Alone with Keto? Never!
I am a stroke survivor. I don’t know if there is anything special about that - I am not the only one... I was in the hospital last year due to my stroke (you can read about it here). In the hospital, I noticed that my left side is numb - my hand, fingers, arm and leg were not moving and my speech was slurred. More than being physically impaired, I was going crazy GRASPING THE IDEA that I will be disabled. I did not want to accept that fact. Yes, people came to visit me and I was surrounded with my lovely family, but in reality – I was alone in the bed with myself.
I could not accept the fact that I will be dependent on others for food, showers or any other personal need. No way! I knew that I am strong and I can overcome and heal from this. I did not know how. I have never heard about the ketogenic diet, ketosis or ketones and its effect on the brain.
The neurologist doctor in the hospital gave me his information to come and see him after my discharge for a follow-up. I decided otherwise. I did not want to take crippling medication so I decided to make my own research and take control of my body, take control of my disability and of my life.
I made a choice. I chose to be healthy and to be happy. People take health for granted and it is so dangerous. I know I did.
I changed my diet completely by 180 degrees to the other direction. Instead of being vegetarian and eating low fat and whole grains, I went High Fat and Low Carbs. At first, I did not see any improvement. It took me a few months to start moving my fingers and walk without the cane, but I did not lose faith and kept going. Every tiny achievement gave me strength and as I saw my body responding to the diet I knew that I was on the right track.
You can always chose any circumstance – to have self-pity and let other people feel sorry for you. You can indulge in their care and their presence, or you can take control with your hands and go the extra mile to heal your body and your soul. Without knowing him, my inspiration was seeing the Australian, motivational speaker, Nick Vujicic, who has no limbs and travels as a motivational speaker – if he can do it WITHOUT his legs; I definitely can do it WITH my legs.
Never give up. It is never too late. No matter the age, no matter where you live, no matter your family status or financial situation.
You can always turn around your fate. Take a moment to meditate and think about yourself. Yes, put yourself BEFORE others. Doing keto is putting yourself before others. No one can do it for you. You are taking care of yourself for once.
Sometime friends are jealous of your success and you don't get support from the family. They like the bread, the pasta and the cakes… and it seems that they even like ‘to take care of you’ which I actually think that it is more like ‘they like you to be dependent on them’ and you are ALONE with keto, and I know deep in my heart that if I would have remained disabled or sick, I would have been alone with myself and my disability. Do not give up. And I know it is not easy to prepare two sets of meals – one for you and one for the rest of the family (you can prepare meals in advance for yourself). But Keto is the reason I am well and healed.
Being in ketosis changed the chemistry in my body, Keto makes me smile like I never smiled before. I feel good and happy in my heart. I want to share this feeling. I think that everyone should feel like me and that is the reason for this website. Sometimes I see overweight or sick people, and I see that they are in pain, and I know that keto can help them, but I do not approach them because I really do not know even how to begin, and people sometimes like to feel sorry for themselves and enjoy their misery, so this website is out there to help people like me, who search for a solution to healing and are looking for an answer.
Do not lose faith. We don't know why we go through what we go through and everything happens for a reason. Sometimes the tests are too harsh and they hurt, but God made us in such a way that we can take them. These obstacles in life make us stronger and we can show others that everything is possible and we become their inspiration. I am thankful to God that he opened my eyes and gave me the ability to learn and find all the information about this amazing diet so I can heal. If you have faith on him he will put his faith on you and make it happen. You are never never alone.
I am not a doctor and I cannot guarantee that everyone can heal with the ketogenic diet, but if you are trying everything, WHY NOT GIVE KETO A CHANCE?