I started Simply So Healthy because I truly believe that eating a low-carb diet can be enjoyable and healthy.
I haven’t always eaten healthy. There was a time when I made regular visits to fast food restaurants and survived on processed food. Unfortunately, my unhealthy diet caught up to me after my children were born. Soon after my second child was born, I started having health issues.
These health problems manifested as back pain, neck pain, fatigue, and multiple chemical sensitivity. These issues impacted the quality of my life tremendously. I became so sensitive to chemicals that I had trouble walking through the grocery store due to the smells of soaps and fabric softeners. I couldn’t attend church because I couldn’t deal with being around the perfume and aftershave that other people were wearing. I couldn’t think clearly. My brain was in a fog.
I tried to get help from doctors but it was useless.
My bloodwork looked okay andI looked okay. Since they couldn’t see what was wrong, they didn’t understand the magnitude of the problem. None of them even suggested that diet might be affecting my health.
I started changing my diet when my children started having some issues. Harper, then about two, started having immune responses to almost every vegetable. She also started showing some unusual neurological symptoms. She lost some fine motor skills, began walking on her toes, and developed a stuttering problem.
I realized that Harper’s problems seemed to be related to an overactive immune system. I began researching how diet can affect immune balance. We started eating organic, whole foods. We gave up gluten and dairy. All of these steps helped us heal.
These experiences fired up my interest in natural medicine and nutrition.
I went to chiropractic school, studied like crazy and graduated the valedictorian of my doctor of chiropractic class. I wanted to learn more about herbal medicine, nutrition and homeopathy, so I continued my education and began naturopathic medical school.
While I ate fairly healthy and low-carb during school, I didn’t discover the benefits of eating a ketogenic diet until after I started this blog. I knew a keto diet was therapeutic for seizures and could help with weight loss, but I didn’t know about the anti-inflammatory nature and the benefits this diet had for the body and brain in general.
I did find that the lower in net carbs my diet was, the better I felt and the clearer my thinking was.
As I switched from low-carb to eating a ketogenic diet, my energy level skyrocketed and I became more productive than ever before.
The purpose of this blog is to share my recipes and tips to stay on a low-carb or ketogenic diet. I want to help others experience the change that eating a gluten-free, low-carb diet has done for me.
Dr. Annissa Slusher
DC, ND and CoFounder
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