Chemo sucks, it really, really just plain sucks. My oncologist said that I needed to lose weight in order to reduce my chances of cancer coming back. I certainly don’t want to have to deal with cancer again, and I really don’t want to go through chemo again, it sucks. Doing everything in my power to help reduce the odds seemed like a no brainer.
I have dieted in the past with varying degrees of success, always losing some weight and sometimes gaining it right back. While reading about how to lose weight, get back to being myself as quickly as possible and reduce my risk of cancer coming back I came across something called the ketogenic diet, https://charliefoundation.org/ .
Two of my friends were doing the ketogenic diet, it is really more of a way of life, and they were having great success. My husband was in for whatever diet I picked out because we know first hand that life on a diet is easier when we both are doing it. He was fully committed when he found out that bacon and other meat were completely ok.
We found dietdoctor.com. There are how to videos and meal plans and recipes. It is almost difficult to get it wrong when you have good support like that. They even have a facebook group full of people learning the ketogenic way of living. Very supportive and full of helpful tips and tricks. It’s pretty cool to see other people’s success stories, as well as seeing the answers to questions and concerns similar to ours.
We have all of the ingredients for a successful diet in this case a lifestyle change: strong motivation, excellent support system in both our neighborhood and online, and clear instructions and guidance how and a bonus in that the food matched our palates and lifestyle. What more could you possibly ask for?
We have had tremendous success eight months into this. I weigh 25% less than I did this time last year and am in the normal BMI range. My husband weighs almost 20% less than he did this time last year and is closing in on the normal BMI range.
We have fun dinners with our friends where every dish is keto friendly and no one feels deprived or hungry or like they are missing out on ‘real’ party food. We all feel very good the next day, too! Not bloated or sluggish or anything else that a night of excess can make you feel like. Because it isn’t excess, it is what is working for us.
Maybe eight months isn’t a long time in the grand scheme of time, but I can tell you this, I have never been completely faithful to a ‘strict’ way of eating for eight months in my life with no slip ups, restarts or do overs- ever. Granted, the motivation is much stronger than it has ever been in the past. The food, support system and resources for this way of life are making it so much easier to stay faithful, too.
Having strong motivation, a great support system (personal and online), and good clear instructions seem like a sure path to success, I am going to use this template for other areas of my life, maybe you will find success with it, too.