Judging from my email, and comments at the gym, it’s been hard to stick to a healthy food plan over the holidays. Long, busy days and less sleep derail even the best intentions. Don’t stress about it; stress hormones just make everything worse.
We’re 2/3 of the way through December. How about this January, you commit – in your mind starting today – to a cyclical Low Carb/High Fat Diet / Way of Eating? Here’s what I mean:
Since I did the Keto Diet this summer, I’ve cycled my eating to be either Low Carb days that include a starchy vegetable or fruit, ( potatoes, bananas, plantains, or winter squash ), with days when I eat VERY High Fat/Low Carb and ONLY green or cruciferous vegetables. I haven’t done this for my weight, as my weight never really changes ( IF YOU HAVE WEIGHT TO LOSE, YOU’LL LOSE IT EATING THIS WAY I SWEAR, IF YOU DON’T HAVE WEIGHT TO LOSE, THERE’S A MILLION BENEFITS TO THIS WAY OF EATING), but WOW, does it do a number on energy and inflammation. It’s the High Fat component I’m sure, as I’ve been plain old Low Carb for years now. ( Yes, Low Carb has several health and weight loss benefits independent of High Fat!)
Here’s what I’ve experienced in the past 6 months: My varicose veins, which I’ve had since my 2nd pregnancy 22 years ago, are GONE. It’s weird. Some age spots I had on my chest…. GONE. My eyebrows, which had kind of disappeared on the outside ( a sign of poor thyroid function ), have grown back. Inflammation and soreness after a I teach a hard class or have a heavy leg day… much less. And I haven’t been this “regular” in 10 years.
I had to go off a strict Keto plan because my blood pressure went too low ( one night it was 60/40 ), but if you struggle with High Blood Pressure, or Diabetes, or Heart disease, or need to lose weight, then a Keto Diet would be great for you. Interestingly, cycling my days between High Fat/low carb and plan old Low Carb, has allowed me to see low levels of Ketones on the sticks whenever I test.
However, most people I work with don’t want to do a Keto Diet every day; it sounds too hard, and I’ll admit, it takes a LOT of fat, and counting your carbs, to see ketones on the meter or the keto sticks. If you read my summer Posts, you know there’s several advantages to having a low amount of Ketones in your blood, everything from cell repair to cancer cell inhibition. Several decades ago, it would have been normal for us to float in and out of mild ketosis as high fat /low carb/low sugar diets were the norm; NOT ANY MORE.
Now, studies show that burning predominately glucose ( sugar ) is our New Norm. If you’re primarily a sugar burner, that means your body STORES FAT instead of burning fat, even during exercise. Ketones are an excellent fuel source; our muscles, heart, and brain LOVE to burn ketones and literally PREFER to burn ketones or fatty acids OVER glucose.
If you’ve been struggling with weight or health issues, you should do a Cyclic Keto Diet, at least for January. Give it a try. Start today focusing on not only ditching the grains and sugar, but upping your fats, greens, and cruciferous vegetables. It’s NOT boring, and it’s not hard once you get into the swing of things. Look at my What I Eat page for ideas. In the meantime, don’t go hog wild thinking a big diet’s coming up so there’s no sense holding back. That’s a ridiculous mindset that causes weight gain, hormonal havoc, and illness. Stop it.
Instead, focus on LOOKING FORWARD to healthy proteins, healthy fats, and tons of vegetables. Take control of your thoughts and PLAN to succeed at this. There’s even delicious Keto Desserts you can eat every day if you want. I’ll post my meals throughout the month of January. Don’t let this be just about your weight; read and learn about the benefits of Low Carb and Ketogenic eating, there’s so much science now and you need to get that science in your head if you want to make real changes.
Hesitant? Sound daunting? Afraid to give up bread, pasta, pizza, and sweets? You’re addicted. Quit listening to that part of your brain.
Where were you a year ago in your weight and health? Are you still there today? Has anything changed for the better in the past year? Stop the crazy train diet cycle. You can be different, you can be better, you can be really, really, happy with yourself! God didn’t make losers. Manifest a positive, productive mindset. Order the books, take control of your thoughts, and determine to be better every day in 2015. Next year, on December 21, 2015, you could be a whole different, better you!