Keto Week 1

My first week back on keto has come to a close.  I will admit it was a tough week.  Not so much when it came to food or cravings, but just in how I felt overall.  This was the worst that I ever had carb withdrawal also known as keto flu.

The first day wasn’t too bad.  I got a run in early, we stocked up on keto food at Costco and we had dinner at Chipotle.  I started getting a headache in the afternoon and was ready for bed by 7pm.

I figured that day two would be my worst day, I was wrong about that….. But I took the day off from running in anticipation.  My food was on point, I had a mild headache all day, but I tried to get rid of my headache without pain killers by drinking salt water.  When you cut out carbs your electrolytes get out of whack a little bit, so you need to eat or drink a little extra sodium.  I learned that a few year ago from a doctor when I was doing the ‘Ideal Protein’ diet.  By evening the brain fog set in.  My oldest son made fun of me because I kept forgetting what I was doing.

The rest of the week I woke up every morning with a headache.  That was not cool.  Day three I started drinking keto coffee.  It’s similar to bullet proof coffee, with coconut oil and kerrygold butter, except I added heavy cream and torani sugar free syrup.  This stuff is awesome to get a jump on your fat for the day.  I got out for a 3 mile run and then the rest of the day I was starving and I had some sugar cravings and some nausea.  I satisfied my sugar craving with some sugar free cheesecake pudding mixed with heavy cream.  It was super yummy and hit the spot.

Day four was pretty similar to day three.  Headache in the morning, keto coffee.  A couple years ago I tried to drink bullet proof coffee and at first I really liked it. If you make it right, it’s nice and frothy and creamy like a latte.  But quickly it would make me gag when I would drink it.  When we were at Costco on Monday, they had a big bucket of refined coconut oil.  Label said one of the differences between the refined and unrefined is that the refined doesn’t have any taste.  So I decided to try it and I’m so glad I did.  I love it in my coffee now.

I got out for a 3 mile run and I was starving all day again.  I think I realized why I was so hungry… RUNNING!  That fat burning switch hasn’t flipped yet, so my body still is wanting carbs to fuel my runs, and my body is completely depleted of carbs so my body is reacting by not being able to perform well during my runs and starving all day.

On the fifth day, I woke up with a headache again.  I had my keto coffee and I felt great, tons of energy, and satiated ….so  I went for a run at lunch time and that was a mistake.  I barely made it through the run and I felt weak most of the afternoon.  I was starving the rest of the day and my calories were off the charts, but I was able to keep my carbs fairly low (38g) and filled up on fat.  I started monitoring my ketones with Ketostix.  I’m definitely in ketosis and burning some ketones now.

The weekend wasn’t too bad.  I stayed on track easily with my food.  I was pretty irritable and didn’t feel that great, but  I took the weekend off from running and just let my body rest and get through the process.

Some of the super yummy food that I ate this week:

Keto Pizza Casserole

Eggs, sausage and avocado

Ham/pickle roll up, hard boiled eggs and macadamia nuts

Big Ass Salads

OMG these tacos!!! 

Made with cheese taco shells.

They were to die for!

Snickerdoodle Crepes

Now that you have seen some of what I have eaten this week, are you ready to hear about my results for the week?  This week, I lost 6 pounds in 7 days!!!!  I’m finally feeling great and I have eliminated sugar/carb cravings.

One thought on “Keto Week 1

  1. Ladena says:

    I am so excited for you and I’m scared to death to start this! I know I am going to go through hell before I start feeling better! I am so lucky to have you and our group to help me through this! Thank s for the watning and help! ❤

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