#KetoDietChallenge – Day 1
Today marks Day 1 of my #KetoDietChallenge. Over the next 4 + weeks I will aim to transform my modern day, high sugar diet, to a high fat, low carb, high protein diet, removing as much processed food from my daily intake as possible.
To anyone who knows me, you will more than likely know how big a sweet tooth I have. I am a self proclaimed chocoholic, icing devourer and desert freak. This will not be easy for me, but I am hoping with a solid end goal in sight and with the support of my friends and family I will be able to do this.
I will be using this blog and my Instagram feed to record my progress, share my discoveries and hold me accountable during the challenge.
Follow me through the highs and the lows (which I am sure there will be plenty of) over the next few weeks and support me on my journey.
So why am I doing the #KetoDietChallenge?
Firstly, it is important to note that I am not doing this to loose weight or improve my athletic performance (although the latter would be a bonus). I know a lot of people use this diet to do those things, and I support them fully, it has been proven successful for others and can definitely help to achieve those goals. However, I am doing this to restore and clean my body to it’s natural, healthy state, helping my cells become healthier and to get things working how they should be.
Recently I have started to share and be more open about my fertility struggles, partly because I have had to, and partly because I feel there is this stigma against struggling to conceive that I would like to help abolish. To cut a long story short (one that I will share in a later blog) we have been struggling to conceive for over two years now & have just applied for IVF. After numerous tests it turns out he’s fine, I’m not. My hormones are all over the place.
IVF goes against my grain, but at this point it could now be our only option. I have always been a big believer in changing lifestyle & diet to fix health issues not drugs. If you have a headache, you’re probably dehydrated, so grab a big glass of water and that usually fixes it.
I already eat fairly healthily, naturally I love fruit & veg, but I have also had to be strict with my diet due to being gluten intolerant. I love being active so luckily there have been no big life changes here other than being told to gain a bit of weight.
However, I have started to look at what I am missing and taking numerous amounts of supplements to counteract my deficiencies – the amount of supplement pills I take each morning is ridiculous!
The one thing that DOES play on my mind is my LARGE sugar consumption – I am a massive chocoholic!
Last week, I met with my lovely client Liz, who owns Fit for Living, and who suggested I watched ‘The Magic Pill’ – a documentary about how high in sugar and carbohydrates the modern diet actually is, and how this is contributing to an increase in illness and disease. Where as a high fat/protein, low carb diet can help to cure a lot of illness & diseases as this is the way our bodies are naturally supposed to eat. I watched it immediately when I got home. It described a little girl with ADHD and Autism who couldn’t speak that said the word ‘No’ just 5 days into the diet as well as a lady who had cured cancer with no medical treatment – just this diet and another lady with diabetes who now no longer needs to take insulin.
Sugar and carbohydrates (which turn into sugar when digested) play havoc on our bodies cellular system. Our cells are made up of protein and fat, so when we consume sugars and carbohydrates our cells absorb the wrong nutrients and this caused them to malfunction, developing illness and disease. This applies to all cells, organs, body parts etc. Think of it like putting petrol into a diesel car – its just not going to work out well is it!?
I also suffer from IBS (I am gluten intolerant) and in recent years my skin has become bad too. Could this all be due to my diet?
Potentially this could fix me?!
So that was it – my moment of clarity – I am going to try the #ketodiet & start my blog.
So from today I will be switching to the Keto Diet & documenting my experience along the way. You can follow my journey on this blog every week and also on my Instagram.
I am going to be realistic, this needs to be a lifestyle change, a way of living, not a quick fix. I will allow for cheat meals and cheat days, but overall try to be more strict with myself to see if I can fix & balance my own hormones without the drugs.
Similar to the Paleo diet, but not quite as restrictive, the Keto diet in short is all about only eating natural, unprocessed foods, aiming to consume a diet that is low carb, high fat (LCHF).
The idea of the keto diet is that your body uses ketones, produced in the liver, to be used as energy, rather than relying on sugar.
There are many health benefits from getting your body to reach a ketogenic state such as:
- Controlled blood sugars (which I hope will help level out my hormones)
- Mental focus
- Increased energy
- Good cholesterol and blood pressure
- Better skin
What can you eat on a keto diet?
Overall, I should be aiming for a diet that is HIGH in natural fats and oils, as well as moderate in proteins. The diet should also include a large amount of non starchy vegetables and some fruits.
Low carbohydrate foods are allowed but kept to a minimum.
Typically I should be eating 70% Fats, 25% Protein and 5% Carbs
Everything should be organic, meat should be grass feed and pasteurised.
The diagram on the left shows what foods are included in this diet type.
Below is a simplified list of what is and isn’t allowed:
- Meats – fish, beef, lamb, poultry, eggs, etc.
- Leafy Greens – spinach, kale, etc.
- Above ground vegetables – broccoli, cauliflower, etc.
- High Fat Dairy – hard cheeses, high fat cream, butter, etc.
- Nuts and seeds – macadamias, walnuts, sunflower seeds, etc.
- Avocado and berries – raspberries, blackberries, and other low glycemic impact berries
- Sweeteners – stevia, erythritol, monk fruit, and other low-carb sweeteners
- Other fats – coconut oil, high-fat salad dressing, saturated fats, etc.
- Grains – wheat, corn, rice, cereal, etc.
- Sugar – honey, agave, maple syrup, etc.
- Fruit – apples, bananas, oranges, etc.
- Tubers – potato, yams, etc.
Our application for IVF went in last week, I have been told there is a 4-8 week waiting list. That gives me a good amount of time, to give this challenge a go and see if I can fix myself, fix my hormones – and hopefully conceive.
At this point, I feel like this is my last natural option (more blogs to come on all the other things I have tried).
Let me be clear though;
- I am not doing this to loose weight
- I am not doing this to improve athletic performance
I am doing this to cleanse my body and get it working the way it should have always worked – naturally, without the intoxication of the modern day diet.
I am also hoping that it might help with my constant bloating, IBS and terrible skin.
So wish me luck and feel free to follow my journey be that on this blog or Instagram.