So it’s been five months since I started my Keto journey. (Cutting out Carbs and Sugar) It’s hard to even think about how I felt within myself back then. I guess tired, lethargic, yuk, aching like a woman well beyond my years, thinking I was following in my fathers footsteps on the doorstep of arthritis sums it up. Did I mention worn out, like I simply could not pump enough supplements into my body to keep me going etc, etc, etc…..
Where am I now…
I’ve actually not on purpose gone off all my supplements that I thought I needed just to exist. I didn’t do it intentionally, I just realised one day that I hadn’t taken them for a week and then it just carried on.
How much weight have I lost?
My back story, I started on this journey at the upward end of recovering from adrenal fatigue in mid April. My body was trashed, I couldn’t get through a day without napping and fully embracing the sloth culture and ended up gaining 10kg in 12 months. So that had my small petite 156cm tall frame sitting at 62kg, which for me was huge! I had got to a stage where my limbs ached from carrying the excess weight and I just did not feel like a healthy human at all! So I had a goal of dropping 12kg and getting down to 50kg. I’m currently 51kg and feeling fantastic.
Isn’t it hard to stick to Keto?
That was my initial thought when it was mentioned to me originally for Adrenal Fatigue, as everything I had read about Adrenal Fatigue said carbs were essential. The main objective with Keto is to limit the carbs and sugars. So in actual fact when you look at the food you’re eating on a Keto diet, it really is just basic fresh foods with an awesome helping of healthy fats.
I didn’t go crazy follow it to a tee Keto, and there are hard core keto addicts out there who would be disgusted in me and my eating habits, in the world of Keto I am what they call “Lazy Keto”
Why do I call myself lazy keto?
I don’t religiously follow my macro’s, you could say I intuitively eat what I feel like but knowing that it fits in with the keto world.
I do recommend when you first start out to grab a Keto app, just to get your head around what you need to be eating for your size and goal, I did this for a couple of weeks to gain an understanding of it, and then every now and again I would use it to work out an uncommon food that I chose to eat, but other than that I just roll with how I’m feeling.
Intermittent Fasting, what it is?
I’m also doing what they call intermittent fasting. Before you go all crazy on me, NO I’m not starving myself lol, that’s what I first thought when I heard the word fasting! (If you know me well, you will know that will NEVER happen hahaha. I LOVE food way too much!) One thing for sure, I do consume my daily calories, I just do it in a smaller window of time.
The most common form of intermittent fasting is the 16:8. That just means you are eating in an 8 hour window and the remaining time (16 hours) you are letting your body process. (of course keeping up your water intake). This is usually done for most people over the evening hours. So a lot of people, myself included will start the day with a late breakfast/brunch at around 10-11am and then have their evening meal by 6-7pm. I have found this works great for me and my body, it’s just a matter of listening to your body.
I find I’m not hungry first thing in the morning, but I always ate a hearty brekky because every man and his dog said you have to!! Well turns out that really wasn’t working for my body at all, I simply don’t have big hard laborious days to warrant it. I’m all for everyone doing what works best for their own body. Ain’t no crazy righteousness diet shit going on here!!
With the fasting I normally start my day at about 6:30-7:00am with a large glass of water (it’s good to add some healthy salt like pink Himalayan to your water too, when you’re following keto and your body is in ketosis from not feeding it processed crap laden with salts you will need the extra minerals to help prevent you dehydrating) I then usually have a large bulletproof coffee (1-2 table spoons of grass fed good quality butter in it, makes it taste so yummy and creamy) I also use Almond Milk which I heat up in the thermi then whiz it all up with my plunger coffee added.
On a weekend we normally have brekky about 9am, or Jason will think his throat is cut hahaha, nah only because he’s been up the paddock playing farmer boy from the crack of dawn and is then starving. If we go out for brekky on a weekend, it doesn’t bother me to have a coffee made on regular milk if Almond Milk isn’t available. I did black coffee for a while but do love a creamy cappuccino as a treat.
Like I said previously, I’m not at all religious with what I eat as long as it falls in the keto way of life. If I’m feeling like chocolate instead of food, I’ll eat chocolate, I always have and always will! In the eyes of some it may not be responsible, but I’m not here to be responsible for everyone elses judgy eyes lol. #sorrynotsorry I’m here to live MY happy life, and if that’s making ME happy on the day, that’s what I’ll eat! I also have a bottle of water with it, so in my head that’s a balanced diet hahaha.
