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Ketogenic Diet: Day 3

I've been trying a ketogenic diet lately. For those not in the know, it's very similar to the Atkins diet, ergo an extremely low carb diet, high in fat and proteins and with no sugars. It's prescribed for those with epilepsy to stop seizures by normalizing mental energy levels. It also can lower blood pressure, anxiety, and help build up loads of lean muscle.

So far, I'm loving it. From my research, I should be in an energy slump at this point in the diet while my body adjusts to ketosis, but I'm not feeling it at all. My emotions and energy levels feel more stable than usual, I'm able to focus easier, and my anxiety is way down.

Figuring out what to eat hasn't been that difficult either, considering the extremely limited food selection available. I've been able to stick to the diet on the last legs of my Florida vacation, and even on the plane flight back to Washington, with minimal effort.

I've also learned that I fucking love salmon. I always thought fish was gross, but after being forced to eat loads of it, I'm realizing that it's really not bad. Years ago I had fish and got stabbed in the top of my mouth by a sharp, unexpected bone. I think that that experience is the reason I've had such a strong distaste of fish. Well, no more! Thanks weird fad diet!

Tonight I'm going to get a Ketosis stick at Walgreens to check if I've entered ketosis yet. It certainly feels like I'm there, or at least that my body has dramatically changed for the better in how it weaves energy.

Yeah, I've Pretty Much Beaten Sugar

On SEBASTIAN MARSHALL

Let's start with some quick hitting, practical points for you, in case you're in a hurry -

1. I think sugar takes a while to quit for most people, and some preparation.

2. Start slowly learning foods you like and trying new healthy foods to find a mix you like. When you go to the store, try one new healthy food to see if it suits you each time.

3. You're going to need to replace all the sugary and junk food you eat. Quitting isn't enough - you need something else to take its place.

4. Consider tracking your energy levels throughout the day for a few weeks and what you eat. It takes a bit of effort, but it's massively worthwhile effort. You'll learn what you respond to and have a massively higher quality of life.

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