m excited to share it here with you. You can watch my entire speech online now, for a limited time.

Next Goals

  • Focus on increasing nutrient density in my meals
  • Add weight training exercises
  • Add cardiovascular endurance training to get ready for hiking and backpacking this summer
  • Write a post about why I’ve changed my mind about mindful eating and weight loss.
  • Write a post about why a Ketogenic Diet is far superior to an HCG Diet or Ideal Protein Diet.
  • Continue to develop and expand my online programs on ketogenic nutrition adding an overcoming emotional eating program.

Lingering Health Challenges

While I’ve experienced AMAZING health improvements and body transformation, I am still experiencing a few lingering health problems related to that darned car accident from March 2014. I am having mild lightheaded/dizzy that seems to be linked to central and hypo- apnea. Unlike obstructive apnea (snoring and blocked airways), central apnea is related to the brain not sending the signal to my lungs to breathe. This seems to occur for me in the early morning hours, during the time when I should be getting my deepest, most restful sleep. This has improved gradually after seeing a chiropractor for the last couple of months, but my doctors have stated that central apnea is particularly challenging to treat. Just like with my CRPS and PTHP, I’m not giving up and still searching for a way to give my body the support it needs to reverse this.

In addition to the central apnea, I do occasionally experience randomly dropping items from my left hand. Plus stiffness and very mild pain in the front of my legs upon increased exercise. BUT this is no where near as severe as a year ago! It’s something I notice, but nothing that impairs my function nor keeps me from doing what I want to do. Thank you keto!

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7 Month Update on My Ketogenic Diet

This is an article in a series about my ketogenic diet, which I started May 18, 2015. If you’ve missed the other posts, you can read Month 1, Month 2, Month 3, Month 4, Month 5Month 6, Month 8, Month 9, Month 10, Month 11

Summary of Overall Improvements

In early 2014, I was in a serious car accident and spent nearly three months in bed due to crush injuries to my legs. I started to develop a chronic, progressive, and debilitating pain syndrome in my legs called Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome. Additionally, that fall I started showing symptoms of Post Traumatic Hypopituitarism, which included debilitating fatigue and constant dizziness, along with a long list of other debilitating symptoms. When numerous doctors offered no treatment options, I turned to a ketogenic diet, and in a few weeks, my symptoms began to subside. Along the way, I experienced a lot of other unexpected benefits as well. I am hooked on this way of living!

Here is a summary of the health improvements I’ve experienced from “going keto” thus far:

  • Pain and swelling gone from my legs, hips, and ankles
  • No more heartburn or gastroparesis
  • No more migraines
  • No more urinary incontinence
  • Hypoglycemia symptoms gone
  • CRP dropped from 10 to 2.69, 73% improvement!!
  • Fasting blood glucose went from 96 to 70
  • Triglycerides from 220 to 162 (still room for improvement here)
  • Normal appetite
  • Lots of energy
  • Dizziness/lightheadedness nearly gone
  • Soft, radiant skin
  • Sense of well being, peace, and happiness
  • 56.8 lbs lost (7.2 lbs over the last month)
  • Nearly 9 inches off my waist
7 Month Keto Progress

7 Month Keto Progress

7 Month Keto Progress

7 Month Keto Progress


90 Day Keto Challenge

Are you ready to experience keto for yourself? Do you have any of the symptoms I had, like chronic pain, metabolic syndrome, high blood pressure, or an ever expanding waistline? Might you enjoy eating bacon, butter, and burgers (no buns) while feeling better than you have in a very long time?

I’m offering an online 90 Day Keto Challenge program that includes everything you need to start and be successful on a nutritional ketogenic diet. I’ll lead you through exactly how I’ve been successful on a keto diet, sharing all my secrets, tips, and tricks to success.

Included in 90 Day Challenge:

  • Weekly live webinars
  • A comprehensive workbook
  • 90 days of easy-to-make menu plans
  • Shopping list
  • Private, online Facebook support group

For more info, or to enroll, click here.

What Do I Eat?

This is still the most common question I get! I record all my food on Instagram for this very reason. The other day I was meeting a new acquaintance for coffee and even after telling her that I started using Instagram to document what I was eating, she then asked, “But, what DO you eat?” I had to LOL. It is so much easier for me and for you to just have a look there. So if you’re curious, please follow me there.  Take a look @hypnoticnutrition

Keto Thanksgiving 2015 (dairy-free, too!)

