Getting Real with Tammy Torres

And the winner is?

Metabolic Syndrome!

The crowd goes wild…then pauses…

What is that?”

Have you ever been told you won and don’t know what it is you won?

I went to my 90-day blood work review with enthusiasm expecting better triglycerides. Triglycerides 159 down from 575. Can I get a Woot Woot?

As my doctor explained to me that my Metabolic Syndrome was an issue and that my glucose was too high now, my bubble burst. He literally took the wind out of my sail!

What Is Metabolic Syndrome?

Metabolic syndrome is not a disease. According to the Mayo Clinic, it is

a cluster of conditions — increased blood pressure, high blood sugar, excess body fat around the waist, and abnormal cholesterol or triglyceride levels — that occur together, increasing your risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes.

For me, it meant that all the hard work I did to lower my triglycerides wasn’t enough. Glucose was ruling my life. My doctor explained that my insulin receptors were like a key not fitting into a hole so my blood produced more sugar – I was one step closer to being a diabetic!

All I could think was, “All that hard work on Keto for another problem?” I was swearing in my mind, almost in tears, as he continued “You are not getting into Ketosis because you haven’t lost enough weight and you’re eating sugar. You should have lost more than 16 pounds.”

I wanted to reach across the table and punch his face.

He sternly instructed me to cut down to 5-10 carbs and zero sugar. He warned me to look for every hidden sugar in foods. And he told me to exercise? He wanted me to walk more than my 4-6K steps a day. I had been holding back my tears to be strong, but I finally busted. I was more than devastated than ever. I felt like a winner and a loser all I the same moment.

Obviously, Keto worked, but I wanted to blame Keto, too, because it allowed sugar. Most of all, though, I let myself down. Who was winning this battle? It sure didn’t feel like me. I wanted to be praised for my accomplishments on Keto instead of being criticized. Back to the drawing board for new Keto recipes.

I made it through the holidays, with good intentions of eating within the Keto guidelines, even struggling with not getting enough fiber and feeling full of poo, bloated and gassy with my IBS-C and missing gall bladder. And now this.

My doctor told me I was a unique case. I said, “You think? I haven’t found anyone on the web like me.”

He said “They are out there; they just don’t talk about it. See you again in 90 days.”

If no one else is talking about it, I will.

More than 3 million people have Metabolic syndrome. There has to be at least one other person out there like me.

What is my next step on this journey? Decisions to make? Mostly, is this worth the trouble to be a winner of my life?