Insalate Caprese is perfect keto-style food.
I have a label: diabetic, type 2. If I wanted it or not, once I'd got it, the label was permanent. But that doesn't mean the condition needs to be, too. For the past 5 years, I've accepted the prescription for the common medication to keep my blood sugar levels acceptable. No right or wrong, it was just the treatment by the book.
Now, I've taken back control of my life.
My core issue is insuline resistance and diabetes is the ultimate result of neglecting that cause. And that's what I did for a long time. Now I've come to learn more about how my own body works, I realized that I would be able to reverse my condition by changing what I eat. In other words, cut carbs, because carbs bring an insuline resistant body like mine into absolute panic mode, every time I eat.
Eating keto-style means that I only eat 0-20 grams of carbs a day, instead of the usual 300-500 that I consumed, like most people. By eating a balanced amount of protein and fat, I've now turned my body into a fat-burning mechanism. I lose inches on autopilot and also gain muslce, I lose weight, and I have clearer mind.
It sounds really simple, and it is, but that doesn't mean it's easy.
I had a hurdle to take.... my attachment to bread, potatoes, pasta, rice, ice-cream, snacks and all kinds of other stuff with lots of carbs. All I 'knew' about keto was eating like a rabbit, and I was never ready to do that. Until March this year. And I discovered how my own fixed beliefs hold me back from amazing things.
Jolanda and I decided to do a keto experiment together, for 1 week, and see how we would feel. And we never stopped.... For us it's not a diet; it's our new lifestyle.
Within 30 days, I was off my medication because my blood sugar levels dropped pretty fast. It was a big win for me too that I love the food I eat!
During the pandemic and partial lockdown the keto-style was pretty easy, this past 5 months. Mostly at home, getting groceries from the familiar places. Keto has become a habit already and it feels good.
Now that Europe is opening up, we've decided to travel south to enjoy and extend our summer. That means we have to figure out some things about food.
Traveling on keto is a new challenge that we're happy to embrace. We'll be staying in Italy for a while, the heaven of icecream, pasta & pizza, limoncello, amazing panini, and lots more. I'm fine with it, now I know that we'll find great ways to enjoy the lovely Italian way of life and food in our own keto-style.