By the Millennial Keto Couple
As we have continue onwards with our keto lifestyle, we have found that there is so much misinformation circulating about keto, the ketogenic diet, and ketosis. If you look up the ketogenic diet in the mainstream media, though it is definitely gaining momentum in recent years, even some of the larger supporters of the diet offer misleading information. More common, poor advice is relayed by traditional media and modern-day medicine, which have led many to believe that ketosis can harm you over the long run. Most physicians, nutritionists, and personal trainers still know little to nothing about the diet, and will automatically dismiss it out of hand. We are Lindsay and Nic, the Millennial Keto Couple, and have recently experienced complete life transformations from implementing the ketogenic diet. After years of falling victim to the failures of modern nutrition and the Standard American Diet, our lives have spun complete around for the better, improving our health, wellbeing, and standards of living with the ketogenic diet. We are here to share our story with you and help you reclaim your health and wellness today!
For as long as I can remember, my life has been ruled by my stomach. Riddled with a constant stream of major stomach and digestive problems beginning as a child, I’ve had issues keeping my food down and finding foods that wouldn’t send me running to the toilet. By evening, I often couldn’t pull my pants up over my swollen belly, or even stand up straight. I would crawl to my bedroom and try to sleep the pain away. I took numerous trips to the doctor, all in vain. I was told I was everything from lactose-intolerant to suffering from IBS or IBD, maybe Crohn’s disease, or maybe just an emotional stomach. Every kid loves to hear that. All the pain you are experiencing is just in your head. Over the years, I tried so many different diets to no avail. I tried dairy-free for years, the FODMAPs diet strict to the guidelines, the AIP diet, as well as vegan in which I was so low energy, all I did was sleep and nap. Not the answer, especially during grad school.
I was beginning to accept that this was my life. Eating, as routinely as possible, in small portions to stabilize my blood sugar while not upsetting my stomach was my daily chore. Trying endlessly to figure out what was wrong with me and why I was having such a hard time digesting food even with probiotic supplements and digestive enzymes. I eat well. I eat organic. Or so I thought…
So, when my husband mentioned to me that he wanted to try a new diet that was very different than anything I had tried, I jumped on board. Anything is worth a try, right? I was desperate for a true solution to my problems and not some mystery diagnosis or random medication. But I have to admit, I was super skeptical going in to this new, mystery diet and didn’t think that it would help me. Boy, was I wrong!
The ketogenic diet is so different from any other diet that I have tried. This is the only diet that actually fundamentally changes your metabolism and your body’s relationship to food and energy. After my quick “keto flu” spell in my first week of transition (I realize now I didn’t have enough electrolytes my first week), I have hardly been sick at all! As someone who was pretty much sick every day and swollen with cramping pains every night, this alone has changed my life. My life on the ketogenic diet has felt incredible. I can’t believe I spent years following traditional dietary advice of high grains, low fat, and low red meat. It just blows my mind to realize how much I have learned and what I have discovered about health and wellness through my personal experience.
On top of that, my energy levels are amazing. For the first time I can remember, I wake up in the mornings with energy. I have sustained energy throughout the day without the routine afternoon crash. I don’t have to stick to a strict eating timeline throughout the day, and can miss several hours without eating and without getting hungry or the “hangries” which I used to be famous for. This may sound over exaggerated, but for the first time in my life, I feel in control of my body and liberated, not stifled, by my eating.
It is so easy to place the blame on something or someone else. It so easy to just accept that this is my fate, and I will always be sick, tired, and in pain. It isn’t my fault. It is just that my stomach is weak. It is so frustrating to try every diet under the sun, just to have nothing work and feel forced to give up. It is so disappointing to have doctors tell you there is nothing wrong and you just need to get over it. I’m sure there are many more people just like me, who have seen countless doctors, just to be given advice that doesn’t alleviate the problems. You feel helpless.
I know we’ve all experienced some kind of health issue in our life, and it is so easy to not feel responsible for our failures. From the poor advice we receive to the food we eat and the habits we have made. Oh, I just don’t have time. I’m just so busy. The truth is, our health and happiness is totally in our own hands. And stomachs, so to speak.
There have definitely been roadblocks and slip-ups on my way to healing my gut. The fact is, our culture promotes the very foods and habits that make us so sick in the first place! Fast food, soda, low fat, breads, pastries, desserts, oh my! I can totally relate to how hard it is to look past the media and see the truth behind all the advertising and advice we have at our fingertips.
What I have learned from living the keto lifestyle has literally changed everything for me. I have my life back. I have energy, I have confidence, I can focus on my life instead of my upset stomach. My career is excelling. My husband has even told me that I am a new person, full of energy after a long work day and excited to spend time with him and our dogs. I now have control over my future, my health, my energy, and everything that’s important to me.
