One Month In…

Mom & Me at our Women’s ReTREAT
She is my inspiration!

A month ago I started the Keto diet as a test to address my auto-immune issues. As I said in my previous post, I want to keep you updated on my personal experience to help determine if this is just the latest fad, or if the claims are legitimate.

My results thus far continue to be encouraging. In the past 30 days:

  • I have lost almost 15 pounds, putting me at my lowest weight in over 2 years. (I had lost the initial 4lbs. of water weight I always lose when getting back on track the week before starting this.) Honestly, even when I have been extremely well-behaved in previous diets, I don’t remember losing 15 pounds in a month. Gaining it seems to come that easy, not losing it…
  • My energy levels have increased to the point that I am exercising nearly every day because I WANT to!
  • I’ve doubled my average daily steps and entered a StepBet. This has been a very encouraging app!
  • My mind is much clearer and my memory is much better. Note: After watching the previously mentioned docuseries (available again this weekend), I have been adding MCT oil daily, which is supposed to be brain food. It definitely seems to help.
  • My mood is more positive. (This could be due to diet AND exercise, since exercise is the best anti-depressant. You know when you’re feeling bad, getting motivated to exercise is a problem.)
  • My face is NOT clearing up, but it’s probably because I’m still drinking coffee…
  • My joint aches ARE gone.
  • I have not been experiencing any sugar cravings. Full disclosure: I did have some birthday cake for my birthday. But my tastebuds have definitely changed. The cake was too sweet!
  • My fatigue has lifted. I did not know how fatigued I was feeling until that feeling was gone. You’ve probably heard the metaphor of the frog in the kettle. If you suddenly put a frog in hot water, he will jump out. But if you start him in cold water and gradually increase the temperature, he will not recognize the gradual temperature change and will stay in the water until he is cooked. That was what the onset of fatigue had been like for me. But the lifting of it was so sudden it was very noticeable.
  • We are saving money because we aren’t eating out as much! Of course, the “down-side” of this is more effort in meal preparation. But since the meals are healthier, I don’t think of the lack of convenience as too much of a downer.
This can be a positive or negative cycle

During the past month I have been out to dinner several times, gone on a Women’s Retreat, and had a major birthday. So there were significant occasions to “cheat.” I was able to stay on course and wasn’t derailed by the slice of birthday cake. I feel so great, I have enthusiastically gotten several of my family members on board with this lifestyle.

Thankfully I have a very supportive hubby who does almost all of our meal planning and preparation. He has also gotten on board with this lifestyle and is losing weight. He has experienced one negative consequence which I want to warn you about. He replaced sugar and carbs with meat, specifically BACON. This elevated the uric acid levels in his blood giving him the worst case of gout he’s ever experienced. It’s been excruciating for him! Moral of the story: Keto does NOT equal “eat all the meat you want.” Moderation is key. The truth is, with the Keto lifestyle I eat much LESS food overall and stay full a lot longer. I eat less food because I get the dense calories from healthy (read “saturated”) fats. Vegetables just don’t have a lot of calories. Some people even do a vegetarian/vegan Keto lifestyle!

The experiment continues. School (and the accompanying stress and sedentary work) has just started back. There will be travel and another birthday celebration coming up. We will see if the results continue. In the meantime, I want to share with you a YouTube channel that was shared with me and has REALLY helped me get started on this program in a simple, understandable way. Start with the short video below and let me know what you think!

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