Like everything else in life, it feels like a long time, yet it feels like a very short time. No matter the relative time, this last year has been life-changing, that is for sure.
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When putting together all that I wanted to share with you about the last year of my ketogenic diet, I looked back at the diary I started at the beginning, when I still considered it a 90-day experiment. Here is what I wrote about 2.5 weeks in:
“Why did I do this?
So many reasons! I was in a motor vehicle accident (MVA) last year and in addition to the chronic pain in my legs, I’ve also been having a really long list of other symptoms (fatigue, lightheadedness, cognitive impairment, gastroparesis, heartburn, extreme hypoglycemia symptoms, uncontrollable appetite, extremely high CRP (inflammation marker), etc.) that I think are related to a mild brain injury and Post Traumatic Hypopituitarism. So I wanted to see if this WOE could help heal my brain. Also, dementia runs on both sides of my family (one side is dead, other side was just sent to assisted living due to it). Family history of diabetes. Metabolic Syndrome (I currently fit the criteria). Low HDL cholesterol. AND I really wanted to learn all I could about keto because I’m a nutritionist and if it worked as well as everyone says it does, then I can’t wait to take it to my clients. (I’m about 2.5 weeks in and so far I’m feeling FANTASTIC and more and more motivated each day to keep going. Improvements I’ve seen already: pain in my legs is nearly gone, cognition is nearly as good as pre-MVA, gastroparesis gone, heartburn gone, CRP dropped 62%, hypoglycemia symptoms gone, and appetite normalized. I haven’t had my cholesterol numbers checked yet, but I’m sure things are improving there, too.
I’ve never been able to follow any kind of diet plan in the past due to extreme feelings of deprivation and constant hunger. And as far as the middle path, mindful eating, intuitive eating, all that stuff I used to teach to all my clients, well, that is what lead me to all the health problems and 50 pound weight gain over 10 years! However, with keto, although it is very restrictive (still plenty to eat though!), it has been way easier for me to stick to, mostly because of the threat of having to start over with the fat adaptation process. It isn’t that fun to go through and takes some time, and I don’t want to start that all over again. The other reason it has been easier is that my appetite is more normal rather than ravenous because my body is actually getting an efficient fuel source.”
This month I decided to do two videos. One is a montage of all my monthly progress photos so you can really see the body transformation. The second video is a verbal update of all the health improvements plus other things that have happened over the last month.
Full Year of Monthly Progress Pictures
My 12-Month Update
What I share on my video:
- Review of what made me start a keto diet
- Weight loss history
- My intermittent fasting experience
- My visit to Levl Now lab in Seattle, a company creating a new breath ketone meter
- My Top 5 Tips for long-term success on keto
- Details of my Instagram giveaway!
Before and After Keto
- Weight: 220 pounds to 161.2 pounds
- Body Fat: 40% to 28.9%
- Waist: 40 inches to 30 inches
- Inflammation dropped (CRP down almost 70%)
- Clean, whiter teeth
- Skin tags on my neck are all gone
- Heat tolerance (now I love the sun and heat! I used to get super sweaty all the time and hated the heat)
- Normal sleep times (All my life, I had been a night owl, naturally staying up until 2 or 3 am. After the accident and my PTHP symptoms, I could not sleep at night at all and often could not sleep until 6 or 7 am. Now I am sleeping by about 11 pm and up around 7 am. My central sleep apnea is much improved as well.)
- No more non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (something I recently realized that I haven’t even mentioned here)
- Normal blood pressure (after the accident, it was high enough I was considering taking medication)
- No more stiff ankles in the morning (pre-accident symptom)
- No more head twitch (something I had not reported here yet, but something else that I remember from pre-accident and pre-keto was a random, uncontrollable head twitch)
- Mental and nervous system function greatly improved (after the accident, I was having issues with words getting jumbled when speaking or typing, along with frequently dropping things)
- No more popping jaw (TMJ)
- Normal digestion (no GERD, no heartburn, no gastroparesis, normal bowel movements, no gas or bloating)
- Lightheadedness nearly gone (post accident symptom)
- Chronic leg pain nearly gone (no edema or swelling, still having some hypersensitivity late at night (allodynia) but not intolerable)
- No more dry elbows
- Very soft skin
- Clear skin
- Plenty of energy for all day (post accident fatigue was debilitating)
- Exercise endurance (I can go hiking for hours without any food)
- And much more than I’m remembering right now!
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