I have been on this journey for almost two years. It began with a stroke, when I was recovering my doctor introduced me to the keto diet to reduce the inflammation in my brain, so that recovery would be more effective for me. I trusted him and dived in fully from day one. I can still remember my son cooking eggs in the microwave for me the first months because I could not do much myself. Now I’m recovered and 70 lbs lighter with no diabetes and no more triglycerides! My self-esteem and life are back!
I can say my life has changed in so many ways, from chronic fatigue, to now having so much energy. I began school and no longer live on antidepressant. The fibromyalgia & rheumatoid arthritis has been much more manageable since I have controlled the inflammation in my body.
In the hospital recovering from a stroke, as soon as was able too eat I was put on a strict low carb diet and sugar free regimen. But on day 12, I was home. There I began what was new to me: counting macronutrients, and unable to cook, so my family would make things for me! I honestly ate mainly egg omelets, butter and cream coffee, and a lot of chicken soups and sugar free gelatin.
At the beginning, I was religiously counting macros on the app, but soon I memorized what an ingredient is worth in carbs. Then, I made meals and divided them in portions to see how and what I will eat for the day! I don’t exercise, but I occasionally go for walks.
My weight stall lasted about four months. Personally, to break a stall, I have found that upping my fats for two whole days and going down to almost 0 carbs for those days plus intermittent fasting has worked. Now, remember we all are different, and my method may not work for you. For example, I see great results on others with egg fasting, but I tried egg fast and felt horrible and gained 6 lbs plus I stalled for 4 months!
My goal today is to help others, and especially to introduce Mexican meals in a keto and lowcarb way to many Hispanics. As we know, the Hispanic community has a high rates of diabetes and heart problems. Hispanics are so true to their roots that we will not better our health because we will not give up on the traditional dishes we know and love!
My great motivation is my health and well-being for me and my loved ones! With this, I hope to help other Hispanics to motivate and see that you can still eat your great meals and have a better life inside out.
Fish tacos on lettuce tortilla are my favorite. For pozol, I just omit the hominy on my plate only. My sub lettuce wrap sandwich! Of course, cheese crisp to make tostadas, salsas, and I make homemade chorizo. And, having heavy whipping cream is a huge staple for me.
I do not meal plan, make separate meals from my family, or invest in special foods or ingredients as much! I love to keep it as natural and simple as possible. I actually work around what I cook for the family! I can make asada tacos on a microwave cheese shell (tortilla) to a traditional barbacoa!
I love that I’m not hungry or get hunger pains as before. I still get binge attacks because that is a pattern in my life (because of food addictions) I still can’t completely overcome. Because its in my mind, not my stomach, I win by not stressing about it and I eat an almost zero carb snack (tangy or spicy) to kick the edge off! Always listen to your body, but do not do everything it says!
My advice is to accept freely this a forever lifestyle. You may wonder about my temptations or cheat days. Yes, I fail, but I don’t set my mind for cheat days. If I fail, I simply get on track right away, I don’t sabotage myself by saying I cheated lets go on a carb rampage! We are human just let that emotional eating phase passes! One important thing that got me through the first six months, I repeatedly say to this day, “Don’t focus on the restrictions of what you can’t have, but dive in the pool of the possibilities, and let your taste buds guide you.”
My recipes & food picture are on instagram: @mexicanlowcarb