What I learned about myself on the Keto Diet

For two weeks, I embarked on the Keto journey (well okay… I mostly did except that popcorn night…)

Here are some things I learned:

  1. Recipes were pretty easy when I wanted to make substitutions
  2. I ate a lot more veggies
  3. I felt full faster
  4. I snacked less
  5. I definitely craved less sugar and processed foods during the diet

I am not the type of person that likes to completely cut all food groups out of my diet (unless I know that I have a significant reaction like I get with dairy and gluten). I think this makes me feel more anxious with feelings of depravity, however, when I started reintroducing gluten-free grains and sugars, I was craving foods I wouldn’t typically eat like sugar-laden gross dairy products and fast foods. Not sure why. It could be completely coincidental.

I do notice that I’ve cut back on grains more recently after I went a little crazy shortly after reintroducing them. I think there are great benefits of eating grains on occasion but I think these nutrients are attained at a greater amount when eating fresh produce with a healthy fat (increases absorption). I do think eating a very low sugar diet is beneficial for everyone and I will be following that as well. Yes, this includes eating less fruit! Fruit is awesome but as a society I feel like we do go a bit overboard on them. I do incorporate animal proteins again and I do like eating small amounts of these and lots of healthy fats.

So to recap, my diet will again look something like this:

  • Lots of vegetables
  • Lots of healthy fats (avocado, coconut, olive oil, lard on occasion)
  • Small amounts of meats from very clean, sustainable, humane farms
  • Small amount of fruit
  • Small amounts of gluten-free grains (I’m not ready to give up popcorn and sushi yet)
  • Sugar on occasion

What does your diet look like? How do you feel on it? Is there anything you would like to try or change about it?

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