beginners guide to clean eating and the keto diet
From Refrigerator CHAOS to KETO by Laurie De Camillis
My refrigerator, stuffed with food, abandoned diets, and lost promises of gourmet meals, was the exact mirror of my love/hate relationship with food. I couldn’t bear to open the door. Inside were promises of recipes unmade, long past their due dates, and remnants of one yo-yo diet after another; my food history. The oozing, rotting foods and wasted money made me sick. Avoiding opening my fridge led me to survive on take-out fast food. Before I realized it, I had gained 50 pounds, which I could not say goodbye to for the love of God. Knowing it was healthier to eat at home made no difference; I couldn’t face my fridge.
Two of my great passions are food and cooking; always collecting and preparing recipes for gourmet dinner parties. Today, I carry confusion and guilt. Quitting smoking ten years ago added an extra 30 pounds, and now because of my fridge, it’s grown to 50 pounds. Nothing has worked so far to help me shed the weight.
Not wanting to fail this time, I knew I needed to take a different approach to lose the extra pounds. My idea was to do a little research on the subject and use the Ketogenic Diet.
I discovered unbelievable information.
I learned it was NOT my willpower that was at fault!
I had been intentionally manipulated, without my consent, into addiction!
This information provided me with the willpower I needed to clean out my refrigerator. The Ketogenic Diet has helped so many people change their lives. If it could reverse type 2 diabetes, I was confident it could help me lose weight and rekindle my passion for food!
This book takes you on my journey uncovering all the secrets I learned to clean my fridge, lose weight, and love food again.
I am a painter whose journey has been one less travelled. Living an artist’s life has required ingenuity and creativity to find my voice as a painter, and to solve the many challenges my life has encountered. Losing weight and regaining my love for food was one of them.
I hope you enjoy the journey.
Chapter 1: Beginning - Here We Go Again
Illustration: Growing Sprig
Chapter 2: We’re All in This Together – Food for Thought
Illustration: Fried chicken
Chapter 3: Something Fishy – Stones and Collected Gems
Illustration: Fish on the Table
Chapter 4: Forbidden Foods – For Goodness Sake
Chapter 5: The Bliss Point – Bet You Can’t Eat Just One
Illustration: Lays potato Chips
Chapter 6: Aisle in the Sun – Goodbye to The Cold
Illustration: Can of Sardines
Chapter 7: The Gutting - Don’t Hang On, Move On!
Illustration: Half Grapefruit
Chapter 8: Shelving It – Less is More
Illustration: Bottles of Sauces
Chapter 9: The Deep Freeze – We Begin Where We End
Chapter 10: Getting Ready For KETO -Lets Get Organized
Illustration: Stacks of glass containers
Chapter 11: Spring - Keto
Appendix - Getting Started - a few ideas...
Janet Hendershot 5.0 out of 5 stars
Fun read and loads of information
Reviewed in Canada on April 25, 2022 Verified Purchase
I read this book in a day. I could not put it down. Such enjoyable humour with loads of information about food and diet. While feeling sympathy for the trials of some life difficulties I was also laughing out loud. This book is for anyone who prepares their food for themselves or the family - from dicing and cutting to cooking. I was not considering a keto diet and though all aspects of this way of eating are not for me, it is a book with much helpful information. It is for anyone who wants to eat healthier and safer food.
Penny 5.0 out of 5 stars
Laurie shares her personal stories to help us build a healthier relationship with our food
Reviewed in Canada on April 24, 2022 Verified Purchase
I've heard a lot about this Keto diet but didn't really know what it was. Laurie takes us along her life's journey, sharing gained factual knowledge and beautifully, artistically narrated personal experiences. It is very easy and enjoyable to read. She takes us with her on her grocery shop, down each aisle. We watch as she painfully cleans out her "White Bear Fridge," and we travel back in time to share her personal memories of relationships with family and food. I would recommend "From Refrigerator Chaos to Keto" to anyone. You don't need to be interested in the Keto diet or dieting to enjoy this book. Food and our relationship with it are an instrumental part of all our lives. Through Laurie's shared knowledge and personal experiences, we can relate to and have a better relationship with our food choices.
Gnu Jazzer 5.0 out of 5 stars
A fun jaunt down the rabbit hole of diets that cleanses and refreshes the actual and mental pallet.
Reviewed in Canada on May 17, 2022 Verified Purchase
Great Read, a wonderful journey through the research, experience and diets of today's nourishment challenges via the minds eye of an author with a insightful creative intuition, and it’s a very entertaining trip as well! Not just all about Keto but a nicely discerning philosophical observation on moving on to healthy nourishment. Perfect for me!
stecenko 5.0 out of 5 stars
It's more than a diet book.
Reviewed in Canada on May 1, 2022 Verified Purchase What I like about Laurie’s book is that it’s not just a diet book. It’s a how-to-make-good-decisions and how-to-remedy-bad-decisions book. The chapters 5 and 6 on shopping for groceries are brilliant; every aisle presents decisions. We get to decide, not store designers or food processors.
Sarah Thompson 5.0 out of 5 stars
Cleaning Up the Eating Act
Reviewed in Canada on April 27, 2022 Verified Purchase At turns both affectionate and fierce, this book is a romp through a life of food and place, and the artist's fridge.
Kerry 5.0 out of 5 stars
The short version, I found a lot of value in this book.
Reviewed in the United States on May 25, 2022 Verified Purchase
I started reading not knowing exactly what to expect.
While all the content is reasonable, I find that I need to start slowly. Change is difficult, especially after 72 years of bad habits. Therefore, some of us need to start with baby steps. As long as we are heading in the right direction. Eventually I will get where I need to be.
A nice easy read that helps shed light not only on what we should do differently, but on why we do some of the self-destructive things we do.
A lot of what she shares mirrors my own love/hate relationship with food. I especially enjoyed the author’s personal memories of her relationship with food while growing up. So much of what we do to ourselves is learned at the knee of our well intentioned parents. Who, in most cases, didn’t know any better.
I started to be concerned about having to make a commitment in chapter two. Then I realized that it was not so much about making a total life change, but in making a decision about taking control.
The author provides an aisle by aisle walk through the supermarket. She explains what is good (a few) and bad (mostly).
For those of us wanting more, she provides an extensive list of references. These provide more detail and give credibility to the concept.
One key thing that I gleaned, which I should have known after 72 years on this planet, is;
Never mind, buy the book. Trust me, you will be glad that you did.
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Reading like a detective novel, Laurie learns it was not her will power but processed food, heavily subsidized by the government and its agencies, in our western diet that made her addicted.
With her research, she explains how the large food corporations use the science of addiction to transform so called foods into addictive agents.
Follow Laurie’s journey to lose weight and recover from food addiction told through her drawings, reflections, anecdotes, and research. You will learn to lose weight and love food again!
She takes us through a modern supermarket, aisle by aisle, choosing healthy and nourishing foods. Then back home to clean out her Polar Bear Fridge to make room for the new. The story comes with delicious recipes and guidelines to start a ketogenic diet.
After graduating with honors from the Vancouver School of Art, Laurie lectured at the school now known as Emily Carr University and went on to teach at the Banff Centre and for the Federation of Canadian Artists. She participated in several museum exhibitions and has shown widely in Canada and the US both in group and solo exhibitions. More recently, with the Canadian Art Collective, Laurie exhibited in New York City and at the Boston International Fine Art Show in Boston. The American Art Collector magazine highlighted Laurie in their “Art Lover’s Guide to Collecting Fine Art in Canada” October 2012.
Laurie currently lives and works in Toronto and is a founding member of the Canadian Art Collective. www.canadianartcollective.com