Diet Beta Test week one recap

My goodness, I’m not sure where the time went, ok that’s not 100% accurate, but it’s close. I had the week from heck at work, followed by increasing fatigue and malaise associated with PMS; and getting used to a lower carb diet. Add those together, and you get a girl that comes home, does nothing but stare at the TV until it’s time to fall asleep and repeats that thought the end of the week. Add in a packed weekend, and here I am at 10 pm on Sunday night trying to get something down and posted before another day goes by without any word.

So far everything is going OK – I’ve learned a lot of interesting things about myself, including popcorn may be nature’s best scrubber if you’re eating a very low carb diet. I learned that when I’m really stressed out at work, I crave anything carb related that is a carrier for salt. And I’ve learned that even a little bit of the wrong kind of sugar or carb can send me spiraling into cravings that are hard to deny. I’ve also learned that you get over those cravings if you give yourself a little bit of time. Life is easier on the test if you work toward eating more fat and a lot of leafy green veggies, and sometimes the things that you think you’re missing out on (today pasta) are more of a symbol than what you want (a vehicle for melted cheese). Again all excellent information to know about myself; but my API is still climbing, slowly at the moment. And I’m still getting headaches; I had one thought this afternoon, I finally took some Tylenol to feel better, I can’t tell if its lack of oxygen when I sleep or if something else is going on with the test. Right now my numbers are within reason, so I’m not ready to back down, on top of that I’ve been a little lax this weekend about the carbs I have eaten, and my numbers were still bad, so I am stumped about a correlation. Mood wise, I find myself rather cranky until I have my first bit of food for the day, I don’t know if I need to adjust to eat earlier in the morning, or maybe give myself a little bit of a break and have my coffee before breakfast. I have to say I have not found the clarity that’s supposed to come with Ketosis which probably means I haven’t found Ketosis yet. While I might be a little foggy at times and cranky before coffee or sugar (not sure which), I do have a better outlook on life in general as I get through the end of this weekend.

As I move into week 3, I’m feeling rather confident about life. This week, I’m working on cutting my carbs again by swapping out the sugar in my coffee with stevia and the full-fat dairy milk to coconut. I also plan on swapping out my yogurt toward the end of the week and giving up cheese (blasphemy I know) to see if that is a source of any information I might have. I’m still working out upping my water intake and perhaps adding a few herbal teas into the mix just to add a little variety. I haven’t found kicking the sparkling water habit as hard as I thought it would be and quite honestly I feel fine with plain water far more than I thought I would. I did just realize as I plan through week 4 I will be in Disneyland when fasting is supposed to begin, and after about a 2-second debate in my head I will be pushing that off until after I get back. I think if I give myself a few days after our return to fully get back into the swing of things I can start the F phase over the weekend. I am working myself to being more “on plan” that not while we’re in Disney and if carbs are added I want to make sure they’re from things I want to splurge on instead of going hog wild because we’re on vacation. But I have a bit of time to plan that out before the trip thoguthfully.

Tomorrow I’m back on track with blogging, and I will have a more detailed report on my numbers including a better spread to work on and any comparisons between day one and day 8.

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