I have been flirting with the idea of a ketogenic diet for a while (as well as waffling and second guessing) and I believe I have decided that I want to go for it. Weight loss is needed and important but it isn’t my primary goal and I favor losing slowly over quickly.
I do have some pretty serious health concerns. I have had high blood pressure since my pregnancy with my first child (he’s about to turn 19) and it seems to just keep getting worse. I take a beta blocker to control the hypertension as well as tachycardia (100Mg Metoprolol ER, some people have issues with this med?). I have been diagnosed with Fatty Liver disease and have had my gallbladder removed. I am not pre-diabetic but my mother is Type 2, so it may just be a matter of time.
The lack of a gallbladder and the way a fatty meal would send me running for the bathroom post-removal is probably what has held me back from keto for so long. My doctor has been pushing a very low-fat diet, of course, as a result. I will have a meeting with him about mid March… we’ll see what he thinks about this then.
So far, I have been testing the waters by adding in more fat to see how my system reacts. I have been eating less carbs, but definitely not managing low carb just yet. But at least I am not having painful digestive distress. Today’s big moment was I finally tried the bulletproof coffee with Kerrygold unsalted butter and HWC. Coffee is a necessity at this point and I needed to be sure I could make the transition to a low-carb high fat cuppa before I could commit to keto lifestyle. My ideal coffee has been heavily laced with the ultra sweet liquid creamers you find in the dairy aisle. They give the serving size in Tablespoons, but I add ounces of the stuff and could easily drink a whole pot of coffee like this for over 1000 calories throughout the day. Today I managed only 32 oz of bulletproof style coffee with 2 packets of stevia + erythritol… but I did have to throw in a splash of my old liquid creamer to touch on that deliciousness that I am used to.
I know from past experience with cutting sugar that I will be able to make the adjustment, but it’s going to take a better sweetener. I’m used to drinking what is basically liquid candy and the aftertaste of stevia is just going to spoil that good time.
I won’t be able to rid my house of all carbs since I have family who can’t/won’t participate in this new way of eating. I really enjoy a lot of high fat foods but I still have some concerns about eating things I would usually scoop up with bread or chips or crackers… without that crunchy vehicle. I know cauliflower can stand in for potatoes or rice depending on how it’s prepared, but what do I spread my soft cheeses and nut butters on now? Cucumber slices? Mushrooms? Pepperoni?
What keto approved sweetener tastes the most like real sugar without bitter/sour aftertaste to help wean off a candy-style coffee habit?
What do you sub in for chips/crackers when snacking?