My journey started when I went on hormone replacement therapy to “cure” my hormonal imbalance – I hadn’t had a period in over 5 years. 8 months later, my hormones hadn’t budged but the scale had. I reached a whopping 32% body fat and carried around an extra 20 pounds that, I swear, was made up entirely of cellulite.
I followed a paleo eating style, worked out daily and took good care of myself but the weight just kept pouring on with each passing day. The more my hormones fluctuated, the more food allergies popped up, the more bloated I got and unhappy I became. I didn’t feel healthy, and when my hips wouldn’t fit into a pair of last summer’s shorts, I knew I had to do something.
So, like everyone who wants to lose weight, I reduced my calorie intake and increased the intensity of my workouts. I was starving, craving and moody. Every 2-3 days I binged and was back to square one with loads of guilt.
I needed a full-body health solution that wouldn’t just make me look sexy! I needed to feel sexy!
Frustrated, I delved into reading medical papers to find the answer to losing hormone-induced weight gain and optimizing my health. The answer; it seemed, was nutritional ketosis. Only, it was overwhelming to see how many ketogenic resources used dairy as a primary fat source and relied on processed foods as a means to reduce carb intake. I knew that dairy wouldn’t jive with my body, so I developed a better whole foods solution for keto.
Armed with a budding recipe-creative mind, I decided to give high-fat dieting a whirl. Only, I was determined to do it without grains or dairy and focused on 100% whole foods. And, wouldn’t you know… 2 months later, I was down 20 pounds feeling stronger, healthier and hotter than ever!