On Curbing the Carb Addiction
I was introduced to the Ketogenic Lifestyle by a very close friend who had been giving me a hard time about my eating for some time. I had years of processed food, convenience meals and mac and cheese under my belt, plus a bit of a sweet tooth (loved my alphabits and oreos). She asked if we could do it together and I started partly to humor her and partly because I was always open to new adventures and wanted to see what it was all about. She requested that I watch “The Magic Pill” and it was then that I really decided to commit to this lifestyle for my own health. There was SO much I didn’t know about what I was doing to my body.
I started this adventure with my eyes wide open and both feet on the ground. I quit sugar and carbs cold turkey and what I was not aware of was, as soon as I stopped feeding my sugar/carb addiction I thought for sure I was going to die. I called my “friend” (I wasn’t sure she was going to remain a friend at this point) to tell her I was near death…
“I’m currently 60ish but I now have the energy of a 40-year-old me.”
My friend laughed and told me to relax and that I was experiencing what is referred to as the “Keto Flu”. She told me to ride it out and that once I got through it I would feel amazing. At the time, I had my doubts but after a few days of feeling terrible my body came out the other side, stronger and feeling better than ever.
My concern wasn’t so much about the weight loss, I was carrying about 25 lbs I sure didn’t need, but it was more about living a longer, fuller life. I’m currently 60ish but I now have the energy of a 40-year-old me. Once I became “Fat adapted” in a ketosis state, it meant my body would now use fat for fuel and run more efficiently. Even though I felt like I didn’t really need weight loss, my body naturally started shedding pounds. I’m now down to the ideal weight I was in my 30s at a lean and trim 205 lbs. I have so much more clean energy than I did before, and by that I mean it is energy produced by my body, not by artificial sources.
I can’t help but share with everyone about this lifestyle. It feels like I have found the hidden secret to living a longer more active life. Why wouldn’t I want everyone to know what we are learning about the truth about FATS and dispelling the Fiction?
On Reversing Weight Gain and Non-Scale Victories
There is a really long story behind this picture and it involves Lots of years, fears and tears… literally! After my awesome husband of 26 years got sick in 2014 I immediately took on the active role of “making everything ok”.
I was the caregiver, insurance fighter, advocate and much more. I was so busy keeping everyone else together that I forgot about me. I internalized my stress and it completely consumed me! I could not breathe or sleep thus my cortisol levels were crazy!
I never took time to STOP and process his cancer nor the fight we dealt with for 4 years! I just kept on rolling.
In the coarse of this I had a hysterectomy and gained 25 pounds overnight. Doctor after doctor , diet after diet, workout after workout … nothing worked. How many can relate to that?
In May 2018 I found a doctor on line and decided to “try” what he was doing… I mean really… I did everything else so why not?
I took the plunge and gave up sugar… once I got a handle on that I stated living a healthy lifestyle… little did I know fast forward to now that I’d be here sharing.
God has a crazy way of prepping you to step into your greatness or calling… I’ve always been driven and geared into helping others regain their health… as a nurse of 27 years I just knew I was gonna save the world.
Ha! I needed to save myself first!!!
Happy to report hubby is in complete remission and embracing the healthy lifestyle.
I’m helping others make baby steps in taking control through “No sugar first” then moving into carb-age removal !!!
This picture is a victory for the jeans have no spill over into what was one a muffin top… I walk with confidence and know I’ve only just begun!
On becoming a Hero
When my friend approached me I was thinking, another business venture, but this is much more it is impacting lives. When I watched the documentary the magic pill, I realized, I Found My Purpose…
We grew up very poor 7 kids in our family, people in our town gave us food and now I realize we were rich. We didn’t grow up with the normal McDonald’s my mother always had a home cooked meal we had a garden. And the only sweets we got were on the weekends. Neighbors gave us warm Cows milk that wasn’t even pasteurized, heavy cream butter etc.
When I moved out of my family’s house and got married, I used to eat 3 half gallons of ice cream a week Sometimes eat a whole pie at One sitting, I really had a sugar and carb addiction because Of not being able to have much growing up I went overboard LOL.
Now on this journey I am feeling amazing taking the delicious FATSboosters it keeps me from craving sugar, I have lost 12 pounds and I don’t even know how many inches loving the energy and I am so thankful to touch many lives, I love being a Health Hero.
If Not Now Then When
In the fall of 2015 I was the largest I’d ever been. My clothes were super tight, and I was at the point where my options were to buy a larger size wardrobe, go through the procedures to have gastric bypass surgery, or seriously work on losing weight. I opted for the last option, losing weight.
I was at a conference with my daughter and couldn’t walk a half mile without huffing and puffing and taking numerous breaks. She told me she was really concerned about my health and wanted me to be around a long time for my husband, children and grandchildren.
I took her words seriously and bought a FitBit to track my steps and exercise, started working out 3 days a week, and discovered the Ketogenic diet. During the next 8 months, through changing my diet and adding exercise, I lost 55 pounds, and I was able to reduce my blood press medications to half.
Through the three years that followed I went through the heartache of losing both of my parents and my adult daughter had a double mastectomy. During that time, I adopted to more of a lazy keto plan. While I pretty much remained gluten free, my weight loss stalled. After seeing my father suffer for years with prostate cancer and my mother with early stages of Alzheimer’s, I desperately wanted to become more healthy and knew that included losing more weight.
