The Ketogenic Diet is a high-fat, moderate protein, and absolutely low carbohydrate diet that attempts to change your metabolism to burn fat instead of carbs

Over sixty days ago I made a lifestyle change. I would finally be rid of my ‘pre-diabetic‘ state.

Ever since I received this diagnosis five years ago I always worried about it, but really could not find the motivation to do something about it.
And each of those years as I go through my physical exam the results keep getting worse. I keep gaining weight due to my cravings for rice, potatoes, pasta, and bread. I continue to ignore the warning signs.
But then on the last day of August, when my teen was packing her things away getting ready to move into her college apartment, I decided that she has a brand new start in college….I then should have a brand new start in my eating habits. The sugar cravings must end.
And just like that…cold Turkey….I did it. I embarked on the KETO Diet.
Otherwise known as the Ketogenic Diet, this is a high-fat, moderate protein, and absolutely low carbohydrate diet that attempts to change your metabolism to burn fat instead of carbs. This one was highly recommended for those who are pre-diabetic or are trying to control their diabetes.

I relied on this KETO Diet informational website to find out what kind of keto-friendly foods to eat.

I knew it was going to be difficult. The four types of carbs, bread, pasta, rice, and potatoes, were my favorite foods. I had to stop eating them completely. I also cannot eat candy, chocolate, and any of the artificial sweet stuff. Even fruits full of sugar such as bananas and apples were a no-no. I used this online resource to help me find out what the food I should avoid:

Was it difficult?
Surprisingly I got through it fine. When I started the KETO diet on September 1 that was Friday leading up to a long Labor Day weekend wherein we had no work on Monday, September 4. During those days I primarily stayed home. I planned everything out:
  • Got Hubby to agree to have separate meals. He may need to cook his own food the first few weeks because if I cook for him I might be tempted to have what he is having.
  • Went grocery shopping and bought the alternatives to starchy foods, such as cauliflower rice, broccoli, salad ingredients, chicken, beef, and other meat.
  • Used my Happy Planner and Crafting materials to keep me distracted from my food cravings
  • Kept a ziplock bag of Stevia and Monk Fruit sugar substitutes so that I can keep away from Splenda and sugar.

And as simple as that I got through the four days without a hitch. The succeeding days were pretty much the same. I had my own set of keto-friendly foods and I did house chores, my hobbies, read magazines, and anything interesting to keep my mind away from the thinking about the carbs. I knew I was going to miss it so I had to prepare to make sure I would keep at my goal.

Soon it was not such a big bother. I would eat at all the restaurants I usually eat in and select the keto-friendly foods. I looked up at different recipes online (there are a ton!).

I use lettuce to wrap meatballs, pulled pork, chicken, etc. And it tastes delicious!

The article ‘Blood Sugar Levels’ is fro WebMD.

I went to sushi restaurants with my family and was perfectly happy just eating salad, salmon, and chicken. Miso soup was good too.

I went back to my favorite Korean eatery and ordered the grilled chicken like I used to, ate the side dishes, and asked for more broccoli instead of the usual serving of their brown rice.

Fast forward to sixty days and here I am feeling all elated right after receiving the results of my health diagnostic exam, wherein I had blood drawn for several measurements. My blood sugar is at 91 mg/dL !!!! What does that mean? NO MORE PRE-DIABETES! My blood sugar level is NORMAL!!!

I am beyond thrilled with this great news! What to do to celebrate? I will treat myself to babyback ribs and eat it to my heart’s content!

I want to have a normal blood sugar for life so I intent to try to keep at this keto diet.

Anemia Levels. Image by Aranesp.

Will I try eating pasta, rice, bread, and potatoes?

No. I really have no cravings for them. I see them differently now at the food that ruin my health. With this new perception I have no desire to eat them at all.

I may take a spoonful of the tiramisu my husband orders. Or indulge in a sugar-free sweet from time to time (I just had this chocolate, caramel, and nuts ‘Turtle’ chocolate labeled ‘sugar-free’ from a Carmel-By-The-Sea candy store). But in general, I will shy away from the candy and opt for a healthy piece of fruit as my taste buds have definitely changed.

The one sweet food I did miss and will try to treat myself to once in awhile was frozen yogurt. This revelation surprised me. I kept thinking about it and wanting to eat it. Not even ice cream or chocolate. It was frozen yogurt with lots of almonds. I have since fulfilled this craving with goat’s milk yogurt and Greek yogurt which has the least amount of sugar per gram (i.e. between 5 to 6 grams per serving). But once in awhile I ask my Hubby to treat me to frozen yogurt from my favorite local place.

Now that I have achieved getting into the normal zone in my blood sugar, my next health achievement is to overcome my anemia. I have been anemic for nearly two decades, and it was getting worse by the year. In my last checkup eight months ago I was diagnosed with severe anemia, with a hemoglobin count of below 8.0 g/dL. In layman’s terms, there isn’t enough red blood cells carrying oxygen in my body and therefore I am only running 65% to 75% energy level. In worse cases I can get a stroke. 

Scary, huh?

