Guys!! So, we’re doin’ it. We’re diving headfirst into the ketogenic diet and I’ll be sharing the journey here for those of you who are looking for info, want to know what it’s all about, what it feels like, and everything in between (keep scrolling down for links to the week by week updates)
Since we decided to start this keto journey, I’ve been doing tons of research. So, I’ll be compiling that all here for you as we go. There are amazing blogs, groups and other resources that have helped me get the ball rolling. And, more so – doing the legwork (research) before starting the diet officially has helped me understand exactly what I’m getting myself in to…we’ll “we”…what “we’re” getting ourselves into, because the hubs is doing it too.
He’s a fancy scientist (with a background in immunology and biology) so I trust his research wholeheartedly. He dives headfirst into the science I’ll never pretend to understand, which makes this whole process even easier.
Disclaimer: We are not nutritionists or experts in the field of the health, nutrition or the ketogenic diet. We are simply two people who are learning to live a keto lifestyle and are sharing what we’ve learned along the way based on our personal opinions. We encourage anyone wishing to start a keto diet, to do their own research in order to make a sound decision about their own personal health.
WHY WE CHOSE THE KETOGENIC WAY OF EATING
If you follow along, you know (at 41) I just embarked upon the lovely joy that is perimenopause. And, it’s not awesome for me. While some don’t experience any symptoms at all, my body (who tends to be a total a-hole and does everything the opposite way it should) is experiencing the majority of them – irregular periods, migraines, hot flashes, exhaustion, severe cramping, weight gain for no reason, sleep issues…and the worst – mood swings. Something that has never been a terrible struggle for me until now.
I have a four-year-old and I am an extremely active and busy person. I don’t have time for perimenopause or the crapola that comes with it. I’m hoping the keto diet will help alleviate many, if not all of these symptoms (because perimenopause can last years, people – YEARS!). The keto diet is used to treat and minimize the effects of epilepsy, cancer, Alzheimer’s, autism, ADHD, PCOS, perimenopause, menopause and more. I’m so ready to see if it can help me become the best version of myself during this next stage of my life.
We also have struggled with “weekend cheat” dieting. You know, the kind of diets were you eat whole foods all week, exercise and come the weekend, completely blast your body with sugar and carbs. We are emotional eaters. We have stressful lives. So, we stress eat.
Over the past few years, we’ve used the phrase “let’s eat about it” when we’ve had a bad day or when a celebration comes around. And, “eating about it” has left us with weight gain, a carb addiction, sugar addiction, poor sleep patterns, low energy, and the list goes on and on and on.
We need something drastic. We need rules. We need to find accountability in ourselves and not reward ourselves every single time we do good…or bad. We need to find a healthy balance. And, in general, after leading very stressful, carb and sugar centric lives, we are ready (so ready) to detox our bodies and become healthier, happier people, with a much healthier and happier relationship with food.
So, here we are. Embarking upon this magical new lifestyle. It may not be for everybody, but right now? It’s for us. And, we’re stoked.