This may be my last post here for awhile. I’ve been wanting to get in on the tumblr community for awhile (seriously, there are some amazing inspirational (mostly female) tumblrs out there and I have been wanting to join in) and I’ve now finally made a tumblr. Going to be trying to post more frequently there for sure :) I haven’t decided if I’m announcing my tumblr handle here yet.
In any case.
I feel like a new person this week.
I got a haircut over the weekend — probably the best haircut of my life! thank you Kearns & Co. :) — and my confidence has been instantly boosted.
Not to mention, I have fallen into a really good groove in my eating habits. I haven’t posted about how that has been going because up until this week, things were iffy. I did gluten-free for about 2 weeks before transitioning to keto for almost all of January and I wasn’t LOVING it yet, still going through some of the carb withdrawal, etc. etc. so I was hesitant to update.
BUT NOW. I AM A NEW WOMAN, guys. Seriously.
I kicked off keto in early January by getting used to having bacon and eggs every morning. At first, I desperately missed having my PB&J sandwich that I was accustomed to, but THEN. A few days in, all of a sudden, I just kept craving bacon and eggs in the morning. I learned how to make delicious bacon (20 mins on the stovetop or 12 min in the oven at 350 degrees) and delicious scrambled eggs in bacon fat and now it is my go-to breakfast. Keeps me so satisfied all morning!
Ok, so for those of you don’t know, keto is different from gluten free. It is different from paleo. It is, to sum it up, high fat and low carb. Very low carb. Most of your daily macros should come from fat, a range of 60-75% (it really depends), about 20-30% from protein, and the rest (usually 5-10%) from carbs. I haven’t been diligently tracking but I did in the beginning and was able to meet my carb goals, although hitting my fat macros was harder.
My HUGEST revelation to date is this: realizing that fat DOES NOT make you fat.
I was victim to this horrible nutrition myth for my entire life. I abstained from olive oils and butter and fatty cuts of meat and full-fat dairy products FOREVER. LITERALLY FOREVER. I have never had full-fat yogurt (unless when I was a young kid), always buy skim milk for my coffee, don’t eat much cheese, and use cooking spray for stovetop cooking.
Oh. My. God.
I have been missing out so badly.
I threw out my turkey bacon. I’ve started buying fatty coffee cream. I plan to start buying full-fat dairy products like sour cream and whipped cream. I buy so much cheese now (mmmm, cheese. Yes. I’ve decided to STOP HATING ON CHEESE and learn how to love it, and I really really love smoked cheddar right now). I eat the fat on meat. I eat dark meat. I eat lots of nuts and peanut butter.
Oh, and salad. Don’t think I’ve forgotten my veggies. Mushrooms fried in bacon fat and veggies roasted with olive oil = simply amazing.
So yes, in sum, my diet is meat/cheese + salad. And nuts. I am loving it.
1) Feeling incredibly satiated (because fat is very satiating) after every meal and thinking less about food in between meals. This is a big thing for me.
2) Feeling less and less like food has some kind of control over me. As if there are some foods that are hard to stop eating easily (well, it is easy to go overboard with nuts but more on that later).
3) And new this week is a feeling of clearheadedness, better sleep and more energy. The desire to move around more.
Of course, some of it may be “in my head” but people do say it takes about a month to get keto-adapted and used to running on fat, rather than carbs (sugars).
I’ve cheated on my diet a few times. But not very many. Once, while at my parents’ house, which is just saturated with carb goodness everywhere haha. I had bread. It was delicious in the moment and then I felt immediately terrible afterwards. Like, literally physically uncomfortable.
For the most part, I have been REALLY GOOD at adhering to keto. I’ve stocked up on Quest bars (SERIOUSLY OMG BEST BARS EVER) which have helped curb any sweet cravings or carb cravings immediately.
Along with doing keto, I am also trying to reduce my sugar intake. I still buy candy but buying a lot of sugar-free candy now, and eating it in moderate amounts. Putting less fake sugar in my coffee. Still drinking Coke zero. Eating limited fruit. I’m trying to temper my sweet tooth while at the same time, get used to less sugar in my system.
Oh, about nuts: for awhile I was overdoing it with nuts and peanut butter and felt like I must’ve been consuming 1000 to 2000 calories in nuts in one sitting way too easily. I kept expecting to gain some weight from it. But truthfully, I barely saw any budge in my weight. I should’ve gained some from how many calorie-dense nuts and spoonfuls of nut butters I was consuming (I gain and lose weight relatively easily — both a good and bad thing, of course), BUT I DIDN’T. And I started doing some research and realized people have studied it and noticed that despite nuts’ calorie-dense nature, they don’t make people gain the weight you would think they would.
Another big revelation I’ve made? Weight and fat loss is not just calories in, calories out. Not at all. Which is why keto is working.
It is working amazingly well so far, I have to say. This week especially.
I feel a lot more comfortable in my clothes. I have been KILLING it at the gym. I am just about back to where I was in terms of deadlift and squat PRs when I was training much more regularly a few months ago, going to the gym like 4-5 times a week. I haven’t been going as regularly as that, but at least 2-3 times a week. It is more manageable for me, considering my (still young) puppy.
And I’ve just had more of a desire to go to the gym. That’s just it. Getting back into a regular routine now and loving how strong I feel again, and just, AGH, everything is falling into place.
School is also calming down a bit right now, incidentally, and the other day I went out with some friends from Hong Kong, got the chance to catch up over drinks and had a blast. It was just what I needed.
I had just a bit of red wine and then mostly straight vodka, which works perfectly for keto. I said “no” to the beer, just had some of a sugary cocktail, and when food was ordered, I stuck to the raw veggies with hummus dip. There was poutine and pitas but with keto, those are no-no’s so it was very simple for me to just say no :)
I woke up the next day feeling a little hungover but NOT much, and as opposed to feeling bloated from fatty, greasy foods, I actually felt light and energetic, surprisingly :) (After a coffee or two, of course).
I can’t emphasize enough how much I’m enjoying keto.
People that know me would know how huge a thing this is. I grew up on carbs, I was addicted to carbs, I live with a boyfriend who loves carbs, pizza is (was?) my favourite food. There was no way I could imagine doing keto. NO WAY AT ALL.
And then I tried it, and I am now hooked. I want it to be a permanent lifestyle change. Not a fad diet. Not a fad trend. I love how it makes me feel (and look, maybe?). I’m losing fat. I’m building more muscle. No dips in energy.
If a full former carb lover like me can go keto, anyone can.
I plan to have some scheduled cheats every once in a while, though for sure. Not sure how often yet. Could be once every 2 weeks. Or 3 weeks. Or monthly, ideally. I’ll eat pizza on my cheats. Or a zucchini walnut muffin. Or my mom’s steamed peanut butter rolls. I will savour my carbs, but I won’t be addicted or controlled by them.
Because really, a diet made up of bacon, eggs, cheese, nuts, full-fat dairy, and dark chocolate in moderate amounts sounds absolutely perfect to me :)