Welcome to My Sweet Keto
… and thank you for showing interest in “the person behind.” I am a psychologist and a cognitive neuroscience researcher, interested in nutritional sciences. Located in Europe, I tend to take advantage of living among green hills and snowy mountains, as well as near the seaside. I’m a mountain biker, a frequent nature spotter, an occasional free-climber, a weight-lifter … In short, I tend to be quite active, work-wise and recreation-wise. Not being a professional cook, I do find myself jubilant creating new recipes or upgrading old ones. In fact, professional chefs can be found in my family, and genes must have 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 enjoying desserts. 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 those delicious ideas in one place.
My LCHF story
For me, the whole keto experimenting journey started in January 2016. Six months earlier, I had gone gluten-free, as a gastroenterologist specialised in nutrition, advised me to. Even before going gluten-free, I hadn’t consumed many grains. I felt indulging on 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 limbs and fingers. To list just the most annoying and spookiest symptoms that drove me, not only crazy but also to neurologists and heart doctors, to magnetic resonance and electromyography.
At last, the health professional, doing much research in nutritional science, suggested that my symptoms could be connected to what I consume, and am intolerant of. Despite lacking clear biomarkers for such intolerances, I decided to give it a try. At the same time, I was highly aware of the possibility of the placebo effect. Though being on the sceptic side, my migraines have gone down from three 3-day attacks a month to one attack in 6 months or even fewer. The tingling and pains in my fingers, which had preserved for more than three years, have mostly disappeared. All this by just going gluten-free.
Loving this lifestyle
I couldn’t discover the exact science behind my experience, and down to the present day, I still can’t explain it. Obviously, I like science, and I like the challenge of some medical stuff still to be proved (or not?). Whatsoever, I began reading a lot of literature on nutrition, especially gluten intolerance and eventually came across studies on low-carb diets, grain-free diets, ketogenic diets … As I kept reading about possible relations between nutrition and brain health, I wondered why not try leaving out sugar and most starches like millet, corn, and alike, as well. And now, I don’t ever want to eat “normal-carb” again. I feel great, physically and mentally, and I still work out 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 the areas of human as well as rat science on low-carb high-fat (LCHF) lifestyle. Furthermore, as I am a woman, still to be a mother one day, I’m highly interested in, and always on the outlook for, research on LCHF lifestyle and women. There’s still a lot to be researched on this end, contrary to the relatively high amount of men-based LCHF/keto studies. Hopefully, more research takes off soon.
Whether you are only interested in recipes or science behind ketogenic or LCHF lifestyle as well, 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 LCHF lifestyles. Let’s see what we discover together. 🙂