Disclaimer: I’m just trying to figure this all out as I go.
Lately I’ve been feeling really tired and rundown. This past week I’ve had that awful zombie-esque feeling I get sometimes. Lupus and auto-immune disorders run in my family. My grandma died young and a major factor was her lupus. Because of my genetics and family history, my body is just incredibly sensitive to inflammation. If I eat something inflammatory, I’m feeling it, big time. The chief inflammatory offender being gluten, of course. But also carrageenan, soy lecithin, MSG, preservatives….
It keeps me eating a mostly clean diet, so it’s good in that sense. But I have been eating pretty clean and still, the feeling persists….
I happened to listen to this podcast specifically on women, inflammation and the keto diet. It’s the “wellness mama” herself (she’s kind of a legend!) and Thomas Delauer- an expert on all things keto. It’s a great podcast, check it out. If you want to know fo sho that this Thomas guy knows his stuff; just check out his transformation-
He lost 100 pounds and now models on magazine covers. So pretty sure he knows his stuff. But anyhoos, one thing he discussed is the topic of “cheating” on ketosis. He cycles in carbs when he stops feeling great.
See, our bodies do store reserves of glycogen that can last for weeks. But those levels do get depleted eventually. That’s when you start feeling run down, achey, tired, etc. Bingo.
I’ve been at this for three months with only one official cheat meal (haha I did “cheat” eating some mediocre leftover gluten free mac and cheese but we won’t discuss that!). Maybe at this point I need a cheat meal or two to rev up my engine.
I’m going to give it a go. No crappy restaurant food this time, though. I’ll probably make a homemade meal with some rice or potatoes- all in the name of replenishing glycogen stores, of course! 😉
With the keto diet, as with anything- you need to listen to your body. What worked well at one point might need tweaking in the future. You have to be flexible.