I’ve been on keto for nearly two years now. I stumbled upon it quite by accident, as I had just recovered from a fracture, and was finally ready to get back into exercising regularly. By the time I got to it, my coach was moving onto bigger and better things. Having read her blog, her e-books, and all of her online information, I knew I was in good hands, and whatever she was proposing next would be worth my time and effort. So when she sent out requests to be a part of her beta testers for a new program she was working on, which would result in a book, I jumped at the chance.
I had never heard of keto before, and I’m not one to follow trends, so I had no idea what she was talking about, but I trusted her, and I knew that if she was endorsing it, it had to be good. I was now at the heaviest I had ever been, years of stress, a broken toe, and little time to take a good hard look at my eating and exercise habits had put me here, and I was eager to get back on track. All my life I had been fairly fit, playing outdoors, volleyball, swimming, walking, jogging, cycling, hiking. After becoming Muslim I continued to stay active, I just did it more from home, using home equipment, and attending the pool during women’s only hours. I sometimes got side-tracked and didn’t get as much done as I normally would, but overall I watched my food, and I kept active. Not being able to exercise regularly always went hand in hand with a feeling of dissatisfaction and stifling, which caused me to make food choices that I knew I’d regret, but made anyways, just because I could. As you can imagine, this isn’t a recipe for good health, and I soon fell into a series of issues that directly correlate to this unhealthy lifestyle and outlook on life. But by now I was ready to get back on the saddle and work my way into my old healthy self.
What my fitness coach was suggesting was quite radical, from my perspective, but I was game, I wasn’t about to keep getting worse, so the only way for me was up, and she was giving me a hand to stand on my own two feet, so I took it. It was a couple of weeks before Ramadan, and she was talking about intermittent fasting, about detoxing from sugar and carbs, and about ketosis. This was all very fascinating, and I was soaking it all in, and then I watched The Magic Pill (available on Netflix), and that was it. As a First Nations person, a Muslim, and a generally nature and health inclined person, I decided that I would give it my all, and that it simply had to work for me. And work it did. I’ve had two full exams since starting and I’ve gotten a clean bill of health, I’ve lost a whole 23 Kg (about 50 lbs), and I’m feeling healthier and more energetic than I have since my twenties! Some of my friends are now either in peri-menopause or in full-blown menopause, and I suspect I might be somewhere around there myself, but I feel so much better than I did only two years ago! I no longer have spikes of energy and deep crashes; my energy levels are constant. I no longer get extreme fatigue, and all the side effects of having lost the extra weight are evident: my back doesn’t ache, my arthritis seems under check, and I just feel much more nimble and comfortable in my own skin.
I’ve come across a few people who have attempted keto on their own, just by watching a few videos and reading a few articles, and they’ve gotten into a heap of trouble. They’ve had to quit, and in some cases even go on medication. They were obviously not doing what they thought they were doing, and as I asked for more details about what they were eating, it became immediately apparent that they didn’t really understand how ketosis works. So I sincerely advise you, unless you’re going to do thorough research and read reputable papers on the subject yourself, you should get some help to navigate through the incredible amounts of misleading information that is online, and go with a professional coach, like Mubaraka Ibrahim. She not only studied the matter, tested it on hundreds of clients, and written about it, but she’s living what she preaches, and has intimate knowledge of what you might be experiencing. She has sifted through the information, and has the background and understanding needed to break it all down for you, saving you time, grief, and giving you peace of mind.
I kept onto her program for a few months, to make sure I had it right, because it can take that long to get used to it. The Keto lifestyle is completely different from any standard diet, and it requires a good understanding of the foods, of your metabolism, and the mechanism by which ketosis is obtained, in order to be effective in the long run. Having a coach like Mubaraka guide you step by step is a must, unless you’re a science buff and enjoy reading all about nutrition and biology (I’m not, and I don’t). After the first few months, you still have access to your dashboard and the FB support group, but you won’t get the updates or the constant feedback, but hopefully by then you’ll be confident and knowledgeable enough to stand on your own two feet.
So if you’re suffering from ups and downs in your energy levels, are struggling to loose a few stubborn extra kilos, or simply want to quit sugar (just because), give keto a chance, and get Mubaraka Ibrahim to help you navigate the waters until you feel up to going it solo. I hope you’ll consider this, not only for your health, but for everything it comes along with (environmental costs, political implications, and all the rest of the stuff we’re all coming to grips with nowadays, I’m sure you have your list, like I have mine).
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