After going off sweeteners (except for a bit of stevia) I had a pretty rough couple days. Then I woke up this morning feeling much better. Feeling “keto-calm”- happy and positive. I think the insulin spiking was too much for me, with the sugar alcohols. I was turning into the wicked witch of the west. I was craving carbs. I was stressed out. I felt awful.
I’ve read that some people can tolerate different sweeteners. Some people can’t. You just really have to pay attention to how your body reacts.
Trust that your taste buds will adapt. If you cut out the sweet, you’ll stop craving it. Really!! Yesterday I noticed the sweetness in a diced tomato like I never have before.
I’m keeping a bit of stevia in my diet to make life a bit easier. I use vitamin water zero to mix my chlorella and probiotics (now that juice isn’t an option). Plus it doubles as a sweet treat for me. The taste isn’t amazing but it’s good enough. Most keto experts agree that stevia is generally pretty harmless for most people. Benefits of Stevia
Another thing I’ve learned is the importance of timing your carb intake. The best time to take in carbs is right after a workout. It won’t spike your insulin, it won’t take you out of ketosis- because your body will use it to replenish your store of glycogen in your muscles. How to Carb Cheat
I had about 15 grams of carbs after a 45 minute workout in the form of a designer whey protein shake with fairlife filtered milk and a scoop of natural peanut butter.
You don’t want to go nuts, but if you are an active person you have more wiggle room in your carb intake while you stay in ketosis.
One big positive side effect that I’ve noticed is for my family. My husband is making positive changes too. He is a slim guy, he doesn’t need to lose weight but he is cutting back on carbs too. He quit drinking soda, which is huge. There are benefits to cutting back on carbs, even if you don’t go full keto. Benefits of Cutting Back on Carbs My kids are also eating less sugar cause I’m not eating sugar.
I don’t know about you but my kids want to eat my food. If I’m eating snickers, they want it too. Being wary of looking like a hypocritical meanie I shared my candy with them many times in the past. Now when I make a salad I make a huge one because my 5 and 8 year old want to eat salad too! Last night they all ate big helpings of asparagus with butter and parmesan along with their kid-friendly chicken nuggets.
When you make positive life changes it doesn’t just affect you! It has a domino effect. That in itself is reason enough to make changes.