My name is Sarah and I am here to tell you my very realistic journey with the ever trending “ KETO DIET”.

A little background…. I am a full time working mother of 2 children. A 10-year-old autistic son and a very sassy 3-year-old girl. I also take care of my neighboring grandparents and have close family and friends. It’s a constant struggle to balance all these things, especially now during COVID-19.

About 2 years ago, I became very sick. I was loosing my hair, constantly vomiting, bleeding, tired…. I went to my Endocrinologist first and she took a quick sonogram and said it looked like my uterus may be cancerous and we booked an appointment to operate and do a biopsy. I begged for a blood test because I felt so weak I could not stand. I was told I didn’t need a blood test.

I go in for the surgery and I see all the doctors and nurses lined up waiting for me and they said they needed to turn me around immediately because I was pregnant and would die any minute if they didn’t operate immediately.

I don’t remember much after that – but I had a left tube etopic pregnancy and everything was removed. I can write for hours about how this angered me and how we are living in a failing healthcare system, but I will choose to move on with my work to advocate for patient’s and children’s rights to empower their own journey of any issue that you may be facing.

Since then, all the wounds healed but I started to gain weight rapidly. I wasn’t doing anything different. I tried Weight Watchers as I had with my son, but this time it did not work. I was starving myself and not loosing weight.

Between the hormonal issue and finding out I had a sluggish liver, I wanted to make a quick start turn around on my weight issue. After so many articles, testimonials and the hype, I choose to do the Keto Diet. I know dieting is a lifestyle and not a one-time quick fix. I choose this because I felt like it was the most reasonable way to live and still have time to cook for all my family members. I liked the fact of eating carbohydrates and sugars and then slowly integrating them back into your diet.

So a few things I decided I will not do:

1. Not step on the scale. At least for a while. I want to feel better and I do not want a number to derail me

2. Not talk to people about my choice. This is a controversial diet and people’s opinions can sometimes persuade me – this is my personal journey

3. Not ignore myself. I will no longer come last. I usually wait until my family eats and I eat the scraps while cleaning up

4. Not be miserable. This is a strict diet and I cannot be perfect. I will allow myself to go off track and recalibrate in the morning and move forward

The past few weeks have been interesting. The first two days I had no energy and fell asleep at 7pm. This is called the “Keto Flu”. Now, I am full of energy, not hungry as I thought I would be. I am not struggling as much as I anticipated.

I would like to go on this journey with you and let me know how you are doing!

Here are some of my favorite foods:

-Trader Joes Salmon

-Trader Joes Parmesan Crisps

-Scrambled Eggs with cheese and scallions

-Egg or Chicken Salad

-Grilled Chicken Thighs. The Trader Joe’s brand come without skin and have many varieties.

-Raspberries and Blackberries ( the lowest net carbs of all fruit )

-Pecans ( the lowest net carbs of all nuts )

-Heavy Cream and Unsweetened Almond Milk – Great for coffee

-Broccoli Rabe sautéed with olive oil and garlic

-Marinated Mozzarella Cheese

-Vegetables with a side of spinach dip

What are your favorite snacks?

** I am not a weight loss or keto expert. Just someone trying out a new way of eating. You can learn more about the diet here: https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/ketogenic-diet-101#1 https://www.dietdoctor.com/low-carb/keto https://www.womenshealthmag.com/weight-loss/a19434332/what-is-the-keto-diet/

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