- 2 eggs
- 2 slices of bacon
- 1/4 spinach
- 1/4 cup of mushrooms
- Olive Oil (I would have used butter, but this was from the work cafeteria)
- 20 ounces of water
From Carb Addiction to Freedom
The definition of addiction is “the state of being enslaved to a habit or practice or to something that is psychologically or physically habit-forming, such as narcotics according to Dictionary.com. That was life 8 weeks ago. My drug of choice was not a narcotic or alcohol. My vice was food. Chewy, gooey, salty or sweet, a delicate treat or lots of carb with little meat. Food has been was my drug of choice for all of my adult years. It was my comfort and in some ways my friend when I didn’t feel like I had anywhere else to turn.
When I was happy, I celebrated with food. When I was sad, I soothed it with food. If I was upset, confused, hurt I. . . you pretty much get the picture. I never realized it was an addiction, until I noticed it was gone.
I knew I had an issue, I certainly didn’t ever dream I would be dancing the line on my way to 300 pounds, but I was. The hardest part to admit was that I felt powerless to stop it. I went to doctors, and dietitians, and tried every great new plan available. I even hit the gym like crazy for months at a time but in the end I always ended up back in the same predicament or worse.
Being addicted to food is challenging, because others can mask their private shame. A person addicted to alcohol or drugs and something like gambling, you are often able to be in the closet. But if food is your issue, you wear it everywhere you go. It is the first thing people see, before you smile, your intellect or even how kind you are. I often wonder if everyone I met is secretly judging me because I am overweight.
As many times as I have tried in my adult life to tackle this problem, there are many more times that I would go on a binge and inhale large quantities of chips, fries, pizza, cookies or chocolate in my efforts to anesthetize myself. Or even worse, succumb to mindless eating while watching TV, and then look down and wonder where the food went.
Freedom from carbohydrate addiction wasn’t even on my bucket list when I started Keto. My goal is to release the weight and adapt a healthier lifestyle. What has happened however and one thing I am so grateful for, is that I now have a healthy relationship with food for the first time in my adult life.
How did this happen you might ask? I attribute this newfound power and control to a process called Fat Adapted Ketosis.
What is Fat Adapted Ketosis?
When I first began my ketogenic journey, my goal was pretty simple. I needed to hit my macro-nutrient goals (fat, protein and carbs) stay within my 20 net carbs, (which is total carbs minus fiber grams), and to get into ketosis. DietDoctor.com defines Ketosis as “the state at which the body has an extremely high fat-burning rate. Even the brain runs on fat, via ketone bodies. These are energy molecules in the blood (like blood sugar) which become fuel for our brains after being converted from fat by the liver”.
The state where Ketones (those energy molecules) are produced is called ketosis. Ketosis has also been referred to as an induction phase of a ketogenic way of eating. The goal is to consistently burn enough ketones to become fat adapted. Which is our next goal. Fat Adaptation is when your body transitions from processing carbs as your main source of energy to using your stored fat.
Most studies I have read indicate that it takes anywhere from 4 to 6 weeks to become fully fat adapted. However, I started reaping some of the benefits by the end of week number 2. I was rarely every hungry. Sometimes I would go hours on end without a dip in energy or being ravenous or being cranky. I also have an abundance of energy throughout the day, gone was the 3 to 4 p.m. dip of energy when I used to go looking for a snack or a quick pick me up. My brain was quite clear, no dizziness or haziness whatsoever. And the most exciting things is my weight had started shedding very consistently, in the very beginning at the rate of almost a pound per day. Hallelujah!
. I no longer planned in the morning what feast I was going to eat in the evening. No longer going through the drive through period, but much less ordering enough food for 2. No more guilty days after I have consumed so much junk, and then feeling hypocritical because I wanted to release weight so badly, but wasn’t doing anything about it.
My body thanks me every day for this way of life. It is funny, I remember after I dropped my first 20 pounds walking down the hallway and physically feeling the difference in my knees and ankles. For me it doesn’t get any better than feeling like you can go on longer walks, or take the stairs without feeling like I needed an ambulance.
Of course I have a long way to go on my journey, but nothing makes me feel better than knowing I am going in the right direction.
I would advise you, if you feel like you have become a slave to carbs and sugar to try the ketogenic way of life. For me it has offered a freedom, I never expected, but don’t ever want to lose.
I mean give it try, what do you have to lose, but excess fat, and who among us can’t afford to release a little more of that?
- Chili Lime Chicken Breast (Trader Joes)
- Spinach Salad with Bacon Vinaigrette (Cooking with Kristie from you tube).
- 32 ounces of water
- Lemon Pepper Chicken Wings
- 1 cup of sliced cucumber with lemon juice, pink salt, pepper
- 2 deviled eggs
- Cajun Almonds (1/4 cup)
- Diet Root Beer Float (2 tablespoons of heavy whipping cream, diet root beer and ice)