Keto isn’t new, but it’s new to me. I’ve never wanted to be one of those people who writes about their diet plan, but here we are.
There comes a point in life where your metabolism slows, the weight packs on and you just feel sluggish, no matter what you do. Everywhere we turn, we’re bombarded with low-fat options and are advised to exercise more, to get more energy.
It’s all fine and well until you hit your forties, and that’s when everything seems to shift, and nothing that used to work, works anymore. I was on and off Weight Watchers all the time. It was never for a huge loss, but to shed the 10-15 lbs of winter weight each year. I was active, tracked what I ate, made healthier choices and drank plenty of water. Weight had always fallen off of me.
Until it stopped working.
In May 2018, I had some other issues I was dealing with, on top of this major one, and finally forced myself to go to the doctor. She was a tremendous help for most of my concerns, however, when we talked about my weight, she couldn’t offer any advice. She told me that it sounded like I was doing all the right things, including avoiding stress and getting plenty of sleep. So frustrating.
Still unhappy, I figured this meant I was doomed to be at least 20 pounds heavier than I wished to be. I mean, I’m thrilled that my husband still thinks I’m attractive, but I didn’t feel comfortable in my own skin. And I was getting damn tired of buying bigger clothes. I was also tired of hearing people say “But you look fine! You’re so thin!”. People didn’t realize that my clothes weren’t lying to me, and neither was the scale.
So we all know at least one person who’s always going on about some new health fad, right? There’s Isogenix, Atkins, South Beach, Paleo, Weight Watchers (which we’ve discussed), Keto and so many more. They all talk a great game, don’t they? They are all so inspiring.
“I lost 60 lbs with the Paleo diet!”
“The boundless energy I have since starting Isogenix is incredible!”
*Shaking my head*. Yup… it kinda grates on your nerves. Especially when you can’t get off the couch because you have no energy, and you’re sick to death of eating salad. Nothing works, we might as well just consume our body weight in chocolate. And wine. Of course.
How it began
An elementary school friend was one such person… but she wasn’t annoying about it. I never felt she was gimmicky or spammy with any of it. She simply surfaced on my radar one day. I mean, I’d seen her posts many times on Instagram, but for some reason, I suddenly took more notice. So I talked to her about it… she wasn’t pushy and never tried to sell me on the idea. She was only there to answer questions. She encouraged me to track my food, and to see where I was at.
The no energy thing? Yeah, it’d gotten to the point where I didn’t want to even do the research about keto. I wanted someone to just come in and tell me what I needed to eat. Of course, it doesn’t work that way, and I had no choice but to do the research. I spent a lot of time reading the good, the bad and the ugly. Through past diets and apps, already knew about macros, but really… I just want to know what to EAT, I don’t want to do MATH! Sadly, you have to do the math, there’s no way around it.
I tracked my food for one day, and was shocked. When I figured in my macros, I was WAY over in carbs, and way down in fat. When I reported back to my friend, she was amused, because we all think we’re eating super-healthy but it’s actually not the case.
What I’ve learned, in a nutshell:
- Figuring out your specific macros is work, and you will need to compare a few different calculators to get the right numbers for YOUR body’s needs
- Eating a diet high in healthy fats, moderate proteins and very low carbs is basically flipping the Canada’s Food Guide upside down
- We’re all packing on about 5-10 lbs (or more) of water weight
- You need to drink half your body’s weight in ounces of water daily
- Keto makes you thirsty, so this is never a problem
- The first few weeks can make you feel worse than you did before you started but persevere!
- The initial water weight loss will be encouraging, but then the loss can stall. Keep going
- I get to sit with a plate of high-fat meats and cheeses and enjoy a glass of wine, guilt-free!
- Keto-flu and keto-breath (they’re a thing!)
- Coffee, combined with butter, coconut oil and stevia is VERY filling (and surprisingly delish!)
- Bacon. Lots of bacon
- I can live without pasta, but I will never lose my crush on bread or cake
- A couple of bites of “bad food” isn’t going to kill me, as long as it’s not a habit
- Eating a variety of meats and cheeses is my favourite dinner
As I write this, I’ve completed one month of keto.
My energy has come back. I now know that when I get leg cramps, it means I need more salt and more water. Plus, I’ve learned how to choose wisely when eating at a restaurant. I even survived a wedding – it was great that they offered a buffet of meats, cheeses and olives. Keto-perfect!
I hope you’ll join me on my journey!