Sarah Evans Shares Amazing Results - Dr. Berg's Healthy Keto
By: Sarah Evans
Just sharing my keto journey with you (as well as for others) who may find some inspiration, motivation or wisdom. It may be too long, and if so let me know as I can cut things out. Or feel free to cut things out. Height 5’5” Age: 40 SW: 238.8 CW: 159.4 GW: 150 Total Lost: 79.4 pounds Started January 15, 2019. Example of inches lost: Waist: 13.5 Hips: 12.5 Chest: 9 Instagram account: @myketolife2 My life before felt out of control in every sense of the imagination. It felt like wild horses could not drag me from scouring the cupboards. If it I was in my mind, I had to follow through. Nothing could stop me. It was a powerful force, yet left me feeling totally and utterly powerless at the same time. And that powerlessness led to being all the more triggered and in defeat. I would often watch other people who managed their weight and couldn't understand their secret. It all seemed so impossible for me. So many years like this, sitting on the side lines not knowing what to believe or where to turn. Sometimes I would muster up enough will power and courage to loose weight, but these attempts didn’t last long. I felt like my own worst enemy. I have cycled through many seasons of coming to the end of myself. Finding the resolve to loose weight only for it that will power to dissipate or even worse, turn in on myself and become afraid of becoming more attractive. This fear was very much attached to childhood sexual abuse, and so I knew that my issues with food were deeper than self-discipline issues. I've have many years of ups and downs, dieting. Was 'Keto' just another attempt? I really didn’t care because I was desperate. I’ve done Atkins, isn’t it similar? Not again, I told myself. I’m not jumping on another bandwagon. So as I anticipated an upcoming change, knowing I had to do something, the more I spiraled out of control with my eating. It was the dieting mentality that I had become wise to, but wasn’t sure how to change. I seemed to know it all, but why couldn’t I apply it? I was shopping and spotted The Keto Diet by Leanna Vogel. Impulsively, I bought the book but it sat on my shelf for months. Too scared to open it, it could be another symbol of yet another failed attempt, I couldn’t bring myself to read it. I went camping with my best friend, who was on Keto diet and had lost 20lbs. She had shared some helpful resources with me including this man named "Dr. Eric Berg". I started looking into it. Over Christmas Break, I researched more and more....and soon found myself wasting a lot of time watching "Dr. Eric Berg" videos. He really built my foundation and helped me understand (in lay-men's terms) the amazing science behind this way of eating. To my surprise, this way of eating was far different than I had thought and so much healthier than I understood. It broke all the food rules and I had been taught all my life. I felt like a rebel, a revolutionary in some strange way, breaking new ground for myself. I soon found myself soaking up as much information as I could about this counter-cultural way of eating. I knew I was becoming a little obsessive about the whole thing. Sometimes when new habits are being formed the pendulum has to make a big swing, eventually landing somewhere in the middle. It is important for me to mention that also at this time, I had been in Trauma Therapy for several months working through my journey of childhood sexual abuse and learning to regulate my autonomic nervous system....which I have since learned that a high fat diet helps regulate the Autonomic Nervous System! No wonder this framework of eating has been hugely successful for me and so many others! I do believe that these two things coming together around the same time (therapy and keto), set me up for success. I do also believe that therapy or not, Keto sets you up physiologically for success. I noticed right away my blood sugar stabilizing, allowing the healthy high fats to satiate me to the next meal. I wasn’t driven by ‘fake’ hunger or the hunger that comes from carbs spiking your blood sugar. I no longer had to put myself to bed with hunger pangs (like with previous diets), but felt satisfied to the point I didn’t feel the urge to snack or reach for those high carb foods. After a month of solid research, I made a promise to myself that I would see this through all 4 seasons and no matter what. I would trust the process and not give up on myself...no matter how bored I got, or how demotivated I became, or how tired I got of cooking and planning meals I got. I would NOT give up. I decided to start an Instagram account (@myketolife2) dedicated solely to this journey and would follow others on a similar journey. My IG is an open journal that documents month to month changes, things I cooked and liked (or didn’t like!). I decided on several measures of success where I would monthly weight in, take transformation pictures and measurements. I’m so glad I did this as I could visually see the changes. And when I hit my longest weight stall is when I lost the most inches. Good thing I wasn’t only being driven by the scale! I also told myself that I would not give into impulses. If I want to eat off plan, it would have to be planned in advance. The Keto diet has provided me a healthy framework for eating, providing me with solid parameters, coupled with proven science that gets your body working with you (not against) to loose weight. That in itself is motivating! Keto has given me empowerment. I can do this! That empowerment has now seeped into other areas in my life.