I’ve always been passionate about cooking, health, and nutrition: in fact, I’ve been collecting recipes and articles since I was a teenager. When I was younger, like lots of girls my age, I followed what I perceived to be a balanced diet to manage my weight and stay healthy. I watched my calorie intake and chose low-fat and whole-grain products. I avoided foods high in saturated fats and cholesterol, and I exercised up to six times a week to keep extra pounds off. Like so many other people, I was convinced that eating less and exercising more was the best approach to staying healthy and slim.
Then, in 2011, I started having fatigue issues, and I frequently felt unwell. Although I still watched what I ate and exercised regularly, my weight began to climb. After several tests, I was finally diagnosed with Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism. I felt terrible. I couldn’t understand what I had done wrong: I was eating healthy foods, and I was exercising almost every day - yet I got sick. I knew that Hashimoto’s, as well as other autoimmune disorders, could be triggered by lifestyle and diet factors - but that didn’t make any sense to me, either, since I thought I had done everything I possibly could to stay healthy. So, I became determined to find out how to actively improve my condition rather than just relying on medication to manage it.
I soon realized that I wouldn’t be able to maintain a healthy weight unless I changed my eating habits. From the day of my diagnosis, I researched different diets and food philosophies to try to figure out what might work best for me. After some trial and error, I discovered low-carb eating. At first, I was skeptical about this approach. All I’d heard about low-carb diets up to that point was that they were an unhealthy fad. But after months of reading books and medical articles, I realized I was wrong. Low-carb eating isn’t just a diet; it’s a lifestyle approach that can offer great health benefits. Calorie-counting is a thing of the past, my energy levels are back to normal, and I don’t exercise more than three times a week. And I’ve never felt better. Following a low-carb, paleo/primal diet plan helps me maintain a healthy weight while eating real food, and it inspires the dishes I create. Simply put, low-carb eating has changed my life. I hope my books will do the same for you!