In the last two years, I've adopted a healthier lifestyle and stuck to it. Here's my story.
Like many Canadians, I had not been able to find a way to be healthy and manage life and work at the same time. The last 12 years were spent working for a Tier 1 accounting firm and a national Canadian not-for-profit. This involved intense travel and late working hours. I loved my work, the travels, my friends and my family.
I also LOVED food. I always tell my family that I can gain weight just by breathing air. Add in the unpredictable schedule, travelling, networking events and just life in general and that has caused my weight to fluctuate over the years. In 2014, I was diagnosed with high blood sugar. But most importantly, I didn't feel healthy.
I was looking for a sustainable long term solution. So many of my friends were going through this. How could we lead healthy lives with the new demands on our time?
In 2015, I started working out at New Element Training with the founder, Andrei. He encouraged me to explore the Keto diet; a high fat, adequate protein and low carbohydrate diet. This is when the food education started.
Over the course of the next few months, here are some highlights that shaped my view on healthy eating:
I read The Obesity Code by Jason Fung which discusses the effects of insulin and insulin resistance on weight gain
I watched Fed Up which talks about added sugar in food products especially those sold to children, and how the negative impact of sugar on our health is not widely discussed or disclosed
I watched Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret which outlines the impact of animal farming on the environment, specifically water and land use and greenhouse gas emissions. I am not a vegetarian or vegan but I remain concerned about the environmental impact of animal farming
Two of my friends were diagnosed with gestational diabetes – diabetes in pregnancy. I watched them struggle trying to understand confusing labels and find foods that they could eat, and ultimately spend hours in the kitchen cooking because they were unable to find food products that would not spike their blood sugar
With my increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes, I learnt more about it. Currently, the Canadian Diabetes Association estimates that there are 11 million Canadians living with Diabetes or Pre-Diabetes. This equates to 1 in 3 Canadians. I talked to people with Type 2 diabetes who told me they wish they could find foods that satisfy their cravings and how hard it is on a day to day basis to live with diabetes
At the time of writing this, my dear uncle died of diabetes complications. He was extremely supportive of SwitchGrocery and a true environmentalist
My friends who are young parents told me how they struggled to find gluten free and nut free products for their kids.
I started the Keto diet and working out twice a week. Along with other gym members on the Keto and Paleo diet, I searched high and low across so many aisles in grocery stores for products that were low carb, but had high fibre content and clean ingredients.
After 6 months of eating a lot of salad, I needed tastier food to stay committed to this lifestyle. So, I started cooking with the help of paleo recipe blogs. In the past year, I’ve made cauliflower rice, broccoli pizza crusts, zucchini noodles, carrot chips and so many more keto friendly foods. I made bread from almond flour, coconut flour and flax.
This is hard to do when you are busy, and we are all busy! I tried to find keto friendly products in stores. Why were these products not easily available?
Enter SwitchGrocery. We bring awesome products to Diabetics and Keto & Paleo lifestylers in Canada. We help innovative small to mid size food companies get their products to Canadians faster, especially when compared to traditional retail partnerships. We bring convenience to our busy customers so they can spend time doing life with the people they love.