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Keto flu

Day 3 is coming to an end. It’s been an interesting last 24hrs. I woke up this morning, and ate my breakfast (a 4 egg omelette with sausage, and a glass of coconut/almond milk). Then after showering, I stepped on the scale (a daily routine) and did a double take.. I’d lost 4 lbs. My weight (already low) has been VERY steady over the last 3 or 4 months. I stepped off the scale and hopped on again and got the same result. Well.. when the body doesn’t have to burn / metabolize carbohydrates – it gets rid of excess water that it usually needs. So I’ve essentially lost 4 lbs of water weight..ok, I can handle that.

I’ve stuck with the meal plans I’ve made. Everything from bunless burgers and rotisserie chicken with mayo (yuck), and yesterday I had a sardine and avocado salad for lunch (this was delicious). I’ve had zero desire to snack between meals. And overall, I’ve felt pretty good…

Then this evening, I noticed myself kinda blanking out.. and having to think to myself “what was it I was doing.” Just kind of feeling confused and foggy. Well, I think my body is starting to say, “ok Jon – this was cute the first couple days.. Where the hell are the carbs!??” They’re all around me, I tell myself.. and I’m trying like hell to avoid em.. I’m not hungry, but I miss the taste – I miss the sweet and the crunchy goodness of carb loaded snacks. At church supper tonight, my sister law brought bars – one of them being chocolate peanut butter bars, made with town house crackers in the middle… OH, DID THESE LOOK GOOD! Salty, sweet….. “no thanks, I can’t have any..”

I’m gonna press on and figure that this is all part of the process, and that this is a good sign – I’m doing something right. My body should kick into ketosis soon, I’m told.. And I hope so. Because all of a sudden, a bowl of cereal and an ice cream cone sound real good…. I think they do.. actually, I’m confused. Not sure what point I was trying to make… Where am I?

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Day one

Day one, in the books.. Nothing extraordinary, but a few discoveries and thoughts..

I’m a snacker. I snack. I look for handfuls of things like chips, cereal, crackers… and that’s where a decent % of my calories have come from. I can’t help it.. Or, I couldn’t help it.

Today, my first day of keto – my calories came from 76% fat, 20% protein and 4% carbs. Oh my… what a change. I ate a 4 egg omelette with sausage for breakfast. I wasn’t full after eating it. I was content. I had zero ambition to eat anything in the middle of the morning. I always have at least a desire to find something to tide me over until lunch. Well, lunch came around – I ate 3 beef hot dogs (not too creative, but it got the job done) without buns – and a salad with olive oil vinegar dressing. Again – I had zero desire to eat between lunch and dinner. Dinner – I stopped at Hardee’s on my way to Bible study tonight, and bought a lettuce wrap burger. NO FRIES! And get this, not only did I ask them to add bacon, I brought my own mozzarella cheese to put on top. I don’t like cheese.. cheese is evil. Yet, mozzarella has always been the exception to an extent. It’s on pizza, for crying out loud.. I can stomach mozzarella.

Well, I got through the first day. Well under my normal calorie intake – and feeling very satisfied. I’ve got my lunch packed up for tomorrow (a sardine salad with avocado… yum!).. I’m expecting the carb cravings to really kick in within a few days. But the experiment continues..

Here we go..

Got my meals all planned out, and ready to go for tomorrow.. I packed my lunch to bring with to school.. It’s a good one! 3 beef hotdogs (no buns), and a salad with olive oil dressing and some almonds to snack on. I’ve got a roast to cook up this week.. I’m kind of a lazy cook, so I can imagine throwing that in the crock pot – and just bringing chunks of meat to school with me for lunches this week. But seriously, it’s gonna be about getting into a good routine, and I think setting aside┬ásome prep time will go a long way into making this a successful experience.

I’m planning on heading out for an ice cream cone tonight – and treating myself to a beer (the 2 go good together, trust me)..┬áThen it’s a whole new experience starting tomorrow morning.

Going Keto

The last 8+ years of my life has, in many ways, been a pretty predictable cycle – with 2 of the main components being running and eating. The 2 go hand in hand. Running leads to eating, and vice versa.. I ran and after a while I began to enjoy it (it wasn’t love at first run, by any means..) But running got me to appreciate the benefits that come with it – such as losing a little weight, staying in good shape and .. EATING! Oh, how I love to eat… Let me count the ways. Breads, cereals, burgers, cookies, ice cream, French fries.. Then the more nutritious things I learned to love – bananas, apples, veggies (like carrots, broccoli, potatoes).. Yogurt, chocolate milk… oh the list could go on and on.. BUT – starting Monday, that all ends.

Jon’s going Keto… kicking the carbs… gonna go for the fat!!! And lots of it..

There has long been the notion that an athlete, especially an endurance athlete, NEEDS lots and lots of carbs.. Carbs are good, carbs are what fuel our bodies. Carbs are quickly processed and metabolized and lead to quick and reliable energy when we need it most. Well, that’s all fine and dandy. There’s nothing wrong, per se, with carbohydrates. I’ve grown to love them -and I know LOTS of athletes who are perfectly healthy and eat tons of them. My diet over the last few years has been a consistent ratio of about 50-60% carbs, about 20-30% fat and roughly 20% protein.

The whole idea of ketosis revolves around depleting the body of sugars (carbohydrates) and thus forcing the body to rely upon fat stores for energy. The change and conversion is supposed to equal to a much more efficient and longer lasting source of energy.. Stories of athletes going for 100 mile bike rides without needing to take in anything but water had me intrigued. There are testimonials from students of Dr. Maffetone who kicked carbohydrates almost completely – and along with a strict training regimen were able to see drastic drops in their race times. Once in ketosis, people have also reported better mental focus and energy throughout the day, and also report losing the desire or need to snack between meals.. Snacking has been a way of life for me over the last 8 years.. so this is just crazy sounding.. If I’m running upwards of 70+ miles a week, how could that be?

Well, after racing a half marathon this weekend, I’m taking the plunge… I’m joining my good friends Ryan and Josh (both of whom started the diet and have nothing but great things to say).. I’ve done my grocery shopping for the first week. Lots of meats (roasts, fish like tuna and salmon, chicken with the skin, eggs and more eggs, cheese – which I don’t like, but may have to develop a taste for.. sausage, bacon, olive oil…. you get the idea)..

I will be cherishing the carbs I eat this weekend. Every piece of bread, every spoonful of cereal.. my favorite treat – the ice cream cone…. sigh. I have promised myself I’d try this for 2 weeks.. more than enough time for my body to enter into ketosis and possibly change my life… haha. We shall see…

More to come soon….