During the Summer of 2018 my good friends, Debbie and Susan, told me about a new Ketogenic Lifestyle company that was starting up, Club Sotek. I watched “The Magic Pill” and decided to jump in and go back to eating a ketogenic diet.
Since this summer my blood work is looking better, and I’ve dropped 2 pants sizes. I now drink half of my weight in ounces of water daily, including a morning and afternoon FATS booster. I’ve learned the benefits of intermittent fasting. And all the good fats in nutritionally ketosis food – YUM!
I’m so excited to see where this journey will take me, and I hope my story has encouraged you to join Club Sotek and enjoy the health benefits of nutritional ketosis!
On Changing my Future
I started this weight loss journey Homeless at 350 pounds. At my highest I was 360 pounds. Within my first month of doing low carb I lost 25 pounds but then I took 4 months off. My weight-loss stopped during those 4 months. When I first stared my weight loss journey I didn’t understand the health benefits of keto so I was against it until I started doing my research. I watched the documentary called The Magic Pill and was introduced to Club SoteK. Their mission statement and the opportunity to help people like myself and make money answered a lot of my prayers. To start with my weight-loss goal is to lose 175 pounds and I know I need the support of people and supplements to reach my health goal.
“The 1st photo was the beginning of Shannon’s weight-loss journey. The 2nd photo was after losing 25 pounds on a low-carb glucose based diet. The 3rd photo is after losing 10 pounds on the FATS Program. The difference is huge because the FATS Program (a ketogenic nutritional based program) uses your stored body fat for fuel.”
Club soteK also has the ability for me to change my future. My family and I have been homeless from a house fire then subsequent hurricanes and struggling with less than ideal living conditions all without support from my family. We are ready for a new life. When you are struggling financially it is an amazing gift to not only help people but also be able to help yourself. My goal is to rise up out of poverty and become a hero to millions. I can not wait to change the lives of my children, my fiancé and of course my own life. It is amazing to be around people that encourage and believe in me. With Club Sotek I found a renewed purpose, peace and energy for life…hope is what I’m selling.
The day was September 18 2014… the day my life FOREVER! I was diagnosed with follicular lymphoma… cancer! Life now had a new “normal”. I thought… I can’t have cancer. I’m healthy, I work out, I eat healthy! At least I thought I did… I found out my cancer was traced to aspartame. I drank Diet Coke EVERYDAY… I
thought it was better for you than regular coke. Man, was I wrong!
After my diagnose my wife, Philippa did not skip a beat! She got busy and tapped into her nursing resources. She literally studied, read, listened & researched everything to find a cure! Being a fellow nurse we dove into How inflammation, oxidative stress & sugar relate to cancer. Scary stuff! We started to alkaline our bodies, took sugar out of diet & “lazy” keto lifestyle. I did conventional treatment in conjunction with holistic methods & happy to say I’m cancer free for 2 1/2 years now!!!
Over the coarse of last 4 years I have learned a lot & realized you are your own advocate. You must do research & learn what works best for you. You must always ask questions & not take “what the doctor says” I often say “I had cancer BUT cancer never had me”!
Through the years I have tried so many weight loss programs, looking for a quick fix. Sure they worked for a short while, and then I would gain every pound back plus a few extra. Every supplement I’ve tried always had some research behind it that made since to me. Through the years all the info I have collected kept pointing to what causes cancer and other diseases. But at the same time Doctors, Scientist and most effective brain washing, The Media were saying just enough to keep us going in the wrong direction. I’ve heard of the Keto diet and even researched it but the switch in my head didn’t flip till I saw the documentary The Magic Pill. Oh my, the info that was in this movie was what I have collected through the years. It showed the difference between fact and fiction about our foods and nutrition. I just turned 60 and my body is starting to fall apart, I do not like it!! I work in a hospital and I see so many people my age getting a little cup of pills. That scares me! I know sugar is our number one enemy. It breaks down our bodies, Causes cancer and many other diseases. I’ve been on the Keto Life Style for about 3 months now. I turned 60 in August but I’m feeling 58. LOL! I have no Idea how many pounds I have lost. I don’t care. It’s all about how I feel, and I’m starting to feel younger. So the Keto Life will be my forever Life Style.
In May of 2018, after struggling all my adult life, 43 years, with yo-yo dieting, I gave up processed sugars and most white starches. Was I surprised when in a matter of 2 months, I dropped 20lbs! Keto was the craze, and I was intrigued but uncertain of the unknown. But after all wasn’t Keto about high fat, moderate proteins, and low carbs? For someone who struggled all my adult life, having tried more “diets” than I can count I decided to try Keto.
My journey on the Keto Diet started in August of 2018, after watching The Magic Pill. If that documentary doesn’t open one’s eyes, I honestly don’t know what would. It opened my eyes to the fact that for my entire adult life we were told low fat this, low fat that. If that was true, why were so many Americans still obese?
I found this Keto thing to be a lifestyle and not a diet. It takes practice and lots of experimenting with what foods and recipes work to your liking and tastebuds. It has me back in the kitchen, and I like being there!
