If you’ve read my about page, you know that my journey- after all of the yoyo dieting- started for me. Over the past few months, I’ve realized that the reason it worked this time was because of that. This was not for anyone else. When you’re in your 20’s and you hear all of the medical issues you’re at risk for, on top of what you already have been diagnosed with and family history, something needs to change for good. But how do you start when you don’t have much control of your eating? What exercises do you do when you haven’t worked out in a while? On top of all of this, I wasn’t educated on what to eat, when to eat, and what exercises worked best for me.
Personally, I had to reach out for help. Luckily, my cousin is very well trained in nutrition and offered to help me. It honestly felt like I was back in school the first two times I had met with him. I was learning about how every body works when digesting certain foods, along with how my body had reacted to medications I was on and how all of this tied together with my PCOS. After learning all of this, it was time to learn about what I should be eating. This is when I started eating along the guidelines of the keto diet. I had never heard of this before my cousin had told me about it, and now it is a buzz diet. I can personally say that if you stick to this, your body will change for the better – I know mine did.
So what is the keto diet and how do you get to this ketosis state? Well for me, I had to buy ketone test strips and send them to my cousin. Every. Single. Day. If that couldn’t hold me responsible I don’t know what would. So every day for one month, I only ate keto foods, take this test strip, and ultimately have my body in this ketosis state. For this month I mainly stuck to foods high in fat and protein, such as fish, chicken, avocados, olive oil, and a ton of vegetables, nuts and berries. I ate four meals every day, each 3-4 hours apart from each other. I came to notice that I was not only giving my body the nutrients it needed, but I was never unsatisfied with a meal. I had to get used to meal prepping, knowing what to eat and when to eat. This took me about two weeks, but I mastered all of this by the end of that month. I knew that I could eat the same meal for breakfast, lunch and a snack without being bored. Dinners would be along the same lines every night – protein with avocado and zucchini noodles.
And through all of this, all of the feelings that I was having, deprivation was never one of them. After this one month, my clothes fit differently, people were noticing the change I was making, and my energy level was through the roof. Nothing was going to stop me. The support from my parents, boyfriend, friends, and my coach were what kept me motivated through all of this. What made this journey all worth it? It was for me. I am always caring for others – it’s in my nature. But when I finally came around to care for myself the way I do others, I realized that this is the way I should be living my life.
Don’t get me wrong, life found a way to throw me off balance a few times. Between moving, having stronger food sensitivities, and vacations, there are always temptations. Now it’s the holiday season, and you bet I’m eating Christmas cookies and having comfort food for dinner more than once a week. But instead of letting this ruin my progress and dwell on any guilt, I start my next meal with a new state of mind. I never say, “I’ll start tomorrow” anymore – I start with my next bite. Once you get this far, you know that one slip up won’t hurt you, but help you to get back in line with your lifestyle with your next meal. You are the one with the power and control in this situation. If you can do it alone, that’s amazing. But never hesitate to sit down with your loved ones and ask for their support. You are trying to make yourself better – no one person, meal, or thought should get in the way of that.