It has been about two weeks of attempting to behave myself in terms of what I eat. I’m not perfect, and expecting that of myself would only cause me to quit. I slip up periodically, and that’s fine. I pick up where I left off without beating myself up (my body does a mighty fine job of punishing me).
I use MyFitnessPal to keep track of my macros. It is sort of a pain in the ass to log every single thing I eat, but the longer I do it, the more intuitive meal prep becomes and the less guesswork there is.
My target is 15% carb/65% fat/20% protein. I did a decent job this week:
Yesterday my carb count was 2%! It really does an amazing job of reducing diarrhea and bloat, though I’m still waiting on the pain to subside. I imagine that’ll be the toughest symptom to eradicate, since my gut pain is both structural and functional. I have been noticing some blood in my stool recently, and I’m not sure what to make of it. It may have something to do with von Willebrand’s. Overall, I do feel quite a bit better, minus having the flu. 😉
The first couple of days while adapting, I did have some pretty gnarly night sweats, presumably due to hypoglycemia, but after I got past that, my blood sugar has been freakishly stable (between 70 fasting, and 95ish postprandial).
I don’t crave sweets anymore, but I definitely have a big appetite for salty stuff. Having read several sources that say carb cycling is beneficial for women due to the propensity for hormone imbalance after extended periods of low carb intake, I’ve been intentionally busting my macros once a week. No, I don’t eat candy or pastries. I stick with oatmeal, sweet potatoes, and gluten-free pasta. I have to admit, after abstaining from all grains 6 days out of the week, my carb loading day is a bit uncomfortable.
I’m also struggling with a limited palate. The allowed veggies are causing me major grief if I eat them in optimal amounts, so I’m doing what I can and hoping the supplements are enough to fill in the gaps.
I had planned to post some recipes, but there are plenty of sites out there that have great recipes available and are written by seasoned keto’ers. I am in the process of perfecting garlic spinach almond flour fritters that definitely need to be in the spot light once I get the flavor tweaked (when I can actually taste food!).
Meal planning is a bit easier since my options are so restricted, and it also challenges my kitchen creativity, which I love. At the same time, the diet is very clinical, so the simple pleasure of enjoying the food I love without overthinking my choices is completely lost. It’s a very difficult thing to adjust to, but I’m managing.
If you’re interested in reading more about the Ketogenic diet, or recipes, these are a few good websites to get you started.
I will also be adding more information on diets beneficial in treating IBD and IBS to my Recommended Reading & Resources page eventually. I may link to my food blog at some point if I find any appropriate recipes in my archive. Thanks for sticking around for all of this boring stuff. 😉
I hope this information can help someone else, as well!