Where do you first hear about the keto lifestyle?
A dietitian in 2017
What did you think about eating fat to lose weight?
I was so scared.
I was sure that in the first week of eating cream, nuts, cheese, bacon and avocado I’d be the size of a house. I remember talking about it with my work friends and expressing how adding fat to my diet goes against everything I’d trained myself to do.
Tell me a little about yourself and why you decided to make a change to your health and change to a keto lifestyle?
I’ve always been the overweight kid. Weight issues run in my family and I’ve yo-yoed with my weight forever. However, I thought I had gained control of that in my early 20’s and from 2009 I was in the healthy weight range.
I had a bad year in 2013 for a bunch of reasons, the main being the sudden loss of my father, and was steadily gaining weight as eating and drinking was my coping mechanism.
I was excited to fall pregnant in 2015 when I was already overweight and from this I put on between 25-30kg. I had a gorgeous baby boy and after that I struggled to lose any weight as I relied on sugars and carbohydrate foods to give me energy while I breastfed and lacked sleep.
I then tried many eating and exercise programs- things that helped me in my early 20’s to lose weight, it didn’t work.
In 2017 I saw a dietitian and we worked out a pretty strict eating plan. After I followed that for over a few months and saw limited results. I expressed my frustration with what we were doing. I had big numbers to lose, I felt I was missing out and I wasn’t getting the results for the sacrifices I was making. He said to me we had 2 options- fasting or keto. I said I liked food; so we’d try keto.
At what point did you finally decide it was time to start losing weight and getting healthier?
It was always on my mind, and when I was pregnant I wasn’t worried about gaining so much because I thought breastfeeding would help me lose the weight. It didn’t.
So when I gave up breastfeeding and my son finally slept through the night at 14months I could actually muster the energy to focus on myself and my health.
I guess that part of the reason I wanted to get healthier is because I lost my dad in my 20’s and I wanted to be there for my son in his 20’s.
I also knew I could do it, I’d done it before, I just had to motivate myself to do it again.
What types of struggles have you dealt with while trying to lose weight? What have been your greatest obstacles?
Two weeks into keto I found out I was pregnant with my second child.
I was so happy again to have another baby but was worried about weight gain during pregnancy as I gained so much with my first and hadn’t lost it. I spoke with my dietitian and he did some research so I was informed about keto and pregnancy.
I decided to stay with it and really focus on my nutrition and eating whole foods during pregnancy. For me it worked well, I had a super healthy pregnancy and my weight gain didn’t blow out.
I now breastfeed on keto and have no supply issues as I meet all my calories and daily nutrient goals.
What goals did you achieve this past year?
I had another beautiful son! I’m so thrilled to have him in our family.
I got out of the 100’s! That was really exciting personal achievement for me.
I’m also able to start bringing out my old wardrobe from storage while throwing away the pieces of clothing that I have worn to death because they are the only thing that fits.
What struggles have you had this past year?
My second son isn’t a good sleeper either so I find that difficult while balancing a 2 year old at the same time.
Do you take any supplements?
Yes, I take a pregnancy and breastfeeding supplement, magnesium, fiber and calcium. During my pregnancy I was also taking a iron supplement.
What specific changes have you made that are working for you?
– I track my food on an app. I really enjoy seeing where my calories and nutrients are coming from.
– I meal plan and meal prep in advance. Being organised helps me stay on track.
– I find food that excites me, not just the same plain stuff every day. I especially try and make an effort for something different or special on the weekend when takeaway can be tempting.
– I make bulk meals. Everything I cook has 4-8 serves. So we will eat the same thing at least twice a week. Or I will freeze the extra for a quick meal later.
– I use an app to save keto recipes to my phone as I find them.
How did you manage to alter your eating patterns and accommodate the rest of your family?
My husband is happy to eat whatever I cook. He usually eats what I do through the week and eats a bit more relaxed on weekends.
My 2 year old isn’t a big eater, but he will usually have cereal, toast, sandwiches, fruit and dairy through the day. Then get served what we are having for dinner.
What is your regular meal plan? Does it include intermittent fasting?
I fast from dinner till lunch everyday.
This was never a plan for me but I naturally fell into it when I realised I wasn’t hungry at breakfast and was only eating it because that’s what I was programmed to do. It also allows me to have a bigger lunch and dinner.
So a day for me looks like this:
I have a black coffee in the morning… or a few depending on how much sleep the 3 month old got that night.
Lunch is usually a salad with a protein (brisket, chicken, egg, tinned tuna).
Around 2 I’ve been having a hot chocolate with cacao, stevia, MCT, collagen and hot water. I’ve found this is filling and gives me energy without caffeine.
Dinner is usually vegetables and protein. (steak, ribs, curry, pork belly, eggplant lasagna, stir fry)
If I’m under in my calories I’ll have a keto dessert.
Is it just you, you and your partner, or you and your family that follow this lifestyle? Have your family struggled to accept your new lifestyle?
When I started it was just me. When my husband saw how much I was losing and saw all the yummy food I was eating he decided to join me on weekdays. My family are very supportive of this for me, but I would never enforce it on them.
What do you want other people who are struggling to lose weight to know?
It’s not a race and it will never come off as fast as you would like.
Find what works for you when you are in a good frame of mind.
It’s never easy. For me it doesn’t just fall off, I have to work on it and fight for it everyday.
What motivates you to continue with this lifestyle?
Knowing I’m taking the steps to be there for my kids as they grow up.
Seeing the numbers on the scale go down- sometimes they go up or sometimes only go down a few 100g but overall they are heading in the right direction.
Putting on my old clothes that I couldn’t fit before.
If you could impart some words of wisdom on anyone starting out today what would it be?
I don’t feel like I’m missing out anymore. This way of eating has such a variety of foods to it compared to any other eating plan I’ve been on.
I have also found that I can eat out with friends or I can eat at home on a budget and still lose weight.
Do you have any social media, website, or business that you would like to be added this article.
I’ve just started documenting my keto food on Instagram ( along with lots of photo’s of my kids)