Hello! I’m Lesya, the face behind Eat Be Fit Explore. I am a SAHM (stay-at-home-mom) of two little girls. I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Nutrition and Dietetics and have always had a passion for nutrition and health. One of my favorite things in life is cooking and (eating) a lot. Unfortunately, my food choices usually sucked, which leads me to the story behind how this blog got started.
During my first pregnancy, I gained 50 lbs. I had intense cravings of carbs and sugar during my pregnancy, and even though I was still pretty active, I couldn’t avoid all the weight gain. I have been a long distance runner since I was in my early 20’s and I knew what it took to be healthy, but I made too many bad food choices.
After I gave birth I started “dieting” right away. I cut calories, ate low-fat foods, avoided meat, ran 5 miles a day and was only losing a few pounds here and there. The weight would not come off. My friend suggested the Ketogenic diet and how it helped her lose weight, but with my nutritional background, I thought what she was doing was crazy. How can it be healthy to eat fat, meat, and cheese? How can anyone cut carbohydrates when we are taught 5 servings of grain a day is essential? I didn’t understand the difference between what I learned growing up and what I have learned over the last 3 years.
I had tried everything to this point except Keto so I decided to give it a shot. After a few weeks of following the Ketogenic way of eating, I lost almost 8 lbs and a few months later I weighed the same as I did when I got married in 2014. WOW!!! I thought I found the golden ticket….. and I was set, little did I know that the journey can have many HIGHS and lows.
Fast forward roughly a year, I was playing with Keto, going on and off whenever there was an event, party, traveling or a Holiday. I gained some weight back and got pregnant the second time. I tried following Keto during my second pregnancy. Sounded great…..did not work. After a few months, I wanted carbs and sugar so bad that I started binging. At least once a week I would binge on chips, candy, chocolate, dare I say it, fast food! It was bad. In 9 months I gained 60 lbs. I weighed over 200 lbs when admitted for labor & delivery. I was very ashamed and embarrassed by myself. How could I let myself go like that? How could I, as the person who claimed to know “nutrition and fitness” gain that much weight during pregnancy? I knew as soon as I gave birth that I had to make Keto my lifestyle.
It took me almost 9 months to lose the 60 lbs by following the Ketogenic lifestyle, working out and fasting. I was determined to lose this weight and successfully lost my pregnancy weight 3 months faster than with my first child… Then, the light bulb turned on and eatbefitexplore was born. I started getting a lot of inquiries from family and friends on how I was losing weight so quickly and what is this “Keto” thing I kept talking about. Soon after, I decided to start an Instagram page to help people who are struggling with weight loss or just want to better their health. I am not an expert by any means but after a few years of trial and error on Keto, I think I’ve made many mistakes and can offer my insight.
My goal is to be in Ketosis 90% of the time but when I travel I like to enjoy all variations of cuisine a location has to offer. Part of this blog is dedicated to sharing those experiences with you. So if you are a foodie like me, stick around! This blog is not just for those who follow a low carb or a Ketogenic diet.
Thank you for taking the time to visit my site. I look forward to answering any questions you may have!
If you are new to Keto, you can enroll in my free Keto Quick Start Course below.