One of the many benefits of this lifestyle is incorporating a 12-20 hour fasting period. That was one of the things I thought I’d have trouble doing. Surprise, it became effortless quickly. The fats take away much of the hunger and urge to snack. Like any lifestyle, there are going to come times that you choose to indulge in foods that are not on the Keto friendly chart. What I have found is that’s OK. Indulge, but get back on track. Do away with the guilty. Whenever I use to “cheat”, I would be consumed with guilt and continue to eat crap all the while telling myself, “it’s OK you can start again tomorrow.” Tomorrow never came, but the pounds did.
I am now down 55lbs and feel terrific. I still consider myself a newbie. There is so much more to learn and share with others. I hope I will become a Hero to some by my example.
I’m not there yet. What does that mean? I’m far from perfect, but I’m a work in progress. I’m not where I want to be…yet.
I have spent most of my adult life trying to lose weight. I’ve counted calories, drank shakes, took “magic pills” and anything else you can think of. And where did all of that get me? Weighing more than I ever weighed. In January, I weighed more than I did when I was pregnant with either one of my beautiful children. Today I weigh less than I have in five years, but I have a long way to go. A long way. But for the first time, I’m not giving up. I think about food in a completely different way than I have my whole life. I still don’t eat great, but I eat better than I have in a long time and I eat differently than I ever have. So what changed?
I was introduced to Club Sotek by my friend Crystal and she told me to watch The Magic Pill. I took my time watching it, but when I did…it was LIFE CHANGING!! As I watched the movie, I cried. I was sad. I was angry. I was dumbfounded. I felt like I had been lied to my entire life. The stories touched me because I could relate to all of them. I am supposed to be on all kinds of medication to help with depression, anxiety, high cholesterol and I’m sure there is more but I stopped going to the doctor because I didn’t want to know anymore. My husband is a Type 2 Diabetic. My Sister-in-Law has brain cancer and is fighting for her life. Watching these incredible people in the Magic Pill go off their medications, cure diabetes and cure cancer with FOOD blew my mind!! Why didn’t we know that food could heal us?
After the sadness and anger subsided, I felt hope. I told my husband and everyone that I talked to, that they needed to watch this movie. I wanted to clear out my cupboards and start over. But I didn’t. Anytime I try something like this and I dive headfirst, I give up after about 3 days. So I have slowly started making changes. I’ve changed the foods that I eat and I love them. I started drinking more water and less soda. I started drinking delicious F.A.T.S. Boosters and never had to deal with the Keto Flu. And fasting has been the easiest part for me. I fast for at least 12 hours every night.
And what happened? I changed. I look at what I put into my body differently. I look at what I feed my family very differently. My body has begun to change. I didn’t take a before picture or take my measurements because I’ve done that so many times before, only to be disappointed. But then I went to put on my jeans for our family pictures and they wouldn’t stay up – so I had to find a belt. And I hated how the jeans looked in the picture, but I loved that I was seeing a change. I also noticed that my joints didn’t seem to grind when I walked, something that had prevented me from working out. I thought that was in my head, until I ran out of my F.A.T.S. Boosters and my joints all started cracking again. I didn’t know how truly miserable I was, until I started to feel better.
I might not follow the F.A.T.S. Program to the letter, but I’m working on it. I’m getting closer to where I want to be, I’m just not there yet.
Like many teen girls I saw myself as athletic but fat in High School. Now that is my GOAL weight. I did lose some weight after High School and started college at 108# and a size 2/4. I started medical school at 120# and a fit size 6/8. My weight gain journey started during medical school and OB GYN residency while working insane hours, surviving on greasy hospital food and unrelenting stress. I switched to family medicine residency and practiced for over twenty years. The yo-yo diet cycle started.
I lost most of the weight while owning a Wellness and Anti-aging center doing a modified keto diet. I kept it off for a several years until a double whammy of stress hit… my husband was diagnosed with cancer and I was threatened with a frivolous lawsuit… both hitting in literally the same hour. My husband is now a six year cancer survivor and the potential lawsuit was dismissed due to lack of merit. But the stress was a fat magnet and I packed on nearly 90#.
My obesity, career- ending injuries and chronic nerve pain from a car accident, steroid induced diabetes, increased inflammation plus the emotional baggage contributed to me being unhappy. Something had to change and it had to be me. I made the commitment on January 1st, 2018 to do a 100 hikes and lose a 100# in 2018. I completed hike number 87 on November 28th and will have over 100 hikes done by New Years Eve. I struggled with the weight loss and hit plateaus and became discouraged. I started the keto diet in August and added the FATS program and Fat boosters afterwards. My keto diet transformed into a keto lifestyle. In this picture taken I released close to 30 inches and 2 sizes in 3 months. I tossed the scale and am following my clothes size, measurements and labs. It’s crucial to have your physician be part of your keto journey with you. Please see one before you start and during your transition to a keto lifestyle.
My diabetes is reversing and my inflammation test markers have been cut in half and are now normal. My life has transformed and I have energy and more stamina as I am a more physically active Mom and wife. My husband is my biggest cheerleader and goes on the majority of hikes with me. My Kids are excited to see me happier and our family is transitioning to a much healthier and happier lifestyle. I will be forever grateful to the support and encouragement from my extended Club Sotek team. I am completing my Keto Coach Certification to be even a better Hero for others. Remember, its progress… not perfection.
