Hello there! Tiffany Christmas here kicking off the launch of The Cafe Keto!
Here, you’ll be able to read content from a myriad of different sources to learn more and more about the ketogenic lifestyle! You will be able to read articles and blog posts from different guest writers and experts in the field about low-carb high-fat, keto, no sugar no grain, cottage food operations, business, side-hustles, and more.
I am so thrilled you’ve come to this page and I sincerely hope you enjoy all of the information that is to come! …All while eating a treat from The Cafe Keto, of course.
Special thanks to the following people for helping me create The Cafe Keto:
- Tay Jay Productions – Photography: For taking countless pictures of food (and me!) and having so much fun with it. My food has never looked so good and I couldn’t have taken better pictures myself.
- Frankie Velasco (Nutritional Food Supply) – Website: For teaching me and helping me create this incredible website. I still know nothing about coding and will forever rely on my cheat sheet of notes on how to do things. I couldn’t have done this without your help, guidance, and support. Thank you for the time spent on this project long after your own work was done. I am forever grateful.
- Chelsea Del Rio (Designs by Del Rio) – Graphic Design: For taking my ideas and making them real! For making my logo into every possible format, color…everything. For designing my stationary and helping me give the keto-community a bit of my personality in your art 🙂
- Michael Craddock (My husband/Horizon S&C): For literally saying, “That’s not a bad idea” when I first proposed this crazy idea for The Cafe Keto. This is high praise from you 🙂 You always support my insane adventures no matter how much stress you know I’ll probably have. My ambition for new experiences sparks the ideas, but you keep me going. Thank you my love.
MY KETO STORY
It all started October 15th, 1984…
Just kidding. Let’s not go back quite that far.
A friend recently reminded me that I was turning 33 this year and not 32 as I had been telling everyone that asked about my age. Don’t know how that happened. In any case, being in existence for nearly 33 years has given me a decent amount of time to try new things as it relates to my health and well-being.
I’ve always had an affinity to athletics ever since I was young and saw a bunch of the really cool girls playing soccer during their practice while I made macaroni art in the after school program in 3rd grade. I wanted to play every sport (except for water sports. No water for Tiffany.) and I wanted to be the best. Unfortunately, my parents had a few stipulations growing up- one of those being grades and music before sports. (*If there was ever anything stereotypical about my Chinese parents, it was their incredible emphasis on good grades and music) The rule was: symphonic band (which was the Varsity of bands at my school with try outs and everything) for every semester and 3.8 GPA for 1 sport or 4.0 for 2 sports.
Well, you better believe I busted my butt to play as many sports as I could. In high school, I worked hard to play 2 sports (basketball and lacrosse) and I was blessed to have been given a scholarship to play lacrosse at UC Davis.
In college, my body was not a temple. I was more concerned with socializing and experiencing “college” than I was in being the best anymore. I drank, I ate fast food, I didn’t care at all what I put into my body. At that age, it’s scary how much you believe you’re getting away with being “fit” by “fittin” a whole cheeseburger and large fries into your mouth. Call me dumb, but it honestly wasn’t until long after college that I truly realized food was fuel.
In 2012 (5 years post UC Davis), I bought a Groupon for this gym class called CrossFit and HOLY COW I was so sore after that first day. It was like…”P90X if you’ve never worked out” sore. Like, W.T.F. And yet, I went back. That young girl in me wanting to be the best peeked her head out again (finally), and I was all about it. CrossFit. How to I get better? How do I get fitter?
2012 was the start of my fitness and health journey and it was here that I began to read more and more about how food fuels the body. I learned and I tried out different things. Some things worked; others didn’t, and over the years I’ve been able to take what works and incorporate that into my lifestyle. I’ve also kept my mind open to understand when certain things don’t work. I’ve tried (what feels like) everything:
- Not eating
- Flexible Dieting
- High Carb, Low Fat
- Lemonade Diet
- Gluten Free
So many eye roll emojis going on here.
Just this year, a gal at the gym began posting quite a few pictures on Instagram of her “keto-friendly” foods. She posted pizza, cereal, cheesecake… and I was like, “huh?!”. I have no idea what made me look further into the Keto diet after seeing her posts because I’ve heard of it before, years ago. Perhaps it was her posts that read “ONLY 2 NET CARBS” that made my jaw drop.
