I’ve made many lifestyle changes over the years and although change is good, it isn’t always easy.
The beginning of this year was the start of several acute illnesses for me after what was a very stressful year in 2016, the stress finally caught up with me and took its toll.
Now half the year is gone and I’ve been feeling very out of shape. I began an Autoimmune Paleo diet or AIP at the beginning of the year, it’s a much more specific and strict diet than a Paleo diet. That was all good and well, but getting sick really derailed the plan. In the meantime I’ve studies up on a Keto Adapted diet coupled with Intermittent Fasting.
Ketogenic diet has actually been around for years and can be extremely healing for a multitude of diseases including Cancer, Diabetes, Heart Disease, Insulin Resistance and so on. You may be saying great, sign me up, but the Keto diet isn’t for everyone and you really should check with a professional before beginning any diet and specifically the Keto diet. Certain labs should be run in order to ensure you’re body is prepared and perhaps more specific labs if you’re chronically ill. The initial stages of the diet can include symptoms referred to as “Keto Flu.” This is normal while the body is adjusting to burning fat instead of glucose for fuel.
Check out this blog depicting what and why Keto Flu happens: https://ketodietapp.com/Blog/post/2015/05/17/quick-guide-to-keto-flu-remedies
Other challenges regarding the diet might include individuals who have thyroid disease or if you’ve had your gall bladder removed. You’ll want to make sure you’re taking extra digestive enzymes, such as Lipase so that your body can process and digest all that fat and you’ll want to check your adrenals and cortisol levels, to make sure those are in a good place if you have thyroid disease.
A Ketogenic diet is low in carbohydrates, moderate in protein and high in fat. Percentages of calories are about 5% carb, 20% protein, 75% fat and can vary slightly for each individual. Needless to say, this isn’t an easy one and most individuals start with 60g of carb and drop down to 20 g gradually over time. Fats should be organic, grass-fed and very good quality (butter, ghee, coconut oil, MCT Oil, avocado, olive, cacao butter…). Protein is a tricky one because is can actually raise your glucose levels and take you out of Ketosis. Keep in mind that this is not a high protein diet.
Fat is very satiating and satisfying. On a diet like this you’ll find that you won’t be hungry. It definitely takes commitment though. This isn’t the kind of diet that you can go on for the work-week and off on the weekend. You must be consistent or you’ll not only be unsuccessful, you could cause other problems.
I’m 1 week in and already able to get my body in ketosis, but my diet was pretty close to requirements prior to starting, so it didn’t take much for me to get there. Most people don’t enter ketosis quite that quickly. I’m not fully keto adapted yet. My glucose levels have been fluctuating and that means I need to tweak the amount of carbs and protein that I’m taking in and increasing my activity level will also help. Now that I’m feeling well, that is the goal. I had hoped to climb another 14-er this year, but I’m behind in training and I’ll settle for just getting into shape after being sick for almost half the year.
The goal is to gently ease myself into this new lifestyle and to keep a sense of humor while doing so.
Peace out peeps! I’m going to go eat some fat bombs!