Keto Thanksgiving 2015 (dairy-free, too!)

Thanksgiving and Birthday Celebration

Over the last month, two occasions happened in my life that might have thrown some people off plan: Thanksgiving and my birthday. And certainly in my past, these would have been occasions for me to overeat and overindulge. The whole time I’ve been keto, I have stuck to plan and stuck to 20 grams or less of carbs per day. This month was no exception! And to enhance the challenge of staying keto for these special occasions, my son and I had decided to do a dairy-free month for November. (He made it the whole month, I made it some of the way).

For Thanksgiving, I was at home with my son and his girlfriend and we planned a full keto feast, since my son is keto, too. I made turkey legs confit (cooked in fat) bacon grease, mashed cauliflower, bacon fat gravy, ultimate keto buns, olive oil roasted broccoli and mushrooms, plus keto pumpkin and chocolate cream pie.  Everything was dairy-free, low carb, sugar free, grain free, gluten free, AND it was all delicious, too. I had not made anything with psyllium up to this point, so I was very curious how the ultimate keto buns would turn out. I was also curious how eating them would make me feel, since I’ve only made a keto bread one other time. And I found that the texture, while very bread-like, was not very appealing to me. I ate a couple of mini buns, but had no desire to eat any more. In fact, I had to put them in the freezer (where they still are) to avoid mold because they were not being eaten fast enough. (My son did enjoy them quite a lot, however, and ate a few too many, as evidenced by his multiple trips to the bathroom the next day!)

Like many people, I had a second Thanksgiving to attend on another day. I didn’t sweat staying keto on this one either, since I took leftover cauliflower and a stick of Kerrygold butter and block of cheese. And it turned out that a distant relative at my second Thanksgiving was keto as well! It was really exciting to “talk shop” with someone at this family event, and it was awe inspiring to hear his story of how it has transformed his life by eliminating the chronic pain he’d had in his back.

The weekend before Thanksgiving I gathered with friends to celebrate my 45th birthday. It was a full day event at our new local McMenamins brewery-hotel-movie theater-etc. compound. In the past, I was a huge microbrew fan, but since going keto, I have had almost no desire to have beer. The mere thought of consuming it makes me feel bloated and foggy, which makes it very easy to not even be tempted. I found food menu items that worked, both for dinner and breakfast the next morning. Really, it was a lot of fun and a piece of cake. OK, actually no cake for this birthday! In fact, it wasn’t until someone asked me about cake on Facebook the next day that I even thought about missing cake for my birthday. I entertained the idea of making a keto-friendly birthday cake for myself the next day, however it just seemed like a lot of work for something that I really wouldn’t enjoy all that much. My tastes have changed tremendously over the last 7 months. I don’t crave sweet things, don’t crave bread, either. Cake did not appeal to me at all.

It feels great to be steadfast in this keto lifestyle that I can navigate any celebratory challenge. There has not been a restaurant or party I’ve attended yet where there wasn’t something I could eat and enjoy. And I can always grab a block of Kerrygold butter and cheese along the way to take along, when in doubt.

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Keto Success Stories: Beka

It’s really easy to find ketogenic diet weight loss success stories online. What gets me even more excited, though, are success stories about amazing health transformations. Like, stories where people were really sick, disabled, bedridden. Like, you know, people who have seen countless doctors, but no one can offer any hope of recovery. A story like mine (which you can catch up on here: Month 1, Month 2, Month 3, Month 4, Month 5, Month 6)

Last week, in my keto Facebook group, I asked members what things in their past, pre-keto, that they were happy to have in the past. One of the members, Beka, had a lot to share. And her health transformation is one of those success stories that gets me really excited about keto.

Beka's health had deteriorated to the point that she often needed a wheelchair to get around.

Beka’s health had deteriorated to the point that she often needed a wheelchair to get around.

