5 Weeks on Keto; Now what?
Five weeks ago I decided to give nutritional ketosis a try. I bought the pee sticks. I used an amazing paleo meal plan from Healthful Pursuit. The best part was getting and keeping an accountabili-buddy. Having a friend to help you follow the meal plans, talk to and help support you is key to any nutrition change, but what happens when you have other chronic health issues like IBS, Hypothyroidism, joint pain and fatigue?
For years I have heard that you have to have more carbs to overcome adrenal fatigue, and manage thyroid disease well. I have been resistant to trying keto due to this and because I have been breastfeeding a smallish human for over 5 years. Over the last 2 years I have been breastfeeding two smallish humans.
After trying many different iterations of low fodmaps, low carb, paleo, and AIP, it was time to give keto a go. Here is what was learned from this girls n1 nutritional experiment.
1. You can stay keto, and get into ketosis eating veggies.
2. Keto takes more then 2 weeks for your body to adjust to give yourself time
3. Write down goals. What is your why?
4. It is ok to not eat all the time, sit with those feelings. Don't force yourself to eat.
5. Pay attention to your macros, it is ok to count macros and even calories.
6. Check your ketone levels either in breath, blood or urine. Urine is the cheapest.
7. This is a big one folks. Don't obsess about it.
These are my lessons. These and a few others, including the fact that I am terrible at following meal plans. I personally also have to make adjustments due to the fact that my IBS sometimes gets in the way of foods I enjoy.