About me - Hi there, I am Kate, wife to a wonderful man and mother to two beautiful angels. I enjoy experimenting on new recipes during my free time (mostly in the evenings when the kids are fast asleep).
I got diagnosed with hypothyroidism when I relocated to Germany in 2014. Hypothyroidism is a condition whereby the thyroid gland is unable to produce enough thyroid hormone. Seeing that the thyroid hormone plays a key role in running the body’s metabolism, people with hypothyroidism tend to exhibit symptoms related to slow metabolism. Symptoms include fatigue, difficulty losing weight, loss of memory, cold intolerance, hair loss, migraines, depression among others. Most people normally have a combination of the systems. In my case, it was chronic fatigue, memory loss, cold intolerance and hair loss.
I was actually pleased when I got the diagnosis. At least I had a name to the monster that was making me take several naps during the day! One tablet a day and all my problems would go away!! Nothing could be further from the truth. I felt slightly better but was I was still constantly tired. My social life also suffered, I simply did not want to leave the house.
They say having a child changes someone. I know it changed me. You just can’t nap whenever you want to just because you are tired. That’s when I knew I had to do something quickly. I did a bit of research online and decided to try out the ketogenic diet. That was sometime in 2017. I instantly felt better. I also lost a bit of weight and was standing at a UK dress size 8/10. Everything seemed perfect.
However, this was not sustainable for me in the long term as I craved fruits and having a variety of vegetables on my plate without having to worry about the net carbs. I also got pregnant and knew I wanted to offer my unborn baby more, in terms of a varied diet. Don’t get me wrong, I know women who have had successful pregnancies and births having followed the ketogenic diet whilst pregnant. I’m just saying, this was not me.
So, I found some sort of middle ground in the name of Paleo and Low-carb. Do I enjoy the occasional plate of pasta? Yes, on rare occasions, for example, when out with friends. Do the rest of my family strictly eat according to the keto and paleo nutritional plans or diet? No. They do not have any underlying conditions that would require them to.
Whether you are, just like me, trying to heal your body using food, or would just like to try a new recipe I am glad you stopped by.