Free of IBS on a keto diet
After several failed attempts at following more conventional advice, Janny decided to try improving her health issues with IBS and seizures on her own.
My name is Janny, a 33-year old Bulgarian living in Sweden. I have been reading your website for a while, and have secretly even dreamed of somehow becoming part of it. That is why I was really happy to find out that I can do this by sharing my story with you.
I will first start with pointing out that my journey has not been so much weight-loss focused as I was not overweight. However, I was probably going to be, had I continued listening to my doctors and dietitian.
As a child I suffered from a strange condition — seizures with convulsions without an apparent reason. This would happen every now and then, and go away spontaneously in a few seconds. I was not tested until my late 20’s when I moved to Sweden and these seizures returned (after being absent for a few years).
I was examined by Swedish doctors and stayed in the hospital for a couple of days while they examine my brain etc. Nothing was found. I was released as a healthy person.
For many years, I have had bloating and constipation issues as well, and those worsened when I moved to Sweden in 2013. Two surgeries and countless smaller procedures, intestine checkups, were done but a cause was not found. I was referred to a dietitian with a diagnose of IBS.
My dietitian prescribed me the low FODMAP diet, but then all my symptoms got worse. I gained 6 kg (13 lbs) in a month, felt like an air balloon all the time, had constant constipation, pain, irritation, hunger and in general felt like crap.
My diet was eating five times a day, only carbs and a little protein, zero fat and because I was afraid to eat and get the symptoms I would avoid food, so I would just eat something like 100 g of tomatoes with white cheese and snack with a shake (carb).
Yet, I kept gaining weight… despite all the salads that I ate, which I thought were good for weight loss. After a couple of months trying to adjust my diet, the dietitian said there is nothing more she can do to help so I should go back to my doctor.The turning point for me is where my keto journey started. I decided to try to heal myself on my own. I did my research on diets and decided to try keto.
And thank GOD I did! After I started low carb I healed! I do not have even the slightest bloating, zero pain, and not even constipation! I am seizure-free and I feel so much more energetic and powerful.
I have been keto for nearly a year now and this has been by far the best decision I have ever made for my health. I feel different and I don’t have that feeling I had when I had seizures.
As I said in the beginning, this has not been a weight-loss journey even though I have lost 10 kg (22 lbs) and my waist has become smaller.
This has been a health journey and I have learned so much! I have totally implemented intermittent fasting to my lifestyle as well and do that on a daily basis which makes my gut even happier.
Keto cooking has become my hobby and I have even started my own blog where I write in Bulgarian about keto, fasting, and I share recipes.
Looking forward to hear from you soon!
Congratulations, Janny! As you may know, there is plenty of scientific support that a keto diet can help with many kinds of seizures (epilepsy), and it’s often helpful for people with IBS:
/ Dr. Andreas Eenfeldt, MD
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