As you can see from my before and after photos (with my daughter Skylar) I was in desperate need of a lifestyle change. In 2015 at the age of 45, I was diagnosed with Type II Diabetes and my doctor informed me that my A1C level was 11.5. I weighed 345 pounds and suffered from sleep apnea. Pricking my finger, injecting my stomach every morning, and wearing a CPAP mask every night was not the way I wanted to live the rest of my life.
I knew I had to make a change if I ever wanted to walk my daughter down the aisle someday. I qualified to receive gastric bypass surgery which was the first step in changing my life. However, the true change in my life and how I approached my way of thinking about food came from my bypass surgeon. He had a truly eye-opening quote, he said “Jeff, all I did was change the size of your stomach. I did not change your hormones.” The point he was making was that, yes you can lose weight from the surgery initially but if you don’t change your diet (carbohydrates and sugar) your bodies hormones will start packing the weight back on. There are many examples of bypass patients who have regained their weight and I did not want to be another statistic. At that point in my life I knew I needed a change and knew it needed to come in a healthy way, I found Keto.
After scouring the internet for companies who sold and/or shipped well formulated ketogenic products, I realized, at the time, that there were hardly any companies servicing the need of my newly adopted, low carb / high fat lifestyle. I was on my own to research and prepare all the foods I would need to eat.
As a entrepreneur, having begun numerous companies from the ground, I realized that I could take on this challenge, to create a company that provided a complete line of well formulated ketogenic foods, conveniently packaged, with clean labels and the correct macros to service this lifestyle and improve the quality of life of countless clients, including myself.
Co-Founder of PangeaKeto