Keto At Anna’s: Chatting With Keto Kalamazoo

Everyone knows Anna’s House caters to all shapes and sizes of dietary needs. From vegan and celiac to vegetarian and clean eating, we tackle it all. Ketogenic diets are no different! We welcome those who are looking for low carb, high-fat dishes and are ready to accommodate! We recently sat down with one of our local guests by the name Keto Kalamazoo. Keep reading to get the full scoop on her ketogenic journey and dining out as a keto guest!

How long have you been on the keto diet?

“I’ve been on a low-carb, ketogenic diet for 14 months.”

Why did you start your keto journey?

“I started low-carb/keto for two purposes. First, weight loss. Despite many failed diet attempts, I hit 402 pounds in May 2018. By eliminating sugar and grains, I lost 150lbs in a year without stepping foot in a gym! This isn’t to say I’m against working out. A little backstory: I contracted a virus and basically had to learn how to walk again, so I haven’t been able to work out. This said I’ve been steadily improving so maybe there’s a gym membership in my future. My second reason for this lifestyle is my autoimmune disease. Carbohydrates are incredibly inflammatory and I’d assumed I would have to live life with chronic pain. I am now completely off all rheumatoid arthritis medications. I felt a relief of symptoms within months. In fact, my inflammation markers are so low, when I was hospitalized for my virus, they didn’t believe I’d been diagnosed! It really is remarkable. And yes, I stayed away from carbs while hospitalized for nearly a week -where there’s a will, there’s a way! No more excuses!”

What are some of your favorite things to eat?

“I absolutely adore cheeseburgers, bacon, olives, cheesy scrambles, taco salad, and cauliflower casseroles. Oh, and chocolate -I rock a cool 92% dark chocolate these days.”

Why is it hard to dine out on a keto diet?

“It’s hard to dine out on a keto diet because sugar is hidden in everything. Also, there often aren’t substitutes available for carby sides. For example, I can get a bunless burger but have to give my fries away. Or, I can get an omelette but have to give my toast away. I leave unsatisfied.”

What’s your favorite keto-friendly dish at Anna’s?

“Hands down, my vice at Anna’s right now is the Double Decker Olive Burger. Two patties (YAAAASSS!) with the most decadent olive mayo. I LOVE that the olives are chunked and folded into the mayo -and Anna’s does not skimp on this gorgeous olive spread! Further, instead of giving away my fries, I can substitute kale chips. I’m completely obsessed.”

Our delicious Double Decker Olive Burger isn’t the only keto option at Anna’s! Other tasty dishes include our Chicken Cobb Salad and Hangover Omelette. We strive to serve everyone no matter what their dietary needs be. If there are any dietary concerns or restrictions you’d like to make us aware of please tell your server. Substitution and quick fixes are our specialties! We will happily accommodate you.

We’d like to give a big thank you to our friend Keto Kalamazoo for taking the time to chat with us!  If you’d like to keep up with her delicious recipes, health tips, and great giveaways, follow her on the accounts below.

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