Some of you are aware of the news about my health we received in July. If you're not, before you assume the worst-case scenario, I’m fine. It all started when I scheduled my annual physical this year in the hopes of getting a doctor’s note for our hot tub. Yeah, feel free to laugh, but it saved us over $700 in taxes!
The blood work came back with an elevated liver enzyme in the results. After a retest and a sonogram, I was finally diagnosed with Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease. Think of it as a pre-pre diabetes. Needless to say, I wasn’t too thrilled about it. The good news was I could get rid of it by losing weight, which is something I’ve been playing around with for years.
Another tidbit about me is that I love to do research. Seriously, I need to find a job in which I can do that full time. Me, a library, and a problem to solve? Heaven. During my research, I came across the Ketogenic Diet. What is it the Ketogenic diet? Well, if you take the normal American diet, it consists of a high intake of carbohydrates, a medium intake of protein and a low to medium intake of fat (or high if you eat out a lot). The Ketogenic diet consists of a high intake of fats (focusing on the “good fats”), a medium intake of protein and low intake of carbohydrates. This diet puts your body in ketosis where you body seeks out fat for energy instead of carbohydrates.
It’s pretty restrictive, but when looking at the foods that I could eat versus the foods I couldn’t eat on the diet, I was thrilled. All I had to do was cut out the sugary stuff and the carbs. As I continued to scan down the list of accepted and barred foods, I came to the alcohol portion of the list.
And that is when it hit me. Read More