I've had many people asking me about the modified Keto diet that I’ve been doing, so I thought I would share my verdict.
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For 4 weeks I’ve been following a modified Keto diet. I read about it via Dr Sara Gottfried in the US who is fantastic about all things hormones. Her book, Women, Food and Hormones is fascinating. She explains why a Keto diet - high fat and protein, low carb and sugar, works so well for women to rebalance hormones and gives a 4 week guide. The hardest bit was definitely psychological, it did help that I didn’t have many social engagements on. Especially around my period, I craved sweet things and was fantasising about mashed potato and mac & cheese!
Dr Sara recommends measuring your food which I didn’t, and also weighing yourself daily which I didn’t (I do weekly as I can get obsessed by the scales) and also to use a blood ketone monitor but I stuck with urine. What I did do, was measure my sugars using the Freestyle Libre which was helpful.
A day of eating, roughly consisted of:
- black coffee, sometimes with a teaspoon of MCT oil
- a puritition Keto shake with coconut or almond milk, some Xylitol to sweeten and a teaspoon of MCT oil if it isn’t in my coffee.
- a salad with egg or tuna, avocado and oil dressing
- some nuts for snacks
- fish/meat and broccoli or sprouts for dinner or a home made coleslaw, oil dressing or mayo
- a sugar free Keto brownie for dessert. Bad brownie or the low carb company. Or a small piece of dark (85%) chocolate.
Is this sustainable forever? I’m not sure. I’m on a holiday this week and I’ve already eaten mash and chips (not together) but don’t feel good for it! So I’m definitely going to do the plan again. I did lose weight (about 7lbs) but people have commented on how well I looked too.
I believe a good ‘reset’ is always good. I think it’s about balance. I’m going to a wedding this week and want to feel part of it and not worrying about carbs. However I don’t like feeling sluggish or tired, or not being able to manage my weight. So I’m going to have to find a way to balance this into my lifestyle. One idea is to have one day a week where I eat what I like. I’m still figuring it out but I’ll keep you posted.
One thing that’ll be interesting, is what my 'Real Age' score will be when I repeat it in 3-4 months. It’s currently 1 year older than my current age! I’m hoping with my new supplements and change in diet I can improve on this, or get it to 10 years younger by the end of the year!!
This is a test I’m offering to my patients too so if you’re interested let me know!
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