A personal note from Elizabeth M. Lykins, PA-C:
Welcome to A Simple Low Carb Life! I have been a certified physician assistant/associate for over two decades, working in emergency medicine, sleep medicine, medical weight loss and other medical disciplines. Although highly skilled in “crisis” medicine, I found the stress level, the inability to follow the patients’ progress, and fast turnover personally very unsatisfying as the years flew by. This fast pace and constant chaos drove me to over-indulge in high carbohydrate foods, which resulted in not only gaining weight but feeling fatigued all the time.
I reached a crossroads in my life and realized that I wanted more from my life. I wanted to make a real difference in people's lives in a much more meaningful way than just patching them up and sending them along. The arrival of my daughter into my life changed everything (as having a child does). My health and happiness suddenly became much more important. I really wanted to instill healthy eating habits into my daughter's life, which honestly inspired me to focus more on my own health.
With a healthier lifestyle in mind and a better quality of life, I left the crazy ER scene, initially to work in sleep medicine (talk about ying and yang!). In the sleep clinic, I met a patient who had lost a considerable amount of weight on a low carb/ketogenic diet. She had lost so much weight that she no longer had sleep apnea, That got my attention!! She invited me to support her in her new career venture as a weight loss coach. Well, I certainly needed to lose 25 pounds, so I half-heartedly joined her program in more of an effort to support her than to make any real changes in my health. Having my entire life ruled by carb cravings and constant hunger, I was STUNNED at steadily dropping weight in a state of nutritional ketosis, without untimely hunger or cravings, feeling more energetic than I ever had in my life. My fasting glucose and cholesterol improved too!
Well, 25 pounds and years later, I have kept off the weight by maintaining a low carb, moderate protein, high fat diet combined with regular exercise. Although I was thin for most of my life, I did not escape the ill effects of a high carb diet, even before gaining weight. Prior to changing my way of eating, my fasting glucose had reached the pre-diabetic range. I also suffered with numerous allergies, migraine headaches, fatigue, and asthma. That very well-meaning patient and her passion for healthy eating, unknowingly forever changed the focus of my eating habits, simply by gently coaching me in how to change my relationship with food.
I came to realize that it takes more than changing the makeup of foods that we put into our bodies, to effect a complete life transformation that stands the test of time. What sustains any change, is an understanding of the inside out nature of our experience of life, instead of looking outside of ourselves for fulfillment and happiness.
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