A little over a month ago I made the decision to try the Keto way of eating. The decision was not so that I could lose weight. It was so that I would feel more awake and more focused during the workday. It really sucks to be sitting at desk having to hold your head because you are trying to emerge from a carb coma.
My carb coma’s follow the hour after eating a large amount of carbohydrates. This can be bread, pasta, rice or my favorite…anything that has sugar in it, such as; doughnuts, cake, ice cream…well you get the idea.
The idea of giving up sugar kind of sucked, but the thought of not having to deal the carb coma was extremely appealing. In the end, not having these hypoglycemic episodes appealed more to me than eating sugar.
The sugar, pasta, bread and rice were all eliminated from my diet (well 90%-95% of it was). One of the other decisions I made was to have a healthy obsession with getting healthy and making this way of eating fit into my lifestyle. I don’t count calories and I don’t count carbs or anything else for that matter. I don’t over think it. I do look at labels or google nutritional information just to know what foods are high in carbs and/or sugar.
I have always felt that sugar makes me feel a bit “out of control”. That feeling is gone and I go out of my way to make sure it does not return. Now, with all that said, I still eat whatever I feel like eating. I had cake on my birthday, but it was a two-bite piece. I will occasionally eat a few bites of bread. My goals is to taste it, but not to eat enough it will cause a hypoglycemic episode restarting the cycle of cravings.
I do eat out at some nice restaurants and want to experience life to the fullest and that means trying all the foods. If it has a lot of carbs or sugar, I will only have a bite or two. One of the other benefits of Keto and eliminating carbs is my appetite has decreased tremendously. If I am hungry, eating is not a matter of life or death. It can wait until I am ready to have food. I suspect this is a result of not going through a “sugar drop”.
I feel better than I have felt in a long time. I did not realize what eating poorly was doing to me until I got a week or two of healthy eating under my belt. My concentration and focus has increased as well as my overall energy level. My balance has increased and the mild dizziness that I was experiencing has disappeared. One of the best benefits of eating low-carb is the absence of the bloating feel that results from eating sugar. It seems like everything about me feels light.
Although losing weight was not one of my goals at all, I will take it. I am not sure of the date I made the decision to change my way of eating; I would guess it as about 5 weeks ago. After five weeks, I am down 15 pounds with no long weight loss plateaus. If a person is going to feel good, I guess it does not hurt to look good as well.
I once heard a person say that “more than 70% of health issues tie back to what you put in your mouth” and I truly believe this. Look at high blood pressure, high cholesterol, Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke, cancer…what is the one thing you can do to limit your chances of getting these conditions? Lose weight.
Losing weight is one of the best things you can do for your health, if you are overweight. In addition, statistics say that more than 2/3 of American adults could stand to lose a few pounds. Telling someone to lose weight is an easy statement to make. There must be over thousand different plans for taking off weight, but I feel like I have found the one that I can follow for the rest of life and not feel like I am on a “diet” (I hate that word). When I hear the word “diet”, I feel like someone has just slammed a prison door with me on the other side of it.
If you have tried repeatedly to lose weight without success, you may want to try the Ketogenic Diet. I did go through some days of discomfort as my body withdrew from sugar, but I would go through it again to get where I am now. In addition, I go out of my way to make sure I eat very little that will trigger the cravings. I am afraid that I will never get back what I have now. It is no fun being on the diet roller coaster. The ketogenic way of eating can get you to a healthy weight and give you the energy you need to live your best life one day at a time.