This is an honest post. A review of the last 11 days of Keto. I was extremely surprised by my experience over the last week.
Firstly, I am new to the Keto diet but heard a fair amount about it from colleagues at work or friends. My expectations were very low. However, I am currently feeling great. I have a lot more energy than I did before I started. I feel lighter and clearer in my thoughts.
Some drawbacks I have to mention
It is really difficult for me to reach my FAT intake. This probably has more to do with my mindset more than anything else. The message that has been perpetuated that FAT=WEIGHT GAIN is a difficult one to break.
I experienced the worse headache on Day 3. I increased water consumption, read about “keto flu” and took in some electrolyte. Headache resolved overnight
The first three days were the hardest, I felt sluggish and fatigue. Very achy.
Currently (Day 7-11), Ive noticed difficulty with falling asleep. I remain very alert and also find it difficult to stay asleep throughout the night.
Plans for next 11 days
I will continue on this journey. Overall, I feel very well and the increase in energy is unbelievable. Additionally, I have lost a few pounds. So its a double win for me!
Ive often wondered, how much more I can do to develop a closer relationship with others. Whether it is a spouse, a friend, or family member, relationships can change trajectory. If little time is spent cultivating a relationship, then it surely will perish.
Similarly, I believe it is the same with God. The time I set aside to read, pray, and commune with Him, the stronger a relationship will develop. As one week comes to an end and another begins, I encourage each of you to spend some quiet time reflecting on the goodness of God.
Perhaps, you are not a religious person, then I encourage you to reflect on the goodness of your life. Today, you are alive. Today, you survived a busy week. Today, you have friends and family. Today, you can start anew.
I share the above prayer with you as an encouragement for today and next week.
On Day 9 of my 21 days on Keto, I fasted. My fast was for 24 hours and most of the time I spent sleeping or at work. By evening, after work I didn’t feel much hunger and had a smoothie bowl topped with dark chocolate and coconut flakes and went off to bed.
Ive fasted many times in the past, so this is not unusual for me. Maybe in the future I will get into fasting a little bit more.
Guys, I found bread!! Bread is my guilty pleasure and comfort! Can you relate? HAHA
Naturally, after I found this I needed to make avocado toast!!!!
In a cast iron pot/ dutch oven, place 2 TBSP butter and allow to melt.
Add minced garlic, onion, tomato (diced) into pot and let cook. Allow tomato and onion mixture to become soft.
Sprinkle in salt, pepper for taste. Stirring occasionally to prevent burning.
4. Create wells for eggs. Crack 4 eggs into mixture.
5. Sprinkle crushed red pepper unto eggs (optional)
6. Cover with lid and leave to cook on medium heat for 5-8 minutes, or until eggs to your desired liking
7. Add leafs of spinach on top and cover to allow spinach to welt
8. When spinach is steamed. Sprinkle parsley for garnish and remove from stovetop
This is my favorite recipe thus far. Its easy and quite delicious. Also anyone in your household can eat together with this recipe!! For non-keto family members, add slice of toast or english muffin for a complete breakfast
NET CARBs– Tomato (2g) spinach (0g), Eggs(0g)
Consider adding cheese if desired, maybe feta or goat cheese
I encourage you to try this one!!.
Ill write up a Sunday review of my experience thus far!!
I was scrolling through my phone and paused for a moment when I saw a beautiful picture of my parents. For their last wedding anniversary, I organized a photo shoot with a local photographer. The essence of these photos highlighted a lifetime of love, but more so, a lifetime of challenges, trials, victories, failures, argument, prayer, laughter, compassion, children, and grandchildren. A lifetime of marriage!
Research conducted at Yale University states that 42% of Black women will marry, 58% of black women will not wed. An astonishing amount of black women will never experience the beauty of marriage. I was so prepared to make a case for myself and female brown and black girls. The truth is, we have heard this message so loud and clear that it leaves us at times helpless in our pursuits of love and marriage.
The notion that we are not worthy of love. With the constant reminder that black men are incarcerated at higher rates than white. The facts on socioeconomic status and education. We’ve heard it many times. I wanted to reiterate these points and share that I was no longer apart of the statistics. But, I uncovered greater insight and an even more powerful message to share.
Through researching I’ve learned that black women do marry, that educated black women don’t always have it harder, that black men earn enough to care for a family and that a black man will marry me. I referenced this article posted on Thoughtco. An insightful article written by Nadra Kareem Nittle entitled Black Marriages: Four Myths Busted by Facts. The author explores statistics and shares a different perspective on black marriages. A healthy, hopeful perspective.
I really appreciated this article, as it shifted my perspective on this issue. We needed this article!
I join with ThoughtCo. to emphasize and empower women, especially black women, to not give up on love. Regardless of age, education, and money, know that whatever you desire can be achieved. Know that love will find you in the most unexpected places. Know that the statistics exist, but you are not the statistics. Also, know that you can choose a life without marriage and still be fulfilled.