What to do for keto flu is basically-get more salt and fat in your diet, even if you are not used to salting your food any more.
More on that later, right now I want to explain the too-da-loo part. I will be on vacation next week! I didn’t think I would get to go, but my in-laws are letting me tag along. Yea!
I hope to learn how to schedule posts, if not, I will try to post in my down time. I tell you what, I have been studying, writing, and working so much, I am not sure that’s why my eyes hurt, or if I have developed allergies this year, or if I have a touch of keto flu myself.
Let’s dive in to what keto flu is, how you can prevent it, and what to do about it if you get it.
What is Keto Flu?
Keto flu is what is happening inside your body as you restrict it from carbohydrates. See, your body is used to burning sugar for fuel which it was getting from all the carbs you used to eat.
Now, you’ve drastically stopped eating all that garbage and your body is confused. It wants them back, so you develop symptoms like these:
- Brain fog
- Lack of focus & concentration
- Muscle soreness
- Sugar cravings
I’m pretty sure that I go in and out of this keto flu myself, when I don’t strictly adhere to the diet, and also I think that may have happened to my dad when he stopped eating bread, pasta, and cereal.
When we behave, however, and follow the diet/lifestyle to the letter, it takes our bodies about two weeks to a month to get over the keto flu and become better adapted at burning fat for fuel. This is called ketosis.
Not everyone develops these symptoms, or maybe you only developed one or two. For me, I notice fatigue, and sugar cravings the most. But brain fog and lack of concentration also are a factor for me.
I should have converted to keto quickly and with less problems, and I did in the beginning, because I was already Paleo. So I had done the hard work of getting off the sugar already. But…
I still crave sweets. Even if those sweets are different now because I use stevia. And depending on what is happening around me, I may still be tempted by some carbs, like chips at a Mexican restaurant or alcohol when I want a skinny (or not) margarita.
So, basically, I am torturing my poor body, and worse, I am never going to lose those last few stubborn pounds going in and out of ketosis. Exercise is also a factor.
Sedentary people like me will find it more difficult than people who are able to exercise on a regular basis. Oh, sure, I get in the pool pretty often and try to work out a bit, but right now I’m still pretty restricted because of my knee and what I’m going through.
How Do We Remedy The Keto Flu?
- Drink more water. Add a pinch of salt to it. If you are 19 and older, try to drink 2.7 liters a day. “All it takes is a water loss of 2% of your body weight to impair physical performance and a 2.8% water loss to impair cognitive function”.
- Get more sodium, potassium, and magnesium in your diet. Loss of sodium and potassium can cause lightheadedness, fatigue, headaches, and cramping due to the lowering of insulin on the keto diet.
- Add more fat, especially MCT’s to your diet. Coconut oil, and pure MCT oil supply the necessary fats to provide your liver cells with acetyl-CoA that they can use to make ketones.
If you supplement with MCT oil from the start, you will likely prevent getting keto flu at all! That may explain why I did so well also, I have been in love with coconut oil (the source of MCT’s) for 3+ years! Seriously, I should buy it by the gallon!
- Go for a walk first thing in the morning-or some other form of low-intensity exercise. This will help your body increase fat burning and kickstart ketosis, especially if you make your walk last about an hour.
5. Get enough sleep! This is a tough one for me also. Even though most nights I’m in bed at ten, I read for a while, then because my husband gets up early, so do I. I can’t help it. My mind wakes up, my ears are sensitive and painful (I have Hyperacusis) and so it is almost impossible for me to go back to sleep.
I will tell you an easy way to get more MCT’s in your diet…bulletproof coffee! I know I’ve told you many times before, but for any newcomers to my blog, here is the skinny.
First you brew a nice, hot cup of coffee. If you have a Ninja blender, or a Magic Bullet, add your hot coffee plus 1 Tbsp of MCT or coconut oil (unrefined, 100% pure, organic please), 1 Tbsp of grass-fed butter (Kerrygold) and a dash of cinnamon (Ceylon is best), and a few drops of pure vanilla extract. If you use sweetener, add that now. I use this (Pyure brand stevia). Mix all that in you bullet or Ninja cup and pour into your favorite coffee mug. Ahhhhhh. Heaven in a cup.
I do this every. Single. Day. Which might explain why after 8 years, my Ninja has had enough. It has gone kaput. Time for a new one. Or maybe an upgrade. 🙂 I have been hearing so many great reviews about the Blendtec. We will see.
(Maybe Santa will get me one for Christmas 😉 )
Anyway, back to the subject of getting enough sleep. I swear, the nights I use my CBD oil (I vape it) are the nights I sleep the best. Aim for 7-9 hours of sleep a night. Ha! I’m lucky if I get 6! Here’s a link for my CBD oil (I get no comp for this) Blue Moon Hemp
For those of you who are curious about CBD and want to know more, here is a helpful guide: Blue Moon Hemp Review or another review here that isn’t Blue Moon, it just explains CBD oil and vaping it: VaVaVape
Sleep deprivation is real, people, and causes all kinds of problems. As a nation we do not get enough sleep, the evidence is everywhere. Distracted drivers causing accidents, workers falling asleep on the job, kids nodding off in class, you feel me?
- Try meditation. I personally have not tried this step, however that doesn’t mean I’m not willing to give it a shot. I am just giving you guys suggestions provided by the experts and keto gurus I have been following and studying.
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Y’all have a fabulous day, hit me up with any questions or comments, and see ya when I get back from the beach! Love ya, bye! 😎