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When Your Gallbladder Fails You

Back in October, I started getting the worst pain I’ve ever felt. It started in my upper right abdomen and radiated to my back and into my shoulder. Of course I Googled and once I talked myself out of it being a heart attack, I realized it was my gallbladder. So, as you can imagine, I began Googling everything possible about when your gallbladder fails! And lets be really honest here, I was freaking out that I would’t be able to do the Keto diet any longer.

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What to Do if You Suspect a Gallbladder Attack

First of all, I can tell you what not to do…don’t go to Urgent Care. They can’t really help you there. If you are having a gallbladder attack, you need to go to the ER. I sat at Urgent Care for hours only to have an x-ray done that didn’t really tell them anything. Unfortunately, I continued to have pain off and on and worst of all, I was nauseous every single day. I woke up with a bitter, metallic taste in my mouth every morning and getting out of bed took a lot of effort.

How Did I Finally Get Help?

My primary care doctor ordered an ultrasound for me. The ultrasound came back clear. According to the ultrasound, there was nothing wrong with my gallbladder. However, after a lot of research on my part, I found that it’s not abnormal for the ultrasound to come back like that. There could be things that the ultrasound is not able to pick up that is actually there. My primary care doctor suspected I was dealing with an ulcer or acid reflux. I argued because, again, after all my research, it did not seem like an ulcer or acid reflux at all. In the end, I was referred to a GI doctor. That ended up being a HUGE blessing!

Within a few minutes of meeting with the GI doctor, I knew I was going to get results. He listened to exactly what I was telling him and started making a plan. The first thing he recommended I do was have an endoscopy done to definitely rule out an ulcer or acid reflux. The second thing he recommended was a HIDA scan. The HIDA scan will show any problems with gallbladder, liver, or bile ducts.

When the Gallbladder Fails

My endoscopy came back fine. No ulcers and no acid reflux. But I already knew that! The HIDA scan came back with low gallbladder ejection fraction (less than 20%…normal is over 35%). My GI doctor called me the next day and immediately referred me to a surgeon. I met with the surgeon and she told me that she felt comfortable, based on my different tests, that removing my gallbladder would be the right thing for me. Of course, I agreed. It had been over 3.5 months at this point and I was about to lose my mind.

Surgery to Remove the Gallbladder

My surgery was on January 5, 2018. Strangely enough, I was not nervous at all. That is not like me at all. I was oddly calm. The goal was to have the surgery done laparoscopic, unless an issue pops up and they have to switch to general surgery (I think that’s what they called it). Thankfully, my surgeon was able to do it laparoscopic! Apparently I caused a little hiccup in the OR when my blood pressure suddenly dropped WAY too low during surgery. They had to give me a shot of epinephrine to speed it back up. The only problem with that was, when I woke up, I ended up spending more time in recovery because they couldn’t get my heart rate to calm back down. After several bags of fluids and lots of trips to the bathroom, it finally calmed down enough for me to go home.

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Did Surgery Work?

When your gallbladder fails like this and you have surgery to remove it, there is always that chance that it doesn’t help your symptoms. While I was terrified of that happening, the idea of living another day with the nausea and pain was just too much. The very next day after my surgery, I woke up with ZERO nausea! I haven’t been nauseous yet. Yes it’s not been a full two weeks yet, but I’ve been able to eat fine and I don’t feel sick anymore. So I am cautiously optimistic that it worked! One of the things the surgeon (and friends that have had their gallbladder removed) told me was that I could end up with diarrhea for a few months after I eat. Thankfully that has not happened either! I feel like a new person!

I know doctors don’t necessarily like when patients Google everything, but if there is one thing I learned, it’s that if you don’t agree with a diagnosis or your treatment, stand up for yourself. Push for tests that you want done. Speak up to be heard. I went in to my appointment with my GI doc with an outline on my phone of everything I had been through. When it came time to give him my history, I pulled out my phone and read the outline.

Oh and my worries about the Keto diet…I have been eating according to the Keto diet for the last week and no issues at all!

Have you had your gallbladder removed?

Curing Sleep Apnea and Living Healthier

Almost two years ago, my husband and I made the decision to take charge of our life and make some drastic changes. You see, I weighed 250 pounds, the highest I’ve ever been and my husband weighed well over 300 pounds. We were unhealthy. He had sleep apnea. While the snoring was annoying, listening to him stop breathing during the night was even worse. After having a sleep study and getting a CPAP machine, we knew it was time to do something drastic. We were in a very unhealthy, downward spiral. Curing sleep apnea was not something we ever expected.

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What did we do?

I had heard a lot about the Keto diet from my friend Summer (The Dirty Floor Diaries…check her out. She’s awesome). If you aren’t familiar with the Keto diet, it’s a low carb diet where you eat high fat and moderate protein. As you can imagine, the idea of eating full fat was terrifying to me. Especially since I was already fat. In my mind, all I kept thinking was, “well…I’m already fat. What’s a few more pounds going to hurt if this doesn’t work?“. Imagine my surprise when this lifestyle change actually worked!

