Hi Three to Five Tribe! I have adapted many lifestyles over the years including Whole30, Keto and plant-based. There was also that one time when I practically lived off of Tootsie Rolls for an entire afternoon, but that was a different time and boy have I come a long way since then. Hey, it’s called a health journey for a reason people!
These “diets” can easily become a lifestyle and believe me, I have been there. (Hello Whole90). However, I have recently started to view these ways of eating not so much as lifestyles as to which you should adhere to 24/7/365, but rather tools to be implemented into my life when needed, which is why earlier this year I switched my way of eating back to a Keto lifestyle.
Why I Adapted a Keto Diet…Again
I recently shared one major thing to consider when adapting a plant-based lifestyle (you can read more about that here) and although I love eating plant-based, I started thinking of my body like a science experiment (again) and really started to tap in to my body and its feedback and realized two things:
#1 I was not eating enough calories to keep up with my active lifestyle.
#2 I was not eating enough healthy fat sources for optimal health.
How did I know this? Well I took some time to do some nutritional calculations, which only confirmed my initial inklings, but before I even did the actual math, I paid close attention to my body and the feedback signals it was sending me. For instance:
- After eating a meal, I was hungry again after only 2-3 hours.
- My energy was low, especially in the middle of the day.
- I experienced major brain fog.
- I was eating vegetables like crazy. (6-9 heads of broccoli for dinner anyone? Don’t mind if I do).
- I had trouble falling asleep at night. (I am talking like laying in bed for 2-4 hours before actually falling asleep. Talk about a personal hell!)
- I was waking up at 4am absolutely ravenous and could feel my cortisol spiking (i.e. flushed face and wide awake ready to attack the day instead of sleepy and ready to go back to bed), which meant my blood sugar was dropping enough for me to wake up. For someone trying to balance out their hormones, this is not a good thing.
- My menstrual cycles were erratic and sometimes completely MIA.
I couldn’t deny it any longer, I was unintentionally robbing my body of adequate nutrition, especially healthy fats, to sustain my active lifestyle. After further examination and some nutritional math, it was very apparent I needed to increase my caloric intake as well as my healthy fat consumption while simultaneously decreasing my carbohydrate intake. Looking back at what ways of eating have worked for me in the past left me with one very obvious answer – Keto.
I practiced a Keto lifestyle for roughly 5-6 months back in 2016 and saw some pretty positive results both internally and externally, which is what inspired me to hop back on the Keto train back in *February.
*Since February, I have migrated back to my plant-based lifestyle, but Keto served as a good reminder to me why I don’t do Keto, but that’s a story for another time…
Folks I have said it once and I will say it again, think of your body like a science experiment. Oh and while you’re at it, try and look at that dreaded word, “diets,” not as diets, but instead different ways of eating, which can be used as tools to help you, and your health, during different stages of your life. It’s a much healthier way of viewing “diets” don’t you think?
Thinking of My Body Like a Science Experiment Three to Five Days at a Time,