Over sixty days ago I made a lifestyle change. I would finally be rid of my ‘pre-diabetic‘ state.
I knew it was going to be difficult. The four types of carbs, bread, pasta, rice, and potatoes, were my favorite foods. I had to stop eating them completely. I also cannot eat candy, chocolate, and any of the artificial sweet stuff. Even fruits full of sugar such as bananas and apples were a no-no. I used this online resource to help me find out what the food I should avoid: https://www.ruled.me/guide-keto-diet/.
- Got Hubby to agree to have separate meals. He may need to cook his own food the first few weeks because if I cook for him I might be tempted to have what he is having.
- Went grocery shopping and bought the alternatives to starchy foods, such as cauliflower rice, broccoli, salad ingredients, chicken, beef, and other meat.
- Used my Happy Planner and Crafting materials to keep me distracted from my food cravings
- Kept a ziplock bag of Stevia and Monk Fruit sugar substitutes so that I can keep away from Splenda and sugar.
And as simple as that I got through the four days without a hitch. The succeeding days were pretty much the same. I had my own set of keto-friendly foods and I did house chores, my hobbies, read magazines, and anything interesting to keep my mind away from the thinking about the carbs. I knew I was going to miss it so I had to prepare to make sure I would keep at my goal.
Soon it was not such a big bother. I would eat at all the restaurants I usually eat in and select the keto-friendly foods. I looked up at different recipes online (there are a ton!).
I use lettuce to wrap meatballs, pulled pork, chicken, etc. And it tastes delicious!
I went to sushi restaurants with my family and was perfectly happy just eating salad, salmon, and chicken. Miso soup was good too.
I went back to my favorite Korean eatery and ordered the grilled chicken like I used to, ate the side dishes, and asked for more broccoli instead of the usual serving of their brown rice.
Fast forward to sixty days and here I am feeling all elated right after receiving the results of my health diagnostic exam, wherein I had blood drawn for several measurements. My blood sugar is at 91 mg/dL !!!! What does that mean? NO MORE PRE-DIABETES! My blood sugar level is NORMAL!!!
I am beyond thrilled with this great news! What to do to celebrate? I will treat myself to babyback ribs and eat it to my heart’s content!
I want to have a normal blood sugar for life so I intent to try to keep at this keto diet.
Will I try eating pasta, rice, bread, and potatoes?
No. I really have no cravings for them. I see them differently now at the food that ruin my health. With this new perception I have no desire to eat them at all.
I may take a spoonful of the tiramisu my husband orders. Or indulge in a sugar-free sweet from time to time (I just had this chocolate, caramel, and nuts ‘Turtle’ chocolate labeled ‘sugar-free’ from a Carmel-By-The-Sea candy store). But in general, I will shy away from the candy and opt for a healthy piece of fruit as my taste buds have definitely changed.
The one sweet food I did miss and will try to treat myself to once in awhile was frozen yogurt. This revelation surprised me. I kept thinking about it and wanting to eat it. Not even ice cream or chocolate. It was frozen yogurt with lots of almonds. I have since fulfilled this craving with goat’s milk yogurt and Greek yogurt which has the least amount of sugar per gram (i.e. between 5 to 6 grams per serving). But once in awhile I ask my Hubby to treat me to frozen yogurt from my favorite local place.
Now that I have achieved getting into the normal zone in my blood sugar, my next health achievement is to overcome my anemia. I have been anemic for nearly two decades, and it was getting worse by the year. In my last checkup eight months ago I was diagnosed with severe anemia, with a hemoglobin count of below 8.0 g/dL. In layman’s terms, there isn’t enough red blood cells carrying oxygen in my body and therefore I am only running 65% to 75% energy level. In worse cases I can get a stroke.
Well in my recent blood test after the KETO diet, my hemoglobin count has gone up to 10.0 g/dL, which is considered mild anemia. THAT is great news! If I can get it over 13.0 g/dL then I will no longer be considered anemic! Therefore I need to keep at it and continue making progress.
This is one of my most revealing and personal post yet. Why? Because I want anyone who reads this that may have the same symptoms or conditions that I experienced to learn from what I went through.
And to also let you know that change is possible. I have been on starchy foods all my life until I decided to do away with it. Now I do not even crave it. I look at it with disdain because these are the kinds of foods that are ruining my body. And therefore I have no need for wanting to eat it.
How about you? Have you tried the KETO diet? How do you feel afterwards?