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How did the Keto diet help us?

As you can see, we lost quite a bit of weight on the Keto diet. I lost close to 90 pounds and my husband lost 125 pounds! Besides the weight loss and the dramatic transformation, we had the following amazing things happened, as a result to make the Keto lifestyle our new normal:

  • Dropped MANTY clothes sizes
  • No longer Type 2 Diabetic
  • Lowered LDL cholesterol
  • Raised HDL cholesterol
  • Lowered triglycerides from 300 to 65 <–for real!
  • No more brain fog
  • More energy
  • Cured sleep apnea

Curing Sleep Apnea

The way I understand sleep apnea, there are two main causes…being overweight or something to do with the way your brain functions. Prior to us starting the Keto diet, my husband had a sleep study done. He was snoring like crazy and I couldn’t even begin to count how many times he stopped breathing during the night. It was terrifying. After the sleep study, he got a CPAP machine and let me tell you, he slept better and I slept better. It was controlling his sleep apnea very well!

A few weeks ago, he went to have a repeat sleep study done. His doctor felt it was a good idea since he had lost a tremendous amount of weight. We just got the results back yesterday. He no longer has sleep apnea AT ALL! Curing sleep apnea was a direct result of taking charge of our health with the Keto diet. To be honest, the idea of curing sleep apnea was not

Getting started with the Keto diet can seem very overwhelming. I get it. Believe me…I do! If you are interested in more information and would like to see some sample recipes I personally love, then check out the following links:

How to Start the Keto Diet

Keto Diet Success Tips and Tricks

Keto Diet Long term 

Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Fat Bomb

Keto Chicken Cordon Bleu Recipe

Chorizo Chicken Soup Recipe

If you have some health concerns that your doctor says could possibly be helped with a lifestyle change, then seriously check out Keto as one of your options. If you have any questions please contact me. I will do my best to answer your question or point you in the right direction, if I can!


*Please note, I am not a doctor. While the Keto diet did help us with some of our health concerns, it may not be the best lifestyle change for you. As always, before changing your diet, please consult with your doctor.

Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Fat Bombs

I’m not going to lie…one of my favorite things EVER is cookie dough. Before Keto, I used to make cookie dough, not because I cared about baking the cookies in the oven (though, these Rolo stuffed cookies are my kids favorite), but because I wanted to eat insane amounts of raw cookie dough. Now that I have been successfully following the Keto diet for almost two years now, I no longer eat cookie dough or have the urge to. However, there are times when I need to get some extra fat in at the end of the day (or I just want a little treat) so I make these delicious peanut butter cookie dough fat bombs!

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Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Fat Bombs

Ingredients

  • 8 oz Cream Cheese
  • 1/2 Cup Salted Butter
  • 1/2 Cup Sunbutter or Peanut Butter (I prefer Sunbutter)
  • 1/3 Cup Swerve Sweetener or Stevia
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract

Directions

  1. Set your cream cheese and butter out and allow it to come to room temperature (trust me…don’t skip this step).
  2. Combine all of your ingredients into a bowl and mix thoroughly with your hand mixer (I like this mixer and it’s on sale!).
  3. Once your peanut butter cookie dough is mixed up, spoon it into your favorite silicone mold.
  4. Place in your freezer for at least 1 hour to allow it to set. You can keep them in the mold and take them out as you need one or store them in a small container in your freezer.

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Starting the Keto lifestyle was one of the best decisions of my life. If you are thinking about starting your own Keto journey, then you need to check out these posts:

How to Start the Keto Diet

Top 10 Keto Diet Must Haves

A few of my must try recipes (besides these yummy peanut butter cookie dough fat bombs) to get you started on your Keto journey are:

Chicken Cordon Bleu

Creamed Spinach

Chorizo Chicken Soup

Bacon Wrapped Smokies

Homemade Gummy Bears

As always, if you ever have any questions about the Keto lifestyle, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me! Click on the contact me up above and send me an email. I am happy to help you out! Good luck!


Back to School Lunch Ideas

It feels just like yesterday that I was jumping up and down that I was done making lunches for awhile. Now, in just three weeks, my kids will be going back to school and I will need to start packing their lunches again. Yes, I realize they are in 5th and 8th grade and they are more than capable of packing their lunch, but I like knowing that they are eating something healthy each day for lunch. Since my daughter has decided that she no longer wants to eat sandwiches, I need to come up with some lunch ideas for her that don’t look like a sandwich!