Growing up until my late twenties, I was what you refer to as a “hard gainer.” A hard gainer is someone who has a hard time putting on weight through weight training and nutrition. Through those years, I tried every type of supplementation you can think of; protein powder, amino acid, creatine, pre and post workout drinks, and mass gainer. Nothing worked and I hated being skinny. I would wear sleeveless shirts in the gym so I could embarrass myself thinking it would be the extra motivation I needed to train harder. Nothing worked until my metabolism started slowing down, I quickly went from a hard gainer to an easy gainer.
In my thirties, I still had the mentality that I could eat what I wanted and wouldn’t put on weight. Even though I was putting on weight easily, I still saw myself as a skinny teen. I ate whatever I wanted when I wanted to. My bad habits of late-night eating and daily ice cream snacks were starting to take a toll on my body. During this time, I was still active in the gym but who was I kidding. No matter how hard I trained, I couldn’t out-train a bad diet.
Now I am in my forties and once again I am embarrassed by my appearance. Now for the opposite reason that I was in my teens and twenties. For the first time, I found myself working the camera angles so that I wouldn’t look fat in photos. I finally had enough and had my “aha moment,” My “aha moment “ was early this year when a good friend from college came to visit me and we took a photo together. I was sickened and embarrassed by how fat I looked.
During this time, the ketogenic diet was becoming popular. I was ready to make a change and I figured any diet where I could bbq and eat bacon was the diet for me. I was introduced to the FATS program which to me simplified keto and made the lifestyle less intimidating (intermittent fasting, adjusting macros, adequate water intake, and daily fat boosters). Between being ready for a change and the simplicity of the FATS program, my body really reacted to the keto lifestyle and I started seeing rapid changes. In 6 weeks, I basically had a full body transformation. In 12 weeks, I was at my goal weight and for the first time competed in a CrossFit competition.
For me, FATS isn’t a program, its a lifestyle. I couldn’t imagine going back to the old way I use to live my life. Now, I like the man I see in the mirror and photos. No longer do I have to work the camera angles, Forty is truly the new twenty.
I am very happy for the change of life that I am having grace to a great friend who shared with me Club soteK. Of 252 pounds I am now 192 pounds.
I feel very well, my blood pressure is regulated. I feel very well, with the whole attitude of changing many people.
Joann & Tom W.
I was introduced to Club Sotek in late August of this year. I put some thought into the concept of using ketogenics to become a healthier version of myself, not for weight loss necessarily because by the medical community’s standards I was already pretty thin. I had heard a lot about this “program” from a friend and quite honestly was curious. It fell into alignment with my concept of healthy eating. Well, everything except the fat eating part. So, I began to research, ask questions, and watch videos about ketogenics. What I learned was fascinating!
I think it’s important to fill you in on my background story. I had already eliminated most of the processed carbs from my standard American diet in 2012. But, I didn’t do it for the weight loss; I did it to maintain a level of wellness that was more important than weight loss to me. I had terrible joint pain that was almost unbearable. Convinced that I had arthritis, I visited my general practitioner to get tested. The test came back negative. All my blood work was good except for vitamin D levels. Taking a vitamin D supplement helped, but didn’t completely stop my pain. At the same time, I was seeing a chiropractor for help with shoulder pain. One day he asked me, “Have you ever considered that what you are eating is causing your joint pain?” I was shocked because I thought I ate pretty well. He gave me some information about processed foods, especially carbs. That’s where my so-called “healthy carb” story began.
Fast-forward to August. I knew even before watching the documentary, The Magic Pill, that processed foods were unhealthy. I was your typical organic, read the labels, buy the low-processed food gal before. (Ask my friends.) I bought “healthy” food and cooked at home. But, even I was fooled by masked carbs and hidden sugars. Watching this documentary solidified my belief in adopting an even more natural eating lifestyle. One night I announced to my husband (Tom) that I was going to try a keto lifestyle. He stopped what he was doing and looked at me like I had three heads and asked, “YOU are going on a keto diet?” He continued, “Let me know how that works for you, and don’t expect ME to do it because it’s not healthy!” I explained that it wasn’t a diet and that I was still going to eat, and oh by the way, eat well with healthy fats and good protein. That was the end of our conversation, at least so he thought. So, I started concentrating on my keto grocery list. The food on that list was what I began purchasing. So, Tom ate what I cooked without complaining – much. Example: I stopped buying “healthy chips” (which were still carbage). So, he stopped eating them. I stopped buying “healthy” English muffins.” So, he stopped eating those as well. Within two weeks he announced to me that he had lost 5 pounds without even trying. (I giggled a little inside.) Two more weeks went by and he once again announced that he had lost another 5 pounds. That was 10 pounds in a month without even trying (right). So, I asked him, “To what do you attribute your weight loss?” He finally decided that it could be the keto lifestyle WE were living.
As of publication date, Tom, my reluctant ketonian, has lost 20 pounds safely and without being hungry! Just illiminating additional carbs (you know, the so-called “healthy” ones) has netted an 8-pound loss and 8-inch non-scale victory for me. Because of some underlying health issues, Tom is under the supervision of a physician at Vanderbilt University. His physician knows about his eating lifestyle and is pleased with his progress. Also, we make sure we take quality vitamins and minerals, drink our FATSboosters and exercise as part of our healthy ketogenic lifestyle.