Here is what Beka shared about her life before adopting a ketogenic diet:

Symptoms pre-keto: constant pain, digestive issues, extreme fatigue, hypoglycemic crashes, high blood pressure, high inflammation, constant lightheadedness, digestive issues, heartburn, migraines, and seizures. Also, emotional sensitivity, insane ringing in the ears, inability to focus/pay attention, and memory loss. I experienced such extreme weight fluctuations during the course of a day due to inflammation/swelling that I had 6 different sizes in my closet at once, and had to change multiple times a day to adjust for swelling. I was really depressed because despite going to multiple specialists, the docs couldn’t figure out what was wrong with me. 

I was so sick at one point that I could hardly get out of bed. I stopped eating. Used a wheelchair when I was up and could barely remember my own name let alone anything else. I would wake up in the morning hearing my kids and didn’t know who’s kids they were until later in the day when a bit of my memory caught up with me. People just don’t get it but I’m never going back to that as long as I can do anything to help it.

This is all now in Beka’s past. She is alive and thriving, thanks to finding keto. Eating a low carb, high fat diet “cured” Beka. She now has her health back, and like she said, she’s never going back to her old way of eating.


Are you ready to experience this kind of health transformation? I’m launching a 90 Day Keto Challenge in January 2016. It includes weekly webinars, keto meal plans and shopping list, a workbook, and private online support group. For more info, click here.


Keto Diet Success Stories: Sheena

After the amazing health transformation I experienced by “going keto,” or adopting a very low carb, high fat diet, I’ve had many others reaching out to me to share their stories of healing.

(You can read my story in my monthly updates here: Month 1, Month 2, Month 3, Month 4, Month 5, Month 6)

Sheena is a 30-something wife, mom of two, and a personal trainer that lives in the Seattle area.

After using a low carb, high fat diet to end migraines and chronic pain, Sheena can now get back to doing the things she loves, like spending time with family and hiking.

After using a low carb, high fat diet to reclaim her health, Sheena can now get back to doing the things she loves, like spending time with family and hiking.

Here is Sheena’s health transformation story:

For the past 12 years or so, I have struggled off and on (and ultimately daily) with severe, debilitating, chronic migraines and autoimmune joint and muscle pain. Additionally, as years passed, the number of food allergies and intolerances began to multiply to the point where I was literally afraid to eat anything and developed a severe eating disorder. I went from dietitian to dietitian who insisted all of the food intolerances were just a part of the eating disorder, leaving me discouraged and still feeling extremely unwell. My health became worse and worse, when according to all of the health practitioners, it should have been getting better. I knew all along that there was something else entirely going on, but I just needed someone to believe in me, to help me with what actually was going on, not what they wanted to treat. After working through the eating disorder issues with a dual certified nutritionist and therapist (who believed in me) for about a year, she suggested a ketogenic diet to help manage the pain that many traditional doctors had not been able to relieve.

At first, I just kind of shrugged it off, but sick of living in a daily hell of just trying to exist with the least amount of pain possible, I finally decided, what the hell! I want to live, not just exist.  And so, with the encouragement of my nutritionist and Naturopathic Doctor, I began my new journey with this “high fat diet.” To my surprise, it didn’t take more than a few days to see astounding results. The very first day I began to find relief from the digestive discomfort. Within a few days, my energy began to increase, body pain decreased and my migraines started having a start and end point (rather than permanently being a part of my existence). A few days turned into a few weeks, which turned into months. Suddenly I realized I wasn’t sick all of the time. I was enjoying life. Sure, I still had some bad days, but there was time between them, ever growing. Not only had my energy increased, but hope and happiness found their way into my heart again. Looking back a year later, I can clearly see my autoimmune issues, body pain, cold intolerance, digestive problems, anxiety, depression and fear around food have been completely eliminated. I have had a significant reduction in migraines, nausea, fatigue and mental fogginess. My weight has stabilized and been maintained. I have been able to exercise consistently enough to gain strength and stamina. And I have gotten off  almost all pharmaceuticals for all of the above. And with my health turning around so significantly, I have been able to start working again, which gives me a sense of purpose again and brings me joy.  LIFE IS GOOD.

Here is Sheena’s coconut oil challenge from October, 2015.

Are you ready to experience this kind of health transformation? I’m launching a 90 Day Keto Challenge in January 2016. It includes weekly webinars, meal plans and shopping list, a workbook, and private online support group. For more info, click here.


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