Back on Keto

Today was an emotional day for me.Ā  My son, Gabe; who had been doing school at home was finally well enough to go back to his elementary school.Ā  I brought him in and helped him carry all of his supplies to his new classroom.Ā  It’s a little school so everyone knew he was coming back.Ā  Teachers stopped to hug him and his class was buzzing with excitement.Ā  Tears threatened to gush out of my eyes.Ā  It is just such a big step.Ā  He’s come so far from the days where he couldn’t even walk because he was in so much pain.

I’ll have much more time to myself now though.Ā  Even though I’m going to miss my little buddy while he’s at school.Ā  I love him like crazy but he is so much like me that we can grate on each other.Ā  Plus, just caregiving in itself can be very tiring.

But anyhoos, I wanted to talk about where I am; diet wise.Ā  In my last blog on diet (a couple blogs ago, I believe) I decided to take a good long break.Ā  I think that is important, for both mental and physical health.Ā  It’s called a “re-feed” or just, uh, “pushing the ‘f-it’ button” for awhile.Ā  Whatever works.Ā  It was great.Ā  I ate a lot of whatever I wanted.Ā  Then the carby-luster wore off and I found myself struggling to squeeze into my pants.Ā  More than that, I missed the brain boost I get from ketones.Ā  When I was burning sugar instead of fat, I noticed a nose dive in my desire to write.Ā  My brain wasn’t firing.Ā  I also found myself (again *sigh*) eating too much freaking sugar and falling into depression.

That’s just how life goes, right?Ā  We are always striving to find balance and that is ok.Ā  I am back on keto and doing pretty good.Ā  I have a much more casual approach this time around.Ā  I think if I decide I can never have a snickers or reeses again I will despair.Ā  I just do one day at a time.Ā  Some times I cheat.Ā  I just reset the next day.Ā  I’m getting back to where I am more comfortable with my weight and feeling more mentally clear.

I hope you all are well and finding joy and balance this Holiday season!

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Coconut Oil and Candida

Yesterday I did end up eating some keto cheese, egg and asparagus muffins and then more steamed asparagus and cauliflower.Ā  I had taken my afternoon pills from the cleanse pack and oops!Ā  It was a digestive enzyme and was giving me a tummy ache.Ā  So I ate some food, but all super clean and low carb.

Today I am aiming forĀ justĀ bulletproof coffees and teas.Ā  I’m focusing on coconut oil because it is amazing for getting ketone production ramped up- which practically means energy.Ā  I don’t think I could do any kind of zero calorie fast because I just have too many responsibilities.Ā  It’s not like I can sit around and meditate all day.Ā  Though that’d beĀ great. Ā 

Another great thing about coconut oil is that it acts like kryptonite against candida. Ā See the source image

Coconut oil is amazing atĀ killing candida and fungus without doing any harm to your body.Ā  Many people may feel awful when they first start using coconut oil because they are having die-off symptoms and toxins are being released.Ā  I’ve been using coconut oil for years so I have a high tolerance.Ā  When you first start out, you definitely want to take it slow and see how your body reacts.Ā  Maybe a teaspoon on an empty stomach to start.

Since a cup of coconut oil hasĀ almost 2,000 caloriesĀ it’s a great addition to a cleanse to make it more doable.Ā  I can get that easily blended up in coffee and tea throughout the day.Ā  I don’t recommend taking it straight (though you certainly can!) it is incredibly hard to swallow it.Ā  I have to go to my happy place mentally to get it down.Ā  It’sĀ muchĀ better blended into a frothy coconutty latte. 20180803_1156428093723573880223056.jpg

I’m doing pretty good so far.Ā  I feel hungry for sure but I am enjoying the clear thinking, calmer nerves, and steady energy that come with having high ketone levels.Ā  My allergies are still much better.Ā  Yesterday I visited a friend with two very fluffy cats and nary a sneeze out of me.

I’ll adjust the fast to suit me as needed.Ā  I think it’s probably pretty harmless to add in some cleans foods- eggs, veggies, butter; as needed.

Day One, Get’er Done

My detox kit came yesterday and I am well on my way, ya’ll.Ā  It’s a 14 day plan and during that time I am consumingĀ noĀ alcohol, sugar or carbs.Ā See the source image I’m playing the world’s tiniest violin for myself right now.

No, not really.Ā  The hardest part is determining toĀ start. Ā 

I kid you not, 95% of the allergies that were ruining my life yesterday have cleared upĀ already. Ā 

I can tell my ketone levels are very high because my thinking is much sharper and I have that “quiet hum” feeling to my thoughts.

At this point I am doing coffee and tea with ample amounts of organic, virgin coconut oil and some grass-fed butter.Ā  The point is not to lose weight.Ā  I just want to trigger some majorĀ autophagyĀ and clear out my digestive system.Ā  I’m hoping to see some Alien-style stuff.Ā  Just google mucoid plaque and you’ll see what I mean.Ā  Or don’t, if you are eating.Ā  It’s basically just a disgusting buildup of a rubbery substance that can line the insides of our intestines.Ā  It obviously gunks up our system and prevents proper nutrient absorption.Ā  Lots of people have decided to post theirs online.Ā  I won’t.Ā  But it’s out there if you’re curious.Ā  It typically only comes out with extended fasting and a cleansing protocol.Ā  It brings shock and horror but I’d imagine if you have gunk that needs to come out, you’ll feel like a million bucks when it does. Ā See the source image

There’s is no way I am living off of bulletproof coffee for 14 days so I’ll incorporate some raw veggies too.Ā  I’ll try to post everyday with *fun and interesting* tidbits from my experience.