Welcome to My Sweet Keto
Thank you for showing interest in “the person behind.” I am a psychologist and a cognitive neuroscience researcher, also interested in nutritional sciences.
Located in central Europe, I like taking advantage of living among green hills and snowy mountains, as well as near the seaside. As a recreational mountain biker, a frequent nature spotter, an occasional free-climber, and a weight-lifter, I tend to be quite active, not just recreationally, but work-wise as well.
Not being a professional cook, I do find myself jubilant to create new recipes or upgrade old ones. In fact, my family does tree contains a couple of professional chefs, so, I guess, genes must have got something to do with all this.
Those sweet teeth
If you’re like me, you’ve always had a sweet tooth. Besides, not even living a low-carb lifestyle can make you stop craving a dessert now and then. Luckily for us, we don’t exactly have to. What we do need, are ideas for low-carb, sugar-free desserts, ranging from the most simple to the seemingly complicated ones that can make us look like professionals in the end. I’ve created My Sweet Keto to collect all the delicious ideas in one place.
My low-carb story
For me, the whole low-carb and keto experimenting journey started in January 2016. Six months earlier, I had gone gluten-free, as a gastroenterologist specialized in nutrition, advised me to due to specific health issues. Even before going gluten-free, I hadn’t consumed grains that often. I felt indulging in grainy food had something to do with me feeling abnormally tired. For example, I would go out for a burger and a single pint of beer and would later feel as if I had got driven over by a tank. For three days straight! Moreover, I used to suffer from chronic migraines and paresthesias, as well as unexplained, unbearable pains in my toes and fingers. To list just the most annoying and spookiest symptoms that drove me crazy for a long time. Besides being diagnosed with a chronic migraine, doctors have eventually found Raynaud’s syndrome with an yet unidentified underlying autoimmune issue and a tendency towards postprandial hypoglycemia.
A health professional, who does a lot of research in nutritional science, has suggested that my symptoms could be related to some of the foods I consume and might be intolerant of. Despite lacking clear biomarkers for such intolerances, I decided to give excluding certain foods a try. At the same time, I was highly aware of the possibility of the placebo effect. Though being on the skeptic side, by going gluten-free, my migraines went down from three 3-day attacks a month to one attack in every 6 months, or even fewer. The tingling and pains in my fingers, which had preserved for more than three years, now appear with a significantly lowered frequency.
Loving this lifestyle …
I couldn’t discover the exact science behind my experience, and down to the present day, I still can’t fully explain it. Naturally, I love science, and I like the fact that a lot has yet to be researched in this field. Whatsoever, feeling so much better, I started reading literature on nutrition, especially possible gluten intolerance and eventually came across studies on low-carb diets, grain-free diets, ketogenic diets, etc. … As I kept reading about possible associations between nutrition and brain health, I wondered why not trying giving up sugar and most of the starches, including millet, corn, and alike. Most of the time now, I don’t feel like eating “normal-carb” again. I feel great, physically and mentally, and I still work out about five times a week, from mountain biking to high-intensity interval training and weight-lifting.
… and loving science
As I am a highly curious person, you’re going to find some science article abstracts here, covering low-carb lifestyle. Furthermore, as a woman, I’m highly interested in, and always on the outlook for, research on low-carb lifestyle and women. There’s still a lot to be researched on this end, contrary to the relatively high amount of men-based low-carb/keto studies. Hopefully, more research takes off soon.
Whether you are only interested in recipes or also the science behind ketogenic or low-carb lifestyle, you are more than welcome to stick around. Join me on the sweet journey, researching home-made low-carb dessert possibilities, and the science behind our lifestyles. Let’s see what we discover together.