I have been “low carb” (not always necessarily keto) for the last 3.5 years. The journey has been long and enjoyable and there has been very little looking back. Initially I lost 70 pounds over the first 6 months, then slowly anohter 10 pounds over the next 6 months. I stayed relatievely stable within those last 10 pounds for the next year. Over the past year, though, with my exam and the stress of everything else going on, I let carbs (primarily sugar) back into my life little by little and probably regained a bt more weight. I don’t actually weigh myself regularily. Rather, I go by how I feel and how my clotes fit. But, with those markers, I know that I’ve put on pounds and body fat.
I decided that I was really going to reel myself back in and get off my sugar addiction again. I reminsiced about the times when I didn’t want to eat anything sweet and it was easy for me to turn such things down. But lately, that hasn’t been possible. Interestingly, the “carb foods” like breads, pasta, rice, and potatoes do not tempt me nearly as much. It’s the chocolate, sweets, cakes, desserts, and ice cream that get me everytime and I find had to resist. So, that’s why I decided to participate in Sugar Free September. (for a good overview and information on how to get started, check out Ditch the Carbs)
Another major issue that I’ve identified is snacking. I have, again, gotten into the bad habit of snacking, especially in the evening. I have become really good at intermittent fasting (eating within an 8-10 hour window every day) usually by noteating breakfast every day, but that night time snacking always gets me. And that snacking, again, is not usually heavy in the carbs, but is nuts and fruit. So to curb the snacking bug, I’ve also decided to make the first two weeks of my Sugar Free Spetember complete carnivore. For me, carnivore means eating only foods that come from animals: All meats and their associated fats, eggs, and high fat dairy. I’ve made an exception for coffee… because I can’t live without coffee.
So far, two days into this carnivore intervention I have made a few simple observations. First, the snacking urge is strong and it seems to be all I want to do. The past two nights I have found myself looking in the kitchen for something to snack on. But I’m not hungry, nor do I feel like eating eggs or cheese or leftover steak… so I eat nothing. Which is good. Second, I noticed that this morning is the first morning in the recent future I can remember where I didn’t wake up feeling completely exhausted (despite getting 8 hours of sleep regularily). Maybe a coincidence, but I’m going with benefits of less sugar and less inflammation.
I’ll keep you all posted on how this month goes!