Hi there, I’m Emily.
I’m a work-from-home mom, wife, and freelance photographer based in Northwest Ohio. I began eating Keto in April of 2017 and it has truly changed my body and my life. I began Emily Goes Keto as a place to share my favorite, easy Keto recipes and tips for real life.
My Story: Why I Live a Keto Lifestyle
I have always been a relatively small person, but after having my two kids, I struggled to get back down to my pre-baby weight. Back in 2010, I went on Weight Watchers and successfully lost the weight…at least for a little while. After reaching my goal weight, I got tired of tracking points and figured I could just eat in “moderation” and keep the weight off. It turns out, that I’m not so great at just eating in moderation and tend to lose self control when eating sugar and carbs.
Once I turned 30 in 2012, I began to gain weight at a slow, but steady pace. It was difficult and incredibly frustrating. I tried many times to change my habits to feel better in my body and take control of my health. Over and over again, I failed. I could not stick to anything for more than a few weeks without quitting. After a small amount of success, I would plateau and give up. This went on for about 5 years until last Spring when I had reached the highest weight I had been outside of pregnancy or immediately following pregnancy.
While I was pregnant with both of my kids, as well as the pregnancy between my kids that ended in a miscarriage, I developed gestational diabetes. My doctor explained to me that people either have the gene for diabetes or they don’t. The fact that I had developed gestational diabetes three times, it proved that under certain circumstances, my pancreas freaked out (that’s the official medical term) and turned diabetic. That put me at a higher risk of developing Type 2 diabetes as I get older and classified me as officially pre-diabetic. My doctors told me that my best bet in avoiding diabetes is to keep my weight in a healthy range. When I was 28 and hearing this, I wasn’t so scared. Getting older seemed a long way off.
As of April of 2017, starring down my 35th birthday, I had surpassed a weight that was considered healthy and it was continuing to climb. While the number on the scale isn’t really what was bothering me, I knew that number was climbing because of my unhealthy habits. I had to get serious about making some changes to my way of eating.
Enter the Ketogenic diet.
I had a friend who had been eating keto for several months and had been having great success with not only weight loss, but energy and focus. I began to research the diet, it’s history, and what it could mean for me. (Be sure to check out my favorite keto resources for beginning and maintaining a keto lifestyle)
After researching for a full month as well as speaking to my doctor, I felt like I had found something that could honestly work for me for both weight management and health improvements. My doctor supported me in my decision to start the keto lifestyle and I would encourage you to speak with your doctor before transitioning to keto to make sure it’s a good fit.
Having been a food blogger for 5 years over on Jelly Toast, I knew that I wanted to start a keto food blog to share my favorite keto recipes for real life. I took caution, however, and waited until I knew that a keto lifestyle was something that would work for me and that I would stick with long term. I have been eating keto for 9 months, through the holiday season and a trip to Disney World, and I am so excited to start sharing keto recipes and tips here on Emily Goes Keto.
What does keto recipes for real life mean?
My goal here on Emily Goes Keto is to share realistic recipes that are simple to make and that will satisfy even the non-keto eaters in your life. My family has embraced the fact that I eat keto, but they themselves are not entirely keto. My way of eating has definitely affected the diet of my family in that we have drastically reduced the overall sugar and processed food intake in our household. My kids and husband, however, still eat whole grains, fruits, starchy vegetables, and the occasional dessert.
Emily Goes Keto will be the place where I share the keto recipes that will keep your entire family happy and help you navigate this lifestyle whether you are the only keto eating person in your life or if your entire family is keto. Trust me, I know what it’s like to be the lone keto eater in your home but it definitely can be done!
Nutrition Information Disclaimer
I do my best to provide accurate nutrition and macro information for each recipe that I share. However, I am not a medical or nutrition professional or expert. I cannot account for variation in products, measurements, etc. I encourage everyone check macros against what you know your body needs. Be sure to measure and weigh ingredients carefully if having perfect macros is important for you and your health. Always trust your own instincts! If you have any questions about a recipe please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.