posted on Jul, 14 2016 @ 02:33 AM
I'm just keeping updates on this thread, maybe just for myself, to note how it is going, and in public in case there is anyone else thinking of doing
it and researching others' experiences.
At this point (it has been two weeks) I am convinced this diet has changed my life completely- in a positive way.
1- I am enjoying foods like I never have before.
There are a lot of foods I had the habit of eating on bread, for example, that I am now eating alone, and realizing not only do I eat less of it that
way, I can relish the taste of it much more intensely.
(Paté is an example for me, but another one could be peanut butter, for other people who like that)
2- I never feel starving.
This comes into play when faced with temptations. Even went to a fancy ice cream shop with my husband and granddaughter, and was able to sit with them
while they ate enormous dishes of ice cream (she having my favorite, mint/chocolate) and I was able to forego it without a sense of suffering- only a
good natured humor about it.
3- My energy level is constant.
I do not feel the ups and downs I used to- like boundless energy at 6AM, dead exhaustion at 2 PM. I always feel calm but energetic. Because of this, I
stopped drinking so much coffee. I used to drink several cups throughout the day, and now down to only one in the morning.
4- Menopause symptoms have almost completely gone away.
Hot flashes, lack of mental clarity, failing short term memory...gone, in a rather dramatic way. My mind feels clear and I sleep like a baby. I had
been getting painful joints all over my body, and that is completely gone, as is the tennis elbow pain that was repeatedly flairing up.
5-I am losing weight
The first week I lost two kilos (4.5 pounds). I decided the second week not to look at the scale because that is a lot, it might be mostly water, and
I don't want to become obsessed with the scale, which can be misleading anyway.
But I can see and feel a huge difference- no more bloated stomach, and a visible difference in my legs and arms in terms of that ugly cellulite, loose
fat effect. This morning when I got out of bed, hubby watched me and exclaimed on how much I have lost.
6- My skin and hair have NEVER looked so good!
Especially since I have suffered much of my life with cystic acne, and just generally sensitive, reactive skin, I have never known this experience
before- my skin is smooth, no red areas, blotchiness, or irritations. No oily or dry patches... It just feels ... stronger when I touch it? It's so
weird, to be able to actually touch my face (for all of my life, that has been a no-no I have gotten used to avoiding, because my skin was so reactive
it would get inflamed, irritated and sprout spots if I touched it). Only someone who has really struggled with problem skin can probably appreciate
that. It almost makes me want to cry with joy.
My urine suddenly smelled strange about a week ago and I got concerned, until I found out it is a normal part of the adaptation process as you go into
ketosis. Which means I started moving into ketosis rather quickly, yay!
The ONLY downside I have experienced so far is the reactions of other people. The french like to mock each other, though it is all in good will- I am
being mocked a lot by my family members. My husband, kids, and in-laws watch what I eat and what I am refusing, and find it completely nonsensical
("you won't eat bread, but you'll eat a huge piece of roast with fat on it???"). My mother in law saw me putting coconut oil in my coffee in the
morning and laughed her head off.
The common judgement so far has been that I have gotten caught up in some sort of internet hoax (that is possibly even dangerous).
My husband is starting to become interested though, and taking it a bit more seriously. He's asking more detailed questions about it, and choosing
sometimes to eat the same as me. I think he will soon want to join me in this. I don't know if he could stick to it though because he really likes
fruit a lot. We'll see.
Anyway, still haven't had the flu like symptoms some get, though I am experiencing a bit less strength and stamina when I work out. That was very
clear last week, and from what I understand, it is normal as my body is adapting. I'll see this morning, as I am about to go out for my run, if that
is changing yet. In any case, even when I feel I can't keep running, I simply walk, and extend the distance instead.
So that's my notes so far. An awesome experience so far. In two more weeks I'll ask my doc for a blood workup to see how my blood sugar, triglycerides
and cholesterols are doing.