I really feel you need a much, much longer healing period before you can just throw a bowl of oats into your stomach. And I’m not sure your doctor entirely understands true Keto, or how it should be done, and you may be being guided by the blind. Because150g of carbs is a lot for a sick gut. And just because you started to feel better doesnt mean the healing was complete. You need more time for your body to adjust and finish repairing your gut, And then repair all your other organs that may not be showing signs of a bad diet yet, but will eventually. And then you need to let your body live in that healthy state for a good long time once it gets there. Only then can you add back carbs without immediate backlash by your body.
I’ve been doing strict keto for about 5 1/2 weeks, (feels like months!) and I wouldn’t dream of trying to have the kind of carbs I used to eat before so soon. I know it would be a disaster and I would immediately become sick. Not because of Keto, but because of high sugar and overly processed and chemically created food that is bad for us. Unfortunately, until I get my body to the “safe zone”, carbs like sweet potatoes and potatoes, whole grains and rice, or high carb, high sugar fruits and veggies that are all natural and not tampered with by man will lead to my demise again. It’s not goodbye forever, but it certainly is goodbye for a good long while. Sort of “see ya on the other side!” I’ve committed to learn how to get the same pleasure and enjoyment from food using ingredients that are healthier for me and my healing needs at this time. And when I do transition off of Keto, if I ever have to, I will transition into another healthy diet, like the Mediterranean diet. It’s no secret that diet is the number one healthiest diet in the entire world, but it’s not always the right one to use first to get our system back into line and heal us so that we can really handle the higher carbs in that diet. Not coming from where we’ve been it isn’t. If you are fairly healthy to start with, then it’s a fantastic diet to go right into. But for me? I need to do Keto first. I need to reset my body and let it heal and then I will be able to add back healthy carbs that I miss into my diet. I have severe osteoporosis, was pre-diabetic, a stroke risk, had three parathyroid tumors removed just this past December, have a history of severe gut problems along with nausea, have no gall bladder for 13 years now, and I had dangerously high cholesterol by 2018 that I had to use statins to bring down quickly, so this a tricky diet for someone like me…but time will tell if it helps or worsens anything. Regardless, the important thing to remember is never fall off a healthy way to eat. Have a few healthy diets picked out and transition between them as your health needs dictate, remaining faithful to the one you currently use at any given time, giving it enough time to do some real good first.
I miss most, of all things - vegetables! Lol And my fruit. So the Mediterranean diet will satisfy that side of me, but It is way too soon to try to do it. My organs are not healed enough or healthy enough to handle it. My gut isn’t either. The carbs in that diet would quickly unravel all the good the diet has done for me the past 5 weeks.
The problem isn’t what you listed for a day’s menu above. On its own merit those were all fabulous, healthy choices. And if a body were to eat it that is in perfect, unmarred condition, without having had any prior illnesses or damage to organs, what you listed would be 1,000x healthier than what we all used to eat, (and what was made available to us to buy, what was marketed as healthy to us (low fat,) etc.) So thats partly why you’re confused because the foods on your menu are healthy and it made you sick. But take a person with damage to their organs from all the years of unhealthy eating and exposure to high volumes of sugar, empty carbs, and over-processed lab-created ingredients, and place them on a healthy low carb but only for a short period of time without enough time to fully heal, and most any carb that turns to sugar right away that they add back to their diet will make them ill again. It’s not the diet making you sick or triggering any new insulin conditions or glucose intolerance. I believe once you’ve let your body fully heal itself, not just momentarily for a few to several weeks, I mean months of healing, and then let it live uninterrupted in it’s healed state for a good amount of time, more months, then an occasional treat won’t rock your world so much and might not make you ill, and adding back a menu like you listed above probably wont make you sick.
You may wish you could eat Ice Cream on the beach along with friends and family and you may still have fond memories of the flavors, but sugar IS poison. To you and to them! Their bodies just haven’t had the “Come to Jesus” talk with them about it yet. But trust me, they will.
