Smiling healthy womanWon’t somebody just tell me what to do!!

This is what I thought to myself time and time again as tried (in vain) to figure out how I could just feed myself in a way that meant I enjoyed my food, I lost weight, I wasn’t obsessing over calories and, most importantly, I felt free.

Because that’s what I wanted more than anything.

I wanted to be free.

I had images in my mind of slim, happy women who barely even thought about food. You know, they forgot to eat sometimes (whaaaa?), and they shimmied through life wearing bikinis, slim fitting jeans and well, whatever they want because it ALWAYS LOOKED GOOD. (Did these women actually exist?)

I just couldn’t for the life of me work out how to achieve this.

I was just confused. And I wanted to be not confused, slim and happy.

Not that I let anyone know how confused I was, because you know, I’m a grown woman and really should have mastered the whole ‘how to feed myself’ thing by now.

You see, on the one hand I desperately wanted to lose the weight I’d gained in the last decade, and of course, I wanted to lose it as fast as possible so I could get on with my life and all the shiny, exciting things that happen to women when they’re slim and happy.

But equally important to me, as a mother of three and someone approaching their 40’s was the desire to be healthy.  In fact, I wanted to be healthier, stronger, fitter and yes, I’ll admit it, better looking than I was in my 20’s because you know, life, getting older, ego, etc.

So What Would Work for Me?

What I essentially wanted was a diet – that wasn’t a diet.

A way of eating that meant I could both love food and forget about food.

I wanted to lose weight quickly, but I didn’t want to be obsessing over what I was eating or restricting myself all the time.

I wanted to be totally in control, and yet 100% free to eat what I wanted, when I wanted.

I wanted to let go and take charge simultaneously.

Hmm. It kind of reminded me of how, when I was younger and wanted to buy some shoes I wouldn’t be able to decide between posh, pointy heels or rugged cowgirl boots. I wanted both. At the same time.

I came to the conclusion that what I wanted wasn’t possible. I would have to resign myself to a life of being a bit porky with some chin acne if I wanted to eat what I wanted when I wanted.

Or I would have to resign myself to a life of counting calories and saying ‘no’ if I wanted the body (and face) that I wanted.

But I couldn’t have both.

Or so I thought.health and vibrancy

Until I hit upon the one thing that would change all this and, yes, give me everything I wanted and more. Mwah hah ha ha ha. But more on this shortly.

You see there was one thing I wanted over and above even these things I have already spoken about. One thing that was secretly bothering me more than anything else.

And it was this…

I didn’t want to fail again.

Because in this last 10 years I seemed to have ‘failed’ at every diet possible. Each time I thought I’d  found the answer, the route to freedom, the perfect way to eat. And each time I was wrong.

And each time, a little bit of my confidence disappeared.

I started questioning myself more. Wondering what was wrong with me. And secretly feeling ashamed of myself.

It wasn’t for want of trying though. I tried everything.

Raw food, vegetarianism, veganism, paleo, low calorie, intermittent fasting, low-fat, the warrior diet (otherwise known as ‘what sumo wrestlers do to stay super heavy’.. yeah that one didn’t work), calorie counting, blood type diet, intuitive eating.

Nothing worked. At least, I couldn’t stick with any of these for long enough to see results anyway. Or, I saw results and then went and celebrated for a couple of months with wine, chocolate, and pizza.

And joking aside, with a history of disordered eating, I was scared stiff that I would eventually lose control altogether and go back to bingeing and purging like when I was a teenager. They weren’t pleasant times.

Anyway, this one thing I mentioned.

I had a kind of epiphany and realised that the one key to everything – to how I ate and how I felt about eating, was that I had to feel satisfied.

A satisfied person doesn’t have urges to look for more food or pop down the shop for a packet of biscuits (you know, for the kids…). A satisfied person is just that – satisfied.

So I started doing research on what the most satisfying foods were. This may sound silly but bear with me.

You know what the answer was? Well, if you’ve done your research on keto as I’m pretty sure you have, you’ll know that the answer is FATS.

And this is exactly what led me to read a ton of material about the ketogenic diet.

BUT…

What I found was, there were loads of body builders into the ketogenic lifestyle. And there were certainly loads of men into eating the ketogenic lifestyle. But what about women?

Hmmm.

