A few months ago I made a post about sugar, the ketogenic diet and time restricted feeding. And not so long ago I completed 2 months on the ketogenic diet.
That diet is a low carb and high fat diet. Some of the benefits are:
- weight loss
- cancer fighting
- lower cholesterol
- lower blood sugar and insulin levels
- decreased inflammation
- less tooth decay and gum disease
- mood control
Read more about the benefits of keto.
It was hard to adapt to at first. It definitely took a good month until I felt normal. I remember feeling a bit weak and irritable.
Ketosis is a state where you burn fat mostly instead of sugar for energy. If you fast then this is what happens. The sugar runs out, but the fat is a more sustainable source of energy.
Changes from keto?
I don’t know if I noticed any changes really. It hasn’t been long. I might have lost a few pounds, but not much. Before I started it I think I ate relatively healthy but I did eat a fair amount of carbs like potatoes, sweet potatoes, beans, brown rice, bagels and fruit.
As of recent I haven’t been following it so strictly as I have been eating some beans. They are a cheap form of protein, but they are high in carbs. To remain in a state of ketosis it is said that you should aim for eating less than 50 carbs a day.
A can of beans has close to that or more.
But aside from that and a few foods my parents sent on my birthday I still have been following the diet. In fact I found some new yummy foods to eat since then.
- Nutritional yeast. I have been sprinkling it on things like eggs or just as a cheese substitute. It’s really good.
- Chia seeds. You can make an interesting pudding with them as they gel like tapioca.
- Coconut flakes. I can eat a couple cups of these a day.
- Inchi seeds. Trader Joe’s has these salted ones that are really good. They are supposed to be high in good fats.
- Almond flour.
Wheat is sweet
It’s funny after you stop eating sugar and fruit you start to taste the more subtle flavors that you didn’t before. Like I never thought coconut flakes were sweet, but they taste pretty sweet now.
Then I ate a cracker with wheat in it and it tasted pretty sweet.
I have eaten very little fruit, but was thinking that raw cabbage tastes kinda sweet the other day.
There’s sugar and carbs in a lot of food. Vegetables have them too.
I don’t really miss the carbs like rice, potatoes, sweet potatoes, etc. I can live without those. There are other yummy foods out there. I’ll continue eating mostly keto foods, but I probably won’t follow it so strictly.