TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF:
Martina Johansson, 33 years old, M.Sc. Bioengineering and Biophysics. From Sweden and I am currently living in Stockholm (the capital city).
Work: Science editor and author, written 8 books in Swedish and 2 in English mostly focused towards health, fitness and keto diets.
I write full time, books, articles and blog posts but I’m also a science editor that helps companies and universities with their scientific papers. My area of expertise is human biology, metabolism, epigenetics, neurobiology etc., which is a great way to keep myself updated with the latest research. I worked as a regular scientist before that.
I brand myself as a Biohacker because since I started to follow a strict low carb diet 7 years ago I was amazed at the opportunities to “hack” my own biology. I started to view myself as a type of biological computer that could be re-programmed, not only by food but with technology, sleep, training, meditation etc.
At first I just wanted to fix my focus, sleep, allergies and anxiety but then I realized that I could go further, become better than ever before.
After I began my keto journey I started to work out, something I had never done before. Up until the age of 25 my energy levels where always too low, too low for running, too low to go to the gym, I just wanted to sit in front of my computer or sleep. After a few weeks on the keto diet my energy levels started to rise and it didn’t take long before I got myself a gym membership. A year later I ran my first half marathon and after two years I entered my first strength competition.
The difference was incredible and this sparked my interest to learn more, do more research personally and professionally, continue to improve and study my own biology.
My current field of interest is epigenetics and how to negate genetic mutations and disease genes.
YOUR KETO JOURNEY:
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN KETO?
7 + years
HOW DID YOU COME TO THE KETO WAY OF EATING?
Poor health, a lot of diffuse health issues like constant fatigue, IBS, lack of physical strength and energy, nervousness, lack of motivation, feeling that something is “not quite right”. I tried different things until I found keto via a professor at my University that enlightened me about the inflammatory effects of certain foods, such as sugar… tried low carb, moved over to keto, experienced TREMENDOUS results!
WHAT KIND OF RESULTS HAVE YOU GOTTEN FROM EATING KETO?
Increased energy levels, increased muscle mass, better mood, better sleep, amazing skin, laser sharp focus
HAVE YOU HAD ANY SETBACKS OR CHALLENGES IN YOUR KETO JOURNEY?
The only trouble I have is that I travel a lot and sometimes it’s really challenging to stay strict, but otherwise no.
LET'S TALK ABOUT FOOD!
WHAT ARE A COUPLE OF YOUR GO-TO KETO MEALS?
- Bulletproof coffee in the mornings
- Broccoli mash with loads of butter with meat or fish
- Macadamia nuts
- Green smoothies with raw egg yolks
- Keto pancakes with some filling
WHAT ARE SOME OF THE KETO ESSENTIALS YOU ALWAYS HAVE ON YOUR GROCERY LIST?
- Coconut oil
- Wild caught fish
WHAT SITES, BLOGS, IG PAGES, FACEBOOK GROUPS, ETC… DO YOU GO TO FOR INFORMATION AND/OR INSPIRATION?
- Ruled me has amazing recipes
- Of course - Jimmy Moore
- Stephanie Person
WHAT ARE THE TOP 3 TIPS YOU WOULD GIVE TO A KETO NEWBIE?
- NO REFEEDS!!! You can’t determine if keto is right for you if you eat non-keto foods during evenings and weekends. You got to stay on track all day every day 24/7. Give it 5 weeks of your fullest attention before you give up.
- NO dairy indulgence! Full fat dairies are OK in small amounts, but try to limit them as much as possible.
- MOVE! Don’t just sit still all day, go to the gym, go out for a walk, start moving your body and make use of those ketones!
YOU CAN ONLY EAT 5 KETO APPROVED FOODS FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE, WHAT ARE THEY?
EXERCISE! DO YOU DO IT?!
DO YOU EXERCISE IN ADDITION TO YOUR KETO WOE? IF SO WHAT IS YOUR WORKOUT PLAN AND WHAT HAVE YOU FOUND TO BE MOST SUCCESSFUL?
I’m a professional athlete, competing in Bikini Fitness at the moment. I mostly do strength training in the gym, love weight lifting as well. No cardio except for brisk walks.
DO YOU TAKE ANY SUPPLEMENTS, IF SO WHICH ONES?
Magnesium, zinc and a good probiotic supplement.
YOU HAVE A NEW KETO COOKBOOK COMING OUT! WHAT MADE YOU DECIDE TO WRITE IT AND WHAT DO YOU HOPE PEOPLE WILL GET OUT OF IT?
Yes it’s called the keto guidebook and it contains ALL my tips and tricks, ALL the science behind keto + 30 day meal plan and nearly a hundred recipes!
I hope people will understand the greatness of keto, stick with it and get amazing results.
WHAT IS THE MAIN MESSAGE YOU HOPE PEOPLE WILL TAKE FROM YOUR BOOK? That they CAN fix their health no matter how hopeless it seems, nothing is written “in the genes” and we can turn around any health crisis if we really commit to it!
DO YOU HAVE A FAVORITE RECIPE FROM THE BOOK?
Yes I think it’s my chocolate keto balls!
ANYTHING ELSE YOU WANT TO SHARE?
Blog daily at martinajohansson.se (in Swedish) with a readership of 1.5 million/ month.
I update my international blog from time to time highfatfitness.com
Frequent instagrammer @highfatfitness
Make videoblogs in english at my international youtube-channel