Learning Keto Life

So I made the switch to the ketogenic diet. The appeal of losing more weight at a faster rate was just too much to resist. Plus, it says it will help get rid of my acid reflux and other health benefits. My doctor said 5 pounds a month was very good but as hard as I’ve worked at it, it wasn’t good enough for me. I’ve been doing this about a week now and when I weighed this morning, I had lost another 2.4 pounds. To say I’m excited and motivated is an understatement.

The side effects haven’t been fun but really it’s only been the headaches that get to me. I didn’t have one today and I’m still in ketosis so my body must be adjusting finally. I enjoy the variety and not having to analyze everything I eat. I do feel kind of weird though when I eat something that was tabu before (like soy in mayo).

I found an app to help me keep track of everything and help me determine how much of everything I should be getting. With this diet, it’s about high fat, moderate protein and low carbs. It’s hard to get it to even out by the end of the day though. From everything I’ve read, the ultimate goal is to get the fat but don’t worry about the protein and watch the carbs.

My visit to the doctor was ok. She wants to test me for heavy metals. You have to collect your urine for 6-8 hours and then send it off so I’ll have to do it on Sunday when I will be home all day. After that, if my fatigue isn’t any better, she wants to do UBI therapy (Ultraviolet Blood Irradiation). It’s a procedure that exposes the blood to light to heighten the body’s immune response and to kill infections. The drawback is that it’s $100 per treatment and she said it would take about 10 treatments. I’m praying for a windfall soon!

 

To Blog or Not To Blog

I took a break from writing…actually, I have still been writing but just not posting it publicly. It was so hard to come up with a topic every night and to fill this page with something that I thought someone might give a hoot about. I’ve said from the beginning that this blog was for me and I really didn’t have the intention of being a big time blogger with thousands of subscribers. But it was always in the back of my mind that someone might be reading it and thinking to themselves how boring it is. I talk about how bad I feel or how tired I am and then I describe what I ate that day.

So, I decided to go dark. I’ve been writing for just me (when I did it). No worries about anybody or anything. It’s a paragraph or 2 and I’m done. The problem is, I did it a couple of times and then forgot and have missed a couple of days. I don’t want to drop it completely because I can go back and look at what I’ve eaten or maybe when I started complaining about a headache. I don’t know. Good reasons to keep doing it and lazy ones not to.

On another subject, I’ve been toying with the idea of switching to a ketogenic diet. The fatigue is not getting any better, at all! Plus the heartburn is killing me. So I googled it and I found the ketogenic diet could help with both. Actually, you get varying opinions, depending on who wrote the article. So I may just wait until I got to the doctor next Friday and ask her what she thinks. I lost 2.7 pounds this week so Paleo is working for me as far as weight loss but just not the fatigue and heartburn. Surely there is something out there that will work. I also think that maybe changing it up would help confuse my system.

Another 2.7 puts me at about 18.something down since January. Add that to the 10 I lost at the end of ’16 and that is almost 30 lbs since I’ve started going to my new doctor and trying to get healthy. I measured and no inches have been lost since the first of March.

Here’s my food for the day. Breakfast was bacon. I had boiled eggs but I couldn’t peel them for anything. I finally gave up. For lunch I had leftovers from Monday night bunko. It was roast, potatoes, carrots, and onions. I also had green beans and squash. For supper we went out to eat at Outback. I got the steak, a sweet potato and asparagus. I also had a kombucha and vodka. Kombucha is something I would have to give up if I go on the keto diet. One serving has like 7 grams of carbs!

I’ll be deciding whether to change diets. Until then…

Tired.

I hate to complain. I really do. But I’m so tired. And I’m tired of being tired. I feel like I’m doing everything I can do to figure it out and to reverse it but nothing seems to be working yet. I’m tired of writing this blog too. It’s so draining to have to figure out what I need to journal about. I’m either tired or have heartburn. The only good I can find from it is that I was able to look up and see when the last time was that I took my Prilosec. Sad thing is, it was just yesterday and I didn’t remember that. I suppose exhaustion does that.

Today I had the fritata again but this time I ate it with salsa. It was a lot better that way. Lunch was leftover tuna salad on the paleo bread I bought the other day. Tonight we had our HOG meet & eat. We went to Habaneros Mexican Restaurant. I shared fajitas with Gary. I’m really amazed that I don’t miss chips and salsa or cheese dip. The margarita either. I took some kombucha with me and ordered a shot of vodka and I was all set.

That’s it. That’s all I’ve got.

Heartburn GO AWAY!!!

Day 4 and heartburn is not going away. If I can just hold out until tomorrow when I will take my Prilosec. I just hope I’m doing the right thing by waiting. I worry that I’m making matters worse. I just don’t understand it. I was doing so good and having very little heartburn between pills. It was so bad this morning, I decided to only eat sweet potato fries for lunch. I also ate 1/2 of a banana because I read that is good for getting rid of heartburn. I drank some kombucha too and I was fine all afternoon. So much so that I decided I would stick with sweet potato fries again tonight. Yet, it’s back and with a vengeance.

I’ve been eating the homemade breakfast sausage that I made and I’m wondering if that has something to do with it. Maybe there’s something in it that is causing the burn. I’m laying off of it tomorrow and will see.

I go to the doctor on April 7. That’s 3 weeks from now. I hope this doesn’t continue because I don’t think I can wait 3 weeks to ask if this is normal or what I’m doing wrong.

