I started my keto journey January of 2018, so I’ve been at it for almost a year and a half. Definitely not perfectly. I’ve had long periods away, but it is something I keep coming back to.
Speaking of going in and out of ketosis; it is ok. You will actually gain metabolic flexibility as you regularly change up your diet. I know I don’t suffer from “keto flu” anymore, ever. My body seems to go easily in and out of ketosis. It’s adapted and can go “with the flow”.
Why? It works. Keeping insulin low and ketones high is a great way to stay healthy, happy and lean. Never mind what Jillian Michael’s says. It may not be the best diet for everyone, but it is the best diet for many.
I remember really struggling with a few things early on. Things that have naturally resolved. First thing; keto breathe. Good lord, that horrid ketone breath!! Mine was so bad that I avoided kissing my husband unless I had just brushed my teeth. It took quite awhile but it eventually went away. Now I only get the tell-tale breath if I am deep in ketosis. Like dark purple on a ketones pee-stick deep. So, to newbies everywhere; there is hope! Just stick it out and buy lots of xylitol gum until your body adapts. And it will adapt!
Speaking of funky smells and ketones; can we address so-called “keto-crotch”? I call bull$hit. If anything, you will smell better because you aren’t feeding yeast that is so often behind a “funky” feminine odor. No yeast, no smell. Well, it may be a bit more complicated than that, but not by much.
Another thing is my anxiety about wanting to do it the right way. I think I really did myself a disservice in getting way too wrapped up in wanting to do it right. I put the opinions of “internet experts” ahead of my own. I think that is ok, for a time. Though it get’s old, fast. There are so many ways to do keto. Seriously. If you are consistently in ketosis, you are following a keto diet. It may be paleo, dairy free, vegetarian, whatever…it’s ok to customize it to your lifestyle. If you find a style of “keto” that works for you, you will be so much more likely to stick with it.
I’ve been pretty consistent this past month and I am really enjoying the benefits. My skin looks better than ever. I feel so much less achiness due to inflammation. I can tell my body is just happier.
What benefits have you noticed from following a keto lifestyle? Thanks for reading!