Low Carb While on Vacation? Beach Please.

Few things inspire me to take a nosedive into poor eating habits faster than going on vacation. Eating has always been an extremely social event in our home, and I adore going to familiar favorite restaurants at the places we enjoy visiting. The good news / bad news is that this was more of a mini-holiday, and I only spent three of the five days living up my carb-packed feeding frenzy.

In the past, my departure from the ketogenic menu has been swift and unforgiving. I would misstep once and would instantly find myself back at square one. My old eating patterns would resume, and I would be disappointed once more but unsurprised.

The interesting part about this keto hiatus was that it was more eye-opening than derailing. Within a few hours of my chowing on chips and some fried naughtiness, my digestive system decided to prove how unhappy it felt about that action. I won’t be elaborating any further on that. My head started to hurt, my muscles and joints ached, I felt exhausted, and I had nightmares when I slept.

Maybe my symptoms were due to the heat or perhaps they were a direct response to the way that family holidays have a tendency to be significantly NOT relaxing. But I honestly don’t believe that. I just didn’t feel good eating the old foods. The flavors tasted good to me but not so good that I was willing to keep feeling sluggish and achy.

So now I’m back to low carb. I’m not gonna lie. I wish that I could have all that other stuff and still feel good. But ultimately, I can’t because I don’t. It just isn’t worth the body drama and trauma anymore. At least I’m back on track again.

Quick Update on Week One of Low Carb – Keto-ish Me

Well I’m still alive, so that’s a positive. Also I’ve stuck to the low carb menu with shocking ease. I keep waiting for the standard carb rage / sugar craving temper tantrums to kick in, but those have yet to occur.

A couple of¬†days ago, I had a check-up with my hoo-hah-ologist and was inadvertently forced to weigh myself while there. The number showed that I was down six pounds (in less than a week)! I was so stunned that I threw caution to the wind and decided to weigh myself at home, too. Six pounds down confirmed! Unfortunately that number bounced back up by a couple of pounds once the week marker actually struck a day or so later, but hey – that’s still four pounds in a week. Overall I’d say that doesn’t suck. ūüôā

I Feel Guilty About the Food I’ve Been Giving My Family

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A week ago, I would have done backflips to get my paws on the naughtylicious crepe in the pic above. My kids would have been right there with me, too. Now a few short days later, it actually does not look that appealing to me. Even though it has only been a few days, no  one in the world is more stunned about this change in approach than I.

But my kids aren’t riding the low carb / no sugar train with me. They continue to eat the prepackaged sugar-ridden everythings that have adorned the shelves of our fridge and pantry for years.

So over the last week, I have started to include a few better options along with their standard selections (a.k.a. the normal crapola). I’m doing this gradually to avoid being met with miniature yet effective torches and pitchforks.

The part that makes me feel extremely
guilty is that whenever I have offered healthy additions, they have gobbled those up, too. No complaints (other than the squash dry heaving incident). No significant gripes. They have just eaten them and asked for more. I didn’t even have to push.

I’m not telling you that my kids are raising their voices to the angels in praise for kale. No one in my house is going to have that religious experience. But baked chicken, almond flour pancakes, avocado chocolate mousse (sounds gross but it’s actually fantastic), and other grilled veggies are being polished off as they lift their plates and ask for more.

They have been getting chicken nuggets when they would have been just as happy with baked chicken. And they would have been exponentially healthier for it. For years.

It’s one of those heavy “feel like a terrible mom” kind of moments. I wasn’t intentionally cheating them of nutrition. I simply didn’t try many alternatives.

It’s spilt almond milk at this point, but it does make me feel sad. All I can do is do better tomorrow. And the day after that. But the day after that I plan to regress so additional better days will have to follow that one.

For me, true self-improvement initiatives are always coupled with epiphanies about the positive changes I can implement as I continue along my human journey. I can handle that it takes me years to stumble into some of these epiphanies. My only wish is that my children’s well-being is not left hanging in the balance in the meantime.

Oh well. A little better each day will turn into lots of wonderful in the long-run. I just have to keep trying. ‚̧ԳŹ

 

The Carbs are Gone but the Pounds Have Yet to Disappear

I have been living the low carb lifestyle for at least five days now. Despite this extensive commitment that I have displayed, I have yet to lose dozens of pounds. I am further confused because Oprah hasn’t contacted me to discuss my inspirational life shift. I’m an intelligent woman so clearly I recognize that she’s probably just waiting for Deepak’s schedule to open up so they can conference call me. Nevertheless that still doesn’t explain the nonresponse from my body. It seems scientifically logical to expect that my fluff would disappear and my physique would reflect an instant bikini bod. I have made this change for days and days so clearly it can forgive and forget the decades upon decades of crappy eating in return.