Not much else on my mind tonight. It’s hard to think or reflect when you hurt so bad.

I Wish I Had Taken Better Care of My Body

It was a beautiful weekend here in Alabama but a little too chilly for this girl to get on back of a bike. So we hit the yard and took care of some much needed weeding and trimming. The front bed was full of weeds and leaves and the mulch needed to be refreshed. We worked on it for a little while Saturday and then most of the day today. We still aren’t through but we’re getting there. The problem is that I can hardly move. Every muscle and bone in my body hurts. We hit the hottub and that helped and I’m on the heating pad and it feels good but when I get up, boy do I feel it. Thank goodness we are paying someone to do the big work in the backyard. I just don’t think we’re able.

I was so tired last night, I completely forgot to post. So here’s yesterday’s meals. For breakfast I had some of the sausage that I made Friday night. It has a different flavor than I’m used to and I’m wondering if it’s the fennel. Next time, I will use more sage and no fennel. I ended up not eating lunch because time got away from me and I knew we were going out to eat at Konomi’s Japanese Steak House. I had 2 soups and no salad because I figure that ginger dressing probably has sugar. I got extra rice and no noodles so I could stay away from the gluten. I brought 1/2 the rice home and most of the chicken. I realize the rice is not paleo friendly but as I’ve mentioned before, I’m ok with occasionally going off of it just in order to stay sane and live life normally. I had a drink before we left (kombucha and vodka) and drank water only. So all in all, not too bad if you ask me.

Today I had more sausage and a banana pancake that I’ve read so much about. I smeared a little ghee on it and a tad bit of maple syrup and it wasn’t too bad. Lunch was leftovers from last night. My heartburn has been so bad today and I was so exhausted from all the yard work, we decided to just make due for supper with what we had in the house. I ended up not doing anything for fear it would make my heartburn flare up again. Heartburn is good but my tummy is letting me know it’s empty. It’s 9:30 though. I’m not listening.

I read up on what foods can cause heartburn and garlic is at the top of the list. Onion too. There’s also black pepper, citrus, alcohol (especially red wine), coffee and tomatoes. So there’s another reason to stop drinking alcohol. Coffee would be a tough one. I only drink one cup a day so I’m not going to stress it. I will try and avoid the rest though.

I almost forgot to mention, we took our foster dachshund, Macy, to her forever home. Her new mom has been in touch with me a few times today and she is settling in. A great weekend is now over.

The Longest Week Ever

Thank goodness this work week is finally over!! Have I mentioned I don’t like the time change? I actually woke up on time this morning but I was still dragging all day. And I’ve just had such a hard time staying focused and on task. Maybe I can get my internal clock straightened out this weekend.

I took that Prilosec last night and surprisingly, I’ve been hurting pretty bad all day and tonight. I came home from work and took some coconut oil and again when we got back from eating dinner and I will take some more before bed. I hope that isn’t a bad thing. I’ll look it up tomorrow. I would think it’s just the calories that aren’t good. I just wonder why it’s so bad all of a sudden. I was doing so good. I wonder if I waited too long to take one.

Breakfast today was bacon and eggs again. I made my breakfast sausage tonight with ground pork, fennel, thyme, sage, salt, pepper, garlic and maple syrup. The recipe called for coconut sugar but I thought maple syrup would be better. I’m hoping I can ripen some bananas before tomorrow morning so I can have some banana pancakes. Those that I have in the freezer from Young Living Gluten Free mix just don’t do it for me. Anyway, I’m really looking forward to  breakfast. Lunch was leftover spaghetti and 3 cookies I bought yesterday from Organic Harvest. They are paleo friendly but I know they still aren’t good for me. They are just so good though! We met our friends out for supper at the bowling ally. Sounds weird but it’s a really nice place and the food is delicious. I had salmon, broccoli and fries and a glass of cabernet. The wine made my nose turn red and I was all stopped up. When will I accept the fact that I can’t drink wine anymore?

Time for sweet dreams. Night all!

Today Was Not Friday

Today is Thursday. Not Friday. I’ve had to tell myself that a hundred times today. It started yesterday really. My pills from my little pill sorter were from Thursday. Then I woke up this morning (late) and thought, “well, at least I don’t have to do this for 2 days.” Then I realized it was only Thursday. It just messes with everything when you have the day wrong. Especially when you think it’s the last day of the work week. I’ve felt like I’ve been in a fog all week too. I just thought I was getting over the time change.

It’s been 6 days since I had a Prilosec but I had to break down and take one tonight. I was hurting pretty bad and it’s been about 45 minutes and my chest is still burning. I’ll go take another spoon of coconut oil. Maybe I should have taken the Prilosec this morning before it got this bad. I just wonder how long it will take before I can completely get off of it.

I ordered a breakfast frittata and some paleo ranch from a local restaurant/bakery that cooks meals that you pre-order this week and pick up next week. I will be doing this again but I’m so super excited to get something different for breakfast next week. Actually, I will get sausage this weekend. We got some ground pork and I’ve been looking up recipes for homemade breakfast sausage. I also just told him to get some bananas and I’m going to try and make some banana pancakes.

Breakfast was bacon and boiled eggs. Lunch was leftover roast, potatoes and carrots. I broke paleo tonight and had brown rice pasta so we could have spaghetti. The sauce was garlic free so I know that’s not what gave me heartburn so bad. There was garlic in the roast though. hmmm