A Faith-Filled, Low-Carb Life
Despite the Bible’s clear instruction in 1 Corinthians 6:19 that our bodies are the earthly temple of the Lord, I have not always regarded my physical health as a matter of spiritual necessity.
My testimony around physical health is extensive. I manage chronic illnesses and take my medicine daily. At 29, I was told that I would not survive the week. Then, nine days later I left the hospital. Praise God! In my thirties, my goal was to keep surviving. I managed my conditions and ate reasonably well. By “well” I mean I didn’t eat anything that was notoriously junk, like twinkles and fudge stripe cookies. However, once I turned 40, I started to do more than survive. I decided I wanted to thrive. I meditated on 3 John 1:2 and decided that as my physical body prospered my soul would, too. If I wanted to be used by God, I needed to make sure his residence here on earth was not tired and hangry.
If I wanted to be used by God, I needed to make sure his residence here on earth was not tired and hangry.
Healthy Living became another expression of my faith. With a long family history of diabetes, I started managing my carb intake seven years ago. I went Low Carb/Sugar Free and it changed my life. My weight was good. My metabolic markers (glucose, a1c) were great. The problem was that I had very little energy. I was running in starvation mode.
In January 2019, I ramped up my low carb life into #ketoliving and decided it was time for me to start exercising. My entire life I hated exercise and I’m still not greatly fond of it. However, I know that using diet to manage weight one aspect of healthy living. I joined a gym, started cycling, swimming, and taking Barre classes. Now, I’m the healthiest I’ve been in my adult life.
I love my faith-filled low carb life!
I made it through Thanksgiving dinner without dressing, mac and cheese, or hot buttery rolls. In the past, I piled my plate with turkey and collard greens with a smile. Then, I growled at the carbs that taunted me from the other end of the table. Each year got easier to persevere. This year my… Continue reading Not Today Carbs: Keto Cheat Days Aren’t an Option for Me
Like all things TYC, I was intentional when I decided to start my low-carb life. I spent a lot of time reading and researching. I learned how to choose low-carb substitutes for many things. The biggest switch was from sugar to stevia, then to Swerve. After that I changed all-purpose flour to almond flour or… Continue reading Top 3 Things I Miss On the Keto Diet
Eating has always been a “thing” for me. I’ve been obsessive about my weight since I was fifteen and broke a hundred pounds on the scale. 104, to be exact. I’ll never forget it. That same week my dance instructor told me “You’re gaining weight. Watch that.” Not sure if I thought I’d live my… Continue reading Eating: It’s Definitely A “Thing”
A few months ago I tried to run an IG ad about how important the keto diet has been for my health and well-being. The ad had pictures of me by the decade from my teens to now. My weight has pretty much been the same outside of those post-pregnancy months when I was desperately… Continue reading Transformation Tuesday: It’s Not Just About the Weight
Photo: Getty Images I got an email yesterday from a young lady who found “My Keto Kitchen” on Amazon. She asked, “Is your blog a Christian blog or a Keto blog? I’m looking for keto tips but it looks like more of a faith blog.” My answer was that Shine TYC is a Christian Lifestyle… Continue reading Why Am I on the Keto Diet? Because Jesus.
For more great Keto Recipes follow my Pinterest board. These rolls use the popular Fat Head dough as a base. You can find a bunch of fat head recipes all over the internet. They are perfect with your morning coffee and I’ve had them with Rebel Ice Cream and Walden’s Caramel syrup for dessert. Yummy!… Continue reading Keto Cinnamon Rolls
The Netflix show, Comedians in Cars Having Coffee with Jerry Seinfeld is my newest treadmill obsession. It’s a great show with really good insights from some of my favorite people…and it’s funny. Really funny. Consequently, it’s my inspiration for this post. I had the marvelous experience attending this year’s BlogHer Creators Summit in Brooklyn sponsored… Continue reading Christians on Keto at Conferences: My experience at BlogHer