Since I started my Keto/low carb journey ten months ago, I have gotten asked a ton of questions. While the main reason I started was for weight loss, it wasn’t the only reason. I wanted to feel better physically and mentally. I wanted to feed my body better with the good nutrients it was meant to have. Plain and simple, our bodies weren’t meant to metabolize a Twinkie.
I also wanted to live longer. I knew that if I kept on the way I was going, I would die at an earlier age than I wanted to from diabetes or heart disease.
I let my life revolve around food. Food that accommodated every emotion. Since I’ve changed what I eat and how I eat, I have noticed some great changes in addition to the loss in weight.
For one, I work twelve hour shifts, even been known to work a sixteen (yikes!). When I would get home after work my feet would instantly swell. They were swollen to the point that I couldn’t get up because they were tender to the touch of the floor. The times that I did in fact get up, all I felt was lower back pain and stiff joints. I no longer have that suffering. After my work shift, I’m usually full of energy still and have no swelling or back aches. I felt those differences within the first couple months before I even lost a bulk of my weight.
Here are some more side benefits to cleaning up your eating with the ketogenic lifestyle:
- Mental Clarity, Focus, Energy
- Increases Good Cholesterol, Regulates Blood Pressure
- Regulates Blood Sugar Levels
- Reduces Inflammation
- Treatment of PCOS
These are just a few of the many, many benefits, and four of the five, I’ve experienced myself. I’m not trying to sell anyone on this particular way of eating, rather have people come to the realization that it is important to take care ourselves. Whether you’re into eating keto, vegan, paleo, or whole foods, it’s all about being conscious of what you’re fueling your body with. All I know is, for me, this is what has worked and I no longer run to the cake, I walk away from it. I might smell it occasionally (haha)… but damn sure, I walk away from it.
This is one more reason why I feel it so important to try and pay it forward by helping others feed their bodies the right foods. I know exactly how easy it is to make an excuse to put myself last, I did it for my entire life. How often do you say these things to yourself:
“I don’t have time.”
“I don’t know how to cook.”
“Eating healthy is too expensive.”
“I’ll start tomorrow.”
“I’ll start the day after tomorrow.”
“I can’t do it, I’ve tried before.”
“I’ll just grab fast food, it’s quicker.”
If you have someone; making the food for you, showing you the steps, available to ask questions to, and making it affordable, what is your excuse now?