There is one other slight detail that I haven’t verified at this point. I have yet to check my weight. I’m too nervous to take that obvious step because I know that I will be bummed if my weight is the same. Even worse, if my weight has gone up, I will be extremely disheartened and will probably retaliate (against my own health???) and go back to nutritional garbage. When I get to the point where I can take that dramatic photo of me standing gleefully in one pants leg while holding my waistband out to Louisiana, I think that I will then be comfortable checking the scales.

Did I mention that I also removed caffeine from my daily everything as well? YES. I have removed carbs, sugar, AND my long-term beloved – caffeine. I recently noticed that I was experiencing consistent energy crashes after the short-term wake-up I was getting from the caffeine. It was that “trying desperately to keep from falling asleep on your desk at school” kind of exhaustion except that it was happening at work. And home. And while I was driving. And all within an hour of consuming caffeine.

So in an act of desperation and analytical curiosity, I removed caffeine, too. As a reward for these changes, I have been working through some lovely caffeine cold turkey headaches. I also went throuht a few days of my feeling like my allergies were in overdrive. The only time that I have ever experienced this was when I was going to have a medical procedure amd was forced to take a two-week hiatus from an over the counter antihistamine that I had been instructed to take daily (for years). I would have never believed that you could experience withdrawal from an antihistamine, but I absolutely did. My reaction was so severe that I will never allow anyone in my family to use an antihistamine on a daily basis ever again. Please note that I am not a doctor nor am I implying that you should ever ignore your physician’s recommendations. I am sayosa that it’s worthwhile to take a closer look at how your long-term medications might impact the natural processes within your body.

However my latest reactions haven’t been in response to pharmaceutical changes. I only made some food intake modifications and caffeine restrictions. Again this is unnerving to me.

What was I consuming previously that would send my body into histamine overload? I suspect that the answer is a simple one. I have been putting crap into my body for decades and the crap most of us are eating grows progressively¬†crappier with every year that passes. And worst of all, my body¬†didn’t know what to do without the crud.

Thankfully, it appears that I have finally moved past the histamine flare ups and the caffeine headaches, and my energy level has skyrocketed (relatively speaking). In addition I don’t seem to be having the blood sugar crashes that have consistently forced me out of bed in the middle of every single night for years to get a snack. Literally years. In less than a week of diet changes, that problem has suddenly stopped making its standard 2 or 3am appearance.

Joking aside, I do miss feeling like I can eat the same foods I see everyone around me eating including most notably my own family. Even then, I genuinely feel very positive about the changes I’ve made so far. I feel better overall. While I doubt that I’ve lost several pounds to date, I am hopeful that this will occur if I can continue making choices that my body seems thrilled to accept. Fingers and toes crossed.

I would love to tell you more, but I need to take care of a few things while I still have time. Oprah and Deepak will surely be calling at any moment, and you know how much they love to gab on and on. Oh well. In the meantime, take care and best wishes for your health, too.

Love and light always. Jo

I Mustache You What You Are Eating

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I’m cutting out carbs. Aaaaagain. My track record on this surpassed “not good” long ago. To put it mildly, my healthy eatibg conviction and follow through has been at “stanky to the max” level for quite some time.

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I prefer fruits, but even fruits are loaded with sugars. Some fruits are great, but the emphasis should be on the veggies. Bleh.

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I’ve tried the liquid route – protein shakes, blends of veggies and fruits, etc. – but I just don’t feel satiated with those.

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Clearly I need to up my protein intake, but even that can problematic for me. I can be extremely picky, and my getting burnt out and grossed out with the meat overload doesn’t help. Whenever someone throws out the word “tofu” as a possible protein solution, I find myself thinking about how it’s ironic that “tofu” is a four letter word that I associate with multiple other four letter words. I would provide examples, but this is a family show so you’ll have to use your imagination.

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Maybe I’m nuts to go this route yet again, but I don’t feel good in my body. That makes me feel sad, so I have to try. And as I read that last sentence, I hear Yoda in my mind… “Do or do not. There is no try.” I’m guessing that Yoda never struggled with being a sugar addict.

If you have any websites or tips on low-carb, no sugar, paleo-esque, or other similar options, I would genuinely appreciate the advice. Please note that intelligent / common sense recommendations with regard to overall health are lovely, but they don’t sustain long-term commitment to low carb eating for this girl. I know what I should do, but somehow that’s not enough.

Thanks in advance.¬† ūüėȬ† Jo

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