Today is the fifth week of the ketogenic diet that the husband and I started. Our pantry is bare of any grains and sugars and non-diet stuff and our fridge is full of veggies and non-sugar stuffs. We did our one month weigh-in and measurements and discovered that he’s down 9 pounds, 3 inches in the waist and 1.5 inches in the belly. I’m down 8 pounds, 1.5 inches in the waist and .5 inch in the belly. His blood pressure has also dropped about 11 points.
So, you ask, how has it been? Well, it actually has not been too hard. We’ve learned to add in more salads for fibers and greens; to meal plan well so we always know what the next meal is to avoid cheating; and that coffee with heavy cream in it is amazing! Especially if it’s direct-from-Ethiopia coffee….my former roommate has successfully converted my non-coffee drinking husband into a coffee lover!
I think some of the amazing benefits of Keto that we’ve seen are different for my husband and for me. Since he’s been off sugar and grains I’ve noticed that his snoring at night has gone down in level so that I can sleep without earplugs! Those are the two biggies to me. 🙂
For myself, I’ve noticed a drop in my pain levels. When I moved to Texas, the chiropractor I found diagnosed me with a 80% chance of having Fibromyalgia (FMS). While I have flare ups that are painful during the day, I’ve noticed that I often wake up in the morning with an aching, painful back. I added an extra egg-crate to my side of the bed to try to help…which my husband doesn’t like. Since the diet started, I’ve woken up each morning without that pain! Cutting out inflammatory causing foods like sugar seems to have made a huge difference! I knew about inflammation causing foods, but apparently sugar (and maybe grains) is a big one and I just didn’t want to avoid it.
Speaking of sugar, do you know how it’s in almost every food item you can find?! We finally found Pederson’s bacon and Bolthouse salad dressings that have no sugar. I’m definitely learning to read labels even more than when we went through Whole30.
The biggest thing we both are missing is fruit. We can have limited amounts of berries, but have to avoid the larger sized fruits as they have more fructose and carbs. However, we’ve learned about which sugars we can use (Swerve [Erithrytol] and Pyure [Stevia] are the top for tastes) and how to make “fat bombs” to help our sweet cravings and our macros (fat/carbs/proteins).
So one month down, probably another 2 for me and another 4 for him. Will keep you updated! Let me know any tricks or tips you’ve learned from dieting…or transitioning off a diet.