2018 and 2019 have been a couple of crazy years (so far)! We sold our home and moved, got pregnant, had a family emergency, had a baby and now we’re moving again. Here’s my update about Keto and health…
I’m sure you’ve noticed I was AWOL for a bit. I was really overwhelmed for a bit and so sick. But honestly, the biggest thing that kept me away from sharing was that I wasn’t following Keto no matter how much I wanted to. I just couldn’t be fake about it. I apologize to everyone who was impacted by this and ask for your forgiveness.
Being pregnant wasn’t magical like I thought it would be. It was, however, a miracle. I’m still amazed that my body was able to do all of that. I was told in 1998 that I could never get pregnant and if I did I would be very highly likely to have a miscarriage. PCOS impacts all of aspects of my life, but that statement alone has really impacted me over the years. Well, look whose laughing now! Keto helped me get healthy enough to get pregnant, maintain a pregnancy and give birth to a healthy baby girl. I am not cured off all of my ailments and health issues, but this sure gives me hope and confidence that I am moving in the right direction healthwise.
I tried to keep with the Keto life while I was pregnant. I am in so many groups with women who definitely kept it going. I found out that some women, including myself, have horrific morning sickness the entire pregnancy and there is nothing Keto that helps you feel better. Along with prescribed medication and homeopathic remedies, I was sick. Crackers and bread helped a lot…when I did eat. I even tried morning sickness candy (definitely not Keto). I felt bad because I wanted to be as healthy as possible for my growing baby and support my husband who was trying his best to follow Keto while I ate Cheez-Its in front of him. Poor guy!
10 weeks postpartum and I feel ready to tackle life again. I’ve mostly figured out my baby and her signals (turns out they don’t speak English so communication is challenging), sleep scheduling and all the laundry and house cleaning and cooking. I had to adjust my medication for my anxiety during and after pregnancy. I even had to make myself a priority and make sacrifices I didn’t think I would ever have to. One of those was giving up the idea of breastfeeding. I just couldn’t get it to work well and I couldn’t do anything else while breastfeeding.
It feels so good to be me again. I’m still not super well. I’m tired and chronically fighting sinus infections. But, I am no worse off than prior to pregnancy. I am back on Keto (2 weeks now) and I’m loving it so much. I didn’t realize I was so used cooking and eating Keto that eating a standard American diet (SAD) was actually hurting my brain.
- Prior to Keto – 330lbs
- Prior to pregnancy – 265lbs
- End of pregnancy – 260lbs
- After pregnancy – 239lbs (rapidly)
- Now – 254lbs (it came back on and I can only guess it’s hormone adjustments)
- Goal – 200lbs
Getting my health back on track:
- Allowing myself forgiveness and room. By body is still changing between the hormones, the anxiety, the weight, the exhaustion, etc. My body is basically brand new and I need to reintroduce myself to myself. Does that make sense?
- Keto – the easiest part of getting back on track. Lately, my new favorite is buying a bagged salad from Trader Joe’s, sprucing it up with nuts and needs and adding leftover meat. Holy moly! So yummy!!
- Chronic sinus infections – totally got this while I was pregnant and it was terrible!!! My new ENT ordered a CT scan as soon as I gave birth. I meet with that doctor next week to discuss what to do because I simply can’t live with chronic illness. I have a family now…and I’d like my life and career back.
- Heavy metals – I fell into a rabbit hole and decided that I need to try removing heavy metals from my body to see if that will help me feel better. I can’t help but wonder if heavy metals are preventing my body from healing. I’ve occasionally wondered if I had an autoimmune issue based upon the way my system attacks itself. It’s been 13 days and so far 1 or 2 changes have been noticed. The skin tags on the back of my neck are drying up and just falling off! You read that correctly. They are going away on their own. My mom noticed I have more energy and seem more awake. I’m not sure I agree yet. I feel like I just increased my caffeine a crazy amount to stay awake and care for the baby. I’ll keep you posted. I am hoping that this can help with the skin issues I have as doctors haven’t been able to tell me what it is or it’s cause.
- Supplements – Major changes here. I was taking so many supplements before I got pregnant. I found out that many of them are not good during pregnancy and had to make changes to the supplements I was taking. I also had to take new ones as issues popped up. And now that my body is mine again, it’s different and I’m trying to figure out what to take to meet my new needs. Here’s what I’m taking now:
- B Complex
- Liquid B12 with complex
- D3 & K2
- Estrogen Balance w/ DIM
- Adrenal RX
- Apple cider vinegar
- Calamari oil
- Vitamin C powder
- Collagen Protein powder
- Exercise – I’m not working out. I’m still surviving most days between lack of sleep and physical pain due to pregnancy, I have not implementing exercise just yet. I do lift and carry the stroller and car seat a lot…and I walk around places like the mall some times. I know, I should get on this but I’m just not yet ready.
Well, those are all the updates. I hope to do this more regularly, at least weekly. I plan to write more about food (eating out and cooking recipes), general health and anything else you may be interested in. Please comment anything you may be interested in and I’ll try to write about it.