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straight to bed. I could walk with my kids, and I even rode a
bike! My children and husband ran alongside and cheered me
Not long afterwards I stopped wearing plus-sized clothing for
the first time in my life. During all of my childhood, store-bought clothes didn’t fit. My mother or grandmother made all
of my clothes. Now, instead of only fitting in clothes from one
or two stores in the mall, I can walk into any store and “fit.”
I’ve followed a low-carb, high-fat, whole foods eating plan for
over three years now. My health, as indicated by lab tests that
check my lipids, liver and kidney function, etc., has never been
better. I no longer take any of the medications I once took for
pain, hormonal balance, or depression. I’ve lost just over 100
pounds and maintained that loss. There are still 10 pounds
between me and my goal weight, but my focus is no longer
just the scale. The metrics that matter to me are my markers of
health, the time I spend being active, the quality time with my
family, and the cute, smaller clothes I get to enjoy. People who
have known me all of my life and who have known my struggles
are amazed. They have seen me gain and lose and gain and fail.
Three years later, I am eating high fat, and not failing.
Last summer, after teaching a few local classes in how to eat
low-carb, high-fat, I began making videos. My brother encour-
aged me to share the videos on You Tube. I dismissed his crazy
idea until I needed a place to store the videos for easy access.
Hastily, I established a You Tube channel called “Cooking Keto
As subscribers grew, we began hearing amazing stories from
folks with very similar histories. These were folks who felt like
failures even though it was they who had been failed. “Cooking
Keto with Kristie” is now a collection of videos with meal plan-
ning, recipes, and low-carb lifestyle coaching to help anyone
who wants to follow a low-carb lifestyle.
Kristie Sullivan, PhD, obtained her
doctorate in educational research and
policy analysis from North Carolina State
University. She is currently working on a
series of cookbooks and lifestyle coaching
for those interested in following a low-
carb, high-fat or “ketogenic” way of eating.
Her books are expected out in fall 2016 and will be called Low
Carb Journey to Health. You can learn more by subscribing to
her You Tube channel, Cooking Keto with Kristie. Check out her
video featuring the peanut butter cookie recipe that saved her life,
“Peanut Butter Hero Cookies.” You can also follow her Facebook
page, Simply Keto, where she often posts links to research related to
low-carb diets, or her website, www.lifewithbutter.com.
Kristie Sullivan, PhD
“Just for today.
I choose me.”