I was diagnosed with Hashimotos disease and had put on about 50 pounds in the last 5 years. I have tried everything to get the weight off and nothing seemed to work. Since living the kept lifestyle…I am happy to say that I am down 13 pounds. I just love the fats boosters as I am not so hungry during the day.
In January 2017, I was at my highest weight ever, sadly, thanks to menopause. As someone who was thin my whole life, I was mortified with my appearance. I can remember attending a wedding and not even wanting to get up from the table to dance because I was so unhappy with the way I looked.
Fortunately, I was able to lose all my menopause weight thanks to an all-natural weight loss program I followed alongside a Mediterranean Diet. Although I was Thankful for the weight loss, it wasn’t until I found out that I was going to be a Grandma that I knew weight loss was not enough. Keeping the weight off and finding a way to stay healthy has become more important to me.
I plan on dancing with my Grandson when he gets married one day. Being introduced to a Keto lifestyle peaked my interest after researching it thoroughly and realizing the many health benefits.
I have always loved helping people and I love that I have found a way to be a Health Hero! This is only the beginning for me. I look forward to sharing my own personal journey while helping others do the same.
On the Standard American Diet (SAD)
Here is my keto journey story with my before and during photo. I say during because my keto journey does not have an ending. It is my new life and my body will continue to change for the better.
Here’s a backstory, I lost 40lbs in early 2017. I did that by eating less than 800 calories a day and having 6 small processed food items a day. I lost quickly! I thought I loved the way I looked but I was drained, the color in my face was pale and yellow. I had no energy and stopped working out. As soon as I reached my goal weight, I started to incorporate the Standard American Diet (SAD), I quickly gained back 30lbs. I was also working out 5-7 days a week at Crossfit but still gaining rapidly. I thought I was being healthy but it wasn’t working.
This brings me to the before picture which was taken in July 2018. I am actually shocked I kept that picture because I thought I looked horrible in it and I normally would have deleted it immediately. I am thankful I didn’t. What the before picture does for me is it brings me right back to that day. I was miserable that night. My jeans were so tight I could barely breathe and I had extreme belly pains by the end of the night. I love having this photo now. I never want that feeling again and looking at it brings me much joy knowing I will not go back to that girl. That night I even spoke to a friend about needing to get healthy again. I started my KETO journey that following Monday and I haven’t looked back.
How did I do it? I followed FATSapproved meals, meaning 70% fats and less than 5% carbs. I also fast daily a minimum of 12 hours a day. I started using FATSboosters about a month into doing keto and I always get plenty of water.
I have no idea how much weight I have lost because it doesn’t matter to me. I know the jeans I have on in the during photo wouldn’t even go past my hips in July. I see the changes in my body daily not just the outside appearance but the internal feeling. I haven’t felt this amazing in my life. I have been this size several times in my life but I have never been on a plan that I saw as a lifetime. I can’t imagine ever not eating keto.
On Participating in your own rescue!
Have you ever seen something over and over again but one day it hits you in a way it never had before. Hits you right in the feels and makes you think.
I had that happen today. See I have this pj shirt that says “I love you more than pizza” and it always made me chuckle and be like #datinggoals lol
But today was different. See for practically my entire life my self image and weight has always been an issue for me. Even when I wore a size 2 pants I still felt like a big girl most days. I never felt good enough or pretty enough. Or really just enough. Because I was always told I wasn’t (not just by society but by my father and by exes). So for years I neglected my self and my health. I either didn’t eat and drank too much. Or I emotionally overate. I said I was going to try to “diet” but I never lasted more than a week or two. I would get bored or tell myself one cheat day wouldn’t hurt which turned into a cheat week then a cheat month, aka that diet was done for.
Recently that has all changed. For the past few months (as you know if you follow me) I’ve been on this health journey and been living a nutritional ketosis lifestyle. And for the first time in my life I’m falling in love with my body. I’ve been putting myself out there a lot more and doing things that scare me. I’m the most confident I’ve ever been. I love the curves I have. I feel healthy. I am more outgoing and not depressed feeling. I still have some ways to go in my healing both my mind and my body but the nsv I’ve had so far from just making some simple, easy, enjoyable lifestyle changes… I could never thank my “health heroes” enough.
Today I realized that my #datinggoals came true in a way I never expected them to. Because of this lifestyle I fell in love with myself. I love myself and my body and my health more than pizza.
If you struggle like I did with being happy and healthy. If you’ve tried diet after diet with little to no result (or temporary result). If you’re sick and tired of being sick and tired. Well then it’s time to make a change. It’s time to make an impact. It’s time for you to love yourself more than pizza. Love yourself enough to chose to make a few little changes that will not just impact your life in an incredible way but those around you as well. Be a health hero for yourself. Be a wellness warrior for yourself. Participate in your own rescue. Love yourself more than pizza! PS if you haven’t watched “The Magic Pill” please do! It changed my life!!
