Cautionary Tale

In my research I saw that a lot of people use MCT coconut oil because of it’s energizing properties.Ā  Of course I had to buy some!

This morning I put about a tablespoon in my coffee (and blended it, because fat bubbles=gross).Ā  It was actually really good and frothed up like a bulletproof latte.Ā  I sucked most of it down then realized…uh-oh.Ā  Not feeling good at all.Ā Ā So I sit here feeling light headed and nauseous.Ā  Apparently it’s something you want to slowly ease into. šŸ¤¦115

From what I understand, this stuff is like coconut oil on crack.Ā  It’s powerful so you have to proceed with caution (not a strong suit for me!) and start with a teaspoon, max.Ā  Don’t throw caution to the wind and dump it into your coffee with a gusto like me.

It is good stuff though.Ā Ā https://draxe.com/mct-oil/Ā  I’m guessing one reason why it can make people feel sick is the die-off result.Ā  When ingested, especially on an empty stomach, it can have a very strongĀ naturalĀ antibacterial and antifungal effect.Ā  It kills off yucky stuff in our guts, basically.Ā  When those nasty little buggers die, they release some toxin crap and don’t go down without a fight.Ā  That’s why you want to make sure you are eating fiber and drinking lots of water to help your body target and then flush out candida and parasites.Ā  While it can have a profoundly positive effect when those nasty hitchhikers are gone, the actual process of getting rid of them can be quite unpleasant.Ā  But coconut oil and MCT are very effective even if not for the faint of heart.Ā  https://coconutoil.com/study-candida-infections-can-be-controlled-with-coconut-oil/

Aside from accidentally over- doing it on the MCT, I’m doing pretty well!Ā  I’m already down a couple pounds and looking less “puffy”.Ā  While I know that is probably due to losing excess water, I’ll take it!

Aside from dealing with decreased energy and a slight headache that comes and goes, I’ve already noticed a lot of positive effects.Ā  My mood has been much more stable.Ā  Before my mood would go through fairly extreme high and lows, no doubt coinciding with my wildly fluctuating blood sugar levels.

This is really huge for me because I do struggle (and always have) with depression and anxiety.Ā  I’d liken it to being bipolar but going through the entire cycle of elation to crash every.single.day.Ā  If this diet can help regulate my emotions it will be more than worth it!!

Another thing I’ve noticed is generally less aches and pains.Ā  I have a minor scoliosis which leads to daily back pain for me.Ā  It’s hard to measure in any scientific way but my back pain seems to have been less these past few days.

Another great feature of the keto diet is that when you cut out sugar, you eliminate a huge sourceĀ of inflammation in your body.Ā  So if you struggle with chronic pain, it could potentially greatly improve your quality of life and reduce dependence on medication.Ā Ā https://www.furtherfood.com/how-to-reduce-chronic-inflammation-by-limiting-sugar-intake/

When it comes to cutting out sugar you may (like me) want to find a worthy substitute.Ā  I’ve been using xylitol, which I do really like…Ā butĀ it is not carb free and can impact blood sugar levels.Ā  One sweetener (of course natural, artificial aint even an option, people!) that is popular in the keto community is erythritol.Ā  You can get it by itself or mixed with stevia.Ā  I’m going to track some down today and start experimenting.

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Toppling Day Three

I’ve always been interested in the ketogenic diet.Ā  I’ve read about it quite a bit over the years and there is real science behind it.Ā  But just lately as I’ve embarked on this keto-journey I have spent a lot of time researching on how to do itĀ right.Ā 

One thing I’ve learned is that the emphasis is not on high protein.Ā  The emphasis is on fat.Ā  Not just fat, but healthy, nourishing fat.Ā  The diet is about giving your body optimum nutrition while drastically cutting carbs so you can burn fat instead of glucose.Ā  A process known as ketosis.

This is not an pork rind, bacon and artificially sweetened protein shake type of diet.Ā  The emphasis should be on foods that you actually require refrigeration and proper preparation.Ā  If you’re overly reliant on boxed foods, this isn’t going to work.

Now that your primary source of energy is fat you want to make sure you’re eating the right kind.Ā Ā 113

In “exhibit A” here we have two sticks of butter.Ā  One is obviously much darker in color.Ā  That’s butter from healthy, grass-fed cows.Ā  It’s much higher in nutrients because cows are condensing all the nutrients from a proper grass diet into an easy to absorb, delicious form for us.Ā Ā Butter is a Superfood!Ā Ā With grass-fed butter you’re gettingĀ 5 times moreĀ conjugated linoleic acid, which just happens to be amazing for overall health and AIDS in weight loss.Ā  Yes, you heard it right.Ā  Eat butter to lose weight.

Other healthy fats to consume would be in coconut oil (also great for weight loss), olive oil, wild caught salmon, cod liver oil, avocados, and fat from properly raised animals.

 

To do this diet well you want to cut out all the fluff your body doesn’t need while nourishing it with great, high-quality foods.Ā  You shouldn’t feel deprived and your health shouldn’t suffer.

As I’ve really committed to this diet I’ve also researched alcohol consumption.Ā  I’m a wine drinker.Ā  The research I did led me to believe that one should abstain from alcohol on this diet, at least until you reach your goals.Ā  Alcohol, in any form, is basically pure carbs (sugar) and completely halts fat burning.Ā  So I’m retiring my wine glass for the time being.

I also obviously had to stop adding sugar to my coffee.Ā  Right now I’m using a bit of xylitol to sweeten it, along with keto-friendly powdered coconut milk and heavy cream to make it rich and satisfying.

Additionally I’ve added smart water to my routine.Ā  I read that many aspects of the ‘keto-flu” are caused by electrolyte imbalances.Ā  When you suddenly go low-carb your kidneys start flushing out salt and water weight while you adjust.Ā  You need to make sure to stay properly hydrated and one of the best ways is by drinking water with electrolytes.Ā  You also want to add extra salt to your meals.Ā  I use pink himalayan salt.

I’ve decided to keep my carb intake at about 20 grams a day to really kickstart the process.Ā  I’ll probably adjust up to a more manageable 50 grams as needed.

It’s definitely an extreme diet and not for everyone.Ā  But I’m finding it very doable.Ā  Partly because the high fat consumption really leads to feelings of satiety.Ā  I haven’t had too many cravings.Ā  Though last night I was really jonesing for anĀ appleĀ of all things.

But I’ve really refined my goals and even found some “fitspo” as a reason to stay 100% committed to the process…Ā 1115

This woman achieved this transformation in 4 weeks on a keto diet!!!Ā  Wow, wow, wow.Ā  I want shredded, lady abs like that!Ā  So I’m dreaming of abs instead of snickers.