Keto: What the heck is it?

This post follows on from: It’s Not About Weight.

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JackSprat

So, what exactly is Keto? I have had this question asked of me many times since I started sharing Hubby’s and my journey. Well, let’s begin with a nursery rhyme:

Jack Sprat could eat no fat
His wife could eat no lean
And so betwixt the two of them
They licked the platter clean

The problem with this nursery rhyme is the illustrations show Jack as a skinny fellow and Mrs. Sprat as obese. This is what we all grew up with and this is what society tells us is our fate if we go the way of dear Mrs. Sprat.

Except it turns out that fat doesn’t make us, well, fat, sugar does. By eliminating most, or for some people all, fat from our diet we are doing our bodies a huge disservice.

Well, I don’t eat dessert, Eliza. 

Me, neither. In fact, I drink my coffee black, never drink pop, never eat processed out of a box food and rarely drink alcohol. And yet, since entering into full blown perimenopause, I was getting bigger and bigger and bigger.

From what? Carbs, my friends. Over my almost 55 years of life, my body has been using glucose (aka sugar) from carbohydrates as fuel, but my aging (gak!) body can’t keep up and that glucose is being shoved out into fat cells. Not to mention all the other horrible symptoms I list in my Not About Weight post.

The Keto Diet trains your body to use fat as a fuel source instead of glucose. In the absence of glucose, the liver turns fatty acids into ketones which become the body’s fuel source. This is a perfectly healthy way to provide fuel to your body. In fact, it has been used for over a hundred years to diminish epileptic seizures.

What does this mean in terms of food? It means eating a heck of a lot more healthy fats, moderate protein, and low carbohydrates mainly in the form of green veggies. I will expand upon this in future posts, but this is the gist of it.

I suspect that our plump Mrs. Sprat was eating fat AND carbohydrates. And Mr. Sprat? Just because he was a skinny little fellow does not necessarily mean he was healthy.

Me? I feel PHENOMENAL!

~ Eliza

 

 

Keto: It’s Not About Weight

This post follows on from Sexy Healthy Us.

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feeling great

Having set up our Facebook group, Sexy Healthy Us, we were ready to start posting to it. First, we created a baseline, the BEFORE state to look back upon. We took photographs of each other: front, back and both side views. We then weighed ourselves.

In order not to fixate on weight, we agreed to weigh ourselves once per week only. The photos would be updated once per month.

I also made note of my base health:

  • Gas/bloating
  • Belly pains
  • Acid indigestion
  • Rosacea
  • Chronic sinusitis
  • 2 pm energy drop
  • Waking up tired

Sexy isn’t about weight, it’s about feeling great!

~ Eliza

Keto: Sexy Healthy Us

This post follows on from Healthful Pursuit.

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SexyHealthyUs

Next step on Hubby’s and my wellness journey was setting up a Facebook group. Hubby’s idea actually. He is very visual needing to see his goals and progress.

I have come to understand the tremendous power words have. Naming my financial tracking spreadsheet Abundance Tracking completely changed my mindset about money. I could have named our group Our Diet, Going Keto, or Weight Loss Journey. I chose

SEXY HEALTHY US

Not Getting Sexy Healthy, or Sexy Healthy Us Journey. That denotes a state ‘out there somewhere’. We are sexy and healthy and each day on Keto we become more so.

~ Eliza