On Finding Solutions for Digestive Issues
Well, to be honest there are actually two reasons I started Keto. The first reason is because someone I hardly knew introduced me to it – She is now someone I consider a good friend! Crystal shared the Magic Pill Documentary with me and urged my husband and I to watch it. After many defying days we finally did! Due to having 2 little kiddos running around it took us two nights to watch the documentary.
I was struck by the many health benefits a Ketogenic Lifestyle can provide. Most impressively the effects on cancer. When I saw the woman who suffered breast cancer in the documentary tell her story, I had tears streaming down my face. Mostly because I watched my father (pictured above) die of cancer and the thought entered my mind that maybe, just maybe, had I known about Keto before he was diagnosed, it could have saved him.
While I understand there isn’t an overwhelming amount of research on Keto and cancer, I also understand the relationship between diet and health and how extremely important it is. It became obvious after watching The Magic Pill that Keto was the open door waiting for me to walk in. I owe it to my family to do everything possible to stay healthy and live a long fulfilling life and God willing I intend to do so.
The weight loss I experienced while eating a Ketogenic diet was an added bonus to the non-scale victories I have achieved. As mentioned previously, I have suffered from ongoing digestive issues for years! I tried everything – gluten free, dairy free, vegetarian, supplements, you name it, I tried it! Nothing worked. I decided this was just something I had to live with, the infamous IBS!! I am convinced IBS is a “catch all” when it’s unknown why you’re having digestive issues. Little did I know after two weeks on Keto my digestive issues would stop! Just like that! All these years I have been trying everything with no results. I was also getting frequent canker sores and those have stopped too. In addition, my husband and I have lost several inches and are able to wear clothes we haven’t fit in for years!
On Changes to my Diabetes
We as people only know what we know until we know it and we think we know everything we make judgments about things based on the little information we have. On July 30th 2018 my friend my Health Hero introduced me to the Keto lifestyle, he encouraged me to watch the movie the Magic Pill. He shared with me how my health could change if I adopted the Keto Lifestyle. He shared the F.A.T.S Program a simple way to do the Keto Lifestyle.
Since I knew and trusted him I investigated the lifestyle and decided to change my habits. I am type 2 Diabetic in 90 days for doing the keto lifestyle, I no longer have to take my small dosage of Insulin and my blood sugars are normal. I now have more energy than I have had in over 10 years, I sleep 6-7 hour a day, my vision has improved so much I do not need my glasses to drive just to read. I am so thankful that I was introduced to the Keto Lifestyle my life has been changed. I feel so blessed that my Health Hero took the time to share this Lifestyle with me.. This has been simple and easy for me if it was hard and time consuming I would not have done it..
I’ve always had a challenge with my weight and as a young girl in grade school, I was chubby. Started thinning out in junior high and at the end of Junior High joined a swim team and swam competitively for two summers. Thinned up really nicely during that time period and maintained about 112 lbs. Then due to an unfortunate set of circumstances didn’t make the high school swim team and stopped swimming altogether. As you can imagine I started gaining weight. Not a whole lot in the beginning but a little each year. Met my husband my junior his senior year in high school. He was 6’3″ 150 lbs dripping wet! He was even taking nutritional drinks to try and gain weight! Poor thing never knew that it would catch up with him someday. By the time we got married in 1980, I was at 165 lbs and that’s when the yo-yo dieting began.
Over the next 35 years, I would lose weight and get down almost to my goal weight only to stop the diet and then steadily gain back even more weight. Hubby just steadily gained a few pounds every year and ended up at 265 lbs as of August 2018. Several of the diets that I went on actually had me in ketosis but had me only taking in about 700 to 800 calories a day! And never really taught me how to eat after I got off the diet. At one point I was vegan for about 5 years and became very thin, but did not look or feel healthy. Ended up having to have a hysterectomy and that really messed things up!
That’s when I started studying Natural Health and enrolled in Naturopathic School, even becoming a manager of a local health food store. I really found that I had a passion for helping people find alternatives to Western medicine. Started having low blood sugar swings so added animal protein back into my diet. Ended up having to leave the health food store. Then hubby and I had a lot of mounting stress starting in about 2007 which accelerated my weight gain and I ended up being diagnosed with Hashimoto’s thyroiditis and low thyroid. Even tried the popular hcg diet with only 500 calories, lost some weight but gained it back and then some. I limped along until August of 2015 where I found myself at 256 lbs, the heaviest I’ve ever been. Way too big for my 5’5″ frame.
How could this happen to someone who knew so much about natural health?! I was busy helping everyone else and not paying attention to myself. And stress! Oh so much stress. I was sick and tired of being sick and tired, sick and tired of low blood sugar issues and sick and tired of having to buy larger clothes every month. My chiropractor and a good friend of mine talked me into doing a very special diet where over the next 2 years I lost 120 lbs, but I would not recommend this diet to anyone! I was allowed to eat some real food but two meals and a snack were their boxed version of food, and again was only on about 800 to 900 calories a day. Again got close to my goal weight and went off the rails! Was introduced to another system that was supposed to help me lose weight, but was never able to lose any more and actually gained some weight. Started getting frustrated and early in 2018 considered the Paleo Diet, and then got interested in keto but never did anything with either.
