Over the course of many years, I have tried every “diet” there is out there. Atkins, Paleo, Whole30, Metabolic Type Diet, Fast Metabolism Diet… and the list could go on and on! But I think I have finally found the one plan that I can truly call a Lifestyle plan — The Keto Lifestyle.
I discovered Keto about 14 months ago. It was recommended to me by a friend, who at the time, was also trying to recover from mold exposure. Since that time, I have gained SO many benefits from this type of eating. I actually feel that it’s the one thing that I am able to maintain on a daily basis without feeling restricted or starved!
Things that I have gained from this type of eating style are:
- Little to no digestion issues or bloated belly
- Way less inflammation in my entire body
- Better overall sleep and sleep patterns
- Clearer thinking and focus
- More consistent energy levels and stamina
- Less meal and food prep time
- Feeling full for longer periods of time
- Improved stamina and strength during workouts
- Financial savings on groceries overall
A lot of these things are such a HUGE improvement from where I was 2 years ago! And super important to my lifestyle of being a business owner and addicted to fitness! 😉
But I understand it might not be what works for everyone. The sound of “eating high fat” kind of freaks people out. I have had clients that were so against it for that reason until they tried it. But the thing is, it’s not all about the HIGH FAT, it’s about increasing your healthy fats and finding the right range that works for YOU! Hence, it being a healthy lifestyle plan. And as we all know, our lifestyles can be ever-changing, so we need to make sure we are prepared and make those changes based on where we are at in our life.
The one thing that I have not experienced (YET!) as I have seen many others experience is the drastic weight loss and fat loss. While I do not have a ton to lose, it would be nice to see some things change or even for my pants to fill just a little bit more comfortably.
So, I have been researching and talking with others about trying some intermittent fasting on a more regular basis. There are days I do it unplanned, but I am going to try to add it into my weekly routine 3-4x per week to see if it can help to jumpstart some fat burning.
Because of my previous adrenal issues and stress levels, I need to make a more conscious effort to not put extra stress on my body (and do more mindset work on this as well!!) So I will listen to my body, and not my head.
It’s been so many years ingrained into my brain, to eat and eat regularly. So I find myself eating when I don’t necessarily need to just because I feel I am supposed to. But on the other end of that, if I am hungry, and it’s been a while since I last ate, I am going to eat!
If you are new to Intermittent Fasting or IF, it is an eating pattern where you cycle between periods of eating and fasting. Most of us do this every night, from the time we stop eating until we wake up, which could be anywhere from 8 to 10 hours. But to gain the benefits of true fasting, you need to increase that time frame to 14-16. There are other ways to practice IF, but this is the one that I will be focusing on.
Because I am doing Keto, I will also be using my KETO coffee in the mornings to help me prolong my fast. Again, there are lots of ways to do IF, but this is the way that I am choosing to do mine. Others might not agree it’s a true fast, but if I get the results I am looking for, then it works, right??
I have done so much healing over the past few years and now I am finally ready to step it up and challenge myself again. I am ready to turn on that “beast mode” and make some changes that I have been wanting to see happen the past few years but was unable to make them happen.
It’s never too late to make progress and achieve your goals. All you need is the right tools and I finally feel like I am finally there…