Hi, my name is Evy!
Ever since I became very self aware as a teenager I started dieting when I was around 14 years old. I was always very focussed on how I looked, and how others saw me. In my world, people who were thin, were accepted and respected. So my 14-year old self took information on how to lose weight and look good from beauty magazines and the mainstream media. (which didn’t have my best interest, I realised years later)
When I first started to diet, I had to deprive myself from the foods I loved the most; no more chocolate, cookies, ice cream, etc. So I started well, lost some weight by giving up the sugary foods, but then ended up binging on them after. I couldn’t bear a day without my favourite flavours. I became addicted to starving myself and then overate until I got sick because I just couldn’t stop eating until I finished that bag of cookies or pint of ice cream. I was so addicted to sugar and felt miserable.
I had no idea about nutrition and why I couldn’t maintain a healthy weight. I was obsessively counting calories, because that’s what everyone was talking about: calories in calories out. At some point I gave up dieting, when I met my now husband. I had just moved to USA, where I got introduced to a whole lot of delicious tasting foods. This only resulted in more food addiction, weight gain and feeling exhausted all the time.
Short after our wedding, things changed. I got pregnant and I wanted to give our baby the best start in life. I knew my lifestyle of eating high processed foods, and abundantly drinking alcohol every weekend had to change in order to grow a healthy child. So I started making little changes. I quit the drinking complete and I cut down on the fastfood and soda. I started eating more vegetables and meat and I had a good healthy pregnancy. I was motivated, because everything I did, I did for our baby. I did more research on healthy habits and nutrition. Only this time, I didn’t look up dieting to lose weight, I looked for healthy living. And that’s what lead me to the ketogenic diet and a lifestyle that I fell in love with.
I realised I needed to get healthy in order to lose weight. I shifted my mindset from looking good, to feeling good. We decided to go on the ketogenic lifestyle with the whole family, and we have been on it for about 3 years now. Feeling better than ever.
Knowing what I know now, I wish I could tell my 14 year old self that I’m not worthless, lazy, weak or don’t have any discipline. It’s because I ate ingredients the food industry made me addicted to, and that my body became addicted too. It’s because I was misinformed about nutrition.
I know I am not the only one who ever felt this way. That’s why I followed a course on keto coaching by Dr. Eric Berg and got certified, so I could help others. That’s why I started my blog and social media. To share my experience, to inspire others it’s possible to enjoy sweets or your favourite foods, just in a different healthy way. Because that’s the best thing about keto. You don’t have to stop enjoying life in order to be healthy.
WHAT IS A KETOGENIC DIET?
The ketogenic diet is a high-fat, adequate-protein, low-carbohydrate diet.
The diet forces the body to burn fats rather than carbohydrates. Normally, the carbohydrates contained in food are converted into glucose, which is then transported around the body and is particularly important in fueling brain function. However, if little carbohydrate remains in the diet, the liver converts fat into fatty acids and ketone bodies. The ketone bodies pass into the brain and replace glucose as an energy source.
That’s where Ketosis comes in:
Ketosis is a metabolic state in which some of the body’s energy supply comes from ketone bodies in the blood, in contrast to a state of glycolysis in which blood glucose provides energy. Generally, ketosis occurs when the liver is metabolizing fatty acids or ethanol at a high rate in the absence of glucose and converting the product acetyl-CoA into ketone bodies. The first ketone body to be produced is acetoacetate, followed by enzymatic reduction by beta-hydroxybutyrate dehydrogenase to beta-hydroxybutyrate with NADH and a proton as a cofactor, or loss of a carbon dioxide molecule to form acetone. As the liver itself lacks the metabolic machinery required to utilize them, the product ketone bodies are entirely released into the blood for use by the rest of the body.
In short: your body will burn your fat as energy source, which leads to healthbenefits such as a having more energy, clearer skin, better mental performance, lower stresslevels, lower triglycerides, lower bloodsugar levels, weightloss, good cholesterol levels, and it is also used to treat epilepsy.