On further investigation, I found lots of amazing success stories from women who had gained control of their eating, lost a ton of weight and were happy as the proverbial Larry. However, I also found a boat load of information about how dropping carbs was bad for women. I read about thyroid misfunctions, I read about adrenal issues, sleep problems, hair falling out, anxiety issues, depression.

Well, this brought the confusion right back to square one. Did the keto diet work for women?

I really, really wanted the ketogenic diet to be the answer. I really, really wanted to experience the success that some women seemed to be having. I wanted to eat steak covered in butter and lose weight. But I certainly didn’t want ANY of that bad stuff I’d read about. Hell no. I don’t know a lot about hormones, but I know I don’t want mine messed up.

Enthusiasm for foodBut anyway, flash forward to today and I’m happy to say that you can have your buttered steak and eat it.

I actually found a way to make keto work for me with all of that good stuff, and none of the bad. Seriously. None.

And yes, I’m pretty pleased with myself. And you’ll probably hear more about how pleased I am with myself as I continue writing my blog. But I would be remiss to take any credit here. Because it’s all down to one lady.

Leanne Vogel.

She cracked it basically, where no one else has before. How to adapt the ketogenic diet for women. How to have ALL the benefits of ketosis with none of the drawbacks.

It’s a lifestyle she leads herself, and through a long period of trial and error, she created two super easy programs and meal plans to follow that guide you effortlessly into a state she calls ‘fat-fuelled’ – which is that state of keto-adaptation where your body burns fat primarily for energy. Hell yeah.

It’s literally almost impossible for me to be porky these days, and boy do I eat, and boy do I love what I eat!

Keto Diet Plans that Work for Women

So, what are these two programs?

The first is called The Keto Beginning. This is for anyone who is just starting out and needs to learn the basics of how to eat keto, what to do, what not to do, how to get your macros spot on, what to eat and well, everything you need to know.

Here’s what she has to say about this program:

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The answer to why you can't lose weight even though you are eating lessWhen what you’re doing isn’t working, The Keto Beginning is the Launchpad for achieving flawless health and effortless weight loss through sound nutrition practices and vibrant food preparation in ways you’ve never seen before. Going a step beyond the traditional low-carbohydrate approach, The Keto Beginning offers an allergen-free solution to paleo-friendly, low-carbohydrate living with a focus on using nutritional ketosis as the underlying rocket fuel to propel you to a new dimension of health.

Gain total body confidence, regulated metabolism, and liberated health without the need to radically reduce (or even count) calories. This is the lifestyle change that empowers your body + mind to achieve the state of health you’ve been searching for.

Check it out here

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Needless to say, I highly, highly recommend this program.

But wait, there’s more!

Her second program really takes keto for women to the next level. It’s called Fat Fueled and in this program she, well, I’ll let her tell you…

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Fat Fulled by Leanne VogelThe one size fits all approach to nutritional ketosis ends now. Fat Fueled is a sensible guide to creating a ketogenic life focused on plans to support thyroid imbalances, weight gain, adrenal fatigue, hormone irregularities, anxiety, candida, infertility, and more. A revolutionary wheat-, dairy-, gluten-, egg-, nut-, legume-, and sugar-free approach to the ketogenic eating style to uncover your best self by fueling; and healing, with fat.

Liberate yourself from restriction, macronutrient manipulation, exercise abuse, and feel hot-darn sexy doin’ it.

Check it out here.

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Now I don’t’ want you getting all confused here. No no. this is all about ENDING that confusion.

So, which one should you get?

I honestly recommend getting both. Neither one is particularly expensive, and what worked for me was doing The Keto Beginning until I was properly keto-adapted, and then moving on to Fat-Fuelled to tweak my diet, so it was perfect for me and so I had to freedom to eat without measuring, counting or otherwise depleting the enjoyment of my reignited love of food.

Either way, you can check them both out for more information before you decide.

The lovely Leanne gives you a discount if you buy both programs.

keto beginning and fat fuelled bundleCheck out the bundle here: Keto Beginning + Fat Fueled Bundle.

However, if you just want to go with one – you actually still get a discount if you then decide to buy the other as well. So it’s a win-win. Have your buttered steak and eat it as it were.

So go ahead ladies, fear not. There’s only good stuff coming.

And you know what, I’d love to hear about your experiences with the programs. I can only expect they will be as good as mine. Feel free to let me know and I’ll make sure Leanne hears about it!

To good food, good health and no more confusion!

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