By Annie Phenix
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I’ve Gone from Being Bedridden to Planning 52 Mountain Hikes

I’m a Certified Keto-Adapted Health Coach on Day 9 of Maria Emmerich’s 30 Day Ketogenic Cleanse. You can learn more about me from my website Happy Fat Mouth.

I live in the gorgeous state of Utah. I live here on purpose because I am one of those humans who has to see mountains every day. I survived my first 45 years on the planet living at 500 feet above sea level in Texas. Now I live at 5600 feet above sea level and I often find myself going higher whenever I can. I really love being at 10,000 feet up and deep in the forest. It’s healing for me.

30 Day Ketogenic Cleanse

I’m on Day 9 of Maria’s cleanse. I’ve lost 10 pounds and I feel fantastic.

I know first-hand what it feels like to badly want to do things outside and not having the energy to even leave the house. I have been so ill in previous years that I literally didn’t have the stamina to get out of bed. I was left to suffer through being extremely hypothyroid thanks to the poorly educated, arrogant (really bad combo!) endocrinologist I went to in Texas. He once had the reputation of “being the best endo in Austin,” but I strongly disagree. He was the first MD I fired after he shrugged his shoulders at me when I asked what in the world was causing my three pages of symptoms. I think I might be dead by now had I not kicked him to the curb. I did get lucky and I found one of the first truly functional MDs in Texas, Dr. Ron Manzanero. He spent an hour with me for our first appointment and he wrote on his prescription pad: “Never let a doctor determine how you feel.” I wept because it was the first time a medical professional listened to me and had answers for me. I began to heal. It was so important to me that I wrote down the date: March 7, 2007.

Flash forward to 2019 and I have set a personal goal for myself to hike at least 52 times this year. Not just any hike — mountain hikes. I now have the stamina to make this plan a reality but only because I found a well-formulated ketogenic diet. Keto has reversed my pre-diabetes diagnosis (my last A1c test was 5.2). Keto knocked out all my internal inflammation. It put me in the rare company of the 12% of Americans who are metabolically fit. My recent Coronary Artery Calcium (CAC) test score was “0,” meaning I have no heart disease.

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Of course I love all of the incredible health benefits that a ketogenic diet provides, but what I love the very most is having the energy to do what I want to do every single day. I once was that person who frequently canceled dates with friends because I would wake up with zero energy. So many women I know are exhausted. They drag themselves to a doctor and come home in tears because the MD blows off their very real health concerns and tells them “it’s all in your head” and then hands out antidepressants like candy. The “best endo in Austin” attempted that very thing with me, too. I yelled at him: “it’s NOT in my head. The problem is in my neck!” Even yelling got me nowhere but he did offer me more contempt because now he was just sure I was a crazed screaming woman. He must have missed the class where they taught “Do No Harm” in medical school. It is true that you can become depressed as your life passes you by and you are too worn out trying to survive to enjoy anything at all. The solution is often getting on proper thyroid medication and eating whole, fresh foods and ditching all grains and sugars.

There is a difference between just barely surviving and feeling your absolute optimal best. You might have felt sub-par for so long that you can’t even imagine walking around the block, much less climbing a literal mountain. It’s hard to make wise decisions for yourself when your body is inflamed and fighting hard for any source of energy. Keto literally gave me my life back and then some. I hope you will enjoy frequent photos I will be posting here from my hikes. More than that, I hope you will give keto or a quality low carb, high fat , moderate protein diet a serious chance to change your life. Every day you put off starting is another day your body stays in a state of inflammation. Eventually your system will crash. It’s already crashed for more than 45% of Americans who are struggling with chronic disease. You can do an informal, mini poll yourself and ask your friends 40 or older how many medications they are on — the answer will surprise you.

If you would like to learn about my personalized coaching or receive my newsletter, please check out my website, I share incredible recipes that make your mouth happy (and your heart, gut, and brain). I also have a Happy Fat Mouth Facebook page here.

Here are my starting numbers I will update the carb count at the end of the day. I am highlighting the carb count as that is what I am most interested in reducing right now:

Starting Weight: 170 pounds
Weight Day 9: 160 pounds (10 pounds lost over the first 9 days!)
30 Day Keto Challenge Goal Weight: 160
Ultimate Goal Weight: 150 Pounds

Height: 5’8
Waist: (Started at 38 inches) 37 inches
Chest: 41 inches
Hips: 41 inches

Day Nine:

Carb count:    10 carbs

  • 3 carbs coconut, dark chocolate fat bomb
  • 2 carbs electrolytes (didn’t drink it all)
  • 3 carbs chewable Vit C
  • 2 carbs strawberry panna cotta