Well in my recent blood test after the KETO diet, my hemoglobin count has gone up to 10.0 g/dL, which is considered mild anemia. THAT is great news! If I can get it over 13.0 g/dL then I will no longer be considered anemic! Therefore I need to keep at it and continue making progress.

This is one of my most revealing and personal post yet. Why? Because I want anyone who reads this that may have the same symptoms or conditions that I experienced to learn from what I went through.

And to also let you know that change is possible. I have been on starchy foods all my life until I decided to do away with it. Now I do not even crave it. I look at it with disdain because these are the kinds of foods that are ruining my body. And therefore I have no need for wanting to eat it.

How about you? Have you tried the KETO diet? How do you feel afterwards?

38 Responses to Zap away Pre-Diabetes with the Keto Diet

  1. Jenn says:

    This sounds like a smart way to go for those worried about diabetes. Thankfully I don’t have that worry, but I do know a few people that do.

  2. I have had heard of the Keto diet but didn’t know what it was. Fantastic win for you, congratulations! I have diabetes and try to follow a low carb diet although, I am not the best at it. I manage to loose a few 8-10 lbs a year which is not enough. I am going to read up about the Keto diet after the rush of the holidays.

  3. Rosey says:

    I haven’t tried it, but I was just thinking today that I really, really need to work on cleaning up my diet. We’re so busy we’re living on fast food and that is NOT good at all. For me, or more importantly for my son.

  4. MarciaF says:

    I had severe anemia and couldn’t believe how little energy I had at the time. I could barely get through grocery shopping and I had to stop my exercise program. I ended up with iron transfusions and different supplements and it went back to within normal range. Giving up my cars would be a whole lot harder to do.

    • Stylish+Geek says:

      That is definitely my next challenge – to tackle my anemia. I have improved so far in my hemoglobin levels bec. of the Keto diet. I will keep at it and cross fingers it goes to normal!

  5. Heather says:

    Wow! It takes a lot of determination to do this cold turkey. I’m really impressed, and to do it over the holidays too!

  6. I did keto from May to August with great results. My blood work was incredible. Then I hit a slide, and I have been sliding ever since. I cannot seem to get my grip. I am trying every day though.

  7. jake smith says:

    It’s so nice to stumbled upon this post. I hope I could do it too. Even though thinking about it now makes it hard.

  8. Vicky says:

    That is great that your cravings for bread and starches has decreased. There are lots of good alternatives like the cauliflower rice you mentioned. Good luck with the changes.

    • Stylish+Geek says:

      Thanks Vicky! OMG…I love cauliflower rice! I stock up on them! I love brocolli rice too! There is also the SHIRATAKI noodles w/c is ZERO carb. They have different varieties of this, i.e. shirataki rice, shirataki spaghetti noodle, etc.

  9. Congrats on no more pre-diabetes and for having regular blood sugar!! That must’ve been difficult to go cold turkey like that! But that’s amazing you no longer crave those foods! For health reasons, I had to go on a similar diet with no carbs, gluten, sugar, or caffeine which was very difficult for me as I had to give up several of my favorite foods that I still crave >.< Your story is very encouraging though and proves how much changing what you eat can improve your health naturally! Thank you for sharing!

    • Stylish+Geek says:

      Thank you so much Amanda! What really surprised me is how immediately effective it was. In 2 months I got my blood sugar to normal and I lost the cravings to sugar and starchy foods (which I was dependent on for most of my life). I didn’t realize after the diet…but the first one that went away is the weight in the belly area. Whoa! That really thrilled me! Clothes of smaller sizes in my closet fit me again. I love the other results that I did not expect that came with doing this.

  10. Angela says:

    I have heard a lot of great things about the ketogenic diet! So glad to hear you are no loner pre-diabetic!

  11. Andrea says:

    I like a lot of the keto diet it has a lot of health benefits and I do take a bit here and there since i myself eat low sugar because of my hormonal imbalance and mood disorder.

  12. Dogvills says:

    I am diabetic and I need to stay away from bread and rice but it is so difficult. My best friend who is diabetic too went on a Ketogenic diet and she lost weight and her blood sugar levels returned to normal. I really should start doing something for my health. It is not enjoyable to keep poking myself with insulin everyday. Thank you for the motivation!

  13. anniesnomsblog says:

    I’ve heard of the Keto diet but I wasn’t really sure what it was. This is super helpful and informative. I’m trying to cut down on my sugar and be healthy; I do love bread so much though, that would be so hard for me to give up!

  14. while I can not go on this type of diet, due to my dietary restrictions, and chronic illnesses – no, not illnesses that can be fixed with a diet – I do find it fascinating. Thanks for all of the information. Blessings!

  15. Diane says:

    Wow you’ve done a great job congrats! I have heard of the KETO diet. I’ve never really understood what it was until now. It makes sense to me. All my best to you!

  16. Erika says:

    Wow those are great results.

  17. kimmieklewis says:

    I have several people in my family on this diet and they swear by it. I don’t know if I could do it or not.

  18. Emily says:

    I have heard about the Keto diet, but didn’t know it was 75% fats! What all healthy fats can you eat? I would be all for avocado 🙂

  19. lmochoa488 says:

    Great tips! It is important to do what we must for our health. You provide us with valuable information.

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