Sep 18, 2019

Eating Healthy - My Experience With Keto and Low Carb

September 18, 2019 0 Comments

I have been in a funk these past few weeks. My mind can't seem to settle on any one task and I feel so scatterbrained. This lack of focus has me running around like a headless chicken. I noticed that I've been feeling off, sluggish, bloated and cranky. With the stress that comes with my attention being so divided, it's no wonder. But when I sat down and thought about it, I realized it wasn't due to stress. It was because of the food I was eating.

Being so busy lately, my diet took quite a hit. And by "a hit" I mean it got steamrolled flatter than an anorexic crepe. My husband and I had happily been on the keto bandwagon, but we migrated off of it a bit... And by "a bit" I mean...well, you get my point. 

I decided to make a promise to myself. I'm making my diet and physical health, and that of my family's, a priority again. I'm sick and tired of feeling like I'm trapped in this body that hates when I eat food. When in reality it just hates the food I'm choosing to eat. Which has been tons of pizza, bread, pasta, snacks, and sugary foods. 

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Healthy Eating Never Looked So Good (Credit: Unsplash)

If you're unfamiliar with keto, it's amazing and definitely worth being THOROUGHLY 
researched first. Basically, keto is a high fat, moderate protein, and low carb (depending on how strict you are, no carbs) diet plan. When on this diet, it reprograms your body to burn off fat for energy vs burning sugar. But, this post isn't about Keto, so if you'd like to know more, I would recommend using that good ol Google. 

My Woes [Insert Theatrical Sob]

I get heartburn if the wind blows by and someone's thinking of cooking spicy food. It used to be entirely normal for me to consume between 8 to 10 antacids daily. It was just a part of my life, or so I thought. When I ate keto, I rarely had heartburn. My tums would go months without being opened. It felt AMAZING. If I broke diet and had carb dense foods I'd feel heartburn hit almost immediately.

I also always felt bloated, sluggish, bogged down, sickly full even if I didn't overeat, and generally unhealthy. It wasn't until I cut out carb high foods that I started feeling better. Namely, cutting anything with wheat, grain, and sugar from my diet.

Okay, I can live with that. So why not stay keto? My reason for moving away from a keto diet into a more "low carb" one is simple. Because I freaking miss my favorite vegetables. Almost all fruit and a ton of vegetables aren't allowed on keto for different reasons. And sweet mother of spuds I really missed potatoes.

person eating vegetable dish
Healthy Food = Healthy Body

When I listened to my body, I noticed that I only started to feel sick when I ate sugar, pasta, bread, and grain foods. Vegetables that were high in carbs never gave me problems. 

The Woes Worsen [Theatrical Sob Intensifies]

There I am, minding my own business and drinking coffee. And then BOOM. Suddenly I don't want to drink or finish my mug of love. I woke up one morning, took a sip, and cringed. No matter what creamer I used or what coffee, it was the same. My body did not want this stuff anymore

I spent a week or two forcing myself to try to drink some each morning. I'd get a cup down and feel HORRIBLE afterwards. I would develop intense heartburn and feel bloated. I cried to the gods and died a little inside during this period of my life. I'm known by everyone as being the coffee crazed girl. But, the truth can hurt sometimes. I finally accepted that I was going to give up coffee. 

This Feels Like A Bad Breakup...

This pains my soul, but I feel it's the right choice. I did some research on what coffee does to your body. Let's just say that it fueled my motivation. If you're interested in reading up on that, the link is here.

So, What Can A Girl Have?

Quite a lot, actually. You'd think that cutting out any grain, wheat, sugar, or coffee would be restrictive, but it's not. There's so so many recipes out there in the world that we don't even feel like we're missing out on anything. Pinterest is my favorite place to find a recipe. Speaking of, have you guys ever heard of a "chaffle" it's a new movement in the low-carb world that I'm a fan of. People have learned to use a waffle iron to make "waffles" or "breads" that use cheese/egg and sometimes almond/coconut flour. They're amazeballs. Just look at this!

Recipe Can Be Found here
What the what?! Savory breads in the waffle iron? I'm all up in that business. It's reasons like this that I don't have cravings or feel like I miss out on comfort foods. 

Big Mac Chaffles! Chaffles make the best low carb hamburger buns and that Big Mac sauce is so good you'll think you're eating the real deal! #lowcarb #keto #bigmac #cheeseburger #recipe
Recipe here

How Ramona Got Her Groove Back

I went through my pantry and fridge and purged the items that I had been snacking on that were making me feel sick. I gave them to family as they were still good. We were due for a grocery run anyway, so the timing worked out in our favor. There's no point in having food sit in the pantry just because we purchased it when we don't plan to eat it anymore. It's too tempting to give in again.

I've modified my diet to be simply low-carb. I don't count calories, macros, micros, carbs or anything else but I DO choose a vegetable noodle over wheat pasta. I will choose to snack on carrots instead of cookies. And I will reach for an apple instead of candy. While the fruits I eat may have natural sugars, they're fine by me (except bananas. Not my thing). Some of the vegetables I eat may have high carb counts, but they're not as high as eating a ton of mac-n-cheese. This balance has made my body happy, which has made me feel healthier. That's what matters most to me. To feel healthy.

Sadly it's at the cost of my coffee these days. 

Excuse me while I go and sob for a while.

What are your favorite diet tips?
Have you noticed carbs/sugars making you feel sluggish/bloated?
Will you cry with me each morning as I sit without coffee?