Am I Crazy for Keto?

…or cuckoo for Coco Puffs? Lol! Just kidding!

Hi everyone, how’s it going on this chilly Tuesday morning?

I know, you guys are probably wondering what is going on that I would switch from my usual way of eating (Paleo) to something new (Keto), but that is what it is going to take to drop the 10-15 pounds I have gained over the last 6 months! Basically, I’m having to re-set by detoxing from all the sugar I’ve been (mostly drinking) consuming and the cheating that has gotten so out of hand.

I have been scouring the internet for instruction, recipes, and support groups and I’m happy to say, I found everything I needed to get going. I feel inspired! I know I can do it because I did it before when I first started with the paleo diet 2  and a half years ago. So I have the basics down, I know how to eat for good health, I just have to put my mind to it.

Getting away from sugar is like trying to kick heroin…not that I would know-I’m just saying, it’s HARD! Once you let the Devil in (I’ve written about this so many times), it is extremely hard to kick those cravings. My advice (for myself as well as others) is to keep your goals in the forefront of your mind.

  • Have something to look forward to, like new clothes or in my case another cruise!
  • Think of how healthy you will be when you drop the weight
  • Look forward to the possibility of reducing the need for medication (some people get off their blood pressure medication once they lose weight)

How Keto Differs From Paleo

The Paleo lifestyle is all about getting the gut healthy and eating quality foods that support digestive health. In turn, this helps some people lose weight, balances blood sugar, and is therapeutic for autoimmune conditions.

The Keto diet, however, is more about rapid weight loss but it also improves health conditions such as type 2 diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease.

They are similar in that the emphasis is on healthy fats, no grains, no legumes and no refined sugars.

The differences are that the Paleo diet is not exactly low carb, high-fat. Since starchy vegetables and natural sweeteners like honey, 100 % pure maple syrup, and coconut nectar are allowed, your body will continue burning glucose as energy unless you really restrict your carbs to a low enough percentage to enter ketosis. (around 5%)

On the Keto diet, you are not allowed many fruits at all (mostly berries) and no veggies like squash or sweet potatoes! (I’m gonna die) The focus is on lots of healthy fats like avocado, coconut oil, olive oil, and butter (I’ll stick to my Kerrygold). Full-fat dairy is also allowed on the Keto plan, (hello cream cheese :)), and less protein is encouraged. So where my old breakfast might have included an egg cup and half an orange with my bulletproof coffee, today I omitted the orange and added half an avocado. So really, I can be Paleo and enter ketosis (by eating a Keto diet) at the same time!

Egg cup (egg, shredded cheese, broccoli, tomato, diced ham, spices) + 1/2 avocado for the fat needed

This is all one needs to do:

  1. Don’t eat any dairy except grass-fed butter and/or ghee (and cream cheese for me :))
  2. Track your macros to stay within the range that will allow your body to enter ketosis
  3. Choose grass-fed or pasture raised animal products whenever possible (I never did that anyway, too expensive for me and my budget)
  4. Pick no-calorie all-natural sweeteners like Stevia

{I can even have the occasional adult beverage as long as I stick to Vodka (0 carbs) and zero calorie mixers. You have to be careful with that and not overdo it once your body adjusts to being in ketosis, some people report getting drunk faster and hangovers being worse. So take it slow and easy if you choose to drink.}

Personally, I will probably do Keto whole hog for at least three weeks and see how it affects my waistline before I go back to my (stricter version) Paleo lifestyle. My challenge will be adjusting my macros (around 75% fat, 20% protein, and 5% carbs) and eliminating the sugar. I joined a Keto challenge site (late so I can’t win a prize but that’s ok) so follow my progress on Instagram as I post pictures. I also started pinning a bunch of Keto recipes on my Pinterest board (I stupidly removed all my Paleo pins, ugh!) so you can find some there if you are interested.

If anyone wants to make the change to Keto with me, or you have any questions I can answer, just leave me a comment and I will do my best to get you the info. I’m going to go ahead and wish you and myself luck and tell you my weight-loss goal so you can help keep me accountable. I want to get back down to 105-100 lbs and maintain a size 2. That is where I feel the most comfortable since I am only 4′ 9″ any extra weight really shows on me. As of this morning,  I weighed in at 115lbs.

Here are some references for those curious about Keto:

Keto Diet Challenge 

Keto Shopping List

Yummy Inspirations

One other point, I (you) will have to purchase some Ketosticks so I can tell when my body gets in (and stays) in ketosis. I looked and they cost around $10.  More study will need to be done before I understand how often to check my urine, how to plan the perfect meals, etc. but I will find out the answers so I can  keep yall informed. 🙂

Again, good luck and keep me posted on your journey if you decide to take one!