Have you ever looked in the mirror and thought who is that? That happened to me in October. I knew I wasn’t working out enough and I was eating too many treats a week (OK a day!) and my clothes weren’t fitting at all. Besides feeling physically unwell, I was also emotionally unwell. I was irritated all the time, I was exhausted (even after a 12 hours of sleep) and I was restless. I didn’t have the energy to do anything, but I was bored. I was in a constant state of flux.
I could have blamed the weight on having three kids. My youngest is 6 so I know that I should have lost all my baby weight by now. I could blame it on my hypothyroid problem. True, it causes my metabolism to be slower, which could add on additional weight, but I have had that problem for 8 years and seem to have been handling it well before now. I could have blamed it on my celiac disease. Not being allowed to eat normal breads and carbs, I would be forced to eat Gluten free substitutes that are usually higher in sugars and calories then their counterpart. There are many different things I could blame my current state on, but the truth is I needed to stop the blame and start taking charge of my life.
Starting November 1st, I took the #RenewLifeCanada cleanse (Read prepost here!). I didn’t want this to become another ‘diet’ that I tried and excelled at for a month than returned to my old bad habits. This time I wanted to make a lifestyle change. I began following the Complete Guide to the Keto Diet by Leanne Vogel and taking the Renewlife probiotic on a daily basis. I was hoping to decrease my sugar addiction, minimize the carbs I was consuming and improve my overall food choices.
When I first began, I was very overwhelmed. There was a lot of preparation to do in the kitchen. New recipes, shopping for new (to me) ingredients, and creating new meals was a bit of a daunting task. The first day, I thought I would cave. I wanted my peanut butter and jelly sandwich for breakfast and my double double. Instead, I had a Rocket bone broth shake. The taste wasn’t bad (think beef broth), but the idea of having savoury at breakfast time was a big change. Lunch and Dinner were delicious so I managed to make it through the first day unscathed. Each day got easier. When I felt I was struggling I would reach for a treat! Instead of sugar, it would eat a slice of bacon or a flax seed muffin. This would satisfy my cravings and I could move on without cheating! Half way through the month, I was at a friends celebrating her move when she brought out my favourite wine (Girls Night Out) and Doritos. I allowed myself one glass of wine and a handful to chips. I was shocked. My favourite wine was way too sweet for me to drink! After eating these foods, I felt sluggish and ill. As soon as I returned to my Keto diet, I felt much better!
After a month, I noticed improvement on 3 areas of my life with the combination of Keto Diet and Renew Life Probiotic:
Body – Although it wasn’t as instantaneous as I would have wanted, I did slim down. The scale went down 15 lbs, my clothes got looser and I felt better. After one week, my husband mentioned my belly didn’t look as bloated as it normally was. Of course, I didn’t believe him. It looked the same to me and I thought he was just being supportive. Then a coworker commented that even in my uniform (the most unflattering thing), he noticed that I was dropping weight. That’s when I realized something was beginning to happen.
Emotions – The month of October could be defined as the month where my temper went from zero to 100 in 5 seconds flat. Everything seemed to irritate me. The first week of my program, this mood continued and I felt depressed. I wanted sugar, I want to eat everything insight and I didn’t feel right. I learned later that is called the Keto flu. Its when your body is basically detoxing from the crap you were eating before. It is also the first time my tummy was being supported regularly by probiotics. After the first week, I got a burst in energy, my mood improved, I went from not being a morning person to someone who could get up no problem early in the morning and my bowels were working fabulously. I didn’t have stomach pains, gas or my normal upset stomach. I enjoyed eating and so did my body.
Attitude – By the end of the month, I began craving the Keto friends foods. Sure, I still look at chocolate with lust, but I knew I really didn’t really want it. I actually began to enjoy a black coffee and no longer crave noodles or rice every day. I feel more confident about my body, less discomfort and more energy. I am enjoying the way this eating style makes me feel and believe that it is the best lifestyle for me.