My name is Alisha Khan and I am 29 years old. I currently live in Toronto, Canada, and work as a wellness coach. After struggling with my weight and suffering from various health problems, I decided to try the low-carb, high-fat carnivorous diet and began practicing yoga.
I struggled with being overweight during my teens and well into my adult life. No matter what you try, be it counting calories, doing cleanings, working out with a personal trainer, or even taking weight loss pills, you would lose a bit of weight just to get it all back and something else.
Hypothyroidism, insulin resistance, celiac disease, and fibromyalgia added even more challenges to my weight loss journey. I was constantly feeling fatigued, inflamed, and in pain with each passing day. However, no amount of caffeine, massage therapy, or pain relievers made a difference.
In addition to my weight loss issues, I also struggled with mental health issues such as anxiety attacks and severe depression due to the emotional and physical trauma that I had experienced in my twenties. I tried antidepressants, therapy, talking to friends and family, but again, nothing seemed to work.
Things got better after I married the love of my life and we had our baby. But after giving birth, I suffered from postpartum depression.
When I got pregnant again, we were excited. But I experienced one of the hardest days of my life on December 23, 2019, when I aborted my 11-week-old baby. After that, I was numb.
I gave up all hope of living in a world where my body was flawless and actually did what it was made to do. Instead, I began to accept that this was my reality and even though I hated my body, this was what I would have to deal with for the rest of my life.
But my turning point came in January 2020 at the age of 28.
I was at my heaviest weight of 213 pounds on my 5’6 ”frame. One night, I was playing with my son and I was so breathless that I thought I was going to have a heart attack. In that moment, I realized that if I wanted to be around to watch my son grow up, I had to stop throwing a pity party and start prioritizing my health again.
I started reviewing the profiles of people I admired on Instagram who had successfully regained their health.
Hopefully, I also used Google to find ways I could do that while healing and enjoying the foods I loved, like fatty steaks. That’s when I came across Kelly Hogan’s blog, “My Zero Carb Life.” She follows the carnivore diet (a type of ketogenic diet that focuses on feeding the body healthy animal fats and protein). The way of eating honestly seemed too good to be true, but the more I learned about no carb animal nutrition from the LCHF (low carb, high fat) community, the more I realized this was going to be the key to my Recovery.
I love this way of eating because it allows me to eat food that tastes amazing, while helping me lose weight, keeping me full, and reducing pain symptoms.
It also helps me to practice easily and enjoy the many benefits of intermittent fasting. I regularly fast from dinner to lunch, or even dinner the next day, which adds up to between 16 and 24 hours.
This lifestyle allows me to focus on seeing food as Gasoline. Its simplicity allows me to keep up with my busy schedule and make time for the things that matter most, such as family, spirituality, and community. This way of eating may not be right for everyone, but it is what works for I.
This is what I usually eat in a day.
- Breakfast: Plain water, sparkling water with electrolyte blend of unflavored real Redmond salt and black coffee while intermittent fasting.
- Lunch: Steak and scrambled egg sandwiches, roast beef soup, or sloppy chicken / buffalo “chaffle” sandwiches.
- Snacks: Lemon Lime Redmond Real Salt Electrolyte water or coffee with heavy cream, hard boiled eggs, tuna salad, chicken skins, smoked chicken breast with cream cheese, or meat sausages.
- Dinner: Taco casserole, meat pizza, chicken wings, protein lasagna, ribeye steak braised backwards or creamy garlic shrimp.
- Dessert: One tablespoon of Fatso Peanut Butter, Lily’s Unsweetened Chocolate, Ketolibriyum Keto Muffins, or ANS Performance Blueberry Pancakes.
I tried to get 30 minutes of movement every day, whether it be for a brisk walk, bodyweight exercises at home, or just having a dance party with my son.
When I started my wellness journey, I was recovering from a broken toe, so high-impact cardio was difficult for me. So I found those other ways to fit into the movement.
Currently, as recommended by my rheumatologist, I have switched to 30 minutes of yoga five to seven days a week to better control my fibromyalgia symptoms. Since I had never tried yoga before, it was difficult for me to stay still and in sync with my body, but as I continue to incorporate this practice into my life, I am noticing a great improvement in both my mental and physical condition.
These three changes made the biggest difference to my weight loss results.
- I switched to animal-based nutrition and IF. This was the most significant change I made in my lifestyle and I believe that my success would not have been possible without this key component. Now that I’m more aware, I can’t stress enough the importance of properly fueling our bodies to achieve weight loss and good health. Many of us spend too much time and energy trying one fad after another, damaging our bodies in the process.
- I started prioritizing my self-esteem and mental health. For years, I spoke to myself in a way that I would never speak to anyone else. I deprived myself of the love that I was giving to others and that was terribly unfair. After starting my wellness journey, I started loving myself, putting myself first, eliminating toxic people and thoughts, practicing yoga, and became my biggest fan.
- I sought support and shared my story. I firmly believe that sharing my journey on social media helped me to be responsible, consistent, and allowed me to cultivate real and lasting relationships with amazing people from all over the world. Any progress I’ve made so far I attribute to God’s grace, the unwavering support of my family and friends, and the uplifting, compassionate, and inclusive group of inspiring people that make up the Instagram and Facebook fasting and low-carb communities.
I have lost 35 pounds and over 60 inches.
I want other women who may have suffered from past trauma, mental health issues, chronic illness, or who are facing weight loss challenges to know: Your body listens to everything your mind says. Stay positive. Stay nice. Your health and appearance can fluctuate; your courage won’t. Be kind to your mind, support each other, and share your journey with the world. You never know who to inspire along the way.
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