Lots of questions, doubts and in need of advice
Let me start by saying - I’ve read through this forum so I have answered some of my questions, still have others and am in need of advice in other areas.
A little bit about my me.
I am 5’7” and my weight has fluctuated for the last 3.5 years due to two pregnancies. Before the first pregnancy, I averaged 145 lbs, right before pregnancy #2 I was 135 lbs and I have been able to get back to 135 lbs at 13 mo pp. I consider myself a relatively health conscious person, and am not afraid of natural healthy fats (expect butter). I have never considered butter, milk or cheese a healthy food (too high in calories, sugars and fats filled with hormones and chemicals).
In the past, I’ve tried a done of fad diets and never found any long term sustainable lifestyle changes, except for “clean eating.” Lots of fruits, veggies, organic Dave’s Killer Bread, and clean, lean proteins, basically the typical LCHP diets. The best lifestyle eating for me didn’t include dairy (even butter), despite my love of dairy. I tend to break out and get a bit constipated with cheese. I’m impartial to yogurt, love cheese and ice cream (who doesn’t) and hate cows milk. Going dairy free after both pregnancies had helped a ton with the babies being gassy and fussy, so I’ve naturally assumed my body doesn’t handle it well. Not an allergy, just a sensitivity. Fast forward to keto.
At the beginning of the year, my parents mentioned they wanted to start the Wheat Belly diet, and I blindly told them I’d do it as well for support, before realizing, it’s essentially keto.
I started keto in hopes of losing some weight, lose some body fat and kicking sugar and processed food, I won’t deny it. Higher hopes than apparent realistic goals.
I started keto 9 days ago, and have been tracking my macros and calories in MyFitness Pal. At first, I was just aiming for under 50 net carbs, but in all, I’ve averaged about 34.2 in net carbs (lowest 20.2; highest 48.8). I started at 138.8 lbs and am now 135.4 lbs (up from the day before).
I don’t think I’m in ketosis. No smelly breath, no quick weight loss below my stable weight, and I’m still feeling the keto flu. I drink a half lemon, 1/2 tsp of salt and magnesium, which helps tremendously. I am also still nursing, so I wonder if that’s the reason my body is still needing the electrolyte drink. I also never started my last period (but I’ve read that’s due to the increase of estrogen from burning fat).
I still have a lot of questions about keto. I’m trying to decide if I should continue it after this 10 day “detox.” Here are my questions/thoughts.
- How can Keto be considered healthy to eat a lifestyle with no fruits and limited veggies? I realize we don’t know everything about nutrition but how can science have gotten it so wrong that fruits are nonexistent in keto (yea yea berries). Yes, pesticides are terrible, but what’s wrong with natural carbs, fiber and vitamins? So - I read more into this on the forum, and it’s not that fruits are inherently bad, but that they spike insulin levels too much. Ok, fine. If you’re trying to be in ketosis, clearly fruit has to go.
- I also am skeptical of any diet that requires supplement or vitamins or even a drink to keep your electrolytes balanced. I think balanced nutrition should be just that. Balanced.
- I’ve heard people taking keto the next level of carnivore or the lion diet, but those diets can’t be sustained/healthy by everyone. Is keto the same way? Are there some people who, barring any other health issues, that keto just doesn’t work out for?
- If you don’t track what you eat, how in the world do you track the carbs? Maybe I’m making recipes that are too complicated? I’m in charge of making 3 meals a day for me and my two kids (under 4) and one meal for my husband. The last 10 days has been mixes of pizza with almond flour/cheese bread, keto chili, keto broccoli cheese soup, taco casserole, pizza casserole, sausage egg and cheese bites made with coconut flour, almond flour pancakes and peanut butter, zoodles and meat, keto bread sandwiches, keto tomato soup… all those things have inherent carbs so I’ve had to be meticulous about portion sizes(and even then, I’m above the 20 grams of carbs per day for ketosis, because I also eat to satiety, i.e two “servings of chili”). We are hunters so we have plenty of deer and elk, but they are very lean meats. Even my fat bombs have carbs since I add peanuts. Am I making dishes too complicated? I’d love to eat eggs and sausage every morning, but my brain can’t handle the idea that sausage every day for breakfast is healthy. I also miss veggies.
- What “snacks” are good keto snacks? Is deli meat even considered healthy? So many things about processed meats makes me cringe (bacon, deli meat, sausage), I struggle with the idea that eating those are healthy (but I absolutely love them). And cheese. Boy I love cheese. I could eat a whole block. But is cheese wrapped with deli meat good quality snack? Is cheese even healthy? So many questions about processed foods… I’ve only had zucchini, onions and peppers for 10 days. Are there other keto veggies? I used to love eating a half green pepper, with turkey cheese and avocado. Any other snacks like that I can eat?
- I see a lot of comments about, if you’re hungry - eat fat. So, besides fat bombs and avocados, what can you eat for fat? Today (day 10) has been the first day I haven’t been starving, and actually didn’t eat between breakfast and dinner, besides two fat bombs (I got hungry as I ran out the door for kiddo’s swim lessons).
- Also - I have been using monk fruit sweetener in my coffee and in the fat bombs.
- Working out - my husband and I were doing T25 before I started Keto but now any exercise is just overwhelming. How long is working out going to be so much harder? I turn 30 in April and have a wedding to be in June. I want to be in shape for both.
This post is crazy long. I do appreciate anyone who actually reads it.