Testimony of the Day
“Hi, Maria- I wanted to share with you what I’m sure you’ve heard 1000000 times in similar versions. I’ve been on your (very) well-adapted ketogenic diet for about a month now. I stumbled across your site in a very roundabout fashion, but it plays into my “testimony”. I was suffering from severe constipation which required 2 daily doses of Miralax, and I had developed a chronic fissure from all the “not going”. I’m only 29 (28 at the time), and I’d had colonoscopies and scopes and work ups like you wouldn’t imagine. The answer always was “increase your fiber and whole grains”. You can imagine how that absolutely did not work. I was researching natural means of healing fissures when I began reading about coconut oil- which by the way, 100% healed me. After that, I started looking into coconut oil and found you! Yay!
So, not only did I have constipation, but I would swing unpredictably between constipation and severe and painful diarrhea- all the time! In addition to constipation/diarrhea debacle, it seemed like every time I went to the doctor, I was diagnosed with another autoimmune disease. I was 15 when I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s, 21 when I was diagnosed with Lupus, 26 when I was diagnosed with Autoimmune Progesterone Dermatitis (an extremely rare autoimmune condition where your body reacts to your natural progesterone spikes. Basically, in the days right before my cycle, I essentially became almost anaphylactic, with severe and massive hives, and angioedema which mainly affected my eyes and lips… (Eddie Murphy Nutty Professor style- seriously) I have to carry an Epipen just for my own period! Doctors had no answers for why this condition suddenly appeared, and why it went into remission about a year later), 28 when I was diagnosed with Hidradenitis Suppurativa (chronic, tunneling, painful boils), and 28 again when I was diagnosed with Psoriasis, including scalp and inverse (28 = not my year). And I would have bet my life on a Celiac’s diagnosis. The only conclusive answer anyone could give me as to why I was plagued with autoimmune diseases was “Pregnancy is a game-changer”, and basically blamed all my “conditions” on the birth of my daughter when I was 20.
Over the past decade, I have literally ballooned- there is no other word for it. I was plagued with skin issues, abdominal pain and bloating, depression, anxiety, fatigue, chronic pain- you name it. I had near debilitating plantar fasciitis and had recently just developed excruciating sciatica that was pretty much interfering with nearly every aspect of my life. I had pitting- I’m talking half an inch deep, pit for an hour- edema in my lower legs, that would occasionally move to my feet. Excema – everywhere, even inner ears! psoriasis, boils, joint pain, back pain- just complete pain and sadness and misery. I was nearing the end of my rope, and so tired of feeling like an old woman on her death bed. I was taking 3400mg plus of Motrin every day, Bentyl for stomach aches, prescriptions for my Lupus, thyroid, and depression, Ketoprofen, Tylenol, Excedrine- anything to combat the pain and swelling. And PMS, it would knock me on my butt and off my rocker! I would feel entirely exhausted on top of everything else PMS brings. And did I mention- I was constantly starving? All the time. ALL the time. Last year, I followed “Chose to Lose”, which is a version on carb cycling, and while I did rapidly lose around 40 pounds, I was literally ravenous, counting down my three-hour intervals to eat, and I still suffered from all my ailments- and constipation and diarrhea were sooooo much worse than it ever was!
So, after I found you, it took me a while to commit, But I finally decided, 29 was my year (January birthday!) and went for it.
On day one of keto, I had NO foot pain from my fasciitis and my sciatica vanished – both of which I suspected were inflammatory. My edema has nearly subsided, and I can see all the bones in my feet again! Almost instantly, it was like someone stuck a pin in my face and let the air out! The difference is stunning. My knees don’t ache, my back barely aches anymore, and I’ve yet to see a single boil. My psoriasis is nearly completely healed (it is winter…) and I haven’t dosed on Miralax a single time, and all is well in that realm! The only time I’ve had diarrhea was from magnesium … Too much too soon. I am never, ever, ever-hungry or hangry- and it feels amazing to not be a slave to food any longer. After my first deliciously fattening meal, I literally felt warmth in my chest, like my heart was expressing its thankfulness for finally nourishing my body. I am quite positive I have lost weight, although I have no interest in the scale at this point, I just want to focus on how amazing I feel right now. I haven’t made an appointment to check my Lupus labs yet, but I expect great things. I plan on working with a naturopath for lowering my Armour Thyroid dose, which I also expect to see improvement in.
