Megan and her husband struggled with infertility for a long time, but then stumbled upon a low-carb high-fat diet and decided to try it out. Can you guess what happened after only a few months on the diet?
I first heard about LCHF when my father, with type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol was recommended it by his GP. I was skeptical, however I couldn’t deny the fact that the blood tests he did every three months could not possibly be lying, and they WERE improving despite the high-fat diet, he was soon dropping all his medications and controlling his blood sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol with food alone.
My husband and I live in Canada, we are 31 and 34 and we had struggled with infertility for three years before starting LCHF. The fertility clinics classified us as unexplained, after 7 months of treatment I walked away, saying there was no such thing as “unexplained”. I started acupuncture instead, I did six months of it before walking away and going back to my GP.
My doctor found what the clinics ignored, that I was pre-diabetic. It was an eye opener for me, I knew I had to change my eating habits for more reasons than just my fertility. I also knew that being overweight with high blood sugar and signs of chronic inflammation was likely the cause of my infertility. I decided I wasn’t going back for fertility treatments, I saved my money, and put a new focus on losing weight and becoming healthy with LCHF.After struggling with many diets in the past, I was surprised at just how easy LCHF was! I used to literally dream of the food I couldn’t eat while on low-fat diets, I spent so much of my day hungry, and denying foods I craved that my subconscious mind was eating them in my sleep. I don’t have that on LCHF, I don’t feel left out or deprived with my food choices. I could go out to dinner with friends and not worry about what was on the menu for me. I wasn’t hungry, and my sugar cravings quickly passed. I had unexplained swelling in my left foot for years that tests showed as a mystery, it quickly disappeared as well and has not returned, it made me wonder what other inflammation was disappearing. I was full of new energy, instead of coming home from work and collapsing on the couch I fluttered around the house all night. My husband cancelled his monthly fees on his own dieting services and joined me. We each lost 60 lbs (27 kg) in our first six months, a total of 120 lbs (54 kg) between us (literally!) and we are still losing.
Our family, friends and co-workers are now following LCHF, as well. After seven months on LCHF, I became pregnant, naturally, no fertility treatments, just the cost of food! I wish I knew about LCHF three years ago when I started my conception journey, but I believe everything happens for a reason, and I am happy that now with LCHF I will have a much healthier and safer pregnancy, we will be much more healthy and active parents and our child will grow up healthier.
When my GP sent me for my first round of blood work, I asked her to resend me for those markers she tested seven months ago. I was excited to see that my blood work, like my father’s, was also improving. I was no longer pre-diabetic, my glucose was in the normal range, I went from 6.1 to 4.5 mmol/l (110 to 81 mg/dl). My good cholesterol started going up (which was low, and still needs to improve), my bad cholesterol came down; my non-HDL cholesterol went from 2.98 to 1.6 mmol/l (54 to 29 mg/dl), and my triglycerides went from 2.02 to 0.79 mmol/l (36 to 14 mg/dl).
I am entering my second trimester and still following a LCHF diet, although I have had to cut out my fasting and Bulletproof coffee due to the need of small frequent meals to prevent morning sickness and my caffeine restrictions. I feel like a million bucks! I have to wonder if LCHF is also helping reduce the typical first trimester pregnancy symptoms.
This way of eating has changed my entire mindset on foods, I can’t imagine eating the high-sugar and high-carb foods I ate in the past – nor do my new tastebuds want them! I am very excited to see what 2018 has in store for us!
Thank you Diet Doctor, for bringing awareness to this lifestyle!
So happy for your great success on LCHF Megan! Congratulations :-)
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