I did it. I completed my first week of keto.
And you know what? It was actually REALLY easy.
Like, scary easy. I took to fat like a moth to a flame. I had no problem upping my fat and decreasing my carbs because I had already cut back on carbs significantly. I wasn’t eating a lot of carbs in the first place. My carb intake was pretty limited. In fact, the only carbs I really missed eating this week were apples and carrots. I know you can have these foods in moderation on keto, but I really wanted to try and go full keto this week. Just to see what it was like.
Prior to doing this, I was completely off dairy, save for a bit of organic butter from time to time. So, eating dairy felt like the best treat ever. I had a few stomach/digestive upsets from it, but that’s to be expected after not eating it for so long. I’m just waiting now to see if it flares up the inflammation I get in my hips and lower back. If it does, I’ll give it up again. So far, so good. I really love eating dairy again. I missed cheese so much. I’m not going crazy with it, but am allowing myself to have 2-3 small portions of it a day. One coming from the heavy whipping cream I have in my coffee in the morning and then I might have a bit of goat cheese, sour cream, or a dairy-based salad dressing. It’s been dreamy, I tell ya.
So, how do I feel a week in? I feel pretty good right now. The first couple days weren’t as bad as everyone said they would be. I got a touch of the dreaded keto flu, but it honestly wasn’t too bad. I had a dull headache for the first 3 days or so and I felt really tired, but I feel like those two symptoms have subsided and I feel pretty good. I don’t feel AMAZING like everyone says you will, but I don’t think my body is in ketosis yet. I haven’t purchased a keto reader yet and I don’t know if I will. I think I just want to focus on how I feel. How my body feels, how it affects my inflammation, my cycles, and my blood sugar levels. Which have been amazing all week. I have to keep a close eye on them because I am on metformin, but I hope one day I can come off of it completely.
I didn’t lose a ton of weight like some people do, I’m actually not 100% how much I’ve lost because my scale was broken and I had to wait for the new one I ordered, so I never got an accurate reading. I lost somewhere between 2-7 lbs, which I am happy with. I think 2 lbs a week is a safe and healthy way to lose weight. Also, I feel like I have been trying to shift those 2 lbs for over 6 months now. No matter how hard I tried, I couldn’t do it. I would always go up and down, up and down, but it never stayed down. That’s the beauty of PCOS though, isn’t it? My weight could fluctuate 5-10 lbs in just a couple of days, and I assume it all had to do with my blood sugar levels and how my body burned and didn’t burn fat.
I feel like incorporating more fat into my diet has been great. I really thrive on a high-fat diet. I did one previously when I gave up sugar for 8 weeks. I ate A LOT of fat. Lost some weight, but ultimately I felt amazing. And that’s the most important thing.
I haven’t seen any signs of my cycle yet. I feel like my body is trying to ovulate right now based on my Ovusense readings, so I am just trying to relax and let it happen.
I will keep you all posted on how things go.
So far, they’re going really well. I feel like this was a good move for me and I really feel like I’m finding my stride.
I don’t miss carbs too much. I do miss chips, but I found some recipes for cheese chips and you can bet your ass I will be making those this weekend.