Time to be real with ya’ll…. The last two days have been terrible. Yesterday was day 4. I was extremely tired, achy, and I had a headache all day. I was able to get through a HIIT training session in the morning; but things went downhill from there.
I felt so crappy that it was hard to eat correctly. For breakfast, I had my normal coffee with grass-fed butter, 2 eggs cooked in olive oil, with Colby jack cheese and avocado. For lunch, I could barely stomach the salmon and spring mix smothered in MCT oil. I didn’t eat until much later when all I had were almonds and some slices of cheese. The other reason I know my body and brain are struggling is because I went ham on some natural peanut butter…. More than likely knocking me out of ketosis and making it clearly apparent just how restrictive the diet can be. I really miss fruit, vegetables, hummus, toast, sandwiches, you name it!
The keto strips continue to show that I have moderate ketones in my urine. I know the main problem is that I am eating too much protein to truly get into ketosis. I have really struggled to eat high fat without having too much protein – mainly due to the fact that I do not eat beef or pork. Many people in ketosis are eating a large amount of beef... I’m just not willing to go there.
Today (day 5) has been interesting as well. I woke up not hungry AT ALL. I went for a run and felt like absolutely sh*t! I still wasn’t hungry after my run, so I got started with my day with my coffee and grass-fed butter. I went along with my day until about noon, when I had some mixed nuts. I also had some 4% cottage cheese with the natural peanut butter (I did not go crazy today) and a piece of string cheese. That is all I have eaten today… I have zero appetite. I am more than likely not in ketosis, however, because I enjoyed a wonderful beer with a friend later in the day. I only had one, but that is all it takes! It was totally worth it. No regrets :)
My husband and I are now heading up north to spend the weekend with lots of family, good food, drinks, and some treats I’m sure. I am not going to pressure myself to continue with the experiment. I am going to enjoy the weekend and not restrict myself. I’ll report back on how much better I feel in a later blog :)
Allison Tropf, MS, RD, CSSD
Allison is a Sports Dietitian in Michigan. She enjoys helping others reach their nutrition and fitness goals through reliable and trustworthy recommendations.
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