Ever since she was a teenager, Corina had recurring, debilitating attacks of Crohn’s disease, a chronic inflammatory condition in which the lining of the digestive tract becomes irritated and inflamed.
The condition would have her bent over in pain, unable to absorb nutrients from her food, or would even obstruct her bowel completely. Over 40 years, she had three surgeries to remove a portion of her small intestine.
Moreover, the powerful steroids she took to keep the condition at bay caused her to gain weight and feel awful, while the bland high-carb diet her doctors recommended did nothing to improve her health or symptoms.
After her third surgery, she knew she had to find a better way.
Five years ago, she discovered the keto diet, and everything fell into place. Not only did her Crohn’s go into remission with no new attacks, but she lost weight, gained energy, and found a new passion and career: she now has a successful business making keto foods for others in her city.
Here is Corina’s story, which has been lightly edited.
What is your name, age, and where do you live?
My name is Corina. I am 56, from Montreal, Canada.
Tell us about any health or weight struggles before going low carb or keto.
I was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease around 40 years ago as a teenager.
Back then, there really was not enough information on the disease. I was prescribed the steroid prednisone, and I gained 80 or 90 pounds (36 to 40 kilos) on that medication.
The diet they recommended was what they called a “bland diet.” It was white bread, pasta, potatoes, and no veggies unless they were cooked to mush.
Just thinking about it now makes me a little angry. For the first 20 years, I was on many horrible medications with so many side effects. That was one reason I had to find another way to control this painful disease.
How and when did you decide to do low carb or keto?
After the third surgery of partial removal of my small intestine, I decided something had to change. The word “inflammation” was constantly used, and I had to figure something out to reduce the inflammation.
The first thing I did was eliminate bread, pasta, potatoes, and rice. Within two weeks of that, I felt great. I continued low carb for a number of years, which was enough to stay off meds during that time.
I did slip up a few times, and that would cause inflammation and obstruction.
Around five years ago, I decided to do a keto diet. I have never felt better, and my inflammation is now gone. No bloating, no pain, and no regrets!
The keto diet has become my passion, and I even opened up a keto kitchen called Ketotteria. I prepare keto meals and desserts for others. And I always tell them about Diet Doctor.
What were you eating before adopting the keto diet?
When I gave up the recommended bland diet and went lower carb, I was able to stick to eating no bread, pasta, rice, and potatoes most of the time. I ate meat along with fruits and vegetables. But I did not give up carbs and sugar completely.
Going to a very low-carb, keto diet is what really helped me.
What does a typical day of eating and/or fasting look like for you now?
I do intermittent fasting and usually start with a bulletproof coffee when I break my fast.
I usually eat one meal a day, and most of the time it is a piece of meat cooked in butter and a side of veggies.
Because I bake and cook keto desserts and meals, I often taste what I am making many times during the day. So, one meal a day is plenty of food for me.