Then in August 2018 my Hero, Super Nurse Philippa, started talking to me about Keto and this new business she was looking into. She caught me just at the right time and right frame of mind. I jumped in with all fours and became a founding member! I was a little slow to start but hubby and I started Keto on September 21st, 2018. He’s lost 30 lbs! He’s lost a lot of his big belly! He’s also noticing more energy, better mental acuity and not feeling like he needs to eat a horse when he skips a meal. I’m down about 5 pounds and lots of inches but the most significant thing that I have noticed is more energy and waking up before my alarm goes off! Up until now I have never been a morning person and could not have a coherent conversation with anyone for at least 30 minutes after I got up and/or before coffee!
Now I can get up and actually be pleasant. Hubby is really happy with that because he’s a morning person! Also, I’m not having the blood sugar swings and can eat one or two FATS approved meals and maybe a few FATS approved snacks throughout the day without becoming mean, nauseous, getting a headache or my brain turning to mush. We still have a lot of stress, but I’m able to handle it a lot better. I’m so excited where this is taking us and I am looking forward to where we end up! And the best part of it is that we’re doing it together!
I started my keto journey on August 17, 2018. The hardest part was getting my mind ready to do this once and for all! I’ve been on so many diets over the years and decided that it was time to stop eating “diet” prepared foods, diet shakes, diet bars and low-fat food that tastes like cardboard. I had done low carb before and had some success so I researched the Keto lifestyle and watched The Magic Pill. That was when the light went off in my head and I knew that Keto would be my way of life from that point on.
My tips for anyone starting the Keto lifestyle would be to understand what foods are low and high in carbohydrates and the importance of getting your water in and good fats in. It’s an adjustment but the meals that you can prepare are endless. My favorite meal is cabbage rolls made into a stew and I love steak, so that’s a win! I sometimes have a hard time getting all my good fats in so I enjoy a great flavorful fat bomb – there are so many recipes and I just keep them in the freezer for a yummy piece of candy!! I also drink a FATSbooster twice a day to get in a good source of keto supplements!
I’ve been living the keto lifestyle for 3 months and I’ve lost 33 pounds and 37 inches! I only weigh myself once a month now since weight fluctuates so much and with Keto, you’ll may not see the weight drop like you want, but the inches will continue to drop off! I have a way to go but will do it! I’ve never been able to say that before because I always stopped the “diet” before I lost enough weight. Keto is my new lifestyle, it’s not a diet, it’s healthy living, and I’m so happy that I’m doing this for myself and my family.
I was always very skeptical of the FATS lifestyle. I believed in the low fat hype and have eaten that way all my adult life. When I saw my friends having success with a keto lifestyle, my husband and I decided to watch “The Magic Pill” and like so many others, it’s changed our lives. We began living a keto lifestyle in August and haven’t looked back! We both have incredible energy, great sleep, and I love the fact that the food is delicious! We also drink our FATS boosters twice each day and love all the flavors. We share our birthday and just turned 48 and 46 and we truly feel the best we have in years! I am so thankful for the keto lifestyle and FATS approved meals!
Over the past year or so I started realizing that I wasn’t living the healthiest life I could be living. Even though I worked out a lot I still found myself feeling terrible every day.
For a while now I have had CONSTANT stomach problems. I always feel sick, bloated, or nauseous, even have thrown up after eating. I even saw a doctor thinking there was something more serious going on. I lived in pain everyday.
I was also diagnosed with UARS (upper airway resistance syndrome) as it disrupts my sleep and causes extreme fatigue throughout the day and especially when I was driving
I also have gained 20lbs in the past year and that was with working out 4-6 times a week and eating what I was taught to be “healthy” food. Nothing was making sense as to why this was randomly happening. I needed a change. How did I know everything I was eating was the cause of my problems??!!!!
I started following a Nutritional Ketogenic Lifestyle with drinks that are full of wonderful fats and other great ingredients like Amino Acids has brought a tremendous amount of health benefits to my life. Since I started a couple months ago I have had not ONE single problem with my stomach and I’m sleeping like a baby.
I’ve lost 16lbs and do not feel bloated everyday. The greatest most coolest thing about this amazing journey is… my weight loss is just a side effect of eating Keto. How freaking awesome is that? I can honestly say this has been the easiest lifestyle change that I have made and never want to return to feel like the “CARBAGE” I was eating!! I can’t take a full body picture as I am currently crippled (in a hip brace) but even the difference in my face in the matter of months on top of having the best skin I’ve had in years has changed everything for me!!
I have struggled with my weight most of my life and sugar issues for almost 16 years. In Sept of 2018 my sugars were staying in the 300s consistently. I made an appt with my primary care doctor. I was very sick and she gave me instructions to eat basically the keto diet, started on medication, and took lab work. She called the next day and wanted me back in the office asap to recheck lab work because things were not good. I went in the following day for follow- up lab work. Then received a call the next day with them saying, “keep doing whatever it is you are doing because your labs are looking much better in just 2 days”.
God and His timing… I also received a call from my Hero, Wendy, the same day as my first appt. Wendy and I have known each other for several years. She had a business opportunity she wanted to tell me about. The first thing she wanted me to do was watch a movie called The Magic Pill. I did that night. WOW, it all made so much sense. I dived right in and started the keto lifestyle! Talk about timing!!