Below is my all time favourite keto friendly chocolate by Well Naturally… And by the way judgy peeps, this is so much more healthier than the previous me who would eat either a full sized Cadbury family block of chocolate or family share bags of Pods every single day!!!!!
I’m not a big nut eater but sometimes I’ll snack on nuts, my faves are macadamias or almonds, cashews are higher in carbs but I love them too, usually always salted, or a bag of Pork Crackles is a fave in this house.
It’s important to go for healthy fats and oils, do your best to keep them healthy, I know the Pork Krackles have dirty old canola oil in them but I’m not eating them everyday, and if you’re out and about they’re easily available at major supermarkets here in Australia. There is an Australian brand that is cooked in lard instead of canola oil, Poppa Porky’s Pork Crackle, I’ve just ordered some, they have free delivery Australia wide so that should arrive this week, I’l let you know how that tastes.
I think I’ve always come unstuck in the past with dieting because I did try and follow it religiously and tried too hard to deny my sweet tooth. I’m not one for being told what to do and like to flow with my own style. The thing with Keto is you are eating all normal foods instead of trying to morph yourself into a rabbit, which is why I think it has worked so well for me because let’s face it, I am so not at rabbit status!
If you’re doing Keto to lose weight, you need to up the fats you consume. Sounds completely opposite to anything we’ve ever been told in the past, doesn’t it!! But trust me, once you get your head around it, you will see what I’m talking about!
Proteins are your friend if muscle building is your goal.
This is where I do recommend getting a Keto app just so you can work out the correct ratios of what is required for your body relating to your goal.
What about exercise?
I will be bluntly honest, and again judgy peeps I DO know exercise is healthy, but apart from just my daily movement I haven’t gone out of my way to exercise since changing over to Keto. I keep saying I will, but just haven’t got round to it yet, so I Imagine my results may of happened a lot faster if I was exercising, but I’m cool with my progress and results.
The problem with me and exercise is I’m one of those peeps who gets super excited, gets right into it, exercises for a week or so then gets bored with it, so that is my next challenge to attempt. Reality is, I’m naturally a Sloth like Art and Crafter, hahaha.
Motivation to keep it exciting…
PINTEREST!! I get bored eating the same thing all the time, even before Keto! This is where Pinterest is brilliant! I’ve created 2 boards on Pinterest relating to Keto.
Have Keto friendly snacks easily available, so if you are feeling peckish you’ve got something that isn’t going to trash your progress.
Drink plenty of water, most of the time it is our body screaming out for water not food. Don’t forget the extra salt, either on your food or in your water to keep hydration levels up.
If you’re struggling to keep up your fat intake, check out some fat bomb recipes on Pinterest, it’s an easy and tasty way to get the extra fat in your diet, so is extra avocado or quality mayonnaise, I make my own and use quality olive oil in it instead of god knows what rubbish they put in commercial mayo. With the fat bombs just check they match in with your macros so you’re not going over on your carbs (I may of over indulged quite a few times and made this mistake, but geez it was a yummy mistake lol).
Don’t eat if you’re not hungry!! Sounds simple but seriously we are trained to eat, eat, eat! Just because it’s a certain time and mamma always cooked your breakfast at that time and told you, you have to eat it because it’s the most important meal of the day, doesn’t mean it is!! Think for yourself, no one knows your body better than you, listen to your body, you will know.
Remember Fat is your friend! Eat a moderate amount of Proteins, and limit Carbs and sugars. What you’re essentially doing with a Keto diet is teaching your body to rely on fats for energy instead of the carbs and sugars. By doing this you will feel increased energy, greater mental clarity and the bonus of fat loss.
Try to not eat after 8pm, give your hard working body a break to process.
For a crazy detailed list of exact foods allowed on Keto check out this link here.
When you find an awesome recipe that works, PRINT IT OUT!! I don’t even have words for how much easier this practice alone has made my Keto adventure!
I can’t stress enough, listen to your body, what works for others (or even me) may not work for you, and let’s face it, I’m not a shinning example on perfect eating and taking care of my body lol. But I’m learning… We are trained so well to ignore what is going on within us, just take it slow and take notice. Even keep a journal so you can keep track with what is and isn’t working for you, again the keto app is great for this. It’s how I found out I was over indulging in my yummy cookie dough fat bombs hahaha.
Hope you’ve found this post helpful. If there’s any great tips you could recommend to others you’ve learnt along your keto journey, please feel free to comment below with them, it’s great to hear what has and hasn’t worked for everybody.
Till next time, shine bright beautiful souls. xx