Hi, I'm Michelle Hughes, bestselling romance author, mother of five, and embracing a Keto lifestyle.  A little background on this website about me and why I decided to journey into Keto.  Almost six weeks (March 1, 2021) ago I was at a checkup and my blood sugar was 377.  I am a type two diabetic, taking Metformin and Glipizide for management.  I was shocked at the level of my blood sugar and knew I had to do something about it.  I also was battling obesity, and at 51, I knew those things were both detrimental to my health.  I decided to do something about it!

I started Keto with the meal plans listed in this blog, determined not to let my blood sugar or obesity destroy my life.  Within two weeks my blood sugar was back into normal ranges!  That was all I needed to decide this was the answer I needed for my health.  Within five weeks I'd lost 14lbs, so not only was I helping maintain my blood sugar, but I was losing weight at the same time.  Oddly enough, I wasn't hungry while doing it either! All the diets I'd tried in the past left me starving, and as anyone that has dieted can tell you, it's a failure waiting to happen.  Keto changed that for me!

I knew for me, I'd have to find a sustainable menu plan that kept me excited and not starving, so that's what I set out to do.  Yes, it's a huge change giving up potatoes, rice, mashed potatoes, and bread, but it doesn't have to be something you dread!  For me, it gave me the encouragement to seek out replacement foods that left me feeling happy and full.  Don't go in with the thought that you're giving up things, that's a quick recipe for failure.  Go in with the mindset that I'm going to create a new way of eating and discovering foods that can replace all those things that were killing me.  

I know it sounds crazy that you can give up all those carbs and still be full, but trust me, it's not.  Within my first two weeks on Keto, I found that I didn't need as much food to fill me up.  I'm a STRONG believer that you've got to feel full if you're going to make this work.  Preparing yourself mentally is probably the most important thing you can do when starting on this "lifestyle" (I don't call it a diet).  You're going to be cooking your meals (and if you're working that means prepping ahead of time).  What you won't get on my website are lies.  I am going to tell you exactly how it is without sugar-coating it.

It comes down to basically you want to change your life and health or you don't, and only YOU can make that decision.  I'm going to do my best to help make it easier for you, but you have to make that choice.  Whatever you choose, know that I wish you nothing but the best.  If this Southern Woman can make the switch away from a high carb lifestyle to 20 carbs a day, I know you can too!

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