Welcome to Holistic Ketosis! I’m Tiffany Davis, a former carboholic turned Keto / Carnivore. I am passionate about changing the way we eat for health, nutrition and healing. This site is dedicated to helping YOU find your way in your new Keto / Carnivore diet and lifestyle.
As I type this I am 47 years old and I’m in the best shape of my life! I am also a wife to Troy (24 years in 2019!), mom to 4 and Cammy to 3. I am a Christian who was raised by a Jewish grandmother. I have great faith and I believe in loving others first.
My Story – it’s long and may be very similar to yours.
My Early Years
Growing up I was an active kid and had no weight or food issues.
However when my mom passed away when I was 13 I started using food as a coping mechanism for my grief. Shortly after her death I moved in with my father, who I barely knew, and my step-mother who didn’t have a mothering instinct in her body.
My brother and I were mentally abused by our step-mother and one of her favorite things to do was to buy “treats” and keep them in a refrigerator that only she and my father has access to. I wonder how much that contributed to my later sweets addiction (because NO ONE was going to keep me from eating them!).
It was around this time that I started suffering from many of my PCOS symptoms, though that wasn’t officially diagnosed until my late 20s.
As a Teenager
In my later teens I happily moved back to my hometown and with my grandmother. She was a fantastic woman but naturally thin and a former model. She constantly focused on my weight (though I was far from obese) and often tried to bribe me with clothing or other items if I’d go on Weight Watchers. I never earned one bribe. I hold no ill will towards my grandmother, she meant well. Thank the Lord she was willing to raise a willful teen in her late 60s!
When I graduated high school I was 175 lbs at 5 ’10 inches.
I got married and divorced shortly after high school and quickly put on 25 lbs. I was so embarrassed of my weight that I lied about it to everyone.
Later I met and married my current husband of 24 years. I was 200 lbs on our wedding day and quickly put on another 25 lbs before I got pregnant with our daughter. So for those playing the add up game, I was 225 lbs when I got pregnant at 24.
I have no idea what I weighed after giving birth, because I quit looking at the doctor’s office or weighing at home.
My Thirties and Early Forties
My weight pretty much leveled off around 276 in my late twenties and most of my thirties. I went on and off every diet plan you could imagine. My lowest was 236 lbs during that time.
When I hit my forties I really started to gain weight again. I reached an all-time high of 319 lbs. I was so tired and sick. I had developed high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, fatty liver and a chronic fatigue. I continued to go up and down.
At age 45 I bravely stepped on the scale and realized I once again I was over 300 lbs. I decided to take a drastic measure and give myself a fighting chance! I had a bariatric surgery called Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy or VSG. This surgery reduces the stomach size by about 80%, there is no rerouting of anything.
I knew that about 50% or more bariatric patients regain their weight within 5 years or less. So I decided to research what diets work best after surgery. Time and time again I found that those with long term success after VSG had adopted a Ketogenic way of eating.
So maybe you think surgery was cheating… I consider my surgery an addiction recovery plan. My own surgeon said I had one of the biggest stomachs he had ever seen. I needed time when I couldn’t eat to develop a better relationship with food, myself and meet some goals to keep me going.
I wanted to leave a legacy of health and fitness to my family.
Interestingly it turns out I was mainly carnivore for the first year after surgery. My surgeon advised us to always lead with protein because this would keep us from losing muscle, hair and being emaciated (nutrient deficient). I did as I was advised and within the first year I reached 167 lbs.
I am more than 2 years post-op and while my 2nd year was Keto I found carnivore in December of 2018 when Shawn Baker put on the World Carnivore Challenge. I took that on in January 2019 and found that I do best on a mainly animal based diet. I do enjoy coffee and some occasional dark chocolate.
From fat to fit! I now regularly lift weights, take long walks, hike the many Phoenix trails and live an active lifestyle. I have help my youngest daughter and my husband to adopt this life and both have lost weight and are fitter than ever.
In the summer of 2019 I became a Certified Keto Coach under Craig and Maria Emmerich’s program. I have a supplement certification with them as well. I am constantly reading and researching topics of health and nutrition in relation to the Keto and Carnivore way of eating.
If you made it to the end, I applaud you and welcome you to Holistic Ketosis again. Let me know how I can help YOU!