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My name is Mike DeJohn and I live in Oklahoma City, OK in the heartland of the United States. For the last several years I have worked in live event production. A very physically demanding job that lends itself to lots of scattered and late night meals. Typically quick and whatever is close by, so basically, fast food and lots of carbs. Lots and lots of carbs. Despite all those bad habits, I have always been a firm believer in nutrition and low carb living, but given my circumstance, I had myself convinced that it just was not possible or realistic for me to maintain.
Years ago, I had a job riding a desk. Boredom at that job led to constant snacking. Evenings led to drinking and more bad habits. Late nights sitting at a desk fielding calls led to lots of soda consumption. This led to an eventual diagnosis of Type 2 Diabetes and Hypertension.
At the time, I was only 23. This prognosis scared me. They loaded me up with medications and the doc said to me, “Mike, you have a choice. Go home and eat yourself to death, or, take this medicine, read this pamphlet and make a change.”
My father is a doctor. This led to a snub attitude towards anything any doctor has ever said to me. But this guy… This guy just told me I was going to die. This is in the early days of the internet and available research, but I looked up the drugs and decided that there was no way in hell that I was going to take this medicine. There had to be another way.
Back then, it was called the Atkin’s Diet. Looking back on it, I am surprised it worked, but it did! I started to see rapid results and it became a game. Over the course of the next 8 months, I lost 160 pounds and looked like a totally different person. It was then that I began to experiment with this process. I got into the gym and got bit by the body building bug. I worked hard. Made a name for myself. Became a certified nutritionist and personal trainer. I went from 337 pounds to 175 pounds. Then, I went from 175 pounds to 207 with only 4% fat, all while maintaining a low carb, high fat approach. This whole process took two years. I found my calling…
Then, I got hurt…
I was working for a beverage company and I slipped out of my truck. That’s all it took… Looking back, I realize that it was not the injury that put an end to this. It was my attitude. Lessons I was learning for a bigger journey ahead… I just didn’t know how far ahead. But, in the moment, this injury kept me out of the gym for years… More than a decade actually.
A couple years ago, I was at a shopping mall. I had been needing glasses for a long time and we saw that the optometrist was in and accepting walk ins. So, my wife and I walked on in! This appointment will change my life… I just didn’t realize it yet.
Long story short, this optometrist could see retinopothy in my eyes. She asked what my A1C was and I had no idea what she was talking about. Since my first diagnosis, I got it all under control. Never took medicine, never monitored my blood sugar, never concerned myself with it. I was perfectly healthy…. 13 years ago that is. I never learned diabetic terminology. I never felt the need because I thought I beat it. No one told me that once a diabetic, always a diabetic…You can put it in remission, but you can not cure it. I made an appointment to see my primary care physician that day…
My A1C was 14.2
My primary care doctor was shocked.
I still didn’t know what it meant. I was also extremely apathetic… Until she asked my wife and daughter to leave the room. She squared up with me and said, “Mike. You have a family now. Stop playing around and stop this self destructive abuse. You are killing yourself and you don’t even know it. You must have a halo around your head because you should be in a coma or at the very least, VERY sick… But you are not. So this is your chance to make a change. You are not 25, you do not have to option of skipping medicine. You will be medicated. You will comply with this diet. You will turn this around. I am not losing a 37 year old patient to something we can fix.”
The last 3 years has been full of ups and downs. Lots of failures. Lots of research. I still don’t like doctors and my doctor dad supports that! He feels the same way. He appreciates research, testing and study. I guess that is why he is a research physician.
This site is built primarily on personal testimony and results of myself and others. It is based on research that I have done and papers I have read. Despite my disdain for doctors, the content of this website not intended for the treatment or prevention of disease, nor as a substitute for medical treatment, nor as an alternative to medical advice. Use of recommendations is at the choice and risk of the reader.
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