I was recently treated for Lyme Disease. I have decided to dive into that saga in a later post, as that horrible disease deserves its own attention. I was on antibiotics for six whole weeks…yes, six f*cking weeks. By the time I was done with the treatment, I gained weight and felt like complete sh*t. My digestive system wasn’t up to par and I needed to do a hardcore detox.
Normally I would set my sights on a seven to ten day detox. However, having just put my immune and nervous system through the ringer, I decided a lifestyle change was in order.
Notice, I am emphasizing a lifestyle change, not a diet? I personally find diets to be fads, and challenging to keep up with. I don’t think they work. Instead, I believe if we understand food, and understand what we are putting into our bodies, there is a higher probability of sticking with a new routine.
Instead, I believe if we understand food, and understand what we are putting into our bodies, there is a higher probability of sticking with a new routine.
Back to Basics: High Fat and Low Sugar
I decided to go back to the basics, and start following a high fat, low sugar lifestyle. The Keto trend (high fat, no sugar diet) is actually super effective. I knew from the beginning that I personally couldn’t stick to Keto for the long haul. It’s far too restrictive, I need to have fruits (and wine) in my life! So instead, I have maintained a high fat and reasonably low sugar lifestyle for almost 4 months.
Say bye-bye to pasta, breads, cereals, and all the junk in the pantry that never expires! If the food was not alive, or the cavemen didn’t eat it, then you shouldn’t either. Sticking to the basics makes it super easy to maintain (even when dining out). After four months my energy drastically improved! I no longer have cravings or random bouts of hunger through the day, and oh yeah– I have lost 12 pounds!
What I Eat (Day to Day Routine)
I no longer live to eat, I eat to live– REAL food. My typical day starts with scrambled eggs cooked in butter, an avocado and/or some seasonal fruit. For lunch, I will have greek yogurt (full fat) with beets, nuts, seeds, or dried fruit with a little honey (remember I still eat a little sugar). Dinner consist of lean meats (typically chicken, fish, or lean steak) and tons of veggies. If I want a snack, I stick to nuts, fruit, dried fruit, avocados, or cheese. Yes, it’s incredibly simplistic (maybe even a little boring), but I feel amazing!
Let’s be clear, I am NOT stating that you have cart-blanch to eat endless strips of bacon and blocks of cheese! Even though I say high fat, the lifestyle is still very similar to Keto, which is all about lean proteins like chicken and fish, and TONS of vegetables! It is a lifestyle change, not a fad diet. Yes, Atkins I am looking at you, you bacon loving psychopath!
Fuel for Your Body (Ketosis)
What it all comes down to is understanding what the body uses as energy from what you put into your body! For example, from the Keto diet, Ketosis is obtained once blood sugar (comes from carbs aka sugars) is eliminated from our bodies. Note, most cells in the body use blood sugar as the main source of energy. So, when we remove carbs and sugars from our diet our bodies naturally begin to breakdown stored fat instead. Yes, once sugar is not longer available, stored fat is then broken down into molecules called ketone bodies.
Once the body learns how to break down the fat (usually after 2 -4 days of the Keto Diet) it then starts using ketone bodies for energy instead of blood sugar. The body will no longer be reliant on pesky blood sugar energy ups and downs! Not to mention, the body starts breaking down useless stored fat and converts it into useful energy. Heck yes!
The body will no longer be reliant on pesky blood sugar energy ups and downs!
Sure, I am not obtaining the optimal ketosis state. However, removing a substantial amount of sugar from my diet has made a drastic difference to my health and my entire life. I see the change but more importantly, I feel the change!