I learned about ketogenic diet through my sister’s doctor as he suggested this when we found out that my younger sister have Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) – a hormonal disorder. As per the doctor, when you are on this diet your insulin drops significantly and from a PCOS point of view this is helpful as the patient tend to have a high level of insulin to begin with. High insulin levels cause ovaries to produce too much testosterone which makes the symptoms worse. So my sister decided to learn more about this as it sounds promising and effective as well.

Where to Begin?

Her initial concern was what are the foods that she can eat. Well there are tons and for sure you won’t starve. We found this very interesting website https://shortcutketo.com that helped us find sumptuous meals to prepare and there are a lot of options to choose from. Having found this, my sister got more excited and willing to pursue this type of diet. Ketogenic diet as defined by Doc’s opinion:

Ketogenic diets emphasize foods rich in natural fats and adequate in protein and restrict foods high in carbohydrate. While the standard American diet contains 45-65% of calories from carbohydrate, ketogenic diets usually restrict carbohydrate intake to about 2-4% of calories.

A typical ketogenic meal includes a small amount of protein, a source of natural fats (for example, butter, beef tallow, lard, duck fat, cream, olive oil, or coconut oil) and some green leafyvegetables.

Don’t Panic!

My sister was simply enjoying her diet, well I did too as we normally share the food that she prepares when I come over to her house since I don’t really cook. One day I visited her and was really excited because she mentioned that she will cook Crab Stuffed Mushrooms with Cream Cheese that she found from one of the keto cookbooks that she had. When I came, there was no food prepared as she was sick. She mentioned that she has been experiencing headache, fatigue, body pains, brain fog, low energy and have a bad breath. She was a bit panicky as she was blaming what she ate recently so we went back to her doctor and found out that she was just experiencing some side effects of the ketogenic diet.

According to the netdoctor:

The transition to a ketogenic diet can also sometimes cause side effects, that are often referred to as ‘keto flu’. These side effects can include:

  • Low energy levels

  • Brain fog

  • Increased hunger

  • Sleep problems

  • Nausea

  • Digestive discomfort

  • Poor exercise performance

  • Bad breath is also a common symptom, due to the production of excess ketones which are acetone-smelling (often described as the smell of rotten fruit).

After such events she continued to pursue the diet and eventually became okay and her PCOS was also gone. Up to now she sticks to the diet plan as she already enjoyed it ant really felt the positive impact of ketogenic diet in her health and the same goes for me as well.