In college, I considered myself to be in good shape, eating relatively healthy, and working out daily with the triathlon team. I was picking up weightlifting and living an active lifestyle. However, as soon as I graduated and got a desk job, the downward spiral began. The hours tied to my desk piled on along with pounds to my waistline. My energy bottomed out, and I began to battle depression and felt completely lost in life. I tried to workout on and off, eat healthy on and off, but I was really struggling and couldn’t be consistent. Even if no one could tell on the outside with everything looking “fine” –a steady salaried job, a happy marriage, etc., I was dying on the inside. I began taking antidepressants for a time, but they were not working for me. I just felt numb and low energy. Then, I really hit rock bottom. I left my job, I was unemployed, exhausted, miserable, and did not have any direction for my life. I was pretty much hopeless. I began to overspend and wracked up a massive amount of debt on top of my student loans. I was in a really bad place, not valuing my life at all. SImply existing became a real challenge for me.
So, I started to listen to Podcasts for self-help and read self-help articles. They helped pull me out of my funk and I very slowly managed to go to the gym more consistently, which always helps. I made a resolution to myself and decided to just get up early 3 days a week no matter what and go to the gym. What if I was tired? No excuse. Feeling sick? Forget about it. Lazy? Not a chance, mister. After a couple months of working out 3 mornings a week, no matter what, I had built myself a healthy habit that stuck. The real game changer happened a couple months after I developed my workout routine. Still listening to podcasts, I eventually stumbled upon the most counterintuitive way of eating I had ever heard of. I had always been a believer in the traditional talking line of what is healthy and what isn’t. This was something totally different. I took nutrition and exercise classes in college and this went against everything I learned, but, if I’m doing everything right and still feeling this bad, then something is wrong. I decided it was time for a change.
Things truly turned around for me when I began this lifestyle shift. I started eating a low carb, high fat diet, meditating, and exercising consistently. Slowly, I felt better and better and things started going my way a little bit more often. Then, when my wife and I decided to launch fully into this crazy diet that says to do literally the exact opposite of everything doctors and the media tell you, my life took a total 180 turn for the better. We started eating a ton of avocados, coconut oil, butter, ribeyes, salmon, 80/20 ground beef, leafy greens, asparagus, bacon, eggs, and oh so many eggs. Did I mention eggs? Which I love, by the way. And cheese! Cheese for days.
Once we were in ketosis, the benefits came hard and fast. The most noticeable thing for me was extreme mental clarity. Then, the energy came next. After that, I started to get more lean. I could suddenly see my six pack again after a few months, just like my college days! I started to feel amazing and happy with my life. My mental fog was lifted, my depression was drastically reduced, and I started becoming more productive, in all areas of my life. I am now stronger than I have ever been, deadlifting 370 pounds, happier, healthier, and getting things done! If you like getting things done, then man, have I got advice for you! This ketogenic lifestyle has fundamentally transformed my life and I have never looked back since. If you want to make this change to your life as well, just know that it is never too late. Use what the world is throwing at you to turn you fat and miserable, and let it fuel your fire to get healthy. I am going to persevere and succeed despite the fact that there is all this crap out there trying to hold me down. I’m unstoppable now!
Since going keto, we have both become much more active, happy, and healthy. Lindsay does her daily yoga practice and Nic does strength training and cardio workouts throughout the week. Weekends are spent hiking, biking, and enjoying the great outdoors. Together, we completed the Santa Fe Half Century, a 50 mile bike ride through rolling hills, on our tandem bicycle! A feat Nic never thought we could accomplish (our tandem is a heavy beast!). Nic will also be competing in the Spartan Beast in Breckenridge, CO in August, 2018. Our lives have been so drastically improved by keto that we are now completely devoted to the merits of this lifestyle. We want to share how to achieve better health and wellness with the world! To do this, we obtained our NASM accredited Keto Health Coach certification and are now launching the first 60 Day Keto Challenge. If you can relate to anything we have mentioned so far, then this challenge is for you. If you want to lose weight, eliminate brain fog, feel better, have more energy, and start to heal digestive and mental health issues, then check out our challenge here: https://www.millennialmethods.com/60-day-keto-challenge.
This challenge is different than any other because you receive:
- 50+ quick and easy recipes with macros personalized to your goals
- Exercises all under 30 minutes delivered to you daily via an app to burn fat fast
- Access to our Facebook Community for support
- A 1-on-1 phone call with a Certified Health Coach to answer all your questions
- A comprehensive Keto Guide
- We have partnered with NowKeto, LLC to bring you discounted Keto supplements
- In addition, there will be prize drawings and gifts valued at $500+
Our challenge starts Monday, July 9, 2018, and a new round will begin the first Monday of every month after that! If you want any friends or family to join you, you will get 10% cash for every person you send us that signs up!
We would love for you to join us on this health journey!
The journey of a lifetime begins with one small step.
It is never too late to improve your health!
Nic & Lindsay
The Millennial Keto Couple