Carbs are so good. I get it. There’s nothing better than an amazing piece of French bread with butter, pizza, fried rice, a big bowl of yummy pasta, or waffles for breakfast. You’re not going to want to admit it, but unfortunately for many of us, carbs are not our friend. My personal journey with a big diet shift began when I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease [and thought my gluten-loving life was over]. From there, obviously I began eating gluten free, then Paleo, and now I must be crazy because I’m even trying keto.
There’s definitely still the instinctual pull telling me to eat ALL. THE. BREAD. AND. SUGAR. and I’d be lying if I said I didn’t miss my favorite guilty pleasures…the two things I miss most even after years of GF eating are soup served in a bread bowl, and really tasty crusty bread dipped in oil & vinegar. There are many awesome gluten free substitutions out there, but none measure up when it comes to those two dishes. I digress… I can honestly say that if I take a step back, stop focusing on what I’m not eating, and ask myself how I feel now that I’ve stayed keto for a few weeks? I feel freaking fantastic! Annoyingly so, because it’s pretty black and white that this way of eating works for me, and leaves no wiggle room for excuses as to why I need to treat myself with that one (or ten) scoops of ice cream.
I’ve got almost three weeks of keto eating under my belt, which has included Easter, dinner parties, and meals at restaurants – it’s possible! Some things I’ve noticed:
- I’m sleeping better. I normally toss and turn for up to a few hours, hatefully watching my husband peacefully slumber beside me. Now, I’m usually asleep within 20 minutes of laying down, and I sleep through the night unless one of my darling angels pops in for a lovely midnight visit.
- I’ve lost weight. If you eat this way with no cheating, it’s going to happen.
- The brain fog (that I have blamed entirely on my kids, FYI) has lifted!
- I’m not hungry! Yes, that deserves an exclamation point as I am someone who normally thinks about food like it’s my job.
- Not only am I not hungry, but my blood sugar is stable. I don’t get that shaky feeling in between meals that makes me breathe fire at anyone unlucky enough to cross my path.
- I have more energy! As a Mom of three, let me be honest and say that there is sadly always an element of exhaustion, BUT- I am waking up on my own with a very unfamiliar feeling…I think normal people would call it being refreshed?
With that, I think I’ll stick with this way of eating. I’m the Maid of Honor in my best friend’s wedding in September and I expect to look like a Victoria’s Secret model by then, so I’ve got some motivation. Look out for a Keto series:
Here’s a one week simple meal plan for keto beginners to help you transition- thank me later!
If you plan to start, first hide all sharp objects. Then apologize in advance to the people you love, and maybe even your coworkers. The first week or two suuuuuuucks, there’s no other way to put it, sorry. Carb flu is a very real beast and it will make you sad, stabby feeling, and a little cray-cray. There is light at the end of the tunnel, I promise though! You will emerge feeling better than ever, and a little lighter on your toes too!