Nobody talks about poop, but if we’re honest, poop is pretty incredible.
It’s pretty much a lens into what’s really happening inside the body.
It’s the floating boat or sinking shi! metaphor of health.
Food takes anywhere from 1-3 days to leave the body. Things like dairy can more easily slow down our digestive system where as fiber (and water in-take), can help regulate bowel movements. Fiber is a pretty cool nugget of health. Without fiber, our poop has no bulk and the intestines have to work harder to get rid of the waste.
Let’s back-up for a minute (I couldn’t resist), If you’re not pooping daily, it means there’s going to be a pressure build-up in your intestines. This pressure creates little pockets or weak spots that invite gastric issues such as inflammation and bacterial growth, toxins to grow. In short, the toxin build up makes you sick. Constipation is your body’s way of telling you that you’re unbalanced. If you’re otherwise healthy, it’s now that you should be looking at what in your diet is causing the issue.
For me, a ketogenic diet has forced me to pay close attention to what I put in my mouth. I’m hyper aware (at least for now) of what I eat and when. Let’s just say, my unused food is leaving my body in a timely manner, a few times a day. For anyone who has a history of constipation, you can appreciate how awesome this is.
For me, healthy bowel came from eliminating gluten, substantially decreasing my sugar intake (at least 5 glasses of water a day. I eat ethical, organic meat whenever possible and have eliminated processed foods from my diet.
I have very little bloating now and I haven’t been constipated in 10 days. My body is balancing out and I’m eager to see how my gut health changes as I continue with keto.
Happy bowels = happy body. Pay attention, it pays to give a sh!#
I have a sinus infection. A fever. A cough. I am sick.
All the while, I am craving is heavy cream. Weird right? I hear, not so much. Apparently, Craving fat is a very good sign.
I’ve had three coffees today.
All with heavy cream and vanilla sugar-free creamer.
I want to adjust my fat intake. I need more fat and less protein, but this has been challenging for me so far.
This part of keto has a huge learning curve for me because I realize how little I understand the numbers. I’m going to purchase the Keto Beginning e-book, and learn from the bottom up. If I get a handle on this, I think I’ll feel more confident in my meal planning.
I noticed today (not sure why I missed this before) that there is a ‘fat’ and ‘saturated fats’ tab option on my food diary. I haven’t been adding them together. Should I be? I’m not sure.
I need to ask my keto hero for feedback on this.
I’ve eaten a completely animal-free diet for the past 15 years. That includes a 6-month stint in veganism. This new Ketogenic journey has challenged me to look at my conscious eating habits, introducing meat back in to my menu in the past weeks. The timing couldn’t be more perfect. Enter, the holidays!
This Christmas I ate turkey, sans potatoes and rice. Instead, I had a keto-friendly salad and fatty guilt-free dressing. It was pretty great. I have been fat-adapting for long enough now, that I was able to enjoy my meal without any side effects.
I do regret not making a keto-friendly pumpkin pie though. I dropped the ball on that one, having searched for alternatives too late. There are so many options for keto friendly sweets that there really isn’t a need to go without. I don’t want to deprive myself and I don’t have to, but it’s an adjustment. I’ve never been a fan of cooking and so, I am having to learn how to do all of this stuff.
This self-labeled kitchen-allergic-keto-newbie is feeling more confident now.
I see more adventurous recipes in my future….including turkey & pie….maybe even turkey….. pie? You’ll have to wait and see.
I didn’t log my numbers today. Happy holidays.