I stumbled upon the ketogenic diet while scouring the internet for ways to avoid having to take medication for Type 2 Diabetes. As I've written previously, I had been overweight - and not just kinda - for years. For decades. Three decades, to be precise. I had essentially given up on the idea of that ever changing. But I really didn't want to have to take insulin for what we've all been told is a disease that we bring on ourselves. Bad enough to have to accept blame for being a big fat woman. Having to tax our family finances, risk our insurance standing, not to mention having to inject myself every day, was just too much for me to take.
So, to Google I turned. It was by chance (I don't remember which search terms I entered to get where I got) that I came to find this video. It changed my life for ever. For the better. For the unbelievably wonderful. I watched and re-watched. Intrigued, I looked for more references. It was from there that I fell down a fantastic rabbit hole of information. Lectures, interviews, books. I got my hands on everything I could. The more I read and watched and heard, the more it all made sense. My nutrition had been the culprit all these years. But not in the way my doctors, the media, the USDA food pyramid and popular opinion told me. All those sources turned out to be 180º wrong. Wrong, wrong, wrong.
After several incidents over the years (that's a topic for another post) where it was clear that one has to be in charge of and responsible for ones own health, I was primed to question authority. I simply hadn't read or heard any information contradicting the standard 'move more/eat less/go low fat' mantra. Then I viewed Dr. Eric Westman's video. He described an approach that was the opposite of everything. And it made sense. But I wanted to confirm for myself as much as possible that this radical concept - eat luscious fats, a bit of protein and avoid carbs (including cutting out many vegetables and all fruits) - was the key to losing body fat and lowering blood glucose.
Since we all should do as much of our own research as possible, I'm sharing some of the resources I've found the most valuable. As others come into my world and which I find have value, I'll add to the list. For now, see this page of books. (I'll be adding a page of videos). Look at the top of this blog and see the 'RESOURCES' tab, under which you'll find 'KETO TOOLS' and 'BOOKS'. I hope you find them as useful as I. Some may make you angry at the bill of goods we've been sold. But knowledge is power. And believe me when I say a few months of good nutrition truly can undo 30 years of bad.
Share if you've read some sources that have rung true or taught you things you didn't know about the ketogenic diet.
If our doctors won't tell us, we have tell each other.
I’ve been fortunate to have exposure to leading researchers, physicians and journalists regarding the ketogenic diet, also known as LCHF (low carb/high fat). We are all responsible for our own choices, including what we put in our mouths. I welcome questions, comments and even civil criticism. I’m still learning. So, if you have something to add, go for it. Thanks! - Casey