The Ketogenic diet, Keto for short, is a diet that promotes the metabolic formation of ketone bodies which cause the body to use stored fat, rather than carbohydrates and glucose (sugar) as its principal energy source.
How does it work?
The ketogenic diet is a low carb, moderate protein, and high healthy fat diet (LCHF) which puts the body into a metabolic state known as ketosis. When you’re body is in a state of ketosis, the liver produce ketones which become the main energy source for the body. The ketones convert fat into energy.
The goal of the Ketosis Roadmap Team is to guide you on your journey to being healthy. We wish to help you overcome any health challenge you face by lending support by providing you the tools to be successful, sharing healthy recipes and meal plans, and giving you one on one coaching if you want to maximize your health.
Hi, my name is Dana Choate. I am a wife, mother of 8 children, and a mompreneur. I am also a medical and nutrition student. I am striving to get my doctorate degree in midwifery as my major, with a minor in nutrition. Since giving birth to 8 beautiful children, I have a great desire to help other women give birth to as many of their own beautiful healthy children as they desire to have.
My keto journey began when my doctor told me I was pre diabetic and I had high blood pressure. She wanted to do some blood work to see how where my numbers were. After doing the blood work, we discovered that it was worse than we thought, my numbers were so close to borderline that the doctor said if I can’t bring the numbers within normal ranges I would have to use insulin. I told her I would do some studying, and that I would schedule a follow up for a later date to discuss some options. I had lost my stepmother to diabetic coma and saw what the use of insulin had done to her body. I was mortified that I had let my health slip to that point. I was overweight, feeling constantly sluggish, and my brain was in a thick fog. “How could I be diabetic!!” was my first thought, especially since I have no family history of diabetes. Cancer would have been less surprising to me because of my family history. Needless to say, I never scheduled that follow up, instead, I decided to look into eating differently to control my ever rising blood sugar in a way that didn’t involve using medication.
Let the research begin, I am a medical student, surely I could look up research studies and figure out something that would be effective in stabilizing my blood sugars. I wasn’t about to give up on my health, or give in to the pharmaceutical companies just yet. I began researching diabetes and diets. I knew the American Diabetes Association recommended a low carb, low sugar and whole grain diet to control diabetes. That’s when I stumbled across an add for exogenous ketones (For the record: I am in no way promoting exogenous ketones!!! You don’t need them, don’t waste your money!!). The word ketones tickled a place in the back of my memory from my anatomy class, ketones…..hmmm….that’s familiar, but why. I looked it up and by chance came across a video by Dr Berry on youtube. What a lifesaver that was for me, though I didn’t realize it at the time! That was my first discovery of the ketogenic diet and I haven’t looked back since.
I have been doing Keto since May 7th of 2018. My start weight was about 212 lbs (give or take depending on the time of month). At my heaviest I was about 220 lbs. I am currently 185 lbs, still losing, and still on my weight loss journey. My goal weight is 135 lbs. My blood sugars are within normal ranges, my blood pressure is normal, and I feel fantastic!!
I have spent the large portions of every day since I started my journey researching the keto way of eating, scouring textbooks, medical research papers, and books by various doctors on nutrition, and I am going to share my knowledge with whomever will listen. I invite anyone who has the desire to get healthy to let me assist you on your journey as you join me on mine. As we say in the keto world “Keto on my friends!!”