And the final part- I had my cholesterol checked prior to starting this journey. In not even one month’s time- I shaved 45 points off my total cholesterol, which wasn’t even high to begin with, and 22 points off my LDL, which again wasn’t high either. My HDL took a 20 point dive which was perplexing, but I assume it will all even out as my body stabilizes and adjusts.
I am so looking forward to what the future holds, and for the first time since high school graduation- I can honestly say that I feel like my life is beginning and I cannot thank you enough. You have truly and completely saved my life, in ways you could never possibly know.
Thank you just can’t express my gratitude and appreciation and joy enough- but thank you all the more!” -Kyria
One issue that comes up is, how to eat gluten-free and heal the gut with all the “gluten-free” junk out there!
Yes, the waffles in the picture are “gluten-free.” But I have a few reasons why I don’t suggest them. First off, it will still cause inflammation and weight gain. The initial indicator of almost every illness is inflammation of our cells. Therefore it is critical for us to get a better understanding of what causes inflammation and choose the right foods to prevent it from happening!
Inflammation is usually associated with pain, swelling, and heat. BUT it doesn’t always show externally; “silent inflammation” is more dangerous because we usually don’t’ know we have it until an illness falls upon us. Everyday issues like headaches, sinus problems, allergies, skin disorders, acne, heart disease, stroke, aching joints and back, arthritis, and cough are nothing more than a physical manifestation of silent inflammation. By the time we notice and address the symptoms, our cells have already been inflamed for a long time.
One of the reasons so many people are dealing with inflammation is because of a rapid rise in blood sugar, which causes biochemical changes in the cell. Choosing low carbohydrate foods is one of the best ways to decrease inflammation. When blood sugar rises, sugar attaches to the collagen in a process called “glycosylation,” increasing inflammation (and increases wrinkles!) Athletes also mistakenly eat too many carbohydrates that hinder their healing and recovery time because they are constantly inflaming their joints.
When I tell clients to eat “gluten-free” they often grab all the “gluten-free” pre-packaged foods on the shelf…but that most likely will cause weight gain and slow the healing process in your gut. Rice flour, the common flour substitute in gluten-free products, is higher in calories, higher in carbohydrates, and lower in nutrients than regular flour. It can cause more inflammation in our bodies. So my recommendation is to use make your own healthier options!
2 TBS butter or coconut oil
1 TBS coconut flour
1 tsp Celtic salt
1/4 cup onion, diced
1 cup sour cream
3 (14.5 ounce) cans French-style green beans, drained (my Mother-in-law cans her own)
2 cups Cheddar cheese, freshly shredded
1 large onion
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup chicken or veggie broth
1 cup blanched almond flour
1 tsp Celtic sea salt
2 cups coconut or peanut oil
ONION RINGS: Slice onion into thinnest possible rings. Place in a shallow dish. Combine sour cream and broth until smooth and pour over onions. Cover and refrigerate at least 1 hour. In a plastic bag, combine almond flour and salt. Heat oil to 375° in a deep saucepan. Remove a small handful of onion rings from cream mixture and shake off excess. Drop into almond flour, separate rings, and shake to coat. Drop a few rings at a time into hot oil and cook until golden. Remove from hot oil with a slotted spoon and drain on a paper towel. Repeat with remaining rings until all have been battered and fried. Use to top the casserole with.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Stir in coconut flour until smooth, and cook for one minute. Stir in the salt, onion, and sour cream. Add green beans, and stir to coat. Transfer the mixture to a 2 1/2 quart casserole dish. Spread shredded cheese over the top. Top with fried onions. Bake for 30 minutes in the preheated oven, or until the top is golden and cheese is bubbly. Makes 12 servings.
NUTRITIONAL COMPARISON (per serving)
Traditional Green Bean Casserole = 240 calories, 16g fat, 7g protein, 17 carbs, 3g fiber
“Healthified” Casserole = 244 calories, 17g fat, 9.8g protein, 10.5 carbs, 4.5g fiber