Two weeks later, I had another follow-up appt. My doctor told me how happy she was that my labs had such a quick turn-around because when she had me come to the second apt the next day for labs… if the labs weren’t significantly better she was putting me in the hospital. I had no idea I was that sick! At the 2 week follow-up I was down 7 pounds, my bp medicine was cut in half, and my sugars were consistently in the 120-140s after meals. This was a huge change. I will live the keto lifestyle the rest of my life. I look forward to getting off my meds in the future. Big non-scale victories for me are feeling less bloated, more energy, more focus, less joint aches, clothes fitting again!, just feeling alive and having hope for my future again. I really thought I was just stuck with my health issues for life. Everyone needs to watch the Magic Pill!
I am now down 10 pounds, lots of inches and have energy again. I have a passion to enjoy life. I’m learning so many new recipes and how to use the FATS calculation to create fun, wonderful tasting meals. I know it will take me a long time to complete my goals of reaching my ideal weight but that fact that I am losing weight in my 40s with sugar issues is proof to me that this is the right lifestyle for me.
I’ve been in the keto diet for the past 2 months and a half. During this journey I have lost over 20 pounds! I am a very busy man who lives by himself, therefore cooking is not my strong suit. I have been able to eat out at restaurants as usual by just following the ketogenic method. Following the keto diet and exercising has helped me reach my goal to loose over 20 pounds. If I can do it, you can do it as well!
He estado en la dieta ceto durante los últimos 2 meses y medio. Durante este reto he perdido más de 20 libras! Soy un hombre muy ocupado que vive solo, por lo tanto, cocinar no es mi especialidad. He podido salir a comer a los restaurantes como de costumbre, simplemente siguiendo el método cetogénico. Seguir la dieta ceto y el ejercicio me ha ayudado a alcanzar mi meta de perder más de 20 libras. Si yo puedo hacerlo, ¡tú también puedes hacerlo!
So let me just preface this that I am a “Vegetarian Keto’er”. Ya, there is such a thing. And no, I’m not crazy. I’ve been a vegetarian since I was little… my poor mom thought I was going to kill over. In other words being able to “eat tons of bacon!” is not what drew me to the Keto way of eating.
Long story short I turned 40 and all those people who previously said when you turn 40 your body stops working WE’RE RIGHT! All the previous tricks and typical “diets” to lose weight no longer worked. If anything they seemed to make things worse. I started to notice all these pictures on Facebook of people losing weight and anytime someone asked about weight loss the resounding answer seemed to be this new term of KETO.
I finally gave in and Googled me some Keto only to discover this out of the world “diet” where bacon reigned supreme and my precious pasta and potatoes (which I literally lived off of & was highly addicted to) was banned. My heart sank but I was drawn and fascinated by the science behind it. I spent hours reading and watching “The Magic Pill” and knew this was my answer but literally cannot, even if I wanted to, eat meat. I turned again to Google and Facebook and quickly discovered amazing blogs and groups dedicated to Vegetarian Keto.
I have fallen deeply IN LOVE with the Keto lifestyle. My energy is through the roof!! I never feel deprived because the food I get to eat is amazing and tasty and REAL. I swear by 2 tools as a Veggie Keto’er: my Magic Bullet for protein shakes made from a zero-carb pea-protein, and Hemp Hearts. I poor those little things on everything. In 3 1/2 months I lost 20 lbs and 3 pants sizes. I feel amazing both inside and out. And I’m never going back.
In February I made a conscious decision to take control of our health. I started off with a low-carb diet. Several months later I was introduced to the Fats Booster product and lifestyle by a dear friend and Hero of mine. I am thrilled to have been able to be among the first to experience this product. I have turned around my diabetes, my blood sugar is normal, a dream of mine.
What drew me to Keto was the point of desperation i was facing with my weight and to getting me out of this nasty depression. Basically due to an work-related injury I suffered over the past year being bedridden for 5 to 6 months in and out of the hospital, pain and therapy led me down to a path of depression. As soon as i thought I was getting better my knees went out on me because of my back injury an my weight. Honestly I was at the heaviest I’ve ever been in my life and I was done. This vicious cycle had to stop I just couldn’t take it anymore. I found lots of Articles on fad diets such as The Hollywood Diet everything you could think of. But I saw the success stories on the keto pages and that was what drew me to Keto. I had absolutely no knowledge of healthy fats and that is what sparked my interest. And said to myself ” I could eat fat to get fit!” So my journey started the first week and all of a sudden it hits me of realizing consuming healthy fats suppresses your appetite naturally I was shocked and I couldn’t believe it I felt like I found the magic pill or something.
As the weeks went by I got stronger and my my mind started to see things clearly. My brain fog lifted not even realizing that I even had brain fog. My mood was happier and a lot more positive cuz I was doing something about my lifestyle and making the changes to breakout on my rut. And now because of having all this knowledge i seriously want to help pass it on to others. Being introduced to Fat boosters has giving me that extra energy I need it to get me back into the gym and also loaded me up with vitamins amino acids my body was asking for. I love my fat boosters look forward every morning an afternoon to pick amazing new flavor to try.
Left 2 years ago n younger, right today. 15 pounds lighter n 2 size smaller in clothing! Healthy, and happy at a young 73 on the 1st is f December!! So happy a made a lifestyle change!
Excited, to be the example, the prove and inspiration for others!