You already eat healthy, why in the world are you on a diet? Do you enjoy torturing yourself?
Since I started the 28 Day Metabolism Re-boot, so many people have asked me about Keto and the above two questions have been the precursor to every conversation. While I am only on Day 16, I thought I would share my thoughts & tips while clearing the air as to why someone would ever say no to carbs for this long. (Yes, I am still human. The thought of fresh sourdough bread definitely has my mouth watering at this very moment.)
So, let’s start with this: What is Keto?
“The purpose of the ketogenic diet is to force the body into burning fats instead of carbohydrates.” Read more here.
So, what can I eat? Don’t worry. You can still eat meat, and dairy. Although, this is slightly difficult for me, because I really don’t like meat. (My doctor even has me labeled in the computer system as a vegetarian, even though she knows I’m not one, but apparently I don’t qualify to have carnivore listed in my medical bio.) So, high levels of fat, moderate levels of protein, and low level carbs (low carb veggies and fruits) is your grocery shopping list.
The entire purpose behind the Keto diet is to intake a certain amount of net carbs per day, while giving your body the rest it deserves! Since the Keto focuses on majority of your calories coming from fat, your body is training itself to convert fat into energy, rather than the usual carbs (our bodies convert carbs into energy really really fast, which is why we gain wait, because fats are stored away like the jam in your grandma’s pantry that has been there since 1999.)
While Keto helps people to lose weight, according to Dr.Axe, “research shows that the ketogenic diet helps fight serious diseases, including cancer and Alzheimer’s.” In further research, I also found out that the Keto diet helps with anxiety, vertigo, and other auto-immune diseases. Last year, I was in and out of the doctor due to vertigo, and I can say, without any doubt, the research is true. Read more about how the Keto diet originally started to help patients with epilepsy here. Super interesting!
What should I expect when I start the Keto diet?
Do not be alarmed if you feel worst on Keto than how you felt eating spaghetti, and bread, and cheesecake, and bread, I’m going to stop now…
Your body is detoxing! The Keto flu is very common, and can last up to 2-4 days. Symptoms may include fatigue, dizziness, headaches (think flu like symptoms), but it will only last for a little while as your body adjusts. I got the Keto flu for three days, and since then have experienced none of these symptoms. In fact, I’ve felt stronger, and more energized than ever. Key: Drink LOTS of water!
How do I do Keto?
As someone who lives on a very tight budget, I can tell you that it is very much possible to eat healthy and eat Keto on a budget. You will soon notice that you will be meal-prepping more, which means eating out less (and, every dollar adds up!)
Here’s a sample of what my food diary looks like for the day.
Breakfast: Scrambled Eggs with Feta Cheese, topped with arugula, olive oil and fresh ground pepper and pink sea salt
Lunch: Spinach Salad with some kind of meat (Chicken, Shrimp, Salami), Cheese, Avocado, Tomato, (one hard boiled egg), Veggies, and Vinaigrette
Dinner: Chicken, Brussel Sprouts
Dessert: Homemade Energy Bites (Almond Flour, Cacao Powder, Cacao Nibs, Peanut Butter, Avocado, Eggs, Stevia (optional)) // I made this recipe without Stevia, and would definitely recommend you add Stevia or some kind of dark chocolate
With all of these tips and resources to consider, I would like to let you know that this re-boot is worth it! (I have digestive issues, and have not experienced anything during the past 16 days, which is a miracle in and of itself!)
After the 28 days, I plan on sticking to more of a Keto Diet, while also still allowing myself the luxury to splurge, because only God knows how much I have missed chips and salsa.
Until next time friends, cheers!