Day 1 (of the rest of my life…) actually brought me into a state of ketosis. How do I know? By golly, my halitosis!!
About halfway through the day I noticed a constant sweet, fruity taste in my mouth. As if I had drank a diet cherry soda. It isn’t unpleasant but the feedback on my fruity breath was.
How am I already in a state of ketosis? I’m thinking because I’m fairly active and transitioned right from a pretty high-carb diet. That and I did a very challenging workout that probably drained much of my stored glycogen.
Some people go through a rough transition, the “keto-flu” while their body adapts. I haven’t experienced that yet. I felt, surprisingly, really good. I had zero cravings for sugar or carbs, which is a shocking departure from my norm. I felt energetic but much calmer than usual. I feel like this diet will be pretty easy to stick to for me. I get the sense that this is the way I am supposed to be eating, for my body.
I’ve tried losing weight in the past (just a few pounds as needed) and it was excruciatingly difficult. I was still eating too much sugar and carbs. For people who are sensitive to insulin spikes and don’t handle sugar well, you need to do more than just cut calories. You need to go low carb or even keto so that your insulin levels stay low. Insulin in excess is bad, bad stuff. Not only does it make your body store fat (and put you into a cycle of constant cravings) but it also feeds tumor growth.
Even though I’ve always been pretty thin I know I’m at risk for developing type 2 diabetes as I age. My blood sugar went berserk and I was borderline diabetic during my pregnancies. I’ve been trying to eat my sweets in moderation but it just doesn’t work for me.
I really believe that on this diet I will feel better and be able to effortlessly shed a few pounds. I know some might roll their eyes but I have a very small frame and a few pounds makes a huge difference on my body. I’d like to lose about 4. At that point I’ll have a body fat around 15% which will mean pretty sick looking abs. 😉 I’m vain, ok? Sue me.
The only drawback so far is that last night I felt too wired to sleep. I’ve read that is pretty common at first but most people quickly transitioning to sleeping much better than before adapting a ketogenic diet. Well, that and my odd fruit loops breath. Hopefully that will dissipate as well too.
So far I’m feeling pretty good and excited about all the nummy, nourishing, low carb food I get to eat. Avocados, cheese, cream- hurray!