I just realized today that it has been 4 weeks since I truly committed to a low carb/high fat diet and 3 weeks since my last update!
What does that mean to me? It means for 4 weeks straight (with a couple days of eating slightly high carbs/lower fat due to vacation) I have been eating high fat (about 70-75% of my calories coming from fat) and low carb (about 12-15% of my total calories) with the rest from protein.
And how am I feeling? Actually better than last time I reported as I have lowered carbs a little more and upped fats. Though, I have had a couple restless nights of sleep which I heard was a side effect of this style of eating.
How am I combating restless sleep? Well, thanks to watching a million videos from HealthfulPursuit.com (Thank you, Leanne!) I have learned about something called a “carb-up” where you cut your fat intake at the last meal of the day and include a few more HEALTHY carbs (think sweet potato, apple, rice. . .you get the picture). Eating carbs at the end of the day, according to the book The Keto Diet, helps prepare us for sleep by increasing the brain’s uptake of tryptophan (you know, that stuff in turkey that makes you all sleepy at Thanksgiving). Also, night carbs help boost seratonin which helps with better sleep.
Why even bother? This all sounds like it takes too much thought and effort. I think this style of eating is not for most people and I get that. But, I have done my homework (I’m talking TONS of videos, podcasts, blog articles, and even a book!) and I really think it is right for me. I had an attachment to carbs that was too strong and no matter what I did, I just couldn’t break free. There was always some sort of small binge here or there and I would end up feeling like crap and the need to “start over” the next day.
Honestly, at 35, I’m sick of playing these games with my body. With high fat/low carb I get to eat amazing food that my body craves AND I feel good afterward with no need to binge on sugar. I’m telling you right now, there is a HUGE bag of Hershey Kisses in my house and I have not touched them. I have heard the term “food freedom” in the past and kind of rolled my eyes at it but what I feel now is that, I’m free from foods that before I would have been slave to. There would be no way 6 months ago that I could have passed up a Hershey Kiss. . .or 12.
Why can’t I just moderate? Isn’t it all about balance? I envy those who can just eat one cookie and call it a day, I am not one of those people. It was at a point where I couldn’t have cookies in the house without me losing my mind. It wasn’t a good feeling. I think now, even though I don’t crave the cookies, it still might be difficult, just knowing they were in the cupboard. I don’t have the cravings for the sugar but I still have an emotional attachment to them and I’m FULLY aware of this. Even with starchy carbs like sweet potato and rice, something gets triggered in me to want sugar, so having “healthy carbs” can sometimes backfire on me if I’m not careful. So, with all that said, moderation does not work for me.
So, you are never going to eat sugar again?! I am going to save sugar for truly special occasions. Birthday’s for my girls, MY birthday, and maybe a couple other special days, and that’s it. I WON’T consume daily sugary treats like before and I will keep my carbs low unless I am doing a carb up, which I talked about above.
What’s next? I’m just going to keep doing what I’m doing for now. I’m going on vacation in a few days and will stick to my goals as much as possible but I’m not going to stress too hard and will NOT sacrifice fun.
I will update again in about 4 weeks!