I really love the keto lifestyle. I know there are lots of delicious things that one must part with in their original sense, however the secret is to keep your focus on all the rich things you get to eat! Also, if you’re hankering to have some sort of carby thing, chances are there is some sort of substitute recipe out there that will satisfy the craving (enter Fat Head Dough instead of wheat based pizza dough... what?!?! So good)
The second reason I really love this lifestyle is because it is one of the only ways I’ve seen dramatic and immediate improvement in my health and weight loss.
The very first time I dove into keto, I did very little research and jumped right into the deep end. Although I lost like 8 pounds in that first week, I also got the keto flu something awful and had absolutely no idea that that was even a thing. (I ended up taking a pregnancy test thinking that maybe that was the culprit to why I felt so terrible, alas no baby on board at that time). The flu-like symptoms lasted about 4 days and then the cloud lifted and I was a whole new person!
Brain-fog lifted, energy... woke, motivation--- on fire! I followed the orthodox, classic keto approach to the “T” and I dropped weight like crazy. Nearly 45 pounds in total.
The thing is that my hair fell out a bit, my cheeks broke out like I was a teenager going through puberty, and my breast milk dried up... luckily my second child was 16 months old and was ready to stop nursing at the time.
After having my third kiddo and flirting with keto since he was about 3 months old, I am ready to launch back into the lifestyle, but I’m going to do it a bit slower this time. I’m going to wade in the shallow and slowly swim to the deep end. I’m entirely interested in keeping all my hair, not breaking out, definitely would like to avoid the keto flu, and most importantly keep the milk I feed my little guy with.
Days 8-10 and Beyond!
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5 Key Tips for Nursing Moms on Keto
3. Eat Calories
Eat calories! The transition period is not the time to cut down on the amount of calories you eat. This is a time to help your body switch from running on sugar and carbs (glucose) to running on fat. We’ll get into exploring light intermittent fasting options while nursing on a later post, but this should only be explored well after becoming fat adapted.
4. Be Snack Ready
I generally don’t snack but it’s always a good idea to keep nuts on you during the day in case you start to feel hungry and are either a few hours away from your next meal or are about to indulge in something carby. (Weak moments happen. Better to be prepared for success with targeted snack prep.) My favorite nuts to keep on hand in my baby bag for those times are: almonds, macadamia nuts, pistachios and hazelnuts. Some hardcore keto followers out there might disagree with my choices as pistachios and hazelnuts are not the lowest carb nuts, however, we’re trying to establish the habit of going for delicious nuts before carby things. Once we establish the habit, we can start fine tuning our choices later.
5. Flavor with Pickled Goodness
Vinegar and pickled items are your best friends! Not only will pickled onions or vinegary marinated mushrooms bring immense flavor to your salads, they will also help your body breakdown fat by helping your gallbladder produce lots of bile. Bile will aid your body in breaking down all this fat your freeing from your fat cells to move out of your body! So feel free to order that bun-less burger with cheese and bacon, but don’t forget to ask for a big lush side salad and lots and lots of pickles! (Drinking a small glass of water with a cap-ful of apple cider vinegar in the morning is also ideal, we’ll get into that in another post.)
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