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The diet: things have been happening!

It’s now nearly a week since I embarked on a ketogenic diet. The previous post was written on the third day, when I was suffering from “keto flu”, as I transitioned into ketosis (burning mainly fat instead of carbohydrates for energy). I seem to have had it relatively easy. I was weak and wobbly in the morning, gradually began to feel better during the afternoon, and was fine come mid-evening.

The next morning my Ketostix arrived and seemed to confirm I had fully transitioned. As it turns out they’re unreliable for this purpose and I could have trusted how I felt, which just got better and better. And I was losing weight fast.

Now I’m not doing this to lose weight but own a set of scales, previously very rarely used, and decided to check daily out of interest. On day one, 68.2kg, day two 68, three 67.7, then 67.2. A full kilo in three days, half of that in one! Then I decided to use up some filled pasta that was in the fridge. Next reading (today), back to 68.2! Of course it’s just water, and this article explains very nicely what’s going on there. Last night I was out of ketosis according to the stix, which I think have probably been working well enough for my purposes.

More importantly, my energy levels while in ketosis have been great! Day five was quite busy. After breakfasting on a two egg spinach omelette and a mug of hot water (to which I’ve gotten used since the ulcer diagnosis; I’d also had a herbal tea earlier), I drove 12 miles (Alloa to Falkirk) to leave the car for its MOT, walked a mile to the railway station (coffee with cream on the way), got the train to Edinburgh, did some shopping (sketch pad and pens, t-shirts) and spent an hour in the National Gallery, particularly enjoying the Rocks & Rivers exhibition. Then I got the call: loads of work needed on the car, wouldn’t get it back that day.

Now as it happens, there was a rail strike (not good planning I know), whereby not only was the frequency reduced by half on the relevant route, but there were no trains at all to Alloa! So after lunch, an Atkins Advantage Chocolate Decadence Bar 60g (very expensive but low carbs, quite yummy, I intend to make my own keto snacks in future) and some tap water I’d taken with, in Princes Street Gardens, I got a train to Stirling, where the ticket inspector on the barrier was nice enough (or practical enough) to let me off having a return ticket merely to Falkirk, then I walked to the bus station. When was I last on a bus? No idea. Anyway, after a delay due to a minor collision in the bus station, it got me to Alloa, where I went to the studio and spent a couple of hours catching up on some computer work.

In the past (pre-keto) I’d often be floored after a simple visit to Edinburgh. Today I’d not only done a fair bit more traveling—and coped with the news of a car repair estimate of £300-400!—but managed some work on top. And when I got home I still had the energy to make a simple meal from scratch. And do the washingup after!

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June 24, 2016   Posted in: diet, health

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