Monday, March 11, 2019

Returning to Keto - It's Not a Diet, It's a Lifestyle!

So, I have been off of keto since the end of January due to hyponatremia (low sodium) and I hate how I feel and how I look. It's not even about just weight (even though that's a huge part of it) but so much more is being affected by being off of it that I'm kind of shocked at the changes in my body. Here's what's I've noticed so far...

1) the bloating is awful, especially in my stomach but I can also see it in my face and it's making me look years older than I am.

2) my face won't stop breaking out. It's gotten really bad and I can't remember the last time it was like this.

3) My head won't stop hurting. I'm pretty much living with a nonstop headache at this point in time and swallowing down Advil like it's candy. I go to bed with a headache, I wake up with a headache, I work out with a headache and I do what needs to be done with a headache and I want it to stop already!

4) The fibromyalgia pain is pretty bad. My joints hurt, my skin hurts and I'm generally in pain all day every day.

5) This is weird but my hair is noticeably thinner and breaking off much easier. I didn't realize my hair was being affected at all.

6) I can NOT control myself around simple carbs and sugars. There haven't been any massive binges where I've eaten to the point of feeling sick but there have been many, many days of eating whatever I want, whenever I want with most of it being carbs and sugar. This has to stop!!

7) I have way less energy than I do when I'm doing keto and my sleep is a lot worse. I'm tired a lot and just not really with it.

8) The scale keeps skyrocketing up and down depending on how much and what kind of foods I stuff myself.

9) my.... um.... female time :/ is totally messed up.

10) I'm hungry all the time no matter what I'm eating and my intermittent fasting has gone out the window.

So, with my doctor's permission I am attempting keto again and this time is has to become a lifestyle and not a diet because restarting and the first 2 weeks is when my sodium levels are at their worst and when I end up needing a doctor or the ER.

I know I've done almost 200 days with no cheating in the past and didn't end up in the hospital a single time so I know it's possible for me to do this and be healthy and I have a solid plan in place for dealing with the low sodium issue.

First, I now know that I need to take in 3-4 times the amount of sodium that I have in the past when doing keto and that will be covered by sodium supplements, beef broth, Himalayan salt, Celtic salt and various other salts that will be added to my coffee, water and just eaten when needed. I'm basically measuring and tracking every mg of salt that I take it and I will take in more if I start feeling lightheaded or like passing out again.

I'm also on a new medication (and now it's had time to kick in because it's been a couple of months since I've been on it) that is supposed to lower the level of hyponatremia or as it was explained to me... it causes hyponatremia 50% less than my previous medication did and at a lower level.

Also, if all that sodium doesn't help and I continue to feel ill then I will start upping my carb amounts by 5-10 grams a day until I feel better.

There are several other rules as well: I have to continue eating vegetables. The rule is 2-3 veggies at dinner and berries with breakfast and I'll work on more as time goes by. I'm also using shakes and bars a lot less and focusing on actual food for protein like shrimp, rotisserie chicken, lobster meat, etc and I've actually been doing this and not just thinking and talking about it.

So that's the plan. I'm starting today but I'm not doing a new weigh-in and measurements because I want to continue to weigh and measure once a month so I'm just picking up from here and moving forward.

I really hope this works because I hate how I feel and I want all those great feelings back!

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