Hi! I’m Mary. A low carb loving, homeschooling, Girl Scout leading, military spouse, mom. Cooking for my loved ones is one of the ways I show my love for them. Creating Taste This Keto is one of the ways I share my knowledge with the world.
I’m not a professional chef and I’m not a nutritionist (someday maybe!) Taste This Keto is here to share my personal experience with keto as well as my recipe creations.
My Keto Journey
Unlike many people in the keto community, I don’t know when I started my keto journey. Over the past few years getting into ketosis has been my goal in order to help manage arthritis and my allergies. Unfortunately, while I absolutely adore the keto way of eating, it doesn’t always work for me.
The challenges I’m facing with keto do have solutions, but it will take time for me to find the answer. Trial and error come into play a lot with my keto journey. I’m hoping what I learn will help you with some of the struggles you might have.
Overall, keto has had an incredible impact on my life, for the better. Among the benefits I’ve experienced are and increase in energy, less digestive discomforts, reduced inflammation, which means less joint pain and fewer allergy symptoms. Weight loss does happen, but it’s not my main goal with keto, more of a happy side effect for me. Due to the way low carb eating affects my anxiety levels, I’m not always able to maintain ketosis because my doctor advises bumping up the calories when my anxiety spikes.
I have a masters degree in Industrial and Organizational Psychology, so I already have a bit of knowledge about neurotransmitters. The combination of my anxiety disorder along with a low carb lifestyle means I had to learn even more about serotonin specifically. The effects of keto on my anxiety are one of the biggest obstacles on my keto journey, but I’m determined to find a balance between my diet and my mental/physical health.
While I’m not using my psychology degree in the traditional work sense, I am utilizing a lot of what I’ve learned to help with my keto journey, and the building of this site. Critical thinking, research, and motivational techniques all come into play in ways I never imagined.
A PhD was always a dream of mine, but student loan debt meant I needed to stop formal education. Currently I’m contemplating a culinary degree and/or becoming a nutritionist. Keto has opened up an entirely new area of interest for me. For now, I’ll stick with my Good Will Hunting education:
“You wasted $150,000 on an education you coulda got for $1.50 in late fees at the public library.”
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