“I just snapped one day at a coworker over a silly little mistake, and I knew at that point it was time to jump ship,” a 49-year-old client recently confessed.
She’d been on a ketogenic diet for about three months. The first two were smooth sailing. She consistently lost about three pounds a week, many of her menopausal symptoms vanished, and she had a renewed energy.
And then, the weight plateaued. Her energy levels took a nosedive. Her mood swings were all over the place.
That spike-and-crash situation occurs often with keto diets.
It’s unfortunate because keto gets such fantastic results initially. When, as a physician, I put my women patients on a low carb or ketogenic diet -- high in fat, moderate in protein, and low in carbohydrates -- they often got great results including better ability to regulate insulin and blood sugar.
Until they don’t.
Invariably, my perimenopausal and menopausal clients would complain about feeling miserable and cranky, and they’d go off the diet. I understood why. I felt the same way on a keto diet—I call it going “keto crazy.”
This told me that something was clearly missing from keto diets. Being naturally curious, I wanted to know what is was. Raising four daughters and running a busy practice, I certainly couldn’t afford brain fog nor keto-craziness!
I became determined to find out why. Why did keto diets provide such fabulous results that felt impossible to sustain because of derailing symptoms like irritability? When I did a keto diet, I called this feeling “keto crazy.”
I wanted to find Keto 2.0, which yielded weight loss and other benefits without keto’s crash.
Interestingly, my answer came not from cutting-edge science but from an obscure journal article published nearly 100 years ago!
Even a century ago, researchers knew something that many don’t today: To make a ketogenic diet work long-term, you need to make it more alkaline. While it was a rat study, I interpreted their findings (nearly a century old) as the missing link in traditional keto diets.
This made sense. As I’d seen among many clients and myself, staying in ketosis too long makes you more acidic. The resulting chronic inflammation means your body clings to belly fat like a life raft. Bye bye, weight loss!
Yet when I added more alkaline foods into a keto plan, results improved remarkably. My clients finally hit their weight loss goals. They had stronger bones and more lean muscle. Their bodies detoxified better and they had more energy.
Based on that understanding, I made a few tweaks to the traditional keto diet. I decided to completely revamp my keto diet. I added more alkalizing low-carbohydrate foods into the mix: Foods like beet greens, kale, chard, dandelion leaves, parsley, most other non-starchy vegetables, and especially the breast-healthy cruciferous vegetables.
I also added herbs like maca, and some occasional fruits. And I tested urinary pH to make sure we were seeing the beneficial alkalinizing effects in our urine (a marker of health).
Nothing like this had ever been done before.
I never saw results like this, and so quickly.
I decided to call the plan Keto-Green™, which forms the foundation of my new book The Hormone Fix.
Even my clients who suffered through the worst hormonal miseries suddenly hit the reset button on those hormones with my plan. (If you’re wondering what’s going on with those hormones and how can you fix them, you’ve got to read my free e-book here.)
I want to show you how to maintain keto and stay alkaline simultaneously. That’s what The Hormone Fix is all about.
My book gives you a 10-day detox plan to hit your goals quickly. I’ve seen clients lose weight, feel better, and reclaim their libido within the first week of this plan.