I googled “ketogenic diet” and began to read. And read. And read. And read… (nerd alert) The science was absolutely fascinating. I began downloading every podcast I could find on the Keto Diet and I’m still trying to listen to every single episode on every single podcast. Lofty goals, but that’s just how I live 🙂 After reading about the basics and feeling comfortable that I wasn’t putting my body in danger (I laugh at that now), I set off to officially begin my keto journey.
Prior to beginning, I had gotten some blood work done. It was a basic panel to measure my hormones as I … (WARNING WARNING WARNING: discussions of lady hormones and periods forthcoming)…hadn’t had a period for over 3 months. Clearly something was going on and I had no idea what, so my PCP (primary care physician- get with it) ordered a lab. Results: high protein levels, low bone density, low estrogen… the list goes on. Basically: I was pre-menopausal. In my 30’s.
It was just as alarming back then as it is to you right now reading this. Premenopausal? How is that even possible? I work out every day! I’m healthy! I don’t eat horribly, I don’t smoke, I don’t drink often… why? For whatever reason, my hormones were out. of. whack. I made a few changes to my diet, which, at that time, was counting macros with a heavy emphasis on high carb, low fat, high protein. In 3 months, I was able to get out of that pre-menopausal range, but didn’t quite reach completely normal levels of everything else. At the time, though, being out of that pre-menopausal range was good enough for me.
Fast forward one year and a few months, my husband and I humored the idea of offspring. Being the organizer and planner that I am, I wanted to check and see that my body was ready and prepared to house a tiny human so I made an appointment to check things out. More blood work came back. Results: My lady hormones were so low that eggs had no chance of dropping. With no chance of dropping, no tiny human.
The topic of children is a whole different discussion on its own, but to keep it short, the way I feel about having kids is that we would be fine with or without them. The part that bummed me out was that the choice to have them or not may not even be mine to make. So the question now became, how do I regulate my hormones?
So come with me full-circle here. We’re back at seeing that keto girl in the gym, researching keto, and now starting the diet. In the first 2 weeks, I couldn’t really tell a difference. I was skeptical at best. In fact, I had a few days that I was super lethargic and slow and just felt so tired. Why keep doing this if I felt sluggish? Luckily, I read about the “keto flu”, and knew I might feel this way, so I did my best to chalk it up to this and keep on trudging along. But after a few weeks, I started noticing some other things…
- I had more energy
- I could wake up earlier
- I was more productive
- I was so mentally focused
- I could multi-task like a mother fu****
- I wasn’t hangry
- I was full for a longer time between meals
It was crazy how awesome I felt. I had read about this surge of “feel goodies” when on a keto diet, but I didn’t really believe it. It was just too good to be true, but after experiencing it myself, I was sold. Why isn’t EVERYONE following a keto diet?
After about 2 months of consistently following a ketogenic diet, I went back for some blood work to compare to my old data. I got a comprehensive metabolic panel done along with the lady hormone panel…and you may have guessed it already:
My doctor told me all of my numbers were not just “back to normal”. They were in the STELLAR range. All of those amazing side effects of going keto, like more energy, more focus, higher satiation… those were all indicative of overall hormone regulation. This is how it’s SUPPOSED to be. This is how well-balanced people feel! I couldn’t believe it. I couldn’t believe it and I suddenly realized that a majority of the population of people sold on a high carb diet had no idea what they were missing out on. And as if I needed more proof in the pudding (WARNING AGAIN… FEMALE STUFF): For the first time in what has to be a long time (possibly in my life), I had a normal 28-day cycle. Previously, my cycles ranged from 12-120 days, but never in the “normal” range.. how ’bout them apples?
Since first googling “ketogenic diet”, I have managed to learn so much information about this lifestyle and there is still so much to get inside this noggin.This way of eating has renewed my purpose to be the healthiest person I can be. I want to live a life of activity and experiences, and I can’t wait to see what the keto world has in store for me 🙂
How has going keto changed your life?