My name is Antya and I love cooking! Read on and learn a little about me and my keto journey…
I grew up surrounded by Italian food and beautiful fresh produce. After moving to the UK as a child, my love for Italian cuisine continued and I taught myself how to make beautiful and tasty meals from scratch. My favourite dishes always included home made pasta, pizza, bread, gnocchi, carbohydrate rich sauces and – of course – cakes, biscuits and all sorts of pastries loaded with refined flour and bucket loads of sugar. It is safe to say that I was a carb-aholic for most of my life. I couldn’t even eat a salad without a packet of breadsticks to go with it!
Then one day not that long ago I had an epiphany: while reading about carbs, sugar, fat and metabolism I discovered the ketogenic ‘diet’ and its too-numerous-to-mention health benefits. That was a massive turning point in my life.
I started the switch by firstly cutting out added sugar – and boy did I see the benefits immediately! Then I cut out my beloved carbohydrate-loaded foods and found yet more benefits – less cravings, more energy, better hair and skin, to name but a few. Then I started being selective about the fruit and vegetables I was eating, avoiding the starchy higher carb ones. Well! It was never my intention, but as a side ‘benefit’ I lost a lot of weight in just 6 weeks, 5 whole kg to be precise, and since I started at 56 kg and I am 5’6″tall, it did surprise me!
In all honesty, switching to a completely ketogenic lifestyle wasn’t easy for someone like me who gets easily bored of meat-and-two-veg type dishes. From the mammoth task of learning to cook with ingredients I didn’t even know existed before (Erythritol, Agar Agar, Locust Bean Gum…sound familiar anyone?), to setting myself the challenge of re-creating (well, attempting to) Italian classics, and baking desserts that don’t taste or look like cardboard, it has been far from plain sailing.
There have been – and still are – times when the aroma of freshly baked pastries or the sight of a gorgeous pasta dish take me back in time and I reminisce fondly. But there is never temptation for me. Those thoughts disappear in a flash and all I can think about is how I might be able to reproduce whatever I saw or smelled – the keto way.
Nowadays I continue to be inventive, and my methods and choice of ingredients can be a little maverick at times.. You will discover why!!!
Understanding what ketogenic means, why ketosis is healthy and which ingredients to use in every day meals is a huge task in itself, never mind finding enough variety in home cooking to make this lifestyle sustainable! It’s no surprise that many people who are initially attracted to the ketogenic ‘diet‘ end up going back to eating ‘normal‘ food, either because they get tired of eating the same stuff, or because they can’t figure out what to take to work for lunch, or because their busy lives don’t allow much spare time to cook.
So. That was a little about me and my keto journey. The thinking behind my blog is to make keto life easier by providing easy recipe ideas for every situation, whether it’s breakfast, a packed lunch, a picnic, dinner for 1+ or a full-on Christmas family meal. If I can help any reader switch to and maintain keto adaptation by blogging my recipes, I will have achieved what I set out to do.