Ketogenic eating is becoming popular in the media as celebrities start to share their success and commitment to the way of eating. As my grandmother would say, that’s fine and dandy. But considering this way of eating to be a trend, instead of a new lifesaving and life-changing habit is a pity from my perspective. Our household has been eating keto for two years, and it’s healing our bodies every day.
Here is what I’ve learned and what I’ve loved along the way.
What I Learned
1. Getting through the energy shift of getting started
When you starting eating keto, you are transitioning your body from burning glucose (carbs and sugar) to burning fats (animal fats, butter, olive, avocado and coconut oils AND your own fat!) This transition can cause drain in energy and general feelings of sickness and is known as the keto flu. It usually last one to two weeks. But it is easily treated by replenishing electrolytes. The cure? Salt water! Add pink Himalayan salt to water and drink throughout the day.
2. Discovering where to find information
Ketogenic eating involves a whole lot of learning! You learn to count your macronutrients, about different foods that can replace the carby originals and how certain supplements can aide your well-being. I’ve made this easy for you! You can join my online program and support group here.
3. Being prepared for social hours
It can be difficult to stay strong during social situations at restaurants and bars, especially when alcohol is involved. Bread, pretzels and sugar snacks are low cost and are available almost anywhere! However, as you get serious about keto, you pick up tricks to avoid feeding your face with random foods that pop up in social situations. And you feel A LOT better the next day.
4. It’s not a diet, it’s a way of eating
It’s not meant to jump on keto to lose a few pounds. Keto eating is meant to be a lifestyle switch in which you consciously choose to stop sending your insulin response into overdrive my removing sugars from your diet.
What I Love
This plate is missing fat — the fat we use as fuel for ketogenic eating. Adding a little cheese or olive oil on those cucumbers would do the trick.
1. Feeling full
I’ve tried several diets and in many of them, I usually had to feel hungry at the end of the day in order to see any changes. (And the older I got, the depriving method didn’t help weight loss at all.) But when you fuel your body with fat instead of sugar, hunger goes away. When starting the keto way of eating, the shift may cause you to be slightly hungry or craving of sugary foods. But as you shift into ketosis (fat-burning mode), being constantly hungry becomes a thing of the past.
2. Feeling mental clarity
Ketogenic eating helped me to leave a sugar-induced fog. I stopped moving through the day like a robot and started have greater mindfulness — which led to giving my body the right movement, being more creative and believing more in my abilities to live the live I crave.
3. Knowing it was right for me
I’ll admit, there is a few times I thought for a millisecond that I should stop eating keto. That was because I wasn’t seeing the weight loss come as quickly as it does for others. But in the next millisecond, I would change my mind. Because I KNEW it was doing so much more for me. It was making me feel like a million bucks.
4. Not being sick for a really long time
Since starting the ketogenic way of eating, I’ve hardly ever been sick with a flu or common cold. Once I had a strange bout of allergies that knocked me down, but that was about it. I strongly believe that by eliminating sugar, my immune system has become incredibly strong. I’ll have to look into the science to see if this idea I supported.
Beth Cox Hollingsworth is a marketing professional by day and a life and wellness coach by night. She’s taking the big leap to live the life of her dreams; find clarity and spiritual connectedness through holistic wellness and ketogenic eating, seek self-improvement in all of life’s experiences and bravely live the life that calls.Connect with her on Facebook.