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As you know, since I’ve talked about it MANY times, my husband and I follow the Keto diet. While we do not have our kids follow the Keto diet with us, we have had many talks with them about eating healthy and limiting the sugar that they eat. I don’t know if it was before that conversation or after, but my daughter told me she did not want to eat sandwiches anymore. I don’t know if it’s that she doesn’t like them or what, but all summer long she has been eating meat and cheese rollups with broccoli and dip. To continue her new lunch ways, I’ve looked at the following lunch boxes for her:

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What I like about the different boxes above is the wide variety of foods I can give her. She loves to eat salad and will often times ask me for it for dinner. Truth be told, I think she eats salads because she is obsessed with croutons, but hey…she’s eating vegetables so I’ll go with it!

Lunch Ideas

So what will I put in her lunch box if we go with one of the lunch boxes above, instead of one filled with plastic baggies and a bunch of stuff to throw away each day? Here are some of my lunch ideas for her:

  • Meat and cheese rollups
  • Broccoli and ranch dip
  • Applesauce
  • Goldfish crackers
  • Salad with chicken and croutons <–can’t forget those croutons!
  • Fruit
  • Leftover pizza cut up
  • Peanut butter and jelly quesadilla

I’m sure, as the year goes on, we will come up with a bunch of different ideas. These type of lunch ideas work great for my daughter. My son…he’s a different story! He eats me out of house and home and the amount of food he takes to lunch is insane. So one of these lunch box ideas will not work for him. Instead I am looking at something like this:

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While I am relatively new at figuring out what to put in lunches that don’t have sandwiches (and why this seems so difficult to me, I don’t know), I will be checking out different sites (like this one) for other lunch ideas! In the mean time, please leave me a comment with your lunch ideas! Bella and I will appreciate the ideas!

Talking to Your Kids About Limiting Sugar

Ever since my husband and I started following the Keto lifestyle and completely eliminating sugar from our life, the one thing people always ask us is, “what about your kids?”. My answer has always been that they do not follow the Keto diet. I feel that for kids, it is way to hard for them to eliminate sugar, etc. I truly believe, and have seen, that when you try to tell your kids “no candy” or “no pop”, they will sneak it or overeat it any chance they get. That completely defeats what you are trying to do. Instead, we talked with our kids about the importance of limiting sugar.

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The Talk – Limiting Sugar

When I made the decision to talk to my kids about limiting sugar, I wanted to really think about my words. The last thing I wanted was to create some unnecessary relationship with food for them. As a teen and young adult, I dealt with many eating disorder issues. That is something I hope neither of my kids ever have to deal with. Since my husband and I have spent the last year and a half really focusing on what we put in our bodies, and sharing with others about our new lifestyle, I knew that it would not come as a shock to my kids when we sat them down to have a discussion.

Pro tip…get your kids in the habit of drinking water and staying hydrated. We like this water bottle.

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Since I knew the idea of eliminating sugar altogether would be a bad one, I wanted to make sure they understood that as well. We talked about the things they saw us do over the course of the year. They paid a lot more attention than I thought they did! They knew that we do not eat any sugar or grains and that most of our daily carb intake comes from vegetables and fruit was our candy.

Don’t Drink Your Sugar

I was never a mom that bought fruit juices. My kids drank it at their grandparents house and that was basically it. When we were at a restaurant, I would let them get Sprite. Without evening thinking about it, they would sometimes drink several glasses. So we talked about how we would much rather eat something with sugar than drink it. They both agreed. A couple times since our conversation, we were out and they got Sprite to drink. When the waitress asked if they would like a refill, they responded, all on their own, “may I please have water?”! I call that a success!

Counting Carbs and Calories

No. No. No. No. This is not something I want my kids worrying about; thinking about; or doing. With that said, they aren’t stupid. They see what we eat and don’t eat. Bella knows that bread for sandwiches has a fair amount of carbs in it. She asked me if I would get her YUMBOX Bento Lunch Box. Rather than have a traditional peanut butter and jelly sandwich, she would like to have meat and cheese roll ups, broccoli and ranch, and Goldfish crackers or a cookie. In her eyes, just like wasting sugar on Sprite, why waste it on bread when she doesn’t really care if she has it. She’d rather have crackers or a cookie.

Limiting Sugar Success!

Ladies and gentleman, this is what I wanted to happen. I wanted my kids to be able to make decisions on what to eat that are healthy and in moderation, without me saying “no don’t eat that” or “that has too many carbs”, etc. By doing it this way, they are making a choice based on the healthy choices in the house. Do I buy cookies? Not all the time. Do I have Goldfish crackers available as a snack option? Of course. Are they portioned out in little baggies for easy on the go snacks AND to prevent them sitting down with the box and eating it all? Yes.

When it comes to talking to your kids about limiting their sugar, it’s all about how you approach it. If you give them little bits of information and allow them to make the decisions for themselves, then you are setting them up to be able to make good choices without feeling like they are doing something wrong when they do drink a glass of Sprite or eat a cookie. And remember, YOU are the one that does the shopping. If you don’t bring the food in the house, they won’t have it to eat. Just remember though, you don’t want your kitchen to be so strict that the first chance they get, they go hog wild somewhere else.