I hate dieting and to be honest, i hate the word. When I hear the word diet, I immediately think of the word “restriction”. However, when Josh and I both decided to get into quick shape to prep for holiday debauchery, we fully committed to the trendy Ketogenic way of eating. But we remained vegetarian. Now, I had heard ALOT about being “Keto” or “Keto Starbucks orders” which I still order although I’m not fully following Keto because heavy cream is yummy. So hearing all the buzzwords, I naturally decided to educate myself and become an expert so to speak on the science behind the body going into a state of Ketosis and what effects it has etc. After deeming it safe for a short amount of time, we did it for 2 months and man, were we pleasantly surprised.
- I lost a significant amount of weight fairly quickly. In the first 3-4 weeks I was already down 11 pounds. Naturally, I threw a party in my head because my weight journey post-partum fluctuates waaay too much. PRO: Yay. Down 11. CON: Energy level was low. TAKE AWAY: Eat more.
- Eating more. I added more of the fat and protein and for us, protein was not coming from meat rather we were using farm fresh eggs, tofu (sparingly due to soy and the chance of hormone disrupting), or Beyond Meat products. You can review my previous post on veggie meat products here! I also added a ton of spinach and arugula to salads with copious amounts of avocado.
- I cooked at home WAY more. We saved quite a bit of money both grocery shopping and not eating out. Also I was forced to bring lunch to work. No more Door Dash extravaganzas hence the money saving perk. I just made double of dinner and brought it the next day.
- Starbucks orders. We love coffee. We also love creamer. One of my best friends gave me a Keto order one day and my life was forever changed. Grande iced coffee w/ heavy cream-2 pumps SF Vanilla, 2 pumps SF cinnamon dolce. Boom. Thank me later. If you have more Keto Starbucks orders or ANY coffee shop for that matter, drop them in the comments section!
- Now here’s the thing though…I was borderline starving myself. I personally could not manage a Keto diet and sufficiently feed myself. I’m not a fan of drastic restriction. For me, I found myself almost obsessing over staying Keto rather than staying healthy. That’s a problem k? Health is priority.
I am really really glad that I did Keto for that time simply because it gave me discipline and I wasn’t going rogue with office goodies, snacking all day, and refined sugar was out of my life (and still is by the way… wooop!). I dropped some poundage that was hanging on for dear life. But I did learn that, that is not a lifestyle way of eating for me long-term. Now, I do still eat very Keto (full fats-lots of protein), however I eat my favorite foods like quinoa, lentils, and chickpeas and I’ve integrated them into my weekly meal menu.
If you go Keto for a while, expect to learn discipline and self control and quick results (yaaaas!), but NEVER put a way of eating ahead of well being and over all health, mental health included!!
What about you? Have you done Keto? What was your experience? Thinking about it? I’m happy to answer questions whenever because seriously I did SO MUCH research on the effects of Keto on hormones especially for women.
Please share your thoughts in the comments!
Happy well living! And happy eating too!