I had been morbidly obese most of my adult life, had high blood pressure since I was a teenager, trying diet after diet, losing and gaining over and over.
After meeting and marrying my husband, things were great, but my weight was on the rise yet again. In 2006, I was at just under 300 lb. I started researching Gastric Bypass surgery, went to all the meetings, had all the testing done. After serious thought, and discussions with my husband, I decided to go for it.
There is heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure in my family history and was told through this weight loss surgery I would benefit greatly with the weight loss. So, in May 2007 I had the surgery on a Monday, went home on Friday, and then went right back to work. I was told to have NO protein the first week post-op. Then to start with 100% whey protein drinks.
I followed this faithfully, then could start eating, but had to purée my food if I intended to do so. Then after about the third week I could eat food.
By May 2008, I had lost about 85 lb., felt great, was told I no longer needed my blood pressure medication.
Due to how I was eating, and I admit I added some chocolates back in to the picture, weight started on the rise. At some point I also found out I had osteopenia.
Fast-forward to 2012, both of my knees were killing me, my back was hurting, was told I had arthritis in both knees as well as my back. I had to get both my knees replaced.
In the beginning of 2020, my sister had been researching diets and found keto. After a lot of persuasion and persistence, I owe her a lot!
I started on the ketogenic way of eating on September 27, 2020, weighing in at 269.9 lb. and never looked back. I had a great doctor at the time in New Hampshire where I was living.
Right now, I weigh 168 lb., down just over 100 lb. so far. I have been off my blood pressure meds now for quite some time after 40 years of being on them. I have no more back pain.
I was diagnosed with osteoporosis in Sept. 2021, which has improved after having my last bone density test.
Since starting Keto, I feel so much better and, through a lot of experimenting, I feel being more ketovore works for me, if not carnivore. Occasionally I will have a small salad, or a little broccoli, or other Keto-approved vegetable, but love meats, eggs, and of course bacon.
Keto Chow has been a saving grace for me, as it fulfills my desire for sweets on occasion. I do not use it every day, but when I do, it definitely replaces a meal, whether as waffles, pudding, a shake, ice cream or in one of many recipes I find on Keto Chow website.
Also, my husband is Type 1 Diabetic and has found that Keto Chow does NOT affect his glucose levels whatsoever. He has battled highs and lows for a very long time himself before starting on keto with me and is so appreciative that Keto Chow is definitely an option for him. He too enjoys this as waffles, shakes, ice cream, etc.