As for sadness and not knowing how you will be able to last on this diet, take some hope from me. First, the last time I did a low carb diet was 25 years ago when I did Atkins. That’s the period of real sadness because we did not have all the wonderful options available to us in those years to make it easy to stick with that eating lifestyle very long, or so many wonderful people working diligently to provide healthier options in our grocery stores like they are today. The products that help us create our own healthy food today were extremely hard to find then, few and far between. But I never forgot how that was the only other time in my life other than my high school years when I felt alive, pain free, healed, awake, energetic, and motivated. I slowly fell back into the eating style our society pushed onto us and all around us, and I became extremely ill again, and overweight. Today, 5 1/2 weeks into Keto, I’m alive again. That’s not a dramatic exaggeration, but accurate. I may not see pounds falling off as fast as I’d like to, but they are falling. I lost 10 lbs so far. I have 40 more to go. I’d be elated with just losing 30 more! I dont have the excruciating back pain, or nerve pain in my thigh, like I did the past four years. I’m awake again. Wide awake and alert all day long. I never have the drowsy drops in my day like I used to. I have so much energy and I feel hopeful about the future and my life again for the first time in 25 long years. I have committed to stay with this eating style as long as I possibly can medically do it, and only if for any reason my health condition says no, I will switch to the Mediterranean diet. I will never go back to the poison that was marketed to me all my life, and to my kids. I’d rather sit with empty hands on the beach while everyone else ate ice cream then ever feel sick again. But the great news is you don’t need to have empty hands. We have a LOT of options today, which was my second point.
Today I met my college son for breakfast in a restaurant after a doctor appointment I had down in the city. My first time back out in the wild while on this diet. Last night I looked at the menu online and planned. I saw a Salmon Benedict that I usually love. I then searched for and found a Keto everything bagel recipe online, and I made it last night. Pretty tasty too! Smelled like what I was used to even if it’s not exactly the same. I sliced one in half, froze the rest for easy breakfast options later. The one I kept out I took with me to the restaurant. When I ordered the Salmon Benedict, I pulled out my bagel from my purse (I kid you not ) and asked the server if they would please toast it for me and serve the Benedict on top of that instead of the bagel/bread/muffin they use. It … was … delicious!! I was full after only half of it! They even accommodated me with blackberries, blueberries, and strawberries on the side in place of the regular mixed syrupy fruit or potatoes. My meal was 5.6 carbs, 463 calories, 24 protein and 38 fat, and literally the most beautiful picture of food, (yes - I snapped a picture and sent it to my husband.) The server and the chef came to my table and asked me where I got my bread! They said it smelled so good and looked delicious. (It did) Their mouths dropped when I told them I made it myself, with eggs, cream cheese, shredded mozzarella, and almond flour. It was such a compliment to have the chef express their amazement to me that something different could be done, and it reinforced for me that today we live in a time where others are willing to support us, think outside the box, and maybe even start adding better options to their own menus. It was a wonderful breakfast and I ate it in public alongside my son (whose scrambled eggs, hashbrowns, and toast looked bland and tasteless to me. ) I did not have to fall off my diet, cheat, or feel restricted.
I don’t feel the sadness you did and maybe it’s because I have found out how to replace what I used to love, even chocolate and ice cream and cakes, and snacking chips! I have done strict keto with less than 20g net carbs per day for over 5 straight weeks, yet I have enjoyed all of those things. What sticking to strict Keto did for me was change me inside, and make my cravings and tastebuds change too. But you need to be on it long enough for that to happen. I dont think you were. When I eat anything that has even a speck of real sugar in it I almost gag. It really is that awful and that strong, but we were just numb to it before, with high tolerance levels, and overly conditioned with it and unaware until we remove it from our system. I can sit here and watch my husband down a bowl of supermarket ice cream and I don’t crave it one bit. But then I also learned how to make delicious homemade Ice Cream that is Keto friendly with a Cuisinart IC maker and it uses safe sugar substitutes. I just altered their recipe in their manual. I have four more 6oz servings still in my freezer and I only ate one in the past two weeks. Lol. It’s very good, really yummy, but I don’t crave it as much. My body changed. But it’s there when I want to have a treat or share with the treats my family are having. And my husband and son both loved the flavor too!
Nowadays it is so much easier than 25 years ago, you just need to discover all thats out there, and you will not do that when you’re not in a position to have to. I never would have discovered all that I have if I hadn’t had to strictly limit my net carbs to 20g or lower a day. (My average is usually 8-10 grams and I’m not trying to keep it that low.) And I’m talking net carbs. Not total. My total carbs end up between 30-70 per day. But 20g Net Carbs meant I had to learn a lot about all the different raw ingredients there are today and exactly how to use them, how to cook with them, and we have a plethora of websites teaching us unlike 25 years ago.
I had shrimp tartar yesterday that was so good I was rolling my eyes up until the very last bite! Five ingredients only, and it read as if it would be boring, but to my surprise the combo was actually heavenly. My 24 year old son ate the other half of it because he tasted it and then grabbed the bowl away. This is someone who does not have to eat what I’m making, but it’s tasty enough that he wants to.
And after this experience, if I transition to another healthy diet later? I know how to do my research now and I’ll be willing to do it again for the new diet. Because that’s how you get success and feel happiness.