Dr. Amynah Somani
Owner, Carb Smart Express and Chiropractor
My name is Amynah and I live in Ottawa with my husband and three boys. I’m a Chiropractor and a very busy mom. When I’m not busy doing “mom stuff” you will find me in the kitchen, baking and cooking. This is my down time! I love food… especially GOOD, HEALTHY food.
The journey to eating low-carb (specifically the ketogenic diet) started with my husband and the benefits have been so tremendous that our whole family has changed the way we eat. Two years ago, my husband was diagnosed with an autoimmune disorder that even baffled the medical doctors. This left him with a partial eyesight loss, intense nerve pain and extreme fatigue. Not to mention weight gain, erratic moods and other side effects from the extremely high doses of steroids and painkillers that he was taking to combat the inflammation and pain. He was unable to lower his dose quickly as symptoms would flare up. He realized he had to find a way to help himself feel better. That’s when Veronika (my friend and business partner) introduced us to the ketogenic diet. Now he is finally lowering his dosages successfully, has more energy and his mood is more stable. All this, plus the added effect of losing over 35 lbs.
No more cravings, no hunger pangs, no more late night munching
He is not the only one who benefited from this change. I have always been an emotional eater; always thinking about my next meal and having to control my cravings. I continually try to eat ” healthier” but never successfully stayed the course, especially during stressful periods of my life, travelling, going out to eat, and when life got busy with my 3 kids. After changing the way we eat, for the first time in my life I feel “free” from the thoughts of food and cravings for more carbs, regardless of how busy we are and how stressful life can get.
I get to eat tasty and nutritious food, all while loosing weight
Yes it’s happening and I’m feeling great. I have more energy and I’m not hungry all the time. All this without having to give up delicious food, treats and BREAD!! (Yes you can have your bread and eat it too! )
[su_pullquote align=”right”]…and I’m feeling great. I have more energy and I’m not hungry all the time. All this without having to give up delicious food, treats and BREAD!![/su_pullquote]I have always had a passion for baking, cooking, and feeding my children good food, but it’s not always that easy. Packing a healthy (and not-boring) lunch for the kiddos is possible now. No mom guilt of throwing “healthy” granola bars and muffins filled with sugar and feeding them sugary cereals for breakfast. It’s not perfect but it’s better than before. My children are not on the ketogenic diet but they are eating a lot less carbs and sugar than before. It does take a lot of time planning meals and spending time in the kitchen prepping. I realize everyone cannot do it and it may not be for everyone. But for those who would like to change the way they eat, for health reasons, or for weight loss, I can help.
My journey started in 2007 when I first was told that I would not be able to have babies. I was so desperate that I decided to follow a raw food diet. After just 3 months on the diet, I was pregnant, but then life took a turn for the worst and by the time my baby was 11 months old, I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. I was convinced that I could manage my symptoms and the disease through wholesome nutrition.
The more I researched, the more I became interested in holistic nutrition. While working full-time as a nurse and nursing my 6-month old baby, I decided to enroll into nutrition school, part-time. Two years later, I graduated and decided to further my education by specializing in autoimmune disorders and weight loss, so I could help others who were suffering needlessly.
[su_pullquote align=”right”]…In a matter of 8 months, I dropped the extra weight I carried, my inflammation diminished, and my blood sugars became balanced and were now within optimal range[/su_pullquote]
I came across a lot of amazing research around Paleo, Low-Carb and Ketogenic diets, and started experimenting on myself. In a matter of 8 months, I dropped the extra weight I carried, my inflammation diminished, and my blood sugars became balanced and were now within optimal range! My clients also started to experience amazing benefits from such diets and it became clear that this was my path to follow.
When Amynah approached me about the low-carb food idea, I was thrilled and said yes without a hesitation. Ever since then it has been an amazing journey that I wouldn’t want to go through with anyone else but the 2 amazing ladies beside me, Amynah and Nancy.