7.5 Weeks on Keto

You probably think it’s weird I am doing another update already, or perhaps you’ve been wondering.

I am not going to lie, I have had a few treat days in the over seven weeks but since this is a lifestyle change and not a diet it is absolutely, 100 percent okay. I will never make it through the upcoming holidays if I do not allow myself a little treat sometimes, the trick is to only have it once and then back on track. I monitored my ketones after these days and it takes about three days for my body to get back to producing ketone levels that are detectable using the urine test strips.

I am up to over 18 inches lost and about 18 pounds lost. If you read my previous post though you know this is about my brain and not my weight, though I am happy to have this side effect of this change. So, have I noticed any changes in my brain/body in regards to my MS symptoms and my change in eating habits. Unfortunately, not yet, though these things take time so I am going to keep moving forward hoping the long run results will help the MS.

Now, for my blood!! I had to see the doctor so I had her pull blood that I get done annually just to see if there is a change. There was. My cholesterol level over all is the same, though the triglycerides were so high last time they couldn’t actually get a number for the LDL. My triglycerides have gone almost 100 points, my A1C level went from 6.3 to 5.7 (pre-diabetic to your little high keep up the diet changes).

The thing that was the biggest difference in my body was my hormone levels. Last year, and the year before all of my hormone levels were at “post-menopausal” levels thanks to my PCOS. Now, my levels have normalized to those of an average 30-something year old. That’s a huge difference, I am not planning on having any more kids but if I was this would be an awesome start.

Now that my hormones are returning there’s three possible outcomes for my alopecia.

  1. My hair grows back (this would be AMAZING), however less likely.
  2. Nothing changes
  3. I lose more hair, this is a possibility because the hormone levels being wacky is what caused it in the first place.

With the science showing me that there is a difference happening on the inside of my body and the outside of my body fitting into cute clothes I forgot I had I am confident moving forward the way I am.

 

One Month on Keto so far

I started Keto on September 7th for my brain health for MS. (healthy high fat diets have proven to be good to neurological diseases) I have been asked several if it is helping, that’s not an easy question to answer.

I have not noticed a difference in my functioning since starting keto, my energy level is still low, my pain is still there (depends on what I have done during each day), my words still don’t work.

What I have noticed is that my hormones (due to PCOS) have leveled out (fingers crossed it helps my alopecia). I have lost 13.61 pounds and 13 total inches.

When I nerd out at my next doctor appointment I will have a bunch of blood work done to see if it has changed anything on that level. It’s hard, especially because I love sugar, but it’s manageable and since it’s a lifestyle change for me and not a diet I am allowing myself the occasional treat so that I can sustain this change long term.