Why it's not about weight (but it kind of is)
Updated: Jan 23
The holistic health of the ketogenic lifestyle
June 2018 January 2020
My story in a nutshell
As a teenager my weight was pretty stable at 61 kg (135 lbs.). As an adult, my weight has fluctuated between 68 kg (150 lbs.) and 74 kg (165 lbs.). I'm 170 cm (5' 7") tall, so these proportions are all within the normal range for a woman of my stature, but like a lot of other people, I sit in the "I could lose 10 lbs." mentality, but never really did anything serious about it. I would go through bouts of working out constantly, did a few cleanses, and didn't really see any lasting results. So, I would just go back to eating whatever and feeling shitty about it. Sound familiar?
Anyway, I lost 3.2 kg (7 lbs.) of weight (this will be water weight - check out my post titled "Keto Face" for more on this) in the first month of being keto. I’ve now lost a total of 4.5 kg (10 lbs.), and I’m not sure if any of it is actual fat yet. I definitely feel a lot slimmer (i.e. I’m not bloated anymore), but I don’t look that different, and that’s totally ok because that wasn’t my goal. I feel better all around with a side benefit that my pants fit little better. But the most important part of going keto wasn’t about weight at all.
I, like a lot of other people, have pretty shitty impulse control—especially when it comes to sugar. I was (and still am) hopelessly addicted to sugar.
I developed major negative mental health issues around my sugar addiction. I could never say no to a sugary treat, and thinking about them took up a lot of my brain space. When I realized I had develop disordered eating habits (hiding junk food, eating in secret, feeling immense amounts of shame), I realized I needed to do something to get my sugar addiction under control.
How sobriety has helped me
I’m not going to harp on this aspect of my life a lot, but I am also a sober person because I had the same impulse control issues around alcohol (which makes sense because most alcohols have a lot of sugar in them). However, I’m also a very all-or-nothing person, so I have dealt with this problem by stopping cold turkey and not fucking with alcohol at all anymore. That is exactly what I decided to do with sugar as well. Enter: keto.
The "holy crap, this really works!" moment
Honestly, this way of eating has been the best thing for my health. Going keto has given me great mental clarity, good mental health because I don’t feel shame about my food choices anymore, I’m not sabotaging my own body and mind by filling it with crap all the time. It has also cleared up some other issues too, like a chronic unexplained itch I used to get on my left ankle as well as the palms of my hands!
Keto has truly been a Godsend for me. I feel energized and inspired. I had never even thought of writing a blog before keto and had never even really thought of writing or making videos at all. Now, I can hardly sleep at night because I’m bursting with ideas! It’s like sugar created a box around the creative centre of my mind, and now it has been unleashed. It’s truly amazing.
What's your story?
Anyway, I will leave the gushing there for now. What has your experience been with the keto diet? I’d love to hear from you!