This is a subject I have been particularly passionate about the past few weeks. As many of you know, I did not have the healthiest start to the ketogenic diet. I was restricting my calories in an extreme way (literally starving myself). On top of that, I was intermittent fasting (starving myself further). It caused a lot of further health issues I am still healing from! My metabolism slowed and my hormone levels were all out of whack! I’m happy to report I am no longer doing starving. While researching the best way to reverse some of these issues, I learned one very important thing I want to share.
There isn’t one way to live a ketogenic lifestyle….or any diet for that matter.
Since the ketogenic diet is very popular right now, there is a lot of information out there about what people are doing, how they have achieved success, etc. It can be completely overwhelming to someone looking for direct answers! Well let me offer you some advice that really helped me. Realize that what may have worked for someone else, may not work for you.
For example, I have a sensitivity to wheat. It makes me bloat, spikes my insulin levels, and will kick me out of ketosis. However, some ketoers don’t have the same sensitivity and can eat a low-carb tortilla and not get kicked out of ketosis or experience inflammation. Yet I see so many people tearing others down because they ate a low-carb tortilla and that’s “not keto”.
You guys, this needs to stop. We can’t focus on what is or is not ketogenic approved. We should shift our focus from what others are doing and focus on what works for us. What is our bodies reaction to the foods we eat? How many carbs should I eat to maintain ketosis? How much fat? There are not hard numbers to follow. A good place to start would be with the 70-75% fat, 20-25% protein, and 5-10% carbs approach to your macros.
Bottom line, let’s not focus so much on what others are doing and find out what works for us. I would recommend you pay your doctor a visit and get some tests done! Check your metabolic panel, hormone levels, and find out what food sensitivities you have. This is a great place to start! From there, it’s completely possible for you to start testing and playing with your diet!
I love keto. I am literally in the middle of my journey and am still learning new things every single day! There is so much information out there, so I’m not trying to reinvent the wheel, because there are people out there WAY more qualified than I am to talk about this. But I wanted to share my opinion and my experience because I think it’s so important we hear from professionals and the experiences of everyday people trying to improve their health with keto.
So here is a list of foods (some keto-friendly and some not) I have a sensitivity too:
Man made oils
Milk (not cheese)
Sucrose (artificial sweetner)
Now, some of these foods are staples to a lot of ketoers, but some are not!
Test, test, test! Get yourself a blood glucose meter and once you are in ketosis, start to discover how certain foods effect your body! AND, please don’t shame others because their keto lifestyle is different from your own. Our bodies are extremely individual and your diet is no different! Put in the work and figure out what works. Your body deserves it!