Publishers Letter


Written by Kendra Akers

There are so many diet plans these days, it’s hard to keep up anymore. 

Atkins. South Beach. Paleo. Weight Watchers. Plant-based diets. 

This month, Healthy Living is featuring what has unquestionably become the most popular diet of them all: the ketogenic diet. The basic premise behind keto is to eat high-fat, moderate-protein, low-carb foods. When you eliminate carbs, your body begins burning fat as an alternative energy source. 

I know a little something or two about the ketogenic diet. The first time I tried it, I lost 15 pounds. I started on it again in January and have dropped 6 pounds. When I’m on the diet, I feel increased energy and sleep more soundly. Also, my hands, face, and feet no longer swell. 

Since turning 40, I have found that the ketogenic diet is an easier way for me to manage weight. With that said, please don’t think I’m promoting this diet. I would strongly urge everyone to talk with their family doctor and a reputable nutritionist before starting the ketogenic diet, or any diet for that matter. Trained professionals will carefully consider your overall health and steer you toward a healthy eating regimen that’s best suited for you. 

However, because of the ketogenic diet’s skyrocketing popularity, I thought it was worthy of an article in this issue. We talked with two keto enthusiasts, as well as local nutritionists, to gain insight into what this diet is about and examine the pros and cons of keto. For example, a Tavares man lost 100 pounds in 10 months by eating a half-pound of bacon each morning. 

On the opposite end of the food chain, plant-based diets have won over many fans. One of them is Karen Trawick, owner of Minneola-based Get Back 2 Basics. A breast cancer survivor, Karen experienced several health benefits after switching to a plant-based diet and decided to open a restaurant serving all-organic, plant-based food. Customers come there to enjoy raw salad, portabella burgers, meatless chili, and other healthy entrées. I think you’ll enjoy her story. 

We also are providing readers with a little weight-loss inspiration. Inside this issue are the success stories of several locals who lost a considerable amount of weight. Reading their stories just might provide you with the proper motivation to take control of your health and change your life forever. 

Here’s to a healthy and happy March. Take care and God bless. 


About the author

Kendra Akers

Kendra Akers is a lifelong resident of Lake County. She and husband, Doug, have five children, Michael, 23, Matthew, 21, Aubrey, 17, Shaena, 17 and Brooke, 15. She has been in the publishing industry since 1999, beginning her career as a marketing representative for a local newspaper. Since then, Kendra has worked at various publications and was able to fulfill her lifelong dream of becoming a magazine publisher with her launch of Healthy Living Magazine in 2008. She then launched her second publication, VLIFE, in 2009 and purchased Lake and Sumter STYLE Magazine in 2010. She is proud to report her publications, published by Akers Media Group, have been recognized in numerous categories for “Publishing Excellence.” The most recent accomplishment was when Healthy Living Magazine was voted “Best Overall Magazine” by the Florida Magazine Association for the fourth year in a row! In her spare time, she enjoys most sports and likes to spend her free time offshore fishing near Crystal River, Florida.

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