Life After Keto
It's officially been over a month since I've kicked the keto lifestyle to the curb. There's still quite a bit of debate over whether keto is a sustainable way of living (for weight loss purposes) or if it should just be used as a tool to help shed some stubborn weight, but I wanted to share an update on the reasons why I quit keto.
These are the reasons I posted in that blog explaining why I was quitting keto, and after a month of living a balanced, 80/20 lifestyle, I wanted to share if, and how this new lifestyle addresses my reasons I quit keto in the first place.
1. Obsessed With Numbers - This was an instant change, and I happily closed my food tracking app to purely enjoy my food. When I was keto, I spent my prep time, eating time, and even post-meal time thinking about my carbs and whether or not I consumed enough fiber and how much fat I ate on top of the protein in the meal on top of making sure I didn't exceed my Calorie goals - it was exhausting. I'm much more relaxed about my food, because I'm choosing quality foods that don't require me to worry or do crazy amounts of math to make sure I'm okay to eat it. The closer the food is to it's natural, organic state, the less I worry about the numbers. No more freaking out because my carrot put me over in carbs for the day (dang those root veggies!).
2. My Weight Loss Stalled - The first couple days after indulging in some carbs, I bloated a bit, but once my body got used to the carbs (and lower fats and way less dairy), it went back to the same few pounds of weight that I would fluctuate between while on my plateau on keto. I'm still stalled, but I haven't gained, which is a concern I know many people have about eating carbs.
3. Fruit - I eat them. I've had an orange every single day since I quit keto. I ate plenty of apples, a banana, and I just stocked up on strawberries that were on sale at the store. I am LOVING the fruit life.
4. Nagging Thoughts - Even though I still meal plan/prep and write out grocery lists before I head into the supermarket, those nagging thoughts I complained about are completely absent from my daily life. Now I can sit and enjoy my yogurt with granola without worrying about how the carbs are going to throw me out of ketosis or how much organic coconut sugar the granola company used in my 1/4 cup serving. I just enjoy it, and because I planned it into my meals for the week, it doesn't make me feel guilty for eating it.
5. Restriction Lead to Binges - I haven't "binged" once since I quit keto. Why? Because I don't feel bad for eating carbs. I used to feel guilty about caving into cravings and eating a square or two of dark chocolate which would then lead me into a f***-it attitude and just eat everything else I craved (sugar addiction is real), but now I allow myself little indulgences in moderation. My balanced lifestyle lets me slice up an apple, spread a little peanut butter on them, and sprinkle mini dark chocolate chips and enjoy every bite without triggering any bad thoughts or a binge episode. It's really easy to be able to practice self control when you're not constantly trapped in a mental cage of diet restrictions.
6. Keto Flu - Yep. That went away. Not much more to say here.
Overall, I had a very successful and empowering transition out of the keto lifestyle. And I am completely satisfied and happy with that decision. Now that my mind is not always thinking about food, I can start to focus on other important aspects of my life and not let my relationship with food control my life.
If you are looking to transition away from keto, or have any questions regarding life after keto, please don't hesitate to comment or contact me!