My Ketonian Journey

My name is Roberta. I was born in Brazil but became a naturalized U.S. citizen when I was 22. I’ve struggled with weight my entire life. And in that life, I’ve taken care of everybody else and never took time for me. In fact, I think I avoided me. That attitude of I’ll do it next week. I’ll get that next month. Keto has helped me to learn how to put my oxygen mask on first. This is my motto for 2019!

I was in the hospital January 27th – February 4th, 2017 for PRES syndrome. Posterior Reversible Encephalopathy Syndrome is a mouthful and no fun whatsoever. I was put on a low calorie, low sodium heart diet. 🤮 Then I was put on a low fat diet.😭 And it wasn’t until October 2018 that my doctor put me on a keto diet as a last resort. I have reversed my PRES syndrome by the grace of God!

So this is where I started my journey on a ketogenic diet. High inflammation, low self-esteem, polycystic ovary syndrome, high blood pressure, extreme stress and anxiety. I was fed up with trying my hardest and it not working with any diet I tried. It seemed like everyone was able to lose but me. I was in pain every single day.

My hormones were imbalanced and I became pre-diabetic because of the PCOS. When my doctor recommended keto, I was a huge skeptic but nothing else worked. Then when I saw me in the picture on the right below, I started doing A LOT of research. Fat was now good and carbs turned to sugar and it could overwhelm ANYONE. The aha moment happened and I was hooked. I can feel good when I wake up? Keto said yes. I can have avocados every day? Keto said you must!! Then I started seeing results (including pain levels going down) so my husband, Nick, jumped on the bandwagon for added support. We thought, maybe let’s do this together?

In the picture below, on the left was in mid-October of 2018; the pic on the right was mid-November 2018.

Hopeless on the left….endless possibilities on the right!!!

Already you can see in my face the pain is SO MUCH better!

This next picture is before Thanksgiving to before Christmas 2018. I lost nothing on the scale between pictures BUT I lost inches.

I have been told when the scale doesn’t budge, it is because there’s real change happening behind the scenes. Detoxing, inflammation lessening, hormones balancing, blood pressure normalizing, becoming fat adapted/ketosis. This is why it is so important to take progress pictures to see with your very own eyes that the magic is happening.

This is Nick and I at Christmas 2017 on the left. We could hardly hug each other. Two balloons trying not to pop the other. 😢 But look at us on the right! Can’t you just see the joy in my face! His arms wrap all the way around me! 💖 It IS working and soon, the scale will reflect it.

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So please stick around for the days, weeks, months, and years ahead as I share my keto journey with fabulous new ketogenic recipes loaded with yummy fat and flavor! I will be converting all the wonderful recipes handed down to me by my awesome Brazilian great and great great grandmothers (both sides of my family).

If you have any questions, always feel free to reply in the comments. Have a great ketonian day!