Today I went dairy free. Once I made that decision it was surprisingly easy.
Instead of frying eggs in butter, I boiled them and had them with avocado and cherry tomatoes. Instead of my usual coffee with cream I drank black coffee and it was fine. Dinner today was tuna with more avocado and cherry tomatoes. Snack was a handful of nuts and seeds. And I’m feeling pretty good. This morning after my usual walk I sat down and planned a new weekly food shop as well as a new menu.
What I’ve come to realize, listening to my body, is that I want a much more varied keto diet. As I have decided to give this a year. So eggs, meat, fish and seafood as well as keto-approved vegetables, fruit, berries, nuts and seeds. When initially (to try and get into ketosis faster) I cut severely down on these, things started to go wrong. Mild burning in my stomach, constipation, headaches, and I realize one can supplement to do away with these issues also, but to me personally it signalled a deficiency that wasn’t going to make keto sustainable for me long term. With my new menu it is doable while still keeping to about twenty carbs. As one can vary what carbs to have on different days.
We’re all different doing keto for various reasons, for me it is to benefit my lipoedema and already it has reduced pain and swelling, which has improved mobility. I do believe by eating intuitively, if you can, obviously it’s different if you can’t digest certain foods, the body will show you the way and you will get to where you need to be. But I believe it’s about patience, about enjoying the food and feeling good, and just seeing how it goes over time. That’s what I’ve learned so far as a newbie, that nothing is set in stone and it is whatever feels right for you.