What Keto Means to Me

What Keto Means to Me

If you’re not in the keto world, you may not know who Jimmy Moore is…  Let me give you a little backstory.

“In January 2004, Jimmy Moore made a decision to get rid of the weight that was literally killing him. At 32 years of age and 410 pounds, the time had come for a radical change of lifestyle. A year later, he had shed 180 pounds, shrunk his waist by 20 inches, and dropped his shirt size from 5XL to XL. After his dramatic weight loss, Jimmy was inundated with requests from friends, neighbors and complete strangers seeking information and help. Jimmy is dedicated to helping as many people as possible find the information they need to make the kind of lifestyle change he has made. To that end, he has started a blog and a number of web-sites to get out the message of lifestyle change and healthy living. Here you will find links to Jimmy’s blog and all of the websites he contributes to.”  – LivinLaVidaLowCarb.com

Jimmy is well-known in the keto world, and he’s written multiple books on various topics within the keto community and is one of the nicest people you could ever meet.  A few days ago, Jimmy decided it’s time to hire a Social Media Manager and I decided to throw my hat into the ring.  🙂

One of Jimmy’s requirements to apply for the position was to include an answer to the question…  “What does keto mean to you?”  Obviously, keto means more to me than most that are following the diet for weight loss.  *Not to downplay the struggles, motivation, willpower, and determination it takes to do so, but I am following keto for a neurological disorder – It’s just a little different. 😉

If you don’t already follow Jimmy Moore, be sure to check him out.  He’s got TONS of great info for newbs and experience keto warriors alike!

I would like to share with you my submission to Jimmy’s question now…

What Keto Means to Me…

“I spent the majority of my life having uncontrolled seizures and didn’t receive a diagnosis at the age of 25. The medication had taken a toll on my body, mind, and spirit – ruining opportunities and relationship along the way. After 2.5 years on medication, increased seizures, and feeling hopeless, I made the decision to give up medication and begin my natural journey to healing.

Having parents that worked in the medical field, natural healing went against everything I was taught growing up. It wasn’t an easy decision to make… I was essentially risking my life. My intuition told me to keep going, and I’ve never looked back.

I began researching nonstop – natural epilepsy treatments, energy healing, diets, lifestyle adjustments, healthy hobbies, juice cleanses, alkaline water, the power of positive thinking, yoga, and meditation. You name it; I’ve tried it.

No matter what I did, my seizures always made their way back into my life.

January 5, 2015 will be a day I’ll always remember… permanently etched in my mind.

It’s the day that changed my life forever and set me on this path to living my best and healthiest life. When I stumbled upon the Modified Atkins Diet in 2014, I was searching for freedom… Searching for a new way of living that allowed me to be independent.

January 5, 2015 – I began my keto journey and here I am 3 years later, still kickin’ keto butt and living a seizure-free life!

To me keto means living my best life and accomplishing my goals, despite having a neurological disorder – true independence & freedom.”

I hope this speaks to anyone that needs to hear it…  Let it inspire your own healing journey (keto or not), do what works best for you and your body.  Taking your health into your own hands was/is a huge decision, but it’s one I’ll never regret making.

Christalle Bodiford is an artist, advocate, writer, and adventure seeker. As an entrepreneur diagnosed with epilepsy, Christalle brings a unique perspective of empowerment that inspires others to embrace a positive mindset and live with purpose. When she’s not writing or advocating, Christalle enjoys puppy snuggles with her scruffy terrier and outdoor adventures with her husband.

2 thoughts on “What Keto Means to Me

  1. Wow Christalle, I thank God for your site. My brother started having seizures at 28 and we have battled with it . He’s 33 now. No known cause expect he had meningitis as a baby. We have agreed on starting a Ketogenic diet so we are gathering all the healthy info we can get. Do you have the meal plans you used? Should we include bone broth? What vitamins and suppliments helped you? Thank you for your kind response

    1. Hi Etsy! I’m so happy to hear that you found my story helpful for your brother. I received your email, and I have replied. I hope the information I sent is useful and you can find some relief for your brother.

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