This is an unusual blogpost for me. I NEVER write about DIETS, but I find that as a hairstylist I am ALWAYS talking about them, so here it goes.
I've been watching from the sidelines as many of friends (both real life & social media) transform their lives and get HEALTHY. I was inspired by one post where my gf said: "Just start." Simple words, but hit me at the right time.
As a Mama to a daughter that requires physical assistance, I have felt more back aches + hip pains the last few months. As a hairstylist I have joint aches in my wrists and fingers. It's like it just hit me that I am NOT getting any younger and Finley isn't getting any lighter. I HAVE TO be healthy & STRONG for her and her future younger brother. (If you didn't already know, we are in the adoption process again!)
My husband, Josh, is a pretty heathy guy. He has always strayed away from Carbs and Sugar and works out at the gym regularly (insert eye roll, I know). I came home talking about this Keto diet I kept hearing about and he was all, "THIS IS WHAT I'VE BEEN TELLING YOU!" Let me preface this by saying- I listen to and value my husband's words 100%, BUT I do in-fact need to hear things like 3 times in order for it to absorb into my crazy-mama brain. He then had me watch this.
Josh is a regular viewer of the Joe Rogan Podcast, if you're an avid reader of our blog then you might have deja vu- because Joe is also how we first came to research stem cells for Fin.
What peaked my interest most was, ALL OF THE PROVEN health benefits of this "diet". I would love to get Fin on this one day- I believe it could be beneficial to her Cerebral Palsy, but Lord knows homegirl can't quit the cheese crackers cold turkey. (They are the Annie's ones though, so that makes me feel better. LOL.)
I wanna be transparent about this, because I have tried ALL THE "DIETS" & yoyo'd with the best of them. I got up to 160 pounds when I was grieving both my Dad and the news of our infertility. It was about a 30-pound gain. Food became my comfort (and wine, there was lots of wine.)
My wedding weight was 127lb. (I bet I got down to 124 on the honeymoon my in-laws gifted to us, lots of hiking and not so much eating- Hawaii is expensive and we were broke). I lost 20 pounds using the very unhealthy HCG regimen- I cried myself to sleep many nights from hunger + truly tortured myself. All that, and I remember STILL not being happy with my weight then. Don't we all struggle with this though?! I see these pictures and I would kill to look like that "pudgy", size-4 girl again!
I have set my mind to hit my goal weight of 125 lbs. Using good ol' "diet & exercise." I am 5'5 so I think it's realistic, but it SOUNDS NUTS to me. Let's be real, I would like to just step on the scale and SEE a 1 followed by a 2 again.
We started the oh-so trendy ketogenic diet on March 4th and I am LOVING IT. I wanted to FEEL better, the last few years I have struggled with acid in my stomach after meals & headaches every few days. I didn't realize this was a problem really, until the symptoms stopped. Now I feel great and am down 9 pounds. It's been 18 days and I have found a groove!
Since I started posting about the diet on my @prive_christina Instagram account, I have received so many of the same questions. I wanted to formulate a little "start up" checklist for those lost on where to begin. Hope this kicks you off so you can start ASAP!
SOME TIPS FOR STARTING KETO:
1. WATCH THIS:
2. GET YO BUTT TO THE GROCERY STORE.
Let google be your guide if you are questioning something. I use it every day. NOTE: the REALER the food, the better.
- Raw nuts
- grass fed butter
- heavy whipping cream
- TONS of veggies. The greener the better.
- coconut oil
- ground beef/meat
- pure vanilla extract
- 1/3 less fat cream cheese
3. BUY KETO TEST STRIPS.
4. DOWNLOAD A KETO APP
This will help keep you on track.
5. BUY MCT Oil
We like this one.
6. Take before pics and weigh yourself.
TIP: Do It NAKED and the same time every morning after you pee :). If you have health conditions, consult with your doctor about beginning this lifestyle.
7. FOLLOW INSPIRATION ACCOUNTS.
Honestly, the best thing to do is, JUST START! You'll learn a lot as you go and figure out what your tolerance levels are. If you watch all of the videos in this post you won't have too many unanswered questions. I will definitely keep y'all updated on this HEALTH JOURNEY.