Having a holiday feast is fine and doesn’t have to end your diet goals or send you careening off the rails for weeks. I am taking the next day to fast back to ketosis as quickly as possible and get back on track. After eating to my heart’s content yesterday, I ended the night with a full glass of water and about an hour of stretching and some crunches. It wasn’t going to undo the binge-style eating, but it centered me and helped me sleep better perhaps.
I thought about my goal last night for today which is an attempt at fasting with only coffee, mct, and water. I am about to go for a long walk and then test my keto levels for any signs of progress.
As the day progressed I was back in ketosis quicker than I thought. I drank a green tea with MCT oil and butter to help ease into the evening without dinner, but it made really nauseous. I ended up drinking a protein shake with no sugar and about 100 calories. I sipped on water and fell asleep hungry. I am looking forward to food today. That was my first successful fasting test, usually I cave by lunch –so there’s that.
The term that is most commonly used is intermittent fasting and there are more ways than one to use this approach. Typically I like the one that works while I sleep. The trick is not eating past 6 o’clock then sleeping as long as possible, and breaking the fast with a late breakfast like a normal human being. Some doctors and nutritionists swear by a monthly 3-5 day fast and there are always the more extreme ones as well. The important thing to remember is that the people fasting are doing so in an extremely controlled manner with careful attention paid to their supplements, electrolytes and water intake. Additionally, they test their ketone levels, blood, urine and whatever else these uber-obssessed types like to measure. It’s not just starvation and see what happens; fasting requires some level of research and the consultation of a doctor when you become more interested in the practice.
But for the average person a day to give your body a break and boost back to where you want to be on a keto diet seems harmless to me and something that I would only recommend post holiday diet crash. But hey, that’s just me and I like to eat. I do as a general rule try and have dinner before 6 and eat around 9 am after my morning bulletproof coffee which I have first thing. This is working really well when I don’t stray from the routine. 🙂
The world needs more time in nature if you ask me. I go there to think and clear my head. I work things out and release the negativity that has built up. I read once that nature, being an infinite source of positive energy, can absorb your negative energy and it’s gone. One exercise is to throw rocks into a creek or pond or whatever source of water you can find. Name your worry or thing you need to let go of and fill that rock with the pain, the disappointment, the problem whatever you can name and throw it. It’s this act of releasing the negative that will free your mind and let the natural world comfort you.
So, there are lots and lots of explanations about why and how MCT helps you and your brain. But the only proof that you need is the proof you will find yourself by using it
Medium-chain triglycerides are triglycerides whose fatty acids have an aliphatic tail of 6–12 carbon atoms. The fatty acids found in MCTs are called medium-chain fatty acids. Wikipedia
So, there are lots and lots of explanations about why and how MCT helps you and your brain. But the only proof that you need is the proof you will find yourself by using it. The easiest thing to do is to pour it into your coffee, tea or smoothie in the morning and see how you feel. I started with a tablespoon in my coffee and then increased as I got used to the dose and the effect.
It has no taste or smell so you can add it to virtually anything. You can cook with it too. It is basically super concentrated coconut oil, but it tastes like nothing. If you are trying for ketosis or the fat burning phase of a low carb ketogenic diet this will also help put you there and keep you there for longer periods which I believe will help lead to weight loss.
What does it do? It gives me an instant boost in the morning and clarity in my brain. I feel like I can think better and function at a high level for hours without breakfast as the fat acts like fuel and food. When coupled with caffeine the drink gives me a nice steady level of energy, less to no sugar cravings and no feeling of a crash before lunch when I am actually hungry and ready to eat.
All I suggest here is that you try it for yourself. This is a routine that I have stuck to for years and beyond brushing my teeth I can’t really say I have stuck with anything as loyally as the MCT supplement.
This deodorant has worked on a long day at work in which I am active and sweating, a full workout, and a yoga session.
I have tried many but all fail for me, these pricey deodorants are tough to commit to and experiment with because you have to risk smelling not so great all day. So, I picked a day and then little by little I tried it out.
This deodorant has worked on a long day at work in which I am active and sweating, a full workout, and a yoga session. I couldn’t smell any body odor and I am that girl that sweats! This does not stop you from sweating but there is no odor so perhaps that’s better for you. I still have my aluminum back up for an especially sweaty event like a date or a night out just in case. SO I haven’t made the commitment but I am wearing it 80% of the time. It’s a transition, you can’t just go all natural with your pits overnight, it takes time but it’s a trip worth taking.
The information is everywhere in terms of the risks of coating our armpits with the current products full of aluminum. However, the research is limited because big testing like what is needed is costly and seems to have been shut down in the last few years. When you see shelves lined with a certain product in the store, you can believe that Big Money is behind keeping it there. I am not always a conspiracy theorist, but this one smells of serious concern to me. (Pun intended)
My goal this week is to do 5 guided meditations in 5 days. I will be using Tara Brach and attempting to sit up this week as opposed to being nestled into my bed. I end up falling asleep when I lay down which is ok too, but I want the deeper experience of the meditation. So, I will give myself no less than 15 minutes of sitting up, eyes closed and see what happens.
Day 1 Recap
I downloaded an app called Insight Timer and sampled some different guided meditations. I did sit up this time and stayed awake so I made progress.
The first session was 25 minutes with Tara Brach’s “Vipassana (Basic) Meditation”, I was distracted by an itch on my back shoulder blade, I was thinking about work a little a bit, then my son and his dad and what to do about the conflict, I was trying to let go, trying to focus and breathe, just breathe, come back to the breath,..why are my pants so tight at the waist, I am adjusting my yoga pants, now I can breathe yes I am relaxing bringing down my shoulders, relaxing my body, my leg is tingling because it’s numb from sitting with my legs crossed, is this normal, maybe I should be sitting on the floor and not my bed, but I am not laying down, everything is ok stop judging myself, stop judging myself for judging, deep breath and the bell goes off,..I was done but I forgot to meditate.
I straightened my legs, took a deep breath and decided to try another one, Jack Kornfield’s “Breathing Meditation” only 8:43 so I had time to try again, this time I was going to relax and think of nothing but I was already telling myself to think of nothing. I loved the soothing sound of his voice, I was there now. And I made it to the end just by following my breath and paying attention to the flow of air basically and then it was over.
I finished the time with some of “Sacral Chakra Tibetan Singing Bowl” and I laid down and listened to what sounded like rain mixed with beautiful music and I just spaced out for a little bit. I felt better.
“Nachiketa did not ask to get to the end of an imagined journey, but to be fully where he was.” –After the Ecstasy, the Laundry by Jack Kornfield
There is something so captivating about the sunset and all the beauty it casts on the world creating shadows and highlights like no painter can mimic and no photo can reveal. We try to capture the beauty and the essence of the moment, but it’s impossible.
My grandfather always explains that no painting, sculpture or poem will ever be the perfection that you create in your mind. Similarly, the photo can’t express the magnificent moment or colors of the sunset, but it gives you the idea of it.