As most of you know, I’ve been following a Keto diet since February. The results have been amazing.
Now, to reach my next goals, I am needing to change the carb balance going forward. I need to optimize for performance, and the carb balance and calorie deficit I have used to get to this point are not sustainable going forward. But I have learned a few things from the time on keto that I can pass on to help others:
1. Once you clear your system of sugar, the cravings stop. I eat less than half of what I used to, quantity wise. I no longer like buffets, for instance, because I can fill up for less than half of what the buffet provides. It’s just not a good value. And I seriously NEVER feel hungry.
2. Sugar plays a bigger role in other issues than is generally recognized. I used to mock my own absent mindedness. At times it was severe. And the issues go back to childhood.
As I have become educated on my own health and healing, though, I am researching the role that blood sugar plays in memory. It is entirely possible that the effects of high sugar levels in my bloodstream impacted me decades before I was diagnosed with diabetes. As an antipoverty advocate, I have to wonder if many issues of poverty are tied to our sugar intake. It, of course, ties to obesity, but I am certain there are other factors as well.
3. Keto may be temporary, but the nutritional lessons are for life. I have become a label scrutinizer. If I cannot see what is in it, I don’t want to eat it.
It almost saddens me to leave the keto diet behind. The results have been dramatic: over 40 pounds weight loss (around 15%); A1c from 11.1 to 5.7 in 3 months’ time, fasting blood sugars from the 200s to consistently under 100, systolic average blood pressure drop of over 40 points, diastolic drop of over 20, cholesterol now under 200, triglycerides under 150. But I have little doubt the lessons I have learned will continue to impact me going forward.