Phase 1: The Keto Flu and Getting Used to Things
Throughout my first week, I experienced a slight decrease in energy that felt a little bit like getting a cold. This is called "keto flu" within the ketogenic community, and it's a pretty common experience that stems from a withdrawal of sorts from sugars (sugars meaning everything from actual cane sugar to the glucose found in sweet potatoes, fruits, and whole grains). Maybe it's because I am already a pretty healthy eater, but my keto flu lasted only about a day and a half, and then I was back on top of my game.
Because I was committed to eating only healthy fats, my diet consisted largely of vegetables, fatty seafood, and free-range eggs and nuts, with a smattering of grass-fed meats. On a typical day of keto, this is what my diet would look like:
- Breakfast: Either fasting (no breakfast) or two eggs over easy cooked in grass-fed butter.
- Lunch: A big salad with romaine, kale, onions, cucumbers, and an entire avocado, topped with Primal Kitchen Caesar Dressing.
- Dinner: Salmon with the skin on alongside a bed of broccoli and cauliflower drizzled in extra virgin olive oil.
- Dessert: A fat bomb made with organic coconut oil, cacao powder, almond butter, and a couple of drops of liquid stevia.
You'll notice that my meal plan didn't include any snacks. After the keto flu was over, one of the first differences I noticed was that I was suddenly never hungry. Like, for real.